18-Year-Old Shortstop – Washington Nationals
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
The top four fantasy prospects in baseball were all international signees. For opportunistic owners looking to snag the next high-end Latin American prospect before he pops, Antuna is as good a bet as...
Yasel Antuna Contract Information:
Signed a $3.9 million contract with the Nationals in July of 2016.
Antuna went 3-for-4 with two triples, two runs scored and two RBI for the GCL Nationals on Wednesday.
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Washington Nationals Roster
MajorsAdams, Austin (P)
AAAAlmanzar, Michael (3B)
AAAbreu, Osvaldo (SS)
ABanks, Nick (OF)
RookieAlvarado, Elvis (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The Nationals fell in love with Antuna over the summer, eventually giving the 16-year-old switch-hitter a $3.9 million signing bonus in July (the most they've ever given a teenage international), and it's easy to see why. He's a potential five-tool shortstop, and while his bat speed and quick-twitch athleticism may not be elite, he's got top-end speed and has shown more polish and power at the plate than one might expect from a teenage Dominican middle infielder. As with any prospect this far from the majors and with this much physical development ahead of him, his career could take a wide range of paths. Some scouts doubt his ability to stick at shortstop and see an eventual move to third base ahead as Antuna matures, while others aren't sure if he will be able to hit for average. There's no doubting his ceiling though, and if everything comes together for him, Antuna could be among the next generation of shortstops getting taken in the early rounds of fantasy drafts. Just don't expect that to happen until sometime next decade.