Fantasy Baseball: Stash these NL youngsters in 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 03: Luke Weaver
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 03: Luke Weaver /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 06: Jimmie Sherfy /

The NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks

In just a small sample size, Arizona Diamondbacks hurler Jimmie Sherfy was flat out filthy. In only ten innings pitched out of the bullpen, including one save in the process, he did not allow a single run. He also struck out ten batters to go with only two bases on balls.

It’s unknown if Sherfy will continue his work out of the pen or get a starting nod, but he’s one pitcher you can draft in the later rounds. A low risk, high reward late round pick.

Colorado Rockies

It’s odd to find an under the radar pitcher for your Fantasy Baseball team in Colorado, but here we are. German Marquez had an excellent season, pitching half of his games in the harsh elements of Coors field.

  • Record: 11-7
  • ERA: 4.39
  • Innings Pitched: 162.0
  • Strikeouts: 147
  • BB: 49
  • WHIP: 1.38

Look for him to improve on that mark, where the 22-year-old is still figuring things out. You could even have a 15-20 game winner, with much help from a productive Colorado Rockies offense to go with these solid pitching marks.

Los Angeles Dodgers

It was difficult finding an under the radar young-gun for the Dodgers since the team nearly won the World Series and all. However, you’re in luck with a hidden gem that was hiding out on the 60-day DL. Andrew Toles.

In limited playing time in 2016 and 2017, mainly due to injury, the outfielder managed a collective .294 batting average, eight home runs, and 31 RBI.

If the 24-year-old can stay healthy in 2018, he will earn a starting spot not only with the Dodgers but on your fantasy baseball team.

San Diego Padres

Unlike their in-state rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, it was a bit easier finding an unknown potential Fantasy Baseball steal.

An infielder with much promise is San Diego Padres 25-year-old second baseman, Carlos Asuaje. In limited time at second base, the youngster put together promising statistics (.270 BA/4 HR/21 RBI) that will only continue to better in 2018.

Likely, you’ll be able to snag him in late rounds, if not the initial waiver preceding the 2018 Fantasy Baseball season.

San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants campaign of 2017 — and likely 2018 — was just horrendous. However, there is still hope in snagging one of their young-guns later in the MLB Fantasy baseball draft.

Austin Slater is a young man who could find his way into your Fantasy Baseball lineup before the All-Star break. In only 127 at-bats, the left fielder hit a robust .282, while showing off his power with three long balls, while driving in 21.

With the Giants likely making some primary, overhauling changes in 2018, he is probably going to reap the benefits, earning starter-like playing time.