Alright, enough is enough. It’s time for a prospect ranking update. The MLB draft is in the rearview mirror, the next international crop is getting ready to sign, and Vladimir Guerrero is no longer considered a prospect. That last part is a little sad, isn’t it? Did it bring a tear to your eye? Or maybe some fond memories of Guerrero terrorizing minor league pitching? Vladdy was our golden boy, our prospect heavyweight champion of the world. Arguably the most hyped up prospect of all-time and the no doubt #1 guy on every top prospects list out there. If my children had made top prospects rankings, they would’ve instinctively known to slot Guerrero at #1. But now he’s gone, vacating the top spot for the next phenom to hop into.
Who’s it going to be? If you put your thinking cap on, I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to guess who the new top dog is. The top spot isn’t the only big change we have in store below. I mean, our last rankings update was early-February, eons ago in the prospect world. You’re going to see some fresh faces high on this list and maybe a few names you weren’t expecting. Is Whitley still the #1 overall pitcher? Where did I slot my boy Nolan Gorman? Why can Dave Dombrowki never build any sort of a functioning bullpen? Two of those three questions will be answered below.
Top Prospects for Dynasty Leagues: 2019 Mid-Season Update
|34||Bobby Witt Jr.||SS||KC||RK||2022|
|90||Victor Victor Mesa||OF||MIA||A+||2020|
|141||Julio Pablo Martinez||OF||TEX||A+||2021|
|187||Luis Alexander Basabe||OF||CHW||AA||2020|
Photo/Video Credit: Robert Robinson (Featured Image)
Eric Cross is the lead MLB/Fantasy Baseball writer and MiLB prospect analyst for FantraxHQ and has been with the site since March 2017. In the past, he wrote for FantasyPros and FanSided. He is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) and a contributor in the best-selling Fantasy Baseball Black Book. For more from Eric, check out his author page and follow him on Twitter @EricCross04.
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Eric, just read your top 25 Blue Jay list. Very well written. As an English teacher a pet peeve is when people add the letter “s” to words, especially written words. So, FYI, there is no “s” on the word toward. Or almost all words ended in “ward.” IE: to, for , back, after, in, on, up…and anyway. But enjoyed your insights.
I appreciate the kind words and thank you for this. This is something I often unintentionally do. Thanks for reading!
josiah gray? easily top 100
This was my mid-season update. Lot has changed since then. Gray is borderline top-100 for me now.
Great list Eric, question what are the rules for making the list? For example, when you do your 2020 list, are players not eligible for the list if they serve any time in MLB, or certain plate appearances/IP?
Thank you Cedric! I go off the MLB guidelines which is greater than 130 AB, 50 IP, or 45 days on the active roster (September excluded). Once a player exceeds these, they become ineligible.
Thanks Eric! Also when do you expect to have an updated list for 2020? Plan on trying to use this list for my Fantasy league.
My next update will be on the Monday after the Superbowl. Maybe sneak it into late-January. Depending on when I finish my team by team top-30s.
Hey Eric – great list thanks for publishing so quickly! Question on Yordan’s eligibility for this list, he seems to have had more than 130 AB’s and 45 days on the active roster outside of September? What am I missing?
You’re looking at my 2019 mid-season update. My new 2020 pre-season update came out today. Check it out on the Fantraxhq homepage at http://www.fantraxhq.com.
Where do you rank Luis Gil?
Gil didn’t miss by much. He’d likely be in the 275 range.
Thank you Eric, I’m very high on him too, just hopinh he can stick as a starter.
Great list! You do a fantastic job imop. You have Kristian Robinson and George Valera very high. What is your take on both? You, also, have Vientos higher than most? Lastly, what have you seen about J Pablo Martinez to not have dropped him more?
Thanks Codie. Robinson has plus-plus power upside with an above-average hit tool. Valera reverse of that. Should hit for a very high average with above-average to plus raw power. I’m a believer in Vientos’ hit tool and power potential to become a .280/25 threat down the road, maybe more. I’ve already dropped JPM quite a bit. With the bat speed and barrel control I saw from him originally, I’m not ready to drop him out of my 250 yet.
Great list Eric. Thought Jose Siri would be ranked higher. I love the power/speed guys. Hopefully Siri will be better at AAA in the 2nd half..
I couldn’t justify it with his contact skills and plate approach. If those areas improve, he’d shoot back up my rankings quite a bit.
Any thoughts on Josh Rojas or Alejandro Kirk?
Average contact skills for Rojas, but with a sound plate approach and above-average speed. Projects as a backup/utility infielder.
Kirk has above-average contact skills and limits strikeouts well. Double-digit pop. Not a great defender though, so not sure how he fits in defensively.
You got a blurb on Jhon Torres if you have heard anything?
Ranked Torres #114. Love his blend of hit, power, and speed. Think he could be a .280/25/15 type at peak. Has struggled in his first taste of Single-A ball, but the skills are rock solid.
Love the rankings and the work! No Alzolay on this list? not a fan?
I do like Alzolay, but he’s merely a back-end SP in my eyes. He’d be in the 350 range.
Cronenworth and Rojas? Products of the new ball or potential Brandon Lowe/Jeff McNeil impact?
Little of both. I cans see each having an impact at the MLB level, but the upside for both isn’t overly high.
Good list, biggest thing that really surprises me is Jake Fraley ahead of Alec Bohm… Bohm is a more highly regarded prospect than Fraley, and additionally (for fantasy purposes), Bohm is a bat first corner IF guy, while Fraley is a CFer.
too low for me: Josh Naylor, Logan Allen, Ronaldo Hernandez, Keibert Ruiz, and Dustin May…
A few guys I’d have added: Luis Arraez, Andrew Knizner, Aramis Ademan, Cole Tucker, Connor Scott, Jeisson Rosario, Wil Crowe, Jhoan Duran, Keegan Akin, Cionel Perez
Sleepers: Tahnaj Thomas, Roansy Contreras
Pretty good list though, those were just the biggest things I noticed.
Thanks for your feedback. I’ve been watching a lot of Fraley and think he can hit for around the same AVG as Bohm with less power, but more speed. Long-term, they’re probably pretty close overall. Most of the guys you listed would be in my next 50-75 or so.
I am really surprised with his avg and OBP (depending the league) that as a catcher Knizner is not on there. I also love Brenton Doyle for fantasy OF.
Dustin May at 120? He just got promoted to AAA. He should at least be top 75 or so. Why so low on him?
I’m not as high on his overall arsenal and command as others. He’s a solid #3 IMO, but not a future top of the rotation starter. I’m one of the lower people in the industry on him. Like him, just don’t love him long-term.
Two quick questions. First with Rutschman being a C do you think that Vaughn’s bat is that much better or does the position scarcity at C maybe equalize it a bit (fantasy). Second, what are your longer vies of Jasson Dominguez?
I think Vaughn has a slightly better hit tool and slightly more power. That’s the main reason why he’s ranked higher, but Rutschman being a catcher does play into it a little , but not a lot.
I have #1 pick in my FYPD. Who do I take adley, Vaughn or jasson Dominguez?.. FYI I don’t have a quality catcher, my current 1b are Voit and trey Mancini
I have them ranked Vaughn, JD, Adley. Adley is fine to take at 1 if you need a catcher.
Biggio at #74 isn’t on CHC.
yes, that was an error that was fixed.
Any significant changes from the start of the year?
Love the rankings. Are you planning an update before the season begins?
Great list, thanks for the effort put into it. Where do you have Pavin Smith and Miguel Amaya?
Thank you! It was a lot of fun putting this together. Amaya is at #185, Smith would be around 350 or so.
Great list, which has helped me prepare for my FYPD. Where would you put guys like Bo Naylor, Luis Oviedo, Blaze Alexander, and Daniel Lynch? Thanks.
Thank-you. Blaze and Lynch in the 275-300 range, Naylor around 325, Oviedo 350
Dude you’ve got lynch #98, just a heads up
Yes I do. Not sure what your comment means.
Eric was responding to a question about Lynch from his preseason ranking on Feb 2nd. This is now his mid season rankings
Dustin May: One of the only lists I haven’t seen him in the top 100, let alone 189…yikes
Screams mid-rotation arm for me. If he could develop his changeup and miss more bats, he’d be a top-100 type guy for me. But he just screams #3 guy to me.
You have Nolan Gorman at #16 and Jonathan India at #18. Everything I read has them close together with the order switching a based on who is writing the list. the thing that I then the question is what do you see that is so different from Alec Bohm than Gorman and India?
When comparing Gorman to Bohm, I see Gorman hitting for much more power. AVG will likely be close, but Gorman has the upside for 40+ HR while Bohm is more of a 30 HR guy IMO. India is different. He should hit for the same AVG or maybe a touch more than Bohm, slightly behind in power, but also adds in 20-25 SB potential which gives him the advantage over Bohm.
Thanks for your time. Im a bit surprised by M Keller ranking being lower then I would expect. He out performed his numbers in AAA when you take a deeper look. I think it was 8 out of 11 starts he gave up 2 or less Earned runs. His first 2 were bad but then he looked like his old self. I do note that he used his fastball quite a bit. He needs to work on his changeup but his curve should be a plus pitch. Maybe , your right. I was a bit higher on him.
Awesome list thanks for putting it up. I have 3 of the top 150 on my team now !!
You’re very welcome!
Awesome list! Thanks for the hard work. I love the aggressive ranking of K. Robinson (#32) and C. Pache (#43). This is the highest I’ve seen A. Beck (#125) this year- hoping he breaks out in ’19. Personally hoping Duplantier and Singer are under rated here. How close were J. Groome and Spencer Howard to making this list?
Thanks Brad. Groome is in the 275-300 range and Howard 300-350.