March 20, 2017
Five to Watch
American League Prospects
We’re less than two weeks away from Opening Day and fantasy baseball draft season is in full swing. It’s time to get excited. The primary focus of this article is to highlight American League prospects that are on the cusp of making a significant fantasy impact in the major leagues this upcoming season.
I’ve taken the liberty of excluding Andrew Benintendi. He’s really freaking good. He’s going to be the Red Sox everyday left fielder and is currently being drafted among the top 30 outfielders (129th overall, 9th round) in NFBC leagues this spring. You don’t need to hear anything more about him. Barring an unforeseen development, Yoan Moncada will not break camp as the White Sox starting second basemen, therefore he warrants a mention in this space.
For what it’s worth, I didn’t include Gleyber Torres or Brent Honeywell, a pair of my favorite fantasy prospects in the entire game. I understand that the hype machine is in overdrive right now regarding Torres, but it would be extremely unlikely for him to ascend to the major leagues this season. The 20-year-old shortstop has raked in spring training and is coming off an MVP performance in the Arizona Fall League, but he has yet to even reach Double-A. Barring an unforeseen development, or major injury issues, the Yankees have little incentive to rush Torres to the major leagues this season.