4 Young Prospects Who Could Be Fantasy Baseball Stars In 2018
After the breakout season enjoyed by rookies Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger, fantasy baseball general managers will be looking at the top prospects who can follow in those footsteps.
That’s why we wanted to take a look at four top prospects who could make a potential leap like that in 2018
Ronald Acuna, CF, Atlanta Braves
The Atlanta Braves have plenty of reason to be excited for what Ronald Acuna can do for them in 2018, given the fact that he won the Most Valuable Player Award for the Arizona Fall League with a slash line of .325/.414/.639, along with seven home runs.
Given the fact that he won’t turn 20 years old until this month, he becomes the youngest player in the Arizona Fall League history to earn that distinction. The Braves sorely need help in the outfield, as their left fielders last year combined to rank 29th in WAR and their right fielders were 23rd. Between Acuna and fellow young stud Ender Inciarte, they might have answers for both problems.
Victor Robles, CF, Washington Nationals
The question around Victor Robles is when the Washington Nationals decide to bring him up from the minor leagues for good. The conventional thought is that he will likely start the season in Class AAA, but nobody will argue that he’s talented enough to play right away.
But with the logjam the Nationals have in the outfield with Adam Eaton (coming off a torn ACL) and Michael Taylor (the playoff hero who filled in at Centerfield), the question of whether there’s any point in bringing up Robles is a valid one. Regardless, Robles was the was the youngest player to make an appearance in a major league game last season, and didn’t show anything that would indicate the lights were too bright for him in the big leagues.
Gleyber Torres, SS, New York Yankees
Gleyber Torres is the rare player to miss an extended period of time after undergoing Tommy John surgery, despite the fact that he’s not a pitcher. But the Yankees are still looking at Torres as part of their youth movement, which includes fellow young & potential stars like Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, and Gary Sanchez.
General Manager Brian Cashman is on record as saying he thought Torres was ready for the majors, despite the fact that he had not played above a High-A class. But Cashman is likely bullish on Torres’ skillset, given his arm strength, athleticism, and raw hitting ability. He has the ability to play anywhere in the infield, although several people in the Yankees front office think he’ll be a great fit at second or third base.
Kolby Allard, LHP, Atlanta Braves
At the risk of hyperbole, or just “too much too soon,” pitcher Kolby Allard is one of the reasons that the Braves are dreaming of a future pitching rotation that features reincarnations of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and John Smoltz. MLB.com ranked
Allard as the top left-handed pitching prospect for any major league team; that fact was reinforced when Allard completed last season in AA with a 3.18 ERA and under one walk for every three innings pitched. He and fellow prospect Mike Soroka are two of the Braves pitching cornerstones of the future.