Our prospect rankings continue this week with the final infield position. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond his control, Paul Hartman had to step away from our rankings. But fear not. Andy Germani, the man who has penned the minor league report for years now, has you covered.
In addition to his rankings, a number of questions were posed to give you an idea of who he is targeting and avoiding, and why. 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.
Players are ranked using their primary position, so those that played multiple positions will not be duplicated elsewhere in the rankings.
|1||Fernando Tatis Jr.||9||Wander Javier||17||Ronny Mauricio|
|2||Wander Franco||10||Gavin Lux||18||Nico Hoerner|
|3||Royce Lewis||11||Isaac Paredes||19||Kevin Smith|
|4||Brendan Rodgers||12||Jazz Chisholm||20||Nick Gordon|
|5||Bo Bichette||13||Marco Luciano||21||Jordan Groshans|
|6||Andres Gimenez||14||Jorge Mateo||22||Freudis Nova|
|7||Carter Kieboom||15||Oneil Cruz||23||Noelvi Marte|
|8||Xavier Edwards||16||Luis Garcia||24||Jeremiah Jackson|
Who is your favorite prospect to break out in 2019?
Been waiting on Jazz Chisolm for a few years now, and now the hype train seems to be in full force around the prospect world. The 20/20 threat (or maybe more 25/15) is real, and he will (more than likely) be spending time in AA this year. AA tends to be my “are you for real?” level. His strikeouts need to come down for the breakout to truly happen.
What prospect (if any) could make a surprising Contribution to fantasy teams in 2019?
I’m starting to think Fernando Tatis Jr. might make an impact in the second half. The Machado signing has the Padres in a spot to compete now, and if they are I wouldn’t be shocked to see him takeover at short sometime in July – there is a ton of upside there.
What lesser-known prospect should fantasy owners put on their radars now?
I got sniped by a few picks on Noelvi Marte, and it hurt more than it probably should have. A big J2 signing with big time power for short. As with many, that might mean he ends up at third at some point as he ages and fills out, but that power should play anywhere.
What prospect can you see slipping down the rankings owners may want to avoid/trade?
I was excited for Oneil Cruz a few years ago, and still am, but I think he has jumped too far up lists. He took a step in the right direction strikeout wise last season, but I want to see it again before I go crazy. The upside is interesting, but we also have to remember it isn’t like he hit 25 homers last year in this season that got everyone excited – he only hit 14.