Some quality players are finding themselves shipped down to Triple-A as major-league rosters finalize. These players typically get pushed aside in Fantasy leagues, as it's far more important to opt for present value over a useless player clogging up a roster spot. Though that's often the right call, it doesn't mean Fantasy owners should write off these players immediately. Here are some players who will begin the season in the minors that Fantasy owners should watch closely.
Nick Franklin - Franklin's demotion says more about the Mariners' depth than it does about his ability. The team has no place for him, which means a trade is likely on the horizon. That's a good thing for Franklin, as a move away from Safeco probably increases his value. If he moves into a full-time job, he'll draw some interest in shallow mixed leagues.
Gregory Polanco - This one is pretty obvious. Polanco is considered one of Pittsburgh's top prospects. If Jose Tabata struggles out of the gate, the team could look to get Polanco to the majors quickly. He could also draw interest in mixed leagues.
Jake Marisnick - Marcell Ozuna may have won the center field job, but Marisnick always had the better pedigree. Marisnick had a hard time adjusting to the league last year, but tore up spring training with a .432 average. With some more experience in Triple-A, he could find himself more equipped to handle the majors when he gets the call again. He's more of an NL-only guy for now.
George Springer - He's been talked up a fair amount this offseason, and may have even been drafted by an excited owner in your leagues. If that owner cut bait now that Springer will start in the minors, you can take advantage. Once Springer is called up, he should have a lot of job security. He'll draw interest in mixed leagues once it looks like he's getting close.
Matt Davidson - The White Sox send Davidson to Triple-A, but said it was mainly for defensive purposes. The club wants Davidson to get in more work with the coaching staff at third. He actually hit .308 during the spring, so his demotion wasn't performance related. There are some questions on how well he'll translate to the majors, so he'll only have AL-only value to start.
Jackie Bradley Jr. - The only way Bradley stays in the minors all year is if Grady Sizemore stays healthy for the entire season. Color me skeptical. Bradley struggled last season, but his promotion was fairly aggressive. He's hit everywhere he's played in the minors, and could have a better showing the second time around. He's more of an AL-only guy.
Others to keep an eye on: Noah Syndergaard, Danny Duffy, Maikel Franco, Addison Russell