Top Fantasy Baseball Prospects for 2019
Here at RotoAce, we like to keep you informed about fantasy baseball prospects who can help you win right now. So, this list will not include the best overall minor leaguers, but rather a quick look at top picks at each position who you can expect to make significant contributions in 2019:
Danny Jansen, Blue Jays: Made a splash with a home run at the Futures Game, but also with his very impressive .275/.390/.473 slash line with a 12.2% walk rate at Triple-A. He made his major-league debut and homered in his second game, showing enough the rest of the season that the Jays traded Russell Martin to the Dodgers. We have him as a top-10 catcher entering the season.
Peter Alonso, Mets: It’s a good sign when your new GM basically says he wants to see you with the club on Opening Day. Alonso had a monster 2018 season, hitting .285/.395/.579 and leading the minors with 36 HRs and 119 RBIs. In fact, he’s already got 59 homers and a .940 OPS in just 255 minor-league games. Throw in his Arizona Fall League showing, where he hit another 6 home runs and drove in 27 runs, and you can see why we already have him as a top-20 first baseman in our preseason rankings.
Also watch out for: Nathaniel Lowe (TB).
Keston Hiura, Brewers: He’s about as ready-for-the-majors bat as you’re going to see. He has had ZERO issues since entering pro ball, with a .313/.374/.502 slash line over 165 games. Yes, he’s only played as high as Double-A and needs to improve some things (namely his base-stealing skills), but if he starts hot again, and why wouldn’t he, he could be up for a contending team sooner than later.
Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres: New Padres third baseman Manny Machado will have a future superstar to mentor at shortstop. One who looks like a mirror image of him when he was coming up through the minors. Except that Tatis is actually outperforming what Machado did in the minors! ESPN’s Keith Law was not afraid to put Tatis AHEAD of fellow phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr in his Top-100 prospect rankings. We are not afraid to give Tatis a good projection in our shortstop rankings for this season, either.
Also watch out for: Kevin Newman (Pit),
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays: If you don’t already know about his otherworldly skills, climb out from under your rock and google his name. After about 10 minutes of watching him, you’ll understand why he’s already the odds-on favorite to win rookie of the year honors in 2019. He’s a virtual lock to be a top-10 third baseman this season, which is exactly where we have him ranked in our preseason rankings.
Eloy Jimenez, White Sox: Aside from Vlad II, is there anyone else in the minors with less to prove there? Jimenez has displayed his awesome power, hitting 65 home runs in his three season with a great .309/.358/.518 career line. His agent threatened to file a grievance after his .337 average and 22 home runs were not enough for a cup of coffee in September, but he’s not going to have that problem this time. We have him as a Top-40 outfielder in our rankings, and he could easily challenge that other guy for rookie of the year.
Victor Robles, Nationals: He was supposed to do what Juan Soto ended up doing last year: come up early and showcase his elite skills. Injuries kept him from doing that until September, but then he proceeded to hit .288/.348/.525 in 21 games. “We might have him hit ninth and have that second leadoff hitter, and let the pitcher hit eighth,” Nats manager Dave Martinez said this spring. We also have him as a Top-40 outfielder in our rankings.
Christin Stewart, Tigers: All he does is crush homers. At every level. There’s no reason to think that the Tigers will hesitate to see what they have in Stewart, since they are going nowhere this season.
Touki Toussaint, Braves: He made such a good impression that the Braves included him on the postseason roster, so it’s hard to believe that he wouldn’t get the fifth starter spot out of spring.