There are some exciting names in this list, with a lot of potential for big shifts in rankings, both up and down. For up, see Maikel Franco. For down, see Kaleb Cowart (though I still believe in him). I excluded Luis Jimenez, who still qualifies as a rookie but is extremely close to the AB limit. I also removed guys like Stephen Piscotty, Rosell Herrera, and Daniel Robertson because they spent 2013 playing other positions. Personally, I’m wary of having so many 2013 draftees high on the list, but they were drafted early and touted beforehand for a reason, and they’re better options than guys you’ve been waiting on for a few years, like Zack Cox. With that said, let’s get to the rankings.
1. Miguel Sano, MIN – BA may not be good in the short term, but power is his ticket; K% a bit scary at AA (29%) but clearly still a stud hitting prospect.
2. Maikel Franco, PHI – Huge 2013 has him on the radar now; finally a hitter with good K%, so poor BB% is acceptable.
3. Kris Bryant, CHC – Arguably best bat in 2013 draft is nearly ready; I just hope the Cubs don’t rush him and let him have a year at the high minors.
4. Kaleb Cowart, ANA – Touted before 2013, was 20 at AA; a strong year repeating AA is possible.
5. Colin Moran, MIA – Nice BA and K/BB in debut; MIA could use big leaguers quickly, and he’s close to ready, but HR expectations shouldn’t be too high yet.
6. Garin Cecchini, BOS – A Chone Figgins type 3B, with BA and SB instead of HR; likely more valuable in MLB than in fantasy.
7. Matt Davidson, ARI – As with many names on the list, K% is high, but should have all-around game for fantasy purposes.
8. DJ Peterson, SEA – Like Bryant, a solid college bat out of 2013 draft that could be MLB ready sometime in 2014.
9. Joey Gallo, TEX – Insane power with insane strikeouts (37%). Bad contact rate forces me to take a wide berth.
10. Mike Olt, CHC – If you buy into his vision being the problem (and it being corrected), then there could be sleeper value here.
11. Christian Villanueva, CHC – Shaping up to be a serviceable, but not stellar, MLB regular.
12. Stefen Romero, SEA – He’s probably MLB-ready, but he’s not going to break out in fantasy.
13. Richie Shaffer, TB – Didn’t break out at A+ ball, but still a good long-term investment.
14. Matt Skole, WAS – Injuries wiped away 2013, but that could make him a sleeper; just don’t expect a surge in 2014 after he had TJS and wrist surgery.
15. Miles Head, OAK – Battled injuries and took a step back; rebound potential is there if you can be patient.
16. Rio Ruiz, HOU – Hit .260 with 12 HR, 12 SB at A ball, and only 19. Potential regular 3B here.
17. Alex Santana, LAD – Spent 4 years at RK ball, but was only 19 in 2013; still years away, but greatly cut K% so could still be a solid regular.
18. Cheslor Cuthbert, KC – At age 20 did well at A+, struggled at AA, but still potential for league average production.
19. Zack Cox, MIA – There’s still a little hope for this formerly touted prospect, but only as a MLB regular.
20. Carson Kelly, STL – BA-first hitter with good K/BB but not much power.
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