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If 2019 Rookies Were Still Prospects (Fantasy Baseball Dynasty Rankings)
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by FantasyPros Staff | @fantasypros | Featured Writer
Feb 23, 2020

Is Vlad Jr. still the top future star in baseball?

We are still weeks away from most re-draft leagues starting up for the 2020 MLB season but if you play in dynasty leagues, which is why I assume you are here, we are just days away from many drafts taking place. Perhaps you have already drafted or your draft isn’t for another month, but as you know in dynasty leagues, trading season is always open.¬†Every year, I get bombarded with the same type of question from eager dynasty owners, “How high would this sophomore be ranked if he was still a prospect”. Today, I’m going to answer that question. Eighty times. The table at the bottom of the article will show you where I would rank last year’s rookies if they were still eligible prospects, because let’s be real, they essentially are still prospects. Now that we have more hindsight from a year in the majors, their futures are a bit easier to forecast. In some cases, however, 2019’s surface-level performances might not tell the full story, so first, I’ll tell you about five players I believe in much more than you would expect.

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (3B – TOR)
There is no one who could deny that Vlad Jr. was among the most disappointing players in all of baseball last year. He was inconsistent, didn’t post strong numbers and frankly, didn’t even have the underlying numbers in his favor. But then there is this: Only 16 players in baseball had multiple exit velocities the entire season above 115 MPH. Vlad Jr. was first on that list with 8 of them, or as many as Yordan Alvarez, Mike Trout, Christian Yelich and Pete Alonso combined. The fact of the matter is that although he has some way to go towards his potential, we are still looking at a 20-year-old with Hall of Fame potential if he can put it together. I’d take him moving forward in fantasy over Luis Robert and Wander Franco without hesitation.

 

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