I get questions from readers all the time, most of them for fantasy purposes. I'm not necessarily a fantasy writer, but whatever the incentive, I enjoy interacting with readers, and frankly, am glad to have any at all, so it's time to answer some reader questions that have come in during the start to this season.
I've done this periodically in the past, but would like to do it more often, and will, if I get the questions to work with. Questions don't have to be fantasy related, as long as they're prospect related, and the more obscure the prospect, the more likely it will be answered. There's not a whole lot more I can say about Billy Hamilton or Mike Zunino that I can say that hasn't already been said.
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The following are actual questions by readers, and the corresponding answers.
Q: I am in a pretty deep 12 team head to head fantasy league and have been trying to figure out which prospects are worth stashing at this time. The waiver wire is thin and Wil Myers is currently being stashed. I need pitching help so I am currently holding onto Gerrit Cole (thinking he may be up soon) but guys like Nolan Arenado, Jurickson Profar, Oscar Taveras, Dylan Bundy and Zack Wheeler are sitting there. Basically I'm wondering if you could shed some light on who will get the call first / how you would rank them as a stash?
A: This question came in about a week ago, and since then, Arenado has been called up by the Rockies, so he's obviously the answer here. Wheeler will probably be called up by the Mets next, as they have all but announced that he'll join the team in June. The Rangers still don't have a way to play Profar every day until someone gets hurt, so who knows when he'll be up. The same applies for Taveras, whose call-up is at the mercy of Carlos Beltran's knees. Bundy is out of minor league action for six weeks with an injury, and may not be up this season at all.
As for ranking them, Taveras and Profar have generally been the 1a and 1b in prospects this season in just about everyone's estimation, with the argument being that Taveras is the better offensive player, but Profar plays a more scarce position. The position argument is even more drastic in fantasy baseball, which could give Profar the nod, but really it comes down to the need of your team. After that, I'd take Wheeler then Bundy, but neither over Cole.
Q: Pick two hitting prospects destined to be power hitters who hit for average in the majors (a la Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun): Jonathan Singleton, Anthony Rendon, Yaisel Puig, Miguel Sano.
A: Do I have to pick two from that list? Cause I'm not gonna.
Of those four, Puig, I guess, would be the best choice, but also the biggest risk. Rendon won't hit for the power of the guys you mentioned. Sano probably won't hit for average. Singleton is probably the most likely candidate of the four to join the level of the three vets you mentioned, but he's got to lay off the reefer first.
Oscar Taveras is probably the prospect in the minors who offers the best average/power combination. If you're looking for a prospect who can potentially put up Bruan/Cabrera numbers, it's a short list that may begin and end with Taveras.
Taveras is the best bet to reach that level, but Wil Myers is another prospect who could combine power and average in the majors, especially if strike outs aren't a concern.