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Toronto Blue Jays: Top 10 Dynasty Prospects

The Toronto Blue Jays will be our final stop on the farm to evaluate the best prospects on each MLB team. Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that Minor League systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff, meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We will also see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, while players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. We’re looking at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Quick Synopsis

The Blue Jays feature a strong Top 10 list and the system is deeper than some give it credit for. The club has been excellent at utilizing the international market to supplement its efforts with the amateur draft.

 

1. Nate Pearson, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 6
2020 Prospect Rank: 4
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Pearson is a beast. He can routinely hit 100 mph (with movement) and consistently find the strike zone. He also has two other potentially-plus offerings in his slider and changeup — as well as a curveball that flashes average potential. At 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, he has a workman-like frame and a level-headed, mature approach, which should help him achieve his frontline-starter potential.

 

2. Jordan Groshans, 3B/SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank:  38
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Groshans looked to be well on his way to a breakout 2019 season when he suffered a foot injury which ended his season. The injury is said to be fully healed and is not considered to be a chronic injury. Before getting hurt, he was hitting .337 through 23 games as a 19-year-old in A-ball. Groshans has an advanced approach to hitting for his age and should hit for both average and power when he reaches the big leagues. The jury is still out on his ability to stick at shortstop but he has more than enough offensive skill to project well at third base.

 

3. Orelvis Martinez, SS/3B

Dynasty Prospect Rank:  59
2020 LEVEL: SS-A
MLB ETA: 2023

Martinez is another advanced bat at shortstop for the Jays. A top international signee from 2018, he spent his first pro season in Rookie ball as a 17-year-old and produced a 150 wRC+ in the league. 20 of his 39 hits went for extra bases — including seven home runs in 40 games. He has excellent bat speed, good contact skills, and a mature approach for his age. Martinez is currently being underrated.

 

4. Alek Manoah, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank:  86
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

I didn’t love Manoah coming into the 2019 draft as a Top 15 pick but there is no denying that he has the raw skill to be an impactful player. The hard-throwing right-hander has an impressive fastball-slider combination and has the ability to dial his heater up into the 96-97 mph range. He’s also shown a willingness to improve his changeup to give him a third weapon and he consistently throws strikes. One big concern with Manoah is his size. He stands 6-foot-6 but already weighs in excess of 260 pounds so he’ll need to keep on top of his conditioning. The 2019 season was also the first time that he consistently pitched out of the starting rotation but there is less reliever risk here than I originally feared.

 

5. Simeon Woods Richardson, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank:  93
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Woods Richardson is an advanced arm. He had no issues with A-ball in 2019 while pitching at the age of 18. He spent time in both Low-A and High-A ball and produced a K-BB of 126-24 in 106.2 innings — and even changed organizations partway through after being involved in the Marcus Stroman trade. Woods Richardson shows above-average control for his age, has good size, and a chance for four average-or-better offerings. His fastball isn’t electric but it can reach the mid-90s with perhaps more velocity to come. It’s easy to see Woods Richardson settling in as a mid-rotation starter at the big league level.

 

6. Alejandro Kirk, C

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 98
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Kirk has a chance to challenge Willans Astudillo in terms of popularity. The young catcher can best be described as “roly, poly” and doesn’t look at all like a professional athlete. But he’s freakishly athletic for his size and shape, and has consistently been one of the better hitters in each league he’s played in over the past two years. Kirk, 21, has a career BB-K rate of 89-60 in 151 games spanning mostly two seasons. He also has a strong, line-drive swing with the potential to hit 20 home runs. Defensively, he’s fringe-average to average but far more adept behind the plate than you’d expect and he does an excellent job throwing out base runners.  

 

7. Gabriel Moreno, C

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 105
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Moreno gives the Jays yet another promising, young backstop. Just 19 in 2019, he spent the year in full-season A-ball and was an above-average hitter despite being one of the younger players in the league. However, he was noticeably tired in the second half of the year so he needs to get stronger to withstand the rigors of catching for a full season. More athletic than most catchers, Moreno also has advanced bat-to-ball skills and struck out just 11% of the time in 2019 while showing the potential to eventually hit for power thanks to good bat speed (He went deep 12 times in 82 games).

 

8. Adam Kloffenstein, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 107
2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2023

A high school teammate and close friend of Jordan Groshans (who took less money so the Jays could sign both players), Kloffenstein is still raw but he has the makings of an innings-eating, mid-rotation hurler. Standing 6-foot-5 and weighing in at 250 pounds at the age of 19, Kloffenstein shows the makings of four above-average offerings. His fastball sits in the low 90s but can hit the 95-96 mph range. As he matures as a pitcher, he should be able to maintain those speeds — and perhaps surpass them — more consistently.

 

9. Anthony Kay, LHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 155
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Another player acquired in the Marcus Stroman deal, Kay is a near-MLB-ready arm that projects as a solid No. 4 starter. He has a chance for three average-or-better offerings with both his heater and breaking ball showing above-average spin rates. His control is inconsistent at times but should eventually be average or better. Kay isn’t the biggest pitcher and has had some injury concerns in the past so consistently providing 200 innings could be a challenge.

 

10. Miguel Hiraldo, SS/3B

2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2023

A third promising young shortstop in the Top 10, Hiraldo is the least likely of the trio to stick at shortstop. He has a mature frame and will need to keep on top of his conditioning as he moves up the organizational ladder. A career .300 hitter over two short seasons, Hiraldo is an aggressive hitter but he makes good contact for someone with his raw power. He went deep just seven times in 2019 but he also slugged 20 doubles in 57 games and he routinely produces hard line drives with his quick bat.



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Atlanta Braves: Top 10 Dynasty Prospects

The Atlanta Braves will be our next stop on the farm to evaluate the best prospects on each MLB team. Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that Minor League systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff, meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We will also see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, while players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. We’re looking at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Quick Synopsis

The Braves system doesn’t necessarily feature a sure-fire superstar-in-the-making but it has some depth to it and the Top 10 list has potentially-impactful players both in the field and on the mound.

1. Cristian Pache, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 26
2020 Prospect Rank: 34
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Pache is interesting. He has a ton of real-world value with his plus defensive skills but his hitting is just starting to catch up. Consistently one of the youngest players in every league he’s played in, the 21-year-old spent 2019 mostly in Double-A but also reached Triple-A for 26 games later in the year. He’s produced excellent line-drive numbers each of the past two years which hints at the power to come but — even with a jump in homers year-over-year from zero to nine to 12) — he hits too many balls on the ground. Outside of a 29-game stretch in A-ball in 2018, Pache has never hit for an average below .274 at any minor league stop. I expected a big breakout from this young player in 2020 but it’s impossible to know how the 2020 shortened season will impact him.

2. Ian Anderson, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 29
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

The 22-year-old Anderson is another player that’s been consistently challenged in this organization. The young pitcher has a chance to reach the Majors with three above-average offerings, including a fastball that works in the mid-90s. Playing in both Double-A and Triple-A in 2019, Anderson struck out 172 batters in just 135.2 innings, which is impressive considering both his command and control are still very much inconsistent. He has a shot at developing into a No. 2 starter but a mid-rotation projection is much more attainable at this point.

3. Drew Waters, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 31
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Waters has the raw tools to eventually surpass Cristian Pache as the better hitter. But as it stands right now, this 21-year-old outfielder has a very rudimentary approach at the plate, which led to an ugly BB-K rate of 39-164 in 134 games split between Double-A and Triple-A in 2019. He’s a player that probably would have benefitted from a more patient approach rather than rushing him through the minors. Although he hit just seven homers last year, Waters’ raw power is evident by his 40 doubles and line-drive rate, which was north of 25%. He also has the speed to nab 20 bases or more in a full season.

4. Kyle Wright, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 49
2020 Prospect Rank: 28
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

I’m a huge fan of Wright and Braves fans didn’t get to see the young hurler’s full potential in 2019. The constant movement between Triple-A and the Majors — often without a consistent pitching schedule — played havoc with the right-hander in the first half of the year. He was excellent in the second half of the season when he was kept on a regular schedule. Like Ian Anderson above, Wright has the skill to be a mid-rotation starter — possibly more — but he needs to show improved command and control. In his final nine starts in Triple-A, he posted a K-BB rate of 62-17 in 54.1 innings. If the command controls, he could have four above-average pitches.

5. Kyle Muller, LHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 117
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Muller is a hard-throwing left-hander that can reach the 95-97 mph range with his heater. He backs it up with a strong curveball but lacks a reliable third offering. Big and strong, this young pitcher stands 6-foot-7 and weighs in at 250 pounds so he’s built to provide tons of innings if he has a deep enough repertoire — and consistent enough control — to stick in the starting rotation. If not, Muller’s top two offerings could make him an intriguing option as a high-leverage reliever.

6. Bryse Wilson, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 158
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Wilson is an advanced arm despite being 22-year-olds. He has excellent control and walked just 26 batters in 121 innings at Triple-A in 2019 but he lacks a reliable strikeout offering. His fastball can hit the mid-90s and his best secondary offering is his changeup. And while he doesn’t rack up a ton of strikeouts, Wilson can induce an above-average number of ground balls. If he sticks in the starting rotation, his ceiling is likely a No. 4 starter.

7. Tucker Davidson, LHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 161
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Davidson is a lefty that can dial his heater up into the 96-97 mph range. His secondary stuff can be inconsistent but the curveball flashes above-average and his changeup has a chance to be an average offering. Davidson misses enough bats and induces enough ground balls to project as a possible No. 4 starter. If he can find a little more consistency with his command/control and with his secondary offerings, he has a chance to be even better.

8. Braden Shewmake, SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank:  224
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Shewmake was selected in the second round of the 2019 draft out of college and performed very well in A-ball before being bumped up to Double-A for 14 games at the end of the year. A tall player at 6-foot-4, Shewmake nonetheless makes consistent contact. He has room to add additional muscle to his frame, which could help him hit more home runs as he matures. The young infielder stole 11 bases in his pro debut but he’s more of a smart base runner than a speedster.

9. Shea Langeliers, C

2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Langeliers would be rated higher if we were talking about real-world prospects rather than fantasy players. He’s an exceptionally talented defensive catcher which of course has little to no value in fantasy baseball. On the offensive side of things, Langeliers has the raw power to perhaps hit 15-20 home runs down the line.

10. William Contreras, C

2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Contreras has shown flashes of developing into a solid offensive-minded catcher but he lacks consistency. The young backstop is also too aggressive at the plate and swings at too many pitcher’s pitches rather than waiting back for a good pitch to drive. He’s shown respectable raw power and has 15+ home run potential but still hits too many balls on the ground.



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Miami Marlins: Top 10 Dynasty Prospects

The Miami Marlins will be our next stop on the farm to evaluate the best prospects on each MLB team. Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that Minor League systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We will also see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, while players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. We're looking at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Quick Synopsis

The Marlins system has some very intriguing prospects but it also has one of the largest collections of boom-or-bust prospects around — with both the pitchers and the hitters.

 

1. Sixto Sanchez, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 24
2020 Prospect Rank: 31
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Sanchez shows three above-average offerings, including a heater that can tickle triple digits. He’s also shown above-average control and the ability to induce a high number of ground ball outs. The downside to Sanchez is that he’s a short right-handed pitcher who has surpassed 100 innings just once in his career and has a history of elbow issues. The durability concerns are real and I’m not sure Sanchez will consistently throw enough innings to be a true top-shelf starter but the skill is there.

2. J.J. Bleday, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 32
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Bleday was a very good hitting college outfielder whose power exploded in his final season and led to an almost $7 million dollar payday as the fourth overall pick in the 2019 draft. The young hitter has sacrificed some of his contact skill to produce the extra power and has some increased swing-and-miss to his game. It will be interesting to see if the Marlins, a modest development system, can help Bleday balance the two abilities and find a little more of his hitting ability while maintaining the 20-30 home run power potential.

3. Jazz Chisholm, SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 70
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2021

The Marlins made a curious decision in sending promising young MLB pitcher Zac Gallen (with six years of control) to Arizona for the toolsy Chisholm. This young shortstop has power to spare and could one day hit 30 home runs in the Majors but he also has significant swing-and-miss to his game and a high bust rate. If the Marlins can convince Chisholm to stop swinging from his heels and employ a more patient approach, they could have a 20-20 (HR-SB) or better player with strong defensive skills at shortstop.

4. Edward Cabrera, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank:  85
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

A big, strong pitcher, Cabrera has the makings of three average-or-better offerings including a fastball that can hit triple digits. He’s also shown the ability to induce a healthy number of ground balls which helps him keep the ball in the park. Cabrera’s control is currently ahead of his command but there is no reason why it can’t develop into an average or better skill. Although he has a big, strong frame, he has only thrown 100 innings once so he has yet to prove his durability.

5. Braxton Garrett, LHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank:  95
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

The seventh-overall selection in the 2016 draft, Garrett had thrown just 15.1 pro innings prior to 2019 thanks to Tommy John surgery. Back on the fast track, the 22-year-old hurler flashes three above-average offerings and the ability to induce a high number of ground-ball outs. Garrett’s command and control were understandably inconsistent in his return so that’s something to watch. It’s also curious that the Marlins let Garrett throw more than 100 innings after the long layoff.

6. Trevor Rogers, LHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 108
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Rogers had a promising 2019 season that saw the young hurler reach Double-A at the age of 21. He has a solid fastball-changeup combo and his recently-added cutter shows potential as a third offering. Rogers is big and strong but his fastball works more in the 93-94 mph range so he’s not a fireballer. He shows above-average control for his age. Rogers looks like a reliable No. 4 starter who can chew up innings.

7. Jesus Sanchez, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 118
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

The Marlins bought low on Sanchez during a 2019 trade with the Rays. The 22-year-old outfielder spent most of 2019 in Double-A but reached Triple-A towards the end of the year. He’s a natural hitter with the ability to barrel the ball with ease and has hit more than .300 on multiple occasions but he’s also too aggressive at times. He hits too many balls on the ground and needs to make tweaks to his swing to induce more fly balls as he has just average speed but lots of raw power looking to be unlocked.

8. Monte Harrison, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 164
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

As we’ve seen with Jazz Chisholm above, the Marlins love their toolsy offensive prospects. Harrison is another player with 20-20 (HR-SB) potential but he’s also shown a rudimentary approach at the plate which leads to massive swing-and-miss numbers. Harrison was less aggressive in 2019 and showed some improvements as a hitter but then he got hurt. If those changes are here to stay then Harrison may have a future as a big-league regular.

9. Lewin Diaz, 1B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 183
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

A top international target from back in 2013, Diaz struggled to get on track as a professional until 2019. Last year, he was in the midst of a breakout season when the Marlins acquired him for Sergio Romo. The Marlins are clearly buying high on Diaz and believe in the breakout — and the Twins will no doubt hope they don’t have another David Ortiz situation on their hands. Diaz slugged 27 home runs in 2019 over three levels and two organizations, and the power is legit. He’s struggled with his focus in the past and gets too aggressive. If he has truly mastered those issues, he has everyday potential as a slugging first baseman.

10. Kameron Misner, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank:  205
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Misner is another boom-or-bust player in the Marlins system that’s loaded with tools. But he just hasn’t been able to consistently tap into his potential — in college or during his brief pro career. He has some of the best raw power in the system but it has yet to show consistently in games. He’s also struck out quite a bit in his junior year of college although it was a respectable 22% in A-ball. He also has surprising speed for his size and could steal 15+ bases before slowing down.

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New York Yankees: Top 10 Dynasty Prospects

The New York Yankees will be our next stop on the farm to evaluate the best prospects on each MLB team. Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that Minor League systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We will also see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, while players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. We're looking at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Quick Synopsis

The Yankees system is all about the arms. The team has a knack for finding hard-throwing arms on the international market. Oh, and they have that offensive beast Jasson Dominguez, too. In total, seven of the club’s Top 10 prospects were found on the international market.

 

1. Jasson Dominguez, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank:  37
2020 LEVEL: SS-A
MLB ETA: 2024

He hasn’t even played a professional game yet but the hype train is already working overtime on Dominguez so keep that in mind when investing in him. He has the potential to be a five-tool player with some tossing around Mike Trout comparisons for Dominguez’ potential to be a 30-30 player. Or he could top out in A-ball. The wiped out minor league season will likely hurt many of these lower-level prospects.

2. Deivi Garcia, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 78
2020 Prospect Rank: 29
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

After playing at three levels in 2019, Garcia is nearly ready for the Majors at the age of 21. He has a chance to have three above-average offerings, including a heater that tickles 96-97 mph. The things to watch with Garcia are his inconsistent control as well as his lack of size, which could impact his durability as a starter. MLB history is lacking in power-pitchers with 5-foot-9, 165 pound frames.

3. Clarke Schmidt, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank:  97
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Schmidt was snagged by the Yankees 15th overall in the 2017 draft out of college but required patience as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. The wait was worth it, though, and he came back showing three above-average offerings and a fastball that was back up touching 95-97 mph. He produced an impressive K-BB of 102-28 in 90.2 innings while inducing a ton of ground-ball outs. The biggest concern with Schmidt is the durability. He’s on the smallish side for a pitcher, has Tommy John in his past, and missed time last year with elbow soreness.

4. Luis Gil, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 120
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

A young, power arm, Gil was stolen from the Twins system in a relatively minor trade a couple of years ago. Gil can tickle triple digits with his heater and backs it up with a high-spin-rate slider. The downside on this young arm is that he lacks a reliable third offering and struggles with both his command and control. Gil needs to learn to take a little bit off his stuff at times and focus more on changing speeds while developing a change-of-pace offering to stick as a starter.

5. Albert Abreu, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 160
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Abreu has the makings of a frontline starter with three pitches that flash above-average potential. He can work in the upper 90s with his fastball. But he also really struggles to find the plate on a consistent basis, which leads to high walk totals and more hits than you like to see. Because he has a chance for three above-average offerings, the Yankees will likely stick with him as a starter for a while longer but he could also thrive in shorter stints as a high-leverage reliever.

6. Roansy Contreras, RHP

2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

I like Contreras more than the consensus because he has a nice delivery, good control and shows the makings of at least three average offerings. He has less risk than some of the arms ahead of him but also a lower ceiling. He could develop into a reliable No. 4 starter. He can hit the mid-90s with his heater and shows a very good changeup but he needs to improve his breaking ball and sharpen his command. It would also be nice if Contreras could find a way to induce more ground balls which would be the real trick to reaching his ceiling. He has a lot of intangibles that young pitchers lack and is also in a system that’s very good at developing young players.

7. Alexander Vizcaino, RHP

2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Vizcaino has the potential to develop into a mid-rotation starter given his raw stuff but I think we’ll see him end up as a high-leverage arm out of the bullpen. He can hit triple digits on the radar gun and backs it up with a plus splitter-like changeup. His slider is OK but it more of a “different look” offering than a swing-and-miss weapon. When he’s on, Vizcaino can induce a lot of ground balls.

8. Anthony Volpe, SS

2020 LEVEL: SS-A
MLB ETA: 2023

I was a big fan of Volpe heading into the 2019 draft although most draft analysts had him ranked as more of a second or third round talent. The Yankees agreed with my assessment and nabbed him near the back of the first round and ponied up almost $3 million to keep him away from Vanderbilt University. He doesn’t have a ton of present power, but Volpe shows an advanced bat for his age and backs it up with above-average speed. The instincts and feel for the game are there so if he has the maturity to handle the professional environment, he could really move quickly for a teenaged prospect.

9. Oswald Peraza, SS

2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2022

As with a lot of the Yankees’ prospects, you have to dream a little bit with Peraza. He shows an advanced feel for the bat for his age (19) and he also has above-average speed which could lead to 20+ stolen bases at the MLB level. But this young shortstop also needs to get stronger so he can better impact the ball as he moves up to face stronger pitching. If he can sting the ball more consistently, he could develop into an everyday player with above-average defense at shortstop.

10. Josh Smith, SS/2B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 242
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

The Yankees’ second-round pick in 2019, Smith showed a strong all-around game in his pro debut with a strong on-base presence (.450 on-base percentage in 33 games) and good speed (17 steals). Smith isn’t the most toolsy player but he’s a smart player with good instincts who looks like a future offensive-minded second baseman with the ability to hit 15+ home runs and steal 20 bases while showing well in on-base leagues.

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New York Mets: Top 10 Dynasty Prospects

The New York Mets will be our next stop on the farm to evaluate the best prospects on each MLB team. Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that Minor League systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We will also see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, while players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. We're looking at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Quick Synopsis

The Mets system lacks overall depth but it has a solid Top 10 list with lots of raw potential.

1. Ronny Mauricio, SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 36
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Mauricio’s results have to be taken with a grain of salt given how young he was (18) while playing in a league with an average age of 21. He’s too aggressive for his own good but he has the makings of a good hitter and his frame hints at future 20+ power once he makes adjustments to hit more fly balls. He has the skill to be a long-term shortstop.

2. Matthew Allan, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 91
2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2023

I was a huge fan of Allan in the 2019 draft and considered him the best prep arm available. The Mets did a great job freeing up money to nab him for $2.5 million in the third round. He’s an advanced arm despite his age, with size, power, and a promising breaking ball. There is No. 2/3 starter potential here, possibly more.

3. Francisco Alvarez, C

Dynasty Prospect Rank:  124
2020 LEVEL: SS-A
MLB ETA: 2023

Alvarez is advanced with the bat for his age and was one of the better hitters in Rookie ball last year despite being just 17 years old. He shows an ability to hit for average while also flashing plus raw power. Defensively, he has the skill to be an above-average defender but — listed at 5-foot-11 and 220 pounds — Alvarez is already starting to thicken up and will need to watch his conditioning as he moves forward. Losing athleticism could hurt both his defense and his offense.

4. Brett Baty, 3B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 126
2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2023

Baty has promise as a power-hitting third baseman. The Mets’ 2019 first-round pick, he was one of the oldest high school picks at 19, which comes with a little risk, but he had a respectable pro debut while being pushed aggressively through three levels. Baty showed off his power potential by going deep seven times in 51 games but he also struck out 65 times. He offset the strikeouts with a healthy dose of walks.

5. Thomas Szapucki, LHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 173
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Szapucki has the stuff to be a big league fourth starter but injuries have plagued him throughout his career. The 61.2 innings in 2019 were a career-high in a five-year pro career. He can fire his heater up into the mid-90s and he has a plus curveball but the lost development time has hurt his development of a third offering. If Szapucki cannot stay healthy and/or develop a third reliable offering, he could end up as a multi-inning reliever.

6. Andres Gimenez, SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank:  208
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2021

The Mets love to aggressively push their top prospects through the minors so their statistics can often be misleading. Gimenez, for example, spent all of 2019 in Double-A at the age of 20 — four years below the league average. He had a modest offensive season but improved as the year went on. He was then the batting leader in the Arizona Fall League. Gimenez likely won’t develop into a power hitter but he uses the whole field and showed increased pop in 2019 with nine home runs. He could eventually get up into the 15+ homer range with 20+ stolen bases. He’s a plus defender at shortstop.

7. Mark Vientos, 3B

2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

I was a big fan of Vientos in his draft season but his approach fell apart in his first taste of full-season ball after two seasons in Rookie ball. Vientos is a streaky hitter but he also just turned 20 in December and has a larger frame with long arms so he’ll need patience with his development. There will always be swing-and-miss to his game but he has some of the best raw power in the system with 30-homer potential if he can iron out the wrinkles to his game and learn to be more patient.

8. David Peterson, LHP

2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

The 20th overall selection in the 2017 draft, Peterson was more of a high-floor, lower-ceiling college arm. He has above-average control but he’s too hittable at times because his command is inconsistent and he lacks a true wipeout offering although the slider shows flashes of potential. Peterson is more of a No. 4 starter with the ability to provide innings and force a lot of weak contact on the ground when he’s on.

9. Josh Wolf, RHP

2020 LEVEL: SS-A
MLB ETA: 2023

A prospect who didn’t really see his draft value spike until his senior year of high school, Wolf has a slight frame but he can now dial his heater up in the 95-97 mph range. He backs it up with a potentially-plus curveball and modest changeup. Wolf’s ranking is cautious for now given the lack of a third reliable offering, modest track record, and concerns about his durability.

10. Kevin Smith, LHP

2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Smith won’t wow anyone with his stuff — including fringy velocity — but he has impressive size, above-average control, deception, and a chance for three average-ish offerings that could play up for the previously mentioned reasons. His ceiling is a No. 4/5 starter but he could provide some innings back there.

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Tampa Bay Rays: Top 12 Dynasty Prospects

The Tampa Bay Rays will be our next stop on the farm to evaluate the best prospects on each MLB team. Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that Minor League systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We will also see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, while players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. We're looking at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Quick Synopsis

It’s no secret that the Rays have one of the best systems in Major League Baseball and I wouldn’t be shocked to see Wander Franco make an appearance in the Majors in 2020 if the club is in the playoff hunt.

1. Wander Franco, SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 1
2020 Prospect Rank: 41
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2020

Franco has a chance to be better than Vladimir Guerrero Jr. or Fernando Tatis Jr. The young Rays prospect has a great feel for the bat and rarely abandons his game plan. Just 18-years-old last season, he had no issues with either A-ball levels and would have opened 2020 in Double-A at the age of 19. Last season, he posted a BB-K of 56-35 with 18 stolen bases. His raw power hasn’t yet developed into in-game pop but he has the bat speed and skill to eventually top 20 home runs while hitting well above .300 with excellent on-base rates.

2. Brendan McKay, LHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 7
2020 Prospect Rank: 3
2020 LEVEL: MLB
MLB ETA: 2020

McKay is still getting better as a pitcher after having a split focus as a two-way player throughout college and into the early stages of his pro career. He may still occasionally pick up the bat but his future if clearly on the mound as a potential No. 2 starter. McKay has four average-or-better offerings and his strong command/control helps them play up. With additional pitching focus and a strong development system aiding him, I expect his secondary stuff to get even better.

3. Vidal Brujan, 2B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 47
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2020

Brujan made easy work of the lower minors but hit a bit of a wall during the second half of the 2019 season when he was promoted to Double-A. A gifted hitter with the ability to make consistent contact, Brujan also has blazing speed but he needs to get stronger as he zeroes in on the Majors. He’s stolen more than 100 bases over the past two seasons and could be a really valuable fantasy contributor if he reaches his ceiling as a player that can hit .300 and steal 40 bases.

4. Shane McClanahan, LHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 50
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2020

I’ve been a fan of McClanahan since his junior year in college and saw him as a mid-first-round talent. The Rays got him with the 31st pick of the draft and things really started to click for him in 2019 when he played at three levels and topped out in Double-A. The lefty has a blazing fastball and good slider but his lack of consistent control has held him back at times. He walked 31 batters in 53 innings in Low-A ball in 2019 but then found a groove and issued just 14 free passes in the next 67.2 innings. In total, he ended up with a K-BB of 154-45 in 120.2 innings.

5. Shane Baz, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 68
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Like McClanahan above, Baz has an excellent fastball-slider mix but he too can struggle with inconsistent command/control. The right-hander also has yet to prove his durability by passing the 100-inning mark in pro ball. In his third pro season in 2019, he pitched a career-high 81.1 innings. If Baz can iron out a third offering and throw strikes consistently, he has a chance to be a No. 2/3 starter.

6. Xavier Edwards, 2B/SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank:  88
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2021

Edwards is a similar prospect to Vidal Brujan as a speedy player who’s shown the ability to hit for a strong average. Acquired from the Padres during the offseason, he hasn’t been quite the prolific base runner that Brujan has been but Edwards is a little more physically mature. If he keeps developing on this same trajectory, he has a chance to hit .300 with gap pop and 30+ steals.

7. Joshua Lowe, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 90
2020 Prospect Rank: 44
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

I’m a big fan of Lowe, a former first-round pick who’s taken longer than expected to develop. Things started clicking in 2019 and now looks like Kyle Tucker-lite (for a much lower price). Lowe will likely always have swing-and-miss to his game but finally tapped into his raw power and could eventually develop into a 20-20 (HR-SB) player with strong center-field defense. He also walked 59 times in 121 games and could see a value boost in on-base leagues if this trend continues.

8. Joe Ryan, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 122
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

A 2018 seventh-round draft pick, Ryan burst onto the scene during his first taste of full-season ball in 2019 by pitching at three levels and finishing the year with a combined 1.96 ERA and a K-BB of 183-27 in 123.2 innings. The young hurler has outstanding control and an excellent fastball but he’s mostly a one-pitch pitcher right now that needs to round out his repertoire to truly realize his full potential as a starter.

9. Ronaldo Hernandez, C

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 140
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Hernandez had a string of three strong offensive seasons — including hitting 21 home runs in 2018 — before hitting a wall in High-A ball in 2019. I think he may have been playing hurt so I have hope that he’ll rebound although his aggressive nature could prevent him from reaching his full potential.

10. Randy Arozarena, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 165
2020 Prospect Rank: 50
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

The jury is out on Arozarena’s ceiling — Is he a really good fourth outfield or an average regular? — but he had an intriguing 2019 season with improved pop while hitting .344. He’s a player that doesn’t have one major standout tool but he does a little bit of everything well.

11. Greg Jones, SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 172
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Jones was selected 22nd overall on the strength of his raw athleticism and game-changing speed. The downside to Jones is that his bat is not as advanced as you’d like to see from a college product. With that said, he did hit .335 in 48 games during his pro debut (albeit with a 22-56 BB-K) so perhaps the Rays' development magic is already working on him.

12. Brent Honeywell Jr., RHP

2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Honeywell just can’t stay healthy and news came down in May that he once again went under the knife, which further clouds his future. After a strong showing at Triple-A in 2017, the right-hander has now had Tommy John surgery, a fractured elbow, and nerve decompression surgery. It's hard to know if he'll ever be able to come back and pitch again.

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Philadelphia Phillies: Top 10 Dynasty Prospects

The Philadelphia Phillies will be our next stop on the farm to evaluate the best prospects on each MLB team. Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that Minor League systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff, meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We will also see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, while players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. We’re looking at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Quick Synopsis

The Phillies system has some star talent at the top of the chart, but things fall off quickly from there.

1. Alec Bohm, 3B/1B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 15
2020 Prospect Rank: 20
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2020

Bohm exploded in his first full pro season and played at three levels, topping out in Double-A. He slugged 21 home runs in total over 125 games and could eventually show 30-homer pop in the Majors. Bohm also makes surprisingly-consistent contact for such a tall, power-hitting player. His willingness to take a walk adds value in on-base leagues.

2. Spencer Howard, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank:  40
2020 Prospect Rank: 40
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Howard has a chance to be a frontline starter — if he can prove to be durable enough. The hard-throwing right-hander missed time in 2019 with a shoulder issue — a year after throwing more than 100 innings for the first time. Howard’s stuff is nasty with a mid-to-upper-90s fastball and three above-average secondaries.

3. Adonis Medina, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank:  114
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

This is where the system drops off. Medina is a fine prospect, but he might have more value in the bullpen than the starting rotation. He has mid-90s heat, but the fastball is not overly effective as a swing-and-miss offering. But he does generate a lot of ground-ball outs. He backs up the heater with a very good changeup and a slider that flashes average. If he sticks in the starting rotation, he’s more of a No. 4 guy with a chance to inch up a bit if he can develop a consistent weapon that elicits more empty swings.

4. Bryson Stott, SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 199
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

I personally saw Stott as more of a back-of-the-first-round talent in the 2019 draft, but the Phillies weren’t listening, and they nabbed him 14th overall. Credit where credit’s due, he had a nice debut in short-season ball by hitting .295 with a 24-39 BB-K rate in 48 games. He’s a little bit stiff with his actions, and I see a player who’s going to plateau in the upper levels of the minors and be more of an average-ish regular than a star. He’s probably not going to stick at shortstop, and a move to third base will put real pressure on his ability to hit for significant power.

5. Francisco Morales, RHP

2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Morales is the biggest sleeper in the system. He has a chance to develop into an absolute beast. His fastball can touch 97-98 mph, and Morales backs it up with a wipeout slider. To realize his full potential, he’ll need to improve his changeup, and sharpen his command/control. If things don’t pan out as a starter, Morales has high-leverage potential as a reliever.

6. Rafael Marchan, C

2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Known more for his defensive prowess, Marchan’s bat started to show additional promise in 2019. He makes excellent contact and produced a BB-K of 30-39 in 85 games. Along with that, the 5-foot-9 hitter (who has never hit a pro home run) started to show some extra-base pop with 20 of his 82 hits going for two-baggers. Offensive expectations are low for catchers, and Marchan should get a chance to play every day due to his defensive abilities. If he can keep the strikeouts low, grab some walks and continue to get stronger and hit a bunch of doubles, there is some intrigue here.

7. Luis Garcia, SS

2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2021

Not to be confused with the Washington Nationals’ middle infielder prospect of the same name, Garcia was given $2.5 million to sign and had an outstanding pro debut in 2018 in Rookie ball. The Phillies then pushed him too aggressively with an assignment to full-season ball in 2019, where he fell on his face and hit just .186 with a BB-K of 44-132 in 127 games. An extra three months in extended spring training facing breaking balls would have done wonders for his development, and the pandemic layoff likely did him no favors. Garcia has the raw tools and intriguing athleticism to rebound, but it will be a steep hill to climb.

8. Erik Miller, LHP

2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

I liked Miller in the 2019 draft and would have considered him in the supplemental first or second round, so getting him in the fourth was excellent value for the Phillies. Big and strong, this lefty has a chance to be a No. 3/4 starter if everything clicks just right (improved command/control, fastball velocity bounces back). If not, he could see his fastball/slider mix play up as a high-leverage reliever. Miller can touch 96-97 mph with his heater, but it loses clicks quickly as a starter.

9. Simon Muzziotti, OF

2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Muzziotti is a speedy player who needs to find a way to get on base more consistently. He doesn’t walk as much as you’d like to see from someone whose best offensive weapon is his legs. Along with being too aggressive, Muzziotti doesn’t have much pop in his bat, so big-league pitchers likely won’t be afraid to challenge him, which could lead to weak contact early in the count unless he gets stronger. Still, there is 20+ stolen base potential here if he plays every day due to his strong defense in center field.

10. Mickey Moniak, OF

2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

A former first-overall draft selection, Moniak will never live up to the original hype and, more likely than not, will end up as a big-league fourth outfielder or fringe-regular — kind of a Kevin Pillar type without the highlight catches. Moniak doesn’t appear to have much of a game plan at the plate and hacks at less-than-ideal offerings too much. On the plus side, he’s added some pop so he could perhaps hit 15 home runs with 15-20 steals at maturity.

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Baltimore Orioles: Top 10 Dynasty Prospects

The Baltimore Orioles will be our next stop on the farm to evaluate the best prospects on each MLB team. Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that Minor League systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We will also see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, while players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. We're looking at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Quick Synopsis

The Orioles system has a couple of impact prospects at the top but falls off quickly after that and lacks overall depth. The club hasn't done enough in the last two drafts to maximize its standing at the top of the draft. Years of ignoring the international market have also had a noticeable, negative impact.

 

1. Adley Rutschman, C

Dynasty Prospect Rank:  35
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

The first overall selection of the 2019 draft, Rutschman easily became the best prospect in a very weak system — as well as one of the top prospects in the game. However, developing a plus-hitting catcher is no easy task as Orioles fans know from watching Matt Wieters — once considered a generational talent — develop into good MLB player who was hardly the superstar many were expecting. Rutschman has shown the talent to hit for both power and average while playing excellent defense behind the dish. His leadership skills and reportedly strong makeup should help him succeed as he moves up the ladder.

2. Grayson Rodriguez, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 39
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

At 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, the 20-year-old Rodriguez is a beast on the mound. He can dial his heater up into the 95-97 mph range while backing it up with two pitches that possess above-average potential. He’s also shown solid command/control for his size and age. He has top-of-the-rotation potential and is vastly underrated.

3. DL Hall, LHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 71
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Hall has mid-90s heat from the left side and backs it up with two pitches that both have a chance to be better-than-average. His control, though, is currently below average — he actually allowed more free passes than hits in 2019. After showing the ability to induce ground balls at an above-average rate in his first two pro seasons, Hall developed into an extreme fly-ball pitcher in 2019. I’m worried about how the long layoff in 2020 will impact this prospect.

4. Ryan Mountcastle, 1B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 110
2020 Prospect Rank: 13
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 202

I’m not the biggest fan of Mountcastle. He has 20+ home run potential and has shown flashes of putting it all together but he has a very aggressive approach at the plate that might not work against big league pitchers. His walk rate at just above 4% at Triple-A in 2019 was well below average and he doesn’t work himself into favorable hitting counts consistently enough. Still, his 29% line-drive rate last year is intriguing.

5. Austin Hays, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 139
2020 Prospect Rank: 26
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Hays has shown flashes of potential over the past two years but has yet to put it all together. He’s shown 20+ home run pop but injuries have kept him from playing full seasons over the past two years. Hays has some swing-and-miss to his game, which could impact his overall ceiling, and the missed development time has not helped. He needs a healthy season to show what he’s fully capable of.

6. Yusniel Diaz, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 169
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Diaz has intriguing raw skill but he’s struggled to reach his full potential on the baseball diamond. The move from an outstanding development system (Dodgers) to a modest one (Orioles) also hasn’t helped. A likely corner outfielder in the Majors, Diaz hasn’t shown the in-game power necessary to develop into an impact, everyday player.

7. Gunnar Henderson, SS

2020 LEVEL: SS-A
MLB ETA: 2023

Henderson is an intriguing young player who was an excellent get with the 42nd overall pick in the 2019 draft (I saw him as a late first or supplemental-first round talent). He has good size and plus-power potential as he continues to mature. He may not stick at shortstop long term and could move to third base.

8. Michael Baumann, RHP

2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Baumann is a prospect who’s on the rise after a solid 2019 season that saw him split the year between High-A and Double-A. He has good size and two above-average offerings, including a fastball that can hit the upper-90s. If he can find more consistency with his command and polish the third offering, he has No. 4 starter potential.

9. Zac Lowther, LHP

2020 LEVEL:  AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Lowther is a big-bodied hurler with the potential to develop into an innings-eating No. 4/5 starter. His modest fastball plays up because he has some deception to his delivery and he backs it up with a solid curveball. Lowther also needs to improve his third offering to help keep big league hitters on their toes.

10. Dean Kremer, RHP

2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

I’ve been a fan of Kremer for a couple of years now but he’ll likely have more of an impact as a reliever than as a starter. He has two pitches with above-average potential as well as above-average control.

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Washington Nationals: Top 10 Dynasty Prospects

The Washington Nationals will be our next stop on the farm to evaluate the best prospects on each MLB team. Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that Minor League systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We will also see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, while players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. We're looking at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Quick Synopsis

The Nationals system clearly favors quality over quantity as it continues to hit on high-ceiling prospects like Juan Soto despite very limited depth.

 

1. Carter Kieboom, 3B/2B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 17
2020 Prospect Rank: 4
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Kieboom is an MLB-ready prospect with a high ceiling. Now the Nationals just have to find a spot for him to play. The young hitter has shown the ability to hit for average, power, and he will also take a walk, which gives him additional value in on-base leagues. He didn’t show overly well in his first taste of the Majors when he spent too much time swinging for the fences but he should settle in as an above-average regular for the Nationals as early as this season.

2. Jackson Rutledge, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank:  119
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Rutledge is a huge pitcher with upper-90s heat and a potentially-plus slider. But he needs to further develop his other secondary offerings. And, like a lot of tall pitchers, he needs time to get his delivery under control, which will improve his command/control. Rutledge has the makings of a frontline starter who can miss bats and induce a high number of ground balls.

3. Luis Garcia, 2B/SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 153
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2021

Like many of the club’s top prospects, Garcia has been moved along quite aggressively and he played in Double-A as a teenager in 2019. He produced modest results, although he improved significantly in the second half of the year. Garcia has a chance to develop into a strong hitter with 15+ home run pop and the potential for double-digit steals. He’s better than his numbers suggest because he’s consistently been one of the youngest hitters in the league.

4. Mason Denaburg, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank:  167
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2023

The Nationals’ first-round selection in 2018, injuries have kept him to just 20 innings in pro ball to date. When he’s healthy, Denaburg shows two potentially-plus offerings in his fastball and curveball but he needs to get back on the mound to polish his third offering. He has the ceiling of a mid-rotation starter.

5. Wil Crowe, RHP

2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

A strong college pitcher who battled injuries as an amateur, Crowe has seen some success in pro ball but has a modest ceiling as a potential No. 4/5 starter. He has a chance to develop into an innings-eater but he lacks a true swing-and-miss offering and needs to find a more reliable breaking ball.

6. Andry Lara, RHP

2020 LEVEL: Rookie
MLB ETA: 2024

One of the better arms available on the 2019 international free agent market, Lara has an excellent pitcher’s frame and a fastball that can already sit in the low-90s. He’s just 17 years old and has a long road ahead of him.

7. Eddy Yean, RHP

2020 LEVEL: SS-A
MLB ETA: 2023

Yean isn’t the biggest pitcher but he has shown explosive stuff with a fastball that can hit 95-97 mph. He backs that up with a good slider and developing changeup. Like most hard-throwing, teenaged prospects, Yean needs to improve his command/control.

8. Tim Cate, LHP

2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Cate is a smallish left-hander with a big-time curveball. Unfortunately, the rest of his repertoire is average-to-fringe-average. Despite his lack of premium height, Cate also induces a well-above-average number of ground-ball outs. If he can continue to do that against better hitters, Cate could stick as a No. 4/5 starter. More likely, he’ll end up as more of a middle reliever.

9. Drew Mendoza, 1B

2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2023

A solid college player, Mendoza has lots of raw power but he doesn’t tap into it consistently. He also has significant swing-and-miss to his game. But he takes a significant number of walks almost to a detriment as he can become too passive and find himself in too many pitcher's counts.

10. Yasel Antuna, 3B/SS

2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2021

Given almost $4 million to sign, Antuna has struggled with consistency as a pro perhaps because he’s been pushed too aggressively. He also missed most of 2019 due to injuries. The untapped, raw talent nonetheless remains intriguing.

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Boston Red Sox: Top 10 Dynasty Prospects

The Boston Red Sox will be our next stop on the farm to evaluate the best prospects on each MLB team. Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that Minor League systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We will certainly see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, while players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. We're looking at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Quick Synopsis

This is a weak system and the short draft in 2020 did the club no favors. Since scoring Xavier Bogaerts and Rafael Devers, the Sox also haven’t had much luck with the international market.

1. Jeter Downs, SS/2B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 84
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

I’m a big fan of Downs and the Dodgers’ fantastic development system had a year to sprinkle some of its magic on him before he headed to the Red Sox in last winter’s blockbuster Mookie Betts deal. Likely more of a second baseman, he should hit for a solid average and provide at least 15 home runs. Downs has stolen more than 60 bases over the past two seasons but he’s more of a smart base runner than a true speedster so the MLB stolen base totals will likely be more 12-15 per year before he slows down. His willingness to take a walk gives him a boost in on-base leagues.

2. Triston Casas, 1B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 154
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Casas has a chance to be a special player if he continues to develop on his current trajectory. The hulking, young athlete has plus raw power and a solid approach at the plate for such a young slugger. He has significant opposite-field power and isn’t afraid to go the other way. Like Jeter Downs above, Casas is another Red Sox prospect that will take a healthy number of free passes. The Red Sox organization has dabbled with trying to get more value out of him on the defensive side of his game by having him play some third base but he’s a long-term first baseman due to his size and lack of quickness.

3. Gilberto Jimenez, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank:  162
2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2023

I knocked Boston above for not doing very well on the international market in recent years but Jimenez could be a good news story in a few years — and they paid him just $10,000 to sign. He’ll likely never develop into a power-hitting prospect but he’s a strong athlete with blazing speed. Jimenez could steal 30-40 bases on his prime, hit .280, and score a whack of runs while playing premium defense. But he also needs to get stronger to realize his full potential.

4. Bryan Mata, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 174
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

I’m not the biggest Mata fan around but he has a chance to play a key role in Boston in the future. The right-hander will need to watch his weight and conditioning if he has any hope of sticking as a starter and reaching his ceiling as a mid-rotation starter. He has a blazing fastball and a promising slider but his command and control are both inconsistent. For me, he has the makings of an excellent closer if he can tighten up the command/control but the Sox will likely continue to deploy him as a starter for the foreseeable future.

5. Bobby Dalbec, 3B/1B

Dynasty Prospect Rank:  187
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Dalbec isn’t much of a hitter (future .220-.240 MLB batting average) but he is loaded with power and will take a walk so he fits in perfectly to this era of baseball. With that said, he did show some signs of improvement in making contact in 2019 by striking out *just* 25% of the time in Double-A so there is hope that he’s learning that he doesn’t have to let it rip from his heels to send the ball over the fence. Dalbec has a very strong arm and, f he shows the ability to play third base in the Majors, he has additional fantasy value.

6. Jay Groome, LHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 191
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2023

A 2016 first-round pick, Groome has pitched just 66 innings as a pro due to a litany of injuries. At this point, I’d look to maximize my investment by moving him to the bullpen and letting him focus on his two plus offerings in his fastball and curveball, while keeping the innings numbers down in an effort to avoid further injuries.

7. Jarren Duran, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 207
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

A former seventh-round selection, Duran had an excellent first year-and-a-half in pro ball but hit a bit of a wall when he reached the more age-appropriate Double-A ball. He has plus speed but needs to make consistent contact to take full advantage of it — something he didn’t do well in High-A ball when his strikeout rate jumped to 24%. Duran will never be a big home run hitter but he can sting the ball and could eventually produce solid extra-base power with 20-30 steals.

8. Tanner Houck, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 236
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Houck is another Boston pitcher that potentially profiles better in the bullpen than in the starting rotation. He performed both roles in the minors in 2019 and found more luck as a reliever. He has two good solid pitches as well as the ability to induce above-average ground-ball rates. This former first-round pick’s ceiling may be that of a high-leverage set-up man.

9. Thad Ward, RHP

2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

A former fifth-round pick, Ward has a chance to outperform a number of the organization’s first-round pitching selections. He’s not flashy but he overpowered A-ball hitters with two above-average offerings and solid (but inconsistent) command/control. If Ward’s secondary offerings continue to develop and he further sharpens his command/control then there is No. 4 starter potential here.

10. Matthew Lugo, SS

2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2023

Lugo has a lot of potential as a toolsy, quick-twitch athlete and he was excellent value as a late-second-round selection in 2019. Lugo has a fair bit of untapped value in his bat and shows a solid approach despite his inexperience. He also has 15-20 home run potential and the ability to compile double-digit steal totals.

*Noah Song omitted due to his military commitment.

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San Francisco Giants: Top 10 Dynasty Prospects

The San Francisco Giants will be our next stop on the farm to evaluate the best prospects on each MLB team. Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that Minor League systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We might even see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, while players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. We're looking at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Quick Synopsis

The Giants system has slowly been building up depth over the past few years and now has many more intriguing prospects than it did three to five years ago. It features some promising, high-ceiling talent sprinkled throughout the system with Joey Bart and Heliot Ramos leading the way as the likely first wave to arrive in 2020/21.

1. Marco Luciano, SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 27
2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2023

Luciano’s immense potential was evident in 2019. At the age of 17, he slugged 10 home runs in just 47 games while hitting well above .300. He showed a mature approach for his age with a solid BB-K of 32-45 and the ample number of walks suggests he’ll have additional value in on-base leagues. Luciano has plus raw power and looks like a future middle-of-the-order hitter.

2. Joey Bart, C

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 34
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2020

A gifted hitter, Bart reached Double-A in his first full pro season despite missing significant time with an injury. His power was also on display and he slugged 16 home runs in 79 games. The biggest concern with Bart’s offence is that he has an aggressive approach at times and had a modest BB-K of 21-71, which could lead to issues against better pitching. Still, it’s not common to find catchers with 20+ home run potential.

3. Heliot Ramos, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 51
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

The 19th overall selection of the 2017 draft, Ramos entered pro ball as a very talented but very raw player. He started to figure things out in 2019 and saw his patience improve noticeably — with a walk rate that jumped up by three percent and close double-digits. Unfortunately, his strikeout rate remains very high at more than 28%. He also hits too many balls on the ground for such a strong hitter but he still managed to go deep 16 times.

4. Hunter Bishop, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 54
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

I don’t tend to favor raw college players, which is exactly what the ultra-powerful, ultra-athletic Bishop was when he was drafted. The Giants had no qualms about selecting him 10th overall in 2019 in hopes of receiving a five-tool player. Bishop is a big guy with long arms so his swing gets long and leads to high strikeout rates. But he also has at least 20-20 (HR-SB) potential if he can make enough contact. He also took a ton of walks in his debut, suggesting future on-base-league value. 

5. Mauricio Dubon, 2B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 100
2020 Prospect Rank: 35
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

If given an opportunity to play every day — a big question given the modest veteran second base depth the Giants brought in this spring — Dubon has a chance to surprise some people. He has 20 stolen base potential and showed surprising pop by hitting 24 home runs with the juiced balls in Triple-A and the Majors. He’s also consistently shown the ability to hit for a high average.

6. Sean Hjelle, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank:  137
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Tall pitchers usually take much longer to develop — especially with their control — but Hjelle is a bit of an anomaly. He posted an impressive K-BB of 139-37 in 143.2 innings over three levels. He could develop into more than a No. 4 if he can improve his secondary offerings and develop a more reliable swing-and-miss offering.

7. Seth Corry, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 138
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Corry had an outstanding season but somewhat questionably spent the entire year in Low-A ball. He’s difficult to hit but he also struggles to find the plate — although he significantly improved in this area during the season. He held batters to a .171 batting average and struck out 172 in 122.2 innings. In time, Corry could have three better-than-average offerings.

8. Luis Toribio, 3B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 156
2020 LEVEL: Short-season
MLB ETA: 2023

Toribio opened some eyes during his 2018 debut in the Dominican Summer League when he slugged 10 home runs in 64 games. He didn’t show the same over-the-fence pop when he reached North American in 2019 but he still racked up the doubles and hit close to .300. Toribio has swing and miss to his game but he also takes a ton of walks as witnessed by his BB-K of 45-54 in 51 Rookie ball games. He could be a strong contributor in on-base leagues given his willingness to walk and plus raw power.

9. Will Wilson, SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 216
2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2022

The 15th overall selection in the 2019 draft, I felt Wilson was a massive overdraft by the Angels, who then traded him to the Giants in the winter. He showed some power with metal bats in college but it remains to be seen how well his offense will play in pro ball with an aggressive approach. I see a future .260-.270 hitter with 15-20 home runs if he reaches his ceiling. He’s also a modest defender and will likely spend more time at second base by the time he reaches the Majors.

10. Alexander Canario, OF

2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2023

Canario has some of the best raw power in the Giants system but he struggles to get to it consistently due to his swing-and-miss tendencies. He hit .300 in 2019 but he did it with a .419 BABIP and 32% strikeout rate suggesting he’s in for significant regression without improving in his approach (BB-K of 18-71 in 49 games). He has 30-homer raw power but will struggle to hit .200 with this kind of aggressive approach.

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Seattle Mariners: Top 10 Dynasty Prospects

The Seattle Mariners will be our next stop on the farm to evaluate the best prospects on each MLB team. Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that Minor League systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We might even see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, while players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. We're looking at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Quick Synopsis

The Mariners system has a nice combination of impact prospects and depth. The system also has intriguing prospects littered throughout from top to bottom.

1. Jarred Kelenic, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 5
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Kelenic has quickly developed into one of the best prospects in the game and reached Double-A in 2019 as a 20-year-old. He should be a multi-tool player in the Majors with the ability to hit for average, power, and steal bases. He’s also shown a willingness to take a walk and could eventually become a beast in on-base leagues, too.

2. Julio Rodriguez, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 11
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Early last year, I pointed to Rodriguez as a potential breakout prospect for 2019 and he was on the way to doing just that when he was slowed by injury. Just 19, he reached High-A ball while showing an advanced hitting ability. At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, he should eventually tap into his raw power and produce 20-30 home runs. He's still only scratching the surface of his potential.

3. Logan Gilbert, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 55
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

A top 2018 pick, Gilbert had an excellent first full pro season in 2019 by pitching at three levels and reaching Double-A. Overall, he struck out 165 batters in 135 innings. He has above-average control and a chance for four above-average offerings. There is at least No. 3 starter potential here.

4. Noelvi Marte, SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 69
2020 LEVEL: Rookie
MLB ETA: 2023

Marte dominated the Dominican Summer League as a 17-year-old last year. He should eventually hit for above-average power and has a chance to hit for average, too, although he has some swing-and-miss to his game that could improve with further experience.

5. George Kirby, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 72
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Like Logan Gilbert in 2018, I felt the Mariners got a steal in 2019 with an underrated college arm in Kirby. This right-hander has plus-plus control (25-0 K-BB rate in 23 innings during his pro debut) which helps his low-to-mid-90s fastball play up. He has four pitches and a chance for three of those to develop into above-average offerings.

6. Justin Dunn, LHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 92
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

I’m perhaps a bit lower on Dunn than some. He has two above-average offerings and solid control but his below-average command keeps him from dominating as much as he should. A long layoff like this won’t help him improve in that area. For now, he looks like more of a No. 4 starter but there is further ceiling here if he can make the adjustments.

7. Kyle Lewis, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 94
2020 Prospect Rank: 22
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Considered one of the top college hitters in the 2016 draft, Lewis has been slow to develop due to injury issues and massive swing-and-miss concerns. Those latter concerns remain but his power output exploded once he reached the juiced ball in the Majors with six home runs in 18 games (He skipped over Triple-A). If he can continue to show 30-40 home run pop in this environment, the 180+ strikeouts won’t matter.

8. Evan White, 1B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 103
2020 Prospect Rank: 27
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

The Mariners went all-in on White in 2019 by providing him a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract even though he has yet to play more than four games above Double-A. A former top college hitter, he’s continued to be an above-average hitter in pro ball despite an overly-aggressive approach at times. He did a better job of hitting for power in 2019 after tweaking his approach and swing to hit more fly balls.

9. Justus Sheffield, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 111
2020 Prospect Rank: 46
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Like Justin Dunn above, Sheffield doesn’t dominate as much as he should considering his stuff because he lacks consistent command. He also has less control than his fellow pitcher. He shows three pitches with the potential to be average or better so there is hope he can start but Sheffield might be better off in the bullpen where his lack of consistent command and control could have less of an impact.

10. Jake Fraley, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 197
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Fraley doesn’t have a huge ceiling but he could hit well enough to be an everyday outfielder on a good baseball club. He could stand to be a little more patient but he’s shown the ability to threaten for a 20-20 (HR-SB) season if he continues to have the benefit of the juiced balls.

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Los Angeles Dodgers: Top 10 Dynasty Prospects

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be our next stop on the farm to evaluate the best prospects on each MLB team. Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that Minor League systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We might even see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, while players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. We're looking at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Quick Synopsis

The Dodgers’ stacked system continues to be one of the strongest in the game even with consistent prospect graduations. The system has a lot of upper-level depth ready to impact the Majors — if the club can find room for them.

1. Gavin Lux, SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 4
2020 Prospect Rank: 2
2020 LEVEL: MLB
MLB ETA: 2020

Lux tapped into his raw power in 2019 which allowed him to hit 28 home runs without sacrificing his ability to hit for a high average. He also has the ability to provide double-digit steals and play more than one position, further increasing his value.

2. Dustin May, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 25
2020 Prospect Rank: 15
2020 LEVEL: MLB
MLB ETA: 2020

May isn’t a flame-throwing beast but he can still get his heater up into the mid-to-upper 90s at times and it plays up further because of his ability to command it. May shows at least three above-average offerings and has plus control, too. This package could make him an eventual No. 2/3 starter and he could rack up lots of wins pitching for the Dodgers.

3. Brusdar Graterol, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 61
2020 Prospect Rank: 36
2020 LEVEL: MLB
MLB ETA: 2020

A bit of a divisive prospect, Graterol produced excellent numbers in 2019 while battling health issues. He has the stuff to start but his body continues to let him down, which will likely force him into a full-time relief role. His plus-plus sinking fastball and slider could make him a dominant closer once he takes over for Kenley Jansen. Until then, he’ll likely be a set-up man getting holds and the occasional save.

4. Kody Hoese, 3B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 87
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

One of my favorite college hitters from the 2019 draft, Hoese is currently underrated by most. He had an excellent pro debut and showed the ability to hit while also providing solid pop. Hoese has the ceiling of an average-or-better third baseman with 20+ home run pop and his development will be aided by playing in an excellent player development system.

5. Keibert Ruiz, C

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 101
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

What a difference a year makes. Coming into the 2019 season Ruiz was seen as one of the best catching prospects in baseball and definitely the future catcher in LA. But then he was surpassed by fellow catching prospect Will Smith. Ruiz has spent the past two years in Double-A where he’s become somewhat stagnant. A move up to Triple-A and the juiced balls could finally help him tap into his raw power but there is also a good chance that he'll eventually move on to another organization.

6. Josiah Gray, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 104
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2020

A former two-way player, Gray is still making up for lost time as a pitcher but his excellent athleticism should eventually allow him to exceed expectations and develop into a possible No. 3 starter. He has an excellent fastball and just needs time to hone his slider and flesh out a third reliable offering.

7. Tony Gonsolin, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 123
2020 Prospect Rank: 10
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

I’m one of the biggest Gonsolin fans around and he would be much higher on most teams’ Top 10 list but the Dodgers organization is stacked as is the big league club which could keep him in a relief role. Gonsolin has the makings of four above-average pitches. He generates high spin rates and is incredibly difficult to hit as seen by the .178 batting average that he held big league hitters to during his debut in 2019. He deserves a chance to start but may be stuck in the bullpen for now.

8. Michael Busch, 1B/2B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 186
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Busch hasn’t proven much yet as a pro but he was a very good college hitter who has a chance to hit for average and power as a pro. He’s not a great defensive player but the Dodgers are trying to improve his value by playing him at second base; he’s likely a long-term first baseman or left fielder.

9. Diego Cartaya, C

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 202
2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2023

The Dodgers’ system is rich in catching prospects with Cartaya being the furthest from realizing his full potential. In his first taste of pro-action as a 17-year-old in 2019, he hit .296 in 36 games in North America showing an approach beyond his years. He also has a chance to develop above-average pop.

10. Luis Rodriguez, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 247
2020 LEVEL: Rookie
MLB ETA: 2024

Rodriguez is extremely raw — having yet to play a pro game but he comes with an immense upside. He’s shown an advanced bat and should eventually hit for power while providing double-digit steals.

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Oakland Athletics: Top 10 Dynasty Prospects

The Oakland Athletics will be our next stop on the farm to evaluate the best prospects on each MLB team. Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that Minor League systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We might even see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, while players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. We're looking at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Quick Synopsis

The Oakland Athletics club is the only team in Major League Baseball that can challenge the Chicago White Sox for the most MLB-ready, impact prospects.

1. Jesus Luzardo, LHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 8
2020 Prospect Rank: 5
2020 LEVEL: MLB
MLB ETA: 2020

Luzardo has the makings of a staff ace for the A’s thanks to the potential for better-than-average command/control and four above-average pitches. The big concern with this young lefty is the checkered injury history; he had a serious shoulder injury that went through rehab rather than surgery.

2. A.J. Puk, LHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 21
2020 Prospect Rank: 16
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Puk is in a similar boat as Jesus Luzardo above, as the hard-throwing right-hander comes back from a serious elbow injury. With Tommy John surgery now in the rearview mirror, he should be able to focus on building his durability and stamina back up. Puk is another player that has the potential to develop into a top-of-the-rotation arm with an upper-90s fastball and three above-average offerings.

3. Sean Murphy, C

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 23
2020 Prospect Rank: 11
2020 LEVEL: MLB
MLB ETA: 2020

If not for an injury, Murphy may have hit 30 home runs in 2019. As it was, split between the Majors and minors, he slugged 15 home runs in 61 games. And he’s not just a slugger. Murphy has shown some all-around skill as a hitter, too. He’ll take a walk while keeping the strikeouts to a minimum. He should have no real challengers to the everyday gig in Oakland once baseball starts up again.

4. Sheldon Neuse, 3B/2B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 99
2020 Prospect Rank: 23
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Neuse has been stuck in Triple-A for the past two years and, despite strong offensive numbers, is still not guaranteed a regular gig in Oakland when the pandemic delay is over. He’s a powerful player -- as witnessed by his 27 home runs in 126 Triple-A games last year -- but he struggles with consistency. He racks up the strikeouts and that could eventually lead to a lower-than-ideal batting average. Fortunately, he’s been known to take a walk which helps offset the swing-and-miss. He’s not a great fielder but his versatility could be a significant benefit in fantasy baseball.

5. Jorge Mateo, SS/OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 170
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Mateo looked poised for a big 2019 but he remained relatively stalled with putrid plate discipline (29-145 BB-K rate). There are serious questions about his ability to ever develop into an everyday player because good pitching will eat him alive. Still, his plus speed and raw power remain incredibly intriguing. He’s also shown the ability to play both shortstop and in the outfield, which could be very handy even if he ends up as a part-time or platoon player.

6. Robert Puason, SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 192
2020 LEVEL: Rookie
MLB ETA: 2024

Puason has one of the highest ceilings in the system but he’s also the farthest away — and the lost development time in 2019 did him no favors. Given more than $5 million to sign, he has a chance to develop into a power-hitting shortstop with 20+ stolen base potential.

7. Logan Davidson, SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 226
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

I wasn’t a huge fan of Davidson coming out of college but the A’s took him with a late first-round selection in 2019. He struggles with making consistent contact and there should be a significant amount of swing-and-miss to his game. His value will likely be tied to how much of his raw power he can develop in game situations. On a plus side, he also showed a willingness to take a walk in his pro debut (31 in 54 games), which gives him additional intrigue in on-base leagues.

8. Daulton Jefferies, RHP

2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Jefferies is another A's prospect that's been repeatedly bitten by the injury bug. The 37th overall selection in the 2016 draft, he threw just 20 innings in his first three pro seasons. The loss development time has kept him from working on his breaking ball, which remains below average. Jefferies posted a promising K-BB of 72-7 in 64 Double-A innings. He has the ceiling of a No. 4 starter or a middle reliever.

9. Nick Allen, 2B-SS

2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Allen is a player that has much more real-life value than fantasy value because his great skill comes from the defensive side of his game. At 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds, power will never be a big part of his game. But he’s also a fleet-of-foot athlete who could eventually steal 20+ bases if he develops into an everyday player.

10. Austin Beck, OF

2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

I wasn’t a huge fan of Beck in his draft season but the A’s took him sixth overall because of tantalizing raw power and electric bat speed. He’s struggled with consistency and is not a natural hitter. It looked like things were perhaps beginning to click in 2018 but he took a step back in 2019 with a BB-K of 24-126 (a strikeout rate above 30%) in just 85 games. And Beck managed just eight home runs.  If he ever taps into his in-game power, he has 30+ home run potential and he’s still just 21.

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Arizona Diamondbacks: Top 10 Dynasty Prospects

The Arizona Diamondbacks will be our next stop on the farm to evaluate the best prospects on each MLB team. Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that Minor League systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We might even see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, while players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. We're looking at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Quick Synopsis

The Diamondbacks system features some of the most impressive depth among high-ceiling, young hitters in the game. The pitching is another story…

 

1. Daulton Varsho, C/OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 44
2020 Prospect Rank: 45
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Varsho has a chance to have immense fantasy value if he ends up playing both behind the plate and in the outfield when he reaches the Majors. He’s an incredibly athletic catcher and he could end up with a few 20-20 seasons. He’s almost MLB ready.

2. Corbin Carroll, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 48
2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2022

The 16th overall selection from the 2019 draft, Carroll is an advanced bat who could move quickly through the minors assuming the lost 2020 season doesn’t impact him too much. He can impact the game with his ability to hit for average and also wreak havoc on the base paths (with strong defensive instincts in center field). The power is of the gap (doubles/triples) variety.

3. Kristian Robinson, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 52
2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2022

An impressive athletic specimen at the age of 19, Robinson has a chance to hit for power while providing speed on the base paths. He could eventually develop into a 20-20 player. His hit tool is a little bit behind as he swings and misses too much but he comes from the Bahamas where the pitching talent is modest. He has a good eye at the plate so he may just need additional reps in that area before he takes a step forward.

4. Geraldo Perdomo, SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 58
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Perdomo’s development allowed the organization to trade fellow shortstop prospect (with more holes in his game) Jazz Chisholm in the Zac Gallen steal-of-a-deal. Perdomo doesn’t have the plus power potential but he’s a much stronger hitter, better base runner, and better fielder. He’s just 20 and may soon be ready for Double-A

5. Alek Thomas, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 66
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

The Diamondbacks organization’s top five young hitters as quite likely the envy of the league. Thomas is an advanced hitter for his age and has easily hit more than .300 over his two-year career. He also has a strong eye and should have added value in on-base leagues. The biggest knock on Thomas is that his line-drive swing isn’t geared for over-the-fence power but he could still hit 15-20 home runs at maturation.

6. Seth Beer, OF/1B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 102
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Beer has impressive power and could one day hit 30 home runs. To date, he’s shown the ability to hit for a solid average but he has some holes in his approach, which could eventually lead to a lower batting average unless he continues to make adjustments. He’s a fringe fielder in left so he could end up stuck at first base or DH.

7. Levi Kelly, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 148
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Kelly had a breakout season in 2019 and has now held pro hitters to a .196 batting average over two seasons. The right-hander has an impressive fastball-slider combo but needs a reliable third offering to help him stick in the starting rotation. His command and control are hurt by his delivery so he may never be more than average in that area, which puts additional importance on rounding out the repertoire.

8. Corbin Martin, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 147
2020 LEVEL: Injured
MLB ETA: 2021

Martin looked like he could be a key contributor for the Astors in 2019 but Tommy John surgery derailed those hopes. The fact that Arizona still wanted him while hurt goes to show how talented he could be when back at full strength. He has a chance at three above-average offerings.

9. Jon Duplantier, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 151
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Duplantier has bounced around a bit between starting and relieving while also battling persistent health issues. He might be better suited to relieving where he can really focus on getting swings-and-misses with his two above-average breaking balls.

10. J.B. Bukauskas, RHP

2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Bukauskas is another former top college pitcher that could be better suited to relieving. The short right-hander is a spin-rate poster child with above-average velocity but his lack of physicality and below-average command/control really undermines his effectiveness as a starter.

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Los Angeles Angels: Top 10 Dynasty Prospects

The Los Angeles Angels will be our next stop on the farm to evaluate the best prospects on each MLB team. Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that Minor League systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We might even see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, while players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. We're looking at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Quick Synopsis

This system is loaded with outfield talent -- including a potential star in Jo Adell. The downside to the system is that there is very little impact pitching.

 

1. Jo Adell, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 9
2020 Prospect Rank: 7
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Adell is one of those players that can really do a little bit of everything with both power and speed. He had a shot at reaching the Majors in 2019 but an injury issue slowed him down and he didn’t look at full strength when he returned to action. He has plus raw power but needs to get the ball in the air more consistently to really tap into his home run pop. His biggest need is to cut down on the swing-and-miss tendency as the strikeout rate has been hovering around 30% since he reached Double-A.

2. Brandon Marsh, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 53
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

An impressive athlete, Marsh is a stick of dynamite waiting to explode. He has all the raw potential to be a 20-20 player but he has shown only glimpses of the total package. A former high school football player, Marsh has needed some time to polish his approach at the plate with some pretty high strikeout rates but he did a  nice job improving in that area in 2019 while continuing to take a ton of walks. He’s a swing-adjustment waiting to happen as a 6-foot-4, 215-pound athlete who hits a ton of balls on the ground and has never slugged more than 10 home runs.

3. Jordyn Adams, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 65
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Yet another toolsy-but-raw outfield prospect in the Angels system, Adams possesses top-of-the-scale speed even though he stole just 12 bases in 97 A-ball games in 2019. He has the pure speed and willingness to take a walk (50 walks last season) to steal at least 40 bases. His power is developing but he could eventually hit 15-20 home runs.

4. D’Shawn Knowles, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 179
2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2023

The fourth outfield in a row, Knowles is the rawest but also has one of the highest ceilings. Signed out of the Bahamas, this toolsy outfielder just needs reps against better pitching to continue to hone his approach at the plate while also learning the nuances of baserunning to take advantage of his raw, plus speed. Once he better understands what pitchers are trying to do, he has a low-maintenance, effective swing which should allow him to hit for a solid batting average.

5. Jeremiah Jackson, 3B/SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 185
2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2023

I was a huge fan of Jackson prior to the 2018 draft and suggested him as a potential first-round pick. He ended up lasting until the middle of the second round where the Angels nabbed him. He’s gotten a little carried away with trying to hit for power as a pro, though. He slugged 23 home runs in 65 games last year but it came with a 33% strikeout rate. Jackson has athleticism to spare — a common trait among Angels draft picks — so I still have some faith that he’ll figure things out once he matures and stops trying to yank everything out of the park.

6. Kyren Paris, SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 241
2020 LEVEL: SS-A
MLB ETA: 2024

Like Jeremiah Jackson above, I had Paris highlighted as a potential first-round talent in 2019 but he slid to the Angels in the second round (where he was given first-round money to sign). Paris is young and raw — he was just 17 at the time of the amateur draft — but he has an intriguing combination of bat speed and foot speed. He may not hit for a ton of power but he could eventually hit for average, steal 20+ bases and play premium defense.

7. Trent Devereaux, OF

2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2023

Hey, another outfielder! Devereaux was signed out of the Bahamas at the same time as D’Shawn Knowles. He actually got more money to sign but has been slower to develop. Devereaux has a chance to hit for power as he matures and adds muscle but he also needs a lot of experience facing good pitching and polishing his pitch recognition and approach.

8. Jared Walsh, 1B/OF/P

2020 Prospect Rank: 34
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

I’d really like to see Walsh get a legitimate chance to play at the MLB level but he may need a trade away from the Angels for that to happen given the depth ahead of him. He’s always hit for a solid average but he started taking more walks in 2018 and then added more power in 2019 when he met the juiced ball. He slugged 36 home runs in just 98 games. Adding more intrigue, Walsh can also pitch.

9. Patrick Sandoval, LHP

2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

As you’ve probably figured out by now, outfield prospects are the system’s strength while pitching is… not. Sandoval is the best in the system but he projects as more of a No. 4 starter. If he can improve his command, he has a chance to have three better-than-average offerings from the left side.

10. Chris Rodriguez, RHP

2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

If Rodriguez can stay healthy, he has the stuff to zoom up this list. He has mid-to-upper-90s heat and the potential for two above-average secondary offerings but he battled through back issues and eventually had surgery. The delay in the 2020 season due to the pandemic likely bought him some extra time to ensure he’s back up to full strength. 

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San Diego Padres: Top 10 Dynasty Prospects

The San Diego Padres will be our next stop on the farm to evaluate the best prospects on each MLB team. Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that Minor League systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We might even see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, while players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. We're looking at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Quick Synopsis

This system has an enviable mix of high-ceiling talent and depth. The Padres system also has a nice mix of both hitting and pitching prospects — including two of the top pitching prospects in the game.

 

1. MacKenzie Gore, LHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 2
2020 Prospect Rank: 42
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2020

Gore is the best pitching prospect in baseball and the Padres have done a great job developing him. They’ve allowed his talent to dictate his progression through the system while preventing him from being overworked. He’s a left-handed pitcher with four potentially-plus offerings to go with plus command and control. Gore reminds me of a young Zack Greinke although the Padres’ prospect is a little more advanced than Greinke was at 21.

2. Luis Patino, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 18
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Patino is younger than Mackenzie Gore but he has held his own while playing with the best pitching prospect in baseball in both A-ball and Double-A last year. This smallish right-hander can dial his heater up into the upper-90s and he also flashes an outstanding slider. His repertoire is not as deep as Gore’s but he could have four average-or-better offerings when all is said and done. I do have some concerns over the lack of a downward plane on his fastball and heavy fly-ball approach.

3. CJ Abrams, SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 33
2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2022

I was all over Abrams prior to the 2019 draft due to his undeniable athleticism and simple swing. But his quick acclimation to pro ball — and offensive pop — surprised even me. There were scenarios where I would have easily considered having him drafted third overall so the Padres got a real steal at six. We’ll get a much better read on Abrams’ MLB ETA once he reaches full-season ball and we see how well his aggressive approach works against more advanced pitching. I think he’ll be a stud and he’ll quickly rise up from being the 33rd best dynasty prospect in baseball to within the Top 10-20 range once he gets to play again.

4. Taylor Trammell, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 99
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2021

Trammell, like Abrams, is a very athletic player. Unfortunately, he’s not a natural hitter like the Padres’ impressive shortstop prospect and has significant swing-and-miss to his game. He’s also still trying to tap into his raw power after four pro seasons. The Padres made changes to his swing which could result in more power going forward. Trammell has the speed to steal 30 bases and the eye to take a significant number of walks to give him additional value in on-base leagues.

5. Luis Campusano, C

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 135
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Campusano has quietly become one of the better offensive catching prospects in baseball after hitting .325 with a ton of extra base hits in 2019. He also tamed his aggressive approach at the plate and posted a BB-K rate of 52-57 in 110 games. Campusano’s power is for real. He’s always generated outstanding line-drive rates but he became much more of a fly-ball hitter in 2019 and that helped his home-run output jump from three in 2018 to 15 in ’19.

6. Ryan Weathers, LHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 136
2020 LEVEL:
MLB ETA: 2022

Selected seventh overall by the Padres in 2018, I thought the pick at the time was overly aggressive and had him pegged as more in the 31-50 range. His performance in pro ball has been up-and-down and he looks like more of a future No. 4 starter than true impact hurler. He continues to battle his conditioning and he has yet to develop a reliable breaking ball. Weathers does have a solid fastball and very good changeup. He could chew up a lot of innings while throwing a good number of strikes.

7. Ronald Bolanos, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 148
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

It wasn’t long after I wrote about Bolanos as a potential sleeper that the Padres surprisingly promoted the hurler from Double-A to the Majors. His command and control both need continued work but this young hurler has shown the ability to miss bats and generate a healthy number of ground-ball outs. I believe Bolanos is being underrated by many as he features a 92-96 mph fastball and two high-spin breaking balls.

8. Edward Olivares, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 213
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Olivares is another player that I believe is being underrated by a lot of people — and has been back to his days as a Blue Jays prospect in A-ball. The athletic outfielder has the speed to steal more than 20 bases and he nabbed 35 bases last season — his third straight year with 20 or more steals. Olivares has hit double-digit home runs in three straight seasons and slugged 18 home runs in Double-A in 2019. He could end up having more success than Taylor Trammell when all is said and done despite the latter prospects getting more love due to pedigree.

9. Adrian Morejon, LHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 234
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

It’s hard to peg Morejon’s potential. On one hand, he's shown flashes of having three plus pitches and is just 21 years old. On the other hand, he’s struggled with injuries and has never thrown more than 65.1 innings in three seasons. He also has inconsistent command and control. Some see reliever, some see future mid-rotation starter. The pandemic layoff could hurt a player like this as he needs to face live hitting to learn to throw more quality strikes. Morejon will be a big leaguer, but he could end up in the bullpen.

10. Hudson Head, OF

2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2023

A high-risk, high-reward player, this 19-year-old prospect has 20-20 potential thanks to excellent bat and foot speed. But he also has a lot of moving part to his swing so it remains to be seen how well he’ll perform against more advanced pitching. I think he’ll figure it out, though, and his patient approach could provide a good number of walks to help offset the swing-and-miss.

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Texas Rangers: Top 12 Dynasty Prospects

The Texas Rangers will be our next stop on the farm to evaluate the best prospects on each MLB team. Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that Minor League systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We might even see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, while players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. We're looking at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Quick Synopsis

The Rangers system lacks a surefire superstar in the system but we’ve increased the Top 10 list to 12 to help represent the solid depth that the organization possesses. The club’s top prospect is an underrated fantasy targeted. The system’s weakness is pitching.

 

1. Nick Solak, 3B/OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 46
2020 Prospect Rank: 17
2020 LEVEL: MLB
MLB ETA: 2020

Solak hit a relatively quiet 32 home runs between Triple-A and the Majors in 2019. The home run spike, although aided by the juiced ball, was not out of character as he went deep 19 times at Double-A in 2018. Along with power, Solak also offers good on-base numbers, could steal 10-12 bases. Also, he has never hit below .282 in the minors. On the defensive side, he could end up eligible at second base, third base and in the outfield which further helps to make Solak a potential fantasy stud.

2. Josh Jung, 3B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 73
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

I liked Jung a lot as a draft prospect back in 2019 and advocated for a high selection in the amateur draft. The Rangers agreed and selected him eighth overall despite some concern about his ability to fully tap into his raw power as well as questions about his future defensive home. The young third baseman had no issues hitting for average in pro ball despite playing 40 games in full-season A-ball as much more established professionals. If he can make some tweaks to his swing to produce more over-the-fence pop then he obviously becomes even more intriguing. A move from third base to first would hurt his value a bit -- unless he becomes dual-eligible -- but I think the bat will play there just fine.

3. Hans Crouse, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 121
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Crouse is still learning to command his four-pitch repertoire but, once his command catches up to his control, he could have at least three above-average offerings. The 6-foot-4 hurler already has above-average control and posted a K-BB of 76-19 in 87.2 innings in Low-A ball in 2019. There are some concerns about durability (and reliever risk) due to the effort in his delivery as well as the recent elbow surgery (bone chips) that he had during the offseason.

4. Leody Taveras, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 127
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Taveras made strides in translating his raw athleticism into true baseball skills. He reached Double-A at the age of 21 and showed signs of getting stronger. He’ll never be a big home run hitter but he has the bat speed and the wheels to rack up doubles and triples if he gets a little stronger. He broke the 30-steal barrier in 2019 and still has room to improve his baserunning to become even more efficient.

5. Cole Winn, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 142
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

I wasn’t as high on Winn as some leading up to the 2018 draft and had him as more of a supplemental-first-round or second-round talent but the Rangers nabbed him 15th overall. He’s been moved through the system cautiously and wasn’t allowed to enter the affiliated ranks until May last year. He jumped right to Low-A ball, though, and held his own in 68.2 innings. His pure stuff is evident and, if he can keep his delivery in sync and throw strikes, he has a chance for four average-or-better offerings.

6. Sam Huff, C

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 157
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2021

The Rangers system always seems to have the highest number of grip-it-and-rip-it prospects per capita around and Huff is no exception. He slugged 28 home runs split between two A-ball levels in 2019 but also posted a frightening BB-K rate of 33-154. Huff has the raw power to scale back the massive swings and still clear the fences on a regular basis, which is something he’ll need to do to play every day in the Majors.

7. Joe Palumbo, LHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 204
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Palumbo reached the Majors in 2019 and showed flashes of what makes him an intriguing prospect. He has two above-average offerings thanks to high spin rates in both his fastball and curveball. If he can develop a reliable changeup as a third weapon, he could develop into a solid No. 4 starter. In seven seasons, injuries have kept the lefty from ever hitting the 100-inning mark so durability is a concern.

8. Sherten Apostel, 3B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 235
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Apostel fits right in with the Rangers’ attraction to raw, toolsy players loaded with power. In his first taste of full-season ball, this young third baseman slugged 19 home runs while spending time at two A-ball levels. Apostel struck out 120 times in 121 games but also took 51 walks, which suggests he could become valuable in on-base leagues.

9. Maximo Acosta, SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 249
2020 LEVEL: Rookie
MLB ETA: 2024

Although just 17 years old with no pro at-bats under his belt, Acosta is regarded as one of the top signings from the 2019 international free agent crop. The has an advanced approach for his age, as well as promising bat speed and foot speed. There is 20-20 potential here if Acosta develops as hoped.

10. Heriberto Hernandez, OF/C

2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2023

Signed as an overaged international prospect for less than $50,000, Hernandez is already looking like a steal after just two pro seasons. He slugged 12 home runs in the Dominican Summer League in 2018 and then followed that up with another 11 in Rookie ball last year while also hitting .345. He produces outstanding exit velocities but will need to curb his aggressiveness as he moves up the ladder. He’ll likely never catch regularly but he might see enough time back there to qualify in some fantasy leagues, which gives him additional fantasy intrigue.

11. Davis Wendzel, 3B

2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2022

Wendzel is another player I thought was underrated in the 2019 amateur draft and reminds me of a young Justin Turner. The Rangers prospect doesn’t currently seek out the home run and instead prefers to pepper balls all over the diamond. He could hit for a high average with a healthy number of walks and 30-40 doubles with his current approach. Wendzel could also end up hitting for more power down the line, not unlike Turner, if he makes adjustments to his swing path. He’s athletic enough to handle multiple defensive positions which could increase his fantasy value.

12. Brock Burke, LHP

2020 LEVEL: Injured
MLB ETA: 2022

On the cusp of establishing himself in the Majors, Burke’s ascent came to a screeching halt after news that he required surgery for a damaged shoulder. Labrum surgery is far more serious than Tommy John surgery so this is a career-threatening injury. As a result, he’s fallen from off the Top 250 dynasty prospects list after opening the season firmly on it.

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Colorado Rockies: Top 10 Dynasty Prospects

The Colorado Rockies will be our next stop on the farm to evaluate the best prospects on each MLB team. Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that Minor League systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We might even see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, while players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. We're looking at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Quick Synopsis

More so than any other team in baseball, the Rockies need to develop quality pitching from within but they have yet to figure out how to do that. The Top 10 list features just one arm among a flood of infield prospects.

 

1. Brendan Rodgers, 2B/SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 20
2020 Prospect Rank: 18
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

The delay of the 2020 season actually does Rodgers a favor as he recovers from a nasty shoulder injury and the subsequent surgery. His bat was MLB-ready before he got hurt but the Rockies have struggled to properly integrate young hitters into their lineup. Rodgers has 20-30 home run upside if he bounces back from the surgery.

2. Grant Lavigne, 1B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 113
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Lavigne had a rough first full season in pro ball but I remain a fan. He was likely pushed to full-season ball a little sooner than he should have been and he needs a fair bit of work against same-side pitching. For a big, strong hitter, Lavigne hits far too many balls on the ground and needs to work on embracing more of a fly-ball heavy approach to unlock his above-average raw power, which should play really well in Colorado.

3. Sam Hilliard, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 143
2020 Prospect Rank: 28
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

As mentioned, the Rockies seem borderline clueless when it comes to properly handling rookies but if Hilliard can find consistent playing time then he could be a real steal. His plus power should play extremely well in Colorado. Add in his ability to steal some bases and it’s easy to overlook his modest hit tool. Hilliard has stolen at least 22 bases in four straight seasons with a career-high of 37 in 2017.

4. Michael Toglia, 1B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 184
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Toglia is a beast in the batter’s box with a 6-foot-5, 225 pound frame. And he has the developing raw power to match. He did a nice job hitting for his power in his pro debut with nine home runs in just 41 games but it came with a high number of strikeouts. Fortunately, Toglia has shown a willingness to offset those with a healthy dose of walks, which could give him increased value in on-base leagues.

5. Ryan Vilade, SS/3B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 188
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Vilade has a strong offensive season while playing in a very good hitter’s league. He hit more than .300 for the second time in his three-year career, he took lots of walks and he also stole 24 bases. If he can duplicate this success at Double-A — and continue to show increased power output — then he will start really moving up this list. Vilade’s defensive home is up in the air as he won’t stick at shortstop for much longer and could end up at third base or in the outfield, which would put more pressure on his power development.

6. Terrin Vavra, SS/2B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 196
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

With two straight .300 seasons, Vavra is on a similar path to Colton Welker (below) but he might possess a little more usable pop than the more advanced prospect ahead of him on the depth chart. He also has a better approach at the plate and posted a BB-K of 62-62 in 2019. Defensively, he’s most likely to wind up at second base.

7. Ryan Rolison, LHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 239
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Rolison would be ranked higher as a prospect if he wasn’t expected to pitch half his games in Coors Field. He has a chance for three above-average offerings but his fastball velocity is just average. It plays up because of its movement. Rolison’s best pitch is his curveball and it remains to be seen if it will play as well in the higher altitude. He also needs to see his command improve after allowing too many hits (129 in 116.1 innings in High-A) in 2019.   

8. Colton Welker, 3B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 243
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2021

Welker had a down year in 2019 so he needs a strong bounce-back season in 2020. After hitting .300 or better in his first three pro seasons, he hit .252 with a disappointing .271 OPS in 98 games. Welker missed time in the second half of the year with a shoulder issue so the hope is that the injury played a big role in his struggles and the additional downtime due to the pandemic will help him bounce back to full strength.

9. Aaron Schunk, 3B

2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Schunk is the newest kid on the block to join the Rockies’ impressive minor league infield depth. He didn’t do much in college, though, until his junior year when he really took off. That success continued into his first taste of pro ball where he showed a solid hitting approach (14-25 BB-K in 46 games) and improving power (20 extra-base hits).

10. Brenton Doyle, OF

2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2022

Doyle played at a smaller college but still managed to catch the Rockies’ eye and was nabbed in the fourth round of the 2019 draft. He mashed in his pro debut — albeit thanks in part due to a .484 BABIP. He’s going to have some swing-and-miss to his game but he’s shown the willingness to take lots of walks to go with his above-average power. He appears to be a younger version of Sam Hilliard, with less speed.

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Houston Astros: Top 10 Dynasty Prospects

The Houston Astros will be our next stop on the farm to evaluate the best prospects on each MLB team. Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that Minor League systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We might even see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, while players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. We're looking at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Quick Synopsis

The Astros system has thinned out noticeably in the past couple of years — especially on the hitting side — but the system has quite a few intriguing hard-throwing arms. This is very much a boom-or-bust system right now.

 

1. Forrest Whitley, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 42
2020 Prospect Rank: 38
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2020

Whitely had perhaps the largest fall from grace of any prospect in 2019. He entered the year on the cusp of reaching the Majors but had a complete meltdown with his command and control, and then got hurt. Whitley redeemed himself, to a degree, with a solid showing in the Arizona Fall League but there were also whispers that his makeup isn’t that strong so that could be an ongoing concern.

2. Jose Urquidy, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 81
2020 Prospect Rank: 9
2020 LEVEL: MLB
MLB ETA: 2020

Urquidy pitches better than his profile would suggest. His fastball has average velocity and he lacks a reliable breaking ball but he’s more difficult to hit than one might expect. The right-hander can reach back for 95-96 mph when needed and then throw his plus changeup to throw hitters off-balance. His above-average control helps his stuff play up and there is hope he’ll eventually improve his slider. Urquidy has No. 3/4 starter potential and will pitch with a high-powered offense behind him in 2020.

3. Bryan Abreu, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 115
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Abreu has dominant stuff. His fastball works into the upper-90s and he has two breaking balls with plus potential. But the downside to the right-hander is that both his command and control are below average. With his stuff good enough to succeed in a big-league bullpen, the Astros face an interesting decision: Keep him in the minors to work on starting, or allow him to be an impact arm now in the big league bullpen. This ranking is based on the hope he'll continue to start.

4. Abraham Toro-Hernandez, 3B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 129
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Born in Canada, Toro-Hernandez was a scouting find out of a junior college in Oklahoma. He’s developed rather quickly and really started to take off in 2018 before reaching the Majors in 2019. He’s not flashy but he’s a good hitter that has a chance to hit .270-.280 with 20 home runs — if he can find a defensive home. With a willingness to take a walk, Toro-Hernandez also has additional value in on-base leagues.

5. Freudis Nova, SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 211
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Nova is a raw but promising middle infield prospect. He’s far too aggressive for his own good but he has the potential to develop into a 20-20 player if he can mature at the plate. He slugged 20 doubles in just 75 games in Low-A ball in 2019 but also posted a BB-K of 15-68.

6. Cristian Javier, RHP

2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Javier doesn’t look impressive as a smallish right-hander with average fastball velocity, but he generates well-above-average strikeout rates because of excellent spin on the heater and two above-average breaking balls. On the downside, his control is below average and he’s prone to the home run ball due to his his fly-ball heavy approach. He’ll likely settle in as more of a No. 4 starter.

7. Jairo Solis, RHP

2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2021

Solis is an intriguing wildcard who hasn’t pitched since mid-2018 due to Tommy John surgery. He was an advanced pitcher for his age when he got hurt so there is hope he’ll come back without a ton of rust. Solis can hit 95-97 mph with his heater and has shown a curveball with plus potential. He rounds out his repertoire with a slider and a changeup — both of which showed average potential before the injury.

8. Enoli Paredes, RHP

2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Similar in many ways to Cristian Javier, Paredes is another smallish right-hander with lots of spin, which can be very difficult to hit. This right-hander has more electric stuff than the more advanced arm ahead of him, though, and he can hit 96-98 mph with two power breaking balls. A lack of command/control, as well as a high-effort delivery, could land him in the bullpen.

9. Jeremy Pena, SS/2B

2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Pena is a better real-world player because of his above-average defense but he’s gotten stronger as a pro and looks like he might be able to hold down a regular gig up the middle. He has a chance to hit .270 with 10-12 home runs and 12-15 stolen base, which is a useful player.

10. Korey Lee, C

2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2022

The Astros took a lot of people by surprise by nabbing Lee in the first round of the 2019 draft after he was projected to go somewhere in the second to the fourth round due to his lack of experience behind the plate. He possesses above-average raw power and took a healthy number of walks in his pro debut.

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St. Louis Cardinals: Top 10 Dynasty Prospects

The St. Louis Cardinals will be our next stop on the farm to evaluate the best prospects on each MLB team. Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that Minor League systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We might even see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, while players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. We're looking at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Quick Synopsis

The Cardinals’ system isn’t overly deep but there are some intriguing bats. The pitching depth is relatively weak although the trade acquisition of Matthew Liberatore helps in that regard.

 

1. Dylan Carlson, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 22
2020 Prospect Rank: 12
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Carlson’s results have been hinting at a breakout for a couple of years now and he made good on that potential in 2019. He slugged 26 home runs and stole 20 bases but he likely won’t be a big base stealer in the Majors nor does he have a huge track record of hitting for a high average. Carlson should be a good big-league player but expect more of a modest batting average, excellent on-base numbers, and lots of power with some stolen bases sprinkled in.

 

2. Matthew Liberatore, LHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 56
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Liberatore is one of the more underrated pitching prospects in the minors but that could change with his trade from Tampa Bay to St. Louis. The left-hander with an excellent pitcher’s frame has a chance for three or four above-average or plus offerings when all is said and done. His fastball is just in the low-to-mid-90s but there is room for added velocity on his tall frame. Even if he doesn’t see an additional spike in velo, his control helps his stuff play up.

 

3. Nolan Gorman, 3B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 67
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Gorman is well known for his massive power potential and he possesses legit 30-homer potential. However, the swing-and-miss tendencies are also a concern and his approach was exposed with a mid-season promotion to High-A ball with 73 strikeouts in just 58 games. He needed the aid of a .365 BABIP to hit .256. Just 20, Gorman has time to figure things out. He’s strong enough to hit the ball out of the park without taking huge hacks all the time.

 

4. Zack Thompson, LHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 152
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2021

Selected 19th overall in 2019, Thompson likely would have gone even higher if not for significant injury concerns that have haunted him since his prep days. I would be shocked if he doesn’t end up having Tommy John surgery within the next few years. When healthy, he’s a left-hander that possesses above-average fastball velocity with a chance for three above-average offerings.

 

5. Lane Thomas, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 178
2020 LEVEL: MLB
MLB ETA: 2020

I’ve been a fan of Thomas since his A-ball days in the Blue Jays’ system. He has an intriguing mix of power and speed but the swing-and-miss tendencies limit his overall ceiling. The outfield depth in the Cardinals’ system also doesn’t do Thomas any favors. There is 20-20 potential here if he can make enough contact to play every day.

 

6. Johan Oviedo, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 229
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Oviedo is a beast on the mound at 6-foot-6 with a fastball that hits 97-98 mph. He also has a potentially-plus slider. The downside here is a lack of a third reliable pitch and below-average command/control. Those two negatives could push Oviedo to the bullpen unless he starts to show improvement in the near future.

 

7. Elehuris Montero, 3B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 230
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Montero had a brutal 2019 season. His strikeout rate jumped 10% to more than 30% and the gains he made with his in-game power dried up. He also played in just 63 games due to injury so there is hope that he’ll bounce back in 2020 if he’s fully healthy.

 

8. Junior Fernandez, RHP

2020 LEVEL: MLB
MLB ETA: 2020

Fernandez would be ranked much higher if he had a better track record with his health and had more of a chance of sticking in the starting rotation. He did a solid job of getting strikeouts as a reliever in 2019 but he’s struggled in that area as a starter because he lacks a plus secondary offering — although the changeup shows potential. He’s mostly a one-pitch pitcher with a heavy fastball that sits 95-96 mph.

9. Andrew Knizner, C

2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Knizner is a very good hitter — especially for a catcher — but he’s stuck behind Yadier Molina so his potential value is diminished unless the veteran gets hurt. Durability is also a concern as he’s never played in more than 95 games in any of his four pro seasons.

 

10. Ivan Herrera, C

2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Herrera is yet another good hitting catcher in the Cardinals’ system. He’s maybe not quite the pure hitter that Andrew Knizner (above) is but there may be more raw power here. Herrera is still just 19 years old and not far off reaching Double-A.

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Minnesota Twins: Top 12 Dynasty Prospects

The Minnesota Twins will be our next stop on the farm to evaluate the best prospects on each MLB team. Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that Minor League systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We might even see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, while players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. We're looking at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Quick Synopsis

The Twins feature one of the better systems in baseball with high-ceiling players, near-MLB prospects, and solid depth. The system features three outfielders with above-average offensive potentials that could reach the Majors within the next calendar year. The system is so impressive that we've increased the list of players from 10 to 12.

 

1. Alex Kirilloff, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 14
2020 Prospect Rank: 6
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

After dealing with injuries the past two years, Kirilloff really needed to take advantage of a full season in 2020 to help shake off some of the rust. That won’t happen now but he remains close to MLB ready. He has the makings of a .300 hitter with 20-30 home run potential. He’s an average defender in the outfield but could also end up being moved to first base.

2. Trevor Larnach, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 45
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Larnach isn’t quite the natural hitter that Alex Kirilloff (above) is but he’s no slouch with the bat and is a .307 career hitter through 169 pro games. He also reached Double-A in just his first full season. Larnach has yet to top 13 home runs as a professional but he has the raw power to develop into a 20-30 home run hitter, albeit it with a healthy amount of swing-and-miss.

3. Jordan Balazovic, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 80
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

One of the fastest rising prospects in 2019, Balazovic was drafted out of Canada as a teenaged lottery ticket back in 2016 and it took him three years to shake off the snow and ice. Once he gained additional experience on the mound and his body matured into a 6-foot-5, 220 pound beast, Balazovic saw both his fastball and slider improve dramatically. Between two A-ball levels in 2019, the right-hander struck out 129 batters in 93.2 innings.

4. Royce Lewis, SS/OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 83
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Selected first overall in the 2017 draft, Lewis hasn’t seen the offensive success that the Twins were likely hoping for with such a big investment. But he’s also still just 20 years old and reached Double-A in 2019. If he continues to make adjustments and gets stronger, Lewis has 20-20 (HR-SB) potential and could play multiple premium positions (CF and SS). But he’s also a career .266 hitter who hasn’t had an OPS above .800 since Low-A ball so there is risk here.

5. Brent Rooker, 1B/OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 109
2020 Prospect Rank: 43
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

I might be one of the biggest Rooker fans around. He’s a one-dimensional player who doesn’t offer much (if anything) on defense but he’s a very underrated hitter. He has a career .861 OPS in three pro seasons despite being promoted very aggressively. He spent an injury-plagued season in Triple-A but was on pace to hit close to 30 home runs. He won’t hit for a high average because he has a ton of swing-and-miss but Rooker could burst onto the scene in similar unheralded fashion as Twins catcher Mitch Garver.

6. Jhoan Duran, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 128
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2020

Duran is very intriguing. He has size, power stuff, gets a ton of ground-ball outs, and has a chance to develop above-average control. But he’s also struggled to find a reliable third offering, which leads to some reliever risk. I think he’ll figure it out and stick as a big-league starter long term so this ranking could end being too low when all is said and done.

7. Lewis Thorpe, LHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 168
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Thorpe has been a solid performer throughout his career, although he projects as more of an innings-eating No. 3/4 starter than a true star. The lefty has deception to his delivery as well as good control but he struggles with his command, which led to a .336 batting average during his first taste of big-league action in 2019.

8. Nick Gordon, 2B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 180
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Like Lewis Thorpe above, Gordon will likely develop into a solid contributor but lacks the tools to develop into a star. He has average-across-the-board tools but I’ve ranked him higher than some because he can really sting the ball and generates above-average line-drive rates. He’s never hit more than nine home runs in a season but if a hitting coach can help Gordon adjust his swing from a very heavy ground-ball approach then we could see a huge spike in extra-base power.

9. Keoni Cavaco, 3B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 219
2020 LEVEL: SS-A
MLB ETA: 2023

I felt Cavaco was being overhyped as a draft prospect but the Twins saw things differently and selected him 13th overall in the 2019 draft. He struggled out of the gate with a .172 batting average and BB-K of 4-35 in 87 at-bats in Rookie ball. As ugly as those numbers are, the Twins have one of the better player development systems in the game so I have faith in their ability to help Cavaco turn things around.

10. Wander Javier, SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 231
2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2022

Javier appeared to be on the verge of a breakout in 2019 but, instead, fell flat on his face. An already-high strikeout rate skyrocketed to 34% and his line-drive rate dropped below 10%. The line-drive rate was so bad that it’s hard not to think that an injury was to blame. It’s not time to give up on Javier just yet but he needs to have a huge bounce-back and the lost time due to the pandemic is not going to help his cause.

11. Chris Vallimont, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 245
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Vallimont is another player that I’m much higher on than the consensus and the Twins pulled off a real steal in getting him as part of the Sergio Romo trade with the Marlins. He has a solid fastball-slider combination and could eventually end up with three or four average-or-better offerings. He also has an excellent pitcher’s frame, should be durable and held A-ball hitters to a .204 batting average with 150 strikeouts in 127.2 innings.

12. Misael Urbina, OF

2020 LEVEL: R
MLB ETA: 2024

Urbina is a high-ceiling lottery ticket that was given almost $3 million dollars as an amateur free agent. He showed very well during his first taste of pro action — although it was way down in the Dominican Summer League. He’s expected to hit for a solid average, run well and possibly grow into some over-the-fence power.

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Pittsburgh Pirates: Top 10 Dynasty Prospects

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be our next stop on the farm to evaluate the best prospects on each MLB team. Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that Minor League systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We might even see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, while players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. We're looking at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Quick Synopsis

The Pirates system is a modest one with some interesting players but most possess just modest ceilings or significant risk. The trade of veteran outfielder Starling Marte to Arizona brought in two high-ceiling lottery tickets.

 

1. Mitch Keller, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 64
2020 Prospect Rank: 25
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Keller has the makings of a solid No. 3/4 starter but he struggled his control during his MLB debut and gave up a whopping 72 hits in 48 innings. The other worrisome thing with Keller is that his previously-impressive ground-ball rates have dried up since he reached Triple-A in 2018. When he’s on, Keller has shown the ability to miss a lot of bats and he has a strong frame to provide lots of innings.

2. Oneil Cruz, SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 75
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Cruz possibly has the highest ceiling in the system thanks to his plus-plus raw power. Just 21, he stands 6-foot-7 but his long levers also lead to timing issues and lots of swing-and-miss. His apparent athleticism should help him improve with further experience but lost development time in 2019 due to injury did him no favors — nor will the time lost to the pandemic. Cruz is no long-term shortstop and is likely best-suited for right field given his rocket arm.

3. Brennan Malone, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 112
2020 LEVEL: SS-A
MLB ETA: 2023

One of my favorite high school pitchers available in the 2019 draft, Malone was a great addition from the Diamondbacks during the Starling Marte deal. He has a chance for four average-or-better offerings. His fastball already hits 95-96 mph, and he could add some velo as his body matures. His athleticism should help him achieve at least average command and control in time.

4. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 130
2020 Prospect Rank: 37
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Hayes’ ceiling has lowered a bit over the past year or two and he now looks like more of solid-but-unspectacular player who may struggle to hold down a full-time job in the Majors. He finally hit double-digit home runs for the first time in his five-year pro career but he also failed to be a league-average hitter for the first time. Hayes likely wouldn’t be a much of an upgrade, if any, to current third baseman Colin Moran although he has above-average athleticism so there is still a glimmer of hope that things will eventually click.

5. Travis Swaggerty, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 144
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Swaggerty is another intriguing player because of his power/speed potential to go with his above-average athleticism. But he also lacks natural feel for hitting and struggles to repeat his swing, which leads to an inconsistent bat path and, in turn, too much swing-and-miss and not enough hard-hit balls. He’s still just 22 but the layoff from the pandemic will not help as he needs lots of at-bats against quality pitching to figure things out. But if it clicks, there is 20-20 potential here.

6. Sammy Siani, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 166
2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2023

Selected 37th overall out of high school in 2019, Siani has an advanced feel for hitting that should allow him to move relatively quickly through the minors. The big question mark with this player is whether or not he’ll hit for enough power to hold down a corner outfield slot. He has enough speed to steal 15-20 bases.

7. Quinn Priester, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 175
2020 LEVEL: SS-A
MLB ETA: 2023

A multi-sport star in high school, Priester was nabbed 18th overall in the 2019 amateur draft and showed a better-than-expected feel for pitching. He wasn’t phased by the pro environment and he posted a K-BB of 41-14 in 36.2 innings split between two levels. Priester can already work his heater into the 95-97 mph range and has a potential for three average-or-better offerings.

8. Tahnaj Thomas, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 221
2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2022

Thomas is a very projectable pitcher with an excellent frame that continues to fill out. The 20-year-old hurler held his own in short-season A-ball in 2019 by posting a K-BB of 59-14 in 48.1 innings. He has an excellent fastball-slider combination but needs to find a reliable third offering to stick as a starter.

9. Ji-Hwan Bae, 2B/SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 238
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Bae has now played 121 pro games without hitting a home run but power will probably never be a big part of his game. He’s a natural hitter with good speed as witnessed by his .323 batting average and 31 stolen bases in just 86 games in 2019 at the Low-A ball level.

10. Liover Peguero, SS

2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2023

Peguero has a chance to zoom up the Pirates’ top prospect list over the next year (assuming players can get onto the field). He has electric bat speed and should grow into above-average power as he matures. He also has above-average speed and could eventually steal 20+ bases.

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Chicago White Sox: Top 10 Dynasty Prospects

The Chicago White Sox will be our next stop on the farm to evaluate the best prospects on each MLB team. Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that Minor League systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We might even see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, while players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. We're looking at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Quick Synopsis

This system doesn’t have the depth that others do but it features perhaps the most impressive group of high-ceiling, nearly-MLB-ready prospects in baseball. Luis Robert could be an absolute beast for the Sox -- and fantasy managers -- for years to come.

 

1. Luis Robert, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 3
2020 Prospect Rank: 1
2020 LEVEL: MLB
MLB ETA: 2020

Robert was poised to break camp with the White Sox at the end of spring training but then we all know what happened… When the baseball world resumes, he should still be ready to be a regular contributor. Robert’s swing-and-miss tendencies and streaky nature will likely diminish some of the value from his bat during his rookie season but he has other-worldly bat speed and impressive foot speed. He’ll be a 30-30 (HR-SB) threat from the get-go.

 

2. Andrew Vaughn, 1B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 10
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Vaughn is very close to being MLB-ready with just 55 games of pro experience under his belt. However, the presence of both Jose Abreu and Edwin Encarnacion means that the club likely won’t feel compelled to push him too hard in 2020. Vaughn should be an offensive juggernault with the ability to hit for both average and power.

 

3. Nick Madrigal, 2B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 19
2020 Prospect Rank: 14
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

We haven’t seen a player like Madrigal debut for quite some time. Playing 120 games in 2019 between three levels, the young second baseman struck out just 16 times. He’ll likely never be much of a home run threat but he has a chance to regularly hit .300 with 20-30 stolen bases. And, with some very potent bats likely hitting behind him, he should score a ton of runs.

 

4. Michael Kopech, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 30
2020 Prospect Rank: 39
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Kopech is a rare player that probably benefits from the extended layoff as it gives him even more time to ramp back up after missing significant time due to Tommy John surgery. If he comes back with the same stuff he had pre-surgery then he has a chance to be a top-of-the-rotation arm for the Sox with upper-90s heat and a great breaking ball.

 

5. Jonathan Stiever, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 181
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Stiever came out of nowhere in 2019 to become the second-best pitching prospect in the Sox system. He pitched at two A-ball levels and posted a K-BB of 154-27 while showcasing an ability to both throw strikes and miss bats. His command still needs work, though, and he allows too many hittable pitches at times. Stiever could reach the Majors with three above-average pitches.

 

6. Dane Dunning, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 189
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Dunning, like Michael Kopech above, was very close to establishing himself as an MLB pitcher when Tommy John surgery derailed his ascent in 2018. He’s not the flashiest pitcher so people tend to underrate him but he has a chance to have four above-average pitches with above-average control and the ability to generate a ton of ground balls.

 

7. Zack Collins, C

2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Collins is an intriguing prospect — especially in on-base leagues — because of his ability to hit for power while taking a generous number of walks. On the downside, he’s not much of an athlete so he could struggle to catch enough to qualify at the position in most leagues and his swing-and-miss tendencies take a big bite out of his overall offensive value.

 

8. Matthew Thompson, RHP

2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2023

Thompson is an interesting wild card. The young pitcher showed flashes of potential as an amateur and is very athletic, which provides hope that he’ll be able to translate his raw talent into significant MLB contributions.

 

9. Micker Adolfo, OF

2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

It feels like Adolfo has been around forever. Given $1.6 million back in 2013, this hulking slugger’s rise through the system has been slowed by injuries and a rudimentary approach at the plate. Still just 23, Adolfo remains a boom-or-bust player who has shown brief glimmers of starting to figure things out over the past two seasons. There is 30+ home run pop in his bat if he can make enough contact — but it’s a big “if.”

 

10. Andrew Dalquist, RHP

2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2022

Dalquist is another intriguing young arm in the White Sox system. He’s athletic like Thompson above but he’s not quite as physical and is on the smallish side for a pitcher at just 6-foot-1. But he has a chance to reach the Majors with four average-or-better offerings with a high-powered offense behind him.  

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Cincinnati Reds: Top 10 Dynasty Prospects

The Cincinnati Reds will be our next stop on the farm to evaluate the best prospects on each MLB team. Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that Minor League systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We might even see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, while players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. We're looking at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Quick Synopsis

The Reds system is relatively barren. The organization doesn’t scout the international market overly well and the amateur drafts haven’t really impressed over the past few seasons, either. The Reds may have found a solid starter with their first selection in the 2019 draft but even he has limitations.

 

1. Nick Lodolo, LHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 79
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Lodolo was known more for his advanced pitching ability than for having a huge ceiling. The 2019 first-rounder did not disappoint in his pro debut with a K-BB of 30-0 in his first 18.1 pro innings. At 6-foot-6, he has a chance to add velocity as he matures and adds muscle to his frame. He’s a relatively safe bet to develop into a mid-rotation arm if he stays healthy — with the potential for more.

2. Hunter Greene, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 132
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Greene made headlines prior to the 2017 amateur draft due to his ability to hit triple digits with his heater. He was holding his own in low-A ball in his first full pro season when he blew out his arm and required Tommy John surgery. He has a chance to be a top-of-the-rotation arm if his stuff rebounds, his command continues to improve, and he polishes his secondary offerings. If he can’t eventually hone a third pitch, Greene could make an excellent high-leverage reliever.

3. Jonathan India, 3B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 145
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Selected fifth overall in 2018, India hasn’t had as much success as the Reds were likely hoping for after picking him so aggressively. He’s hit OK — mostly because his strong walk rate has buoyed his on-base numbers — but has yet to show the ability to tap into his raw power during game situations despite respectable line-drive rates. A career .254 batting average with a .779 OPS in 165 career games does not scream "Future superstar!"

4. Tyler Callihan, 3B/2B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 198
2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2023

I felt Callihan was a little overrated leading up to the 2019 draft and he slid a bit to the third round where the Reds nabbed him and bought him away from a college commitment. He showed some intriguing pop in his debut but he also had a disappointing BB-K rate of 50-10 in 57 pro games. I’m not sure he’s an impact bat at third base at the MLB level but he gets more interesting if he shifts to second base on a permanent basis.

5. Tyler Stephenson, C

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 200
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

It’s been a slow climb for this 2015 first-rounder but Stephenson is almost ready fo take a run at the Majors. His power output continues to be inconsistent — especially for such a big, strong player — but he’s improved his contact ability while also showing strong on-base skills. If he makes the necessary adjustments to tap into the power more consistently, Stephenson’s value will surge.

6. Tony Santillan, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 215
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Santillan was trending upward at the end of 2018 but both his command and control regressed in 2019 leading to questions about his ability to stick as a starter. He has the stuff to be a No. 3 starter but his inconsistencies could force him to the bullpen where he could focus on a two mix (mid-90s heater and slider) and perhaps find better success.

7. Jose Garcia, SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 220
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Garcia’s results from 2019 don’t immediately jump out at you but he was building up a nice amount of momentum heading into 2020 when the pandemic happened. He slugged just eight home runs on the year but 37 of his 113 hits were doubles. And two-baggers just happen to be a key predictor of future home run pop. If he can continue to add muscle as he matures while making tweaks to hit more fly balls, Garcia could eventually develop 20+ home run potential to go with double-digit steals.

8. Michael Siani, OF

2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Siani’s best skill — his outstanding outfield defense — won’t help him in fantasy baseball. But he also stole 45 bases in his first full pro season so his wheels could provide future value. He’s still raw with the bat and doesn’t generate much pop, which limits his intrigue. But he’s also just 20, shows a willingness to take a walk, and comes from a cold-weather state so he could eventually reward the Reds once he gets some additional reps.

9. Lyon Richardson, RHP

2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Richardson can fire the ball up to the mid-90s, has shown improved control, and has some athleticism. He has the ceiling of a No. 4 starter if he continues on his current trajectory.   

10. Ivan Johnson, 2B/SS

2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2022

A 2019 fourth-round pick, Johnson could end up as a bit of a steal. He has excellent makeup which could allow him to squeeze out every ounce of his ability. He’s the type of player that can do a little bit of everything although his power will likely be more of the gap variety as opposed to over-the-fence.

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Kansas City Royals: Top 10 Dynasty Prospects

We continue our look of the best prospects in each MLB team's farm system with the Kansas City Royals. Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that Minor League systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We might even see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, while players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. We're looking at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Quick Synopsis

How crazy would it be to have a five-man rotation made up entirely of pitchers from the same draft? The Royals’ 2018 draft was so impressive that there are six college arms on the Top 10 list from that draft. And one of those arms, if he doesn’t stick as a starter, could end up as a high-leverage reliever. On the downside, the Royals scouting (and talent acquisition) hasn’t been as impressive outside of that one gold mine. Let's dig into the Royals top-10 prospects and see what gold might be mined from the system.

 

1. Bobby Witt Jr., SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 43
2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2022

Selected second overall in the 2019 draft, Witt Jr. obviously has massive potential. He has a chance to be a power-hitting shortstop with the ability to be a 20-20 player, at least early in his career before he slows down. My concern with Witt Jr. is the swing-and-miss tendencies he’s shown since his amateur days. Without further development, this could prevent him from hitting for a high average as he faces tougher competition. Defensively, he grades out well at shortstop and should have no issues staying at the position.

 

2. Daniel Lynch, LHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 57
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

As mentioned above, the Royals did an amazing job in the 2018 draft when it came to identifying college pitching talent and any three of these next arms could easily develop into No. 3 starters or better. Lynch gets the nod at the head of the pack for now because he’s a left-handed pitcher with above-average stuff and has seen his fastball velocity trend upwards since turning pro. An injury slowed his ascent through the minors in 2019 but he should be fully healthy whenever the 2020 (or 2021) season begins.

 

3. Jackson Kowar, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 63
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

The next two pitchers were teammates at the University of Florida. Brady Singer was more heralded as an amateur but Kowar has arguably surpassed him since turning pro. At 6-foot-5, the lanky right-hander has a great pitcher’s frame with room to add good weight and get even stronger. He has two plus pitches in his fastball-changeup combination and the further development of his breaking ball will help determine just how high the ceiling will be.

 

4. Brady Singer, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 82
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Singer was very close to signing with the Toronto Blue Jays as a second-round pick out of high school but a failed physical (for reasons unknown) scuttled the deal and he headed off to college instead. The right-hander has been a highly-sought-after commodity for quite some time but there is concern that he was perhaps overworked, which could become an issue down the line. Singer’s fastball isn’t quite as strong as the two pitchers above him but he may have the best combination of command and control of the trio. Along with throwing lots of quality strikes, he also induces a ton of ground balls and does a nice job avoiding the long ball.

 

5. Kris Bubic, LHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 96
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Bubic’s stuff is a step behind the trio of hurlers above but his funky delivery and improving control helped lead him to a 32.1% K-rate in 2019. Bubic struck out 185 batters in 149.1 innings over two A-ball stops, with his changeup being his most promising swing-and-miss offering. The lefty’s ceiling is more of a No. 4 starter but he has a durable frame so he should be able to provide a lot of innings.

 

6. Khalil Lee, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 150
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

A two-way player in high school, Lee has taken a little longer to figure out things in pro ball because of his time spent on the mound. He’s very athletic and loaded with tools but his approach at the plate leads to a lot of strikeouts and lower-than-ideal batting averages. The good news is that his patience helps him get on base to take advantage of his above-average speed, with Lee stealing 53 bases in 2019. He’s not the biggest player but has shown good raw power in the past - most notably hitting 17 home runs in 2017. But with a 59.3% groundball-rate last season, Lee's swing will need tweaks to consistently clear the outfield fences.

 

7. Kyle Isbel, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 193
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Injuries held Isbel to just 59 games in 2019 and he was no doubt looking forward to a strong performance in 2020 to help him get back on track. The left-handed hitter has actually hit southpaws better as a pro so he has some work to do to show he can be a valuable everyday player. Isbel shows flashes of power but it may end up being more of the gap variety. He also has the speed to steal 15-20 bases a season if he plays every day.

 

8. Erick Pena, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 248
2020 LEVEL: Rookie
MLB ETA: 2023

Given almost $4 million to sign last summer as a 16-year-old outfielder out of the Dominican Republic, Pena has as much potential as any player on this list but is also the rawest. With a chance to hit for both average and power, those who have seen him a lot see an advanced prospect who could move through the system relatively quickly. The lack of a delayed or canceled season could have a significant negative impact on players like Pena, who has yet to officially play pro ball.

 

9. Jonathan Bowlan, RHP

2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

At 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, Bowlan is a huge pitcher with a fastball that has touched 96-97 mph as a starter. He also has a potentially plus-slider but his changeup lags behind the other offerings, which suggests he could end up as a high-leverage reliever — especially given the pitching depth ahead of him. With that said, his ability to throw consistent strikes could allow him to stick as a starter even if he fails to develop a reliable third offering.

 

10. Austin Cox, LHP

2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Cox has shown a lot of improvements as a pro and has the potential to develop into a reliable No. 4 starter with four average-or-better offerings. He also has a big, strong pitcher’s frame and should provide a lot of innings. He threw very well at two A-ball levels in 2019 thanks to his above-average control. He doesn’t miss a ton of bats but limits base runners and keeps the ball in the park.

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Cleveland Indians: Top 10 Dynasty Prospects

We continue our look of the best prospects in each MLB team's farm system with the Cleveland Indians. Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that Minor League systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We might even see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, while players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. We're looking at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Quick Synopsis

Cleveland’s system has some intriguing young players, but the majority of the talent is found below Double-A. It’s a middle-of-the-pack system that could trend up quickly if some of the players develop as the organization hopes.

 

1. Nolan Jones, 3B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 28
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Raw power and strong on-base numbers are Jones’ calling cards. To fully tap into his potential, the young infielder needs to make adjustments to his swing to hit balls in the air more consistently. He also needs to be a little less passive at the plate as he can let too many hittable pitches go by, which leads to high strikeout rates. Over the past two seasons, he’s walked 185 times but also struck out 279 times in 246 games.

 

2. George Valera, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 60
2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2023

Valera held his own in 2019 as an 18-year-old playing against mostly college graduates in short-season A ball. He struggled to hit for average against the much older pitching last season, but showed a solid approach at the plate and should hit for a good batting average in time. He’s also willing to work the count and has the potential to hit 20-30 home runs in a season as he matures.

 

3. Triston McKenzie, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 89
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2021

Based on talent alone, McKenzie could be first on this list. He’s very athletic with an excellent pitcher’s frame, but repeated injuries have clouded his future. McKenzie hasn’t thrown a competitive pitch since mid-2018 due to forearm and serious back issues. At this point, he’s a wild card.

 

4. Brayan Rocchio, SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 116
2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2022

I expected a huge breakout season from Rocchio in 2019. He’s shown flashes of being a plus hitter, but he struggled out of the gate as an 18-year-old in short-season A ball. The encouraging news is that he was able to make adjustments and hit .283 with a .763 OPS in the final month of the 2019 season against much older competition. He has plus bat speed and could become a home run threat as his body matures.

 

5. Bobby Bradley, 1B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 125
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Bradley put an exclamation mark on his fifth straight Minor League season with at least 23 home runs by breaking the 30-homer mark for the first time. He’s one of the strongest players in the Minors and if he ever clues in that he doesn’t have to sell out for his power, he could be a solid big league contributor. However, he currently strikes out far too much and whiffed at a 33% clip at Triple-A in 2019. His willingness to take a walk helps offset the low batting average and gives him additional value in on-base leagues.

 

6. Tyler Freeman, 2B/SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 134
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Just 20 years old, Freeman is already pushing for a promotion to Double-A. He has average tools across the board, save for his plus hitting ability which has helped him hit more than .300 as a pro. Freeman isn’t flashy, but he could hit .280 or better for 30+ doubles, 10-15 home runs, and a handful of steals upon his eventual arrival.

 

7. Aaron Bracho, 2B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 149
2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2022

Bracho is similar to Freeman in that he’s a well-rounded player with mostly average tools across the board. He’s not quite the natural hitter that Freeman is, but Bracho has a little more power potential. In his pro debut as an 18-year-old in Rookie ball, the middle infielder posted a BB-K of 28-29 in 38 games so he has the potential to have increased value in on-base leagues, too.

 

8. Ethan Hankins, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 159
2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2022

Hankins possesses an impressive 6-foot-6 pitcher’s frame and can dial his heater up into the 94-97 mph range. He has a four-pitch mix with three possibly grading out as above-average. His command and control both need polish, but he does a nice job of keeping the ball down and avoiding the long ball when everything is clicking.

 

9. Daniel Espino, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 163
2020 LEVEL: SS-A
MLB ETA: 2023

Espino isn’t as physical as Hankins, but he has similar stuff. He can fire his heater in the mid-90s and backs it up with two breaking balls that show plus potential. A 2019 first-round Draft pick, the teenager overpowered hitters in rookie ball with 34 strikeouts in 23.2 innings.

 

10: Bo Naylor, C

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 177
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Naylor was a 2018 first-round Draft pick out of Canada but has a fairly advanced bat for a cold weather prospect. He’s the brother of Padres’ prospect Josh Naylor and is the better athlete of the two -- at least until the rigors of catching wear him down. The young catcher needs to slow things down at the plate and continue to gain experience against pro pitching as he looks to cut down on the swing-and-miss tendencies. But with maturity, there could be 15-20 home runs in his bat.

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Milwaukee Brewers: Top 10 Dynasty Prospects

Today, we’re continuing our look at the Top 10 dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” types could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action; throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet, so players who signed for large bonuses will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise.

 

Milwaukee Brewers Top 10 Prospects: Quick synopsis 

The Brewers have one of the weaker Minor League systems in baseball, but there are a few prospects of note. The club also added some intriguing arms during the 2019 amateur draft.

 

1. Brice Turang, SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 133
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Just 20 years old, Turang has shown an advanced bat for his age. He should eventually hit for a good average but he’ll likely never be a big home run hitter. However, his bat could still generate a ton of extra-base hits thanks to his good bat speed. He also has speed on the bases and could nab 20-30 bases per year as a big leaguer. Trea Turner (with less home run pop) is a decent comp for Turang’s future.

 

2. Tristen Lutz, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 201
2020 LEVEL:  AA
MLB ETA: 2021

The 21-year-old Lutz has a chance to develop into a power-hitting right fielder. He has 20+ home run potential, and the power may have to carry him because he strikes out a fair bit. He doesn’t project to hit for a high average, and he’s not going to be a big base stealer.

 

3. Aaron Ashby, LHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 214
2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Ashby has a good chance to develop into a No. 4 starter at the MLB level thanks to his four-pitch repertoire, which includes three offerings that could develop into above-average pitches. His inconsistent command and control limit his effectiveness at times but, when he’s on, he’s shown the ability to miss bats.

 

4. Carlos Rodriguez, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 218
2020 LEVEL: SS-A
MLB ETA: 2023

Players like Rodriguez tend to get overlooked in this era of boom-or-bust baseball, but I’m a fan. Just 19 years old, he’s already shown the ability to produce a high average and has hit more than .300 at three different stops in the lower Minors. He makes a ton of contact -- almost to a fault -- as he doesn’t walk much because he can hit just about any pitch thrown at him. The biggest knock against Rodriguez is his lack of pop, but if he can add some good weight and muscle to his frame, he should be able to produce at least gap power as he already produces respectable line-drive rates.

 

5. Drew Rasmussen, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 228
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Rasmussen was a promising amateur hurler but two Tommy John surgeries took some of the shine off his potential. He still has a plus fastball and a promising slider, which were on display when he zoomed through three different Minor League levels in 2019. He’s been working as a starter, but his future is likely in the bullpen due to his lack of durability and below-average third offering.

 

6. Eduardo Garcia, SS

2020 LEVEL: Rookie
MLB ETA: 2024

Signed for more than $1 million in 2018, Garcia’s first pro season was derailed after just 10 games due to a broken ankle. His best skills are on the defensive side of the game which has little value in fantasy baseball, but he’s shown a solid approach at the plate, too. He has a chance to hit for a solid average with decent pop.

 

7. Ethan Small, LHP

2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Small is a pitcher with three average offerings and good control with a shot at developing into a No. 4 starter. His changeup has a chance to generate the most swing-and-misses, while the breaking ball needs the most work to become a consistent big league weapon. He also has some deception in his delivery and solid command/control.

 

8. Mario Feliciano, C

2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

Feliciano has too much swing-and-miss to his game, but while he may never hit for a high average, he has a chance to have offensive value due to his above-average pop. His defensive skills all but assure he’ll stick behind the plate on a long-term basis.

 

9. Antoine Kelly, LHP

2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2023

Selected in the second round of the 2019 Draft out of junior college, Kelly is one of the hardest throwing southpaws around and can tickle triple digits. On the downside, he’s close to being a one-pitch pitcher, although his slider shows flashes of above-average potential. At just 20 years old, youth is on his side, but the lack of a deep repertoire and iffy control suggests that he could be headed for the bullpen.

 

10. Corey Ray, OF

2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

The fifth overall pick in the 2016 Draft, Ray has failed to translate his promising tools into baseball skills. In four seasons, he’s never hit above .240 because of his sky-high strikeout rates. On the plus side, he still has the potential to develop into a 20-20 (HR-SB) player while playing good outfield defense.

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Chicago Cubs: Top 10 Dynasty Prospects

Once the 2020 MLB season begins, it may turn out that minor league systems will be more important than usual. Franchises are losing money during the pandemic layoff, so many teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We might even see expanded rosters, at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action. Throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet so players who signed for large bonuses or come from well-off families will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. Today, we’re kicking off our look at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

The Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects Quick Synopsis

Years of attempting to be competitive have taken a bite out of the Cubs’ minor league system both with lower draft slots and trades involving prospects such as Gleyber Torres and Eloy Jimenez. The system has some high-ceiling prospects but the Cubs also have a tendency to acquire a lot of raw, athletic types.

 

1. Brailyn Marquez, LHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank:  62
2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2021

Marquez doesn’t get a lot of press but he’s an intriguing high-ceiling arm that was quite likely on the cusp of a huge breakout when the 2020 season went sideways. He made huge strides with his control in the second half of 2019 but I have concerns that the long layoff could impact the improvements made last year. Even if things fail to click permanently with the control and command, Marquez is one of the rare southpaws that can hit triple digits with his heater so he could end up as a high-leverage reliever. He backs up the heat with a promising breaking ball and decent changeup which suggests he has the weapons to pile up strikeouts regardless of his future role.

 

2. Nico Hoerner, SS/2B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 77
2020 Prospect Rank: 33
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Hoerner isn’t the most electric prospect and will likely settle in as more of a good-not-great MLB contributor. But he’s a safe bet to contribute to a big-league club as a middle infielder that could play multiple positions to increase his value. Hoerner could be a 15-15 (HR-SB) player with the ability to produce a solid batting average, as well. He earns good grades on his makeup, so he should be able to squeeze all available talent from his toolbox.

 

3. Brennen Davis, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 131
2020 LEVEL:  A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Davis was considered a relatively raw prospect when he was drafted out of high school because of his multi-sport focus. But he’s been a quick learner since focusing solely on baseball. Davis oozes tools and has enviable athletic ability. He should eventually hit for excellent in-game power (20 or more homers) thanks to his quick bat and developing frame, while also stealing 20 or more bases.

 

4. Adbert Alzolay, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 141
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

This young pitcher was beaten around in his MLB debut in 2019 and might be better suited to relief work at the big league level. His fastball-curveball combination can elicit strikeouts but he’s not the biggest pitcher and also struggles with his command — both of which prevent him from working deep into games. Standing just six-foot, Alzolay struggles to generate a downward plane on his offerings and generates too many fly balls.

 

5. Ryan Jensen, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 209
2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2022

College pitchers that struggle and only find success in their draft seasons always worry me a bit and Jensen is no exception -- even though the Cubs didn’t hesitate to take him 27th overall in the 2019 draft. He’s a shorter pitcher but has an athletic frame so there is hope that he’ll pitch bigger than his six-foot frame. He has an excellent fastball, solid breaking ball, and a modest changeup, which suggests he may be destined for a bullpen role unless he uses this time away from the game to polish his secondary offerings and his control.

 

6. Miguel Amaya, C

2020 LEVEL: AA
MLB ETA: 2021

If we were rating prospects on real-world skills rather than fantasy baseball skills, Amaya would rank higher on the Cubs’ prospect list. His best skills come from the defensive side of his game. He has a chance to produce a decent on-base average because he’ll take more than his fair share of walks but he’s not an overly gifted hitter. There is also a chance that he could consistently hit double-digit home runs if he continues to get stronger and plays every day.

 

7. Christopher Morel, 3B

2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Morel was signed way back in 2015 but he’s still just 20 years old. He’s struggled to add muscle to his very slender frame but he has a lightning-quick bat and could eventually grow into some impressive pop. He reached full-season ball for the first time in 2019 and showed promise but he needs to hone his way-too-aggressive approach if he’s going to find success in the upper levels of the minors.

 

8. Cory Abbott, RHP

2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Abbott is a solid-but-unspectacular arm who has had a lot of success in the minors because he understands his strengths and weaknesses and doesn’t try to be someone he’s not. Abbott has an average fastball but he has a four-pitch mix which helps him miss bats by keeping hitters off balance. If he can show average-or-better command and control in the Majors, he has a chance to be an innings-eating No. 4 starter.

 

9. Chase Strumpf, 2B

2020 LEVEL: A-
MLB ETA: 2022

An offensive-minded second baseman, Strumpf could develop into a solid-but-unspectacular second baseman at the MLB level. He has a chance to hit 30-40 doubles if he doesn’t eventually morph some of that pop into more over-the-fence power. To do that, though, and not wash out in the upper levels of the minors, he’ll need to keep the swing-and-miss in check.

 

10. Riley Thompson, RHP

2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

Thompson has shown a fastball that can tickle triple digits and can back it up with a potentially-plus curveball. So why isn’t he ranked higher? He has a checkered past in terms of his health and lacks a third reliable pitch which suggests he could eventually end up in the bullpen. However, for now, he’s an intriguing prospect with a chance to stick as a starter.

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Detroit Tigers: Top 10 Dynasty Prospects

Major League Baseball will return. When it does, minor league systems may be more important than ever. With all teams losing money during the pandemic layoff, teams will be looking for sources of cheap production. It might also take older players longer to rebound from a long layoff meaning we could see more injuries and more roster moves. We might even see expanded rosters — at least in the early going.

One important question to ask is: How will a long layoff affect prospects? One has to assume the more advanced prospects prior to the work stoppage will be at an advantage, while the more “toolsy but raw” type could be hurt with the lack of repetition and in-game action. Throwing or hitting in simulated environments just doesn’t match up to the real thing. Many prospects will have to work jobs during the pandemic just to make ends meet so players who signed for large bonuses or come from well-off families will have an advantage. Other prospects that lack strong discipline and commitment to their craft could struggle to stay in shape.

We won’t really know what the layoff impact will have on baseball in general until things start ramping up. But we do know that a strong prospect pool will continue to be an important element for a successful baseball franchise. Today, we’re kicking off our look at the Top 10 (or more) dynasty prospects in each organization with an eye to discovering which organizations are best positioned to succeed with their player development when games resume. Make sure to check out all of our prospect content, including Top 50 for 2020 and Top 250 for Dynasty Leagues.

 

Detroit Tigers Top 10 Prospects Summary

The Tigers’ rebuild is in great shape and the club could quickly pull itself out of the quicksand when the big league rotation gets an infusion of talent. The Tigers have three of the top 15-20 arms in all of minor league baseball.

 

1. Matt Manning, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 12
2020 Prospect Rank: 49
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2021

Manning is an absolute beast with mid-to-upper-90s heat, an excellent breaking ball, and strong athleticism that should allow him to develop above-average command and control. He should also be durable with a 6-foot-6, 215-pound frame. He reminds me of a young Justin Verlander and has top-of-the-rotation potential.

 

2. Riley Greene, OF

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 13
2020 LEVEL:  A-
MLB ETA: 2022

I’ve been banging the drum while leading the Riley Greene bandwagon for a while now and some people have noted my aggressive rankings of the young outfielder. I get it. He’s a 2019 draft pick who has yet to play a full season in pro ball. But this is also a player who was drafted fifth overall and reached Low-A ball in his debut as a teenager. Then he blew up during spring training in 2020 and posted a 1.528 OPS in (small-sample alert) 12 at-bats with two home runs and a BB-K of 6-2. That kind of performance is almost unheard of for someone with such limited pro experience even with a small number of at-bats. Nothing phases him, which bodes well for his future as a middle-of-the-order run producer.

 

3. Casey Mize, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 16
2020 Prospect Rank: 32
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2021

Mize is ranked third on this list but could be No. 1 on 20 other organizations’ rankings. That’s how strong the Tigers’ Top 10 list is at the top. Mize slides down a bit for me because he’s had some troubling health issues in the past. He’s also not as physical and athletic as Manning above, so there are durability concerns. Looking just at his stuff — including a potentially plus-plus splitter — as well as his strong makeup, Mize has “ace” written all over him and will slot in nicely behind Manning.    

 

4. Tarik Skubal, LHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 41
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2021

A 2018 ninth-round pick, Skubal is proof that you can find gems in unlikely places. The southpaw has seen his raw stuff spike upwards since turning pro and distancing himself from the Tommy John surgery that he had in college. He now looks like a potential mid-rotation starter with the potential to have four average-or-better offerings, including a fastball that can hit the mid-90s.

 

5. Willi Castro, SS

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 171
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

The Tigers’ list drops off significantly here but Castro is still an intriguing prospect. He’s not super-flashy and is too aggressive for his own good but he’s hit .290 or better in two of the last three seasons, has some gap pop and can steal 10-15 bases. He can also play a steady shortstop and has the skill to fill in at second base and third base. This type of player can still have value in fantasy baseball.

 

6. Alex Faedo, RHP

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 212
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Faedo was a very good college pitcher who suffered from being overused. His stuff bounced back a bit in 2019 which gives hope that he could develop into a No. 4 starter. A move to the bullpen, especially with the big three arms above, could allow him to focus on his fastball-slider combination and perhaps even add a few more ticks to his velocity.

 

7. Isaac Paredes, 3B

Dynasty Prospect Rank: 237
2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

Paredes is a good hitter that does a nice job of taking a walk when it’s offered and avoiding the strikeout. He also has 15-20 home run potential, but he’s struggled to keep his conditioning in check and the long layoff could hurt him in this regard. He’s played a few different infield positions but third base is his most likely landing spot and it remains to be seen if he has the firepower to play there every day for a contending ball club.

 

8. Daz Cameron, OF

2020 LEVEL: AAA
MLB ETA: 2020

The son of former MLB outfielder Mike Cameron, this toolsy player was very raw coming out of high school but made promising, steady strides before taking a step back at Triple-A in 2019. He struggles with pitch recognition and hasn’t ever really picked up the nuances of hitting. He’s a good fielder, though, so he should reach the Majors on the strength of his defense alone. But there is so much more potential here with his raw power and speed (20-20 potential).

 

9. Joey Wentz, LHP

2020 LEVEL: Disabled List
MLB ETA: 2022

Wentz was one of my favorite under-the-radar arms when he was acquired by the Tigers from the Braves in 2019. The southpaw looked to be in a better position after getting out of the pitching-rich Braves organization but he injured his arm in early 2020 and underwent Tommy John surgery in March.

 

10. Parker Meadows, OF

2020 LEVEL: A+
MLB ETA: 2022

The brother of Rays’ outfielder Austin Meadows, Parker is a player who could avoid damage to his overall game from the layoff. He has given a bonus that will allow him to focus on his training and he also has his brother to help him stay focused. The younger Meadows has an intriguing power-speed mix but also needs time to polish his offensive approach and to taper a swing that can get too long.

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