Dynasty Sports Empire’s prospect Expert Luke Taylor check in once again to bring you the top rookie outfielders that you should keep an eye on for the 2013 season. In preparation for this task, we asked Luke to look past long-term upside and tell us which players to watch that will have an immediate impact at the major league level. Read on to find the top outfield prospects for redraft leagues in 2013.
>> Luke’s top infield prospects for 2013
Oscar Taveras – St. Louis Cardinals
Taveras will start the year out in AAA, but will likely be too good to keep down there for long. His violent, but controlled swing allows him to make hard contact on nearly everything that comes close to the strike zone. I could envision him hitting .275+ with double digit HR’s and 5-10 steals.
Wil Myers – Tampa Bay Rays
The Rays have never shied away from letting their young talent come up and contribute if they were the best option in helping the team win. Enter: Wil Myers. It may not be till June or July but he will impact that team in 2013, and he can impact your fantasy team as well. Myers could hit .265-.275 with double digit HR’s.
Adam Eaton – Arizona Diamondbacks
In line to be the starting center fielder for the D Backs and he comes with an enticing skill set. He has decent pop, makes consistent contact, and has terrific speed. The average might be a tad low, but he could bring 10-12 HR’s and 20+ steals. His playing time is perhaps his most attractive asset for 2013. (Editors Note: After Luke submitted this piece, Easton suffered a sprained UCL in his left elbow and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks).
Aaron Hicks – Minnesota Twins
With the departure of Ben Revere and Denard Span, Hicks, like Eaton, is in line to start in center field for his team. He is an absolute toolshed with a very good batting eye. He knows how to take a walk which means his speed will be on base…a lot. He has enough pop to potentially hit double digit HR’s this year, along with all the steals and runs he’ll get from getting on base at a good clip.