The Fantasy Baseball Prospector: Amateur Draft First Glance

by MastersBall.com on June 10, 2013 @ 11:30:54 PDT

 

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Third Base

The draft was fairly deep at third base. Two of the top talents in the draft are third basemen Kris Bryant (Chicago Cubs) and Colin Moran (Miami Marlins). Both players project to stay at the hot corner long-term. Bryant, a righty hitter, has 30-plus-homer potential. Moran profiles more as a 20-plus-home-run type but is a lefty with a superior approach. I might be inclined to lean towards Moran when making my draft choice, even though Bryant has a higher ceiling, given Bryant's right-handedness and strikeout rates. The New York Yankees may have gotten a steal in Eric Jagielo when he dropped to them with the 26th pick. While Jagielo, a left-handed bat, may end up at first or the outfield long-term, he has mid- to upper-twenties home-run power to go along with a patient approach. The Oakland Athletics' selection of Chris Pinder was something of a traditional A's selection as a college player with advanced plate discipline, a good glove and gap power. The righty should be able to stick at third but is not a high-ceiling player.

Shortstops

Hunter Dozier (Kansas City Royals) perhaps plays good enough shortstop to stick at the position but may, due to his size, eventually move to the hot corner. If he can stay at short, his 20-plus-homer power could make him a standout. For those interested in speed, keep track of Tim Anderson (Chicago White Sox). The righty is a 30-plus-steal threat and has gap power along with very good contact skills.

Outfielders

The Cleveland Indians selected high-schooler Clint Frazier with the fifth overall pick. Like many early-round high school outfielders, Frazier has high-end tools and 20 HR/30 SB potential. The Pirates, meanwhile, selected Austin Meadows, who likely has greater long-term power potential compared to the 5-foot-11 Frazier. Frazier, however, is the less raw of the two prospects and has a greater feel for the hitting game at this point. Hunter Renfroe (San Diego Padres) was the first college outfielder selected. A righty bat, Renfroe has 25-plus-home-run potential as well as at least double-digit-stolen-base tools. Given Renfroe's tools, he should be amongst the first selections in any NL-only keeper league, but keep in mind that he will be playing in PETCO Park, and given his handedness/strikeout rates, a high batting average may not be a part of his game. The Cincinnati Reds selected centerfielder Phillip Ervin with the 27th overall pick. Given Billy Hamilton's presence, it's hard to see how the Reds will eventually fit the two into their outfield when both profile best as center fielders and neither is a slugger. Ervin at least has double-digit-homer potential to go along double-digit, if not 20-plus, upside for stolen bases. Ervin's arm would play well in either right or left field.

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