2017 UTR “Ones to Watch” – Hitters

As promised, on Opening Day of the minor league baseball season, Jim and I bring you the anticipated “Ones to Watch” post for the 2017 season. Up first are the hitters. 

Aside from our Organizational All-Star series, most of the kids you see on both lists are those who,  1) had great seasons in 2016;  2) Didn’t quite make the UTR OAS cut;  or 3) Made the OAS cut, but outlying situations and circumstances are favorable for them to have an even better season than in 2016. Some names you may be familiar with, some you may not.

Either way, we try to bring you those deeper up-and-coming names to help firm up your fantasy spreadsheets. Choosing a breakout player is not an easy task. One never knows. Could we have predicted at the start of 2016 that Indians catcher Francisco Mejia would would collect a hit in 50 consecutive games or that Rockies Brian Mundell would set the modern day minor league doubles record with 59? You can’t, and that’s what makes what we do so much fun. As an added bonus, when I run into a situation where a situation deems difficult to decide on one prospect, I’ll toss in more names.

So, with off-season stats in our pocket and hesitating risk thrown out the window, without further adieu, we bring you the 2017 UTR “Ones to Watch” list.


American League East:

American League Central:

American League West:


National League East:

National League Central:

National League West:

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2 Responses to 2017 UTR “Ones to Watch” – Hitters

  1. Dan Tudor says:

    I’m hoping Emmanuel Valdez of the Astros isn’t really the 37 year old Mexican league veteran who hovers around the .200 mark…because that’s where the link sent me 🙂 Hopefully a different Emmanuel Valdez?….

    Just wanted to give you a heads up!

    Thanks, you guys to a great job

    – Dan

    On Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 7:01 PM, Under The Radar Minors wrote:

    > utrminorfinders posted: “As promised, on Opening Day of the minor league > baseball season, Jim and I bring you the anticipated “Ones to Watch” post > for the 2017 season. Up first are the hitters. Aside from our > Organizational All-Star series, most of the kids you see on both li” >

    • Hey Dan,

      Thanks for the heads up. I just got your message and went ahead and fixed the link. The issue was with the first name.
      I linked “Emmanuel Valdez” instead of “ENmanuel Valdez.”

      Yeah, trust us, the only way a 37-year-old batting .200 is making it to our list is by reading it. Ha. Thanks for the correction and I hope you enjoyed/enjoy the OTW list as well as our daily features which begin today, and I’m working on as we speak.

      Thanks again and always feel free to reach out anytime.

      Marc

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