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National League Arizona Fall League Players To Target (Fantasy Baseball)

by Bernie Pleskoff | @BerniePleskoff | Featured Writer
Jan 28, 2020

Joey Bart is a polished prospect worth watching.

In a previous article, American League players from the 2019 Arizona Fall League worthy of consideration for fantasy teams were discussed.

Today, the focus is on National League players that caught the attention of this old scout in the 2019 Fall League.

The year the player is expected to graduate to the big league club is estimated. Some players will be immediately useful in redraft leagues while others will warrant dynasty/keeper consideration.

Players are not listed in any particular order:

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Joey Bart (C – SF)

  • Age: 23 (2020)
  • Bats: Right
  • 6-3, 235

Bart will have the huge shoes of Buster Posey to fill in San Francisco. He is more than capable, with skills on both sides of the ball. A powerful hitter with home run potential, he may find more success with the long ball on the road than at home. Bart has a big arm and runners will be at risk trying to steal. An average hitter for average, he has little to no speed. A polished prospect.

Alec Bohm (3B – PHI)

  • Age: 23 (2020)
  • Bats: Right
  • 6-5, 225

Bohm has a big, strong body and is a legitimate hitter with good power and outstanding hitting mechanics. He will drive in runs with an advanced approach at the plate. The problem comes on defense. He may likely have to switch to 1B, as he is slow afoot, has poor range and will require lots of work to remain at third. He is capable of improving on defense. Dangerous hitter.

Miguel Amaya (C – CHC)

  • Age: 20 (2021)
  • Bats: Right
  • 6-1, 185

An average hitter, Amaya ranks higher on defense than offense. He shouldn’t be a high priority for fantasy purposes, but when he graduates, he will get at-bats. His bat seems to tire, and he will likely make the club to handle the pitching staff and provide superb defense. Be careful not to target him just because he plays for the Cubs and will see at-bats. Capable but limited offense.

Andres Gimenez (SS – NYM)

  • Age: 21 (2020)
  • Bats: Left
  • 6-0, 161

A .371 Fall League average impressed this old scout. He has lost some of his prospect luster to other shortstops, but Gimenez has a complete game. He has some pop in his bat, can make contact, but he does still hunt home runs. An excellent defensive shortstop, once the Mets turn to him, he will play and be in the lineup. He would be a reach, but a low-cost option, at that. Interesting.

Heliot Ramos (OF – SF)

  • Age: 20 (2021)
  • Bats: Right
  • 6-0, 188

Weak outfield depth with the Giants gives Ramos a chance as he continues in development. A strong body could result in a power uptick. He will have to reign in his desire to hit everything he sees and tear the cover off the ball. If he improves his plate discipline, his chances for success improve. So far, this observer hasn’t been that impressed. Strong and Aggressive hitter.

Tyler Stephenson (C – CIN)

  • Age: 23 (2020)
  • Bats: Right
  • 6-4, 225

Big, strong and slow, Stephenson is still learning how to hit. Quality pitching will be an issue until he settles in and gains experience. He’s an outstanding defensive catcher, but a promising hitter capable of being a starting catcher in the hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. That alone puts him in the conversation. Former 1st round pick. Maturing hitter.

Seth Beer (1B – ARZ)

  • Age: 23 (2021)
  • Bats: Left
  • 6-3, 195

Part of the trade that sent Zack Greinke to Houston, Beer has the potential to rake in hitter-friendly Chase Field. He is challenged a bit at first base, but he’s a capable hitter for average. Breaking balls could fool him, but he makes sense as a low-round flyer or stash player. He has to be careful to measure his swing and not get too long, but he’ll progress. Intriguing future hitter.

Nick Neidert (RHP – MIA)

  • Age: 23 (2020)
  • 6-1, 202

Average fastball and curveball set up a much better than average changeup. Neidert has been hanging around waiting for his chance with the parent Marlins. He has excellent control, but he has to work on sequencing his repertoire. Saw him struggle some in the Fall League, with more in his tank than he showed. Deserves a chance, but it may be a while. Knocking on the door.

Spencer Howard (RHP – PHI)

  • Age: 23 (2020)
  • 6-2, 205

A capable starter, Howard still has some wrinkles to work out regarding command and control. Throws an excellent fastball in the mid-90’s and mixes in an above-average slider as a compliment to that pitch. Repertoire includes average curve and changeup. Can pitch up high in the zone and has to be careful not to get too much of the plate with that pitch. Lively arm.

Jonathan India (3B – CIN)

  • Age: 23 (2022)
  • Bats: Right
  • 6-0, 200

India came to the Fall League with the high hopes of analysts regarding his touted tools. A former No. 1 draft pick, India hit .133 in 71 fall plate appearances. Tools did appear, as he hit three homers and flashed capability. At times, he lost hitting mechanics that earned raves. He seemed to reach for pitches.  This will be a big year for him to prove he has more. Good hitter, but be cautious.

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