Fantasy Baseball: Impact Prospects

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All good fantasy baseball owners are looking ahead for the next hot hitter or potential call-up that can change their team into a contender. While the guys may be in the minors now, if and when they get called up you are going to want these guys on your team.

 

Trea Turner is waiting for his chance to help Nationals and your fantasy teams.

Trea Turner is waiting for his chance to help the Nationals and your fantasy teams.

 

I am going to start with Trea Turner first because he has already been rumored to have a call-up date of June 1st. If he has not been added and stashed already in your leagues, go get him….I’ll wait for you here. Did you get him? I hope you did because you should get a middle infielder who should eventually hit at the top of that order and hit for average. Turner has been abusing the minor league pitching and Danny Espinosa is struggling as a major league batter. Changing of the guard is imminent here and I feel Trea Turner may be the biggest impact bat this year currently not in the show.

 

Tyler Glasnow is one of the top pitching prospects in the Majors.  (Cliff Welch / MiLB.com)

Tyler Glasnow is ready to make the jump into the majors and your hearts. (Cliff Welch / MiLB.com)

 

Looking at some pitching prospects its hard to ignore the Pittsburgh Pirates pair of Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon. While both can and should be up this year it is sort of a toss up on who gets the call first. There are potential openings for both with Juan Nicasio and Jeff Locke under performing. I prefer Glasnow to Taillon simply for the strike-out potential. If I could only stash one right now it is Tyler Glasnow, but I do want to warn he does not have the prospect pedigree as Taillon does and has the possibility to be blown up by a great hitting majors club. The pure “stuff” he possesses has me willing to make the gamble. Jameson Taillon might be more polished than his teammate and was a former top prospect, yet just not as exciting as the strike-out potential is not as great.

 

Blake Snell

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Blake Snell as already had a taste of the big leagues this season and did not disappoint. Regarded as the number two ranked left handed pitching prospect per MLB.com, Snell can make an immediate impact this year. He has the pitching repertoire to whiff major leaguers now. This seems more like a guessing game with the Rays as they have used Snell, Erasmo Ramirez, and Matt Andriese already and still have Alex Cobb coming back. I believe in Snell and feel he has earned an opportunity, we will just have to wait to see when he gets that chance to stick.

The St. Louis Cardinals own another top pitching dynamo in Alex Reyes. Many experts have disregarded Reyes due to a 50 game suspension he just finished serving for marijuana use. I do not want to wish injury on anyone, but Jaime Garcia who has been fine so far this year never seems to stay healthy anymore. Also Mike Leake who is an average MLB pitcher can be replaced, I just do not not see a rush here. Reyes will be a top line starter someday if he stays out of trouble off the diamond. He may be one of the last guys on this list to get the call, just remember the name and run to the wire when he does.

 

Julio Urias is set to become a fantasy star.

 

 

Julio Urias the dodgers phenom is listed by MLB.com as the number one ranked left handed pitching prospect. The Dodgers have already toyed with the idea of calling him up to use as a reliever with their bull pen in shambles. This could get him in the door sooner than later although his big value in fantasy will be as a starter. Hyun-Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy are trying to make their way back from injury currently, but with Alex Wood and Ross Stripling faltering as of late there should be a path for Urias. Urias has been dominant in his short career in the minors and ready to be a diffference maker at the next level.

Joey Gallo has the type of power to be Chris Davis, actually their games mirror one another. The good, like Davis he has the power to hit 50 homers in a full season. On the flip side he also is similar in the fact he has the propensity to strike out a ton and his avergae could be anywhere from .220 to -.290. He makes this list because the power is legit and if he gets an everyday gig he needs to be added. He is at the bottom of this list due to the lack of an opening to bring him up. He has been converted from a 3rd basemen to an outfielder yet there still is not a definite spot to slot his power.

 

Nationals Lucas Giolito

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I feel like I must address the fact that I skipped over Lucas Giolito who is the number one ranked overall prospect on the same MLB.com list of prospects I have been referencing, Taking a look at the hype versus production, Giolito may develop into the ace most experts predict I just do not see it this year. While I love potential and am no means scared to gamble, I need something substantial to go off of. Giolito has a 25/20 strikeout to walk line in 30.1 inning thus far this year. If you cannot blow away minor league hitters and get your walks down I do not see a guy who can help this year in fantasy versus major league competition.

This group may help you grab that championship you are looking for do not miss out on these guys. If someone has beaten you to the punch and is already stashing them, make a trade offer before their call-up. Remember to keep an eye on the minor league standouts to gain that advantage over your opponents.

 

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