Top 25 Fantasy Prospects

billy hamilton 2013 bm 300x225 Top 25 Fantasy ProspectsThe Constitution of the United States is often referred to as a “living document.” The Constitution itself hasn’t been amended in over twenty years, but interpretations of it have  changed during that time. Think of this list, and all the fantasy lists we’ve posted this offseason in the same way. Players can get traded, players can get injured, player evaluations can ebb slightly or transform entirely. For those reasons, the player rankings below do not exactly align with the positional lists. And, like the prior lists, the top 25 is only for 2014 fantasy purposes.

Matt Davidson’s been traded. Taijuan Walker‘s shoulder is sore right now. Joe Mauer became a full-time first baseman. Even though the rules of baseball have been essentially the same for over a hundred years, change is the nature of the sport. This year managers will challenge calls for the first time, MLBAM will roll out the most advanced play analysis system in history, and the Rays will use a shift no one’s ever seen before. There are changes every year and we should embrace them. Baseball is living and adapting and thriving, and it’s almost time for them to start playing games that count again. Get excited.

1. Xander Bogaerts, SS — Boston Red Sox
2. Masahiro Tanaka, SP — New York Yankees
3. Jose Dariel Abreu, 1B — Chicago White Sox
4. George Springer, CF/OF — Houston Astros
5. Billy Hamilton, CF — Cincinnati Reds
6. Nick Castellanos, 3B/OF — Detroit Tigers
7. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF — Boston Red Sox
8. Kolten Wong, 2B — St. Louis Cardinals
9. Oscar Taveras, OF — St. Louis Cardinals
10. Yordano Ventura, SP — Kansas City Royals
11. Travis d’Arnaud, C — New York Mets
12. Erik Johnson, SP — Chicago White Sox
13. Josmil Pinto, C — Minnesota Twins
14. Taijuan Walker, SP — Seattle Mariners
15. Gregory Polanco, OF — Pittsburgh Pirates
16. Jake Marisnick, CF — Miami Marlins
17. Marcus Semien, 2B/3B/SS — Chicago White Sox
18. Matt Davidson, 3B — Chicago White Sox
19. Archie Bradley, SP — Arizona Diamondbacks
20. Jameson Taillon, SP — Pittsburgh Pirates
21. Marcus Stroman, SP — Toronto Blue Jays
22. Mike Olt, 3B — Chicago Cubs
23. Maikel Franco, 3B — Philadelphia Phillies
24. Chris Owings, SS — Arizona Diamondbacks
25. Robert Stephenson, SP — Cincinnati Reds

Written by Steve Simas

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Steve is a Rhode Islander living in Brooklyn. In February, 2006 he traded John Patterson and Nick Johnson for Evan Longoria in his 28 team, 40-man roster, full minors dynasty league. He’s really proud of himself for that. In his spare time, Steve thinks about Pedro Martinez.

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  6. Brian says:

    Khris Davis and Adam Eaton are not considered prospects. Both over 130 ABs.

  7. Brian says:

    Noah Syndergaard and Andrew Heaney will both be mid season call ups and expect them to be the 2 best rookie pitchers in the NL this year.

  8. Reggie says:

    You are terrible at reading. This is a 2014 list only, a-hole.

  9. Dan says:

    Dynasty keeper pieces sound good, as I am in those type of leagues also. Anyone here play Scoresheet Sports, it’s a bit different and Saber guys seem to like it?

  10. rotoenquire. says:

    Khris Davis OF Mill, will be starting full time. I get some of that more with rookie status. I see players like Tavarez and Polanco and alike not being with their clubs much this year. Tavarz could force the issue with his bat. But from the contract business side I could see a Sept call up as all he gets.

  11. Steve Simas says:

    The list is for 2014 fantasy purposes — I should’ve been more clear about that initially. Also, the list only has players that haven’t lost their rookie status. Sonny Gray, Danny Salazar, Tony Cingrani and Adam Eaton all lost their rookie eligibilities. Semien isn’t a lock, but I do like his chances quite a bit. I don’t see Kentrail Davis having much of an impact either. I’m thinking about doing some dynasty keeper pieces as well, that’s the kind of league I have the most experience in.

  12. Steve Simas says:

    Buxton’s obviously fantastic. He’s also never played a game above A+ ball. I don’t see how he’s going to be in the bigs long enough this season to have any fantasy impact.

  13. rotoenquire says:

    Guess more this a unclear topic. The heading makes you think top 25 prospects. Reading the article makes nno indication of what is the list is really about. Prospect to make an impact this year? If that is what you are going for you would have to include the following players. S. Gray SP Oak, D. Salazar SP Cle. ,K. Davis OF Mil, T. Cingrani SP Cin, above many of these. Semien is no lock to come out of Spring with a job. The far better M. Johnson could beat him out with a solid spring. Johnson stole around 80 bags last season. A. Eaton OF ChiW should also be on the list. That is just me. You could also look at Dynasty keepers which some if these are more a candidate than for this season. In regular leagues I would need a solid high end prospect or ceryain playing time before I draft and most on that list would not qualify for me.

  14. jdubz says:

    You are terrible at this . Buxton is top 5 easy

  15. Edman says:

    Virtually any Boston hitter is a good bet, because of playing in Fenway.

  16. Steve Simas says:

    If I thought he would get more than a cup of coffee in September he’d be on the list.

    He’s a good bet to be atop this list in 2015.

  17. Steve Simas says:

    I can see the argument either way there — I just think with the positional scarcity of shortstops, Bogaerts has a higher ceiling than Tanaka. Given the injury histories of Reyes, Hanley and Tulo, I don’t think there’s a real sure thing at SS this year. Bogaerts could end the year as a top five fantasy SS and I wouldn’t be shocked — I don’t think that will happen with Tanaka.

  18. ripperlv says:

    No Byron Buxton??

  19. Rob says:

    Olt plays for the Cubs.

  20. mgvernon says:

    I’d rank Tanaka #1 as he has more of a competitive history and a high ceiling but that’s just a personal opinion.

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