Are you an owner in a deep dynasty league that is currently rebuilding?
Are you that guy that likes to move way earlier than necessary on Latin American players?
Are you a river boat gambler that wants to be ahead of the curve and gobble up the best teenagers in the minor leagues before they explode onto the scene?
Are you bored at work and need a non-caffeinated pick-me-up?
If you answered YES to all of these questions then you are my kind of guy or gal. You are a true dynastier (dy-nasty-aye). Each players’ name is a link to a video (check them out). Love, hate, or think there is an egregious omission from my list? Please let me know in the comments!
…Yes, there are several Padres on this list.
1) Vlad Guerrero Jr. (LowA-Lansing Lugnuts) – Blue Jays (turns 19 on 3/16/2018)
Undisputed sub 19 year old champion in MiLB. Hit tool/power combination is off the charts and he has already gotten a ton of recognition from Baseball America, Baseball HQ, Razzball, and Imaginary Brickwall. I think he will be in the majors before his 20th birthday (end 2017 in HighA, end 2018 in AA, skip AAA with an obscene showing in 2019 Spring Training).
2) Juan Soto (LowA-Hagerstown Suns) – Nationals (turns 19 on 10/25/2017)
Soto is an extremely patient hitter than works counts and rarely looks overmatched. The swing is very quite and compact. He is flying up Top Prospect lists and one guy in one of my dynasty leagues says that he is his #1 prospect in all of baseball! I expect him to be in the Nationals opening day lineup in 2019 and instantly be a big time impact fantasy performer.
3) Khalil Lee (LowA-Lexington Legends) – Royals (turns 19 6/26/2017)
Mr. Lee burst onto the scene last year after being drafted in the 3rd round. He passes the eye test for me. Additionally, the numbers that he has put up to start his professional career have been extremely impressive. In 266 AB he has hit 10 tacos to go along with a 16.5% walk rate! He has also swiped 15 bags and struck a little too much. He is still slightly under the radar. Make moves river boat gamblers.
4) Kevin Maitan (Extended Spring Training) – Braves (turns 19 on 2/12/2019)
The consensus #1 prospect of the 2016 J2 signing class is prepping to debut in the United States in June. He is the perfect combination of hit tool and power that gives him an extremely high floor down the road.
5) Adrian Morejon (Extended Spring Training) – Padres (turns 19 on 2/27/2018)
I have always been admittedly biased towards ranking pitchers high in my rankings. This kid is a bulldog. I like to think of him as Wandyshaw (the genetically perfect version of Wandy Rodriguez and Clayton Kershaw). The first time I watched him on the mound his competitiveness oozed and the refined nature of his pitches intrigued me. I can’t wait to see this kid pitch in full season ball once the Padres release him into the wild.
6) Fernando Tatis Jr (LowA-Ft Wayne Tincaps) – Padres (turns 19 1/2/2018)
This is going to be one that the White Sox really regret. Letting this uber talent go for washed up Big Game James was a travesty. He would have been the ideal 3rd Baseman of the future for the now rebuilding White Sox. He is struggling in an aggressive assignment to Fort Wayne. However, as the video attached to his name shows…it’s all about the power projection. Doesn’t his swing remind you of Carlos Correa’s?
Will he end up the better overall player vs Tatis? Likely, due to his defensive prowess. However, he is no slouch at the dish. The Padres forked over 1.9M for this Venezuelan Sensation as part of their earth shattering 2016 J2 class. Most scouts prefer Almanzar (#10 of this list) over Arias, but I prefer Arias because I forecast a slightly superior hit tool to go with their similar power projection.
8) Mickey Moniak (LowA-Lakewood BlueClaws) – Phillies (turns 19 on 5/13/2017)
Mickey Mo is probably the safest pick on this list to have a long fruitful MLB career. Every aspect of his game is silky smooth. However, the jury is still out on whether or not he will develop into a 20 homer guy or a 10 homer guy.
9) Sixto Sanchez (LowA-Lakewood BlueClaws) – Phillies (turns 19 7/29/2017)
Sixto was signed for like $30,000 back in 2014 but really burst onto the scene last year in the Rookie GCL. The ball explodes out of his hand and can run it into upper 90s…with incredible ease. Surprisingly, he also know where it is going. In his 74 IP in the United States, he has only issued 10 BB. He is off to a very solid start this year at LowA Lakewood having only issued 2 BB in 19.1 IP to go along with 21 Ks. The sky is the limit for this young gun (yes, the pun is intended) and he would be more highly ranked if it weren’t for my bias against pitchers.
10) Luis Almanzar (Extended Spring Training) – Padres (turns 19 on 5/11/2018)
Luis wants to take you on a swagtastic voyage. Padres J2 Crown Jewel – LooeyBallgame.
11) Leody Taveras (LowA-Hickory Crawdads) – Rangers (turns 19 on 9/8/2017)
One of the youngest players in the Sally has gotten off to a very nice start in 2017. Double digit home run and steal ability makes him very enticing. At the end of the day he has dropped a bit for me because I question the power projection.
12) Tirso Ornelas (Extended Spring Training) – Padres (Turns 19 3/11/2019)
Something ‘different’ about Padres teenager Tirso Ornelas. He is very polished and not just for a 17 year old. He was 6’3″ and 200 pounds at age 15 with a silky smooth left handed swing. Like most on this list, he isn’t going to get to the major this decade…but wait…he might. Simply put, the power potential is exquisite for this young man.
13) Freudis Nova (Extended Spring Training) – Astros (Turns 19 on 1/2/2019)
I’m obsessed with the swing. So smooth and easy. Super quick hands. He has all the tools to get to majors and become an impact player that contributes in every rotisserie category.
14) Justin Lopez (Extended Spring Training) – Padres
Chris Kusiolek is my favorite scout on Twitter. He is a great follow if you are not familiar with him already. Here is a video that he took in March that helps highlight the advanced approach that Lopez has at the plate vs another young elite Padres’ prospect named Mason Thompson. Kusiolek puts Lopez on par with Arias and Almanzar. He considers him a borderline Top 10 prospect in the organization. Lopez really fits right in with my switch hitter/hit tool fetish.
15) Eguy Rosario (LowA-Ft Wayne Tincaps) – Padres (turns 19 on 8/25/2018)
Sparkplug that is part of the opening day LowA Tincaps ridiculously young squad. Hard to find good video on him but he has the ability to hit at the top of a lineup with his above average plate discipline in combination with his speed/power projection. Don’t forget that he is 17 and in full season ball. Any level of competence shown is a huge indicator of future success (like a 13.7 BB rate in April).
16) Victor Garcia (Extended Spring Training) – Cardinals (turns 19 on 9/16/2018)
It’s a pure straight power projection. Poor man’s Vlad Jr?
17) Yasel Antuna (Extended Spring Training) – Nationals (turns 19 on 10/26/2018)
The Nationals clearly saw something that others in the industry did not by forking over $3.9M to this kid that was ranked 14th in the class by Baseball America. As usual, power pays and Antuna’s power projection sets him apart from some of the other smaller/less physical middle infielders in the 2016 J2 class.
18) Lazaro Armenteros (Extending Spring Training) – Athletics (turns 19 on 5/22/2018)
He wants to play like Pujols, win like Jeter, and be a legend like Roberto Clemente. It’s raw but there are glimpses of Cuban power hitter. He has all the tools to be an impact hitter down the road.
19) Bryan Mata (Extending Spring Training) – Red Sox (turns 19 on 5/3/2018)
Mata has an extremely projectable body with a clean delivery. This Venezuelan had an excellent 2016 debut in the DSL and is primed to show what he has stateside in the GCL. I’ll be keeping a close eye on him as I own him in a couple leagues (more updates to come).
Just missed: Reinaldo Ilarraza (Padres), Jordy Barley (Padres), Daniel Montano (Rockies), Luis Garcia (Nationals), Henry Henry (Padres)