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Fantasy Baseball: In The Batter’s Box – Prospect Edition

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By: Joe Bond

At this time of year the waiver wire is pretty slim pickings with most of the good players owned in the majority of leagues.  The only thing out there is players that go on a bit of a hot streak that you will wind up dropping just a couple of weeks later most likely.  What you can do is keep an eye on the rising minor leaguers and jump on them when they get the call.  There is a lot of risk with them as seen from players like Anthony Rizzo(2011) and Jesus Montero who just didn’t figure things out as quickly as . But they can also be a huge boost to your team like Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Will Middlebrooks.  Below I’m going to discuss five more players that are currently in the minors that should be getting called up soon and should be picked up in just about all leagues.

Josh Vitters (3B – ChC) – The Cubs are the worst team in baseball so there is no reason to not bring up Vitters, especially with Ian Stewart now out for the season.  Vitters is playing very well in the minors hitting .300 with 13 home runs, 47 RBI and 42 runs in 83 games.  I am not sure why he wouldn’t get the call from the Cubs soon and when he does he should be the everyday third baseman and he is worth a look in most fantasy leagues when that happens.  

Ryan Lavarnway (C – Bos) – At the end of last season Lavarnway proved he could play in the big leagues hitting 2 home runs, 8 RBI last season in 17 games.  This year in 66 games in the minors he is killing it batting a career best .315 and adding 36 RBI, 7 home runs and 44 runs.  It will be very difficult for him to get a call up from Boston while Jarrod Saltalamacchia is hitting the way he is, so it will require an injury or trade to get him to the show this year.  But if either of those thing happen keep an eye on him as a catcher you will want to own.

Starling Marte (OF – Pit) – Not really sure if he is going to get a call up because the Pirates are contenders right now but they do have outfield issues after McCutchen so in my opinion they should bring him up.  Especially when you consider you he is hitting .290, 50 RBI, 9 home runs and 52 runs.  He has a lot of speed as well swiping 17 steals.  Marte would with almost no doubt would make their outfield better and could be a nice addition to fantasy teams for a speedy outfielder with a little bit of power too.

Will Myers (OF – KC) – Will Myers absolutely needs to be called up immediately for the Royals.  He is crushing the ball in the minors this season hitting .328, 27 home runs, 72 RBI and 72 runs.  When he does get called up I bet he gets put in the middle of the lineup surrounded by Hosmer, Butler and Moustakas and should get plenty of RBI chances and when on base to get hit home.  As soon as he gets the call up he should be immediately grabbed in your league.

Travis Snyder (OF – Tor) – Snyder has had his chances at the highest level with not much success, so proceed with caution if you decide to pick him up.  With that being said he should get one more chance with Toronto since they have a hold in left field and he is hitting very well in triple A right now batting .316 with 9 home runs, 43 RBI and 37 runs in just 44 games.  I’d probably wait on him if he gets called up due to his struggles in the past, but I will want to keep an eye on him.

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About Joe Bond

Not just another "Average Joe" when it comes to Fantasy Sports, he is the fantasy brain trust behind the up-and-coming FantasySixPack.net website. He has been spreading his love and addiction of fantasy sports there and many other sites including SoCalledFantasyExperts.com, FantasyPros.com, and FanDuel.com. Joe has finished as the No. 5 Fantasy Football Draft Ranker on Fantasy Pros in 2014, while being the No. 1 QB ranker for in-season during 2016. He has also finished in the top-15 twice for Fantasy Baseball Draft Rankings. You can find him on Twitter, @fantasysixpack, where he is waiting by the keyboard for your question.

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