There are plenty of HOT rookies to watch on the Fantasy Baseball fields this year! Make sure you snap one or more of them up for your teams!

American League:

Andrew Benintendi (OF) Boston Red Sox: He is listed at number 1 on the depth chart in LF.  Benintendi a 22 year old hit lefty hit 20 career home runs, had an average of.312, and 107 RBIs in 151 minor league games.  If the Cincinnati native can transfer those numbers to the majors, maybe people will not miss Big Papi so much. In keeper leagues he should go pretty quick, in rounds 3-4 depending how big your league is if you get your chance, take it!

Yoan Moncada (2B) Chicago White Sox: The Cuban born Moncada has speed with 97 steals during his brief minor league career.   The word is he is a slick infielder with a good bat and.  The White Sox currently do not have him listed on the depth chart; however expect Moncada to make an impact this year.  Late Round pick, but pay attention to the depth charts\rankings as we get closer to the draft time.

Aaron Judge (OF) New York Yankees: The 6’ 7” Judge is a solid RBI man; in his 3 years in minor leagues he had total of 215.  He does strike out a lot with 373 during this time as well.  Expect a lot strike outs early on the season and then he should adjust and drive in a lot of runs for the Yanks.  Late round pick.

National League:

Dansby Swanson (SS) Atlanta Braves: The Braves are my favorite team.  I started watching them in the early 80’s when they were on cable as the Chicago Cubs were back then.  After there dominant run in the 90’s they have been somewhat quiet.  This year they have a new stadium, some veteran presence and a highly touted rookie in Dansby Swanson.  Swanson is a SS with power and he come from winning programs.  Hopefully his winning ways will help the Braves this year!  There are always plenty of INF to choose from in Fantasy, but I would grab this guy fairly early especially in deep keeper leagues.

Tyler Glasnow (P) Pittsburgh Pirates: As of now this 6’ 8” right is listed as the 5th starter for the Bucs.  He has a fastball, a curve and a changeup, nothing too fancy for this 23 year old.  The scouts say he has the stuff to make it, however he will playing in a division with Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals, so we will see soon enough.

Tim Tebow (OF)  New York Met affiliate Columbus Fireflies single A: Tim is a not a rookie to look for this year.  Tim Tebow will start in single A, for an attendance boost.  Tim Tebow should be playing football as a half back, tight end kind of hybrid.  Sigh.

There are plenty of hot rookies on different lists throughout the internet.  Keep close tabs early on so you are able to snatch and drop at will.

Last year, I finished 10th in 10 man league, the biggest reason was I did not pay a lot of attention early to rookies that were breaking out.   It cost me all season as I tried to play catch up by constantly trying upgrade with players (mostly vets) that were hot for a game or 2.

This year I can see the Cubs vs. the Red Sox in the World Series.  Big Papi will return in late July and led Boston to the title.

Wayne Hess graduated from high school 26 years ago and since then has been eligible for the NFL Draft and NBA Draft.  He still waits for his call to the majors.  He has filled his time since then teaching, directing and acting in theatre and being a comic book nerd.