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.
As fantasy baseball nation awaits "who's next?", we often forget those that already got the call... and were sent back down for one reason or another. Some sparkled in their opportunity in the spotlight, others simply weren't ready. As we head into June, and the middle third of the season, players that fall into this category are growing and will continue to do so. In this edition of The Farm Report, we take a look at position players who were part of "The Show:", but are currently either back in the minors or injured, awaiting their next shot.
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.
The blue chip prospects keep coming and coming. Two more elite athletes arriving last week in Cleveland Second Baseman Jason Kipnis and Tampa Bay Outfielder Desmond Jennings. They join a cast of future All-Stars like Kansas City corner(stone) infielders Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas and Second Baseman Jemile Weeks with Oakland and Seattle’s Dustin Ackley. The burning question is who is next? Deals at the deadline this weekend will dictate some of the call-ups while poor performance at the major league level by team and or players will drive much of the rest. Fantasy Alarm takes a look at the elite still on the farm as well as those that may benefit due to a change of scenery up at the Show.
It is that time of year when major league clubs start paying close attention to the progress of their minor league prospects and adjust the timelines for their arrival to the big leagues. This process is going on right now in all MLB front offices and there is no reason it shouldn't be on the forefront of fantasy player's minds as well. After the first two months of the season, the biggest impact free agents in fantasy baseball are those called up from the minor leagues. With the arrival of Eric Hosmer in Kansas City, the floodgates of prospects getting called up are about to open. This is a vital time for fantasy owners to target the players they need to stay ahead of the competition or to get back in the race this season. So, in today's Farm Report let's go position by position and see which players will have the biggest fantasy impact in the coming weeks and months.