Breaking Down Top MLB Prospects Who Could Help in Each Fantasy Category

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Breaking Down Top MLB Prospects Who Could Help in Each Fantasy Category
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Taveras is an elite hitting prospect who could put up big numbers in several fantasy categories.

Not surprisingly, the top prospects in baseball also figure to be the one's with the most potential to rack up points for your fantasy baseball team. Five of the top 12 pitching prospects in baseball entering the season, according to Baseball Prospectus' rankings, have had solid rookie seasons.

Jose Fernandez (No. 6) of the Marlins and Shelby Miller (No. 16) of the Cardinals, the two that have been in the majors the entire season, have been as good as it gets. The 21-year-old Fernandez, who made the surprising jump from High-A, has nine wins, a 2.41 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP (walks plus hits/innings pitched) and 157 strikeouts in 24 starts. Miller has 11 wins, a 2.98 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 145 strikeouts in his 24 starts.

The three midseason call-ups of that group have also been impressive. Chris Archer (No. 29) of the Rays has six wins, a 2.95 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 62 strikeouts in 15 starts. Gerrit Cole (No. 3) of the Pirates has six wins, a 3.88 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 52 strikeouts in 12 starts. Zack Wheeler (No. 5) has six wins, a 3.49 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 62 strikeouts in 12 starts. 

Chances are that you're happy with either of the aforementioned rookies if they are or have been part of your fantasy rotation. There weren't as many top hitting prospects as close to the big leagues, aside from Wil Myers (No. 7 in Baseball Prospectus' rankings; .312 OPS, 9 HR, 9 2B, 39 RBI, 29 R, 5 SB) and Christian Yelich (No. 23 in Baseball Prospectus' rankings; .286 BA, HR, 7 2B, 7 RBI, 2 SB in 27 games), but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty on the way. 

Here is the next wave of top prospects who could be fantasy baseball studs, sorted by the category in which they'll likely have the biggest impact. 

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