The 2013 MLB season is days away, and with that comes the 2013 fantasy baseball season. Each year gives way to a handful of breakout stars who, more times than not, lead fantasy owners to a pleasant and winning-filled season.
Last year it was Chris Sale and Mike Trout—players who went undrafted in most leagues but finished the year as a top player at their respective positions.
With that being said, here are three players that could finally step into the spotlight as fantasy stars in 2013.
Best-Case Scenario: 13-5, 3.16 ERA, 153 K
Over the last two seasons, Julio Teheran has pitched 26 innings in the big leagues and has posted a 5.19 ERA. These numbers are deceiving and should be disregarded on draft day.
"Why," you ask?
Because Teheran is just 22 years old and his stats this spring have been impressive to say the least.
This spring, Teheran, who was the No. 5-rated prospect by Baseball America in 2011 and 2012, is 3-1 with a 1.04 ERA and 35 SO in 26 innings and isn't showing any signs of slowing down.
The Braves will more than likely have his young arm on an inning limit, but the potential production Teheran could yield is worthy of a spot on fantasy owners' rosters for the 2013 MLB season.
Best-Case Scenario: .283, 27 HR, 94 RBI, 14 SB
Domonic Brown is another guy that had a productive career in the minors but hasn't yet been able to translate his minor league success into major league success.
As the No. 4 overall prospect prior to the 2011 season, Brown has hit just .236 in 147 major league games over the last three seasons.
There is reason to believe in Domonic Brown in 2013.
Brown has completely defaced spring pitching, tallying a league high in hits (31) and home runs (seven). A productive spring should build confidence for the young outfielder and could very well lead to a breakout year in 2013.
Best-Case Scenario: .291, 25 HR, 95 RBI, 25 SB
Brett Lawrie has had high expectations since being drafted in the first round of the 2008 MLB amateur draft, and this year, the 23-year-old third baseman will finally live up to the hype.
Lawrie made his major league debut in August of 2011 and quickly assimilated to major league pitching. In his first full month, he hit .326 with six home runs and 18 RBI.
Last season was a bit of disappointment for fantasy owners. Hindered with injuries, Lawrie was never given a legitimate opportunity to get into a groove. He played in just 125 games and hit a mild .273 with 11 home runs and 48 RBI.
Based on his minor league track record and strong response to major league pitching in his first full month, Lawrie has the potential and should reward fantasy owners with an All-Star-caliber season in 2013.