Turn Two – Prospects

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2015 FANFOOD Fantasy Baseball

 

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Last year we brought you “Five to Watch” for each position including prospects. They were the players that we found interesting at each position, ones you needed to keep an eye on during the spring before considering for your fantasy baseball team.

This year we give you two players at each position outside the top 10 that you can TURN inTO starters and win your fantasy baseball league championship. 2 players from each position we think you should watch closely this spring and plan accordingly. of course it’s followed by a great recipe, this time it’s Smoked Bacon-wrapped Meatballs

Timing is Everything/Be Flexible is just one of the 2015 FANFOOD Fantasy Baseball Drafting Strategies and many would say the most important.

We are not saying go out and get ALL these guys, just remember them when the time comes, and if you are looking to fill a need, or backup your projected starter, consider them and if the time is right and they are available, pull the trigger.

 

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quick links:

[C] [1B[2B] [3B] [SS] [OF[SP] [RP] [Rookie/Prospects]

 

FANFOOD Top 10

 

Fantasy Baseball Links

 

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Prospects

 

Typically, prospects are players with less than 130 at bats or 50 innings pitched at the major league level, but who are expected to arrive in the bigs at some point this season, if not break out of spring training with their teams. They are rookie-eligible players who you need to be aware of.

Lets be clear, you should never count on one of these players to carry your entire team to a championship, but if you are smart and use a late round flier or waiver pickup on one or more of them, they may contribute nicely for you in case of injury or player busts. Hitting on a rookie/prospect can really make the difference for your squad.

Here are a couple of rookie/prospects outside our TOP 10.

Just so you know, our TOP 10 rookie/prospects are the players we think you need to pick up. In what order and when is up to you, but we think they all are going to be on a fantasy baseball squad this year and should be selected in this order. There are a couple of other players out there we are interested in, but don’t think you need to use a draft pick on them at this time, they most likely will be on the waiver wire for you to grab when the time is right.

 

1. Steven Souza (Rays)

 

Summary

Just look at his last few years: 11 HRs, 25 SBs in 2011; 23 HRs, 14 SBs in 2012; 16 HRs, 30 SBs in 2013 and 18 HRs, 26 SBs last year in Triple-A. Steven is the classic late bloomer. Souza will turn 26 in early 2015 and he has nothing left to prove in the minor leagues and he has an intriguing mix of power, speed, and ability to hit for average, ooh yeah and a starting job. The ball explodes off his bat, and a nice short, quick stroke that combined with his speed should allow him to provide contribution in multiple categories on your fantasy team.

PROJECTION

This older prospect certainly has 20/20 potential. His average will be nothing to write home about, but everything else makes him worthy of a late gamble.

Where to Draft

There is so much hype around him this year, he is likely to be overdrafted. We have seen him ranked as high as Top 125. That is way too high to gamble on him to be your OF4 or starting UTIL. We say wait and fill that need with a proven player. If he falls to you a few rounds later, sure why not?

 

2. Joc Pederson (Dodgers)

 

Summary

Only two players are projected by Steamer to record 20 homers and 20 stolen bases per 600 plate appearances in 2015: Carlos Gomez and Steven Souza. Joc has the ability to be the third. Gomez and Souza would be joined by Pederson as baseball’s top power-speed players. He’s the heavy favorite to begin the season as the starting center fielder. “If he’s up here he’s going to play a lot,” said Mattingly. If Pederson wins the job as expected, Andre Ethier will likely be on the outside looking in.

PROJECTION

We like the possibility of him being a 20/20 player, and bringing you Runs and RBIs along the way. His average will hurt you some, but like Souza, he rest makes up for it.

Where To Draft

He is not a household name (but should+will be) He has an ADP around 210, and that is OK with us. If you can get him after round 18 as your OF5 you should be happy.

 

 

 

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  1. Jorge Soler    OF    CHC
  2. Kris Bryant    3B    CHC
  3. Rusney Castillo    OF    BOS
  4. Yasmany Tomas    3B    ARI
  5. Dalton Pompey    OF    TOR
  6. Andrew Heaney    SP    LAA
  7. Michael Taylor    OF    WAS
  8. Jung-Ho Kang    SS    PIT
  9. Aaron Sanchez    SP/RP    TOR
  10. Byron Buxton    OF    MIN

 

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Smoked Bacon-wrapped Meatballs

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 pound ground beef chuck, at least 20% fat
3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons freshly minced garlic, about 2 cloves (optional)
1/2 lb bacon, halved
1/4 cup of your favorite barbecue rub
1 small chunk of medium smoking wood, such as oak or hickory
1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce

 

PREPARATION

Place ground beef, bread crumbs, eggs, and garlic in a large bowl. Using your hands, mix together until thoroughly combined.

Roll out meat mixture into balls 1 inch in diameter.

Wrap half a slice of bacon around each meatball and secure with a toothpick.

Season meatballs generously with barbecue rub.

Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange the coals on one side of the charcoal grate.

Place wood chunk directly on coals. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes.

Clean and oil the grilling grate.

Place meatballs on cool side of grill, cover, and cook until cooked through and bacon has browned, about 20 minutes.

Brush meatballs with barbecue sauce, cover grill, and continue to cook until sauce has set, about 5 minutes.

Remove from grill, let rest for 5 minutes, then serve.

 

 

 

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