Grading on the Curve: Top 10 Fantasy Rookies in 2016

With baseball season five weeks away, let us take a look at 10 MLB prospects who could become fantasy baseball contributors in 2016.

Each year, fantasy baseball players look and speculate which MLB rookies will make an impact in the upcoming season. With farm systems being the focal point to most teams in today’s game, we are blessed with a young crop of talented, young prospects. This year, it is no different, as there are plenty of MLB prospects capable of making a splash in fantasy baseball for 2016.

Some of the players on this list saw time last season; however, they did not record enough at-bats or games to lose their rookie eligibility. Their time spent in 2015 should only help out in the upcoming season in 2016. However, there are other prospects who hope to make their MLB debut in the upcoming season, offering some late-round upside in fantasy baseball.

From Los Angeles to New York, there are a vast array of young prospects capable of making an impact for the 2016 fantasy baseball season. Let us take a look at whom makes the top-10 fantasy rookies for the upcoming season.

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Billy Hamilton, but Anderson plays at a more coveted position than Hamilton.

While Hamilton offers up a bigger threat on the base-paths, the ability for Tim Anderson to be shortstop eligible bodes well for the upcoming fantasy season. At every stop in the farm system, Anderson continues to hit, but the main obstacle standing in his way is a clear path to the big leagues. With no one on the White Sox’s roster presenting as much upside as Tim Anderson, he has a chance to break camp with them, but Triple-A sounds like a more likely option out of the gate.

If Anderson gets a near-full workload in 2016, he could be a sneaky pick-up in fantasy baseball for those taking a gamble at the shortstop position. Just keep in mind that there is a good chance Anderson does not see a promotion until mid-season, hurting his draft stock. Regardless, he is player to monitor in the upcoming season.

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Tim Anderson

SS, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Tim Anderson, the young, impressive shortstop in the Chicago White Sox’s farm system, comes in at number 10 on the list. With a nice blend of contact and speed, Tim Anderson fits the mold as either a leadoff hitter or someone who rounds out the lineup. Either way, Anderson figures to own a high batting average; however, his patience needs work.

Last season at Double-A, Tim Anderson registered a .312/.350/.429 slash line, but he only managed to walk 24 times in 550 at-bats. If Tim Anderson hones in on his plate discipline during Spring Training, he should be a multi-category contributor in the upcoming fantasy baseball season. Anderson offers similar upside to Billy Hamilton, but Anderson plays at a more coveted position than Hamilton.

While Hamilton offers up a bigger threat on the base-paths, the ability for Tim Anderson to be shortstop eligible bodes well for the upcoming fantasy season. At every stop in the farm system, Anderson continues to hit, but the main obstacle standing in his way is a clear path to the big leagues. With no one on the White Sox’s roster presenting as much upside as Tim Anderson, he has a chance to break camp with them, but Triple-A sounds like a more likely option out of the gate.

If Anderson gets a near-full workload in 2016, he could be a sneaky pick-up in fantasy baseball for those taking a gamble at the shortstop position. Just keep in mind that there is a good chance Anderson does not see a promotion until mid-season, hurting his draft stock. Regardless, he is player to monitor in the upcoming season.

Jon Gray makes the list at number nine. The obvious downside to Jon Gray’s game is the fact that he plays at hitter-friendly Coors Field. While Gray posted an unsightly ERA at home in 2015, he owned a 2.70 ERA on the road, headlined by a one-hit performance against the Mets. Gray, considered the Rockies’ top pitching prospect, should open the season as one of the team’s top-three arms.

Jon Gray saw a dip in velocity in 2015; however, that is likely due to an increased workload/season. This offseason, Jon Gray added a curveball to his arsenal, which gives him four pitches moving in different directions. So, if Gray can hone in on his pitching accuracy next season, he has the tools to be an effective pitcher, even in Coors Field.

With the ability to touch triple digits, Jon Gray should be the best starting pitcher on the Colorado Rockies, and the only pitcher you should target for fantasy baseball. Gray makes for a great late-round pick, because he is certainly flying under the radar. However, do not sleep on a Rockies pitcher doing well; Ubaldo Jimenez did it.

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Jon Gray

SP, Chandler, Oklahoma

Jon Gray makes the list at number nine. The obvious downside to Jon Gray’s game is the fact that he plays at hitter-friendly Coors Field. While Gray posted an unsightly ERA at home in 2015, he owned a 2.70 ERA on the road, headlined by a one-hit performance against the Mets. Gray, considered the Rockies’ top pitching prospect, should open the season as one of the team’s top-three arms.

Jon Gray saw a dip in velocity in 2015; however, that is likely due to an increased workload/season. This offseason, Jon Gray added a curveball to his arsenal, which gives him four pitches moving in different directions. So, if Gray can hone in on his pitching accuracy next season, he has the tools to be an effective pitcher, even in Coors Field.

With the ability to touch triple digits, Jon Gray should be the best starting pitcher on the Colorado Rockies, and the only pitcher you should target for fantasy baseball. Gray makes for a great late-round pick, because he is certainly flying under the radar. However, do not sleep on a Rockies pitcher doing well; Ubaldo Jimenez did it.

Joey Gallo is a unique player for fantasy baseball. No other rookie offers as much raw power as Gallo, who received an 80 grade on raw power (20 to 80 scale). Also, with third base eligibility, Gallo makes for a late-round gamble who could pay dividends by the end of the season. However, the downside to Gallo? His strikeout rate.

Joey Gallo’s position for the Texas Rangers looks cloudy, with Adrian Beltre, Prince Fielder, and Mitch Moreland still on the roster. Last season, the Rangers, initially, called up Gallo due to Beltre’s injury. However, the Rangers experimented with Gallo in the corner outfield spots, which might be where he plays in 2016.

In 2015, Joey Gallo registered a .204/.301/.417 slash line, with 57 strikeouts in 36 games. Due to an underwhelming debut, Gallo should fall deep in most fantasy baseball drafts, but if you want a flyer, take Gallo with one of your later picks. He offers low-risk, huge-reward upside, because you will not have to invest high in someone who could smash over 30 home runs in 2016.

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Joey Gallo

3B, Las Vegas, Nevada

Joey Gallo is a unique player for fantasy baseball. No other rookie offers as much raw power as Gallo, who received an 80 grade on raw power (20 to 80 scale). Also, with third base eligibility, Gallo makes for a late-round gamble who could pay dividends by the end of the season. However, the downside to Gallo? His strikeout rate.

Joey Gallo’s position for the Texas Rangers looks cloudy, with Adrian Beltre, Prince Fielder, and Mitch Moreland still on the roster. Last season, the Rangers, initially, called up Gallo due to Beltre’s injury. However, the Rangers experimented with Gallo in the corner outfield spots, which might be where he plays in 2016.

In 2015, Joey Gallo registered a .204/.301/.417 slash line, with 57 strikeouts in 36 games. Due to an underwhelming debut, Gallo should fall deep in most fantasy baseball drafts, but if you want a flyer, take Gallo with one of your later picks. He offers low-risk, huge-reward upside, because you will not have to invest high in someone who could smash over 30 home runs in 2016.

Trea Turner, like Gallo and Gray, made his MLB debut in 2015; however, Turner struggled to get anything going in his 27 games played. More often than not, Trea Turner saw playing time as a backup and late-inning substitution, hinted by just 44 plate appearances in his 27 games. In 2015, albeit abbreviated, Turner compiled one home run, one RBI, and a .225/.295/.325 slash line.

If one thing is for certain, Trea Turner can hit, portrayed by his .322/.384/.454 career minor league slash line. Also, Turner has above-average wheels, and he knows how  to swipe bags. With Ian Desmond out of the picture for the Nationals, Trea Turner looks to have a starting spot entering the 2016 season.

Trea Turner’s fantasy baseball value is contingent on where he hits in the Nationals’ order. If he hits atop the order (with Ben Revere), we can expect a healthy dose of runs, steals, and RBI (as long as he hits). However, at the bottom of the order, Turner’s value takes a hit, with him not seen as reliable source of home runs and RBI.

Turner is a guy flying under the radar in fantasy baseball for 2016, but he should produce similar numbers to Jose Reyes, who many find as an above-average shortstop. As a high-contact, speedy shortstop, there are only a few shortstops with Turner’s abilities. Once again, if you want to take a risk late in your fantasy baseball draft, Turner should be on your radar.

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Trea Turner

SS, Boynton Beach, Florida

Trea Turner, like Gallo and Gray, made his MLB debut in 2015; however, Turner struggled to get anything going in his 27 games played. More often than not, Trea Turner saw playing time as a backup and late-inning substitution, hinted by just 44 plate appearances in his 27 games. In 2015, albeit abbreviated, Turner compiled one home run, one RBI, and a .225/.295/.325 slash line.

If one thing is for certain, Trea Turner can hit, portrayed by his .322/.384/.454 career minor league slash line. Also, Turner has above-average wheels, and he knows how  to swipe bags. With Ian Desmond out of the picture for the Nationals, Trea Turner looks to have a starting spot entering the 2016 season.

Trea Turner’s fantasy baseball value is contingent on where he hits in the Nationals’ order. If he hits atop the order (with Ben Revere), we can expect a healthy dose of runs, steals, and RBI (as long as he hits). However, at the bottom of the order, Turner’s value takes a hit, with him not seen as reliable source of home runs and RBI.

Turner is a guy flying under the radar in fantasy baseball for 2016, but he should produce similar numbers to Jose Reyes, who many find as an above-average shortstop. As a high-contact, speedy shortstop, there are only a few shortstops with Turner’s abilities. Once again, if you want to take a risk late in your fantasy baseball draft, Turner should be on your radar.

Jose Berrios offers huge upside in the 2016 season for both the Twins and fantasy baseball teams alike. Last season, the Twins were in the midst of a playoff push, and there were talks about Jose Berrios getting the promotion to help the team out of the pen. However, the Twins, ultimately, ruled against his promotion.

Entering 2016, Jose Berrios looks poised to capture a spot in the Twins’ starting rotation. Also, he offers the most upside, from a fantasy baseball perspective, out of any Twins pitcher heading into the new season. Between two leagues in 2015, Jose Berrios registered a 14-5 record, with a 2.87 ERA and 1.05 WHIP.

Additionally, Jose Berrios demonstrates an advanced feel for the strike zone, registering 9.5 K/9, more than a strikeout per inning. Berrios limited his walks and home runs while in the minor leagues, and in 2015, Berrios walked just 2.1 batters per nine innings. Moreover, he gave up nearly one home run per 18 innings pitched (0.6 per nine IP).

The downside to Berrios’ game is that he has a small frame, and some scouts question how his body will hold up to pitching every fifth game. However, while in the minor leagues, Jose Berrios has done nothing but dominate hitters, so 2016 is his season to showcase what he brings to the Twins. He should be owned in all deep fantasy baseball leagues in 2016. Just do not reach too far.

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Jose Berrios

SP, Bayamon, Puerto Rico

The top pitching prospect in the Twins’ farm system, Jose Berrios offers huge upside in the 2016 season for both the Twins and fantasy baseball teams alike. Last season, the Twins were in the midst of a playoff push, and there were talks about Jose Berrios getting the promotion to help the team out of the pen. However, the Twins, ultimately, ruled against his promotion.

Entering 2016, Jose Berrios looks poised to capture a spot in the Twins’ starting rotation. Also, he offers the most upside, from a fantasy baseball perspective, out of any Twins pitcher heading into the new season. Between two leagues in 2015, Jose Berrios registered a 14-5 record, with a 2.87 ERA and 1.05 WHIP.

Additionally, Jose Berrios demonstrates an advanced feel for the strike zone, registering 9.5 K/9, more than a strikeout per inning. Berrios limited his walks and home runs while in the minor leagues, and in 2015, Berrios walked just 2.1 batters per nine innings. Moreover, he gave up nearly one home run per 18 innings pitched (0.6 per nine IP).

The downside to Berrios’ game is that he has a small frame, and some scouts question how his body will hold up to pitching every fifth game. However, while in the minor leagues, Jose Berrios has done nothing but dominate hitters, so 2016 is his season to showcase what he brings to the Twins. He should be owned in all deep fantasy baseball leagues in 2016. Just do not reach too far.

Steven Matz took the National League by storm, offering a strong left-handed pitching option for the Mets to complement Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard. If Steven Matz was on your fantasy baseball team late last season, you enjoyed him pitching to the tune of a 4-0 record, 2.27 ERA, 1.23 ERA, and 3.61 FIP.

With Matz’s impressive stint in the MLB last season, he is guaranteed a spot in the Mets’ starting rotation heading into 2016. While Steven Matz will not be an early-round pick, he offers early-round upside late in the draft. Similar to where teams were taking Jacob deGrom last season, Matz will likely fall in the middle rounds in 2016.

Seen as the fourth starter in a loaded rotation, Steven Matz should produce across the board for fantasy baseball teams far and wide. With high strikeout and low walk totals, Matz fits the mold of a dominant left-handed pitcher, and he should be the best left-handed rookie option heading into 2016 for fantasy baseball (even if Blake Snell earns a promotion to Tampa Bay).

Steven Matz is more of a medium risk, high-reward type of player, because he does have the chance to see his numbers drop next season due to more exposure. However, he could turn into an ace that you acquired in the middle rounds. Who you take once the studs are off the board make or break your fantasy baseball season. Pinpoint Matz in your draft.

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Steven Matz

SP, Stony Brook, New York

Last season, Steven Matz took the National League by storm, offering a strong left-handed pitching option for the Mets to complement Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard. If Steven Matz was on your fantasy baseball team late last season, you enjoyed him pitching to the tune of a 4-0 record, 2.27 ERA, 1.23 ERA, and 3.61 FIP.

With Matz’s impressive stint in the MLB last season, he is guaranteed a spot in the Mets’ starting rotation heading into 2016. While Steven Matz will not be an early-round pick, he offers early-round upside late in the draft. Similar to where teams were taking Jacob deGrom last season, Matz will likely fall in the middle rounds in 2016.

Seen as the fourth starter in a loaded rotation, Steven Matz should produce across the board for fantasy baseball teams far and wide. With high strikeout and low walk totals, Matz fits the mold of a dominant left-handed pitcher, and he should be the best left-handed rookie option heading into 2016 for fantasy baseball (even if Blake Snell earns a promotion to Tampa Bay).

Steven Matz is more of a medium risk, high-reward type of player, because he does have the chance to see his numbers drop next season due to more exposure. However, he could turn into an ace that you acquired in the middle rounds. Who you take once the studs are off the board make or break your fantasy baseball season. Pinpoint Matz in your draft.

Tyler Glasnow. Tyler Glasnow dominated across three leagues in 2015, starting from Low-A and moving to Triple-A along the way. Glasnow almost made that four leagues in one season if he could have earned a promotion to the Pirates.

However, the Pirates, ultimately, decided to keep Tyler Glasnow at Triple-A to finish out the season. With a dominant 2015 season in the books, Glasnow looks like a favorite to earn a rotation spot out of camp. In 2015, Glasnow registered a 7-5 record, 2.39 ERA, and 1.10 WHIP. While Tyler Glasnow had dominant numbers, he needs to work on his command if he wants to dominate at the MLB level.

Last season, Glasnow owned a 3.5 BB/9, but he needs to trim his walks down if he wants to limit potential damage at the next level. Glasnow is a massive pitcher, standing 6’8” and 225 lbs, which helps his ability to strike hitters out (11.2 K/9 in 2015). While there are questions about whether or not Glasnow earns a rotation spot out of camp, he, very well, could earn RoY honors in 2016.

Glasnow’s value hinges on whether or not he breaks Spring Training with the Pirates. If he does, Glasnow should be the first rookie pitcher off the board in fantasy baseball drafts. Do not reach for Glasnow in fantasy drafts, but do not let someone else in your league steal him from you. Tyler Glasnow will be a household name after the 2016 season. Mark it down.

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Tyler Glasnow

SP, Newhall, California

Similar to Jose Berrios, the Pittsburg Pirates had a tough decision on their hands with Tyler Glasnow. Tyler Glasnow dominated across three leagues in 2015, starting from Low-A and moving to Triple-A along the way. Glasnow almost made that four leagues in one season if he could have earned a promotion to the Pirates.

However, the Pirates, ultimately, decided to keep Tyler Glasnow at Triple-A to finish out the season. With a dominant 2015 season in the books, Glasnow looks like a favorite to earn a rotation spot out of camp. In 2015, Glasnow registered a 7-5 record, 2.39 ERA, and 1.10 WHIP. While Tyler Glasnow had dominant numbers, he needs to work on his command if he wants to dominate at the MLB level.

Last season, Glasnow owned a 3.5 BB/9, but he needs to trim his walks down if he wants to limit potential damage at the next level. Glasnow is a massive pitcher, standing 6’8” and 225 lbs, which helps his ability to strike hitters out (11.2 K/9 in 2015). While there are questions about whether or not Glasnow earns a rotation spot out of camp, he, very well, could earn RoY honors in 2016.

Glasnow’s value hinges on whether or not he breaks Spring Training with the Pirates. If he does, Glasnow should be the first rookie pitcher off the board in fantasy baseball drafts. Do not reach for Glasnow in fantasy drafts, but do not let someone else in your league steal him from you. Tyler Glasnow will be a household name after the 2016 season. Mark it down.

Lucas Giolito; however, not many know that he could make a huge impact for the Washington Nationals’ rotation in 2016. While the former first round pick’s development was slowed by Tommy John surgery, he quickly picked up where he left off, climbing from Single-A to Double-A from 2014-2015.

Lucas Giolito finished the 2015 season at Double-A, but there were rumors that he might make his MLB debut in 2015. The Nationals decided he had enough work in the minor leagues, thus, halting his ascent through the farm system. With the thought of Giolito reaching the MLB in 2015, he looks poised to make his MLB debut in 2016.

However, no one knows the Nationals’ plans for their top prospect heading into Spring Training. If Giolito shows his worth in Spring Training, there is a chance he claims one of the last two spots in the Nationals’ starting rotation. While Tyler Glasnow should provide more upside from a fantasy baseball perspective in 2016, Giolito possesses more upside but more inherent risk.

If Lucas Giolito breaks camp with the Nationals, he should be owned unanimously across fantasy baseball rosters. Due to Giolito’s shaky status with the Nationals, he likely goes undrafted, unless your league knows prospects. Do not reach for Giolito in drafts, but his value will skyrocket once he earns an MLB promotion. For now, bank on Glasnow more than Giolito.

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Lucas Giolito

SP, Santa Monica, California

Pretty much everyone has grown to know the name Lucas Giolito; however, not many know that he could make a huge impact for the Washington Nationals’ rotation in 2016. While the former first round pick’s development was slowed by Tommy John surgery, he quickly picked up where he left off, climbing from Single-A to Double-A from 2014-2015.

Lucas Giolito finished the 2015 season at Double-A, but there were rumors that he might make his MLB debut in 2015. The Nationals decided he had enough work in the minor leagues, thus, halting his ascent through the farm system. With the thought of Giolito reaching the MLB in 2015, he looks poised to make his MLB debut in 2016.

However, no one knows the Nationals’ plans for their top prospect heading into Spring Training. If Giolito shows his worth in Spring Training, there is a chance he claims one of the last two spots in the Nationals’ starting rotation. While Tyler Glasnow should provide more upside from a fantasy baseball perspective in 2016, Giolito possesses more upside but more inherent risk.

If Lucas Giolito breaks camp with the Nationals, he should be owned unanimously across fantasy baseball rosters. Due to Giolito’s shaky status with the Nationals, he likely goes undrafted, unless your league knows prospects. Do not reach for Giolito in drafts, but his value will skyrocket once he earns an MLB promotion. For now, bank on Glasnow more than Giolito.

Byron Buxton is a more potent hitter than Hamilton, and Buxton should be the first (of the two) taken in fantasy baseball drafts.

Before being called up in 2015, Byron Buxton owned a .305/.367/.500 slash line, with 22 stolen bases in 25 attempts. Moreover, Buxton smashed seven home runs in 72 games, which bodes well for his production heading into 2016. With Byron Buxton seen as a more advanced hitter than Hamilton, he should provide more fantasy production entering the new season.

Buxton could enter top-25 outfielder status if he hits atop the Twins’ lineup, but that is anything but a lock heading into Spring Training. With a trial-run at the MLB level last season, Buxton should be able to build off his experience and be a major contributor for the Twins next season, making him an appealing mid-round selection in fantasy baseball drafts.

If Byron Buxton can put together his tools, he could be the most appealing Minnesota Twin player in fantasy baseball (currently Brian Dozier sits atop that list). Target Buxton in the earlier-t0-middle rounds of your fantasy drafts, because there is probably someone in your league who values him higher than most.

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Byron Buxton

OF, Baxley, Georgia

Last year, Billy Hamilton jumped up fantasy baseball draft boards due to his speed and baserunning skills. Thus, with Buxton likely to assume the starting center field job in 2016, he should provide similar production to Hamilton. However, Byron Buxton is a more potent hitter than Hamilton, and Buxton should be the first (of the two) taken in fantasy baseball drafts.

Before being called up in 2015, Byron Buxton owned a .305/.367/.500 slash line, with 22 stolen bases in 25 attempts. Moreover, Buxton smashed seven home runs in 72 games, which bodes well for his production heading into 2016. With Byron Buxton seen as a more advanced hitter than Hamilton, he should provide more fantasy production entering the new season.

Buxton could enter top-25 outfielder status if he hits atop the Twins’ lineup, but that is anything but a lock heading into Spring Training. With a trial-run at the MLB level last season, Buxton should be able to build off his experience and be a major contributor for the Twins next season, making him an appealing mid-round selection in fantasy baseball drafts.

If Byron Buxton can put together his tools, he could be the most appealing Minnesota Twin player in fantasy baseball (currently Brian Dozier sits atop that list). Target Buxton in the earlier-t0-middle rounds of your fantasy drafts, because there is probably someone in your league who values him higher than most.

Corey Seager claimed the top spot in our top-50 prospect list, and he claims the top spot in our rookie fantasy baseball list as well. Across the board, Corey Seager is seen as a top-three prospect, with most rankings having him in the top spot. With Seager overtaking Rollins as the starter late in 2015, he should have no problems securing the job heading into 2016.

Corey Seager is deemed a mega-prospect heading into 2016, and he should be seen as the second-best fantasy shortstop heading into the new season. With Carlos Correa‘s Rookie of the Year season in 2015, Correa will be the top selection for the shortstop position. However, Seager offers huge upside for pennies on the dollar.

Last season, in 27 games, Corey Seager hit four home runs, drove in 17 RBI, and posted a .337/.425/.561 slash line in his abbreviated stint in the MLB. While Corey Seager will not steal as many bags as Correa, Seager offers more upside as a hitter, and he should be a great source of counting stats (home runs, RBI, batting average, OBP) for the upcoming season.

Corey Seager rounds out a shortstop-heavy list, but offers the most upside out of any rookie in 2016’s class. Invest high in Seager, because he could, perhaps, out-produce players selected in the early rounds. You would rather be safe than sorry with Corey Seager, especially since Correa is viewed as a first round fantasy baseball pick heading into 2016. Do not miss out on Seager.

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Corey Seager

SS, Charlotte, North Carolina

Corey Seager claimed the top spot in our top-50 prospect list, and he claims the top spot in our rookie fantasy baseball list as well. Across the board, Corey Seager is seen as a top-three prospect, with most rankings having him in the top spot. With Seager overtaking Rollins as the starter late in 2015, he should have no problems securing the job heading into 2016.

Corey Seager is deemed a mega-prospect heading into 2016, and he should be seen as the second-best fantasy shortstop heading into the new season. With Carlos Correa‘s Rookie of the Year season in 2015, Correa will be the top selection for the shortstop position. However, Seager offers huge upside for pennies on the dollar.

Last season, in 27 games, Corey Seager hit four home runs, drove in 17 RBI, and posted a .337/.425/.561 slash line in his abbreviated stint in the MLB. While Corey Seager will not steal as many bags as Correa, Seager offers more upside as a hitter, and he should be a great source of counting stats (home runs, RBI, batting average, OBP) for the upcoming season.

Corey Seager rounds out a shortstop-heavy list, but offers the most upside out of any rookie in 2016’s class. Invest high in Seager, because he could, perhaps, out-produce players selected in the early rounds. You would rather be safe than sorry with Corey Seager, especially since Correa is viewed as a first round fantasy baseball pick heading into 2016. Do not miss out on Seager.

Who’s on the Cusp of Fantasy Relevance in 2016?

Blake Snell is the most obvious pitcher left off the list, but I question if he is ready to take on big league hitting on a regular basis. Snell ascended from High-A to Triple-A in 2015, posting stellar numbers at every stop. The only downfall with pitchers who earn multiple promotions in a season is that they sometimes find it difficult to replicate their success in the following season. 

Blake Snell is a great prospect in every aspect; however, some regression is bound to happen in 2016. Thus, the Rays should not rush Snell into the big league rotation. Pecota picked the Rays to win the A.L. East, and if Snell dominates in Spring Training or early on in the minor leagues, he should be a big contributor to the Rays’ success.

If and when Snell earns his promotion, he jumps to the sixth-rated spot on this list, falling right behind Steven Matz. Blake Snell is certainly a guy to keep a close eye on heading into Spring Training, because he offers immense upside as a left-handed starting pitcher. Keep a close eye on Snell heading into fantasy baseball drafts.

In addition to Snell, Jose De Leon makes for an under-the-radar rookie arm to keep a close eye on in 2016. De Leon, unlike Julio Urias, should make an impact for the Dodgers in 2016. The real question is when will he make an impact? Jose De Leon could make an impact as soon as April or May, but he could not see his MLB debut until September.

With how stellar Corey Seager performed last season, it would not be surprising for the Dodgers to be patient with Jose De Leon next season. If he dominates at Triple-A, the Dodgers will have no choice but to see how he performs at the MLB level. Keep an eye on De Leon and Snell in fantasy baseball this season. Could be a steal during the season.