Fantasy Baseball 2013: Minor-Leaguers To Watch

By Adam Pfeifer
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Let’s be honest.

There won’t be another rookie season like the one Mike Trout put together last season. You know it, I know it, heck, Trout probably even knows it. His emergence made him one of the top three fantasy players in all of baseball, resulting in him being at least a top three pick in drafts here in 2013.

So, while there certainly won’t be another Trout, there are still a few young guns that shouldn’t be taken lightly, as they have the skills and opportunity to become very fantasy relevant once they get to the majors.

Wil Myers, Tampa Bay Rays: Although he has started the season in Triple-A, Myers seems more than ready to make the jump into the big leagues. In 99 games played, he is batting .304 with 24 home runs  and 79 RBI. Personally, I feel that Myers will be in the majors by mid to late April. Not only does he possess a strong bat, but he is also very strong in the field, which could get him into the Rays’ lineup even quicker. His ceiling is 25-30 home runs with a solid average and minimum steals. Myers’ power is legit, making him one of the top prospects in baseball at the moment. You” hear his name in the majors sooner rather than later, so keep active on the waiver wire.

Jurickson Profar, Texas Rangers: While it doesn’t look like Profar will be playing for the Rangers anytime soon, fantasy owners should still keep their eye on him. Unable to earn a starting gig with the major league club because of talented infielders such as Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler, Profar isn’t very fantasy relevant right now. However, god forbid one of those guys go down, Profar may very well be the guy that gets the call. A switch-hitting infielder with a great combination of speed and power, Profar will someday prove to be a key asset to fantasy clubs and major league clubs alike.

Oscar Taveras, St. Louis Cardinals: With veteran outfielders already in the Cardinals’ outfield, Taveras may be forced to take a back seat for now. The Cardinal’s top prospect is young, just 20-years of age, but brings a ton to the table. He is arguably one of the purest hitters among all prospects, making him the most exciting one to come out of St. Louis’ system since some guy named Albert Pujols. In 327 career minor-league contests, Taveras sports a .321 average. He is a consistent batter, hitting both lefties (.858 OPS) and righties (.992) very well during his first season in Double-A ball. There a very high expectations for this promising player, but the only problem is the timetable for his major league debut is up in the air right now.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.


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