Top 15 Future Prospects

Top 15 Future Prospects

These rankings are based on talent level and estimated arrival date.  If allowed, the key to winning a fantasy keeper league is knowing to pick “outside the prospect list” after the first round (assuming other players haven’t caught onto the idea).  The only thing keeping these players off the top 100 prospect list is not signing a major league contract, so if allowed, you can build a dominant farm system by simply grabbing them a little early.

1.   Anthony Rendon—3B, Rice        Top 10        2012/2013
2.  Yu Darvish—P, Japan                   Top 5           unknown (likely arrival)
3.  Gerrit Cole—P, UCLA                    Top 20        2012/2013
4.  Matt Purke—P, TCU                       Top 20        2013
5.  Jackie Bradley—OF, S. Car.         Top 50         2013
6.  Sonny Gray—P, Vandy,                 Top 50         2013
7.  George Springer—OF, UConn.   Top 50         2013
8.  Matt Barnes —P, UConn.              Top 75         2013
9.  Alfredo Despaigne—OF, Cuba    Top 10         unknown (speculative arrival)
10.  Taylor Jungmann—P, Texas,    Top 75         2013
11.  Trevor Bauer—P, UCLA              Top 100      2013
12.  Archie Bradley—P, HS Ok.        Top 50          2015
13.  Bubba Starling—OF, HS Ks.      Top 50       2015
14.  Kenny Diekroeger—3B, Stan.   Top 75        2014
15.  Daniel Norris—P, HS Tn.           Top 75        2015

Worth mentioning this strategy does not work in AL/NL-only leagues except in extreme circumstances where you know there is a good chance the player ends up in your league.   For example, I picked Bryce Harper in the second round of my NL-only fantasy keeper league draft last season and its worked out well.  This season, the only two picks worth the gamble in these leagues are Darvish in AL-only leagues (probably a Yankee) and Rendon in NL-only leagues (probably a Pirate).