Well, I guess we're off to a similar start to last year. We saw three prospects called up, and while we had a pretty good indication that all three were either on their way or already confirmed, it was still a bit of a surprise to see so many in the first week of the season. There are still a number of prospects who can provide value for fantasy owners this year even though they aren't up yet, and while I don't expect that any of them are likely to be called up this week, I would still hold onto these 10 depending on your specific needs.
Week 1: Mallex Smith, Nomar Mazara
These rankings are based solely on their potential 2016 value, and do not include take into account their long-term value for dynasty leagues.
1. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pirates (Last Week: 1)
Glasnow struck out nine over five innings on Saturday night, throwing 53 of 83 pitches for strikes. Meanwhile, Jeff Locke wasn't able to make it into the fifth inning on Friday night after issuing seven walks, and Juan Nicasio lasted just three innings in his start on Tuesday. If the rotation struggles keep going while Glasnow pitches well,
2. Trea Turner, SS, Nationals (LW: 4)
I'm very curious to see just how long of a leash that the Nationals give shortstop Danny Espinosa in terms of producing at the plate. He's currently hitting .161 with no home runs or stolen bases yet, while Turner has a 1.314 OPS with a .500 batting average. I don't think the Nationals pull the plug for another couple weeks, but won't hesitate to make the change in early May if Espinosa's struggles continue.
3. Jose Berrios, RHP, Twins (LW: 2)
The Twins have their first winning streak (at 2) after starting the year 0-9, but the starting pitching really hasn't been as much of the issue as the lineup, which has scored just 25 runs in 11 games. Berrios could end up staying down longer if the Twins don't end up getting back into the division race by the end of May.
4. Blake Snell, LHP, Rays (LW: 3)
5. Tim Anderson, SS, White Sox (LW: 7)
6. Nick Williams, OF, Phillies (LW: 8)
7. Robert Stephenson, RHP, Reds (LW: 9)
8. Cody Reed, LHP, Reds (LW: 10)
Jon Moscot will return to the rotation today, which lowers the possibility that either Stephenson or Reed are called up soon, but given how the team struggled this week, it could end up being someone else they replace.
9. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pirates (LW: NR)
Taillon joins the list for the same reason that Glasnow is at the top of it, but he is down here because it's hard to project right now just how many innings he would be allowed to throw in the majors if he's called up.
10. Orlando Arcia, SS, Brewers (LW: NR)
Arcia can potentially provide a high batting average and stolen bases if called up, and while Jonathan Villar is hitting well so far, I wouldn't exactly expect that to continue forever.
HM: Michael Reed, OF, Brewers - Reed is a purely playing time speculation on the hope of stolen bases, as the center field situation in Milwaukee is a probably generously described as a mess and Reed already has five in AAA.