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.
As we pass the one-third mark of the season and quickly ride towards July and 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 second of our four part series looking at Triple-A players with fantasy appeal in 2013. We continue with American League pitchers.
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.
If you're like me, you are already tired of looking at the same guys available on waivers across every league. Time for the stud prospects to start making their way up to "The Show"! Many of us have a limited Minor League roster as part of our fantasy teams, but most of the talent we will see come across our lineups this season weren't taken in the two or three rounds that were filled following every one's draft or auction. Each week we will profile who is "next", either on the verge of getting the call or those to track now so you will be ready when the time comes.
As we reflect back on the season's first half and enjoy the All-Star break, lets take a look at MLB's minor league elite. A look at Futures Game participants finds half a dozen prospects in AAA- all of them on the US team. While teams can certainly draw from Double-A, three pitchers, a catcher and two outfielder's appear next on the radar.
Five pitchers for you in this week's edition of Farm Report. We have the two young guns that are already on many rosters. A former young gun that once enjoyed near Strasburg hype, a prospect that was roughed up and sent back down and a flame thrower stretching out after not finding success as a closer.