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June 25, 2014

Dynasty Dynamics

Futures Team Meet and Greet: USA

by Craig Goldstein


With the MLB Futures Game rosters being announced yesterday, Ben and I thought it would be informative to take a look at the rosters and provide some base-level information on some of the prospects you might not necessarily know. Given that this column is geared toward deep and dynasty leagues, many of these names will be familiar, but there are always noobs getting into dynasty leagues that are out of their depth and tired of being pwned or whatever. This one’s for them.

This week I’ll tackle the Team USA roster, with Ben following up next week with a look at the World roster. We’re happy for two straight weeks off from our bickering, too.

Guys You Know: Lucas Giolito (SP - WAS), Hunter Harvey (SP - BAL), Robert Stephenson (SP - CIN), Noah Syndergaard (SP - NYM), Henry Owens (SP - BOS), Mookie Betts (2B/CF - BOS), Kris Bryant (3B - CHC), Joey Gallo (3B - TEX), Corey Seager (SS - LAD), Josh Bell (RF - PIT), J.P. Crawford (SS - PHI)

Guys You Might Not:

Marco Gonzales - SP (STL)
Okay, this is cheating a bit because he’ll be starting tonight and you’ll know who he is soon enough. The upside is that with Shelby Miller’s injury, he might get multiple starts adding to his immediate value. For everything else Marco, J.P. Breen and Jeff Moore have you covered.

Daniel Norris - SP (TOR)
Norris gets plenty of play around BP, but with his recent domination of High-A (1.22 ERA, 76 K, 18 BB in 66. 1/3 IP) and subsequent promotion to Double-A, perhaps it’s not nearly enough. He did get touched up in his first upper minors start, but still managed to whiff nine in 5 2/3 innings, highlighting the quality of his stuff. Norris missed the cut on Jason Parks’ top 101, but he was in the next 10 guys. He’s got some command issues, but has clearly put some work in on those. He’s athletic and repeats his delivery well, and could have three average or better pitches with the slider and fastball grading as plus. This is a guy who’s likely role is as a fantasy three with the ability to eat innings and miss bats, giving him the upside of a number two if it all comes together. Add in that Double-A is basically one level from the big leagues now, and Norris needs to figure prominently on your radar.

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