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2019 Top 100 Prospects (76 through 100)

Simple P361 AvatarWe start releasing our 2019 Top 100 Prospects with number 76 through 100.  We went with a lot of high upside prospects instead of playing it safe.  In fact, some of the names might be new to you.  Many of them are still a few years away from sniffing the Major Leagues, but that’s the fun of following prospects.

The list can be found here.

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2019 Second Base Fantasy Rankings

2B rankings artworkSecond basemen are rarely born but instead are converted shortstops or even outfielders.  Perhaps their arm was not strong enough to play short or as in many cases, they were blocked and needed to find an alternative place to play.  Regardless, the position over the past few years has developed into a strength in fantasy baseball.

If you want to go early with players who can stuff all categories, you’ve got Javier Baez, Jose Altuve, and Whit Merrifield.  All three players are going in the first two rounds of drafts.  If you want to fill other positions early and wait on second base, then there are still solid options in the middle rounds.  In fact, if you get caught out and miss all the top players, you can still grab Jonathan Schoop, DJ. LeMahieu or Cesar Hernandez late in your draft.

The full list can be found here.

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2019 Texas Rangers Top 15 Prospects

rangersOur review of the 2019 Texas Rangers Top 15 prospects is now available.

1. Hans Crouse (RHP)

2. Anderson Tejeda (SS)

3. Leody Taveras (OF)

4. Julio Pablo Martinez (OF)

5. Cole Winn (RHP)

6. Eli White (2B)

7. Jonathan Hernandez (RHP)

8. Bubba Thompson (OF)

9. Taylor Hearn (LHP)

10. Jonathan Ornelas (SS)

Prospect 11-15 can be found here.

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2019 First Base Fantasy Rankings

1B rankings artworkFirst Base has long been considered critical for success in the fantasy game. Grab a power-hitting first baseman earlier, perhaps two, and ride the power, RBI and RUNs scored to a Championship. However, the game has changed and first base is no longer where fantasy owners are focusing. Sure, there is still Freddie, Goldy, and Rizzo, but look at the guys in the 11 to 15 range…hardly pillars for your fantasy team. Which begs the question. Is first base now a scarce position in fantasy baseball?

While not deep, we don’t believe it’s at the same scarcity level as catchers or outfielders. You see, first base is still a power position, but power is so plentiful in the league, that the focus in drafts, particularly early, should be on speed and you are just not going to find that at first. That’s not to say I still don’t want Freddie Freeman or Paul Goldschmidt on my team.  However, I’d much rather draft a guy early that is going to give me both speed and power because, by the mid-rounds, the speed is gone.  Therefore, one argument at the draft table is to wait on first base a bit and hunt for more well-rounded players in the early rounds.

Food for thought.

Our rankings of first base can be found here.

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2019 Seattle Mariners Top 15 Prospects

marinersOur review of the 2019 Seattle Mariners Top 15 prospects is now available.

1. Justus Sheffield (LHP)

2. Jarred Kelenic (OF)

3. Justin Dunn (RHP)

4. Yusei Kikuchi (LHP)

5. Julio Rodriguez (OF)

6. Evan White (1B)

7. Logan Gilbert (RHP)

8. Kyle Lewis (OF)

9. Noelvi Marte (SS)

10. Braden Bishop (OF)

Prospect 11-15 can be found here.

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2019 Oakland Athletics Top 15 Prospects

athleticsOur review of the 2019 Oakland Athletics Top 15 prospects is now available.

1. Jesus Luzardo (LHP)

2. Sean Murphy (C)

3. A.J. Puk (LHP)

4. Kyler Murray (OF)

5. Lazaro Armenteros (OF)

6. Austin Beck (OF)

7. Jameson Hannah (OF)

8. James Kaprielian (RHP)

9. Daulton Jefferies (RHP)

10. Jeremy Eierman (OF)

Prospect 11-15 can be found here.

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2019 Fantasy Catcher Rankings

C rankings artworkWe start our 2019 fantasy rankings with catchers.  As usual, it’s light on impact performers and heavy on guys who will hit 15 home runs with a .230 batting average.  It’s just the nature of the catching position.  Fantasy players always struggle with whether to play the scarcity game and take a catcher early or just grab one or two guys late and hope for the best.  In the end, either strategy can work but the math does suggest the legitimacy for taking an elite catcher early.  But if you’re like us, it’s just hard to do it.

The list can be found here.

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2019 Los Angeles Angels Top 15 Prospects

Our review of the 2019 Los Angeles Angels Top 15 prospects is now available.

1. Jo Adell (OF)

2. Brandon Marsh (OF)

3. Jahmai Jones (2B)

4. Luis Rengifo (2B)

5. Griffin Canning (RHP)

6. Jordyn Adams (OF)

7. D’Shawn Knowles (OF)

8. Jose Suarez (LHP)

9. Matt Thaiss (1B)

10. Jeremiah Jackson (SS)

Prospect 11-15 can be found here.

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2019 Houston Astros Top 15 Prospects

Our review of the 2019 Houston Astros Top 15 prospects is now available.

1. Forrest Whitley (RHP)

2. Kyle Tucker (OF)

3. Yordan Alvarez (OF/1B)

4. Corbin Martin (RHP)

5. Josh James (RHP)

6. Seth Beer (OF/DH)

7. J.B. Bukauskas (RHP)

8. Freudis Nova (SS)

9. Framber Valdez (LHP)

10. Myles Straw (OF)

Prospect 11-15 can be found here.

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2019 San Francisco Giants Top 15 Prospects

Our review of the 2019 San Francisco Giants Top 15 prospects is now available.

1. Joey Bart (C)

2. Heliot Ramos (OF)

3. Marcos Luciano (SS/3B/OF)

4. Sean Hjelle (RHP)

5. Alexander Canario (OF)

6. Shaun Anderson (RHP)

7. Chris Shaw (1B/OF)

8. Gregory Santos (RHP)

9. Logan Webb (RHP)

10. Jake Wong (RHP)

Prospect 11-15 can be found here.