Fantasy Buzz: 2014 Minor League Players Power Rankings

An injury will force fantasy owners to wait on Taijuan Walker's fantasy contributions in 2014.

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Throughout the 2014 fantasy baseball season, I’ll be ranking my top fantasy baseball minor league players.  The rankings should be consumed as players most likely to help a fantasy team sooner rather than later.  In other words, these fantasy prospects are near-term investments moreso than a fantasy baseball stud to watch out for in 2015 and beyond (i.e. – Byron Buxton who is not listed).

It’s a reliable list to reference when a MLB player falls into a slump or is injured and the franchise needs to dip into their farm system for the best available option to fill the void.

I split the rankings by American and National League to assist AL-and-NL-only owners first as their waiver wire options are a tad slimmer than mixed-leagues.

1.  George Springer (HOU – OF)

2.  Taijuan Walker (SEA – SP – rotation/shoulder injury)

3.  Marcus Semien (CWS – 2B – named starting 2B)

4.  James Paxton (SEA – SP – in MLB rotation))

5.  Erik Johnson (CWS – SP – in MLB rotation)

6.   Jon Schoop (BAL – 2B – made MLB roster)

7.  Michael Choice (TEX – OF – made MLB roster)

8.  Matt Davidson (CWS – 3B)

9.  Kevin Gausman (BAL – SP)

10.  Stefen Romero (SEA – IF/OF – made MLB roster*)

11.  Nick Franklin (SEA – 2B – needs new team)

12.  Jon Singleton (HOU – 1B)

13.  Jackie Bradley Jr. (BOS – OF)

14.  Kensuke Tanaka (TEX – 2B)

15.  Rougned Odor (TEX – 2B)

16.  Allen Webster (BOS – SP)

17.  Marcus Stroman (TOR – SP)

18.  Aaron Sanchez (TOR – SP)

19.  Danny Duffy (KC – SP)

20.  Alex Meyer (MIN – SP)

21.  Nate Freiman (OAK – 1B)

22.  Hak-Ju Lee (TB – SS)

23.  Kyle Zimmer (KC – SP)

24.  Francisco Lindor (CLE – SS)

1.  Archie Bradley (ARI – SP)

2.  Jake Marisnick (MIA – OF)

3.  Alexander Guerrero (LAD – 2B)

4.  Andrew Heaney (MIA – SP)

5.  Johnny Hellweg (MIL – SP)

6.  Tommy La Stella (ATL – 2B)

7.  Stephen Piscotty (STL – OF)

8.  Maikel Franco (PHI – 3B)

9.  Joey Terdoslavich (ATL – 1B/OF)

10.  Oscar Taveras (STL – OF)

11.  Lucas Sims (STL – SP)

12.  Max Fried (SD – SP)

13.  Jimmy Nelson (MIL – SP)

14.  Justin Grimm (CHC – SP)

15.  Javier Baez (CHC – 2B/SS)

16.  Rafael Montero (NYM – SP)

17.  Andrew Lambo (PIT – RF)

18.  Matt Wisler (SD – SP)

19.  Mike Kickham (SF – SP)

20.  Jameson Taillon (PIT – SP)

21.  Vic Black (NYM – SP)

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22.  Jonathan Gray (COL – SP)

23.  Eddie Butler (COL – SP)

24.  Jesse Biddle (PHI – SP)

25.  Jorge Soler (CHC – OF)

26.  Gregory Polanco (PIT – OF)

27.  Joc Pederson (LAD – OF)

28.  Gary Brown (SF – OF)

29.  Jeff Kobernus (STL – OF)

These two lists do not account for, but note major league starters Xander Bogaerts (BOS), Nick Castellanos (DET), Jose Abreu (CWS), Masahiro Tanaka (NYY), Josmil Pinto (MIN), Travis d’Arnaud (NYM), Yordano Ventura (KC), Billy Hamilton (CIN), Jake Odorizzi (TB), Chris Owings (ARI) and Kolten Wong (STL).

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