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March 5, 2014 6:00 am

Get to Know: Relief Pitcher Prospects

13

Ben Carsley

From true relievers to starters who might convert, a look at the arms that could rack up saves or holds down the road.

Nope. I'm not doing it. I'm not dignifying the reliever position with an introduction.

To warrant inclusion here, every pitcher has to a) project to have at least eighth-inning upside, b) project to reach the majors by 2015, and c) project to have a huge impact in either strikeouts or WHIP.

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February 26, 2014 6:00 am

Get to Know: Starting Pitcher Prospects

16

Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein

A rundown of the minor-league arms who could help your fantasy team in 2014 and beyond.

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February 19, 2014 6:00 am

Get to Know: Outfield Prospects

23

Ben Carsley

Running down the minor leaguers who could become fantasy contributors at this position in 2014 and beyond.

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February 13, 2014 6:00 am

Get to Know: Third Base Prospects

15

Craig Goldstein

A look the fantasy contributions you can expect when prospects like Kris Bryant, Nick Castellanos, and Miguel Sano reach the majors.

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February 5, 2014 6:00 am

Get to Know: Shortstop Prospects

12

Ben Carsley

A wave of talent could soon transform this position into a fantasy strength.

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January 30, 2014 6:00 am

Get to Know: Second Base Prospects

11

Craig Goldstein

A look at the future contributors at the keystone, both for later this year and beyond.

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January 24, 2014 6:00 am

Get to Know: First Base Prospects

15

Craig Goldstein

The offensive bar is set high for these minor leaguers, but their defensive shortcomings won't hurt your fantasy squad.

Given all of the major-league talent and production that plays at first base, you’d think that there’s a veritable cornucopia of names that are lurking just below the surface, waiting to be promoted and produce. Well, you’d be wrong. So very, very wrong. And not the kind of wrong where you don’t want to be right, either.

Instead, what we find is a smattering of players who have a strong enough offensive profile to withstand the weight of expectations placed on a first baseman, while also featuring a lack of defensive ability so distinct that their teams aren’t even attempting to play them out of position with the hope that they could somehow not be a first baseman. Instead, the depth at the major-league level is created when teams ultimately give up on the guys they are playing out of position and transition them down the defensive spectrum, because, at this point, winning games starts to matter.

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January 15, 2014 6:00 am

Get to Know: Catcher Prospects

9

Ben Carsley

A look at the young backstops working their way through the pipeline and what they might one day bring to your fantasy squad.

Ah, catching prospects. The sirens of the fantasy prospecting world. One look at those among the current crop of backstops who qualify as “fantasy relevant” will make any owner yearn for more talent and a deeper pool of names, which makes these minor leaguers even more attractive. After all, the average triple-slash line for all catchers in the majors was .245/.310/.344. How hard can it be for the next wave of catchers to top that?

The answer, of course, is very hard. The path to MLB catching stardom is fraught with more perils than the trek to any other position, and patience, above all else, is a virtue when courting young catching talent. Fast movers like Buster Posey are extreme outliers. Good overall players like Mike Zunino get overrated in fantasy circles. And offense-first names like Jesus Montero see their deficiencies ignored as we instead focus on the potential for future excellence.

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