4 Prospects to Stash (Fantasy Baseball)
Now that Ronald Acuna and Gleyber Torres have been called up to the majors (and are thriving) it’s time to look ahead to the next wave of prospects that will make an impact in fantasy baseball leagues this season. Unfortunately, it might be a while until the next big name gets the call. While none of these guys are currently “must-owns,” all of them are worth monitoring closely. Let’s dive in.
Nick Senzel (2B/3B – CIN)
Senzel is currently the best, closest to big league ready prospect in the league. The bad news is it could be another month or more before we see him in Cincinnati. Since Senzel didn’t get the call-up after his service time date passed, the lowly Reds have incentive to keep in the minors through the Super 2 deadline in June.
Making matters worse was Senzel getting removed from a game over the weekend with a shoulder injury. Luckily it’s only considered precautionary, and the good news is Senzel was beginning to heat up with the bat before that. Over his past five games, the infielder was hitting .333. He’s going to need to stay hot and force Cincinnati’s hand to receive a call-up in the near future. If (when) he starts hitting get ready to snag him off the waiver wire.
Willie Calhoun (OF – TEX)
Similar to Senzel the Rangers seem to want Calhoun to heat up a bit before having him join the big league team. It hasn’t happened thus far as the 23-year-old is batting just .237/.311/.376 through 24 games at Triple-A. He has hit just three homers and is batting .194 over his past 10 games. Calhoun’s service time date is May 4th, so once that date comes be ready for Texas to call him up. Just don’t consider it a surprise if it takes a couple weeks after that for him to get hot enough to actually warrant the decision.
Walker Buehler (SP – LAD)
Buehler is worth streaming in fantasy leagues almost any time he starts for the Dodgers this season. The talent is that good. The 23-year-old made two starts this past week, firing 10 innings of two-run ball while striking out 11. The only problem is he will have a major innings limit on him all summer. While Buehler figures to permanently join the L.A. rotation at some point, he can’t be counted on to pitch too deep into the games he does start. Still, the ratios should be good enough to make him worth streaming whenever he gets the nod.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (3B – TOR)
Guerrero Jr. is one of the most exciting prospects baseball has seen in a long time. This past offseason, MLB Pipeline gave him their first ever 80-grade hit tool. The bat is elite and through 19 games in Double-A this season Guerrero is hitting .373 with a .443 OBP. He has also driven in 25 runs, and he has more walks than strikeouts on the year. Still just 19 years old, it would be a surprise to see Vladdy Jr. in the big leagues this summer, but if he keeps hitting this well then who knows? In dynasty formats, Guerrero is one of fantasy baseball’s most valuable assets these days.