This article is part of our Farm Futures series.
The MLB Draft is less than two weeks away (June 9), so it's time to preview some of the potential impact fantasy players who will soon be entering the professional ranks. A handful of these players will be important in all formats a lot sooner than many fantasy owners realize. Alex Bregman, who was the second pick in last year's draft, is already generating interest in single-season and dynasty leagues alike, while players like Dansby Swanson, Brendan Rodgers and Andrew Benintendi are among the best fantasy prospects in the minor leagues as we approach the one-year anniversary of them coming off the board within the first 10 picks of last year's draft.
Given the dearth of high-end talent remaining in the minor leagues after all the big league graduations over the past 12 months, the players selected in this year's draft will soon account for a notable percentage of the top-200. Here are a dozen of the most intriguing hitters in this year's class, listed in approximate order of how they'll rank when they debut on our prospect rankings later this month.
Corey Ray, OF, 21, Louisville
Expected Draft Pick Range: 1-11
As the safest college hitter on the board, Ray has the best chance to be the first position player from this draft class to reach the big leagues. His approach is excellent, with a virtually even K:BB, and he can play all three outfield spots so he is less likely to be blocked by