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Fantasy baseball: Young guns to watch in second half

There are some prospects set to make their MLB debuts this summer that could help you win your fantasy baseball league.
Mets top prospect Amed Rosario during a 2017 spring training game. (Photo: Getty Images)
Mets top prospect Amed Rosario will make his MLB debut on Tuesday. (Photo: Getty Images)

Yoan Moncada, the game’s consensus top prospect, was called up by the Chicago White Sox last week. Here are a few other kids on the farm who could help your fantasy team upon their arrival to the major leagues.

 

Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston Red Sox

Devers is just 20 years old and hadn’t played above High-A before this season, but he’s had a breakout year in the minor leagues. Devers hit .300/.369/.575 with 18 home runs in 77 games at Double-A before earning a promotion to Triple-A earlier this month. He’s continued to rake there, and the parent club’s only real weak spot on the diamond just happens to be third base. If Boston doesn’t make a trade before next week’s deadline, Devers could get his shot – and that honestly might be their best move in this situation. While third base is quite deep this season for fantasy purposes, Devers has a ton of upside.

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Amed Rosario, SS, New York Mets

The Mets have been patient with Rosario to the point of frustrating both fans and fantasy owners. The wait could soon be over, however as long as he recovers from a stomach issue that landed him in the hospital on Sunday. New York is all but out of the postseason race and expected to sell off some of their veterans, including Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker. Rosario has cooled off in recent weeks but is still hitting .330/.368/473 at Triple-A right now. He’ll need to prove that line isn’t just a product of the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, but once he’s up with the big club, the 21-year-old would be immediately relevant in most formats given the lack of depth at shortstop this season.

 

Brent Honeywell, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

Honeywell’s 4.27 ERA and 1.41 WHIP at Triple-A belie how well he’s pitched. The 22-year-old has posted an 11.1 K/9 while limiting walks and home runs, but some poor batted ball luck and a low strand rate have hurt his ratios. Honeywell got a lot of attention at the All-Star Futures Game in Miami earlier this month. He struck out four in two scoreless innings, and in the process became the first pitcher in the game’s history to capture MVP honors. With the Rays still very much alive in both the AL East and wild-card chases, you have to wonder how many more opportunities they’ll give the struggling Blake Snell in the rotation before Honeywell starts to look like a better option.

 

Kyle Bishop is a lead MLB columnist at RotoBaller.com. His articles are your secret weapon for winning fantasy leagues.

 
 
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