With Minor League seasons done for 2013, which prospects are your targeting for next season? We saw elite talent come earlier and at a younger age than ever before this season. Two important considerations with this list; 1) Players listed were not called up in September 2) Players in very low minors or teenagers were left out for the most part. Follow these 20 players (ten pitchers and ten hitters) in the Fall League and Spring Training. Some will be in your draft/auciton in '14, others should be considered for your minor league draft.
Roster expansion is nearly upon us as Major League teams expand to 40 man rosters on Sunday. This is a time of the year when Fantasy Football and Baseball really butt heads. Will you be focusing on the new influx of MLB talent to fuel your team down the stretch? If you are already looking to next year, don’t pay all your attention to the NFL as teams cut down rosters to 53 as you may be able to add a piece or two for your baseball team in the Spring! Here are some talented players that may help you in September.
As we pass the halfway mark of the season and quickly ride towards the All-Star break, who are the minor league players that will soon be on your radar? We have seen some elite talent get the call, some directly from Double-A, skipping Triple-A altogether! Much of fantasy baseball and fantasy sports in general is anticipating moves in advance of your competition. With that in mind, the third of our four part series looking at Triple-A players with fantasy appeal in 2013. We continue with National League hitters.
Two of the most highly regarded prospects in the American League and perhaps all of Major League Baseball got the call this week. The Texas Rangers brought up sensational middle infielder Jurickson Profar, while the Baltimore Orioles handed the ball to former LSU All-American Kevin Guisman. The Tampa Bay Rays looked to lessen the loss of the injured David Price by tabbing Jake Odorizzi, acquired from Kansas City in the offseason in the James Shields deal. More quality help awaits on the farm and we continue to take a look at the possibilities both in the field and on the mound, across each division. We continue with a look at "Who's Next", with the American League's Western Division.
We have seen plenty off young talent brought to the show from the National League Central, Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson by the Cubs, Matt Adams in St.Louis, the Pirates Sterling Marte, Jean Segura in Milwaukee and Matt Dominguez with a look in Houston, just to name a few. Some of baseball's top young prospects on the brink, remain in the NL central and many are of the impact variety.
The non-waiver trading deadline has now passed and while many rumored deals did not come to fruition, some elite prospects are “trading places”. Expect more trades this month as prospects not on a major league 40-man roster are not subject to the waiver clearance. Cleveland appears to have assumed the greatest risk and in doing so has re-stocked the Colorado farm system. Washington had a lot to offer but decided to stand pat on their search for a center fielder, at least for now. Who’s next? Last week, we told you about Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt, hopefully you took advantage of that.