Potential Rookie Breakouts
2014 Fantasy Baseball

We've seen it over the past few years, rookies in Major League Baseball are becoming more and more appealing to Fantasy owners. This year there are a handful of rookies that are primed to breakout. This article will cover a handful of rookies that could have a monster season from a Fantasy perspective.

This article is in no way related to my Top Pitching and Top Hitting Prospect lists. It is not related to my Top 300 Keeper Rankings or anything else I've written over the past few months. This write-up is just a list of some of the prospects I like and my reasoning behind it.

Jonathan Singleton HOU
I called him the next Ryan Howard a while back in my Keeper Rankings from January 7th, 2013 and I'm sticking to that comparison. I see Singleton as a power hitting lefty that will find a way to work with a sub-.260 batting average. He's listed at 6' 2" 235 pounds but he hits like he's 20 pounds heavier. I think he could hit 20 home runs in 2014. This kid has All Star written all over him as long as he can stay clean.

Kolten Wong STL
I'm not sure he'll play over 120 games this year (especially with Mark Ellis on the team) but Wong is the future of the Cardinals at Second Base. Wong could come up and become a 10HR/20SB guy as soon as 2015.

Nick Castellanos DET
Don't expect monster power numbers from Castellanos but I think the 21 year old will come up and hit for a high average while playing decent defense at Third. Nick has a tendency to strikeout more than he should but if you pick him up in the late rounds as your 1B/3B player, you won't be disappointed.

Maikel Franco PHI
He's a sleeper among sleepers. Franco could emerge as one of the better Third Basemen in the game once the Phillies give him the call. I think he'll be a better Third Baseman than Castellanos by the end of the 2015 season.

Miguel Sano MIN
After nearly two years of bragging about the kid, I think Sano will get the call at some point this season to join the big league roster. His skill set and power will translate well at the next level making him a potential AL Rookie of the Year candidate. I have him pegged as a future 30+ home run hitter from the hot corner. I do expect growing pains in terms of his batting average but I see him eventually growing into a .280-ish hitter. The only thing holding Sano down right now is his time clock.

Francisco Lindor CLE
It's only a matter of time before Cleveland management gets upset with Asdrubal Cabrera the way I have. Lindor is the future, the only question is: when is the future in Cleveland?

Gregory Polanco PIT
Many people have never heard of Polanco but don't let his unknown skill set get away. Polanco has great speed and decent power. He could open the year as the Pirate's Right Fielder. He's one player I'll be keeping an eye on during Spring Training, I suggest you do the same.

Oscar Taveras STL
With Carlos Beltran out of the way, Taveras has a chance to open the season as the Cardinal's starting Center Fielder. He's a true five tool player who has no real weakness at the plate. Oscar hit over .300 on every level of the minors.

Billy Hamilton CIN
He proved in 13 games last year that his speed will translate at the big league level. Hamilton could steal upwards of 60 bases this year as long as he maintains a high contact rate.

Jameson Taillon PIT
The future one-two punch of Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon will be here by the end of the 2014 season. Taillon is a 6' 6" right handed flamethrower who should come in right away and contribute the way Cole did. I've been high on Jameson for a long time and I believe this is the year he'll make his name known nation-wide. Taillon has Top 40 SP potential as early as this year and Top 25 potential heading into 2015.

Noah Syndergaard NYM
I'd like to see the Mets call Syndergaard up after the All Star break this year. It's going to be a bad season for the Mets, who are without Matt Harvey, but the future will be bright if they can get Noah up this year. The Met's rotation come opening day 2015 will include: Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Syndergaard and Jenrry Mejia.

Alex Meyer MIN
The Twins will look to give Meyer a look this year as they prepare for the future. Meyer came over in the Denard Span deal last off season (in that link I called him a future middle of the rotation starter). His slender 6' 9" frame could cause him to run into delivery issues but his fastball has major sink to it which will one day make him a great #3 Fantasy starter. For this year, he'll be a solid #5 Fantasy SP once he gets called up.

Andrew Heaney MIA
The Marlins could use their Top Lefty prospect (yes, I like him more than Justin Nicolino) this year as they rebuild. Heaney's fastball sits in the low-to-mid 90's and he has a solid assortment of off speed pitches. The 22 year old could become an asset to Marlins big league club as early as the All Star break this year.

Other Top Prospects that could be called up this year...

Christian Bethancourt ATL
Jorge Alfaro TEX

First Basemen
C.J. Cron LAA
Hunter Morris MIL

Second Basemen
Delino DeShields HOU
Taylor Lindsey LAA

Third Basemen
Mike Olt CHC
Kaleb Cowart LAA
Garin Cecchini BOS

Carlos Correa HOU
Javier Baez CHC
Hak-Ju Lee TB

George Springer HOU
Jorge Soler CHC
Rymer Liriano SD
Jorge Bonifacio KC

Archie Bradley ARI
Aaron Sanchez TOR
James Paxton SEA
Kyle Zimmer KC

If you think I forgot about anyone please post their names in the comment section below and I'll explain why I left them off this article.

Alex Wiesner
January 17th, 2014


01/17/2014 07:01

I know the Cubs have already said he is starting and possibly spending most of his time in AA this year, but is there a possibility Kris Bryant gets the call and actually puts up some respectable numbers?

Alex Wiesner
01/17/2014 07:54

I think he'll put up respectable numbers but it won't be this year. It's a bit of a log jam at Third for the Cubs. I think they'll move Javier Baez to Third along with Bryant and Mike Olt. The only way Bryant will get the call is if they move him to First Base, and that's only if Rizzo struggles.

01/17/2014 08:47

Thanks Alex, I can see them moving Bryant to even the OF maybe. I also noticed you had Alfaro as a possible call-up. That's the first I have seen him being called up before mid 2015. Could Gary Sanchez be called up this year or is the Yankee catcher and DH situation blocking him?

Alex Wiesner
01/17/2014 11:10

I'm really high on Alfaro but even I think it's risky calling him up this year. I love Sanchez but with McCann, Romine and all their old Outfielders/DH's (Beltran, Soriano, etc.) I don't think we'll see Sanchez called up for at least another year. Both clubs would be better served to wait until the middle of next season before they call up their Top Catching prospects.

01/17/2014 07:02

Tommy LaStella? Seems like he's exactly what the Braves need as 2B.

Alex Wiesner
01/17/2014 07:57

I agree but I'm not sure they won't try to get everything out of Uggla before they trade him for pennies on the dollar. Between Uggla and Janish, I think LaStella will be forced to stay in the minors one more year before taking the job from Uggla next season. Uggla is a FA after the 2015 season but they owe him $26 million for the next 2 years.

01/17/2014 07:23

Since Danny Hultzen is out for the season, I doubt he is getting called up.

Alex Wiesner
01/17/2014 07:51

Whoops, I meant to put Paxton there. I always get those two mixed up. It's fixed now. Thanks

Gary M Anchorage,Ak
01/17/2014 09:23

Thanks for the Twitter add Alex! Swift, informative, and accurate article, left me wanting a few more breakdowns, but hey were still 73 days away, I'll back off . (For Now)

The way the Twins are doing business I'm really thinking we might see Byron Buxton up this year...talk about an upside! I'm sensing you don't think he's getting the call, am I right? Most say 2015..the cat just ran a 4.37 40 time, got the spring invite on Thursday ,is in beast mode, and in my "on a limb" opinion will simply outshine AA and transform into a Cutch type player when he reaches his ceiling. Exciting,talented, and humble player.

Keep up the good work, I'm passing the word around on your site.

Alex Wiesner
01/17/2014 11:07

Yes, I've heard multiple reports that they'll keep him down this year but I can't wait to see him called up. Your comparison to McCutchen is valid in every aspect.

Thanks for the kind words, I have more articles up on the site and I'm working on more. Appreciate it!

01/17/2014 19:07

What about Addison Russell, he's been promoted aggressively through the system too

Alex Wiesner
01/18/2014 02:41

He'll be 20 years old this year and he only played 3 games at Triple A last year. I like the kid but I don't think the A's will call him up until he proves himself in Sacramento. I don't think we'll see him up until 2015.

02/18/2014 07:54

Thoughts on Appel?

Alex Wiesner
02/21/2014 13:50

I think he's 3 years away from being an effective Fantasy starter. Which is good news considering their best hitting prospects won't be good for at least 2 more years. He'll be a #1 in Houston but a borderline #3 Fantasy SP in 2016.

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