Roman Quinn Racing Up The Ranks
If Billy Hamilton being taken #1 overall in the Fake Teams mock dynasty draft is any indication of how valuable speed is in fantasy baseball, then Roman Quinn should be a prime target of shrewd owners this spring. About a month ago, I wrote up the Phillies shortstop prospect for FanGraphs. The cliff notes? He’s lightning quick, has offensive potential and the chance to stick at shortstop. He’s a top-50 prospect in the making and this is the last off-season to acquire or draft him on the cheap.
In Ottoneu, it’s difficult to allocate a roster spot to a player in Single-A, but I’d be happy with him for $1 as my 40th man. With new arbitration rules, it’s unlikely Quinn will draw much attention for at least the next couple of winters leaving him a $2 play in High-A, $3 play in Double-A and big leaguer at $4/5.
In comparison, Billy Hamilton, a center fielder slated for Triple-A, is a $10 keeper in the FanGraphs Experts League. If this is the going rate for elite speedsters, then invest in the shortstop before his value spikes. He slipped to me in round 7 of the Fake Teams mock draft, so there’s still some time.
In non-Ottoneu leagues, Quinn is a target if more than 80 total prospects are owned in the format.
Another player to keep an eye on in deeper formats is Mets Domingo Tapia. If Jeurys Familia once cracked top-100 lists as a hard-throwing right-hander, then Tapia is a shoe in eventually. Both Tapia and Familia pitched in the South Atlantic League at 19, so I can compare both at the same point in development.
Back in 2009, Familia’s fastball was 92-94 with movement. His breaking pitch was a so-so slurve and Familia had little feel for a changeup. To read more, check out the StS Archives for multiple pieces on Familia.
Tapia’s fastball sat 95-97 with hard sink. His slider is underdeveloped, but he showed feel for a changeup. He is a much better pitcher than Familia was at the same age and will surge up prospect lists next winter. To read more about Tapia, check out my piece at FanGraphs.
Both Quinn and Tapia have the ability to become household prospect names in 2013. But even if one has no interest investing in prospects for the long haul, the opportunity to buy now and sell high on both this season will present itself come the ROTO trade deadline.
24 Jan 2014 / Mike Newman /
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