I’ve been playing fantasy baseball for much of my life, but nothing I’ve ever played can compare to the league I entered last week. On March 19, I became one of the 18 owners in RotoWire’s brand-new Staff Keeper League 3 (or SKL3 for short). To start the league from scratch, we scheduled an auction to fill a standard 23-man roster with a reserve snake draft to fill out the remaining seven reserve and 10 minor league roster spots.
Everyone loves prospects.
While expectations are set unrealistically high in some cases, top prospects can make huge splashes upon arrival to the big leagues and turn the tide for fantasy owners. Here are the top prospects that I think have the best chance at making sizeable fantasy contributions once they arrive in the majors in 2017.
It’s mid-December, which means we’re roughly two months out from pitchers and catchers reporting.
But the dust from the Winter Meetings is just beginning to settle. We saw the Red Sox go all in to land Chris Sale, the Rockies surprise many by signing Ian Desmond (and likely forcing him into another position change), and the White Sox revamp their farm system while seemingly punting the 2017 campaign. As one would imagine, a change of scenery can impact a player’s performance, both positively and negatively. With that in mind, here is a listing of how some players were affected by the transactions during the Winter Meetings.
Thanks to a multitude of injuries to the Rockies’ pitching staff, Anderson finally got his first chance to pitch in the big leagues after being a first-round draft pick in the star-studded 2011 first year player draft. The left-hander was expected to be a little rusty considering he missed all of 2015 with an elbow injury, and was not expected to perform overly well given the fact that he had never pitched above Double-A in his career. However, Anderson quickly proved why the Rockies spent a first-round selection on him in the first place.
Having spent roughly the first two months of the season on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, it’s no wonder that Travis wasn’t widely owned coming out of most drafts before the season. His tough .152/.204/.293 slash line in his first 12 games back from the DL certainly didn’t help his cause, either. However, as the Blue Jays’ bats have heated up with the summer weather, so has Travis’ bat.
It may seem a bit strange to recommend a starting pitcher on a fourth-place, sub-.500 ball club, one whose average fastball comes in just below 90 mph. But even though his fastball doesn’t come in too hot, there are fewer pitchers in major league baseball who are hotter than Zach Davies.
Once a highly-heralded prospect, Profar fell from grace a bit after some struggles at the major league level and shoulder issues that cost him nearly two seasons of playing time. However, the 23-year-old was given another shot with the big league club after Rougned Odor was suspended, and Profar took full advantage of his opportunity. In 10 games since being called up to the big leagues, the infielder has a hit in every game and holds an excellent .370/.383/.630 slash line. He’s also driving the ball well, as six of his 17 hits have been for extra bases.