The following is a group of 2012 major league baseball prospects who can impact NL Only fantasy baseball leagues as well as mixed leagues this season. All of these players will most likely start the year in the minors. I am not including in this articles guys like Bryce Harper or Drew Pomeranz or even Wilin Rosario or Welington Castillo because they might make the big club out of spring training. If those players fail to make the Show out of Spring Training, they must be put on your prospect watch list. This list is in alphabetical order.....
Nolan Arenado - COL - 3B - Rockies 3B of the future, worst case is he will be the starting 3B come opening day next year. Potential number 3 hitter could be up with the Rocks by July 1st if Casey Blake and others struggle.
Trevor Bauer - ARI - SP - One of the top prospect starting pitchers in baseball and is very close to being ready for the big leagues. D-Backs are deep in the starting rotation but if there is an injury or if someone struggles such as Joe Saunders or Josh Collmenter, Bauer could be up quickly. Projects as a possible future ace.
Brett Jackson - CHI - OF - Projects as a 20-20 man and some scouts have compared him to Jim Edmunds. By early summer he should be at Wrigley with Marlon Byrd heading to another team.
Casey Kelly - SD - SP - Projects as a front of the rotation starter and you will see him up with the Padres no later than the all-star break.
Starling Marte - PIT - OF - Projects as a power/speed outfielder. If Alex Presley and Nate McLouth struggle first couple of months, Marte could get his chance by June. One of Bucs starting outfielders of the future and the future is mighty close.
Wily Peralta - MIL - SP - Very close to being ready for the Brew crew. Projects as a #2 or #3 starting pitcher. If there is an injury or if the Brewers get tired of Chris Narveson inconsistency you will see Peralta and maybe sooner rather than later.
Anthony Rizzo - CHI - 1B - The Cubs are saying he will spend most of the season in AAA getting his game together and his confidence. But how long can the Cubs go with Bryan LaHair and Jeff Baker at 1B? Strong start to the season he could be in Wrigley by Memorial Day.
Alfredo Silverio - LAD - OF - Could offer a real solid bat with some pop and speed for the Dodgers between the left field situation or if Andre Ethier is traded come July.
Tyler Skaggs - ARI - SP - See Bauer above and apply it to Skaggs. Probably projects as front of the rotation starter.
Julio Teheran - ATL - SP - Braves are so deep in starting pitching and that means they can take their time with Teheran. But Teheran is the best of their young bunch. Look for him come All-Star Break.
Josh Vitters - CHI - 3B - If he steps up the first half of this season and Ian Stewart falls on his face again, Vitters could get an opportunity in the second half.
NL King - C.Lizza