A new Ottoneu league has recently formed with a twist – despite the deep, dynasty-like structure of the platform, our league has decided on a single rule change this year: players without MLB experience (“rookies”) are ineligible for the annual spring player auction. Instead, rookies may only be added to rosters through an in-season free agent player auction once they have accumulated their first MLB PA or IP. Yes, this means Luis Robert cannot be owned (48 hour auction waiting period) until he completes his first PA, most likely to come on Opening Day (3/26) against the Royals.
This one simple rule change impacts a tremendous amount of Ottoneu strategy, a discussion for which I’ll reserve a future post. For now, the purpose of this article is to list the rookies that have at least some opportunity to debut in 2020, and estimate which of these prospects might actually have some relevant fantasy impact this season.
The table below lists 130+ prospects that could potentially make their initial MLB rookie debut in 2020. All players with existing MLB experience (Gavin Lux, Jesus Luzardo, Dustin May) have been removed. The three columns to the far right should be the most useful: