Who’s Next… The Year After Trout and Harper Hype

Have you caught up on the latest episode of The Space Jays. If not, you should. And it should also be a requirement for every MLB team to have a cartoon series.

Once you catch up on your Sunday Morning cartoons at work on Monday, make sure you fill out your 2013 Kings of Cork Home Run Derby Entry Form. There is less than a week left before the entry deadline.

Now that we have taken care of the business portion, let’s start pull out the hype machine and set it to hyper drive.

In 2010 there was Stephen Strasburg, in 2011 there was Eric Hosmer and Desmond Jennings, in 2012 there was Bryce Harper and Magical Mike Trout. So who will it be in 2013?

Let me introduce you to Jurickson Profar and Wil Myers.

  • Jurickson Profar – What a great baseball name. Obviously, Jurickson was not playing for the US in the WBC. In fact, his team is still playing and are strong favorites… The Kingdom of the Netherlands. Jurickson doesn’t have the hype that either Harper or Trout came with, but he has 20HR-20SB potential. Possibly even 20HR-30SB potential (he definitely has more speed than power). There is only 1 problem… he plays for the Rangers and is a SS by trade. The Rangers already have a log jammed infield. Beltre at 3rd, Andrus at SS, Kinsler at 2B. At this point, Profar will not be starting in the majors this season. The Rangers will either need to convince Kinsler to move to the OF or find someone to take Kinsler or Andrus in a trade. Regardless how Jurickson gets to the Majors, when he does arrive, he will be a staple in any fantasy baseball lineup thanks to his offense and eligibility at 2 fantasy scarce positions.
  • Wil Myers – At first glance of the photo you might catch yourself saying ‘The Royals have another top prospect?! How do they find all of these studs and not make the playoffs in 20+ seasons?’. But then you would be wrong. Not about the Royals not finding the playoffs, but about Wil Myers being a Royal. During the 2012-2013 offseason, the Royals shipped out the #1 MLB prospect for some pitching staff help from the Tampa Bay Rays (James Shields and Wade Davis). Myers fits into any MLB organization as a top outfielder and has plenty of power. He displayed his power in 2012 minor leagues belting 37 homers in 522 at-bats. He isn’t stagnant either. In 2010, he stole 12 bases, so double digit steals isn’t out of the realm of possibility. He has a problem that is different than Profar’s… he now plays for a money conscious team who will most likely delay his major league debut in 2013 to help delay his arbitration deadline. The Rays can’t keep him hidden forever though, and Wil Myers should see the Majors by June. Myers comes with a lot of hype as the #1 MLB prospect, so some fantasy owners are going to sit on him for those 2 months and not take the chance of needing to claim him off waivers.

Profar and Myers may not make their debut at the beginning of the 2013 season and they definitely will not put up numbers that Trout did in 2012 (no one will). But these are the two names you should at least familiarize yourself with for the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year considerations.

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