Top 10 prospects for 2019 – Week 10, June 3, 2019
This is a top 10 prospect list which will have the 10 best players who will contribute in 2019, but do not yet play in the MLB. It is not a list on the top 10 best prospects in baseball, because other factors play in such as what team he plays for, the depth chart of that team and if the team is a contender. The list is also from a fantasy point of view, which can differ from the real life in many aspects.
Yordan Alvarez is in the middle of a slump, but he still has had the best minor league season so far. The question mark is when the Astros feel they need him, but we are likely still a couple of weeks away. Forrest Whitley has shoulder fatigue and is no longer on the list. He entered the list as the top pitching prospect in baseball, but his 2019 campaign has been awful so far. Long-term he is still one of the most interesting prospects, but remember this list is for 2019 and he might not have any high fantasy value this season.
- Yordan Alvarez – Houston Astros – Age 21 (Previous week: +/- 0)
2019: (AAA) 52 GP, 45 R, 70 Hits, 21 HR, 65 RBI, 2 SB, BA .357, OBP .453, SLG .760, OPS 1.213
Yordan Alvarez has cooled down a little bit lately, but he has been the best player in the minors this year. He might not play for the ideal team, because the Astros do not have any room for him in the outfield at the moment. He will however get playing time in Houston, but when? His main asset is his power hitting.
- Kyle Tucker – Houston Astros – OF – Age 22 (Previous week: +/- 0)
2019: (AAA) 52 GP, 39 R, 50 Hits, 16 HR, 37 RBI, 12 SB, BA .254, OBP .332, SLG .574, OPS 0.905
Kyle Tucker is the ideal fantasy prospect, as he will give you homeruns, stolen bases and a good batting average. He played some games in 2018, but did not take advantage of that opportunity. One problem for Tucker is Yordan Alvarez, because who will be given the first chance? The Astros probably do not have room for both Tucker and Alvarez in the outfield.
- Luis Urias – San Diego Padres – 2B – Age 21 (Previous week: +/- 0)
2019: (AAA) 41 GP, 39 R, 59 Hits, 14 HR, 32 RBI, 4 SB, BA .364, OBP .458, SLG .728, OPS 1.186
San Diego Padres 2B of the future Luis Urias has been great lately, but at the moment he will need to prove himself in Triple-A. His numbers in the minors might fool some of the fantasy owners, he will not hit for so much power with the Padres.
- Dylan Cease – Chicago White Sox – SP – Age 23 (Previous week: +/- 0)
2019: (AAA) 9 G, 47.0 IP, 46 H, 17 ER, 3.26 ERA, 1.340 WHIP, 3.3 BB9, 10.3 SO
Dylan Cease is one of the most promising young pitchers, and it looks like he will be given a chance with the Chicago White Sox this year. His strikeout ability will be appreciated by fantasy players. He will likely be a call up later this summer.
- Carter Kieboom – Washington Nationals – 2B/SS – Age 21 (Previous week: +/- 0)
2019: (AAA) 39 GP, 31 R, 44 Hits, 8 HR, 36 RBI, 3 SB, BA .310, OBP .416, SLG .585, OPS 1.001
The Washington Nationals have struggled this season, and the results have not been good enough. Carter Kieboom got the chance earlier this season with Trea Turner on the Injury List. He could not find consistency then, but will get more chances.
- Ryan Mountcastle – Baltimore Orioles – 1B/3B – Age 22 (Previous week: +2)
2019: (AAA) 46 GP, 33 R, 63 Hits, 11 HR, 39 RBI, 1 SB, BA .328, OBP .351, SLG .578, OPS 0.930
Ryan Mountcastle is one a player on the rise, because Baltimore Orioles need good young players and he fits that description. Mountcastle has been hot lately and hit 3 HR last night. He recently missed one week due to a wrist injury but is now back in the lineup.
- Mitch Keller – Pittsburgh Pirates – SP – Age 23 (Previous week: new)
2019: (AAA) 10 G, 53.0 IP, 50 H, 20 ER, 3.40 ERA, 1.358 WHIP, 3.7 BB9, 10.4 SO
The Pittsburgh Pirates are known to be very cautious with their pitching prospects and they clearly do not think Mitch Keller is ready yet. He has pitched in the majors this season, but that was one start. Keller is maybe a better real-life prospect compared to a fantasy prospect, but he still one of the most interesting starting pitchers in Triple-A.
- Zac Gallen – Miami Marlins – SP – Age 23 (Previous week: -2)
2019: (AAA) 11 G, 74.0 IP, 37 H, 13 ER, 1.70 ERA, 0.676 WHIP, 1.6 BB9, 10.7 SO
Miami Marlins pitching prospect Zac Gallen is clearly ready for the next level, as he is destroying triple-A at the moment. However, it is not known what the Marlins organization will do in 2019? Will he get a chance or do they prefer to keep him in the minors? If he would have a clearer path to the majors he would be higher on this list.
- Jesus Luzardo – Oakland Athletics – SP – Age 21 (Previous week: -1)
2019: has not played yet
Jesus Luzardo is still on this list, because we still believe he will pitch for the Oakland Atheltics this season. He was one of the most promising young arms for 2019, but got hurt in spring training. He will need some starts in Triple-A before he will get the call.
- Brendan McKay – Tampa Bay Rays – SP – Age 23 (Previous week: -1)
2019: (AA) 8 G, 41.2 IP, 25 H, 6 ER, 1.30 ERA, 0.816 WHIP, 1.9 BB9, 13.4 SO
2019: (AA) 23 GP, 8 R, 13 Hits, 0 HR, 8 RBI, 0 SB, BA .167, OBP .256, SLG .192, OPS 0.448
Brendan McKay has now advanced to Triple-A and the Tampa Bay Rays are a contender this season, which makes him an interesting pitching prospect. McKay is a two-way player, but it is clear his arm is far the stronger asset in 2019. If he reaches the higher level it will be as a pitcher.
Other notables: Luis Robert, Logan Allen, Jorge Mateo, Forrest Whitley