Top 10 prospects for 2019 – Week 8, May 20, 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.
It has been a crazy couple of weeks with many new callups to the major league. Last week we had Brendan Rodgers in our top spot, but he is now playing his baseball with the Colorado Rockies. Number two on our list was Keston Hiura, and he is now in Milwaukee and trying to secure his roster spot at 2B. Austin Riley has also been called up to the Braves organization, and they finally found a spot for him in the outfield. He was blocked by Josh Donaldson, but he forced his way with excellent hitting in Triple-A.
Our new number one is Yordan Alvarez, who maybe has been the best player in the minors this season. He has hit both for average and power, which makes him ideal for fantasy baseball. As we have mentioned before the big question mark is playing time, and he has no clear path to the Astros outfield. Alvarez has however shown so much promise he is simply too good not to have on the top spot this week.
- Yordan Alvarez – Houston Astros – Age 21 (Previous week: +2)
2019: (AAA) 39 GP, 38 R, 60 Hits, 18 HR, 55 RBI, 0 SB, BA .411, OBP .494, SLG .884, OPS 1.378
Yordan Alvarez has simply been too good to not be the new number one. How long can the Astros keep him in the minors? As soon as they have a chance, they will try him at the highest level, and his ridiculous stats have been nothing short of amazing. If he can hit for average and power in Houston, he can become a great fantasy baseball asset. If he is still available in your league you should rush and try to grab him.
- Cavan Biggio – Toronto Blue Jays – 2B – Age 24 (Previous week: new)
2019: (AAA) 39 GP, 22 R, 41 Hits, 6 HR, 26 RBI, 4 SB, BA .315, OBP .438, SLG .523, OPS 0.961
Okay, Cavan Biggio might be ranked a little high on this list but we also see a clear path to playing time. He will likely play a couple of weeks in Triple-A before he is part of the new youth movement in Toronto. He has shown decent power and good batting average. He is likely the future 2B in Toronto.
- Kyle Tucker – Houston Astros – OF – Age 22 (Previous week: +4)
2019: (AAA) 38 GP, 24 R, 34 Hits, 11 HR, 27 RBI, 8 SB, BA .245, OBP .318, SLG .568, OPS 0.887
Kyle Tucker struggled the first weeks of the season, but since then he has really stepped it up. He has all the tools to dominate fantasy baseball, but right now he is behind Yordan Alvarez in the depth charts for the Houston Astros and they already have a crowded outfield. Playing time in 2019 might be an issue, but he has all the ingredients to be a great mid-season addition.
- Dylan Cease – Chicago White Sox – SP – Age 23 (Previous week: -1)
2019: (AAA) 7 G, 34.0 IP, 35 H, 14 ER, 3.71 ERA, 1.353 WHIP, 2.9 BB9, 10.9 SO
Chicago White Sox have indicated they want to see what Dylan Cease can do this season in Chicago. He will likely be a summer call up, and he has the tools to dominate right away. He will give you strikeouts and good ERA/WHIP.
- Jesus Luzardo – Oakland Athletics – SP – Age 21 (Previous week: -1)
2019: has not played yet
Jesus Luzardo has not played a game yet, but he is still number 5 on this list. With so many callups the last week he has kept his place on the list. He is projected as a number 1 or 2 in the starting rotation, and he can give you fantasy value right away. When he works his way back from injury he will likely pitch some games in Triple-A before the Athletics feel comfortable to bring him up.
- Mitch Keller – Pittsburgh Pirates – SP – Age 23 (Previous week: new)
2019: (AAA) 8 G, 40.0 IP, 41 H, 18 ER, 3.83 ERA, 1.500 WHIP, 4.3 BB9, 11.3 SO
Mitch Keller is Pittsburgh Pirates big pitching prospect. The Pirates have historically been patient with their young arms, so do not expect Keller to make his debut until later this summer. He has good overall tools, but might be a better real-life prospect compared to fantasy baseball.
- Luis Urias – San Diego Padres – 2B – Age 21 (Previous week: +2)
2019: (AAA) 27 GP, 29 R, 37 Hits, 11 HR, 21 RBI, 1 SB, BA .333, OBP .422, SLG .748, OPS 1.170
Luis Urias has already played with the Padres this season, but was sent down. He has a good chance to finish the season in San Diego at 2B. For now, he has to force his way back, but he is still one injury away to be handed a new chance.
- Carter Kieboom – Washington Nationals – 2B/SS – Age 21 (Previous week: new)
2019: (AAA) 27 GP, 24 R, 35 Hits, 6 HR, 28 RBI, 2 SB, BA .357, OBP .484, SLG .653, OPS 1.137
Earlier this season Carter Kieboom got to play some games with the Washington Nationals, but he did not make enough of contact to remain with the big club. He has however the tools you want from a 2B/SS. He will get another chance, and has to be consistent if he wants to stick around.
- Forrest Whitley – Houston Astros – SP – Age 21 (Previous week: -4)
2019: (AAA) 7 G, 22.1 IP, 29 H, 26 ER, 10.48 ERA, 1.836 WHIP, 4.8 BB9, 11.3 SO
The stats are awful for Forrest Whitley and he only managed to stay on this list because of all the recent callups. However, Forrest Whitley is still one of the most talented starting pitchers in baseball and the overall talent level is too good. But if he wants to play with the Astros this season he needs to turn his season around. He has not been good enough so far.
- Ryan Mountcastle – Baltimore Orioles – 1B/3B – Age 22 (Previous week: new)
2019: (AAA) 39 GP, 25 R, 52 Hits, 6 HR, 29 RBI, 1 SB, BA .325, OBP .353, SLG .519, OPS 0.872
The Baltimore Orioles need all the help they can get and one of the good young players they have in their organization is Ryan Mountcastle. He is projected to play at 1B for the Orioles and has played good so far in 2019. He has plus power and can hit a healthy amount of HR, and Baltimore has a good hitters ballpark.
Other notables: Nate Lowe, Luis Robert, Zac Gallen, Jorge Matteo, Kyle Wright, Justus Sheffield