If you are not playing in a deep league, this article is not for you. However, if you are in a keeper league some of the players listed below could also be of interest to you.
How would you determine if your league deep or shallow? Here is a quiz: has a team been affected by the injury to Aaron Altherr? If so, then you are playing in a deep league.
With the baseball season starting this coming weekend, your free agent acquisition process has probably begun. Whether due to an injury or because you want to improve your roster, you are probably now scouring the 25-man Major League rosters to find that gem, a player who went undrafted.
Here is a list that may help you. Note though that this is not a prospect list, although some of the players could be categorized as such. Players listed below were actually picked up in LABR and Tout Wars AL/NL-only leagues either at a low price or in the reserve draft. The experts who drafted them up are obviously counting on these players to help their fantasy teams at a certain point during the season, the sooner the better. Clearly though, at this level, there is no guarantee that any one of them will force his way to the majors, that’s just the nature of the game.
Players are subdivided by position to assist you with your search. Then, the names are listed in a random order to remove any appearance of ranking because outside circumstances independent of their skills can propel any one of them to a full time Major League job anytime this season or not at all until next year.
Note that the most well-known names, like Trea Turner, Lucas Giolito or A.J. Reed are not here. They were probably drafted, right?
Silvino Bracho, Diamondbacks, may steal a few saves from Brad Ziegler or Tyler Clippard, whoever is the closer in Phoenix.
Jumbo Diaz, Reds, ditto in Cincy
Robert Stephenson, Reds, An injury or two …..
Seung-hwan Oh, Cardinals,…. to the starting rotation…..
Julio Urias, Dodgers, ….could get any one of these five pitchers ….
Justin Nicolino, Marlins, , …. to the majors this year; that said, ….
Michael Fulmer, Tigers, …..pitchers tend to get hurt, don’t they?
Matt Wisler, Braves, number two pitcher on a team where only Julio Teheran is MLB worthy
Sean Manaea, Oakland A’s, expected to force his way to the majors later this year
Erik Johnson, White Sox, an August call-up?
Travis Shaw, Red Sox, is he going to unseat Pablo Sandoval?
Tyler White, Astros, The real Astros’ 1B?
Brandon Drury, 3B, Diamondbacks, my personal favorite on this list
Orlando Arcia, SS, Brewers, rumors are he will be in the majors by mid-season
Jose Pirela, 2B, Padres, utility role
Robert Refsnyder, 2B, Yankees, a couple of injuries away
Trevor Story, SS, Rockies, possible SS while Jose Reyes is out
Cristhian Adames, SS, Rockies, it appears losing to Trevor Story
Christian Colon, 2B, Royals, battling Omar Infante for the second base job, but not having a good spring as of today
J.P. Crawford, SS, Phillies, my second personal favorite on this list
Dansby Swanson, SS, Braves, a young and highly regarded player on a rebuilding team? My take is that we will see him in the majors this year.
Tyler Saladino, SS, White Sox, sitting tight behind Jimmy Rollins
Kelby Tomlinson, 2B, Giants, infield utility
Keon Broxton, Brewers, strong candidate for center field job
Socrates Brito, Diamondbacks, they say that Brito may win the left field job
Michael Taylor, Nats, full time center fielder?
Tyler Goeddel, Phillies, may win the left field job
Paulo Orlando, Royals, playing full time the first two weeks of the season while Jarrod Dyson is out
Adam Duvall, Reds, may get some action in the left field
Jesse Winker, Reds, may not get any action in the left field, see Duvall above
Nomar Mazara, Rangers, my 2 cents, too young to make any impact in the majors this year
Lewis Brinson, Rangers, on the other hand, we may see Brinson this year
Mallex Smith, Braves, mid-season replacement of Michael Bourne?
Manuel Margot, Padres, will we see him later in the season?
Jabari Blash, Padres, may displace Jon Jay
Bradley Zimmer, Indians, reserve
Max Kepler, Twins, deep reserve
Mikie Mahtook, Rays, reserve