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2013 Top 10 Prospect Rankings: NL West

Ben Carsley January 31, 2013 7:15PM EDT
Welcome to RotoExperts 2013 Top Fantasy Prospect series: a comprehensive look at over 300 Minor League players and their Fantasy-relevant tools and abilities. While there are a plethora of sites that break down Minor Leaguers based on their MLB potential, they don’t bring the Fantasy-specific edge you’ll find here. Complete with an estimated time of arrival and set of Roto-relevant categories for each player, these breakdowns aim to give you a leg up whether you’re a Dynasty league fanatic or a standard Fantasy player looking for late-round steals.

Ranking Fantasy prospects is different than ranking MLB prospects for many reasons. For one, context matters: the organization a prospect plays for, who plays in that organization ahead of him and positional scarcity all play a major role in evaluations. Secondly, offensive players get the bump over comparable pitchers, thanks to attrition rates and overall ability. Thirdly, upside matters more: No. 4 starters and versatile fielders are plenty useful in the majors, but you don’t want many of them on your Fantasy team. And finally, playing time matters too, so don’t be surprised to see some MLB-ready names make these lists over higher-ceiling players who are eons away.

All rankings and evaluations are based off of a combination of mainstream prospect analysis, industry sources, video scouting and in-person game observations.

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