Top 15 prospects for 2012: part one
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In most fantasy leagues, we are searching for that special player who can elevate our fantasy team from so-so to amazing. Prospects can have that effect. Those who grabbed Eric Hosmer or Craig Kimbrel last season can attest to what rookies can bring. We also can overhype players. Jason Heyward has been over-drafted every year (based on his fantasy return). Delmon Young, in his first season, was drafted as a top-100 player. Japanese and Cuban superstar (fill in the blank) has constantly been drafted too high from year to year.
So, here is part one of my top 15 prospects for 2012. This is a list of prospects who “should” have an impact this season. This is not a list of the top prospects in the minors. This is not a list that includes Travis Snider and Lonnie Chisenhall, or quadruple-A all-stars, as I like to call them. This is not a list of minor leaguers who have already come up (no Jarrod Parker on this list). This is a list of players who should be on your “watch list” for when they come up. Some will make a difference in your league this year, some may come up with all the talent in the world, but this year may not be their year. In 12-team leagues, these guys need to be picked up as soon as possible when they do come up.
Mike Trout — First off, if you just read the name, Mike Trout and asked yourself the question who is Mike Trout?, then this is probably not the article for you. In 78 AB, he is batting .400, with 18 runs, 1 HR, 11 RBIs, 9 BB, 15 K, and 6 SB. I would like some more power out of this guy (especially in the PCL) but the power will come. He is only a Veron Wells injury away (maybe even a trade) from being called up to play full time. I do not think they will platoon him.
Anthony Rizzo — If you are looking for prospects with power, Rizzo is your man. In 75 ABs, he has 7 HR along with a .373 AVG, 15 runs, 19 RBIs, 5 BB and 16 K. He was raking it last year when the Padres called him, and he fizzled in the bigs, which is why I assume the Cubs have not called him up (especially after the Marlon Byrd trade) and are being overly cautious with Rizzo.
Leonys Martin — Putting Martin third on the list maybe a bit too high, but this guy is absolutely killing triple-A ball right now. He is batting .338 with 3 HR, 10 runs, 10 RBIs and 4 SB. What I like about this guy is his plate discipline. He has 8 BB and 11 K with a .410 OBP. When he gets called up, I think he sticks. The speed is already there, the power may be a few years away.
Garrett Richards — It’s not that I think Richards is the best pitching prospect in the minors, but I think Richards is the best pitcher who is big league ready. He is right on the cusp of a starting job. If their fifth starter, Jerome Williams starts to struggle he could be called up anytime to take his place. In 27 IP, he has a 1.67 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP with a 9.0 K/9 and a 2.0 BB/9.
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