Top 10 prospects for 2019 – Week 5, April 29, 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.
With Vladimir Guerrero Jr now with the Toronto Blue Jays we have a new number one. Many prospects who have gotten the call this season have been great. Names like Chris Paddack, Fernando Tatis Jr, Victor Robles and Eloy Jimenez have all played great. To find some value and time your prospect adds is essential to success in deep fantasy leagues.
Since last week Bo Bichette has a fractured hand and will miss 4-6 weeks, which will bump him out from this list. He has a great chance to come back later, but for now he is out. The sample size is still very small for many players and we can not yet trust the stats. Houston Astros Kyle Tucker might have lost out to Yordan Alvarez if Houston Astros needs an outfielder. It will probably take an injury but Alvarez great start to 2019 has raised some eyebrows. He already has 11 HR, and if he gets the call, he is a must add in all formats.
Griffin Canning will be call up by the Angels tomorrow, and he will not be on this list because of that.
- Nick Senzel – Cincinnati Reds – 2B/OF – Age 23 (Previous week: +1)
2019: (AAA) 5 GP, 2 R, 5 Hits, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB, BA .238, OBP .304, SLG .286, OPS 0.590
Nick Senzel is back playing baseball and it is the most important thing. He will need some time before he is ready, and he has to learn his new position at CF. Senzel is a potential 5-tool player with more speed but less power compared to previous number one Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Now might be the time to stash him on your roster, because when he gets the call in a couple of weeks it will be too late. Do not look at the numbers too much, because the sample size is way too small.
- Brendan Rodgers – Colorado Rockies – 2B/SS – Age 22 (Previous week: +3)
2019: (AAA) 22 GP, 24 R, 28 Hits, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 0 SB, BA .326, OBP .398, SLG .605, OPS 1.003
A middle infielder in Colorado with power and speed. Brendan Rodgers is a potential fantasy star and he is now knocking at the door to the MLB. He has the defense to stick at SS or 2B and now only needs an opportunity. It might take an injury to a Rockies player, but he is close. He struggled a little last season when he got the call to Triple-A, but now he has shown he can handle pitching at that level.
- Forrest Whitley – Houston Astros – SP – Age 21 (Previous week: +/- 0)
2019: (AAA) 4 G, 14.0 IP, 14 H, 12 ER, 7.71 ERA, 1.429 WHIP, 3.9 BB9, 11.6 SO
The numbers do not look good for Forrest Whitley, but do not be fooled he is the most talented pitcher in the minors. The problem is the Houston Astros do not have any room for him at the moment, and he probably will need to pitch a little better before he forces his way to the next level. He will likely be on some kind of innings limit this year, but he is the real deal. In dynasty leagues he is already one of the most valuable pitchers in baseball.
- Jesus Luzardo – Oakland Athletics – SP – Age 21 (Previous week: +3)
2019: has not played yet
Jesus Luzardo has not played yet in 2019, and he might be ranked a little too high because of that reason. But he is also one of the most talented pitchers in baseball, and the Oakland Athletics want him to contribute in 2019. He has the tools you want in a fantasy pitcher, with a good team in the Athletics and a good strikeout ability. He is getting closer to play and now is the time to stash him if you have the room on your roster.
- Keston Hiura – Milwaukee Brewers – 2B – Age 22 (Previous week: new)
2019: (AAA) 23 GP, 14 R, 28 Hits, 7 HR, 17 RBI, 1 SB, BA .333, OBP .367, SLG .714, OPS 1.081
Keston Hiura is a great hitting prospect and he has cut down on his strikeouts, which is one of the things he really needs to improve. He has the hitting ability to play at the highest level and Milwaukee Brewers fans will soon get to watch him. He probably needs an injury to get the call, but that can happen any day.
- Dylan Cease – Chicago White Sox – SP – Age 23 (Previous week: +4)
2019: (AAA) 4 G, 18.1 IP, 16 H, 7 ER, 3.44 ERA, 1.200 WHIP, 2.9 BB9, 9.3 SO
Dylan Cease is one of the few pitchers with ace potential. He has started the year great at triple-A, but the Chicago White Sox have no reason to rush him and a summer call up is more likely. The White Sox have indicated that they will have him in a starting role this season, which is always encouraging. Cease is equipped with one of the best fastballs in the minors, and that is always a good start for a fantasy pitcher.
- Luis Urias – San Diego Padres – 2B – Age 21 (Previous week: new)
2019: (AAA) 10 GP, 15 R, 18 Hits, 7 HR, 12 RBI, 1 SB, BA .391, OBP .462, SLG .978, OPS 1.440
Ok, we know Luis Urias play with the Padres this season has not been good. But with a potential injury to Fernando Tatis Jr and a hot Urias, he is too good to pass up on. The sample size with the Padres is too small, and Urias just needs a little bit of luck to be more comfortable next time. The only knock on him he does not steal enough bases for a 2B in fantasy baseball.
- Touki Toussaint – Atlanta Braves – SP – Age 22 (Previous week: +1)
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 is one of the better pitching prospects in the Atlanta Braves organizations. One problem for Toussaint is the Braves minor league system is loaded with good young arms, and who will get the call next time the Braves need a SP? Toussaint has a good strikeout ability and that is why he is on this list.
- Yordan Alvarez – Houston Astros – Age 21 (Previous week: new)
2019: (AAA) 21 GP, 20 R, 26 Hits, 11 HR, 29 RBI, 0 SB, BA .347, OBP .443, SLG .867, OPS 1.310
Yordan Alvarez has been one of the hottest hitters in all of baseball (minor leagues) in 2019, and he has probably played himself into consideration if the Astros need help at the OF position. 21-year old Alvarez has shown great power, and he also gets on base. The Astros however are loaded at OF position and do not need a prospect at the moment.
- Kyle Tucker – Houston Astros – OF – Age 22 (Previous week: – 6)
2019: (AAA) 22 GP, 11 R, 14 Hits, 5 HR, 9 RBI, 4 SB, BA .173, OBP .221, SLG .407, OPS 0.628
Kyle Tucker is getting better, and he is simply too talented to not be on this list. He has a 5-tool potential and can be a fantasy star already in 2019. Tucker has fallen on this list because of his slow start to 2019, his team mate Yordan Alvarez great start and the Astros depth at the OF position. Now might also be a good time to add Tucker, because the talent level is for real, and he will get back on track as long as he can stay healthy. He already has 4 SB, and players who like to run and has some power is always something a fantasy owner should look for.
Other notables: Mitch Keller (Pittsburgh Pirates), Ryan Mountcastle (Baltimore Orioles), Justus Sheffield (Seattle Mariners)