And the prospect train is still rolling as two more top talents were called up over the weekend. Fantasy owners have had a plethora of impact prospects to choose from this season.
New Fantasy Baseball Prospects
Byron Buxton, Min OF
Many prospect rankings have the 21-year-old Buxton at the top of the heap because of his potential to be a five-tool superstar over the next couple seasons. The Twins recalled the speedy outfielder from Double-A where he was batting .283 with six homeruns and 20 stolen bases in 22 attempts. Buxton made his Major League debut starting in center field and batting ninth on Sunday, and most expect him to bat closer to the top of the lineup at some point soon.
Fantasy owners were scurrying to pick him up yesterday as news got out that he would be promoted, but he might still be available in some leagues. Although the former No. 2 overall pick in 2012 was on a tear recently in Double-A (.467 average over last eight games), temper your expectations right away. He is an ultra-talented youngster who was tearing up Double-A pitching, which isn’t near the same as Big League pitching. Count on him to steal bases though as speed doesn’t slump and translates immediately in the Show.
Francisco Lindor, Cle SS
This slick-fielding shortstop is scheduled to make his first Major League start on Monday because he got to the field late on Sunday after being called up. Lindor is also just 21 years of age with a bright future, but known more so for his glove work than his hitting ability. The shortstop hit a combined .278 in the Minor Leagues after being drafted by the Cleveland Indians with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2011 draft. It will be interesting to see how often he tries to steal bases as he swiped 28 last year in the Minors while being caught a whopping 16 times.
Fantasy owners in deeper leagues will certainly find him useful on their team while owners in mixed and more shallow leagues may not. Expect him to struggle at the plate, even though he was on a recent hot streak in Triple-A. Lindor makes for an immediate improvement for the Indians with his top-tier fielding, but he leaves a lot to be desired for fantasy owners in terms of hitting ability.