Editor's choice: Fantasy baseball prospects

by KFFL Staff on March 11, 2011 @ 18:19:57 PDT

 


KFFL's staffers choose their favorite 2011 fantasy baseball prospects.

Nicholas Minnix

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Mike Minor
SP
ATL
Poor man's LH version of Jeremy Hellickson. K/BB not quite as good, but environment better, staff and 'mates just as good. Big-time upside in 2010.
Zach Britton
SP
BAL
Southpaw's arsenal will help him make pretty smooth transition to bigs. Unflappable kid won't back down against Yanks, BoSox; he'll get chance soon.
Domonic Brown
OF
PHI
Phils have mangled talented multi-tooler's initial MLB experience. Right before bone break, Brown ditched all fixes and went back to what he knows.
Eric Hosmer
1B
KC
Perhaps best hitter who'll debut this year. It probably won't be until September, but you need to know his name and numbers.
Lonnie Chisenhall
3B
CLE
Just a consistent, pretty-swinging line-drive hitter in an organization with a bunch of Quad-A middle infielders trying to hold down his MLB spot.

 

Tim Heaney

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Jesus Montero
C
NYY
Gaining momentum with improving D and camp-breaking odds, plus drool-inducing O. Has dominated at every level. Worth gamble in 2-C leagues.
Jeremy Hellickson
SP
TB
Polished. BB/9 beyond his years. FB% his biggest concern, but I trust TB P development and home park. His price hasn't been exorbitant, either.
Mike Moustakas
3B
KC
Not confident in his comp. Put it all together last year. Better opening than Eric Hosmer. Moose can approach 20 HR if he comes up before June.
Michael Pineda
SP
SEA
Big, powerful RH looks like Felix Jr. High-90s heat, potential for K's should trump BB issues at his cost. Few mixers are on to him. Take advantage.
Kyle Drabek
SP
TOR
K/9 not fully there yet, but maturity was a big step, and refined arsenal includes cutter, changeup development helped chop down LHB. A steal.

 

Keith Hernandez

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Michael Pineda
SP
SEA
Pineda could be Felix Hernandez: Part Deux. He has a beastly frame and an impressive heater. M's rotation could use more talent like this.
Brandon Belt
1B
SF
Major league PT might be a problem right away. 30-homer potential will make him a hot commodity when he gets called up, though.
Jordan Lyles
SP
HOU
Might not win a rotation spot initially, but Figueroa can't hold him off for long. Polished pitcher for his age with four-pitch repertoire.
Jesus Montero
C
NYY
The big knock on him: His defense. He made improvements and is ready to contribute in the Bronx.
Casey Kelly
SP
SD
Former SS off to impressive start in ST. Has potential to be future ace. A midsummer callup is possible if the Friars stumble, which is likely.

 

Cory J. Bonini

Player
POS
TM
The what for
Jeremy Hellickson
SP
TB
Impressive last season; worth the gamble as high-upside pitching depth; could become a lineup fixture. Tough division to pitch in, though.
Aroldis Chapman
RP
CIN
Can fan with the best of them; have to be able to tolerate his ERA and WHIP shortcomings.
Chris Sale
RP
CHW
Strong K/9 contribution and could see meaningful work; desirable late-round mixed flier.
Kyle Drabek
SP
TOR
Improved arsenal and has respectable K/9 potential; fantasy relevance should come in short stretches.
Domonic Brown
OF
PHI
Worthwhile mixed stash pick; probably won't make too much noise this year (health, BA concerns).

 

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