We 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.
Second 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.
Our review of the 2019 Texas Rangers Top 15 prospects is now available.
First 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 review of the 2019 Seattle Mariners Top 15 prospects is now available.
Our review of the 2019 Oakland Athletics Top 15 prospects is now available.
We 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.
Our review of the 2019 Los Angeles Angels Top 15 prospects is now available.
Our review of the 2019 Houston Astros Top 15 prospects is now available.
10. Myles Straw (OF)
Our review of the 2019 San Francisco Giants Top 15 prospects is now available.
10. Jake Wong (RHP)