The last few years, rookies have made a pretty major impact at the MLB level. Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Jose Fernandez are just a few who hit the ground running at the highest level of professional baseball. As the 2015 approaches, there are a few with high potential. Anyone playing in FanDuel fantasy baseball leagues should be at least looking at these guys early on in the year to see if they are worth taking a gamble on. After all, they will start at relatively modest prices an could be steals.
Last year, Bryant was a star in the minors. Some wondered why the Chicago Cubs didn’t really give him much of a shot at the majors, but 2015 should be different. There is a lot of optimism around the club in general, and the infielder is a guy who hits for power and average. In all of his games last season across different minor league levels, he hit .325 with 43 home runs.
Staying with the Cubs, they have a middle infielder who could be a steal as a rookie if he can find an everyday position. Chicago already has Javier Baez and Starlin Castro, so Russell might be forced to move away from shortstop.
However, he is still a guy who is an advanced hitter with plenty of speed to pick up extra bases and stolen bases. Anyone playing in FanDuel fantasy baseball leagues should pay attention to how he does in Spring Training to get an idea on when he might be called up.
Most of the top-tier rookie talent seems to be in the National League in 2015, but Carlos Rodon has a chance to be special for the Chicago White Sox. The team has worked hard to improve their starting rotation, and they will give him a shot to make the opening day roster if he does well in Spring Training. The 3rd overall pick from a season ago has already shown that he is pretty stable on the mound.