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February 19, 2014

Get to Know

Outfield Prospects

by Ben Carsley


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There are a lot of good fantasy outfield prospects in the minor leagues right now.

This is a good thing, because as Paul Sporer pointed out yesterday, outfield is a relatively shallow fantasy position in 2014. Many of the game's best players are outfielders, to be sure. But in standard leagues where 50-90 outfielders are technically fantasy starters, things get pretty ugly in the middle and late rounds. People are still rostering Raul Ibanez in 2014, and doing so is defensible.

With that in mind, let's take a look at the deep crop of prospects poised to improve our outfield outlook both in 2014 and beyond.

NAMES FOR 2014

Oscar Taveras, Cardinals
It's easy to overlook Taveras thanks to the adulation given to Byron Buxton, Xander Bogaerts, and Javier Baez, but he firmly belongs among the elite four fantasy prospects in the game today. With a potential 80-grade hit tool and more power pop in his bat than many realize, Taveras could be the closest we get to seeing a Vladimir Guerrero reincarnation from an offensive standpoint, and he should be ready by June. If he sees enough PA, he has a chance to finish as a top-50 outfielder in 2014 batting in what should be an excellent lineup. He's the type of player the Cardinals will make room for, and all he needs to do is stay healthy for his talent to shine through.

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