By Jerry Del Priore
When it comes to fantasy baseball, it’s not only vital to stay abreast on major league happenings, but it’s important to keep a watchful eye on top minor league prospects who could be called up on moment’s notice, or somewhere down the line.
Knowing these players’ capabilities before everyone else does could give your fantasy baseball team a league up on the competition.
Here is a list of five prospects who could develop into monster fantasy players.
Enter Ame Rosario with Triple-A Las Vegas
SS Amed Rosario (New York Mets)
The Dominican Republic-born Rosario is currently batting .318 with seven home runs and 52 RBI (.359/.471/.831) in 333 at-bats in 80 games with Triple-A Las Vegas thus far.
While Rosario doesn’t sport eye-popping power numbers, he does have 16 doubles and seven triples this season.
The Mets No. 1 prospect, who sign as an international free agent for 1.75 million in 2012, is a dynamic player ready to perform now. But it’s likely the Mets won’t call Rosario up in September.
Infielder Yoan Moncada (Chicago White Sox)
The Cuban-born six-two, 205-pound toolsy player has the makings of a fantasy star: speed, above average raw power from both sides of the plate, with a quick bat.
Moncada, who made his major league with the Boston Red Sox, batted .211 with a RBI in 20 plate appearances in eight games in 2016.
It was clear that the 22-year-old needed more seasoning, so he has been in Triple-A Charlotte (White Sox), where he’s batting .281 with 11 round trippers, 32 RBI (270 at-bats in 69 tilts) and 16 base thefts in 20 tries.
Moncada will need to cut down on his strike outs, as he’s whiffed 86 times to drawing 45 walks.
Outfielder Clint Frazier (New York Yankees)
New York Yankees prospect Clint Frazier.
Frazier went yard and doubled is his first game with the Bombers Saturday, given Yankee fans and fantasy owners a glimpse of what has baseball insiders excited. The ginger-haired Frazier possesses the rare combination of good speed and power, with a high celling.
The 22-year-old 2013 first round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians was hitting .256 with 12 dingers and 42 RBI in 273 at-bats in 74 contests with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before his promotion. He also had nine stolen bases in 11 attempts.
Third baseman Nick Senzel (Cincinnati Reds)
Selected by the Reds second overall in the 2016 MLB amateur draft, Senzel has been progression nicely in Cincinnati’s farm system.
He batted .305 with seven home runs and 40 RBI in 243 at-bats in 68 tilts between two stops in 2016.
So far this year, through 283 at-bats in 73 games, the Atlanta, Georgia, native is slashing .305/376/.468/.844 with 5 homers and 39 RBI at a combined two levels (A, AA).
Third baseman Rafael Devers (Red Sox)
Ever since Boston selected Devers in the 2013 international draft, he has been steadily improving.
Currently with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs of the Eastern League, the 20-year-old has gone deep 18 times, drove in 56 runs, and has collected19 two-base knocks in 273 at-bats in 72 contests.
At six-foot, 215-pound, Devers features a fluid, easy swing with very good power. Presently, he has slugged 47 home runs and 254 RBI during his four-year minor league career.