With the Super Two Deadline right around the corner, it is time to start thinking about stashing those top prospects. What are your teams needs both statistically and positionally? Plan accordingly and these guys can provide your team with that boost you’re looking for. It will require one of your highly valued roster spots and excruciating patience but the payout is well worth the wait when one catch lighning in a bottle when one of these guys explodes on to the scene. We will cover five prospects from each league and start in the AL before moving on to the NL.
Age: 22 Bats/Throws: S/R Position: 2B/3B Height: 6-2 Weight: 205
Moncada has been at the top of prospect lists ever since he signed out of Cuba for a juicy $31.5 million signing and is one of the most heralded prospects in the game. Most likely he’s already owned in your league but if not now is the time to snatch him up. He struggled with his first taste of MLB pitching last season with the Red Sox but he has all the tools of a perennial five-category fantasy contributor. He is off to a blistering start to this season in Triple-A, slashing .322/.400/.503 with six home runs and ten stolen bases, and it feels promising that we’ll see this type of production translate to the bigs once he debuts later this season.
Age: 21 Bats/Throws: R/R Position: OF Height: 5-10 Weight: 190
Barreto was the A’s prize in the Josh Donaldson trade and it is almost time for his long-awaited arrival. His OBP is suppressed by a severe strikeout problem but the batting average will play and he is a power-speed threat. So far this season in Triple-A Barreto has six home runs and three stolen bases. He’s also been caught stealing four times. His debut will likely be delayed until the A’s trade Jed Lowrie, but once this deal is made it is Barreto’s time to shine.
Age: 24 Bats/Throws: L/L Position: 1B Height: 6-4 Weight: 275
After struggling mightily in his MLB debut last season, Reed showed signs of life in Spring Training before getting sent to Triple-A for everyday at-bats to start the season. Blocking his path to the recall at this point is Yuli Gurriel who has been steady but unspectacular so far this season. There are two options for Reed at this point. With the Astros’ running away with the AL West, they may give Reed another chance to prove himself. He offers a similar profile to Gurriel with more power upside. The other path is that the Astros use Reed as trade bait at the deadline and gets regular at-bats in a new home. One way or the other, Reed is ready for another chance and will likely get it later this summer.
Age: 20 Bats/Throws: R/R Position: 3B Height: 6-0 Weight: 195
Pablo Sandoval started the year poorly on both offense and defense before getting injured, Brock Holt can’t seem to shake his concussion symptoms, and Macro Hernandez recently underwent shoulder surgery. All this has resulted in Deven Marrero and Josh Rutledge splitting time at the hot corner and leaves a lot to be desired. He’s unpolished at only 20 years old, but Devers is a highly-touted, power hitting third baseman that some feel is ready to contribute. Even with Pablo Sandoval recently activated from the disabled list, there have been whispers around Boston that Devers is the solution if the lack of production from the hot corner continues.
Age: 20 Bats/Throws: R/R Position: SS Height: 6-1 Weight: 175
The Yankees are in a similar situation to their AL East rival the Boston Red Sox. Both have promising 20-year-old prospects and a need at the hot corner. In the Yankees’ case, it’s Chase Headley’s lack of production so far this season. With the Yankees’ in contention this call up is not a forgone conclusion, but the rumor mill began spinning faster when the Yankees promoted Torres to Triple-A earlier last week. Torres is a natural shortstop that has been getting reps at third base this season and could become the Yankees’ solution if Cashman wants to avoid the trade market to fill the void. Torres is a .281 hitter with 21 home runs and 59 stolen bases so far in his young professional career.
Age: 24 Bats/Throws: R/R Position: 1B Height: 6-4 Weight: 225
Hoskins has been mashing in Triple-A to the tune of a .323 /.423 /.659 / triple slash with 13 home runs. Unfortunately for him, Tommy Joseph is one of the Phillies’ hottest hitters right now and has done nothing to lose his starting job. However, this is only delaying the inevitable and Hoskins will get the call eventually. When he does he’ll you a power boost with the potential for strong ratios.
Age: 23 Bats/Throws: R/R Position: OF Height: 6-3 Weight: 195
Brinson was the prized return in last season’s Jonathan Lucroy deal is power and speed threat that has potential five-category impact potential. So far this season Brinson is slashing .315/.405/.504 which are some of the best numbers of his professional career in the minors. He’s also added four home runs and five stolen bases. The Brewers’ outfield is already crowded at this point but Brinson’s performance is worthy of a call-up and despite the Brewers’ patience. Thankfully, Hernan Perez is a super utility option and gives manager Craig Counsell flexibility to mix and match the lineup once Brinson finally gets the call.
Age: 22 Bats/Throws: L/L Position: OF Height: 6-3 Weight: 200
Meadows got off to a horrific start to the season but has turned it around, hitting .317/.378/.465 with two home runs and six stolen bases since the start of May. The Pirates outfield situation has been shaken up by Starling Marte’s PED suspension, and Adam Frazier and Jose Osuna have been doing a respectable job in his absence but do not offer the upside of Meadows. The Pirates are unlikely to rush him due to lost development time last year caused by injury, but nonetheless, Meadows is likely to debut later his summer and is another guy with five-category potential.
Age: 21 Bats/Throws: R/R Position: S Height: 6-2 Weight: 190
Sandy Alderson continues to deny the rumors that Rosario is getting called up despite the Mets’ top prospect’s torrent start to the season in Triple-A. Only 21 years old, Rosario is slashing .351/.388/.505 with four home runs and ten stolen bases and offers an intriguing fantasy profile. The biggest question mark at this point is when the Mets’ will finally invite him to Queens. Rosario’s debut later this summer feels inevitable with the Mets roster ravaged by injuries and sitting 8.5 games off the pace in the NL East, and he’ll provide a boost for the patient fantasy owners once he finally gets the promotion.
Age: 23 Bats/Throws: L/L Position: OF Height: 6-3 Weight: 215
Winker made his debut earlier this season. He got two pinch-hit at-bats, picking up his first big league knock on a two-RBI double, and then the Reds’ sent him back down to Louisville. However, it’s only a matter of time before he gets recalled, especially if the Reds’ decide to trade Adam Duvall. When Winker does get called back up he’ll offer fantasy owners a strong hitting ratio profile. His lack power or speed leaves more to be desired, but he is a pure hitter that will have a knack for getting on base and will produce runs from his spot in the Reds’ lineup.
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