Minor Leaguers Fantasy Team: Fantasy managers are not just looking to draft current MLB players. There are different fantasy leagues such as a keeper league or a Dynasty league. In a keeper league, you are looking to get a couple of prospects you know will play in the 2022 season.
In a Dynasty league managers are looking to draft players that will bring them big numbers 3 or 4 years later. There is a surplus of prospects but we are going to focus on 5 that will make a great impact on your team this season.
The first prospect is Tampa Bay Rays Shortstop Wander Franco. In the minors, Franco has a .327 batting average, 9 home runs, 27 doubles 18, stolen bases, and only 35 strikeouts. He was drafted by the Rays in 2017 for $3.8 million.
At the time he received the highest signing bonus for any international amateur player. In rookie ball, he received league MVP honors as a 17-year-old. Franco has the tools to become the best switch-hitter in the league.
He has incredibly fast bat speed with his strong hands and arms. What is special about Franco is how he can manipulate his swing in the middle of a pitch to put the bat on the ball.
He showed a swinging strike rate of only 4.3%. Franco has a strong, compact build with decent speed at shortstop currently.
A move to third with his great arm strength could enhance his career and fantasy teams.
Mackenzie Gore sits at No.2 on my list. Padres starting pitcher is No.1 on the pitching prospects list. Gore has gone 9-2 in the minors with an ERA of 1.69, 0.83 WHIP, 101 IP, 28 walks, and 135 strikeouts.
Gore helped lead his high school team to three state titles and won Gatorade National Player of the Year honors in 2017. He was signed for $6.7 million and had some injury troubles at the beginning of his pro career.
Gore has an athletic high kick delivery and generates extension from it producing a 92-96 mph fastball. The way his ball travels heavily through the zone makes it hard for hitters to time up.
His pitches consist of a fastball, slider, curveball, and changeup.
The Padres want to see some more consistency with his four pitches before he gets the call and expect that call to be soon.
Third, on the list is Andrew Vaughn. Vaughn is a first baseman for the White Sox and in the minors, he had a batting average of .278 in 205 at-bats. Vaughn won the Golden Spikes award in 2018 as a sophomore for California.
He was signed for $7.2 million which is a franchise record for the White sox. He moved up to Class A Advanced in his pro debut and had would’ve had a chance to play in the MLB in 2020 had it not been for the coronavirus. He has impressed coaches and scouts with his quality at-bats and hard contact to all areas of the field.
He has a great right-handed swing and his power comes with it almost naturally. He is a true first baseman he will get the call soon.
In the fourth spot is Tigers third baseman, Spencer Torkelson. He attended Arizona State and went on to crush Barry Bond’s freshman record with 25 home runs. He became the first corner infielder to be drafted first overall and was signed for almost $8.5 million.
Spencer has the ability to hit for both average and power. At the plate, he is patient and controls his at-bats by drawing a lot of walks. He can show how much raw power he has on his pull side and he produces that power with ease.
Spencer had not played a corner position since highschool until the Tigers drafted him and named him the third baseman.
He improved significantly over the summer and now looks very comfortable and athletic in the hot corner. Being the third baseman will only help and maximize his offensive value and potential.
Last on my list is Mariners outfielder Jarred Kelenic. During the 2019 minor league season, he hit .291 in 443 at-bats, 23 home runs, 20 stolen bases, and a .904 OPS.
Last season the Mariners were able to resist calling up Kelenic last season even when they found themselves on the border of contention.
Kelenic was the first high school player to be taken No. 6 overall by the Mets. He was traded to the Mariners after one summer with the Mets. He made a name for himself on the Mariners by quickly becoming their top prospect.
Kelenic is known for his consistent hard contact and his ability to spread the ball around the field. His arm and speed give him more amazing tools in his bag.
He will continue to steal bases and play center field but he can also take over right field with his amazing arm strength.
At the young age of 21, he has shown leadership on the Mariners catching the eyes of many and soon he reach his All-Star potential we are all anticipating.