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August 30, 2013

Fantasy Fool's Gold

Catcher and First Base Prospects

by Ben Carsley


The majority of fantasy baseball players on the planet only need to worry about a pool of 300-400 major leaguers. The world is filled with normal people who just want to fill out a starting lineup with household names, make a few savvy pickups, and beat the competition to a promising youngster or two as the season progresses.

This will not be a series for such people.

Instead, we’re targeting brave souls of unwavering dedication and questionable sanity who play in AL- and NL-only formats or the deepest of mixed dynasty leagues. You don’t want to know about established major leaguers, because they’re already owned. You don’t want to know about top 100 prospects, because they were claimed long ago. You need to go deeper.

But, much as you shouldn’t grocery shop when you’re hungry, you shouldn’t scour the waiver wires or minor-league box scores when you’re desperate or don’t know what you’re looking for. And so, with considerable assistance from the MiLB team here at BP, we bring you the Fantasy Fool’s Gold series: a position-by-position breakdown of minor leaguers who might tempt you, but who may not provide the fantasy oomph you so desire.

We begin with five catcher and first base prospects who, unlike so many Transformers, might be less than meets the eye.

Christian Bethancourt, C, Braves
Long considered one of the best defensive catching prospects in the game, Bethancourt has improved offensively this season. He’s hitting .283/.311/.446 in 371 plate appearances as a 21-year-old in Double-A in 2013. That compares quite well to the .243/.275/.291 line he put up in 288 PA last year at the same level. Bethancourt is hitting for more power than he has at any point since Rookie ball and his triple-slash line is quite attractive for a catcher, so why should fantasy owners still hesitate to vie for his services?

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