The 2020 MLB season excitement is building! Along with that comes all the prospect madness! I’m going to mention 30+ prospects along with what they should morph into long term!
I’m so excited about the rookies and prospects this season! More so then I can ever remember! As a long time fantasy baseball player I don’t have to stress the importance of rookies and prospects.
If you’re playing in a redraft league or a dynasty pay attention.
If you’re in “win-now’ mode pay attention.
If you’re in a keeper or dynasty league pay attention.
Over the years I have found dynasty baseball to be the most fun. You’re able to plan long term and really follow the careers of the ball players. The trades you make become more important and have significantly more meaning. You’re also free to come up with a system or a way to run your own franchise!
In an earlier article we listed our top 100 prospects. That list was solely based on talent. This list is based on both talent and opportunity.
Keep it here for a look into another handful of kids outside and around the top 100! A deep dive!
Luis Robert OF-Chicago White Sox
Luis has burned through three levels of pro ball. FAST! Just like soon to be major league brother Eloy Jimenez did. Repeated 30-30 seasons isn’t an exaggeration! He may struggle with strikeouts early on hurting his batting average but the stud benefits far outweigh the risks!
Jesus Luzardo LHP-Oakland Athletics
Luzardo has a phenomenal 3 pitch arsenal! Seeing some late season MLB action its clear he’s an ace! Jesus has already had TJ surgery but with his pitches and work ethic it doesn’t scare me. He has #1 SP written all over him!
Gavin Lux 2B-Los Angeles Dodgers
Gavin has absolutely torched Double-A and Triple-A pitching! The LA Dodgers are loaded with infield talent seeing how Max Muncy & Corey Seager are currently starting in both positions Lux plays. The Dodgers will no doubt find a spot for him. He has 20+ steal potential along with 20+ homerun aspirations.
Jo Adell OF-Los Angeles Angels
Most people are penciling him in the big league roster this season. Not so fast! He’s only 20 and wailed on Double-A pitching but struggled in Triple-A. He has juicy raw talent and could benefit by sticking in Triple-A to start the season. Once he hits his stride and joins the Angels watch the fireworks fly!
Wander Franco OF-Tampa Bay Rays
By now most of us know Franco is still a teenager. It’s mind blowing what he’s already done in Double-A. Wander has elite contact skills and pitch recognition. It’s almost too good to be true. If he picks up where he left off last season the Rays may call upon him sooner rather then laters.
Nick Solak 3B/2B-Texas Rangers
Right now Tampa is overflowing with young talent. Nick was blocked and after being trade to Texas and was able to show us what he’s about. His defense isn’t the greatest but he has great speed and is a safe bet long term.
Carter Kieboom SS-Washington Nationals
With Rendon leaving for LAA Carter is now the Nat’s starting third baseman. Kieboom needs to show more plate discipline and hoping that will bring along his power.
Mitch Keller RHP-Pittsburgh Pirates
Mitch is what we call a, “post hype prospect.” He has good command and should be a solid 2 or 3 SP in the Pirates rotation. His K/BB suggests he’s still a top prospect and who knows? Maybe you can get him at a discount.
Brendan McKay LHP-Tampa Bay Rays
Should be an above average starter and there is potential for more. He has a shot to make the rotation this spring while giving up on being a hitter. For now…
Austin Hays OF-Baltimore Orioles
Hays had an awesome September and will get a long good look this spring. 20 home run potential with around .250 BA.
AJ Puk LHP-Oakland Athletics
Tommy John surgery scares people away from adding young prospects. AJ actually pitched in four different levels of pro ball last year. His fastball and slider are outstanding and as it stands now a role in the bullpen may be his place until a spot opens up. Fear not, Puk will take on a major role for the A’s in no time!
Sean Murphy C-Oakland Athletics
Due to an injury he missed out on significant at bats last season. Sean will be given all the opportunities to make the Opening Day roster. Worst case he splits time at catcher and sees around 200-250 at bats this season. Long term .250 – .260 batting average with home-runs in the high teens.
Brendan Rodgers 2B-Colorado Rockies
Still on prospect lists, a torn labrum last season hindered his development and only 81 at bats. He a perfect fit for the middle infield and an above average batting average.
Michael Kopech RHP-Chicago White Sox
Another TJ prospect pitcher. Was throwing 100 mph in the Arizona Fall Instructional League and is on track to see the Majors this season. Kopech has top of the rotation type stuff. Has a slight issue with walks but the Sox will limit his innings this season and tread with caution. The best is yet to come with Michael!
Casey Mize RHP-Detroit Tigers
2018 number pick has all of Detroit excited! Casey has plus command and an arsenal of plus plus pitches! He did spend some time on the IR last season due to shoulder fatigue. Injury and service time are the only two things holding him back. Mize will be in the Majors this season no doubt!
Dustin May RHP-Los Angeles Dodgers
May is a ground ball pitcher and made his debut last season as both a starter and reliever. His stuff carried over well to the Majors last season. He’s a middle of the rotation pitcher and could just eat up innings for the Dodgers.
Brett Honeywell Jr. RHP-Tampa Bay Rays
Brett was a top pitching prospect but has missed the last two seasons due to Tommy John surgery. Hes had fantastic command and multiple plus pitches. He needs to stay healthy to make the leap. Now is the chance to grab him cheap.
Nate Pearson RHP-Toronto Blue Jays
Made three starts in Triple-A last year and it’s a safe bet that is where he returns. Nate is a towering 6’6 with an outstanding fast ball. The Blue Jays sure could use him in their rotation even though a long relief role seems more suitable.
Forrest Whitley RHP-Houston Astros
Has a very high ceiling but his command completely disappeared in Triple-A last season. Forrest has top of the line stuff but there are some major issues to work out before a call up.
Alec Bohm 3B-Philadelphia Phillies
Alex showed great base running and awesome power throughout three different pro levels last season. Will no doubt start the season in Triple-A but a promotion is in the cards for Bohm. He shows power, patience and speed and may have to move to 1B. With such great skills at the plate his defense can be tolerated.
Matt Manning RHP-Detroit Tigers
Matt has struck out more than a batter per inning but has only pitched in Double-A. The Tigers are being cautious with his development and rightfully so. Manning and Mize are the future for the Detroit Tigers!
Joey Bart C-San Francisco Giants
Whats odd to me is the fact Joey will be 23 at the start of the 2020 season and has less 100 at bats at the Double-A level. He has great raw power and is fantastic defensively. His value right is limited due to his limited AB’s. Buster Posey’s contract is up in 2021. Is the Giants plan?
Sixto Sanchez RHP-Miami Marlins
The Marlins top pitching prospect will be 21 to start the season. Sixto does have an injury history which limited him to only High-A and Double-A last season. Sanchez has top of the rotation pitches. There is no doubt about his future!
Dylan Carlson OF-St. Louis Cardinals
Dylan is an above average switch hitter but did very well from the left side in 2019. He’s a good athlete and his defense in center field is fantastic. He wails on left handed pitching and will no doubt be part of the Cards plan this season.
Ke’Bryan Hayes 3B-Pittsburgh Pirates
Hayes has a nice combo of speed and power. Projected to be a 15+ home run and 15+ steals a year guy. Also a solid OBP and batting average contributor, Ke’Bryan is the Pirates future starting third baseman.
Ian Anderson RHP-Atlanta Braves
Has three or four plus pitches but struggled with control and command late last season in Triple-A. Ian will pitch with the big league team this season but in what role? His command will answer that for us.
Christian Pache OF-Atlanta Braves
Pache defensive abilities is what have made him stand up. Not to mention his speed and improving power. Last season his contact carried over when he was moved up to Triple-A. Christian can play all three outfield spots and that will be his calling card when promoted to the majors.
Jarred Kelenic OF-Seattle Mariners
There is a clear path for him in Seattle. The Mariners ripped off the Mets when they traded Cano. At this point its not close. Jarred did very well last season in Double-A and look for more of the same in Triple-A. Kelenic is your prototypical centerfielder. He’s disciplined at the plate and carries legit 20+ homerun, .280 average and 10-15 steal potential.
MacKenzie Gore LHP-San Diego Padres
Gore is only 20 years old and only has five games above Double-A. He’s a left handed pitcher with a variety of plus pitches and more than one K an inning. As we’ve seen recently the Padres have no problem advancing their young talent.
Andrew Vaughn 1B-Chicago White Sox
Listen, so far its been very hard for me to keep my opinion to myself. That ends now with Vaughn. He has 30 homerun, 80-90 walk and a .300 batting average written all over him! He’s a first baseman through and through. Only 21 years old, sky is the limit for him. Get excited Sox fans, get excited!
Nick Madigral 2B-Chicago White Sox
Nick has well above average speed and uses it! With a massive baseball IQ and a pair of the best hands in the minors, Madigral has a chance to become a .300+ hitter along with a ton of steals. Onlu knock is his size but thats worked out well for Altuve. Get excited Sox fans, get excited!
Vidal Brujan 2B-Tampa Bay Rays
Brujans skill set should make him a main stay at 2nd base in Tampa. He’s a switch hitter to drives the ball all over the park. 55 steals in 2018 and 48 steals in 2019 makes him a monster on the base path. Vidal has the skill set to be a top of the order hitter in Tampa for years to come!
Evan White 1B-Seattle Mariners
White and his defense what makes him so inciting at first base. Evan has the ability to hit for power and and make a ton of contact. White has all the making of a top 10 first baseman for years to come.
Adley Rutschman C-Baltimore Orioles
The number one overall pick in last years draft has all the tools to be a stone cold stud. What really sticks out is he defense behind the plate. Adley is the cornerstone of Baltimores future but no way we seem in the big leagues this year.
Bobby Witt Jr. SS-Kansas City Royals
A very toolsy player, Bobby has great hands but may struggle with batting average. He is fast and aggressive on the basepaths and has legitimate 20-20 potential.
Julio Rodriguez OF-Seattle Mariners
Will hit for both power and average and has not tapped into his raw power yet. Speed isn’t a part of his game but moves well for a 6’4 225lb kid.
Taylor Trammel OF-San Diego Padres
Traded last season to the Padres may have been a blessing in disguise! He is athletic and fast, two important pieces for a centerfielder. He is an .363 OBP and knack for walks lets us know he puts pressure on defenses. If he can tap into more power San Diego may have an above average outfielder for years to come!
Royce Lewis SS-Minnesota Twins
The number one overall pick in 2017 had some major struggles last season while playing in Double-A again. He did have oblique injury and some of his mechanics were called into question last season. Look for Royce to come out of the gate fast this season putting confidence and optimism back into the Twins!
Alex Kirilloff OF-Minnesota Twins
Alex was touted as a lock for success in the Majors. Last season he played the worst ball in his young professional career. He has shown ability to make contact and hit for average. Jump on him now before he finds that skill set that made him a stud!
Edward Cabrera SP-Miami Marlins
Edward and Sixto should be fixtures in the Marlins rotation for years to come. Edward has a shot at pitching a few innings with the big club this season. Then we will see what he’s about!
Thank you for reading! Stay with me as I get into a handful of kids outside or around the top 100! Deep dive!
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