If your league has room to stash prospects, these are some guys to consider. All of them are top prospects that didn’t make the opening day roster. These players tend to lose a little luster once the season gets under way and other managers forget about them. Don’t miss out on that next waiver wire gem. Put in your claims now.
Julio Urias – SP LAD – 77% Owned
Urias has quickly become a player that many baseball fans are aware of. He has started the year with Triple-A Oklahoma City mainly because of an innings limit this season. He made his first start Monday and threw 79 pitches and had 5 strikeouts against a talented Iowa Cubs lineup. Urias is a 20 year old rare breed that throws some hard, nasty pitches. Dodgers’ manager, Dave Roberts, says that Urias, “is close”. I expect Urias to get the call in early May and the team will pick their spots with him to throw about 130 innings. He is well worth a stash if available.
Cody Bellinger – 1B/OF LAD – 33% Owned
Staying with the Dodgers to mention their first baseman of the future. Many top 10 prospect lists will include Bellinger on it these days. So far this season he has played every game at 1B, but rumors say Oklahoma City will play him in the outfield every 10 days to add versatility for the big league club. This will allow the team to potentially get his bat (.417/.440/.667) in the lineup more outside of Adrian Gonzalez’s rest days.
Ian Happ – 2B/OF CHC - 19% Owned
Chicago really doesn’t need another utility infielder, but they have one. Ian Happ is raking right now at Triple A–Iowa. Already a top 30 preseason prospect, he is living up to the billing. Trade rumors will always follow Happ as long as he is in the Chicago system because of his versatility and Chicago’s infield logjam. However, if he continues to hit (.276/.344/.724) Joe Maddon will have no choice but to play him.
Austin Meadows – OF PIT – 29% Owned
Meadows has had a slow start to 2017, but don’t let it fool you that he isn’t a top 10 prospect. The number 1 prospect in Pittsburgh is ready to shine. He is currently blocked by a solid outfield in Pittsburgh that includes McCutchen, Polanco, and Marte. If one of these players gets injured or Cutch is traded, expect Meadows to hit the ground running. This guy is 5 tool potential – a ton of upside.
Lewis Brinson – OF MIL – 23% Owned
Currently plagued by a dislocated pinkie, Brinson is expected back this weekend for Triple-A Colorado Springs. The only thing Lewis Brinson has done since coming to Milwaukee via trade is hit, hit, hit. Brinson is one Brewers’ injury or Ryan Braun trade away from seeing the big leagues. Interesting note: Braun reaches his 10 and 5 rights in late May. Coincidentally Braun to the Dodgers has picked up a little steam this month again.
Franklin Barreto – OAK SS – 16% Owned - .440/.516/.800
Mike Clevinger – CLE SP – 2% Owned 13 IP 0.69 ERA 17:4 K/BB