Mid-Season Fantasy Baseball Prospect Rankings – Top 50 Outfielders

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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!

Rank Player Organization Level Age Projection ETA
26. Anthony Alford Toronto Blue Jays AAA 23 .252/.334, 17 HRs, 22 SBs Late 2018
27. Heliot Ramos San Francisco Giants A 19 .241/.306, 25 HRs, 16 SBs 2021
28. Jose Siri Cincinnati Reds AA 22 .269/.294, 17 HRs, 19 SB 2020
29. Oscar Mercado St. Louis Cardinals AAA 23 .271/.333, 13 HRs, 18 SBs Late 2018
30. Leody Tavares Texas Rangers A 19 .273/.327, 13 HRs, 17 SBs 2021
31. Seuly Matias Kansas City Royals A 19 .231/.292, 31 HRs, 3 SBs 2022
32. Khalil Lee Kansas City Royals AA 20 .244/.340, 18 HRs, 11 SBs Late 2019
33. Jeisson Rosario San Diego Padres A 18 .278/.357, 15 HRs, 17 SBs 2022
35. Corey Ray Milwaukee Brewers AA 23 .240/.311, 16 HRs, 21 SBs Late 2019
34. Monte Harrison Miami Marlins AA 22 .234/.307, 18 HRs, 20 SBs 2020
36. Austin Hays Baltimore Orioles AA 23 .267/.303, 24 HRs, 3 SBs Early 2019
37. Kyle Lewis Seattle Mariners A+ 23 .263/.325, 22 HRs, 1 SB Late 2019
38. DJ Peters Los Angeles Dodgers AA 22 .236/.315, 26 HRs, 1 SBs 2020
39. Trevor Larnach Minnesota Twins 21 .256/.344, 26 HRs, 2 SBs 2021
40. Jhailyn Ortiz Philadelphia Phillies A 19 .237/.318, 27 HRs, 2 SBs 2021
41. Drew Waters Atlanta Braves A 19 .268/.319, 18 HRs, 14 SB 2021
42. Cedric Mullins Baltimore Orioles AAA 23 .273/.326, 15 HRs, 6 SBs Mid 2019
43. Ryan McKenna Baltimore Orioles AA 21 .265/.334, 15 HRs, 8 SBs 2020
44. Josh Naylor San Diego Padres AA 21 .274/.336, 19 HRs, 1 SB 2020
45. Tirso Ornelas San Diego Padres A 18 .274/.348, 20 HRs, 2 SBs 2021
46. Alexander Canario San Francisco Giants ROK 18 .273/.345, 19 HRs, 5 SBs 2023
47. George Valera Cleveland Indians ROK 17 .281/.352, 17 HRs, 3 SBs 2023
48. Kristian Robinson Arizona Diamondbacks ROK 17 .250/.328, 21 HRs, 16 SBs 2023
49. Julio Rodriguez Seattle Mariners ROK 17 .252/.337, 21 HRs, 3 SBs 2022
50. Lazaro Armentaros Oakland Athletics A 19 .246/.331, 20 HRs, 6 SBs 2021

Adam’s thoughts:

  • This list is building off of the top 25 OFer list from yesterday that my colleague Brennen Gorman released. I have focused on upside throughout a lot of this list and that’s why you’ll see lots of guys with ETA’s that are not particularly close. Most on this list offer interesting power and or speed upside and I think that’s more valuable than chasing closeness when you’re looking at OFer options this deep.
  • Anthony Alford is the top name on this list, and I think if he proves he can stay healthy, he has major fantasy skills that could make him a really valuable player. He started 2018 slowly, struggling through May (played just 6 games in April due to injury) hitting just .148/.200/.164, but bounced back nicely in June slashing .276/.370/.471 with 3 HRs and 5 SBs. He’s close to the majors and has 60 raw power and 70-grade speed, that’s an intriguing player!
  • The minors HR leader Seuly Matias (26 HRs as of this writing which is 2 clear of the next highest in the entire minors and 5 clear of the next highest in the South Atlantic League that Matias plays in currently) offers legit 70-grade raw power and he gets to it frequently. Unfortunately, that power comes with major contact issues as he currently has an awful 37.1% K rate and a very much below-average 23.4% swinging-strike rate (for reference, MLB average this year is 10.7%). The result is a high risk/high reward type of prospect.
  • Jeisson Rosario is a very interesting prospect that seems to be underrated in a lot of fantasy baseball circles. He’s currently hitting .280/.385/.358 with just 1 HR but 16 SBs and is supporting that line with an impressive 13.8% walk rate and a 19.6% strikeout rate (9.3% swinging-strike rate). Scouts suggest that he has at least average raw power and if he can learn to tap into it more, he could be a well-rounded fantasy player in the mold of a Christian Yelich type.
  • DJ Peters who is pictured above is another interesting power-hitting prospect with 70 raw power and the ability to get to it often. He currently has 18 HRs on the season and has a .240/.330/.476 line with it at AA. He impressed in Spring Training by hitting .409 and slugging .864 over 15 games.
  • Trevor Larnach is the top-rated OFer on this list from the 2018 MLB draft. He’s currently unassigned after being a part of the College World Series champion Oregon State Beavers that delayed his MLB signing. He’s another power-hitting prospect with 70 raw power, and unlike some of the others, he has some decent bat control that is highlighted by a .348/.463/.652 line with a 20.9% K rate this season in the NCAA.
  • There’s a very interesting group of talented teenage OF prospects at the bottom of the list that are all playing Rookie-Level ball this season. Alexander Canario is a tooled up CF prospect with elite bat speed and above-average bat control that was the Dominican Summer League All-Star game MVP last year. George Valera is perhaps the most polished hitter from the 2017 international amateur class and he’s handling an aggressive assignment this year well with as many walks as strikeouts so far. Kristian Robinson is very tooled up including 70 raw power and 60 speed but is more raw than the others on this list. And Julio Rodriguez offers plus raw power and strong approach that is highlighted by an impressive .333/.426/.492 line this year in the Dominican Summer League over 141 PAs. All have a chance to be special, and all should be on radars in dynasty leagues that roster 150ish prospects or more.
Adam Garland

Adam is a marketing professional 9-5, but a fan and nerd of the beautiful game of baseball 24/7. Since his playing days have ended, he has turned to writing about the game, and has started to make a name for himself on the Rotoworld Fantasy Baseball Forums. He's known for "Going Deep" on both MLB and MiLB players, and has a strong reputation of identifying valuable players before the consensus. His passion though is MLB prospects, and he loves digging into scouting reports and dissecting the stats of prospect trying to understand what they mean. He plays in multiple dynasty leagues of varying sizes, and he hopes he can help with yours! He's also always up to talk baseball/prospects with anyone, so please don't hesitate to strike up a conversation!

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Comments


John

Jhailyn Ortiz is one of the more disappointing prospects for me this year. He excelled as one of the younger bats in the NYPL last summer. After the season, Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan said, “If you put every player in our system on a board and say every one of them gets to their potential, this guy would arguably be the best player. He has that kind of ability.”

His numbers have totally collapsed from last year. His line sits at 237/.294/.392. But he does have four homers in his last 10 games so maybe he’s turning it around

Rick

What happened to the top 150 hitting and pitching prospects scheduled for July 11 and 12? I was enjoying this series.

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