Top Fantasy Baseball Prospects for 2018
Here at RotoAce, we like to keep you informed about fantasy baseball prospects who can help you win right now. So, this list will not include the best overall minor leaguers, but rather a quick look at top picks at each position who you can expect to make significant contributions in 2018:
(Tie) Chance Sisco, Orioles and Jorge Alfaro, Phillies: Both are top-10 prospects in tier organizations. Both may break camp with the team or be called up as soon as the service time allows. Both will benefit from playing home games in hitter-friendly stadiums. Both enjoyed their cups of coffee in the big last season. But that’s where the similarities end. Alfaro is the power bat and Sisco is the better hitter. We currently have Sisco ranked ahead of Alfaro, but Alfaro may have an immediate playing-time advantage due to the Phillies’ rebuilding efforts.
Ryan McMahon, Rockies: He destroyed the minors last season to the tune of 63 extra-base hits and a .355/.403/.583 combined line in Double-A and Triple-A. We currently have him ranked well above any other minor leaguers at the position, and if he does start, we could be looking at a Trevor Story-type of debut.
Scott Kingery, Phillies: Speaking of abusing minor-league pitchers, Kingery was red-hot for most of the season, putting up some excellent numbers as well. He’s suddenly knocking on the door, with only Cesar Hernandez blocking him. He has an excellent chance to break camp with the club, but he should be up before June either way. Look for our projection to rise considerably if we hear he’s won a job.
J.P. Crawford, Phillies: Kingery’s future keystone partner is ready now and appears to already have the job. We have him projected with 581 plate appearances, delivering a nice blend of power and speed with a high walk rate to boot. Grab him now!
Nick Senzel, Reds: The Yankees’ duo of Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres may need to wait a while to make their impacts, while Senzel has been playing all over the diamond and may start off as a super utility guy. He’s an advanced college hitter who could thrive in the cozy environment of Great American Ball Park. Expect our projection to skyrocket if we he makes the club out of spring training.
Ronald Acuna, Braves: After a meteoric rise through the minors last season, Acuna is on the verge of MLB stardom. If you have the ability to get him in a keeper league, do it! If you can trade for him, do it! We already have him projected for a .782 OPS, as he has actually gotten better with each stop along the way.
Shohei Ohtani, Angels: It remains to be seen whether he is the “best player in the world” as the two-way Japanese star has been hyped by some. But early indications are that his stuff is electric and some scouts see him as a future No. 1 starter. We already have him projected as a Top-25 pitcher as well as a Top-75 keeper-league player. If you want Ohtani, you will pay with either a high bid or an early-round selection. But he will be worth it.
A.J. Minter, Braves: His cup of coffee was enough to convince us that he will be a dominant force in the Atlanta bullpen this season. Since he was a second-round pick from Texas A&M in 2015, he had an 11.7 K/9 in 57 appearances to reach the majors. Once he got here, he made quick work of the major leaguers he faced (15.6 K/9, 26-2 K-BB) in his 16 appearances. He could be closing games for the Braves by May at this rate.