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Below are 10 players that I wanted to find a way to get into my Top 50 mid-season list. Don’t look at these players as number 51 to 60 but instead they are guys that I really like but just fell short. As usually, it’s a combination of uber-talented kids intermixed with players who are very close to the majors. Remember, when constructing a Dynasty Team or any fantasy team, you must balance your squad with high upside, high risk talent with players that have higher floors but you can count on to contribute. I take that same position when constructing my prospect list.
Ryan McMahon (COL, 1B/3B)
While the swing can get long, there is plenty of power with Ryan McMahon and he’s really showing that in the PCL. While you can always say…it’s the PCL, for Colorado players, it might not matter as Coors is a similar hitting paradise. He’s now playing all over the dirt (first, third, and second). He might be trade fodder in a few weeks but the Rockies really like him and his plus makeup. I will say he becomes less attractive if he’s moved. Do you trade high on him now in case that happens? I wouldn’t but it’s definitely something to consider.
Kevin Maitan (ATL, SS)
The Kevin Maitan hype train is still fully alive and we finally have a stat line to validate that he’s at least real. He still has the 80 raw and the chance to hit, although strikeouts will likely always be part of the equation. Remember, he’s still only 17-years-old with only has a handful of games in rookie ball under his belt, so the risk remains sky high.
Raimel Tapia (COL, OF)
Raimel Tapia is still not demostrating the player he will be. He has excellent bat speed that should eventually translate into 20 plus home runs with plenty of stolen bases early in his career. His approach is uber-aggressive but he knows how to make hard contact. I think in the end, he has the ceiling for 20/20 and a .260 batting average, although in OBP leagues, he could be a liability.
Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD, SS)
The Padres system is very deep and Fernando Tatis Jr. could wind up on the top of the list before too long. He has plus power, is a good runner and knows how to barrel the ball. Sure, he’ll strikeout a lot, but his understanding of the strike zone should allow him to hit .250 to .260 with a .320 OBP and plenty of home runs and stolen bases.
Juan Soto (WAS, OF)
There’s a lot of hype around Juan Soto and I’ve decided to dip a toe in the water. While he can really hit, I’m not sure how much power and speed there will be. Those who are high on him believe he’ll develop 20 home run power. I’m not convinced, but there’s a chance he’ll hit .300 and that alone makes him a top prospect.
Tyler Mahle (CIN, RHP)
For a guy with two no-hitters under his belt, Tyler Mahle continues to fly under the radar in prospect circles. Not for me as I own him in 5 of 5 Dynasty Leagues. He’s now in Triple-A after pitching extremely well in Double-A and should see Cincinnati in 2018. He has good stuff, pounds the strike zone and never walks anybody. He’s not an ace but should be a nice mid-rotation pitcher on your fantasy team.
Dylan Cease (CHC, RHP)
We all know about the Chicago positional players that have gone on to be stars in the big leagues, er, well…were stars last year… Anyway, they have yet to develop a pitcher but that could change with hard throwing right-hander Dylan Cease. He has a power arsenal that consists of an 80-grade fastball that sits in the upper nineties, hitting triple-digits with regularity. He complements the fastball with an improving curve ball that he’s now able to throw for strikes. If you’ve not heard of him, jump on board.
Kyle Lewis (SEA, OF)
Kyle Lewis…remember him? Winner of the 2016 Golden Spikes award and the number seven overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. Many have forgotten about him because he blew out his ACL and has missed nearly a year of development time. He’s finally back and given what he did in college, should be able to move through the minor leagues quickly.
Mike Soroka (ATL, RHP)
The Braves are stacked with dynamic positional players as well as hard throwing pitchers in their system. Mike Soroka has been falling through the cracks as he doesn’t throw in the upper nineties or have that devastating breaking pitch. What he does is throw strikes and get guys out. In fact, you can argue that he’s been the best Braves pitcher in the minor leagues for two years running.
Willie Calhoun (DH)
In other prospect list, Willie Calhoun will lose some helium because he has yet to find a defensive position. I doubt it’s second base, which is where he plays most of time now. However, he can hit and hit with pop and from a fantasy standpoint, that’s all we care about. He could get moved to a team that needs a first baseman (don’t even know if he can play there but Brad Pitt said in Moneyball that it was easy…) or more likely the American League where you simply put him at designated hitter.
We’ve updated our Top 50 prospects for 2017. They can be found here.