Fantasy Baseball 2013: Profar, Puig Proving They Belong
When it comes to both real and Fantasy Baseball, there is nothing more exciting than a top prospect being called up to prove to the world what he can do. We have seen a fair share of young guys hit the major league scene, but none have had immediate success like the following players. Although they are in difficult situations to maintain a role with their major league club, it’ll be difficult for their managers to just pull the plug on them after their recent success. And oh yeah, fantasy owners are thoroughly enjoying this as well.
Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers: Don’t look now, but Puig is making history right in front of our very eyes. With an impressive four home runs and 10 RBI through his first five major league contests, he is only the second player in modern history to slug that many homers through his first five games. Puig has 19 at-bats to his name and has posted a hit in eight of them, while only striking out three times. His .421 batting average is stellar and it simply seems like he can do it all, having hit a solo, two-run, three-run homer and of course, a grand slam. Honestly, how can the Dodgers afford to send this guy down? Sure, Matt Kemp will be back soon and they will obviously insert him right back into their lineup. The same goes for Carl Crawford. But with Andre Ethier struggling as much as he is (.232), Puig could very well take his job. In the five games Puig has started for the Dodgers, the team is 4-1. Coincidence? I think not. This Cuban is absolutely crushing right now, and already owned in 81 percent of Yahoo! leagues, Puig has the attention of the fantasy universe.
Jurickson Profar, Texas Rangers: While he hasn’t exactly started off as red hot as Puig, Profar certainly hasn’t been a slouch either. Through 14 games, arguably baseball’s top prospect is batting a strong .294 with two home runs and six RBI. With second baseman Ian Kinsler still on the disabled list with fractured ribs, Profar is seeing continued time in the big leagues, making it harder for the Rangers to send him down. Look, Kinsler is a stud and the team will plug him back into his original role as soon as he is ready, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Profar will be immediately sent back down to the minors. Profar is an elite prospect for a reason, as he is a very versatile player. He excels in the field, which means he could play other positions if needed. First baseman Mitch Moreland just landed on the disabled list, so if the Rangers really wanted to, they could slide Adrian Beltre to first and move Profar to third when Kinsler comes back. Now, I’m not saying this will happen, but it’s a possibility. Clearly, Puig seems to have the better chance of sticking, but there is no denying Profar’s talent. He 100 percent belongs in the major leagues and it is only a matter of time before he is a household name in both the majors and fantasy land.
The short term is still a bit unclear for these two burgeoning stars, but one thing is for sure.
Baseball’s future is incredibly bright.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.
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