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Keith Law' published his Top 100 Prospects for 2013 last week, so I thought it would be fun to put together a Prospect Fantasy All Star Team based on his Top 100 list. Let's take a look.
ESPN's Keith Law published his Top 100 Prospects for 2013 last Tuesday, so just for fun, I thought putting together my Prospect Fantasy All Star team would garner some discussion here. In putting together this team I am taking into account a position change for Miguel Sano, Javier Baez and Jurickson Profar, as there is decent shot that Sano will move off of third at some point in his career, and there has been plenty of talk about Profar playing some second base in Texas this season. Many prospect experts/writers think there is a very real chance that Javier Baez will move off of shortstop over to third base.
C - Travis d'Arnaud
d'Arnaud is the best catching prospect in the game, but is coming off a serious knee injury. Moving from Toronto to New York may impact his home run production long term. Some might argue Mike Zunino here, and I wouldn't argue against that too much.
1B - Miguel Sano, MIN
Sano is the only real 80 power hitter in the minors, and the power will play anywhere. The Twins are going to be a fun team to watch in the next 2-3 years, with youngsters like Sano, Aaron Hicks, Oswaldo Arcia, Eddie Rosario and in 3-4 years, center fielder Byron Buxton.
2B - Jurickson Profar, TEX
Profar is the best prospect in the game, but for me, is not the best hitting shortstop prospect. Profar can do it all, and has excellent plate discipline. It will be interesting to see how Texas handles him this season, as they have no spot for him in their starting lineup at the moment, but the season is long, so the possibilities for him to see regular playing time are numerous.
SS - Xander Bogaerts, BOS
At this point, you probably already know how much I like Bogaerts. I own him in my AL-only keeper league, and see him starting at shortstop in Boston in 2014. He has solid plate discipline, hits for average and power, so there is a lot to like here.
3B - Javier Baez, CHC
Baez has earned some comparisons to Gary Sheffield due to his superior bat speed. He likes to swing the bat, so he will need to learn some plate discipline as he moves up the minor league ladder. Baez proved that he not only has power, but also some speed, last year in Low A hitting 12 home runs in 213 at bats while stealing 20 bases.
Everyone knows the deal with Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton. He has the speed to lead the majors in stolen bases, but will need to prove the on base skills he flashed last season are sustainable.
Taveras has earned plenty of comparisons to Vladimir Guerrero, and for good reason. He loves to swing it at the plate, and still hits for a high batting average with excellent power. He is the best hitting prospect in baseball according to some, and he might see time in St. Louis in 2013 with injury-prone Carlos Beltran manning right field for the Cardinals.
SP - Dylan Bundy
Bundy is the best pitching prospect in the game, and will probably start the season in AA. Assuming he dominates AA hitters, he could earn an early promotion to AAA this season.
CL - Carlos Martinez, STL
Martinez is currently a starting pitcher in AA, but his size leads some to believe he will end up in the bullpen. Law feels he could be a dominant closer/late inning reliever should he not pan out as a starter.
So, what do Fake Team's readers think about my Prospect Fantasy All-Star team?