Angeles Angels – Juan Segura, SS.
Segura has spent a lot of time on the Disabled
List in his early career, but that does not shy many scouts from having him
high up prospect lists. He possesses a very good hit tool, and good power to go
with very good speed. Some scouts are worried about him filling out and losing
some of his speed tool, but there’s enough here to be excited about. I see him
having a very high ceiling, possibly along the lines of .300 average, 20 home
runs and 20 stolen bases yearly. That would put him into elite fantasy shortstop
territory. I truly see him at a .280 average, 15 home runs and 15 stolen bases,
which is still very valuable. He needs to stay healthy this year, but if he
does, he’s going to be a very good player for a very long time.
Angeles Dodgers – Joc Pederson, OF.
The Dodgers are truly lacking upside
offensive players in their system. Pederson has the highest upside of the
bunch, but he is a long way away. Hitting in rookie level Ogden last year,
Pederson hit .353 with 11 home runs, 20 doubles and 24 stolen bases. Those
numbers are tremendous for that level, and project well as he continues. I
don’t see him as an elite power threat, but rather as someone who may top out
at 20 home runs yearly. Still, the combination of average and speed are very
enticing for fantasy owners, and he’s someone we should monitor closely in 2012.
He won’t be near the MLB for another three years, but I can certainly see him
in Dodger Blue by 2015.
Marlins – Marcell Ozuna, OF.
Just like the Dodgers, the Marlins are
devoid of many true impact bats in their system. Christian Yelich and Ozuna are
truly the only two that I see having the upside of an impact MLB player. Ozuna
has light-tower power, and has shown it through each of his first two pro
seasons. As a 19-year-old, he hit 22 home runs between two levels, and as a
20-year-old, he hit 23 home runs. In addition to his power, Ozuna has an
absolute bazooka for an arm in right field. But therein lies one of his
problems. Right field. The Marlins have this guy named Mike … er … Giancarlo
Stanton, who will man that slot for years. Ozuna’s other problem is the
strikeouts (121 last year). If he can continue to improve his pitch recognition,
he projects as a middle-of-the-order bat with elite power.
Brewers – Taylor Jungmann, RHP.
The Brewers are a team that are devoid
of any true impact bats in their system. Sound familiar so far? The difference
is that I have a lot of faith in their pitching prospects, and Jungmann is
highest on my list. One of two first-round picks last year, Jungmann has a high
ceiling, but not an elite one. He has an above average fastball with good life,
and a pretty good breaking ball. In my opinion, though, it will be the changeup
that will determine how quickly he can move through the minor leagues. He’s had
a lot of success at the college level, and appears likely to continue that in
his professional career. I’m buying.
Twins – Eddie Rosario, 2B/OF.
In my opinion, Rosario is one of the
more exciting prospects out there that no one really knows about. He had a very
strong debut in 2010, and followed that up with an elite 2011. In the
short-season Appalachian League, he had a .337 average with 21 home runs and 17
stolen bases. He led the league in home runs, triples, runs, total bases and
slugging percentage. Not shabby. Still very young, Rosario should continue to
progress, and has elite upside. I can see him reaching Minnesota at the end of
2013, but could be a mainstay in the Twins lineup starting the following season.
As fantasy owners, these are the type of players that will continually go
during the early parts of drafts. Dynasty owners, remember this name for your
York Mets – Reese Havens, 2B.
I may be the only person left on the
planet still on the Havens bandwagon, so there’s plenty of room if you want to
join me. A first-round pick in 2008, Havens hasn’t come close to fulfilling his
potential. The biggest reason? The guy can’t stay healthy. He’s always on the Disabled
List, and has had back issues this spring again. So why the optimism? Havens
can absolutely rake, and if (and I mean a BIG IF) he stays healthy, he’s
someone who can hit 20-plus home runs with an average near .300. That’s someone
you’d love to have on both your fantasy team and your favorite team. The Mets
have no real roadblocks in place for Havens, so if he can get healthy, and stay
healthy for half a season, I truly believe he’s manning second in Citi Field by
July. The chances of that happening though are very slim. Still, if you invest
in him now in dynasty leagues, it will cost you nothing, and could have big