The 2023 Minor League season is in full swing, and fantasy baseball owners should pay attention. A number of talented young players from the Minors will make their way to the Majors — and may be able to give your team an edge this year. With that said, here’s five Minor Leaguers to watch for a promotion to the Majors.
Mets third baseman Brett Baty — one of our ten fantasy rookie hitters to watch this season — performed very well in Spring Training, but New York opted to keep him down in Syracuse (AAA) to start the year. Through his first week, Baty has been tearing the cover off the ball with the Syracuse Mets. Baty hit .400/.471/.867 with two home runs, three extra base hits, and five runs batted in from March 31-April 4. On April 1, Baty went 4-5 in a contest against Worchester and in that same series made this play in the field:
It’s not going to be long before Baty becomes the regular third baseman for the Mets. And if Eduardo Escobar — who’s gone 2-20 to start 2023 — struggles through the month of April, the calls to bring up the 23-year-old will get louder and louder.
After a strong start to his career and the departure of Dansby Swanson, many assumed that Vaughn Grissom would assume the everyday starting shortstop role for the Braves. That didn’t happen, as the Braves sent him down to Gwinnett (AAA) in favor of Orlando Arcia. So far, Grissom has been very good down in the Minors with the twig. Entering play on April 5, Grissom sat tied for fifth in AAA in total hits (8). And, five of those were extra base hits.
The strong production at the plate shouldn’t be much of shock, given that he’s a career. 291 hitter in his short MLB career. Defense, however, will be the key. In his first four games, Grissom has seen three games at short and one at short. He’s made an error at both positions in his four games of 2023.
Cardinals left-hander Matthew Liberatore made his Major League debut last year for St. Louis, but it didn’t go all too well. The 23-year-old posted a 5.97 ERA over 34.2 innings with St. Louis last season, but he’s shown thus far how valuable he can be for the Cardinals in the future. One of the team’s top pitching prospects, Liberatore struck out seven over five scoreless innings on March 31 against Charlotte.
The 2022 season — both in the Majors and Minors — was one to forget for the former first-round pick. Yet, he’s still set to be a key piece of the Cardinals’ future, especially given that the St. Louis rotation could look very different come 2024. Jack Flaherty and Jordan Montgomery are both pending free agents, while 2023 may be the final season for long-time right-hander Adam Wainwright.
The younger brother of Tigers outfielder Austin Meadows, Detroit outfield prospect Parker Meadows is a former second-round pick that’s finding a nice groove at the plate. After a strong spring in which Meadows tied for the team lead in home runs (5), Meadows started off his year at Toledo (AAA) batting 6-20 with three extra base hits.
A strong outfielder with plus power and good plate discipline, the one question about Meadows is how much he’ll make contact at the next level. If he can make contact at an average clip, though, he’ll be a valuable piece for the Tigers moving forward.
The White Sox called up Oscar Colas to start to the 2023 season, but there’s another Chicago prospect that may be a regular in due time. Infielder Lenyn Sosa made his MLB debut last June, but only saw 35 at-bats in abbreviated time in the Majors. Sosa, however, is getting closer and closer to a potential regular role with the Sox. Through his first 17 plate appearances, Sosa is hitting .467/.529/.933 with a pair of home runs, three extra base hits, and four runs batted in.
The 23-year-old cranked 23 home runs last season, which should give White Sox fans a good indication of how much power the young infielder has at the plate. A shortstop by trade, Sosa has seen a fair amount of time at second in the Minors. That may very well be his position in the future, which would put him right next to Tim Anderson in the middle infield for the Sox.