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Top 50 Prospects for Fantasy Baseball Redraft: Week 3 Rankings


We have yet to play two full weeks of the Major League Baseball season but we’ve already witnessed a great many things in 2020 — some good, some not so good. But, on the plus side, this crazy season — and its 30-man rosters — has afforded quite a few opportunities to MLB rookies, especially on the pitching side.

We’ve seen an exciting mix of promising arms and potent bats reach the Majors so far in 2020. Some clubs, like the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros, are well-placed in the standings because of contributions from their young players. Other teams are perhaps doing better than expected due to contributions from their young players, such as the Chicago White Sox and the Seattle Mariners.

This list will keep you apprised of all the news you need to know regarding the young players in the Majors. The pace of key player promotions has seen an uptick over the past week and should continue throughout this shortened season as more and more teams play with urgency (and health issues continue to spike).

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The Top 50 Redraft Prospects for 2020

Ranking Player Pos Team ETA
1 Luis Robert OF CWS MLB
2 Kyle Lewis OF SEA MLB
3 Nate Pearson SP TOR MLB
4 Dustin May SP LAD MLB
5 Carter Kieboom 3B/2B WAS MLB
6 Jesus Luzardo SP OAK MLB
7 Nico Hoerner 2B/SS CHC MLB
8 Gavin Lux SS/2B LAD August
9 Jo Adell OF LAA MLB
10 Brady Singer SP KC MLB
11 Sam Hilliard OF COL MLB
12 Nick Solak 3B/OF TEX MLB
13 Dylan Carlson OF STL August
14 Nick Madrigal 2B CWS MLB
15 Sean Murphy C OAK MLB
16 Daulton Varsho C/OF ARZ MLB
17 Evan White 1B SEA MLB
18 Brendan Rodgers 2B/22 COL August
19 Brendan McKay SP TB August
20 Jose Urquidy SP HOU August
21 Spencer Howard SP PHI August
22 James Karinchak RP CLE MLB
23 Mauricio Dubon 2B SF MLB
24 Casey Mize SP DET August
25 Randy Dobnak SP MIN MLB
26 David Peterson SP NYM MLB
27 Austin Hays OF BAL MLB
28 Alec Bohm 3B PHI August
29 Cristian Javier SP HOU MLB
30 Nick Burdi RP PIT MLB
31 Tony Gonsolin SP LAD August
32 Brusdar Graterol RP LAD MLB
33 Kyle Wright SP ATL MLB
34 Bryan Abreu RP HOU MLB
35 Mitch Keller SP PIT INJ
36 Tyler Stephenson C CIN MLB
37 Monte Harrison OF MIA MLB
38 Jordan Romano RP TOR MLB
39 Brent Rooker OF/1B MIN August
40 MacKenzie Gore SP SD August
41 Thomas Hatch RP TOR MLB
42 Josh Lowe OF TB August
43 Luis Patino SP SD MLB
44 Abraham Toro 3B HOU MLB
45 Sixto Sanchez SP MIA August
46 Wander Franco SS/3B TB September
47 Alex Kirilloff OF MIN August
48 Edward Olivares OF SD MLB
49 Logan Webb SP SF MLB
50 Clarke Schmidt SP NYY August

 

Notes on Prospects 1-10

1. Luis Robert, OF, White Sox: Robert been as good as advertised and ended the week with a 178 wRC+. His otherworldly bat speed has generated a 30% line-drive rate and he’s regularly displayed his game-changing speed. Just brace yourself for his first extended slump, as he was a very streaky hitter in the minor leagues. Robert is owned in 94% of Yahoo Fantasy leagues so you’re not going to pick him up on the waiver wire but you might still be able to find an owner to trade with that doesn’t fully appreciate the valuable player they possess.

2. Kyle Lewis, OF, Mariners: Even with a slow start by the Seattle Mariners, Lewis has been the talk of the baseball world. Through his first 10 games on the season, the young slugger was flashing a wRC+ of 225. But he also had a BABIP of .700 (not a typo) through the weekend. Rub that up against his strikeout rate of almost 40% and you know that regression is coming for this talented player so brace yourself. Lewis is up to 75% owned in Yahoo Fantasy so your window to cash in is quickly narrowing.

3. Nate Pearson, SP, Blue Jays: Pearson has made just one start so far in his brief MLB career but he showed why everyone is excited about his potential. And I would argue he wasn’t even at his best when he held the Nationals to two hits over five shutout innings. He’s going to provide innings and strikeouts moving forward. Pearson is owned in 71% of Yahoo Fantasy leagues so you may have a chance to get a big upgrade if you act quickly.

4. Dustin May, SP, Dodgers: May has been as good as advertised early on. His average fastball velocity of 97.5 mph has him among the hardest-throwing starting pitchers in the Majors. Unfortunately, he’s been a little more hittable than expected because he’s struggled with the command of his secondary offerings. I think he’ll iron things out soon and be even more dominant. May is owned in 68% of Yahoo Fantasy leagues so, like Nate Pearson above, you may still have an opportunity to cash in.

5. Carter Kieboom, 3B, Nationals: What does a young player have to do to earn playing time? After a sluggish MLB debut in 2019, Kieboom has looked good in 2020. However, he’s also been given opportunities in just three games while the club has favored veteran Asdrubal Cabrera (.732 OPS). It’s a curious managing decision given the value that Kieboom has in the long-term future of the club and possesses a much higher upside. I’m expecting him to get an extended run going shortly given his BB-K of 3-3 and 1.028 OPS. Along with the return of Juan Soto, Kieboom could help jumpstart this club.  He’s owned in only 11% of Yahoo Fantasy leagues and could soon have dual-position eligibility (SS and 3B).

6. Jesus Luzardo, SP, Athletics: Luzardo opened the year in the bullpen to build up arm strengths but now the reigns are off and he’s going to be a starter for the A’s moving forward. The young lefty has seven strikeouts through his first 6.1 innings with many more to come. Keep an eye on the command, though, as he hasn’t been as sharp as expected. At 92% owned in Yahoo Fantasy leagues, you’ll likely need to work a trade to grab him.

7. Nico Hoerner, IF, Cubs: Hoerner has been given an opportunity to play every day in this veteran-heavy lineup, which is great news for his fantasy owners. The bad news is that, aside from his empty .292 batting average, he hasn’t offered much additional value. Hoerner continues to show that he’s a solid complementary player but likely lacks star power. He’s owned in just 7% of Yahoo Fantasy leagues so if he heats up, he could be some help at second base and/or shortstop.

8. Gavin Lux, 2B/SS, Dodgers: Surprisingly, Lux opened the season at the alternate training site rather on the big league roster. Once Enrique Hernandez slows down (and/or has to move to cover an injury somewhere else on the field), I expect Lux to be up. If he does get the call, you’ll have to act quickly as he’s already owned in 62% of Yahoo Fantasy leagues.

9. Jo Adell, OF, Angels: Off to an ugly start and now without Shohei Ohtani due to injury, the club has turned to Adell for an offensive spark. Expect some peaks and valleys with a significant number of strikeouts, especially early on, but Adell has really started to tap into his raw power over the past year. Adell is owned in just 45% of Yahoo Fantasy leagues so, if you need outfield help, now is the time to jump on him.

10. Brady Singer, SP, Royals: The Royals’ aggressive promotion of Singer has looked like a shrewd move given how well he’s pitched through his first two MLB starts. His second start of the year built upon his solid debut. Singer has shown an ability to both miss bats and generate ground balls. Keep an eye on the splits, though, as he’s issued three of his four walks to left-handed batters and lacks a true swing-and-miss weapon against them. Singer is criminally-under-owned in Yahoo Fantasy leagues at 32%.

 

Notes on Prospects 11-30

11. Sam Hilliard, OF, Rockies: Hilliard has a frightening 50% strikeout rate through five games but he’s actually been almost an average hitter based on wRC+. The young slugger may have only three hits but two of those have gone for extra bases and he’s walked three times in 19 plate appearances. And eventually, he’ll start running, too. Owned in just 19% of Yahoo Fantasy leagues, Hilliard could be a good buy-low candidate if he starts to heat up.

12. Nick Solak, IF/OF, Rangers: Solak has gotten off to a relatively slow start to the year. His BB-K of 4-3 is promising but none of his five hits have gone for extra bases — a surprising development given that he’s coming off of a 32-home run season. But then it also seems like the balls may not have quite as much juice this year. Like Sam Hilliard above, Solak could be a great candidate to snap up once he starts to heat up. He’s owned in just 20% of Yahoo Fantasy leagues despite being eligible at second base and third base.

13. Dylan Carlson, OF, Cardinals: Carlson opened up the year at the club’s alternate training site but he may not be there for much longer. The club is in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak which could force the club’s hand and open up an opportunity for Carlson and his potent bat. Owned in 22% of Yahoo Fantasy leagues, now might be the time to snap him up.

14. Nick Madrigal, 2B, White Sox: Madrigal struggled through his first two MLB games but the third game was a whole different story. The young hitter’s all-fields approach was on full display as he went 4-for-5. Get used to seeing him on base once he settles in.

15. Sean Murphy, C, Athletics: It’s been an ugly start to the year for Murphy, who has a strikeout rate above 41% in seven games. I remain bullish on this young catcher, though, and there isn’t much catching depth on the club. Murphy is owned in just 25% of Yahoo Leagues so if you need catching, he could be an excellent option if/when he starts to heat up.

16. Daulton Varsho, C/OF, Diamondbacks: Varsho has gotten the call from the alternate site but the club has yet to entrust him with regular playing time. The versatile player deserves a shot to play regularly and help spark this floundering franchise. He’s currently owned in just 3% of Yahoo Fantasy leagues but that could spike quickly once he starts playing and adds positional versatility.

17. Evan White, 1B, Mariners: Kyle Lewis’ hot start has distracted from White’s poor start. The walk rate of 12% cannot distract from a .139 batting average or 39% strikeout rate. The gap between Double-A and the Majors is looking quite large right now for White. He could start to sink like a rock on this list if he doesn't perk up quickly.

20. Jose Urquidy, SP, Astros: Urquidy is working his way back after his COVID-19 diagnosis and should be back before too long. His presence will be a welcomed sight for a club that has seen its already-thin pitching depth hit by repeated injuries. Urquidy is owned in just 58% of leagues. He’s getting closer to being activated so now is the time to buy as he could provide a lot of key innings for the Astros once he’s healthy.

22. James Karinchak, RP, Indians: Karinchak has been showing why he’s considered one of the most promising relief prospects in baseball with eight strikeouts in five innings. He’s been commanding his fastball well and is averaging more than 97 mph with the heat.

23. Mauricio Dubon, IF, Giants: Dubon has gotten off to a slow start with the bat thanks in part to a BB-K rate of 2-7 through eight games. The good news is that he’s been versatile with appearances at second base, shortstop and in the outfield.

24. Casey Mize, SP, Tigers: There was some talk of Mize coming up to make a start in Sunday’s doubleheader but that move never materialized. Still, it shouldn’t be long before Tigers fans get a look at this pitching phenom. Now might be the time to jump on Mize and stash him. He’s owned in just 29% of Yahoo Fantasy leagues.

25. Randy Dobnak, SP, Twins: Dobnak was supposed to be holding a spot warm in the starting rotation for injured pitchers but it might be tough for the Twins to shift him to the bullpen. He’s allowed just one run on six hits through two starts (nine innings).

26. David Peterson, SP, Mets: Peterson has more than held his own through two MLB starts. The former first-round pick has struggled a bit with his command but he’s had some mechanical issues. Long-term, he’s more of a No. 4 starter but he could chew up some innings for the Mets in 2020.

29. Cristian Javier, SP, Astros: Javier has looked good early on for the pitching-starved Astros but he’s more of a ‘control and deception’ pitcher than a true overpowering arm. When his command is off, he’ll get hit hard.

30. Nick Burdi, RP, Pirates: Burdi has always been loaded with potential but has never been able to stay healthy. He’s looked good early on — albeit in only two games — and has been averaging 98 mph on his heater. If you need some relief help he might be a solid option as he’s owned in just 14% of Yahoo Fantasy leagues.

 

Notes on Prospects 31-50

31. Tony Gonsolin, SP, Dodgers: Gonsolin is fully MLB ready and has a higher ceiling than most realize… but he’s also on the Dodgers and the club’s incredible depth means that he’s riding the shuttle between the alternate site and the big league roster. He wasn’t as sharp as normal in his spot start but he still got the job done.

33. Kyle Wright, SP, Braves: Wright has been battling his control early on in 2020 with a K-BB of 8-7 in 6.0 innings over two starts. Still, he’s getting some strikeouts when he can find the plate and appears to be a slow starter. Don’t give up on him just yet.

34. Bryan Abreu, RP, Astros: The loss of Roberto Osuna to injury could open up some high-leverage innings for Abreu — if he can find a way to throw strikes. However, the K-BB of 2-4 in 2.2 innings is not going to get it done.

37. Monte Harrison, OF, Marlins: The COVID-19 outbreak on the Marlins could be just what Harrison needs to finally get an extended opportunity in the Majors. He has an intriguing power-speed mix and appears to have made some strides with his swing-and-miss tendencies. Harrison is owned in just 4% of Yahoo Fantasy leagues.

41. Thomas Hatch, P, Blue Jays: Hatch has looked good for the Blue Jays through two relief appearances. A former starter, he’s allowed just one hit in five relief innings while averaging 94.5 mph on his heater and showing potential with his secondary offerings.

43. Luis Patino, P, Padres: In a shocking bit of news, it was reported Tuesday that San Diego was promoting the 20-year-old phenom to work out of the bullpen. It’s also surprising that Patino made it to the Majors before fellow stud pitching prospect MacKenzie Gore. This young pitcher could zoom up this list over the next few weeks if he finds his way into the starting rotation. Patino is owned in 8% of Yahoo Fantasy leagues and climbing.

 



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Lies, Damned Lies, and Fantasy Football Statistics (Week 7)

The more data we get as the season goes on, the better equipped we are to interpret matchups and make informed decisions. Then Week 6 comes along and blows it all to hell. The unpredictability of sports is what keeps us intrigued, as frustrating as it may be at times. Numbers are supposedly to be... Read More


The King's Week 7 Fantasy Football Lineup Rankings (Premium Content)

Welcome back, RotoBallers!  Below you will find my Week 7 fantasy football lineup rankings. The ranks are available in PPR, Half PPR and Standard formats. They will be updated as needed, so make sure to check back for the latest versions. Skill Position analysis is primarily based on the PPR ranks. The rankings are powered by... Read More


Slow Starters Ready to Break Out in Fantasy?

We are now more than a third of the way into the fantasy football season and a seemingly clearer picture is available across the landscape. After a pandemic-shortened offseason and lack of preseason exposure, there were plenty of worries headed into the first month specifically. Thus far, one of the most prevalent topics with regards... Read More


Fantasy Football Warning Signals for Week 7

The warning signals get brighter by the week since we have more data to work from. The larger the sample size the easier it is for us to connect the dots from the latest trends. Football is a game of small samples and many variables, making it one of the hardest sports to predict. How... Read More


How to Value Clyde Edwards-Helaire with Le'Veon Bell in KC

Clyde Edwards-Helaire or Jonathan Taylor? Coming into the season this was the biggest question for fantasy GMs, both dynasty managers who were thinking long-term and redraft managers who wanted to know who would be better for this season. There were many different theories and believe me when I say, both sides thought they were 100%... Read More


NextGen Stats - Quarterback Breakdowns and Takeaways

It's been a month since the last time we took a look at our beloved quarterbacks. Numbers are numbers, and numbers don't lie. You can twist them, but looking at them objectively, numbers say that no matter what, rushing the ball is almost always a worse option than passing it in today's game. That's why... Read More


Fantasy Football Risers and Fallers - Week 7

Whether due to their own play, the play of others, or injuries, players' stock increases and decreases on a weekly basis. Perhaps more than any other, the NFL is a league that experiences ups and downs at a rapid pace. With only 16 games, there’s little room for error and seemingly endless opportunities for improvement.... Read More


Coaching Matters: Offenses That Will Improve From Week 6

This series continues into its sixth week of where I dive into offensive areas that will improve or decline based on coaching in order to glean insight as to fantasy football value. In Week 6, we saw performances such as Ryan Tannehill throwing for 364 passing yards, the Houston Texans running backs combining for 66 rushing yards, and the New... Read More


Tape Tells All: D'Andre Swift's Week 6 Performance

Welcome to another edition of Tape Tells All. I've been thinking of rebranding as just TAPE. All-Caps like that. Probably wouldn't be a good idea for SEO purposes, right? Anyways, this week we'll be discussing Detroit Lions rookie running back D'Andre Swift. Swift set a lot of career highs this week, with bests in carries... Read More


Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds

Week 6 was like the 2020 of fantasy football weeks. All those great matchups meant nothing, those studs let you down, and your bench likely went crazy. The good news is that we didn't have any season-ending injuries to running backs or games canceled due to COVID, so in retrospect maybe we shouldn't complain. The... Read More


FAB Bidding - Week 7 Waiver Wire Targets

Whether it's injuries, bye-week blues, or simply poor performance, we've got the waiver-wire cure...but it just might cost you! Alongside our famous waiver wire pickups list and our weekly waiver wire columns by position, this column focuses on suggested waiver wire bidding percentages for fantasy football owners in leagues using a Free Agent Budget (FAB). In... Read More


Waiver Wire Express - Week 7 Lightning Round

Week 6 was relatively healthy and had no coronavirus delays, so let's just take a moment to bask in that. That said, we still saw Miles Sanders (knee) and Zach Ertz (ankle) go down, while Mark Ingram (ankle) has a bye to get healthy. Week 7 byes are Baltimore, Indianapolis, Miami, and Minnesota. Let's get... Read More


Running Back Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 7

Fantasy GMs are to be commended for rising to the unique challenges that have unfolded during this regular season. Injuries to critical players is an unwelcome reality that occurs every year. This is also the case for backs that were expected to operate as RB1s, but have been relegated to committees. However, this season has... Read More


Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 7

Six weeks of NFL football are behind us, aside from a pair of Monday games, including a late afternoon game between the Bills and the Chiefs. In terms of wide receiver production this week, we didn't have the huge breakouts like we had in Week 5. Chase Claypool didn't score four touchdowns. In fact, only... Read More


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RotoBaller has assembled a list of daily MLB injury updates to help you prepare both your seasonal and daily fantasy baseball (DFS) lineups, every day of the MLB season. Below is our updated list of injured MLB players for October 23rd, 2020. Only players on teams that are scheduled to play today will appear below... Read More


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