Midseason Top 50 Prospects

It has been a thrilling start to the 2014 season with many of the top prospects promoted; 16 of the top 42 prospects from my preseason list are now in the major leagues.  It has also been a difficult year for injuries as 9 of the top 32 prospects have missed significant time this year.  With so much movement, it is no wonder that the mid-season list would have quite a different look to it.

A reminder that I am not a scout. I watch a lot of video and read a ton of information as a fan of all things minor league, but there are no eye-witness accounts of the players listed below.  They are ranked based on their fantasy value only, and include no players currently on a major league active roster.

NOTE: Oscar Taveras, Mookie Betts and Taijuan Walker were on the original list and removed once they were called up to the major leagues this week. Their rankings were 6, 10 and 15 respectively.

I hope you enjoy the list as much as I did making it. Cheers!

Rank Player Team Comments Pos Prv
1 Kris Bryant Cubs K rate be damned. Elite power from a scarce position. Should be full-time 3B in 2015. 3B 16
2 Carlos Correa Astros Was #1 for me pre-injury. Will miss rest of the year with broken fibula. SS  7
3 Byron Buxton Twins Has played only 5 games this year; now hitting off a tee but no timetable for return. OF 3
4 Dylan Bundy Orioles Wrote up Bundy here. Lays claim again to minors’ best pitcher. SP 28
5 Addison Russell Athletics Another case of a star prospect losing time to injury; he’s back and should move quickly. SS 6
6 Lucas Giolito Nationals Won’t be up until 2016, looking like one of surest bets in minors to become a #1. SP 14
7 Francisco Lindor Indians May be glove-first; definitely not glove-only. Good OBP and speed; and he’s ready. SS 9
8 Javier Baez Cubs K rate more worrisome because of lack of BB, but awesome power for SS position. SS 5
9 Miguel Sano Twins Was top power hitting prospect in baseball before TJS. Should get in games by fall. 3B 2
10 Archie Bradley Diamondbacks Elbow concerns wiped out a 2014 contribution. Has awesome arsenal, needs command. SP 11
11 Jon Gray Rockies Top of Rotation stuff; #3 pick from just a year ago moving quickly through minors. SP 29
12 Joey Gallo Rangers 40% K rate in his brief AA time. 7 HR in 55 AB as well. Just plain awesome power. 3B N/A
13 Hunter Harvey Orioles Just 19 but showing mid 90s fastball and a plus curve. Could be a trade chip this year. SP 69
14 J.P. Crawford Phillies One of my favorite young shortstops (among many). About to join elite prospect tier. SS 76
15 Henry Owens Red Sox Unhittable when he’s on; even his BB rate is getting respectable at 3.6/9 IP. SP 54
16 Joc Pederson Dodgers Speed/Power combination and he’s hitting lefties this year. Ready any time. OF 81
17 Braden Shipley Diamondbacks The next big pitching prospect. Big arm with plus off speed offerings too. SP 93
18 Noah Syndergaard  Mets   Still has great stuff; PCL beating him up pretty good though. Hang tight. SP  15 
19 Julio Urias Dodgers Just 17 and succeeding in high A against much older competition. SP 34
20 Corey Seager Dodgers Promotion to AA seems imminent for this power hitting SS. SS 36
21 Alexander Guerrero Dodgers Unfortunate injury has delayed his arrival in LA. Power hitting, good contact SS. SS 49
22 Carlos Rodon White Sox Big league ready arsenal, expected to sign soon. Could reach majors late 2015. SP N/A
23 Robert Stephenson Reds 21 year-old hasn’t stepped up yet in 2014. FB/CB combo is already plus. Buy now. SP 17
24 David Dahl Rockies Exciting 5 tool player who will call Coors his home one day. OF 44
25 Jorge Soler Cubs Injuries have derailed the first half of 2014, but he’s too talented to stay down. OF 25
26 Kyle Zimmer Royals Will resume throwing in July, he’s a top arm if healthy. devastating FB/CB combo SP 32
27 Tyler Glasnow Pirates High 90s heat, nearly unhittable offerings with at times sketchy command. SP 53
28 Tyler Kolek Marlins 18-year-old Kolek made his GCL debut throwing 2 SHO innings with upper 90s heat. SP N/A
29 Clint Frazier Indians Just 19, struggling in A ball with contact rates. Power/speed combo in the future. OF 24
30 Raul Mondesi Royals 18 yr-old struggling in High A, good buying window for this talented SS. SS 27
31 Brady Aiken Astros 17 yr old LHP has advanced arsenal, command for HS arm. SP N/A
32 Daniel Norris Blue Jays LHP with plus FB has broken out in 2014 with a 31% K rate between A+ and AA. SP N/A
33 Arismendy Alcantara Cubs Hit .350 in June; call-up to Chicago getting close. 2B with power/speed are rare. 2B 72
34 Jose Berrios Twins 20-year-old dominating High A with high 90s heat and good off speed. Riser! SP N/A
35 Alex Meyer Twins Big 6’9″ right-hander still needs to improve control. Very near ready though. SP 43
36 Jorge Alfaro Rangers 21 yr old C can run, throw and hit for power. Contact issues make him high risk/reward C 48
37 Jameson Taillon Pirates Out for the season after Tommy John surgery. SP 22
38 D.J. Peterson Mariners 1st round pick from ’13 recently promoted to AA. Power hitting 3B. 3B 59
39 Kohl Stewart Twins Another in the Twins elite crop of prospects. Plus FB, SL, CH, CU. SP 38
40 Jimmy Nelson Brewers Nelson has been one of best milb pitchers in 2014 with 28% K rate and just 8% BB SP N/A
41 Matt Wisler Padres Wisler will enjoy going from the PCL to Petco. Command pitcher likely profiles as a #3 SP 63
42 Blake Swihart Red Sox Has always had good contact rates. This year power and defense have improved C 99
43 Jose Peraza Braves High-contact rates, plus speed and a good defense makes Peraza a big riser in ’14. 2B 90
44 Josh Bell Pirates Bell breaking out this year. All-star ceiling, but may end up at 1B OF 84
45 Albert Almora Cubs Tough start to 2014 but he’s turning things around of late. Good buying window. OF 31
46 Mark Appel Astros Another top prospect with a rough start to the year. Last 2 starts have been better. SP 33
47 Aaron Sanchez Blue Jays Lack of command keeps Sanchez out of elite SP prospects; not his stuff. SP 45
48 Nick Williams  Rangers  K rate still a concern, but a ton of potential for this toolsy outfield prospect. OF 64  
49 Raimel Tapia Rockies 20-year-old OF prospect; lot of tools but a lot of risk with his contact rates. OF 79
50 Maikel Franco Phillies Disastrous season for Franco, but I’m holding. 3B with power, good contact skills. 3B 52

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order) :

Ryan McMahon, Alex Jackson, Nick Gordon, Rafael Devers, Dalton Pompey, Jesse Winker, Kyle Schwarber, Amed Rosario, Kyle Crick, Austin Meadows

 

Paul Hartman

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Fantasy Baseball player since 1987. Creator of Fantasy Assembly, yet just fortunate enough to be a part of it.

14 thoughts on “Midseason Top 50 Prospects”

  1. My biggest surprise is Jesse Winker not being in the top 50. Derby winner and IMO more valuable than half of the OF listed here. He’s one of the biggest risers in MiLB.

    1. Thanks Jody. In the HM section are a bunch of players I really like. In the case of Winker (who’s there) he’s also someone who just missed the cut. He’s definitely someone to watch; I simply like the ones ranked a little more.

  2. Nice job…….conspicuous by his absence is Max Fried……where does he rank…….thanks for all your hard work.

    1. Thanks Speedy,
      I had Fried #47 pre-season…while it sounds like he’ll finally get in some game action this weekend, the lost half of a season let others jump ahead of him.
      Still a very good prospect indeed.

    1. Thanks Steven
      Lamb is having a heck of a year for sure. Not sure I’d rank him as highly as you…but I do have him on my watch list. thanks for reading!

    1. I’d love it if he was….but I’d be surprised if he got more than a September call-up. (very little fantasy value this year)
      I hope I’m wrong though…he’s one of my favorites.

      1. Zero chance AR gets a call this year. He’s still dealing with the hamstring and isn’t exactly hitting very well right now since returning. I think he spends the entire year in AA unless he gets super hot over the next few months….then he’d get the call to AAA.

      1. What about E. Butler? How would you rank him in your list? Obviously didnt fare very well when he was up and he is a COL pitcher. Probably a disaster for fantasy purposes.

        1. Always tough for pitchers in Coors. Butler I think can be a 3 there though… he hasn’t done well post-injury, but I wouldn’t lose faith yet. Likely 70-75 range. Thanks for the question

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