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March 23, 2013

Fantasy Forecast: Ramirez injury will have major draft impact

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The bottom line is likely I won’t own Ramirez because I’m not willing to take him where he is currently going.

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I have a couple youngsters to watch, but likely not draft.

First is Trevor Bauer, recently optioned to Triple-A by the Indians. Bauer was the Tribe’s crown jewel out of the offseason’s Shin-Soo Choo trade to Cincinnati and showed flashes of brilliance (around flashes of arrogance) in a brief callup with the Diamondbacks last season, posting a 9.4 strikeout per nine rate in four starts. Given the fact new manager Terry Francona and the Indians are strongly considering Scott Kazmir for the No. 5 slot in their rotation, it’s not a stretch to foresee a scenario where Bauer gets a callup after a month or two in the minors.

Another name to watch is the Rangers’ Jurickson Profar. It is widely believed that Profar is ready to play in the majors; the biggest issue appears to be that he is blocked by Ian Kinsler at second and Elvis Andrus at shortstop (his natural position).

Profar enters the season ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the game by Baseball America. He will likely start the season in the minors, although that has yet to be confirmed at this point. But if he shows that he has nothing left to gain by staying in the minors, it’s possible the team may decide to make the tough decision to move either Kinsler or Andrus — especially if the offense struggles with the loss of Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli in the offseason.

And finally, Billy Hamilton was sent down this week as well. The speedster stole an amazing 155 bases in the minors last year; should any injuries befall the Reds outfield — and the aforementioned Choo is already battling back spasms — Hamilton may get the call.

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