2013 TOP 150 FANTASY PROSPECTS
Welcome to RotoExperts 2013 Top Fantasy Prospect series: a comprehensive look at over 300 Minor League players and their Fantasy-relevant tools and abilities. While there are a plethora of sites that break down Minor Leaguers based on their MLB potential, they don’t bring the Fantasy-specific edge you’ll find here.
Ranking Fantasy prospects is different than ranking MLB prospects for many reasons. For one, context matters: the organization a prospect plays for, who plays in that organization ahead of him and positional scarcity all play a major role in evaluations. Secondly, offensive players get the bump over comparable pitchers, thanks to attrition rates and overall ability. Thirdly, upside matters more: No. 4 starters and versatile fielders are plenty useful in the majors, but you don’t want many of them on your Fantasy team. And finally, playing time matters too, so don’t be surprised to see some MLB-ready names make these lists over higher-ceiling players who are eons away.
All rankings and evaluations are based off of a combination of mainstream prospect analysis, industry sources, video scouting and in-person game observations.
RotoExpert’s 2013 Top 150 Fantasy Prospects list is below. Prospects are broken into nine tiers in addition to their numerical rankings. Over 200 minor leaguers were considered for the list, but only the following names made the cut.
As always, players must have fewer than 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched to be eligible for inclusion. The information on this list is updated as of 4/4/13.
2013 TOP 150 FANTASY PROSPECTS
TIER 1 PROSPECTS
1) Oscar Taveras (OF, STL)
From a purely statistical standpoint, Taveras’ frequent comparison to Vladimir Guerrero could look pretty accurate in his prime. I can’t give higher praise.
2) Jurickson Profar (SS/2B, TEX)
Profar’s name would be at the top if this were an MLB prospect list, and while a good amount of his value is tied up in his defense he has elite Fantasy tools as well. UPDATE: Through no fault of his own, Profar's value suffers a bit thanks to Elvis Andrus' megadeal. Profar is now likely to begin his career at second base.
3) Xander Bogaerts (SS, BOS)
Players who hit in the middle of the order and play in the middle of the diamond are the rarest commodities in the game, and Bogaerts is poised to become one.
4) Dylan Bundy (RHSP, BAL)
The “safest” high school pitcher to come along in years has all the ingredients to be a Top 10 Fantasy starter for a very long time, though, he may pitch in relief in 2013.
5) Wil Myers (OF, TB)
He and Evan Longoria should bat back-to-back for the next six-plus seasons, and Myers is among the safest bets on this list to become an impact offensive force.
TIER 2 PROSPECTS
6) Billy Hamilton (OF, CIN)
Hamilton has the ability to become Fantasy’s most disruptive player, as selecting him could come to all but guarantee you at least a Top 5 finish in steals.
7) Gerrit Cole (RHSP, PIT)
Owner of arguably the best pure stuff in the minors; Cole is a lock to rack up strikeouts, and could be the best pitcher in the game if he refines his command.
8) Shelby Miller (RHSP, STL)
He’s not as flashy as many other top starter prospects, but Miller’s floor is as a No. 3 starter and his upside is as a true ace. He’s ready now and should start 2013 in MLB.
9) Taijuan Walker (RHSP, SEA)
Blessed with elite athleticism and two plus pitches, only command and control have the ability to derail Walker’s path to Fantasy and MLB stardom.
10) Jose Fernandez (RHSP, MIA)
Big stuff, big frame, big intimidator: the ingredients are all here for one of the most dominating and exciting pitchers in the game. UPDATE: The Marlins shocked the world by (foolishly) starting Fernandez in the majors, perhaps in an attempt to attract fans to an otherwise barren club. He'll show flashes of brilliance but is not yet ready to dominate on a consistent basis.
11) Miguel Sano (3B, MIN)
No one in the minors has more raw power than Sano, a prototypical cleanup hitter who’ll provide big homer totals even if he has to move off of third base.
12) Javier Baez (SS, CHC)
Armed with legendary bat speed, terrific hand-eye coordination and a chance to stay at shortstop for at least a few seasons, Baez could be a Top 5 name next year.
13) Zack Wheeler (SP, NYM)
With gaudy stuff and improving command, Wheeler looks poised to fill his long-standing promise as a No. 2 SP, with ace-like performances coming in his prime.
14) Nick Castellanos (OF/3B, DET)
The move to the outfield hurts his value, but Castellanos’ bat can play anywhere on the field and it looks like it will get the chance to do so at some point in 2013.
15) Christian Yelich (OF, MIA)
There’s not much Yelich can’t do from a Fantasy perspective, as the high-floored outfielder gets on base, hits for average and some power and can run a little too.
TIER 3 PROSPECSTS
16) Anthony Rendon (3B, WAS)
A healthy Rendon has the potential to make a ranking this conservative look silly, yet he seems just as likely to miss more time with injuries as well.
17) Trevor Bauer (RHSP, CLE)
Bauer may not be an ace but even a modest uptick in command will see him profile as a high-strikeout No. 2 SP, and one the Diamondbacks will regret giving away.
18) Tyler Skaggs (LHSP, ARI)
Don’t expect Skaggs to post gaudy strikeout numbers like he did in the minors, but do expect him to be an excellent Fantasy option beginning in 2013.
19) Kevin Gausman (RHSP, BAL)
With Bundy and the enigmatic Gausman, there is a distinct possibility that the Orioles landed the best pitcher in the draft two years in a row.
20) Jonathan Singleton (1B, HOU)
While I think his struggles against lefties should receive more note, I still believe in Singleton as a classic power-hitting 1B at a time when the position is shallow.
21) Jameson Taillon (RHSP, PIT)
Some like him more than this but I continue to view Taillon as more of a workhorse No. 2 SP than an ace, which is still a good thing. It’s time to push him aggressively.
22) Mike Olt (3B/1B, TEX)
Everyone spends so much time talking about what Olt can’t do that they may miss out on a good defensive 3B with 25-homer pop, though an org change is likely.
23) Travis d’Arnaud (C, NYM)
I agree that d’Arnaud has the potential to hit 20 bombs a year with a decent average, but I wouldn’t expect production quite at that level right away.
24) Byron Buxton (OF, MIN)
He’s eons away but if you want to dream on the next Fantasy toolshed along the lines of an Andrew McCutchen or Jacoby Ellsbury, Buxton is your man.
25) Carlos Correa (SS, HOU)
We often assume that big prospects will move off of SS, but as we’ve seen with Bogaerts and Baez that’s not always the case, and Correa has a shot to stick.
26) Addison Russell (SS, OAK)
Russell has a chance to perform as a true six-category Fantasy monster at shortstop, and no 2012 draftee had a better professional debut.
27) Jorge Soler (OF, CHC)
We need more of a U.S. sample size from Soler, but so far he’s been largely as advertised, flashing all five tools and big Fantasy potential.
TIER FOUR PROSPECTS
28) Mike Zunino (C, SEA)
Expectations are sky high for Zunino after an outstanding professional debut, but Fantasy owners should see a good Top 10 option here, not an outright star.
29) Gary Sanchez (C, NYY)
Sanchez has significantly higher upside than Zunino, but the law of probability dictates we must rank him one slot lower here: some similarities to Carlos Santana.
30) Oswaldo Arcia (OF, MIN)
Sometimes lost amid the big names in the Twins systems, Arcia is nearly ready now and should hit near the middle of a lineup for a long time.
31) Nolan Arenado (3B, COL)
Arenado’s 2012 wasn’t horrible -- it was just average -- which looks better still considering his age, so I remain unsure as to why I should jump off the bandwagon.
32) Kyle Zimmer (RHSP, KC)
The Royals have had a tough time developing starter prospects lately, but Zimmer is so athletic and has such a fresh arm they may not be able to screw him up.
33) Danny Hultzen (LHSP, SEA)
Hultzen’s performance and scouting support didn’t seem to match up in 2012 but he has enough talent and upside to keep him high on this list.
34) Francisco Lindor (SS, CLE)
Lindor’s feel for the game and defense are exciting, but they’re irrelevant in the Fantasy world, where Lindor profiles as a slower Elvis Andrus.
35) Julio Tehean (RHSP, ATL)
Even if he’s not the second coming of Pedro Martinez, Teheran still has plenty going for him with a real shot at MLB playing time and the upside of a No. 2 starter.
36) Archie Bradley (RHSP, ARI)
Scouts still rave about his stuff and he has a perfect frame, but another season of below-average command and control will knock Bradley down a few pegs.
37) Aaron Sanchez (RHSP, TOR)
Another flame-throwing righty with big time stuff but questionable control, some mainstream sources consider Sanchez one of the best young RHP in the minors.
38) Noah Syndergaard (RHSP, NYM)
Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Syndergaard’s impressive pure stuff and enormous potential are sullied only by his weaker command.
39) Bubba Starling (OF, KC)
There may be no minor leaguer who’s ceiling and floor are farther apart, as Starling could turn into everything from Matt Kemp to Chris Young to Brett Jackson.
40) Chris Archer (RHSP, TB)
Archer has always had the stuff to pitch near the front of a rotation, and now that it appears his control has improved he should get the chance to do so in 2013.
41) Trevor Rosenthal (RHP, STL)
Rosenthal went from a relative unknown to a popular sleeper pick with his dynamic postseason, but the Cardinals plan on starting him out in the bullpen.
42) George Springer (OF, HOU)
Springer’s profile hasn’t changed much over the past few years: if his approach doesn’t limit his bat he’s a potential All-Star, but the risk involved is high.
43) Alen Hanson (2B/SS, PIT)
Perhaps 2012’s best pop up prospect, Hanson has the intriguing upside of a player who can contribute to all Fantasy categories while manning a MI spot.
44) Carlos Martinez (RHSP, STL)
Martinez deserves to rank higher on this list based on the quality of his stuff, but his dip in strikeouts last season and injury history have me a bit down on him.
TIER FIVE PROSPECTS
45) Aaron Hicks (OF, MIN)
It seems like we’ve been waiting for Hicks forever but he’s still just 23 and looks like he will win the Twins starting CF job amidst a strong Spring Training.
46) Brian Goodwin (OF, WAS)
Goodwin is a toolsy center fielder who should get on base often enough to hit leadoff or second in a good lineup, but has enough pop to hit further down the order too.
47) Delino DeShields (2B, HOU)
The Astros were widely panned when they took DeShields with the 8th overall pick in 2010, but a huge 2012 campaign (101 SB) has quieted some of the doubters.
48) Gregory Polanco (OF, PIT)
Polanco demonstrated an impressive blend of a plus hit tool and mature approach in 2012 and I’m sold on his potential as a future 20 homer, 30 steal threat.
49) David Dahl (OF, COL)
There’s no shortage of love for Dahl in the prospect community and it’s not difficult to see why, although you should keep in mind that he’s at least three years away.
50) Lucas Giolito (RHSP, WAS)
This is an aggressive ranking for Giolito, but on upside alone he’s arguably one of the ten most exciting starters in the minors, and TJ recovery rate is high.
51) Mason Williams (OF, NYY)
A big portion of Williams’ value comes from his defense, but he also has an intriguing Desmond Jennings-like combination of speed and power potential.
52) Jackie Bradley Jr., (OF, BOS)
Bradley’s floor is huge in OBP leagues, but don’t sleep on his potential to contribute in runs, steals, and average in standard formats as well. UPDATE: Bradley forced the Red Sox' hand with his exceptional Spring Training and is starting the year in the majors. He's still more of a No. 3 or 4 Fantasy outfielder in the long run, but he's fairly close to that ceiling now.
53) Jedd Gyorko (2B/3B, SD)
Another player who ranks here due to his floor, Gyorko’s experiment at 2B likely won’t last past a season or two, but he’ll be a good bat there while he qualifies.
54) Roman Quinn (SS, PHI)
There’s a good chance Quinn is the second-fastest player in the minors, and while his hit tool is not as advanced as Billy Hamilton’s he has a better shot to stick at SS.
55) Kaleb Cowart (3B, LAA)
I think Cowart profiles more as an above average regular at third base than a star in the making, but if the hit tool plays up a bit I could be underselling him.
56) Max Fried (LHSP, SD)
Freid became one of the highest-ceilinged left-handers in the minors the moment he signed, and while he’ll take a while to develop his Fantasy upside in Petco is scary.
57) Casey Kelly (RHSP, SD)
Many are down on Kelly since he hasn’t developed into the ace some expected, but his control, groundball tendencies and ballpark make him attractive for our game. UPDATE: Kelly will miss the 2013 season with Tommy John surgery and should be dropped out of the Top 150. He would likely still make my Top 200.
58) Kyle Gibson (RHSP, MIN)
I’ve been high on Gibson since he was drafted and am buying into the reports that his stuff is all the way back after Tommy John surgery. He could make 20 starts.
59) Matt Barnes (RHSP, BOS)
Barnes has a higher upside than a few of the pitchers listed above him, but I’ve seen enough concerns around how he tired at the end of 2012 to dock him here.
60) Jake Marisnick (OF, MIA)
Marisnick’s 2012 season wasn’t pretty but I’m still in love with his five-category upside, though I acknowledge that substantial risk exists here as well.
61) Taylor Guerrieri (RHSP, TB)
A strong 2012 put to bed some whispers of maturity issues with Guerrieri, as well as highlighted the outstanding natural stuff that gives him No. 2 SP upside.
62) Alex Meyer (SP, MIN)
Meyer doesn’t fit the Twins typical pitcher prospect profile in that he throws hard and has upside, but fans up north should realize this is a good thing.
63) Kyle Crick (RHSP, SF)
The Giants’ ability to draft and develop premium pitching is renowned for good reason, and Crick is the latest in a long line of potential frontend starters.
64) Courtney Hawkins (OF, CHW)
The best prospect the White Sox have had for the past several seasons, Hawkins is still several years away but the natural power can make you drool.
65) Albert Almora (OF, CHC)
A better MLB prospect than a Fantasy one, I still expect Almora to be a solid No. 3 Fantasy outfielder who contributes modestly in all categories.
66) Yaisel Puig (OF, LAD)
Puig is difficult to rank given his lack of experience in the U.S., but most who have seen him so far seem convinced that the tools are real. UPDATE: This seems a bit too conservative now, given his massive spring. I still want to see more but Puig should probably be 20-30 spots higher on this list.
67) Trevor Story (SS, COL)
Story doesn’t do anything well but has no glaring weaknesses either, and that makes him a potential All-Star if he stays at shortstop.
68) Allen Webster (RHSP, BOS)
Webster is another pitcher who could outperform his ranking with ease, but I’m not entirely sold he avoids a move to the bullpen, where he’d be dominant.
TIER SIX PROSPECTS
69) Leonys Martin (OF, TEX)
It’s a bit peculiar to me that Martin doesn’t get more love in Fantasy circles given his proximity to the majors and stolen base potential. He’s a Fantasy factor for 2013.
70) Adam Eaton (OF, ARI)
Eaton came out of nowhere in 2012 to demonstrate a mature approach, ability to get on base and baserunning smarts. He looks to have a fulltime job for 2013. UPDATE: Eaton will miss the first two months of the 2013 season with an elbow injury, but his longterm projection remains unchanged.
71) Tyler Austin (OF, NYY)
Austin is more of a good No. 5 or 6 hitter than a star to me, which isn’t an insult but will probably be taken as one by every Yankees fan in existence.
72) Rymer Liriano (OF, SD)
I had Liriano ranked about 40 spots higher before the announcement that he’d miss all of 2013 with Tommy John: he’s not the type of player who can miss reps.
73) Tony Cingrani (LHSP, CIN)
What I wrote about Webster applies to Cingrani as well, although I think the former is a safer bet to start while the latter’s stuff is a bit more dynamic.
74) Yordano Ventura (RHSP, KC)
In some ways Ventura is now where Trevor Rosenthal was a year ago, but he’ll have to keep proving his doubters wrong if he wants to stay a starter.
75) Wily Peralta (RHSP, MIL)
I understand that his raw stuff is excellent and that he’ll rack up the strikeouts, but I worry that his WHIP will make him an Ervin Santana-like Fantasy gamble.
76) Jake Odorizzi (SP, TB)
It took me longer than many but I’ve finally conceded that Odorizzi is more of a mid-rotation starter than a future anchor, albeit one who is MLB ready now.
77) Justin Nicolino (LHSP, MIA)
The comparisons to Cole Hamels are laughable, but Nicolino is a reasonably safe bet to be a productive No. 3 starter for a long time, a la Mark Buehlre.
78) James Paxton (LHSP, SEA)
Paxton’s upside is significantly higher than Nicolino’s, but I remain unconvinced that his command will ever come around to the point where his WHIP is tolerable.
79) Adalberto Mondesi (SS, KC)
If you’re looking to round out your dynasty league team with a potential high-impact sleeper you could do worse than Mondesi, whose potential at SS is huge.
80) Slade Heathcott (OF, NYY)
Basically Brett Lawrie in the outfield, Heathcott’s upside dictates a higher ranking but at some point staying on the field becomes a skill, and it’s one he lacks.
81) Martin Perez (LHSP, TEX)
I fully admit that Perez is an enigma, and if you want him ranked 30 slots higher or lower I can’t really argue with you either way, though the injury hurts him.
82) Jonathan Schoop (2B/3B, BAL)
Schoop has been pushed too aggressively to this point in his career and needs to catch his breath at AA in 2013 in order to reach his Top 10 Fantasy 2B ceiling.
83) Matt Davidson (3B, ARI)
I still think Davidson can be a productive major leaguer and useful Fantasy player for his power, but it’s tough to see where he fits in to the Dbacks’ long-term plans.
84) Daniel Corcino (RHSP, CIN)
Corcino is another potential mid-rotation SP, but he ranks lower than some others thanks to his lack of a second dynamic pitch. Don’t buy the Johnny Cueto comps.
85) Robert Stephenson (RHSP, CIN)
This ranking makes it look like I’m a Stephenson doubter, but really I just want to see more from him before I acknowledge what is probably No. 2 SP upside.
86) Kolten Wong (2B, STL)
Based on tools alone I don’t like that I have Wong ranked this highly, but he could be batting in one of MLB’s most potent lineups soon and will hit for good averages.
87) Michael Wacha (RHSP, STL)
There are some big Wacha lovers out there but I want to see the velocity play up in longer outings as a starter before I shoot him up these rankings.
88) Marcell Ozuna (OF, MIA)
Somewhat overlooked in what is now a very deep system, Ozuna will have to fight for playing time in the OF but has Josh Reddick-like upside.
89) Eddie Rosario (2B/OF, MIN)
Rosario has a very unique profile but that doesn’t mean Fantasy owners should shy away, as his skill set is appealing for someone with the potential to play at 2B.
90) Arodys Vizcaino (RHRP, CHC)
The first reliever to make the list, I sincerely hope the Cubs let Vizcaino pitch out of the pen where his arm will be protected and his Fantasy potential will remain high.
91) Avisail Garcia (OF, DET)
I was not a Garcia believer until last season and while I still have some reservations about the approach the 20 HR/20 SB upside is tough to deny.
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92) Nick Franklin (2B/SS, SEA)
Franklin’s stock has taken a hit in recent years as his profile has gone from great SS to good 2B, but there’s still sneaky pop in the bat once he ditches switch-hitting.
93) Stryker Trahan (C, ARI)
An aggressive ranking to be sure, but Trahan is the type of catching prospect whose bat is so good he could be moved to the OF just to accelerate his time table.
94) J.R. Graham (RHSP, ATL)
Graham doesn’t profile as a high-K SP and is a better MLB prospect than a Fantasy one, but he’s moving through the minors quickly and should post good WHIPs.
95) Andrew Heaney (LHSP, MIA)
Heaney has more stuff than your typical quick-to-the-majors college lefty and he doesn’t profile too differently from how Drew Pomeranz did a few years back.
96) Joey Gallo (3B, TEX)
I admit that the strikeout and contact concerns scare me and he’s not a lock to stay at 3B, but Gallo’s already on the short list of best power prospects in the game.
97) Luis Sardinas (SS, TEX)
He’d get more attention in a shallower organization, but Sardinas has all the requisite tools to blossom into a Top 10 Fantasy SS, though he’s likely a trade chip.
98) Michael Choice (OF, OAK)
I’m not yet ready to give up on Choice, who was having an excellent 2012 season before he broke his hamate bone. That could sap his power in early 2013 too.
99) Dorssys Paulino (INF, CLE)
Continuing a proud Cleveland tradition of MIs with weird first names, Paulino’s stock is down a bit here as he’ll likely have to move to 2B in this organization.
100) Maikel Franco (3B, PHI)
Franco is the rare power-hitting prospect who’s not hindered by a poor approach and he has a decent shot to stay at 3B despite Bengie Molina-type speed.
101) Zach Lee (RHSP, LAD)
Lee is the posterchild for prospects who’ve become underrated after initially being overrated, and he still has No. 3 SP upside even if the strikeouts aren’t there.
102) Jesse Biddle (LHSP, PHI)
Biddle has a similar projection to the names around him as a mid-rotation SP with modest K potential, but his home ballpark could lead to higher HR rates.
103) Cody Buckel (RHSP, TEX)
Don’t let the gaudy MiLB numbers fool you into predicting Fantasy stardom for Buckel, but don’t let the lack of elite stuff cause you to overlook him either.
104) A.J. Cole (RHSP, WAS)
It’s pretty obvious he wasn’t ready for High-A last year, but Cole still possesses No. 2 starter upside and could fly up these rankings with a strong 2013 season.
105) Luis Heredia (RHSP, PIT)
Heredia is already close to maxed out physically, limiting his projection, but I’m on board with those who see a potential No. 2/3 MLB SP a few years down the line.
106) Lance McCullers Jr. (RHP, HOU)
Another player on whom the industry is pretty split, if you love him you see a No. 2 SP but if you’re more cautious you project a high quality reliever.
107) Clayton Blackburn (RHSP, SF)
Blackburn’s MiLB numbers will likely fall back to Earth as his stuff doesn’t have much projection left but I like him as a fast mover with a favorable home ballpark.
108) Wilmer Flores (3B/2B, NYM)
Flores resurrected his prospect status in 2012, once again profiling as a player capable of hitting .280 with 20 homers, though his defense at 2B is suspect.
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109) Robbie Erlin (LHSP, SD)
This ranking is all about probability and ballpark, as Erlin is likely just a No. 4 SP but could post some outstanding WHIP and ERA marks as he pitches in Petco.
110) Brett Jackson (OF, CHC)
Jackson’s profile hasn’t changed much over the past three years: if he makes contact he’s an above average starter, but if he doesn’t he’ll be relegated to No. 4 OF status.
111) Gary Brown (OF, SF)
There’s a chance Brown is nothing but a weakside platoon CF, but he made adjustments after a rough start to 2012 and some buy-low opportunity exists here.
112) Matt Adams (1B, STL)
Adams missed his chance to solidify his role in the Cards’ organization and will likely need a trade to realize his upside as a Fantasy corner infielder.
113) Corey Seager (3B, LAD)
I recognize that this ranking means I’m lower than some in the industry on Seager, but I see more of a good offensive 3B than a star in the making and he’s years away.
114) Jorge Bonifacio (OF, KC)
Wrist injuries are to hitters what shoulder injuries are to pitchers, and given that most of Bonifacio’s upside is tied to his power there’s real cause for concern.
115) Hak-Ju Lee (SS, TB)
Lee is another player who rebounded nicely after a rough start to his 2012 season, and while his average may hover around the .260 mark he has 40-steal potential.
116) Jonathan Villar (SS, HOU)
He gets lost in a deep system but Villar is an exciting Fantasy player who could contribute modestly in every category save for AVG/OBP if he stays on the field.
117) Dan Vogelbach (1B, CHC)
I get that he can hit and I see the value in that but he’s likely headed for a career as a DH, which hurts his Fantasy worth unless he reaches his Billy Butler-esque ceiling.
118) Lewis Brinson (OF, TEX)
Brinson’s professional debut was impressive and he has tantalizing upside, but it’s important not to overrate him thanks to one excellent stint
119) Blake Swihart (C, BOS)
Swihart is a good reminder that patience is a virtue when it comes to C prospects, and while his 2012 stats look pedestrian the scouting reports remain strong.
120) Tyler Thornburg (RHP, MIL)
The majority of prospect analysts think Thornburg’s stature and fastball plane mean he’s destined for the bullpen, but I’d give him a shot to stick as a mid-rotation SP.
121) Domingo Santana (OF, HOU)
If the improved approach Santana showed last year isn’t a fluke, he becomes an exciting prospect capable of hitting 25 homers with acceptable OBPs.
122) Chris Owings (SS, ARI)
Owings has solid Fantasy upside thanks to above-average pop from a middle infielder, but the odds that he makes enough contact to use that power aren’t great.
123) Carter Capps (RHSP, SEA)
Take a close-to-the-majors, potentially dominant high-strikeout reliever and put him in the spacious confines of Safeco Field? I’ll take two, please.
124) Dan Straily (RHSP, OAK)
Straily is a fun prospect in that stats indicate he’s a stud while scouts indicate he’s average, leaving middle ground as a No. 4 SP his most likely outcome.
125) Roberto Osuna (RHSP, TOR)
He’s not the second coming of Roger Clemens as some Jays fans seem to believe, but there’s a lot to like with Osuna’s size, velocity and feel for pitching.
126) Zach Eflin (RHSP, SD)
I am more than happy to become The Internet’s resident Eflin bandwagon driver, and I think you’ll see him make a big jump up these lists in 2014 or 2015.
127) Joe Ross (RHSP, SD)
There is no shortage of prospect analysts who are significantly higher on Ross than I am, but at a certain point the talent needs to translate into production.
128) Grant Green (2B/OF, OAK)
Another victim of prospect post-hype, if you think of Grant more as an above-average 2B and forget the star SS he was “supposed” to become it’s a nice package
129) Joc Pederson (OF, LAD)
A classic “sum of parts is greater than whole”-type grinder, Pederson can contribute modestly but meaningfully in all six Fantasy categories if he gets playing time.
130) Henry Owens (LHSP, BOS)
It’s time to readjust your expectations if you think Ownes is a future ace, but being a tall lefty can mask a lot of other deficiencies and Owens still has some projection left.
131) Michael Fulmer (RHSP, NYM)
Fulmer possesses upside as a big John Lackey-type No. 2/3 MLB starter, although I’m not in love with his delivery and don’t think he’s a fast mover.
132) Garin Cecchini (3B, BOS)
Cecchini’s plus hit tool, developing power and baserunning savvy would have him higher on this ranking but he’s almost a lock to move off 3B if he stays in this org.
133) Josh Bell (OF, PIT)
Bell’s plus hit/plus power profile mean he still gets a spot on this list but it’s never a good thing when a player this raw misses as many reps as Bell did in 2012.
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134) Robbie Grossman (OF, HOU)
Grossman does nothing extraordinarily well but nothing poorly either, and he should see MLB time in the coming seasons, albeit with little talent around him.
135) Tim Wheeler (OF, COL)
Hamate bone injuries are scary and can lead to prolonged power outages, but Wheeler is still a toolsy OF who will call Coors Field his home.
136) Jarred Cosart (RHRP, HOU)
I’ve been low on Cosart forever and still don’t view him as a starter, but he is now close to MLB-ready and I like his profile as a high-strikeout setup man.
137) Bruce Rondon (RHRP, DET)
I think giving Rondon a try at closer is a bad idea for the Tigers, but you can’t argue with velocity and he’ll rack up strikeouts if you can tolerate the WHIP.
138) Rob Brantly (C, MIA)
Boring, safe and ready now, Brantly is an ideal target as a cheap No. 2 catcher in leagues with such rosters, as he should provide a decent average and 8-10 HR pop.
139) Brad Miller (SS, SEA)
Most believe the bat will play at the next level, but whether he can stick at SS is up for more debate: that’s a problem given the presence of Franklin and Dustin Ackley.
140) Kyle Parker (OF, COL)
Parker profiles as a more athletic Jonny Gomes in my book, but a Gomes who plays half his games in Coors Field is someone Fantasy owners should find interest in.
141) Hyun-Jin Ryu (LHSP, LAD)
Your guess is as good as mine: I have no idea how the Dodgers plan to use Ryu or what is ultimate ceiling is, but he could serve as a No. 4 SP on a good LAD club.
142) John Lamb (LHSP, KC)
Once considered the best of a promising group of Royals starters that have largely crashed and burned, Lamb is back from TJ surgery and should not be forgotten.
143) Jorge Alfaro (C, TEX)
With tools you can dream on and an approach that causes nightmares, Alfaro could blossom into a Top 10 Fantasy backstop but a low chance of doing so.
144) Corey Spangenberg (2B, SD)
A disappointing and injury-plagued 2012 campaign sees Spangenberg take a big hit on these rankings, though his speed and positional eligibility remain intriguing.
145) Matt Wisler (RHSP, SD)
Another in a seemingly endless line of potential mid-rotation starters for the Padres, Wisler is a great buy-low candidate as he’s gone undetected in a deep system.
146) Alex Colome (LHP, TB)
While the stuff is great, the command and the profile make for a murky profile as a starter moving forward. He has a high floor as an impact lefty setup man, though.
147) Jose Berrios (RHSP, MIN)
I get that Berrios is advanced for a pitcher his age, but considering most agree that his ceiling is as a No. 3 SP I don’t get the rush to boost him up the rankings.
148) Marcus Stroman (RHP, TOR)
The suspension for PED use is disappointing, for sure, but Stroman still profiles as an impact reliever who will reach MLB quickly, though he’s tempting as a SP too.
149) Jose Campos (RHSP, NYY)
If you’re looking to invest in a lottery ticket you could do worse than Campos, who has a troubling injury history but legit No. 2 SP upside and could move quickly.
150) Richie Shaffer (3B, TB)
A steal late in the first round of the 2012 draft, Shaffer will have to move off of 3B thanks to Longoria but will still be Fantasy-relevant as an OF thanks to his pop.
Just Missed: D.J. Davis (OF, TOR), Bryce Brentz (OF, BOS), Matt Skole (CI, WAS), Mark Montgomery (RHRP, NYY), Trayce Thompson (OF, CHW)
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