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The Charm City hasn't lived up to its name when it comes to prospects the last few seasons. Does that change in 2016?

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January 24, 2014 6:00 am

Get to Know: First Base Prospects


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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August 30, 2013 7:41 am

Fantasy Fool's Gold: Catcher and First Base Prospects


Ben Carsley

In the debut edition of this column, Ben breaks down the future dynasty-league value of five minor leaguers, including one backstop and four first basemen.

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.

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