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Having already covered my Top 25 Fantasy Baseball Prospects for 2013, I thought I’d expand our scope a bit and take a look at 25 more who could offer fantasy value this year.  Again, predicting for arrivals is an inexact science, and there’s plenty of time between now and opening day for circumstances to change.  No doubt, this list is missing some prospects who’ll surface in the bigs and make an impact in the fantasy game a la 2012 Kyle Seager.  Likewise, there’ll be plenty of duds here too.  Anyway, here’s how I see the next 25 2013 fantasy baseball prospects:

26.  Christian Yelich, OF | MIA:  You may recall that I wrapped up the Top 25 list with Yelich’s teammate, Jake Marisnick.  If the Marlins opt to promote an outfield prospect this year, they could conceivably go for either.  I gave Marisnick the edge in these ranks based on his versatility in the outfield — he can play CF, whereas Yelich likely won’t cut it in center.  In any case, Yelich is an elite hitting prospect and he brings better long-term fantasy value.  Both will begin 2013 at Double-A.

27.  Matt Adams, 1B | STL:  As it stands, Adams seems to be buried on the Cardinals’ depth chart behind Allen Craig and Matt Carpenter.  But, as we know, the Cardinals are a fragile team at the MLB level and there are a number of injury scenarios that would open the door for an Adams arrival in 2013.  If he’s up and playing regularly, Adams has a skill set at the plate that would be valuable in any fantasy format.  Here’s Grey’s Matt Adams fantasy.

28.  Nolan Arenado, 3B | COL:  There’s little standing between Arenado and the full-time 3B job in Colorado.  The 21-year-old features one of the prettiest swings in the minors, but some wonder if he lacks the power profile to project appropriately at third.  For more on Arenado, check out my Rockies preview.

29.  Jameson Taillon, RHP | PIT:  Taillon came in at #2 in my Pirates preview, right behind Gerrit Cole.  He’s a long shot to arrive this year, but developmentally, he should be ready by the 2nd half.  And if the Pirates are in the hunt down the stretch, don’t be surprised to see both Cole and Taillon starting games in Pittsburgh.

30.  Carlos Martinez, RHP | STL:  Martinez is the third Cardinals pitcher I’ve ranked on this list, behind Shelby Miller (#1), and  Trevor Rosenthal (#20).  Obviously, there’s not room for all of these arms in the big league rotation, but many folks around baseball believe Martinez brings the highest ceiling among the plethora of promising SPs in the Cardinals organization.  He won’t get the first look, but if one or two of the guys ahead of him scuffles, Martinez will be ready.

31.  Chris Archer, RHP | TB:  Archer brings a huge ceiling and showed it in brief spurts last year, but poor command has held him back.  If he can find consistency in 2013, he’ll work his way into the Rays’ rotation and be an attractive fantasy option with good K numbers.  An impressive fastball-slider combo, and a work-in-progress changeup give Archer front-of-the-rotation potential.

32.  Tony Cingrani, RHP | CIN:  Adding Aroldis Chapman to the rotation certainly hurts Cingrani’s immediate opportunity, so expect him to start the year in the minors.  Still, Cingrani has filthy stuff and brings exciting fantasy potential.  If he surfaces this year as a starter, you’ll want him on your roster.

33.  Danny Hultzen, LHP | SEA:  Fatigue was evident down the stretch in 2012 with Hultzen.  Expect him to get back on track at Triple-A in 2013, before mid-season arrival.

34.  Kyuji Fujikawa, RHP | CHC:  Fujikawa will begin the year in a setup role for the Cubs, but we’re all aware of Carlos Marmol’s volatility as a closer, and it really wouldn’t be a surprise if Fujikawa is earning saves this year.  For more on him, here’s my Cubs preview.

35.  J.R. Graham, RHP | ATL:  If Julio Teheran can’t secure the 5th spot in the Atlanta rotation, the Braves could turn to Graham.  The 23-year-old could use a bit more time in the high minors, but some think he’s ready to be tested at the big league level now.  More on him in my Braves preview, where I ranked him #2 in the system.

36.  Jake Odorizzi, RHP | TB:  He doesn’t bring the long-term potential that Archer does, but Odorizzi might be the safer immediate option if the Rays have a need in the rotation.  A deep, polished arsenal makes him ready for the bigs right now.

37.  Casey Kelly, RHP | SD:  Kelly isn’t the flashiest of pitching prospects, but the 23-year-old has already logged time in the bigs, and the Padres could surely look toward him once again if there’s a need.  A solid fastball-curve-change repertoire, along with good size and athleticism, has Kelly looking like a quality innings-eater — and a potential fantasy option given the ballpark at which he’ll be pitching.

38.  Brett Jackson, OF | CHC:  Grey already went over his Brett Jackson fantasy.  His prospect stock has dropped considerably over the past year, but Jackson still has the tools to develop into an above-average CF with speed and some pop.

39.  Kolten Wong, 2B | STL:  If Daniel Delscalso can’t cut it offensively, and Matt Carpenter can’t cut it defensively, then the Cardinals will turn to Wong, who can likely cut it in both regards.  The 22-year-old will start the year at Triple-A Memphis, but he’ll be up by mid-season if the Cards aren’t comfortable with what they’re getting from their 2B.  Of course, Wong is from Hawaii, so there’s always the risk of a fake dead girlfriend being exposed, in which case his prospect stock plummets.

40.  Robbie Erlin, LHP | SD:  Erlin lost much of his 2012 to elbow tendonitis, but he bounced back with impressive work in the Arizona Fall League.  In terms of pure stuff, he’s far from an elite prospect.  But Erlin offers plus-plus command, an outstanding feel for pitching, and a baseball IQ that’s through-the-roof.

41.  Michael Choice, OF | OAK:  #1 in my A’s preview, Choice will wait in Triple-A for an opportunity.  A broken hand in 2012 seemed to hamper his power stroke, so Oakland would surely like to see that return to form before a call-up is in order.

42.  Avisail Garcia, OF | DET:  Garcia rose from A-ball to the bigs in 2012, but he’ll head back down to Triple-A for a bit more seasoning before he returns to Detroit.  The Torii Hunter signing doesn’t help his immediate opportunity, but he’ll be ready if there’s a need.  More on Garcia in my Tigers preview.

43.  Nick Castellanos, 3B/OF | DET:  Rumors swirled near the end of the 2012 season regarding a Castellanos arrival, but nothing materialized.  He’s a top-5 prospect in terms of hitting, but he seems in line for a return trip to Double-A, so a 2013 call-up is unlikely.  That said, Castellanos is one of the few prospects whose talent can supersede opportunity, so don’t write him off.

44.  Mike Zunino, C | SEA:  Zunino will likely surface in Seattle at some point in 2013, but his fantasy value, once up, is tough to gauge.  His tools profile suggests he’ll eventually develop into a very nice big league catcher, and one you’ll want in fantasy leagues.  But most people around baseball don’t see the Travis D’Arnaud/Jesus Montero/Devin Mesoraco-type ceiling with Zunino.  Then again, he’s surpassed expectations at every stop thus far, and it’s within reason to think he could continue to do so at the highest level.

45.  Billy Hamilton, OF | CIN:  He’s fast.  He’s ridiculously fast, and his speed will certainly play at the big league level.  But he’s just now learning to play center field, and he still needs to prove he can hit against advanced-level pitching — infield singles, bunt hits and such won’t be as plentiful versus major league pitchers and major league defenders.  Still, Hamilton’s speed is unprecedented and will undoubtedly have an impact in the fantasy game, so if the Reds choose to promote him, even if it’s in a pinch running capacity, he’ll be a must-add.  Here’s Grey’s Billy Hamilton fantasy.

46.  Michael Wacha, RHP | STL:  What I wrote regarding Carlos Martinez should suffice in explaining Wacha’s opportunity in St. Louis.  His future potential isn’t quite so great as that of his competition, but the 2012 first-rounder brings a ton of polish, and has enough stuff to cut it in the bigs as a mid-rotation type this year.

47.  Xander Bogaerts, SS | BOS:  Bogaerts needs more time at Double-A, but like Castellanos, he’s the rare type of prospect who could force his way to the majors regardless of opportunity.  If he continues mashing in 2013 at the same rate he did in 2012, it’ll be difficult for Boston to keep him down.

48.  Jackie Bradley, OF | BOS:  Bradley is a plus-plus athlete, and a defensive phenom in center.  That skill set alone will bring him to Fenway this year.  Granted, his overall fantasy future is not tremendous, but he should offer some value in AVG and speed.

49.  Taijuan Walker, RHP | SEA:  Walker is my #3 overall SP prospect, behind only Dylan Bundy and Jose Fernandez.  He brings legit ace potential, and he should be ready for big league ball this year.  I’ll be surprised if the M’s start his clock this season, though.  It’s unlikely that they’ll be contending in the AL West, so there’s no need to rush him.  (Ditto goes for Fernandez, who could’ve easily been ranked in the 45-50 range)

50.  Trevor May, RHP | MIN:  May had a rough 2012 in the Phillies organization, but he still features an impressive power arsenal, and the Twins are hopeful that the change in scenery will rejuvenate his development.  If he can find consistency, there’ll be a place for him in the Minnesota rotation.

  1. AdamH says:
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    Love these prospect posts!

    In my dynasty league, we have a minors squad of 10 players. My top definites are:
    Oscar Taveras
    Gerrit Cole
    Jose Fernandez
    Trevor Bauer
    Anthony Rendon
    I was thinking my next 4 should be:
    Brian Goodwin
    Addison Russell
    Nick Franklin
    Gregory Polanco
    That would leave 1 spot for:
    Michael Choice
    Mark Appel
    Jonathon Schoop
    Cody Buckel

    Any thoughts?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      First, great farm ya got there. I’d go with Choice for the last one.

      • AdamH says:
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        @Scott Evans: 16 team league too! Thanks for the advice, love your prospect info.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Thanks!

  2. TheNewGuy says:
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    Just drafted Rosenthal so love your response about him!

    Thinking Stephenson next if available, would have to either cut Deshields/ G Sanchez or promote Bauer to my majors though. Really like Stevensons arm but is it worth any of these options?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I like DeShields, but Stephenson has a higher ceiling. Who’s your drop if you promote Bauer?

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans:
        Wouldnt drop anyone man, he’s just added to my list of keepers as cost starts at $0. Id rather promote him next year as not sure how much use he’ll be just yet, sure he’ll take some lumps this season. But is it worth doing this or dropping Delino to get Stevo?

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @TheNewGuy:
          Oh and someone recently dropped Matt Barnes, you like him more than Stevenson?

          • Scott Evans

            Scott Evans says:
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            I like Barnes better than Stephenson & I think you should scoop him, drop DeShields… Bauer could be good this year though. Tough choice…

            • TheNewGuy says:
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              @Scott Evans:
              Thanks man, think ill add one of Barnes/Stevo and drop Deshields then when my pick gets to me (decision should be made by then hopefully). So much good pitching available in this draft seems guys are all going bats! (Meyer, Fried (chicken), Giolito all still available too)

              Gonna keep Bauer down for now, but hey if he explodes outta the gate I can still promote him and add another guy.

              • TheNewGuy says:
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                @TheNewGuy:
                Im guessing you like Barnes more than Stevenson because of his closer proximity to the show rather than his potential. Some of the reports I’ve read on Stevenson are glowing to say the least. Deep leagues has him 17th and prospect 361 loves him too calling him clear front line starter potential: http://prospect361.com/nl-team-prospects/cincinnati-reds/#Stephenson

                Just guessing your reasoning anyway bud, all good discussion.

                • Scott Evans

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                  Bingo. I think they both have similar ceilings — #2-type potential — but I give the nod to Barnes for proximity to the bigs. His fastball is an elite offering already, so it’s safe to assume that, even if he bottoms out, he’ll be pitching late innings out of the ‘pen.

                  • TheNewGuy says:
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                    @Scott Evans:
                    Sounds good man, amazed Barnes was dropped in the first place.

                    Just hope noone from my leagues reading this and I get one of these guys now!

                    • Scott Evans

                      Scott Evans says:
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                      That’s always the risk you run here!

                    • TheNewGuy says:
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                      @TheNewGuy:
                      Got Stephenson!

  3. Tom Jacks

    Tom Jacks says:
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    Thoughts on Bogaerts chances to stick at SS? Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Not great. Size & range don’t profile up the middle, so expect him to shift to third or a corner OF. Some sources think he’ll be able to tick at short, but I doubt it.

  4. Jim says:
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    Scott, I’ve got two spots left for keeper players. Our league counts AVG, OPS, FPCT, R, HR, RBI, TB, SB, ERA, WHIP, K/BB, W, HLD, SV, K, and SHO. Which two of these players would you keep?
    Jemile Weeks
    Drew Smyly
    Derek Norris
    Luke Gregerson
    Alex Presley
    Andrew Bailey
    Zach McAllister
    Zach Britton
    Jorge De La Rosa

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d go Smyly & either De La Rosa or Bailey… I probably lean toward De La

  5. Dave says:
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    What about Miguel Sano? is he just too young at this point to be ranked? I work down the road from the twins AA affiliate so I can’t wait to get a look at him when he moves up their system!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, he’s more of a late 2014 ETA/ early 2015 for me… Huge power potential. HUGE. Definitely worth your time to watch him when he reaches AA.

  6. Nick Seaton says:
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    Needing to pick 5 of the 8. Keeper league no penalty for keepers.

    D. Bundy
    J. Taillon
    J. Fernandez
    C. Martinez
    T. Guerrieri

    O. Taveras
    C. Yelich
    J. Profar

    Thanks in advance.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Holy shizz, you have all these guys? Profar, Taveras, Bundy, Fernandez, Taillon (you can swap Taillon for Yelich if you’d rather keep 3 bats instead of 3 arms).

      • Nick Seaton says:
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        @Scott Evans:

        Those were the two I was between as well. Who do you think will produce (at all and also to their potential) more quickly?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          I think Taillon is a little safer, but they’re both on similar timetables & both have huge ceilings.

  7. George says:
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    Hey Scott – We just got through the 1st round in that salary cap keeper league and you will not believe who got out of the 1st round. Jose Fernandez, SP, MIA.

    We took him with the first pick of the 2nd round….

    C – Mesoraco
    1B – Fielder
    2B – Altuve
    SS – HanRam
    3B – Middlebrooks
    IF – Segura
    LF – J. Hamilton
    CF – A. Jackson
    RF – Ethier
    OF – Myers
    Bench – Profar, Singleton, Taveras

    Pitching Staff – Sabathia, Wainwright, Scherzer, Kennedy, Hanson, Skaggs, Teheran, Cole, Taillon, and now Mr. Jose Fernandez.

    The sooner that Profar and Taveras are called up, this team starts winning titles.

    • George says:
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      @George: I forgot Billy Hamilton, CF/SS.

      I am looking to roll some teams….

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        Whoa, Fernandez in the the 2nd? What a gift. Like your squad… your outfield set to get a nice boost this year as Myers & Taveras arrive.

  8. George says:
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    Yea, I am stoked. If you recall, I asked you about who you would take 1st between Sky Walker and Taveras and you called for Taveras. As the 1st round went on, the other prospects were coming off the board (Rondon went 4th, Sky Walker went 8th, Bogaerts went 9th, Gyorko went 10th (I had him on my roster last year as a possible keeper but decided to stay with Segura), Yelich went 11th, and Zunino went 13th).

    No one took a prospect between picks 14-16 in the 1st round.

    That was a big time score for me since you like Taveras and Fernandez 1-2.

    Yea, pretty excited when Myers, Taveras, and Cole arrive and hopefully Mesoraco gets more playing time this year to give me some power out of the catching slot. And of course there is Profar who is one injury at 2B, SS or in a corner outfield position if Kinsler is moved to the outfield from him starting everyday.

    I don’t have a bullpen on purpose in case you were wondering. If I need pen help, I will get it at some point this year in order to make the playoffs. When these kids start coming up and playing, this team is going to be dangerous for a decade as long as I manage salaries.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I like the concentration on quality talent instead of closers. I always trust my managerial skills to make the right moves in-season to find saves, or punt them if I can. SAGNOF, amiright?

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