Our prospect rankings continue this week with a move to the outfield – and are brought to you by the man that has penned the minor league report here for years now, Andy Germani.
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||Eloy Jimenez||11||Estevan Florial||21||Monte Harrison|
|2||Kyle Tucker||12||Jarred Kelenic||22||Seuly Matias|
|3||Victor Robles||13||Jesus Sanchez||23||Heliot Ramos|
|4||Jo Adell||14||Cristian Pache||24||Travis Swaggerty|
|5||Alex Kirilloff||15||Corey Ray||25||Trevor Larnach|
|6||Alex Verdugo||16||Kristian Robinson||26||Austin Hays|
|7||Taylor Trammell||17||Victor Victor Mesa||27||Julio Pablo Martinez|
|8||Yordan Alvarez||18||Brandon Marsh||28||Leody Taveras|
|9||Luis Robert||19||Yusniel Diaz||29||Bubba Thompson|
|10||Drew Waters||20||Christin Stewart||30||Daz Cameron|
Who is your favorite prospect to break out in 2019?
Kristian Robinson is about to become a household name. Robinson was one of the big prizes in the 2017 J2 signing period. He hit .279/.363/.428 with 7 homers in his 57-game minor league debut. There is nice power and a hit tool and he is still just 18. He could also chip in a handful of steals.
What prospect (if any) could make a surprising Contribution to fantasy teams in 2019?
Maybe not a surprise, but Eloy Jimenez could do similar things to what people are thinking Vlad Jr can do, and he is going a lot later in drafts. That being said, Jimenez also has a more up in the air timetable – his is more likely July than April – so I wouldn’t be drafting him. Once we get to mid May, you might want to stash him.
What lesser-known prospect should fantasy owners put on their radars now?
Once potentially the top overall pick, Blake Rutherford quietly had a bounce-back year to the tune of a .293/.345/.436 line with 7 homers. Maybe he isn’t a lesser-known guy, but definitely forgotten by a lot of people. There is a plus hit tool and potential for plus power. There is definitely upside in his bat.
What prospect can you see slipping down the rankings owners may want to avoid/trade?
Estevan Florial’s overall minor league line is a little deceiving. He spent 75 of his 84 games in high-A and hit .255/.354/.361. His line got inflated from the nine games where he mashed in the GCL bringing his overall line to .283/.377/.422. Florial is entering his age 21 season and has yet to really break out, and hasn’t hit AA yet. This is his chance to really make some noise; if he doesn’t he could plummet.