I have previously written about the top fantasy prospects by position, and now I provide my overall Top 20 Fantasy Hitting Prospects for 2011. This list will include many of the names I wrote about in my rankings by position.
Top 20 for 2011
5. Jesus Montero, NYY-I wrote about Montero in my catcher rankings, and think he could be the Yankees starting catcher should Russell Martin start the season on the DL. Montero could be the favorite for AL Rookie of the Year should he get enough at bats, and I would rank him higher if he was guaranteed the starting job.
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6. Chris Carter, OAK-I wrote about Carter in my first base rankings. Carter should get some time in the Oakland outfield and at DH this season.
8. Danny Espinosa, WAS-I wrote about Espinosa in my shortstop rankings, but he will be the Nationals starting second baseman this year. Espinosa has a nice power/speed combo for a second baseman, but will be hard pressed to hit for a good BA.
10. Mat Gamel, MIL-I wrote about Gamel in my third base rankings and read yesterday that manager Ron Roenicke will play him at first base, third base, and both corner outfield spots. I see him as the Brewers replacement for Prince Fielder in 2012.
11. Mark Trumbo, LAA-I mentioned Trumbo in my first base rankings, and just read yesterday that he could get significant at bats in LA with Kendry Morales not 100% recovered from his ankle surgery last year. Manager Mike Scioscia said that he could see time at first base and DH this year, all depends on how he performs in spring training.
12. Brandon Belt, SFG-I wrote about Belt in my first base rankings. Belt will start the season in AAA, and I think he will get called up in June and could challenge Freddie Freeman and Domonic Brown for NL Rookie of the Year this year.
13. Desmond Jennings, TB-I wrote about Jennings in my outfield rankings. The Rays will start Jennings in AAA this year, but should they fall out of the wildcard race, which I don't think will happen, Jennings could see plenty of time in the second half of the 2011 season.
15. Devin Mesoraco, CIN-I wrote about Mesoraco in my catcher rankings. He will start the season at AAA, but I could see Mesoraco cracking the Reds starting lineup later this season should the Reds fall out of the wildcard race.
18. Matt Dominguez, FLA- I wrote about Dominguez in my third base rankings. The Marlins will give him every shot to win the third base job in spring training, as he has gold glove ability in the field, but the bat may not be ready yet.
Come mid-season, some of the lower-ranked prospects on this list would be ranked higher assuming they get called up in June. Someone like Mike Moustakas or Brandon Belt would be ranked higher if they were to start the 2011 season with the big league club.