Top Prospects to Stash (2019 Fantasy Baseball)
Last week was officially renamed, “The Week of the Prospect.” What. It wasn’t? Well, it should have been. There was a run of call-ups over the past seven days that resulted in immense FAAB spending across the land. Austin Riley. Keston Hiura. Willie Calhoun. Brendan Rodgers. Corbin Martin. The list goes on, and we haven’t even reached June!
With several previous top targets having graduated to the majors, we’ve asked our writers to provide their top minor leaguers to stash in redraft leagues.
Who is your top prospect to stash?
Kyle Tucker (OF – HOU)
“Few minor league hitters possess the resume of Astros prospect Kyle Tucker. Still just 22, Tucker has posted elite power and wRC+ figures across every minor league stop with double-digit steals thrown in for good measure. Although he started out slow, Tucker owns a mouth-watering .345/.441/.793 triple slash since May 1st. Tucker has immediate 30/10 potential at the MLB level while posting a good average and on-base percentage. While teammate Yordan Alvarez has been the more impressive overall hitter this season, Tucker has paid his dues in Triple-A and is on the Houston 40-man roster. Expect the Astros to give him the call in the next two to three weeks.”
– Nick Gerli (@nickgerliPL)
Yordan Alvarez (OF – HOU)
“Alvarez has a terrific prospect pedigree — he’s MLB Pipeline’s No. 26 overall prospect — but more importantly, just look at what he’s doing to poor Triple-A pitchers. The 21-year-old is hitting .411 with 18 home runs! He’s improved his strikeout rate quite a bit from last season and is drawing walks at a good clip, too. The Astros have one of baseball’s most potent offenses, but cracking their lineup isn’t as daunting a task as it might seem — it seems quite clear that Alvarez would be an upgrade over Tyler White, for instance. Much like Austin Riley, Alvarez is proving to be simply too good to remain in the minors for long, and like Riley, he’s capable of being a major fantasy force from day one.”
– Andrew Seifter (@andrew_seifter)
Jesus Luzardo (SP – OAK)
“I have written about Kyle Tucker twice in this space, so it’s obviously him. Tucker was picked up for $1 in my TGFBI league before all of the prospect call-ups, and considering that Austin Riley went for $400, this was a shrewd move. Since Tucker is so often discussed, let’s talk shop on a pitcher. I’m expecting Oakland A’s phenom Jesus Luzardo to do the reverse Chris Paddack. Paddack is expected to be on an innings limit. Similarly (but in a different order), Luzardo will miss the first half of the season due to a shoulder injury, He is expected to pitch in the minors at the end of this month, giving him the potential to be called up after the All-Star Break. I’m expecting him to take the league by storm. What’s to like about Luzardo? He is projected to have three plus pitches and typically gets groundballs around 50% of the time. He wowed in spring training, posting a 0.93 ERA with 15 strikeouts and a .176 batting average against in 9 and 2/3 innings. The projections have him throwing around 100 innings, posting about a K/9 with a mid-3s ERA. I would expect slightly less than 100 innings, but given the pitching landscape, this is very useful.”
– Carmen Maiorano (@cmaiorano3)
Bo Bichette (2B – TOR)
“Many people seem to have forgotten about Bo Bichette because he broke his hand in April, but he is healing well and could begin a hitting program in the next week or so. After that, the only thing standing in his way could be the Blue Jays using service time manipulation to keep the 21-year-old down in the minors until next May. The guess here, though, is that he gets called up a few weeks after returning to action in Triple-A and should be on the MLB roster for the second half of the season. In 595 plate appearances in Double-A last season, Bichette slashed .286/.343/.453 with 11 home runs, 32 stolen bases, 43 doubles, 95 runs scored, and 74 RBIs. While he is not the largest human being at around six feet tall and give or take 190 pounds, I think his power will continue to develop.”
– Mike Maher (@MikeMaher)
Cavan Biggio (2B – TOR)
Editor’s note: It was reported Thursday night that Biggio will be called up to the Majors on Friday.
“Biggio (yes, son of Craig Biggio) isn’t the most talented prospect in the minors right now, and he likely won’t have the biggest impact of the names in this article. Biggio doesn’t have the long-term upside of Yordan Alvarez, Kyle Tucker, Jesus Luzardo, or Bo Bichette, but there’s still a chance he could help your fantasy team in 2019. I’m putting Biggio on this list because it’s a good bet he gets called up soon. At 24 years old the Blue Jays have little incentive to manipulate his service time clock much longer, and he’s hitting well. In 39 games for Triple-A Buffalo Biggio is batting .315/.438/.523 with six homers, four steals, and a 25/28 K/BB ratio. Biggio has primarily played second base in the minors but has recently begun getting work in the outfield, which is a sign Toronto could promote him soon. Whenever he arrives he’ll be worth a pickup at a shallow position in fantasy. We can expect some power, the ability to get on base, and even some steals perhaps.”
– Brendan Tuma (@toomuchtuma)
Thanks to our writers for providing their top players to stash. You can also check out our consensus MLB prospect rankings to see which of these top minor leaguers, and others that weren’t mentioned, are still available in your leagues.