Updated: Mar 20, 2018
Giancarlo Stanton will hit a lot of home runs. Jose Altuve will just hit alot. Trea Turner will steals lots of bases. Max Scherzer will strike alot of people out. Clayton Kershaw will win alot of games.
As an avid fantasy baseball fan, I'm not going to sit here and tell you that these are players you should probably try to draft. That's like saying when you wake up tomorrow make sure you remember to breathe! Personally I find that after 14-16 rounds of drafting, everyone should give or take have a pretty similar team in terms of quality which consequently puts a huge emphasis on the late rounds of drafting. This is where you will either win or lose your league. So sit up and take note of these select names which we believe at Four Bases will hold the key to your eternal fantasy glory.
Here are 30 players you probably shouldn't draft, but keep a very keen eye on them whilst they are on the waiver wire....
Arizona Diamondbacks - Brad Boxberger (RHP)
Acquired in a trade with Tampa Bay, the strikeout machine arrives in the desert looking to win the closer job for the Dbacks. Having saved 41 games for the Rays in 2015 before losing both the 2016 and a large part of 2017 season to injuries, Boxberger maybe arriving in Arizona with something to prove, but dont for one minute think he can't or won't.
Atlanta Braves - Luiz Gohara (LHP)
I wont put up Ronald Acuna, despite it being blindingly obvious the kid is a super talent, instead i'll go with Luiz Gohara. Having gone from AA to the Majors last season, Gohara pitched perfectly respectably in his 5 starts in the show. Owning a 1-3 record with a 4.91 ERA it would be worth noting 2 of his 5 outings came against Max Scherzer in a pennant race. Currently recovering from an ankle injury, expect Gohara to be a mainstay in the Braves rotation this season.
Baltimore Orioles - Ryan Mountcastle (3B)
It seems pretty when not if the Orioles decide to part ways with Manny Machado. The O's have already moved the all-star from third to shortstop in a positional swap with Tim Beckham, a position he has only played 9 Major League games at. With Beckham's inexperience at the hot corner, expect for the Orioles to promote their second top prospect, Ryan Mountcastle (287/.312 /.489 in 2017 minor league ball) as when they pull the trigger on potential league MVP, Manny Machado.
Boston Red Sox - Jackie Bradley Jr (OF)
Many teams are now trying to get funky with their line up cards. None more so than baseballs more forward thinkers such as the Cubs and Red Sox. If Jackie Bradley Jr doesn't lead off, then expect him to be hitting 9th in the pre lead off slot. The idea of having 2 speedsters atop of the line up who specialize in getting on base in front of a combination power and contact in JD Martinez, Hanley Ramirez, Xander Boegarts and of course Mookie Betts, then you're going to score ALOT of runs.
Chicago Cubs - Adbert Alzolay (RHP)
With Jake Arrieta and John Lackey gone, there is a slight air of uncertainty with the Cubs 2018 rotation. Mike Montgomery looks to be assured of starts on the mound instead of being the long relief bullpen guy. However if Montgomery were to return to the bullpen, then next in line could be Alzolay. With good velocity and even better slider, Alzolay progressed from A to AA in 2017 with a combined record of 7-4 with a 2.99 ERA.
Chicago White Sox - Eloy Jimenez
Having arrived with the South Siders courtesy of the trade which sent Jose Quintana to intercity rivals, the Chicago Cubs, Jimenez is arguably the best White Sox prospect within recent years. Having been optioned to AA ball already, MLB pipelines no.4 prospect will more than likely get his taste of Major League ball this summer, and when he does get ready to pick him up off of the waiver wire.
Cincinnati Reds - Jesse Winker (OF)
The Reds this past off-season tried to shop Billy Hamilton and I think will continue to do so as we move closer to the trade deadline. With a ready made replacement in Jesse Winker waiting in replacement, the future of the Reds outfield is in good hands having hit .298 in just 121 at bats, Winker could well be the lead off hitter of the future for the Reds.
Cleveland Indians - Greg Allen (OF)
Brandon Guyer and Micheal Brantley are expected to miss the beginning of the 2018 season with injury rehabbing and when combined with the recently departed Austin Jackson and Jay Bruce the only lock in the Indians outfield is center fielder, Bradley Zimmerman. With the profile of a guy who can play all 3 outfield positions and his ALDS call up in 2017, the chances of Greg Allen beginning on the Indians 25 man roster are large. The outfielder hit .295/.416/.413 with 45 steals, 77 walks, between High-A and AA so he can certainly play the position well.
Colorado Rockies - Ryan Castellani (RHP)
If you are a pitcher at Coors field you want to be good at one thing. Well you probably want to be good at a lot, but this is more important than everything else. Inducing ground balls. With a sinker as good as they come, Castellani should thrive in Coors field. Although probably starting the season in AAA, expect for the righty to be called up midseason and contribute to the Rockies right off of the bat.
Detroit Tigers - Franklin Perez (RHP)
The center piece of the trade which sent Justin Verlander to Houston, Perez is certainly Detroit's number 1 prospect. I would be of the view that it could be touch and go as to whether we see Perez in 2018, but we do then his 3.33 ERA in 203 minor league innings would certainly put fans into Comerica park come September.
Houston Astros - Yuli Gurriell (1B/OF)
In 2017, the Cuban finished 4th in AL Rookie of the year voting, arguably a huge injustice to the incredible mature talent that graces Minute Maid park. His rookie season was exceptional, and here is why.....
- 37.60% of balls faced were put into play. (Mike Trout 26.10%)
- 11% of his plate appearances were strikeouts (Corey Seager 21.40%)
- He advanced 52% of thirdbase runners with 2 outs or less (Anthony Rizzo 51%)
- 16% of his AB's with baserunners resulted in an RBI. (Justin Turner 15%).
Kansas City Royals - Hunter Dozier (3B/OF)
Having only logged 33 games in 2017 courtesy of a broken wrist bone in June, Doziers progression to the Royals everyday line up was put in hold last season. Following his call up to the Majors at the end of the season prior, Dozier should expect to see significant time in the Royals line up this summer, whether that be in the outfield, third base or even first. With 54 minor league home runs and a 6'4 frame, Dozier could even spell at DH.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - Griffin Canning (RHP)
Shohei Otani. Will he hit? Will he pitch? The huge question mark over Ohtani starting more than 10 games this season would make me sky high on Canning alone. Throw into the fact Garret Richards has started 6 starts in both of the last 2 years. The Angels need reliable starting pitching in 2018 to compliment their underrated offense and with a 2.34 ERA in 111 innings in 2017 with just 30 walks. That's exactly what Canning provides.
Los Angeles Dodgers- Walker Buehler (RHP)
Clayton Kershaw, Alex Wood, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Rich hill. The Dodgers need a top of the line right arm starting pitcher. If they don't go out and get Chris Archer or someone of the like, expect Walker Buehler to be called up right awayt. I however do imagine he will take to the mound donning Dodger blue at some point this season regardless.
Miami Marlins - Sandy Alcantara (RHP)
The main prize in the trade which sent Ozuna from South Beach to the Brewers. With a 100mph fastball and 1.43 WHIP in AA ball last year (despite being 3 years younger than the league average player, the chances of the righty making the bigs are relatively good this year. Having pitcher for the Cardinals last year, Alacantara is no stranger to the lights of the show and should continue with his progression to potentially be the new ace of the ball club.
Milwaukee Brewers - Corbin Burnes (RHP)
Corbin Burnes became the Brewers minor league pitcher of the year in 2017 going an impressive 8-3 with a 1.67 ERA and 140K in just 26 starts. With a slight question mark at the back end of the rotation, Burnes could easily see himself pitching at Miller Park should the Brewers decide to dip into their minor league affiliates.
Minnesota Twins - Stephen Gonsalves (LHP)
Gonsalves is MLB pipelines number 9 left hand prospect entering the 2018 season and the Twins number 3 prospect. Having reached AAA for the first time last season, the 6-5 lefty has a career ERA of 2.39 ERA in the Minors. Despite the offseason additions of Lance Lynn and Jake Odorizzi somewhat hindering the Gonsalves path to the Major League mound, expect the lefty to be called up sometime this year when the inevitable perils of a 162 game season take their tolls on the Twins rotation.