SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus ranked his top-50 fantasy prospects for the 2012 season. He lists Jesus Montero as the top prospect and Yu Darvish right behind. Part of what Goldstein says about Darvish:
What he can do: To compare Darvish to other pitchers who have come to the U.S. with mixed results is inaccurate, if not outright lazy. Darvish is unlike any pitcher to sign out of Japan; no pitcher has come from there more equipped to pitch in the majors. He should be an above-average pitcher across the board immediately.
Playing-time situation: None. Darvish needs no time in the minors, and the Rangers didn't spend more than $100 million dollars to bring him along slowly.
Long-term value: While Darvish will be plenty good in 2012, he should only get better from there, and some scouts believe he could end up as a true ace.
There are other Rangers on the list, including OF Leonys Martin. You'll have to click here to read more about all of them (insider).