Fantasy Baseball Today

Opportunity could knock soon for these prospects

By Al Melchior | Data Analyst

Arismendy Alcantara isn't the most popular Fantasy prospect, but he could be among the most impactful in the coming months. (USATSI)
Arismendy Alcantara isn't the most popular Fantasy prospect, but he could be among the most impactful in the coming months. (USATSI)

With many of the most anticipated prospect callups having already occurred this season, Fantasy owners are scrambling to get ahead of the curve on the next big promotion. Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Maikel Franco, Taijuan Walker and Noah Syndergaard are among the most sought-after prospects, and all are already owned in more than 25 percent of CBSSports.com leagues.

However, three of the prospects who have the best chance to make a Fantasy impact this season are all available in more than 90 percent of our leagues.

While Baez and Bryant have been getting the most buzz among the Cubs' top prospects, Arismendy Alcantara appears to be the best fit for the North Siders right now. As a second baseman, he would provide an instant offensive upgrade over incumbent Darwin Barney, and he's also played some center field, where the Cubs have yet to find a steady regular. With a .286/.330/.513 slash line and 17 steals at Triple-A Iowa, Alcantara is profiling as a decent power/speed source who would enter his Fantasy career with shortstop eligibility.

Like Alcantara, Domingo Santana has been a third wheel among prospects in his organization, as he has been overshadowed by George Springer and Jon Singleton. With Robbie Grossman struggling again offensively, Santana could take over as the Astros' left fielder at any time, adding to the thump that Springer and Singleton have brought to Houston's lineup. Santana strikes out a little too much, but with power and a high walk rate, he could be an option in deeper mixed leagues, if not standard or shallow ones.

When the Twins sent Samuel Deduno to the bullpen, they called on Yohan Pino as their fifth starter, rather than the highly-touted Alex Meyer. Though Pino had a strong debut against the White Sox, his stay in the rotation could be short-lived if his flyball tendencies get the better of him, but Meyer might not be next in line. Trevor May has been even more successful than Meyer at Triple-A Rochester with a 2.94 ERA and 1.13 WHIP, and he could give the Twins something their rotation hasn't seen in awhile: strikeouts. May has notched at least a strikeout per inning at every level of the minors since Class A ball.

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