2014 Fantasy Baseball Prospects: Who Will Be Called Up Next?
The Chicago Cubs made some noise this week by calling up one of their top prospects. Ironically, though, it wasn’t the youngster everyone expected. The team called up 2B/OF Arismendy Alcantara and the 22-year-old has been rather productive since joining the big league squad.
With that in mind, let’s think about the next superstar that could be called up.
Probably the most likely prospect to be called up this month is Javier Baez. He may be hitting just .240 in the minors, but he has amassed 14 homers, 55 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases on the year. The infielder is the pride of the Cubbies farm system and projects to be a 30-HR slugger at the next level.
His teammate, Kris Bryant, is also tearing the cover off the ball in the minors. He has 31 homers on the year, including another nine long balls in the 24 games since being promoted to Triple-A. Chicago will have a tough time keeping this slugger in the minors much longer.
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Maikel Franco has finally started to heat up and could be in line for a promotion any day now. He is hitting .348 in the last 10 games at Triple-A Lehigh Valley and has driven in 11 runs. Franco will get the call before the end of the year.
The New York Yankees haven’t received much production out of 2B Brian Roberts, as the veteran is hitting just .241 on the year. Ironically, Roberts is likely yo be repaved by Robert Refsnyder. The 24-year-old has a .333 average in the minors this season and could instantly contribute to New York’s offense.
The New York Mets have already announced that they will not be calling up top prospect Noah Syndergaard at all this season, so he won’t be around anytime soon. Feel free to take the highly-owned prospect off of your radar in one-and-done leagues.
There will be plenty of prospects to be called up over the second half of the season and a couple of them will put up All-Star numbers. It happens every year and fantasy fans would be wise to start thinking ahead.