As the numbers count down it means we are getting closer to fantasy baseball season (and the February 13th release of our free Draft Kit). Today, we’re going to look at 5 farm fresh rookies that, admittedly, most likely won’t be on a major league roster this year, but are certainly worth a look for Dynasty Leagues.
These are left side players, meaning we’re talking about third basemen and short stops. Neither of those positions are deep in the Major Leagues so it’s important to already be scouting your 2013 fantasy baseball teams!
Hak-Ju Lee – SS, Rays Defensive ability alone will get Hak-Ju Lee a starting job in the Major Leagues. Coming to the Rays organization in the Matt Garza trade, Lee has good speed and a good eye at the plate. The Rays have an excellent reputation for developing players and there certainly aren’t any roadblocks for Lee at the SS position. He might get a few major league ABs as early as this September.
Manny Machado – SS, Orioles Machado was picked #3 overall in the 2010 out of high school. Some have compared him to A-Rod, but let’s not get carried away by comparing an 18-year-old to a past 40-40 player. Besides, people say that – unlike A-Rod – Machado is a likable kid (I had to go there). At one point he was being promoted faster than Bryce Harper, but he won’t be with the Orioles until 2013, at the earliest.
Jurickson Profar – SS, Rangers Obviously, the Rangers are all set at shortstop with Elvis Andrus. But as early as the 2013 season Jurickson Profar will be making it interesting, because he won’t be playing for the Class A Hickory Crawdads for long. Profar is a wiry guy but generates incredible bat speed, meaning he should hit for more power than his perfect-for-shortstop frame indicates. “Elite”, “All-Star”, and “Gold Glove” or words that frequently appear in his scouting reports.
Nolan Arenado – 3B, Rockies Hello Mr. MVP of the Arizona Fall League. Arenado has struck out just 123 times in 1,093 professional at bats. So, yeah, that’s good. That kind of plate discipline is a good indicator of future success. This might be a bit generous but he has .300+, 25 HR upside, which isn’t too shabby. Casey Blake and Jonathan Herrera aren’t much of a road block so if he lights up Double A pitching, he might be a mid-season call-up in 2012 and would be worth a fantasy baseball waiver claim.
Nick Castellanos – 3B, Tigers C’mon, Miggy will not play 3B regularly, which means the Tigers will split ABs between Brandon Inge and Don Kelly at 3B. Castellanos is the Tiger third baseman of the future, potential as early as September 2012, although 2013 was more likely, even before the Fielder signing. But he’ll hit for power when he finally does make the Majors.
PS – I also considered Migual Sano at 3B. He’s certainly farm fresh, but he might not stick at third if the boy keeps growing.
There you have it, five farm fresh players that play on the left side. Check out the rest of our countdown to fantasy baseball season 2012 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12) and let us know your favorite masher in the comments or via twitter @FBCrackerjacks.