Top 10 prospects for 2019 – Week 11, June 10, 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.
We have a new number one on the list, and maybe a player who should still be in the MLB. Keston Hiura was sent back to Triple-A by the Brewers, but he leaved a very good first impression at the highest level. He will likely soon be back in Milwaukee, but for now he is number one.
Last week’s number one Yordan Alvarez was promoted by the Houston Astros this weekend, and he did not disappoint with a HR in his first game. With Alvarez up Kyle Tucker is still in the minors and maybe an even more interesting fantasy prospect, because he can steal bases.
The injuries are more frequent around the MLB, and it is important to have some knowledge of the young talent that could soon be called up.
1. Keston Hiura – Milwaukee Brewers – 2B – Age 22 (Previous week: new)
2019: (MLB) 17 GP, 8 R, 18 Hits, 5 HR, 9 RBI, 1 SB, BA .281, OBP .333, SLG .531, OPS 0.865
Sometimes it is tough to pick the number one, but this week it was easy. Keston Hiura should still be with the Brewers, but they have Travis Shaw back from injury and needed to send someone down. Hiura is a great hitter, with power in a good hitter’s ballpark. What more can you ask for? And did I mention he plays 2B, a position which can be tricky to find good value.
2. Kyle Tucker – Houston Astros – OF – Age 22 (Previous week: +/- 0)
2019: (AAA) 58 GP, 49 R, 61 Hits, 21 HR, 47 RBI, 12 SB, BA .269, OBP .343, SLG .621, OPS 0.964
Kyle Tucker hit 5 HR last week, and added 10 runs. He looks to be ready to get a new shot with the Houston Astros. But the depth at outfield in Houston could make it a bit tricky. However, Tucker is an injury away (or maybe two) from playing in the MLB again.
3. Luis Urias – San Diego Padres – 2B – Age 21 (Previous week: +/- 0)
2019: (AAA) 46 GP, 43 R, 65 Hits, 14 HR, 34 RBI, 5 SB, BA .353, OBP .444, SLG .696, OPS 1.140
The San Diego Padres infield is crowded with Fernando Tatis Jr back, but Luis Urias has shown he wants to be back with the Padres. He played 11 games earlier this season in San Diego, but did not take advantage of the opportunity. He will not hit for power in the MLB like he has done in Triple-A, but he is projected as a very good overall hitter.
4. Dylan Cease – Chicago White Sox – SP – Age 23 (Previous week: +/- 0)
2019: (AAA) 11 G, 52.2 IP, 54 H, 24 ER, 4.10 ERA, 1.443 WHIP, 3.8 BB9, 10.1 SO
Chicago White Sox Dylan Cease has two bad starts this week, which could push his debut back. With the White Sox in rebuilding mode they are in no hurry to get more help at the highest level. Cease has the tools to be an ace, but he needs to step it up again.
5. Mitch Keller – Pittsburgh Pirates – SP – Age 23 (Previous week: +2)
2019: (AAA) 11 G, 58.0 IP, 51 H, 20 ER, 3.26 ERA, 1.310 WHIP, 3.9 BB9, 11.5 SO
Mitch Keller has one start for the Pirates this season, but he was not at his best. However, last week he was excellent in 5 innings in the Triple-A. He allowed one hit and added 13 strikeouts. He looks to be ready for a longer look in Pittsburgh.
6. Carter Kieboom – Washington Nationals – 2B/SS – Age 21 (Previous week: -1)
2019: (AAA) 45 GP, 34 R, 47 Hits, 8 HR, 40 RBI, 3 SB, BA .294, OBP .414, SLG .550, OPS 0.964
Carter Kieboom is in a bit of a slump in Triple-A, but he has shown the ability to draw walks. He has the power to play in Washington, but his batting average will likely not be close to .300 at the highest level. Still Kieboom looks like one of the most interesting prospects in the minors.
7. Ryan Mountcastle – Baltimore Orioles – 1B/3B – Age 22 (Previous week: -1)
2019: (AAA) 53 GP, 35 R, 69 Hits, 12 HR, 42 RBI, 2 SB, BA .308, OBP .329, SLG .536, OPS 0.865
Baltimore Orioles are in full rebuild mode, and one player who could help them this season is Ryan Mountcastle. He can play both 1B and 3B, but will probably get his playing time at first base. He has a nice mix of power and good contact skills. The question is how patience the Orioles want to be?
8. Zac Gallen – Miami Marlins – SP – Age 23 (Previous week: +/- 0)
2019: (AAA) 13 G, 86.0 IP, 44 H, 15 ER, 1.57 ERA, 0.698 WHIP, 1.7 BB9, 10.9 SO
Take a look at the stats above for Miami Marlins starting pitcher Zac Gallen and tell me he does not look ready. He is absolutely dominating Triple-A, but in a rebuilding Miami team, when will he get the call? Nobody knows, but he deserves an opportunity.
9. Jesus Luzardo – Oakland Athletics – SP – Age 21 (Previous week: +/- 0)
2019: has not played yet
Jesus Luzardo has not yet played, but he is a player with great potential and still makes this list. He will likely get a look in Oakland this season, and could dominate right away. He was one of the favorites for rookie of the year, but the injury during spring training put a stop to that.
10. Brendan McKay – Tampa Bay Rays – SP – Age 23 (Previous week: +/- 0)
2019: (AA) 8 G, 41.2 IP, 25 H, 6 ER, 1.30 ERA, 0.816 WHIP, 1.9 BB9, 13.4 SO9
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 is a really interesting prospect who could move up on this list. He has now played 3 games, and 15 innings in Triple-A with an ERA of 1.80, and a BB9 1.2 and SO9 8.4. McKay plays for a contender, which is good for the chances to see him with the Tampa Bay Rays this season. He also plays DH, but it is his pitching which will give him an opportunity this season. Other notables: Luis Robert, Logan Allen, Jorge Mateo, Forrest Whitley, Corbin Martin