By Adam McGill
Every year, more fantasy leagues are switching to dynasty leagues that include prospects. Since this is looking to be the biggest year yet, be sure to check out my top ten rankings for prospects in the outfield:
6. George Springer, HOU (22 years old) – Springer is the true definition of a five-tool prospect and was the soul of the UConn offense when he was there. He is much more polished than Bubba Starling who was picked right after Springer and consequently right below him on this list. Springer spent three years at Connecticut, showcasing an innate ability to drive the ball to both sides of the field and also be dangerous on the base paths.
7. Bubba Starling, KC (19 years old) – Starling was the fifth overall selection in 2011, but the kid is still very green behind the ears. He has phenomenal speed on the base paths, but because he played various sports in high school, needs to perfect his craft. However, at only 19 years of age, Starling has 2-3 years to work through his minor mechanical flaws. Starling will only grow in popularity as he gets older, but fantasy owners should stash him now while he is still flying under the radar.
8. Victor Roache, Undrafted (20 years old) – The Georgia Southern star has built quit the reputation over his tenure at GSU. He crushed 30 home runs in NCAA Division I last season; a feat has certainly distanced himself from the competition. The ball seems to leave his bat with ease and his raw potential to hit home runs will leave fantasy scouts salivating. Roache has been rumored to be a character problem and at 225 pounds, is better projected as a first baseman, but nothing brings in points in fantasy like long-balls.
9. Gary Brown, SF (23 years old) – Brown posted outstanding totals in the California league in 2011. He stole a staggering 53 bases, but more noteworthy was the meager 77 walks in 557 at bats. Brown is extremely dangerous on the bases and the lack of other offensive production in San Fran will likely cause him to be called up before the start of spring training in 2013.
10. Byron Buxton, Undrafted (18 years old) – The kid just graduated from Appling County High School and is flying up prospect rankings. He also plays quarterback in high school, showcasing his wide variety of skills as an athlete. His football background will certainly help with his overall toughness and helped him produce a canon out of the outfield. Buxton is very tall at 6’2″ and will only fill in more as a 20-year old. Buxton is still two good years away from making a major league roster, but he still holds value in any prospect leagues.
Check back in the next couple of weeks for the rest of my positional prospect rankings.