This article is part of our Farm Futures series.
We all have our biases when it comes to valuing prospects for dynasty leagues. I don't mind rostering pitching prospects, young or old. In fact, that's an area where I have had a lot of recent success in dynasty leagues. I also don't mind rostering catchers – I'd prefer not to, of course, but if the best available prospect in a league is a catcher, I will add him. You should know by now that I definitely don't mind rostering 16- and 17-year-old hitters. Basically, I'll roster any type of prospect if I think they have a chance to be a quality big leaguer.
Some of you approach things a little differently. I know this, because you tell me. Many of you don't want pitching prospects. Many of you don't want "low-ceiling" players, which in itself is something of a false reality – Francisco Lindor, Alex Bregman and Jose Ramirez were all seen as "low-ceiling" prospects at one point in their development. Others don't have the patience to roster a guy who's three years away from the majors. We can agree to disagree on these practices.
However, there is one type of prospect that every dynasty-league manager is interested in: hitters who are close to the big leagues.
For this reason, the pool of hitting prospects who are at Double-A or Triple-A and are both desirable and unowned in your competitive dynasty league is very shallow or perhaps even non-existent. What I will attempt to do in this piece