Top 10 prospects for 2019 – Week 4, April 22, 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 are close, we are very close to the Vladimir Guerrero Jr debut for the Toronto Blue Jays. Nothing is confirmed but multiple sources say he could play this week in Toronto. Great news also for Nick Senzel owners, as he is expected to make his season debut tomorrow in triple-A. He injured himself during spring training but is now ready for game action.
Since we published our last rankings, both Michael Chavis (Boston Red Sox) and Mike Soroka (Atlanta Braves) have been called by the respective teams and we have two new names.
Remember we can only rank 10 players on this list and you can find great value down the depth charts. Much of prospects value are tied to injuries to the MLB roster. When players in the MLB get placed on the injury list (IL) look at the depth chart if it is possible a big name prospect will be called up.
- Vladimir Guerrero Jr – Toronto Blue Jays – 3B – Age 20 (Previous week: +/- 0)
2019: (A Adv, AAA) 9 GP, 7 R, 11 Hits, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 1 SB, BA .344, OBP .432, SLG .594, OPS 1.026
No surprise, Vladimir Guerrero Jr is still number one on the list. He will make an immediate impact when he gets the call. He should be owned in all formats, and it is a good chance we will see him with Toronto later this week. However, it is not known when the Blue Jays feel he is ready. The expectations will be tough for him to handle, but the talent level is the best of any prospect in baseball.
- Nick Senzel – Cincinnati Reds – 2B/OF – Age 23 (Previous week: +/- 0)
2019: has not played yet
The good news is Nick Senzel will begin to play baseball tomorrow. He will probably need some time in triple-A to practice in his new position at CF. He has a nice speed and power combination, which we always are looking for in fantasy baseball. In many fantasy baseball platforms Senzel is listed as a 2B and his soon to be OF eligibility would be a bonus.
- Forrest Whitley – Houston Astros – SP – Age 21 (Previous week: + 2)
2019: (AAA) 3 G, 11.0 IP, 10 H, 8 ER, 6.55 ERA, 1.364 WHIP, 4.1 BB9, 10.6 SO
Almost everyone feels Forrest Whitley is the best pitching prospect in baseball, and the Houston Astros know they have a future ace. The Astros will also try to manage his innings this season, which is a little problematic for fantasy owners. He is probably ready, but needs an injury to get the call at this point.
- Kyle Tucker – Houston Astros – OF – Age 22 (Previous week: – 1)
2019: (AAA) 16 GP, 7 R, 8 Hits, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 SB, BA .140, OBP .197, SLG .298, OPS 0.495
Kyle Tucker has not played well so far this year, and with a crowded Astros outfield it is unknown if he will get the chance anytime soon. The potential five-tool player has the talent level, but he needs to put it together to get the call. His teammate Yordan Alvarez has started the season great, and can potentially be the first OF to get the call if not Tucker can turn his season around.
- Brendan Rodgers – Colorado Rockies – 2B/SS – Age 22 (Previous week: +2)
2019: (AAA) 16 GP, 13 R, 16 Hits, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 0 SB, BA .258, OBP .338, SLG .452, OPS 0.790
Brendan Rodgers is ready for the MLB, but right now the Colorado Rockies can not give him regular at bats. Until the Rockies get an injury Rodgers will stay in Triple-A. The power at the infield position is for real, and Rodgers is a real interesting prospect with some speed added to the mix.
- Nate Lowe – Tampa Bay Rays – 1B – Age 23 (Previous week: + 4)
2019: (AAA) 15 GP, 12 R, 16 Hits, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 1 SB, BA .308, OBP .455, SLG .596, OPS 1.051
Nate Lowe keeps on hitting for power in Triple-A and the Rays will soon have to give him a chance. The Rays look like a really interesting team this year for fantasy players, and Lowe can probably help them later in the year. He has great power and has the potential to hit many HR when he gets the call.
- Jesus Luzardo – Oakland Athletics – SP – Age 21 (Previous week: – 1)
2019: has not played yet
Oakland Athletics Jesus Luzardo is currently injured, but he has the stuff of a future ace. It does not hurt he will play half of his games in a good pitcher’s ballpark. He will lose some innings due to the injury, but it will also give him a chance to pitch more when he comes back. He will see time in the big leagues this season, but he is still some time away.
- Bo Bichette – Toronto Blue Jays – SS – Age 21 (Previous week: +1)
2019: (AAA) 13 GP, 7 R, 2 Hits, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 2 SB, BA .255, OBP .304, SLG .412, OPS 0.715
Bo Bichette is the future SS for the Toronto Blue Jays, and the new kids are soon arriving for the Blue Jays. The future looks bright for baseball in Canada. Bichette is a good overall hitter, with some potential power and some decent speed. The question mark is when he gets the call? The Blue Jays are in rebuilding mode, and could wait to promote Bichette.
- Touki Toussaint – Atlanta Braves – Age 22 (Previous week: new)
2019: (MLB) 2 G, 7.1 IP, 10 H, 7 ER, 8.59 ERA, 1.773 WHIP, 3.7 BB9, 11.0 SO
Touki Toussaint had a bad start for the Braves last week, and got sent back to Triple-A. He lost some ground on this list, because Mike Soroka got to stay instead. The question now is if Touki gets the call if Braves need another starter or if they instead will go with Kyle Wright? Toussaint has the stuff that can help you right away, but he needs to take advantage of all opportunities as the Braves have good depth at the starting pitcher position.
- Dylan Cease – Chicago White Sox – Age 23 (Previous week: new)
2019: (AAA) 3 G, 14.2 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 3.07 ERA, 0.818 WHIP, 1.8 BB9, 8.6 SO
Chicago White Sox Dylan Cease has made his Triple-A debut this season, and because of that he will need some games to get used to the higher level of play. It is without a doubt he has great stuff and a great fastball. He has the potential to give you a lot of strikeouts when the White Sox call him up.
Other notables. Keston Hiura (Milwaukee Brewers), Carter Kieboom (Washington Nationals), Mitch Keller (Pittsburgh Pirates), Kyle Wright (Atlanta Braves)