Eric's top 10 fantasy prospects for 2013

Updated: February 22, 2013, 12:47 AM ET
By Eric Karabell

It's hardly practical to expect first-year players to perform as well as Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper did in 2012. For starters, no rookie had ever done quite what Trout did, while Harper produced his award-winning campaign at the age of 19. That just doesn't happen. Fantasy owners especially need to realize how remarkable the 2012 season was and to keep expectations in check. Remember, other Rookie of the Year winners the past few seasons include Chris Coghlan, Geovany Soto and Andrew Bailey.

Of course, looking at this season's class of rookie-eligible players, there certainly are interesting options for fantasy owners to dream about, though what Trout and Harper accomplished really has no bearing on how future youngsters will perform. That said, here are my top 10 rookies for the 2013 season in terms of fantasy baseball relevance, and yes, it's unbalanced toward the hitters because they are, without a doubt, safer. For more information on the top prospects, colleague Keith Law will reveal his Top 100 the first week of February.