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Next week, we'll begin organizational reports, which, appropriately enough, will entail ranking the prospects within each organization and providing a system overview. And we'll even do the
This week, however, we're going to take a quick look at those prospects who are at least somewhat likely to have a fantasy impact this season. Keep in mind, these are prospects who are likely to see significant playing time at the major-league level this season. And no others. So no emails from red-faced, white-knuckled
We can quibble later over whether Japanese imports should be included in the prospect pile. For now, know that Matsui is an incredibly safe bet for 2003. He has power and plate discipline, and 100 RBIs should be a given in the strong
A great steal by Tribe GM Mark Shapiro. Hafner has done nothing in his career but knock the crap out of the ball. He'll be in the lineup Opening Day and stay there for the next six years or so. Twenty-five homers are a good bet.
The trade of
His spring has been a mixed bag, and it's not certain he'll be in the rotation to start the season. Right now,
Villafuerte was a middling pitching prospect before coming over to the
Talented hitter in a good park for hitters. Unlike Matsui, he might not be in the lineup every single day, but he'll probably get 500 plate appearances this season. He's still young, so don't expect him to light the world ablaze just yet. Great pick for keeper leagues, though.
KC won't come out and say it yet, but MacDougal will start the season as closer. They have other options in
8. Mark Teixeira,
Teixeira is has the most upside of any player on this list, but his playing time is left to question at this point. A recent spate of injuries means he's likely to make the 25-man roster coming out of camp. After that, however, there are rumblings that the
He's got a lot of promise, and he's penciled in as the Opening Day starter. There are some reasons to be concerned, though. First, he's platooning with
Manager Eric Wedge has named him as the starting second baseman. He's a genuine talent who's put up solid numbers throughout the minors despite always being young for his league. He's a tad overrated, though. He's a free-swinger, which is a habit that will exact a price at the highest level. A good talent, but don't expect him to thrive right away.