My standard 12 team Yahoo! roto keeper league has a shallow minor league system, 3 guys only, so only near immediate impact guys get spots (no Triunfels, Villalonas, etc.). I own Andy LaRoche as one of my 3 along with Rasmus and Antonelli because I don't have a 3b. Matt Wieters is a ridiculous talent that's available but I really don't need Wieters that badly because I have Mauer but he's been crushing the AFL and he seems poised to become a major stud so I've been mulling it. LaRoche is also a nice talent but he's also a complete gimp and even though he's extra ready after spending an additional year in the minors, who knows if he'll even get the chance to start.
My 2008 roster thus far is:
2b-B.J. Upton (Former minor leaguer, last round keeper)
OF-Chris Young (Former minor leaguer, last round keeper)
SP-Joba (Former minor leaguer, last round keeper)
Would it be worth punting LaRoche and getting Wieters? Other nice available hitting prospects include LaPorta, Jordan Schafer, Austin Jackson, Chris Davis, McCutchen, Neil Walker, Brandon Jones, and Beau Mills. None of those guys are really on my radar because my OF is already stacked and Davis/Walker don't seem like major upgrades over LaRoche and Mills can't possibly make it defensively as a MLB 3b. I'm a homer when it comes to Joe Mauer but at least Wieters could be a backup plan and then an upgrade/trading chip if he falls into place so he makes some more sense. Pedro Alvarez is currently ineligible so I plan on grabbing him right after he's drafted so that's also a factor.