College Prospects

RanaudoIn deep keeper leagues, a great way to grab prospects is to grab them before they appear on the prospect lists.  College players often reach the major leagues quickly (Posey, Beckham, Price, etc), and it’s often easy to tell who the best prospects will be.  Expect each of these players to be among the top 100 prospects when they reach the minor leagues.

1.  Bryce Harper (Catcher, College of Southern Nevada)—Harper appears because he enrolled early at a JUCO to become draft eligible.  At only 17, he is years from the majors, but still ranks #1 fairly easily.

2.  Christian Colon (Shortstop, Cal-State Fullerton)—Colon is next in the line of impressive college shortstops from Southern California.  A contact hitter with decent power, Colon arguably goes into next season as the best hitter in college baseball.

3.   Anthony Ranaudo (Pitcher, LSU)—Ranaudo was solid last season and is the most MLB-ready player in the draft.  He should be selected in the top 10 next season.

4.   Gerrit Cole (P, UCLA)-The early frontrunner to be the first pick in 2011, Cole passed on a large signing bonus from the Yankees to attend UCLA.  Throws a fastball consistently between 96-98 MPH.

5.   Bryce Bentz (1B, Middle Tennessee State)—Bentz is a power hitter similar to Justin Smoak, and his numbers have been impressive over the past two seasons.  He might be the best college player available for fantasy teams.

6.  Drew Pomeranz (P, Ole Miss)—Pomeranz is the best left-handed college pitcher in the draft.  He posts impressive strikeout numbers (124 in 95 innings), and should be selected in the first round next season.

7.  Matt Purke (P, TCU)-Purke is yet to throw a collegiate inning, but makes this list based on a great high school career.  Purke was selected 14th overall in the ’09 draft, but surprisingly decided to attend TCU after being unable to reach a deal with the Rangers.

8.  Anthony Rendon (3B, Rice)-Rendon will not be draft-eligible until 2011, but he was the best freshman in college baseball last season, leading the Owls with 20 HR’s and 72 RBI’s.

9.  Leon Landry (3B, LSU)—Like 2009 draft pick Jared Mitchell, Landry has a great combination of speed and power.  Landry showed great improvement last season, and could be picked in the top 10-15 picks with a good season in 2010.

10.  Matt Harvey (Pitcher, North Carolina)—Harvey has the highest upside of any college pitcher.  He throws a low-to-mid 90’s fastball, and when his curveball is on, he is tough to hit.  His downside is unimpressive numbers last season.

Others Notable Players: Yasmani Grandal (C, Miami), Brandon Workman (P-Texas), Ross Wilson (IF, Alabama), Derek Dietrich (SS, Georgia Tech), Josh Osich (P, Oregon State), Tyler Holt (OF, Florida State), and Chris Hernandez (P, Miami), Sonny Gray (P, Vanderbilt), Logan Verrett (P, Baylor), Alex Meyer (P, Kentucky), Barrett Loux (P, Texas A&M),