Back by popular demand, Paul Hartman and Andy Germani return to bring you their prospect rankings for the 2019 season. In addition to the rankings, we pose a number of questions to our two “experts” to give you an idea of who they are targeting and avoiding, and why (Sadly Paul was not available for the Q&A this week – feel free to leave him a comment if you want to pick his brain).
While these rankings are primarily for those of you in keeper and dynasty leagues, some of the players could make a potential impact in 2019. Note that players marked N/R were not ranked by that particular person. Players are also ranked using their primary position, so those that played multiple positions will not be duplicated elsewhere in our rankings.
|1||Nick Senzel CIN||2||1|
|T 2||Luis Urias SD||1||4|
|T 2||Keston Hiura MIL||3||2|
|4||Nick Madrigal CHW||6||3|
|5||Brandon Lowe TB||7||5|
|T 6||Garrett Hampson COL||4||10|
|T 6||Vidal Brujan TB||5||9|
|8||Shed Long SEA||8||7|
|9||Esteury Ruiz SD||10||6|
|10||Jahmai Jones LAA||9||8|
|11||Nick Solak TB||11||11|
|T 12||Jeter Downs CIN||12||13|
|T 12||Cavan Biggio TOR||13||12|
|14||Rylan Bannon BAL||14||14|
|15||Yunior Severino MIN||17||15|
|T 16||Luis Rengifo LAA||15||20|
|T 16||Isan Diaz MIA||16||19|
|18||Ramon Urias STL||19||18|
|19||Kody Clemens DET||18||N/R|
|20||Kevin Kramer PIT||20||N/R|
Who is your favorite prospect to break out in 2019?
Andy: Shed Long was on the move this offseason, and I think he could be on the move up prospect lists this season. He has a good hit tool with solid power for his size. He doesn’t have the tools to be a star, but for someone who is a little further down the list, 20/15 type future seasons are a real possibility.
What prospect (if any) could make a surprising Contribution to fantasy teams in 2019?
Andy: I didn’t rank him, but outside the obvious, I think Kevin Kramer can have an impact in 15 team mixed leagues. Kramer had been a virtually no power asset, until last season when he hit 15 homers. He has been a good average hitter throughout the minors. It comes down to how much playing time he will get.
What lesser-known prospect should fantasy owners put on their radars now?
Andy: Yunior Severino was one of the big prospects the Braves lost when they got punishment as a result of their international signings in 2016. He then turned around and signed a bigger deal with the Twins. Most die hards know who Severino is, but to many he is just another name. He might not end up at second long-term, but there is a lot of offensive potential in the 19-year-old.
What prospect can you see slipping down the rankings owners may want to avoid/trade?
Andy: I have always been the low guy on Garrett Hampson. I see him as more of a utility player who doesn’t strike out a ton. There are many times I think teams do things for money, but I have to also think the Rockies know what they have in their prospects as they keep blocking them. For what it’s worth, that isn’t why I am against him, but it feels like it could be something. Hampson has little power, but has been putting up big steals numbers as a plus runner.