In fantasy keeper leagues, drafting or adding the young, budding stars is the best way to build a dominant franchise for the future. However, identifying who is going to be successful in the major leagues and who will not is a difficult task. Professional scouts, who are employed to identify talent year round, often make mistakes in their assessments. Many times, top prospects turn into busts, jeopardizing franchises - and maybe even your fantasy roster.
In fantasy keeper leagues, it is important to roll the dice in an educated fashion when it comes to drafting or adding prospects. The dividends of a successful gamble are enormous. If you were lucky enough to scoop up Evan Longoria or Ryan Braun when they were relatively unknown, you are sure reaping the benefits of their successes today. However, others such as the much-lauded Phil Hughes, have yet to pay true dividends for fantasy holders.
The following players are all rookies who are likely destined to make significant impacts on their respected teams in the very near future. Some of these players are already contributing in the major leagues. While most are not having overwhelmingly successful seasons, one has to keep in mind that many of these players are in their early 20s and are likely a couple years before their real break out seasons.
Other players continue to flourish in the minor leagues and are awaiting their shot at making a major league roster. Minor league farm teams are the best place to develop prospects and many franchises opt to let their budding stars remain there until they are equipped for the pressures of the major leagues.
Please let me know whether you agree or disagree with the list I have composed. If you disagree, please let me know who you think should have made it as the top prospect (by position).