Here’s an overview of some of the top selections in the recent MLB Draft from the National League East and their potential fantasy impact. Like most of these players draft, the outlook for these guys is long term. The MLB prospect pipeline is a trial in patience. All of these guys will need time on the farm but of the five the polished college arm, Kyle Wright is most likely to make his debut first, while prep hitter Mark Vientos represents a long-term project with juicy upside.
Kyle Wright (ATL)
Many experts thought that Wright would go first overall to the Twins but he slipped to the Braves who walk away with likely their preferred player in the draft. He fits the upside starting pitcher mold on which the Braves have coveted in their rebuild effort and also comes with a pleasing floor for fantasy owners.
Wright offers a four-pitch repertoire with his fastball in the mid-nineties and works off his fastball with a curveball, slider, changeup mix. With an uptick in command, he has the potential to become a top of the rotation starter with the likely floor in the back end of the rotation.
Seth Romero (WAS)
Romero has early first round talent but dropped in the draft due to character concerns after was dismissed from the University of Houston baseball team in May after a fight with a teammate before a game. On the mound, Romero checks all the boxes that scouts look for in a starter. He is low to mid-nineties with the fastball, an above average slider and feel for the changeup.
After he was selected there were whispers that the Nationals may rush Romero to Washington in hopes of patching up their bullpen, but those talks have been put to rest and the Nationals plan on developing him as a starter. There is a lot to like in Romero’s profile but the character concerns will haunt him until he can prove otherwise.
Mark Vientos (NYM)
Vientos is a raw prep position player out of Florida that played shortstop in high school but his body type profiles better at third base or the corner outfield. The calling card for Vientos is in the batters’ box where he could become a plus hitter for both average and power. He won’t turn 18 until December and will need plenty of development time, but the Vientos has the potential to become a steady power bat for fantasy owners in the future.
Trevor Rogers (MIA)
The Marlins started this draft similar to last year’s when they selected LHP Braxton Garrett. This year the choice was Trevor Rogers, a tall lanky lefty out of New Mexico. It’s easy to imagine great things from the young man given his 6-6 frame that is already throwing in the mid-nineties but for me, he ends up in the bullpen. His fastball, slider mix, and inconsistent control seem to profile more as a high-leverage reliever with good ratios and strikeout totals.
Adam Haseley (PHI)
The Phillies opened up this year’s draft by selecting one of this year Golden Spikes finalists, Adam Haseley, who is known as a polished college bat and proven winner. Intangibles likely played a role in the Phillies’ decision but what they liked most was his overall ability to play the game of baseball. He has above average bat to ball skills with solid power to all fields and is a reliable defender in the outfield with above average speed. He’s more of a real life ball player than fantasy superstar but has the potential to become a 10-10 guy that hits for a high average.
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Major League Fantasy Baseball Show: Join guest host Andrea LaMont, and Kyle Amore live on Sunday June 18th, 2017 from 7-9pm EST for episode #91 of Major League Fantasy Baseball Radio. We are a live broadcast that will take callers at 323-870-4395. Press 1 to speak with the host. We will the latest information in the world of fantasy baseball.
Our guest this week is Bilal Chaudry. Bilal is a commissioner, an occassional radio guest, and veteran owner in MLFS leagues.