Top 10 prospects for 2019 – Week 12, June 17, 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.
This week we have the same number one as last week. Keston Hiura has been good since he was sent to Triple-A, but at the moment the Brewers do not have a regular spot for him in the lineup. It makes sense to give him regular at bats, until he is needed.
Since the last list Colorado Rockies demoted Brendan Rodgers. He did not play particular well, but the sample size is way too small to give up on him. He will probably be back in Denver, later this summer. The potential power speed combination is always exciting in fantasy baseball.
1. Keston Hiura – Milwaukee Brewers – 2B – Age 22 (Previous week: +/- 0)
2019: (MLB) 17 GP, 8 R, 18 Hits, 5 HR, 9 RBI, 1 SB, BA .281, OBP .333, SLG .531, OPS 0.865
Keston Hiura did what he was supposed to do when he played for the Brewers earlier this season. The depth chart was simple too tough and he was sent down. We believe he is capable of playing in the MLB right away, and he should soon be back.
2. Kyle Tucker – Houston Astros – OF – Age 22 (Previous week: +/- 0)
2019: (AAA) 64 GP, 55 R, 72 Hits, 23 HR, 55 RBI, 15 SB, BA .287, OBP .360, SLG .649, OPS 1.010
Kyle Tucker started the season really bad, but since then he has really turned things around. He is a complete fantasy player if he can translate his Triple-A success to the highest level. The Astros do not have room for him at the moment, but the potential alone gives him second place on this list. This week he has climbed over 1.000 in OPS, well done after the terrible start to the season.
3. Brendan Rodgers – Colorado Rockies – 2B/SS – Age 22 (Previous week: new)
2019: (MLB) 21 GP, 7 R, 16 Hits, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 0 SB, BA .246, OBP .300, SLG .277, OPS 0.577
Even if he did not take advantage of his opportunity with the Rockies he will likely be back later this summer. He has the plus hit tools with power, which makes him a very interesting player at Coors Field. He can also steal some bases, which makes him even more complete as a fantasy prospect. An OPS of 0.577 is just good enough to play a regular role with the Rockies at the moment.
4. Luis Urias – San Diego Padres – 2B – Age 21 (Previous week: – 1)
2019: (AAA) 52 GP, 48 R, 70 Hits, 16 HR, 39 RBI, 6 SB, BA .337, OBP .427, SLG .673, OPS 1.100
Luis Urias has played well in Triple-A but with Tatis Jr back with the Padres there is no room at the moment in San Diego. He is a great hitter, but the power is probably a little inflated in Triple-A. He does not steal many bases, and some fantasy owners want a stolen base player at 2B.
5. Dylan Cease – Chicago White Sox – SP – Age 23 (Previous week: – 1)
2019: (AAA) 12 G, 57.2 IP, 61 H, 32 ER, 4.37 ERA, 1.491 WHIP, 3.9 BB9, 9.4 SO
Chicago White Sox have indicated Dylan Cease is close to a promotion which is why he is on this list. He has good overall pitching skills, with a great strikeout potential. He plays for a team in a rebuilding phase which could make it tougher for a pitching prospect. The overall talent level is too good to ignore. If he can cut down on the walks, which have been a problem lately, he is probably close to a callup.
6. Carter Kieboom – Washington Nationals – 2B/SS – Age 21 (Previous week: +/- 0)
2019: (AAA) 51 GP, 40 R, 53 Hits, 9 HR, 44 RBI, 3 SB, BA .294, OBP .414, SLG .556, OPS 0.970
Carter Kieboom is probably the second baseman of the future for the Washington Nationals. He played some in the MLB when Trea Turner was injured, but did not impress. In Triple-A the numbers look much better and he has now picked up a hit in 6 of the last 7 games. Kieboom should be back with the Nationals before the summer is over.
7. Brendan McKay – Tampa Bay Rays – SP/DH – Age 23 (Previous week: + 3)
2019: (AA) 4 G, 20.0 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 1.35 ERA, 0.650 WHIP, 1.4 BB9, 9.5 SO9
2019: (AAA) 8 G, 41.2 IP, 25 H, 6 ER, 1.30 ERA, 0.816 WHIP, 1.9 BB9, 13.4 SO9
Brendan McKay is on this list because of his great pitching this season. But he also gets some time as the DH and he has actually 3 HR in 10 Triple-A games since the promotion. This is a big surprise, since he had 0 HR in 23 games in Double-A. The pitching is probably going to earn him a promotion to Tampa Bay in the summer, and if he can get some at bats it is a bonus.
8. Jesus Luzardo – Oakland Athletics – SP – Age 21 (Previous week: + 1)
2019: (A+) 2 G, 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1.29 ERA, 0.857 WHIP, 0.0 BB9, 14.0 SO
Oakland Athletics top pitching prospect is finally playing again. He has made his season debut in A+ and if he can stay healthy it should not take too long before he will move up and later this summer he can be in Oakland. He is one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, and should make an immediate fantasy impact.
9. Ryan Mountcastle – Baltimore Orioles – 1B/3B – Age 22 (Previous week: -1)
2019: (AAA) 59 GP, 38 R, 75 Hits, 12 HR, 44 RBI, 2 SB, BA .305, OBP .329, SLG .516, OPS 0.846
Baltimore Orioles prospect Ryan Mountcastle is in a slump, and has not been good the last week. He is still on this list because of what he has done before and the Orioles need help. If he can get it going again he can be a surprise for some fantasy owners later in the summer.
10. Zac Gallen – Miami Marlins – SP – Age 23 (Previous week: – 2)
2019: (AAA) 14 G, 91.1 IP, 48 H, 18 ER, 1.77 ERA, 0.712 WHIP, 1.7 BB9, 11.0 SO
Miami Marlins have something special in Zac Gallen, but the Marlins are also in a rebuilding phase and it is not clear if they want to promote Gallen this summer. The stats look crazy for 2019, and what else can he prove in Triple-A? He is worth a stash spot if you can afford, simply because of the potential impact, and the great pitchers park in Miami.
Other notables: Corbin Martin, Logan Allen, Jorge Matteo, Luis Robert