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Today marks the fifth day of an 11 article special that is designed to help get you all caught up and informed on MLB prospects for your fantasy baseball leagues. My colleague Brennen Gorman and I are going to be releasing mid-season top prospect lists for every position and we will release our lists on the following schedule:
Top 30 Catchers
Top 30 1st Baseman
Top 30 2nd Baseman
Top 30 Shortstops
Top 30 3rd Baseman
Top 25 Outfielders
Top 50 Outfielders
Top 150 Overall Hitters
Top 150 Overall Pitchers
Adam’s Disagreements – July 23th
Brennen’s Disagreements – July 24th
We have included a rough prime projection for each player as well as an estimated ETA. We tried not to include players that have cemented roles in the majors at the time of this writing, so guys like Juan Soto and Mike Soroka will not be included. Note that we place an emphasis on upside, namely power and speed guys, while also prioritizing closeness to the majors when the value is close. Feel free to ask questions or drop a comment, we are always happy to discuss! Without further ado, onto the list!
|1.||Vladimir Guerrero Jr.||Toronto Blue Jays||AA||19||.313/.402, 30 HRs, 3 SBs||Early 2019|
|2.||Nick Senzel||Cincinnati Reds||AAA||23||.291/.361, 23 HRs, 14 SBs||Mid 2019|
|3.||Austin Riley||Atlanta Braves||AAA||21||.262/.323, 26 HRs, 2 SBs||Mid 2019|
|4.||Alec Bohm||Philadelphia Phillies||A-||21||.270/.342, 25 HRs, 5 SBs||2020|
|5.||Colton Welker||Colorado Rockies||A+||20||.286/.335, 21 HRs, 3 SBs||2020|
|6.||Nolan Gorman||St. Louis Cardinals||ROK||18||.258/.337, 27 HRs, 1 SB||2021|
|7.||Ryan Mountcastle||Baltimore Orioles||AA||21||.274/.308, 18 HRs, 2 SBs||Late 2019|
|8.||Michael Chavis||Boston Red Sox||AA||22||.258/.318, 28 HRs, 3 SBs||Late 2019|
|9.||Nolan Jones||Cleveland Indians||A||20||.273/.364, 22 HRs, 4 SBs||2020|
|10.||Jonathan India||Cincinnati Reds||21||.266/.340, 20 HRs, 7 SBs||2020|
|11.||Ke’Bryan Hayes||Pittsburgh Pirates||AA||21||.279/.340, 12 HRs, 7 SBs||Late 2019|
|12.||Jake Burger||Chicago White Sox||A||22||.263/.311, 22 HRs, 1 SB||2020|
|13.||Lucas Erceg||Milwaukee Brewers||AA||23||.254/.304, 21 HRs, 1 SB||Late 2019|
|14.||Taylor Ward||Los Angeles Angels||AAA||24||.272/.336, 16 HRs, 4 SBs||Late 2018|
|15.||Matt Beaty||Los Angeles Dodgers||AAA||25||.271/.338, 17 HRs, 2 SBs||Mid 2019|
|16.||Elehuris Montero||St. Louis Cardinals||A||19||.269/.333, 20 HRs, 1 SB||2021|
|17.||Drew Ellis||Arizona Diamondbacks||A+||22||.261/.322, 21 HRs, 1 SB||2021|
|18.||Hudson Potts||San Diego Padres||A+||19||.248/.301, 22 HRs, 2 SBs||2020|
|19.||Miguel Hiraldo||Toronto Blue Jays||ROK||17||.283/.341, 18 HRs, 4 SBs||2023|
|20.||Danny Diaz||Boston Red Sox||ROK||17||.267/.308, 23 HRs, 1 SB||2023|
|21.||Sheldon Neuse||Oakland Athletics||AAA||23||.238/.297, 21 HRs, 4 SBs||Mid 2019|
|22.||Triston Casas||Boston Red Sox||ROK||18||.245/.335, 25 HRs, 1 SB||2023|
|23.||James Nelson||Miami Marlins||A+||20||.264/.326, 15 HRs, 3 SBs||2021|
|24.||Jordan Groshans||Toronto Blue Jays||ROK||18||.263/.336, 18 HRs, 3 SBs||2023|
|25.||Bobby Dalbec||Boston Red Sox||A+||23||.234/.316, 26 HRs, 2 SBs||2021|
|26.||Jacob Gonzalez||San Francisco Giants||A||20||.254/.311, 21 HRs, 3 SBs||2023|
|27.||Travis Blankenhorn||Minnesota Twins||A+||21||.262/.308, 16 HRs, 3 SBs||2021|
|28.||Mark Vientos||New York Mets||ROK||18||.249/.304, 19 HRs, 0 SBs||2022|
|29.||Joe Perez||Houston Astros||ROK||18||.265/.340, 16 HRs, 4 SB||2022|
|20.||Dermis Garcia||New York Yankees||A||20||.216/.284, 23 HRs, 1 SB||2021|
- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is in a class of his own atop the 3B rankings. His dominance at AA that includes a .407/.457/.667 line in 235 PAs as a teenager is unprecedented and I go into detail about it here
- Nick Senzel who is pictured above is the most well-rounded fantasy prospect on this list, and it looks like he will be able to contribute in every fantasy category once he reaches the majors. Unfortunately, he recently suffered a torn tendon in his right index finger and is expected to miss the rest of the 2018 season.
- There are 5 recent 2018 MLB draftees on this list including Alec Bohm who went 3rd overall and offers 70-grade raw power and impressive bat control as posted just a 10.53% K rate in the NCAA. Nolan Gorman (19th overall) of the Cardinals also offers 70-grade raw power, and Triston Casas of the Red Sox (26th overall) might even have more raw power with some scouts giving him top of the scale 80-grades. Jordan Groshans of the Blue Jays (12th overall) can’t match the raw power of the other recently drafted 3rd base prospects on this list, but Groshans offers a quality hit tool and above-average raw power and both have been on display with a .395/.481/.628 start to his professional career with as many walks as strikeouts in 48 PAs.
- Taylor Ward and Matt Beaty are older guys on this list, but both are performing well at AAA and have safer floors due to their strong performances at the upper levels of the minors. Ward may be called upon this year to help the Angels playoff push, and Beaty would be on a similar timeline if not for a delayed start to his season due to an injury. Both could be underrated sleepers!
- Elehuris Montero, Miguel Hiraldo, and Danny Diaz are very intriguing teenage hitters with high upsides due to plus raw power and all are showing enough contact skills to get their power. They should all be on radars in deeper dynasty leagues.
- Bobby Dalbec and Dermis Garcia are huge raw power lottery ticket guys with major contact concerns. Both have high ceilings but also low floors.
These are very well done. Thank you!
Thanks for the kind words! Glad you enjoyed it.