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Prospect Strategy: Think Big

Fred Meyer

Fred Meyer

Fred Meyer writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

I can't abide lack of upside. I'm sure he opens doors for the ladies and is a tender listener, but there's no place in my minor league squad for Jake Odorizzi. Prospect slots are the lowest risk part of your roster. Why use one of them for the type of guy you can buy cheap as a major leaguer? When the top impact prospects are off the board, you're going to face a choice between sure things in back-end rotation fodder like Odorizzi, or guys who will either blow up and become stars or tremendous busts.

They're young, maybe not even in A-ball yet. That's the point. It's too early now to count on them but next year will be too late to snag one. They're Oscar Taveras before he destroyed Low-A and put himself on the map. Oscar afterwards is who goes early in your minors draft. When he's off the board, go for the next Taveras and skip the next Jeff Suppan.

If you get good at this and have a few lottery tickets turn into Raul Adalberto Mondesi rather than Ravel Santana,

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