The 2020 fantasy baseball season is upon us, and it's time to start digging into some of the top players for the season.
High-upside prospects can be tricky to value in fantasy baseball drafts, since they may not start the season with their major league squads. The returns if they do get called up early can be huge though, and that makes Luis Robert very interesting, as our top-ranked prospect for the 2020 fantasy baseball season.
Robert has had the opportunity to bat leadoff and has been playing center field for the Chicago White Sox in their Cactus League games, and he's had no shortage of success. That is punctuated by his massive game on Saturday, when he went 2-for-3 with a homer and a steal against the Texas Rangers.
That combination of power and speed highlights what makes Robert so exciting. He swiped 21 bags while launching 8 home runs in 56 Double-A games, then went yards 16 times and notched 7 steals in 47 Triple-A games in 2019.
He was an absolute terror at both levels, with a .398 weighted on-base average (wOBA) in Double-A and a .396 in Triple-A.
Robert does have some issues with plate discipline, which could be a problem in the MLB, as he posted strikeout rates above 22.0 percent and walk rates below 5.5 percent at both levels.
Fantasy players may be a little hesitant to get excited about Robert after last year's top fantasy prospect, Vlad Guerrero Jr., struggled out of the gate. Robert's upside still makes him hard to ignore though, and he checks in at 98th overall in our 2020 fantasy baseball rankings.
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