“So far, so good,” some might say about the 2015 Major League Baseball season. We have had some unexpected surprises when it comes to rookies so far while there are more prospects awaiting their call to the Bigs. One of the top prospects in all the game was called up recently and there have been a couple others who have cracked the 25-man roster worth owning in fantasy leagues.
Fantasy Baseball Prospects
Carlos Rodon, CWS SP
The White Sox have officially purchased the 22-year-old’s contract from Triple-A Charlotte, adding him to the team’s active roster before Monday’s contest against Cleveland. Rodon was the third overall selection in last year’s draft out of North Carolina State University and has excelled quickly through the Minors having just 11 appearances (eight starts) under his belt. Chicago will reportedly use the southpaw out of the bullpen right away, but either John Danks or Hector Noesi figure to be replaced in the rotation soon enough.
Rodon could hit the ground running in the Show making him worthy of an add in deeper formats for now, even though he doesn’t have a rotation spot yet. His fastball sits around 92-94 MPH consistently while his slider is an elite pitch according to scouts with a two-break plane and the changeup is still a work in progress. Surely, when he breaks into the rotation his value will be enough to warrant an add in most 10 and 12-man leagues.
Archie Bradley, Ari SP
The Diamondbacks’ top pitching prospect has pitched well to start his Major League career with a pair of quality starts in as many times taking the ball. Bradley blanked the Dodgers for six innings to earn the win while allowing just one hit in his debut and then surrendered a pair of runs in 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Giants. Those owners who added him before the season are already seeing the dividends of this young and talented arm.
Bradley will have ups-and-downs like any rookie hurler, but his stuff is already above average at the age of 22. According to FanGraphs, the former seventh overall pick in 2011 is throwing his fastball at an average of 92 MPH this season, while his good curveball and changeup have been sitting in the low-80s. While his 1.42 earned run average is outstanding through two starts, don’t expect him to have that type of success all season. Fantasy owners should expect 11-13 wins this season with an ERA in the mid-3s and a pretty good amount of strikeouts to go with.
J.T. Realmuto, Mia C
The catcher of the future has found his way back to Miami already after being up with the big club on two separate occasions last season when he hit a combined .241 (7-for-29). The Marlins chose the 24-year-old backstop in the third round of the 2010 draft out of Carl Albert High School in Oklahoma. Realmuto doesn’t have a lot of pop with his short, compact swing as evidenced by the 33 career homeruns he’s hit over the past six Minor League seasons. Fantasy owners in real deep leagues and/or two catcher league may want to add him at this point. Realmuto has been taking playing time away from veteran Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who is struggling terribly at this juncture.
My name is Andrew Eggers. I will be coming out with more fantasy baseball prospect articles throughout the season. If you have any fantasy baseball questions, hit us up on Twitter @fantasycouch or feel free to hound me down on Instagram @AndrewEggers.