Dynasty Dugout: Mid-Season Dynasty Prospects Rankings Update (101-150)
Yes, I know that I already counted down the Top-100 and realize this is out of order. I love dynasty prospects, okay? Maybe I have a problem, but I can admit that. But my “problem” leads to more prospect rankings/analysis for you, so it can’t all be that bad. I originally set out to just do my usual Top-100 update, but along the way, I had to leave out a ton of intriguing fantasy prospects. So, here we are with prospects ranked 101 through 150, with analysis on 101-120.
Dynasty Prospects 101-150
101. Cristian Pache (OF – ATL)
Stats (A+): .280/.302/.426/.728, 17 2B, 4 3B, 6 HR, 6 SB, 3.2 BB%, 18.1 K%, 296 AB
The 2018 season has been a whole different animal for Cristian Pache. After not leaving the yard at all last season, he adjusted hit swing, added some loft, and has six home runs so far to show for it. But oddly enough, Pache only has six steals (on 11 attempts) to go with them after swiping 32 last season. Statistically, he’s becoming more well-rounded, but that 3.2-percent walk rate needs to improve.
— Jason Woodell (@JasonAtTheGame) May 15, 2018
102. Khalil Lee (OF – KC)
Stats (A+/AA): .272/.401/.396/.797, 13 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 13 SB, 15.5 BB%, 25.5 K%, 268 AB
On the surface, you’d look at Lee’s near 20/20 stat line in 2017 and think it was a really good year. But in reality, there were a lot of things to work on and Lee has done just that in 2018. He’s converted on 75 percent of his stolen base attempts after barely cracking 50 percent last season (52.6%), and greatly improved his approach at the plate, with both his walk and strikeout rates vastly improving.
103. Brent Rooker (OF/1B – MIN)
Stats (AA): .271/.326/.506/.832, 24 2B, 4 3B, 14 HR, 3 SB, 7.0 BB%, 28.8 K%, 314 AB
If you’re a Twins fan (Sorry Nathan Dokken), it’s been a rough season. Case in point, Miguel Sano. But have no fear, help is on the way. Brent Rooker and his middle of the order power are up to Double-A where he’s on pace for around 30 home runs and 100 RBI. A porous plate approach will always cap his batting average upside, but that hasn’t hindered Rooker’s average so far.
104. Freddy Peralta (RHP – MIL)
Stats (AAA): 59.0 IP, 2.75 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 4.1 BB/9, 12.8 K/9
Stats (MLB): 33.2 IP, 2.14 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 4.0 BB/9, 12.3 K/9
Using his fastball-heavy approach, Freddy Peralta has dominated both Triple-A and the Majors so far this season, combining for a 2.53 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 12.6 K/9. This method has worked thus far, but Peralta will need to develop his changeup and slider to continue having success at the Major Level. Throwing your heater 78.9% of the time will come back to bite you eventually.
105. Griffin Canning (RHP – LAA)
Stats (A+/AA/AAA): 70.2 IP, 3.18 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 4.2 BB/9, 10.7 K/9
Up until Triple-A, Canning had been spanking minor league hitters to the tune of a 1.66 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. His strikeout rate has gone up in four Triple-A starts, but unfortunately, so has everything else, headlined by a 6.1 BB/9. Assuming he can right the ship, expect to see Canning with the Angels later this season.
106. Wander Franco (SS – TB)
Stats (RK): .358/.403/.612/1.015, 2 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 2 SB, 5.6 BB%, 8.3 K%, 67 AB
It’s not often that 17-year-olds make a list in a spot like this. It’s also not often that you see a 17-year-old with immense upside and the potential for plus tools across the board. Franco has wasted little time putting those tools on full display with a 1.015 OPS, three homers, and two steals in his first 67 professional at-bats. I’ll tell you now, Franco will be well within the Top-100 next spring if he keeps showcasing these tools like this.
107. Trevor Larnach (OF – MIN)
Stats (TBD): HAS NOT PLAYED
The former Beaver has yet to make his professional debut, but Larnach boasts one of the top offensive profiles in this draft class. Larnach added power to his already plus hit tool and performed adequately in the wooden bat Cape Cod league last summer. His swing is geared for both power and average.
Oregon State outfielder and Twins first round pick Trevor Larnach's swing in slow-mo. pic.twitter.com/Hhp4Hs5lV3
— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) June 15, 2018
108. Jeter Downs (SS – CIN)
Stats (A): .262/.343/.427/.769, 19 2B, 2 3B, 10 HR, 23 SB, 8.8 BB%, 19.8 K%, 321 AB
Oh look, a shortstop named Jeter that was born during the Yankees late-90’s dynasty. Hmm, I wonder if his parents were Yankees fans? They might not be, but the name is fitting as Jeter Downs is a damn good shortstop prospect with considerable offensive upside. Downs has an above-average hit tool and speed with a developing power stroke that he’s added more loft to this season.
109. Jake Bauers (OF/1B – TB)
Stats (AAA): .279/.357/.426/.784, 14 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 10 SB, 10.4 BB%, 21.2 K%, 197 AB
Stats (MLB): .227/.353/.412/.766, 8 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 1 SB, 15.5 BB%, 24.1 K%, 97 AB
Solid. That’s the best way to describe Jake Bauers. Not one thing about him is plus. Okay, I guess you can say that his plate approach can be considered plus. He had an 11.3 percent walk rate in the minors which has jumped to 15.5 percent with the Rays thus far. Bauers hasn’t exactly been what you would consider a Fantasy asset so far, but it looks like he’s up for good, so that’s something. He’s better than his current .227 average.
110. Jordan Groshans (SS/3B – TOR)
Stats (RK): .362/.446/.574/1.020, 4 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 0 SB, 12.5 BB%, 16.1 K%
Oh look, another hitting prospect with considerable upside on the left side of the infield in Toronto’s system. Groshans has no noticeable weaknesses to his swing. He uses a moderate leg kick to time pitches, loads onto his back leg and drives through the ball with a quick and direct right-handed swing. Groshans should be able to hit for a high average with 20+ homers annually.
111. Adam Haseley (OF – PHI)
Stats (A+): .296/.340/.408/.748, 13 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 7 SB, 5.5 BB%, 15.1 K%, 321 AB
Adam Haseley was the second straight high-school outfielder drafted by the Phillies in the Top 10 (7th) after taking Mickey Moniak first overall in 2016. While the upside here isn’t huge, a plus hit tool and plate approach make Haseley a safe bet with a relatively high floor.
112. D.J. Peters (OF – LAD)
Stats (AA): .238/.326/.469/.795, 15 2B, 1 3B, 18 HR, 1 SB, 8.5 BB%, 31.2 K%, 307 AB
Not much has changed for the 6’6″ Peters this season. He’s still hitting for a ton of power and striking out a ton. His strikeout rate has improved ever so slightly from last season but still sits above 30 percent. If he ever wants to hit for a sufficient average, Peters will need to improve his plate discipline. Otherwise, he’s another .220 hitting, 30-homer bat.
113. Logan Allen (LHP – SD)
Stats (AA): 90.2 IP, 2.78 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 3.3 BB/9, 10.1 K/9
In most other farm systems, Logan Allen would be a Top-5 prospect and one of the top pitching prospects. But this is the prospect-rich San Diego Padres we’re talking about here. Allen might not be as flashy as a Michel Baez or Chris Paddack, but his all-around strong arsenal and pitchability give him the upside of a No. 2 starter in the Majors that can post solid strikeout rates. This is the piece from the Craig Kimbrel deal that the Red Sox will regret including.
114. Zack Collins (C – CHW)
Stats (AA): .251/.408/.440/.848, 14 2B, 1 3B, 11 HR, 4 SB, 20.8 BB%, 29.4 K%, 259 AB
It’s not every day you see a prospect with a walk rate above 20 percent. Collins is turning into a “three-true-outcome” type of player with plus power and high walk and strikeout rates. His hit tool isn’t the greatest, but should allow him to hit in the .250 range with 25 home runs annually. If you play in OBP leagues, Collins is a Top-100 prospect.
115. Freudis Nova (SS – HOU)
Stats (RK): .345/.345/.517/.862, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 1 SB, 0.0 BB%, 12.1 K%, 58 AB
Nova fits right in with the likes of Miguel Hiraldo, Wander Franco and Wander Javier in this section of my rankings. I’ll call them the “Raw with tools” club. Or RWTC for short. Nova is still several years away from the Majors, but his combination of hit tool, power, and speed could make him a Fantasy star.
116. Brady Singer (RHP – KC)
Stats (TBD): HAS NOT PITCHED
Due to some questions about whether he would be a starter long-term, Singer, a top-5 talent, fell to the Royals at pick 18 and signed for well above slot value. The Royals are going to give him every chance to be a starter, and when you look at his arsenal, it’s hard to not get excited. Singer has an elite fastball/slider combination and his changeup and control are both considered above-average with plus potential.
117. Wander Javier (SS – MIN)
Stats (RK): OUT FOR SEASON
Luckily that “Raw with tools” club I mentioned in Nova’s section has a pretty sweet tree house for Javier to rest up in. The toolsy Twins shortstop prospect is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery in May.
118. Touki Toussaint (RHP – ATL)
Stats (AA/AAA): 92.2 IP, 2.82 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 3.8 BB/9, 10.9 K/9
The only thing holding Toussaint back was subpar control, which has been improved every year of his professional career. Toussaint’s fastball/curveball combination misses a ton of bats and his changeup has developed into an average pitch for him. Don’t let him get lost in the big names in this Braves system.
Touki Toussaint, Soul-Stealing Curveball (home plate view). ? [@BravesHotTakes request] pic.twitter.com/eXiZC1CUKi
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) November 5, 2017
119. Blake Rutherford (OF – CHW)
Stats (A+): .299/.341/.454/.795, 16 2B, 4 3B, 6 HR, 10 SB, 5.8 BB%, 19.8 K%, 271 AB
Rutherford is another high-floor type of prospect, similar to Adam Haseley. You’ll likely never see his name in the first few rounds of Fantasy drafts, but Rutherford has average to above-average tools across the board that make him a safe bet to become a solid Fantasy contributor.
120. Seth Beer (OF – HOU)
Stats (A-/A): .367/.485/.595/1.079, 6 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 1 SB, 12.2 BB%, 14.3 K%, 79 AB
I’ll spare you the beer references and get right to the point. Seth Beer is a really good hitter. But that’s about all he is. His defense is below average and he makes the Molina brothers look like Rickey Henderson. There were some questions surrounding his transition to wooden bats, but Beer has done his best to silence those worries as you can see by his stat line above.
Rest of the Top-150
121. Jorge Mateo (SS – OAK)
122. Adonis Medina (RHP – PHI)
123. Peter Lambert (RHP – COL)
124. Albert Abreu (RHP – NYY)
125. Danny Jensen (C – TOR)
126. Matthew Libatore (LHP – TB)
127. Nate Pearson (RHP – TOR)
128. Daz Cameron (OF – DET)
129. Justin Dunn (RHP – NYM)
130. Anthony Alford (OF – TOR)
131. Buddy Reed (OF – SD)
132. Anderson Esponoza (RHP – SD)
133. Bobby Bradley (1B – CLE)
134. Jhailyn Ortiz (OF – PHI)
135. Jose Siri (OF – CIN)
136. MJ Melendez (C – KC)
137. Pavin Smith (1B – ARI)
138. Dennis Santana (RHP – LAD)
139. J.B. Bukauskas (RHP – HOU)
140. Gavin Lux (SS/2B – LAD)
141. Luis Medina (RHP – NYY)
142. Mickey Moniak (OF – PHI)
143. Stephen Gonsalves (LHP – MIN)
144. Nolan Jones (3B – CLE)
145. Chad Spanberger (1B – COL)
146. Austin Beck (OF – OAK)
147. Sandy Alcantara (RHP – MIA)
148. Lazaro Armenteros (OF – OAK)
149. Daulton Varsho (C – ARI)
150. Oscar Mercado (OF – STL)
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