Top 10 prospects for 2019 – Week 6, May 6, 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 Nick Senzel’s promotion to the Cincinnati Reds we have a new number one. Brendan Rodgers, the previous number two, is now the top prospect. Even if we have seen a wave of promotions the last couple of weeks, we can still find a lot of talent in the MiLB. Several players will contribute at the highest level in 2019, but you just have to time your pickups. Remember this is not a list of the 10 best prospects, but the 10 prospects who will help your fantasy baseball team in 2019.
- Brendan Rodgers – Colorado Rockies – 2B/SS – Age 22 (Previous week: +1)
2019: (AAA) 29 GP, 29 R, 38 Hits, 6 HR, 15 RBI, 0 SB, BA .333, OBP .398, SLG .588, OPS 0.986
The previous week Brendan Rodgers was number two and with Nick Senzel’s call up he is now our number one. Rodgers has good power, and has previously shown speed. A slight concern for some is he has zero stolen bases for the season. From the middle infield position many fantasy baseball players want a healthy amount of stolen bases. Rodgers will play half of his games in Denver, which of course adds great value. The question now is when he will get the call? At the moment he is one injury away, and the likely position for him is at 2B.
- Keston Hiura – Milwaukee Brewers – 2B – Age 22 (Previous week: +3)
2019: (AAA) 30 GP, 20 R, 37 Hits, 10 HR, 24 RBI, 3 SB, BA .346, OBP .393, SLG .757, OPS 1.150
Keston Hiura just keeps on hitting in Triple-A and a call up to the Brewers is closer than ever. He looks ready, but right now Milwaukee’s infield is a little too crowded. They probably want him to have a clear path to playing time before they promote him. With Travis Shaw struggling at the plate do not be surprised if he is soon in Milwaukee.
- Dylan Cease – Chicago White Sox – SP – Age 23 (Previous week: +3)
2019: (AAA) 5 G, 24.1 IP, 21 H, 9 ER, 3.33 ERA, 1.151 WHIP, 2.6 BB9, 11.1 SO
Dylan Cease maybe isn’t the best pitcher prospect in Triple-A, but he has a great fastball and can put up strike outs. The Chicago White Sox have indicated they want to use him in the MLB this season, but the question is really when he will get the call. He has not pitched above Double-A before this season, and the White Sox want to give him a little bit more experience before he will make his debut.
- Forrest Whitley – Houston Astros – SP – Age 21 (Previous week: -1)
2019: (AAA) 5 G, 14.2 IP, 18 H, 17 ER, 10.43 ERA, 1.705 WHIP, 4.3 BB9, 11.7 SO
The talent level is amazing for Forrest Whitley, but it is hard to ignore his stats at the start of the season. He will bounce back, but the awful start will delay his arrival somewhat. The Houston Astros do not have a spot for him at the moment, and it is unclear when he will be ready. It is possible he will get a look in a reliever role, which would not be good for his fantasy value.
- Yordan Alvarez – Houston Astros – Age 21 (Previous week: +4)
2019: (AAA) 27 GP, 29 R, 39 Hits, 12 HR, 37 RBI, 0 SB, BA .402, OBP .496, SLG .876, OPS 1.372
It is getting hard for the Houston Astros to ignore Yordan Alvarez great stats in Triple-A. Even if the Astros have a crowded outfield, how long can you keep Alvarez with Round Rock? He looks like a lock for some playing time at the MLB level this season, and with the power hitting he has shown so far fantasy baseball players should pick him up right away. He makes an excellent stash if he still is available.
- Jesus Luzardo – Oakland Athletics – SP – Age 21 (Previous week: -2)
2019: has not played yet
Jesus Luzardo has not pitched yet, but he still makes it on this list. He had a great 2018 campaign and the Oakland Athletics know they have something special in Luzardo. He will probably need some time in Triple-A before he is ready for the MLB.
- Kyle Tucker – Houston Astros – OF – Age 22 (Previous week: +3)
2019: (AAA) 27 GP, 17 R, 22 Hits, 8 HR, 18 RBI, 5 SB, BA .222, OBP .280, SLG .515, OPS 0.796
Kyle Tucker is a five-tool player, and he has played a lot better the last couple of weeks. If he can keep this up, he will be a lot higher on this list next week. Tucker’s teammate Yordan Alvarez great start to the season, has put him behind in the depth charts, but he looks ready for the next step.
- Austin Riley – Atlanta Braves – 3B – Age 22 (Previous week: new)
2019: (AAA) 29 GP, 24 R, 34 Hits, 10 HR, 27 RBI, 0 SB, BA .301, OBP .368, SLG .646, OPS 1.014
Austin Riley has shown some power the last couple of weeks. His natural position is at 3B, which is occupied by Josh Donaldson in Atlanta. Donaldson has had some trouble staying healthy lately and Riley looks ready if the Braves need some power inserted into their lineup.
- Luis Urias – San Diego Padres – 2B – Age 21 (Previous week: -2)
2019: (AAA) 16 GP, 20 R, 24 Hits, 7 HR, 13 RBI, 1 SB, BA .338, OBP .420, SLG .775, OPS 1.194
Luis Urias has already played some games for the San Diego Padres this season, but he did not stick with the big club. He will continue to grind his way up the ladder. This last week was not great and he has fallen two spots on this list.
- Ryan Mountcastle – Baltimore Orioles – 1B/3B – Age 22 (Previous week: new)
2019: (AAA) 29 GP, 22 R, 41 Hits, 5 HR, 22 RBI, 1 SB, BA .345, OBP .370, SLG .546, OPS 0.916
Ryan Mountcastle makes debut on this list. He has been great so far this season, and the Baltimore Orioles need help at the MLB level. However, there is no need to rush him and we will probably have to wait a little longer before we can watch Mountcastle in Baltimore. He has struggled a little defensively which could delay his debut, which has always been a concern for scouts. During 2019 he has played both 1B and 3B.
Other notables: Mitch Keller, Touki Toussaint, Kyle Wright, Luis Robert