The only thing fantasy baseball managers love more than recruiting rookies is seeing those players succeed at the big league level. MLB’s new CBA will encourage teams to let their youngsters cut their teeth in the majors, and the influx of talent has been a boon to the fantasy community.
Jeremy Peña made Astros fans forget about Carlos Correa, Matt Brash was outstanding for the Mariners and the Cubs’ Seiya Suzuki easily lived up to the hype he came with from Japan. In fact, their MLB debut was so strong that we’re already salivating for the next wave. If you have the bench space to stow a player or two, another youth movement is heading your way.
The most obvious choice for the promotion right now is Cardinals second baseman Nolan Gorman. Through 18 games and 70 at-bats for Triple-A Memphis, Gorman has a .343/.390/.800 slash line with two doubles, 10 home runs and 15 RBIs, leaving many wondering why he didn’t. been called. Again.
Paul DeJong and Edmundo Sosa, who currently share the shortstop job, are struggling both at home plate and on the field, so moving current second baseman Tommy Edman to make room for Gorman seems like An evidence. Although manager Oliver Marmol isn’t ready to retire his veterans just yet, Gorman doesn’t have much to prove at the minor league level and should get the call up soon.
In Boston, it’s only a short matter of time before first baseman Triston Casas is promoted. The team is fed up with Bobby Dalbec’s shortcomings and has already designated his platoon partner, Travis Shaw, for an assignment. Although Casas has three doubles, four homers and 12 RBIs in 71 at-bats at Triple-A Worcester, he is still honing his plate discipline, so the club is raising Franchy Cordero for now to serve as a left-handed bat in a first. basic platoon. But anyone who’s ever watched Cordero knows he’s nothing more than a bench player. Casas could be on the way before the end of May.
Both Gorman and Casas are considered top prospects within their respective organizations, so they won’t go unnoticed. The key to a successful fantasy manager is to stay one step ahead of your competition, so don’t wait for them to be promoted before adding them. It gets tougher in leagues with small rosters and short benches, but if you can shed some weight and hide it, you could add this season’s Rookies of the Year.
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