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1. Wander Franco, SS, Tampa Bay Rays
2021 stats: 39 G, .315/.367/.586, 7 HR, 5 SB, 12 BB, 21 SO at Triple-A Durham.
You know what they say about assuming, but, you couldn't have possibly been expecting someone else in this spot, could you? The decision became even more easy when it was announced that Franco would be making his MLB debut on Tuesday against the Red Sox. Also just a real quick reminder that he was born in 2001, so he'll be the first player born that year to play in the majors. Where does the time go? Franco is capable of helping in every single category and has upside that competes with any prospect from any season. If he's somehow still available in your redraft league, you know what to do.
2. Jarred Kelenic, OF, Seattle Mariners
2021 stats: 16 G, .279/.320/.529, 5 HR, 4 SB, 5 BB, 14 SO at Triple-A Tacoma; 23 G, .096/.185/.193, 2 HR, 3 SB, 8 BB, 26 SO at Seattle.
Hopefully fantasy managers don't look at Kelenic's struggles -- struggles obviously being an understatement, you can see the numbers above with Seattle -- as a reason to not roster Franco, because, well, that'd be silly. It'd also be silly to give up on Kelenic as a potential helper in 2021, and he's starting to hit for power again while with the Rainiers. The 21-year-old should finish the year with Seattle, and again, I firmly believe that Kelenic is worth stashing despite his issues in his first taste of MLB life. Baseball is hard, and the reward outweighs the risk.
3. Vidal Brujan, INF/OF, Tampa Bay Rays
2021 stats: 37 G, .274/.363/.514, 9 HR, 14 SB, 21 BB, 25 SO at Triple-A Durham.
Well, we know when Franco is coming up. It's Tuesday, by the way. If you for some reason skipped it, Wander Franco is coming to play in the majors on Tuesday. Brujan was going through some scuffles, but he homered in back-to-back games while picking up five hits against Norfolk over the weekend to remind everyone of what he's capable of. Brujan can play all over the field, has 80-grade speed, and has really improved his power. It might take a couple of weeks -- or more -- until we see him in the majors, but the potential here to help fantasy managers is palpable.
4. Jarren Duran, OF, Boston Red Sox
2021 stats: 30 G, .286/.379/.627, 12 HR, 6 SB, 16 BB, 35 SO at Triple-A Worcester.
Duran homered on Friday and Sunday, and continues to impress in his time with whatever the heck they're calling what used to be the International League (I know what it's called, it's Triple-A East, I just don't like it). Over his last 10 games, the 24-year-old is slashing .326/.396/.696 with four homers and a steal. The risk with Duran is not just that there's no way to know when he's getting called up, but because he's committed to the Olympics, there's a good chance that debut might not happen until after that event. Still, as an outfielder who can help in a bunch of categories, it's awfully easy to imagine he's worth the wait.
5. Shane Baz, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays
2021 stats: 8 G, 36.2 IP, 2.45 ERA, 3 BB, 54 SO at Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham.
Let's give everyone a second to marvel at that strikeout-to-walk ratio real quick. Baz was promoted to Triple-A after dominating at the Double-A level last week, and he allowed a run over four innings with five strikeouts on Wednesday in his debut with the Bulls. Acquired in the disastrous -- for Pittsburgh, anyway -- Chris Archer trade with Tyler Glasnow, it should not shock anyone if Baz is the 2021 replacement for Glasnow with the latter likely out for a while, if not the whole season. The 22-year-old has two elite pitches in his fastball/slider combo, and he can mix in a solid curve and change to keep hitters honest. Another couple of solid outings with Durham should see him up with Tampa Bay soon, and there's a ton of (potential) fantasy relevance once that occurs.
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6. Nate Pearson, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays
2021 stats: 6 G, 24.2 IP, 4.74 ERA, 11 BB 35 SO at Triple-A Buffalo
Pearson followed his best start of the season last Thursday with another solid one on Wednesday, going six innings and allowing just a pair of runs against Triple-A Rochester. He only struck out three in that outing, but it'll never be a question of whether or not Pearson has the ability to miss bats. The Blue Jays have been struggling as of late, and the starting pitching isn't exactly dominating as of late. It's hard to imagine that Pearson isn't starting games for Toronto before the All-Star break.
7. Cal Raleigh, C, Seattle Mariners
2021 stats: 32 G, .341/.393/.644, 7 HR, 2 SB, 11 BB, 19 SO at Triple-A Tacoma.
Raleigh's hit streak came to an end on Friday after 24 games in a row of picking up a hit. He was back to picking up hits on Saturday with a double. Raleigh has actually slowed down quite a bit over the last week or so, but it'd be awfully hard to stay as hot as he was over the first six weeks of the season. The 24-year-old remains one of the most underrated prospects in the sport, and those looking for catching help need to roster Raleigh the moment he becomes a member of the Mariners. You would not be considered a fool for stashing him right now.
8. Bobby Witt Jr., INF, Kansas City Royals
2021 stats: 38 G, .280/.352/.561, 11 HR, 11 SB, 17 BB, 45 SO at Double-A Northwest Arkansas.
We'll see Franco leave this list next week, and now's the right time to enter Witt Jr. It would be regardless, the 21-year-old is crushing the baseball right now for the Naturals. Over his last 10 games, the second pick of the 2019 draft is slashing .349/.404/.605, and it's seen his average rise from .248 to the .280 mark you see above. There is absolutely no guarantee that Witt Jr. gets a promotion soon. There's absolutely no guarantee that it happens at all in 2021. Having said that, a player that can do the things Witt Jr. is rare, and the way he's performed as of late suggests that he's pretty darn close to ready to helping at the highest level.
9. Drew Waters, OF, Atlanta Braves
2021 stats: 29 G, .272/.371/.4044, 3 HR, 8 SB, 13 BB, 41 SO at Triple-A Gwinnett.
Waters missed over a week due to a thumb injury, but was able to return for the Stripers on Sunday. It didn't go particularly well, as he went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. He did draw a walk, however, and it's just nice to see the 22-year-old healthy. The swing-and-miss is concerning for a hitter that doesn't have elite power, but the ball jumps off his bat, and he has the speed to help in the steals category once he gets that call to help Atlanta. It's tough to imagine that Waters isn't playing games for Atlanta this summer.
10. Hunter Greene, RHP, Cincinnati Reds
2021 stats: 8 G, 45 IP, 2.60 ERA, 15 BB, 68 SO at Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Louisville.
Eventful. That would be the best way to describe Greene's Triple-A debut. The good: eight strikeouts and just one walk over four innings. The bad/ugly, he allowed four runs, and all of it came on four solo homers. Greene also lit up the radar gun with a fastball that was clocked above 100 mph, and those four roundtrippers were the only hits that the second pick of the 2018 MLB Draft allowed in the outing. Simply put, Greene has as good -- if not better -- stuff than any pitching prospect in baseball, and it's very easy to picture him missing bats -- lots of them -- once Cincinnati deems him worthy of a promotion. Just keep in mind there's no guarantee that promotion happens in 2021.
Next in line: MacKenzie Gore, LHP, San Diego Padres; Jeter Downs, INF, Boston Red Sox; Nolan Gorman, INF, St. Louis Cardinals; Riley Greene, OF, Detroit Tigers; Daniel Lynch, LHP, Kansas City Royals