Top 10 prospects for 2019 – Week 7, May 13, 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 do not see much movement on the list. Nate Lowe is the only new players, as he was demoted by the Tampa Bay Rays. He will be back, but he needs to regroup and find his rhythm again. Brendan Rodgers is still the top ranked prospect, but for nor Ryan McMahon holds down the 2B job in Colorado. Trevor Story is the SS at the moment, and Rodgers will not replace him anytime soon.
Houston Astros have three players on the list in Yordan Alvarez, Kyle Tucker and Forrest Whitley. Both Alvarez and Tucker has shown they can play at the highest level, but Whitley has had a tough start to 2019. He is the best pitching prospect in baseball, but remember this is a list for 2019 only.
- Brendan Rodgers – Colorado Rockies – 2B/SS – Age 22 (Previous week: +/- 0)
2019: (AAA) 33 GP, 31 R, 42 Hits, 7 HR, 18 RBI, 0 SB, BA .333, OBP .406, SLG .587, OPS 0.993
Brendan Rodgers keeps the top spot on this list and the combination of speed and power is ideal for fantasy baseball. He was hit in the head by a pitch a couple of days ago, which can slow him down a bit. Right now, the Rockies do not have a spot for him in the lineup, but he is one injury away from his MLB debut. His power is intriguing in Denver, and that is why he is number one.
- Keston Hiura – Milwaukee Brewers – 2B – Age 22 (Previous week: +/- 0)
2019: (AAA) 36 GP, 22 R, 42 Hits, 11 HR, 25 RBI, 3 SB, BA .333, OBP .406, SLG .706, OPS 1.112
Keston Hiura looks to be ready for game action in Milwaukee, but right now he has not an open spot in the lineup. When the Brewers do call him up he can hit for power, and with a struggling Travis Shaw the call is likely within a month. If Hiura gets the promotion Mike Moustakas can move back to 3B.
- Yordan Alvarez – Houston Astros – Age 21 (Previous week: +2)
2019: (AAA) 33 GP, 32 R, 49 Hits, 15 HR, 47 RBI, 0 SB, BA .402, OBP .490, SLG .869, OPS 1.358
With 3 more HR this week Yordan Alvarez just keeps on hitting. He has simply been one of the best prospects in baseball in 2019. His batting average is up to .402 and OPS 1.358! The Astros have a crowded outfield, but how long can they keep this player down in the minors? He is one injury away from playing time, but for the moment he has to play in Round Rock, Triple-A.
- Austin Riley – Atlanta Braves – 3B – Age 22 (Previous week: +4)
2019: (AAA) 36 GP, 31 R, 42 Hits, 14 HR, 35 RBI, 0 SB, BA .300, OBP .376, SLG .671, OPS 1.047
Austin Riley is a 3B, but lately has played in the outfield in Triple-A. It is clear the Braves want to find a way to insert him into the lineup. He has been great the last couple of weeks, and when the spot at 3B is blocked by Josh Donaldson, an outfield position might be the best way to go. His longterm outlook is still at 3B.
- Dylan Cease – Chicago White Sox – SP – Age 23 (Previous week: -2)
2019: (AAA) 6 G, 28.0 IP, 26 H, 11 ER, 3.54 ERA, 1.286 WHIP, 3.2 BB9, 10.6 SO
The Chicago White Sox likely will call up Dylan Cease during the summer months, and he simply needs more experience at the Triple-A level. The White Sox will not reach the playoffs, and there is no point in rushing their big prospect. What makes Cease so interesting from a fantasy point of view is his great fastball. He will be able to put up a lot of strikeouts and that is always important.
- Jesus Luzardo – Oakland Athletics – SP – Age 21 (Previous week: +/- 0)
2019: has not played yet
Jesus Luzardo has not played yet, but he is still on this list simply because of the talent level. He has a clear path to playing time with the Athletics, but he needs to prove himself in the minors before he is ready for the big stage. He has all the skills you want from a future ace.
- Kyle Tucker – Houston Astros – OF – Age 22 (Previous week: +/- 0)
2019: (AAA) 33 GP, 20 R, 28 Hits, 10 HR, 23 RBI, 6 SB, BA .231, OBP .295, SLG .529, OPS 0.824
Kyle Tucker start to the season was awful, but lately has played a lot better. The combination of power and speed is greatly appreciated by fantasy baseball owners. He is actually the second ranked Astros OF prospect on this list which makes it a bit complicated. Right now, the Astros outfield is too crowded, but injuries can change that. Tucker average is up to .231 but he has hit 10 HR and has collected 6 SB.
- Forrest Whitley – Houston Astros – SP – Age 21 (Previous week: -4)
2019: (AAA) 6 G, 18.1 IP, 23 H, 22 ER, 10.80 ERA, 1.800 WHIP, 4.9 BB9, 11.8 SO
Forrest Whitley is the best pitching prospect in baseball, but to get the call you have to play well. His start to the season has been bad, with an ERA of 10.80 and a 4.9 BB9. He needs to turn things around if he wants to stay on this list. The talent level is for real, but you need to put it together. Once again remember this list is only for 2019, and in all dynasty formats Whitley should already be rostered.
- Luis Urias – San Diego Padres – 2B – Age 21 (Previous week: +/- 0)
2019: (AAA) 22 GP, 26 R, 33 Hits, 10 HR, 19 RBI, 1 SB, BA .355, OBP .434, SLG .817, OPS 1.251
Luis Urias has played some games for the Padres this season, but he was sent down. He has hit 10 HR in 26 games and has a OPS of 1.251 in triple-A. If he can show anything near to that when he gets the call the next time he should stay with the Padres for good. He has the hit tools you want in a prospect and now he just needs to take advantage of the next opportunity.
- Nate Lowe – Tampa Bay Rays – 1B – Age 23 (Previous week: new)
2019: (AAA) 24 GP, 17 R, 22 Hits, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 1 SB, BA .268, OBP .408, SLG .488, OPS 0.896
Nate Lowe was sent down to Triple-A again last week. He got to play 9 games for the Tampa Bay Rays, but only collected 9 hits with an OPS of .604. He has the power to hit HR, and he should be back later in the season.
Other notables: Ryan Mountcastle, Mitch Keller, Oscar Mercado, Jorge Mateo