Young players have become more prominent in Major League Baseball. Properly valuing farm players' talents, timetables and opportunities will help rotisserie and head-to-head managers win their fantasy baseball leagues.
1. Jurickson Profar, SS, Texas Rangers
Profar, just 20 years of age, is the consensus No. 1 prospect in all of Major League Baseball without a question. The Rangers signed him as an undrafted free agent in July of 2009. Last year, at Double-A Frisco, he hit .281 with 14 long balls, 62 RBIs and 16 stolen bases in 480 at-bats. He was a September call-up in Texas, and he homered in his first major league at-bat.
With Profar, there isn't one thing that stands out above the rest, but all of his skills are major league-caliber. He's highly advanced for his age, and his lack of size (6-foot, 165 pounds) hasn't slowed him down at all. Profar is an excellent defender with a plus arm that can play both shortstop and second base adequately. His plate skills are pristine; he has very good bat speed, control and plate discipline. Profar doesn't possess a powerful bat, but he could easily develop into a 20-homer guy as he matures and grows into his body. The switch-hitter has all the makings to become a .300 hitter in the majors.
Texas has a good problem this spring. They own the league's top prospect, but they are struggling to find a spot for him to play every day in the bigs. He's currently blocked by Elvis Andrus at short and Ian Kinsler at the keystone. GM Jon Daniels said Profar could crack the 25-man opening day roster, but only if he's in a position to play frequently. Even though he's never played at Class AAA, Profar probably doesn't need the experience, although it wouldn't hurt. It doesn't really matter where he starts this year; Profar is a must-own in keeper and AL-only leagues, and he's definitely worth a pick in deep enough mixed leagues, as well.
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About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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