1. C.J. Cron
Cron’s playing time comes at the expense of Josh Hamilton relapsing with drugs and alcohol. Hamilton’s situations is obviously very sensitive, but baseball still goes on and the Angels will have to replace his bat. Though Cron may not play everyday at first base he is helped by the case that Albert Pujols can’t play everyday, so while Cron could be the everyday DH he will also play plenty at first.
Cron hit through every level in the minors and he will do the same in majors, but owners probably shouldn’t expect a .290 plus average. With Cron you’re getting cheap homers and RBI, and there is nothing wrong with that.
2. Jason Heyward
Disgustingly enough Heyward is still only 25 years-old. Yes, 25. Though he may be young, Heyward has spent the past five years failing to live up to his number one prospect billing. He’s just never put it together, and hasn’t really hit for power or average at all during his career. He did hit a career high 27 home runs in 2012, but has never hit higher than .271 in a season.
The past five years aren’t pretty, and owners may still just be drafting Hewyard on name alone. Despite past failure, Heyward is in new environment, and has an opportunity at jumpstarting his career. He may not hit for average, but the potential is there for a 20/20 season.
3. Gerrit Cole
Like Heyward, Cole hasn’t quite yet lived up to the expectations of a top prospect. Though Cole has pretty up solid numbers, his 2014 season was derailed by shoulder fatigue that sent him to the DL. In two season Cole hasn’t pitched more than 138 innings, so the hope is that if he can pitch 200 plus innings he will me a top three pitcher for a fantasy squad.
Cole is helped by a solid Pirates lineup that could result in 15 plus wins and 200 strikeouts. Owners just have to hope he can stay healthy, and if that is the case he should be a major steal for fantasy owners.