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2019 Top 140 Fantasy Outfield Prospects, Part 2

Happy New Year’s Eve! What better way to ring in the new year than with nearly 6,500 words about outfield prospects?!

Like shortstop, outfield is a deep position in baseball, attracting both speedy, elite defensive players and plodding sluggers. A step above the defensive spectrum from first base and often an easier assignment than the infield, outfield contains a large and diverse group of players. As such, the list of outfield prospects is expansive; so expansive it warrants two separate articles. Part 1 explores the cream of the crop, the top 20 outfield prospects. This article details the remaining 120 outfield prospects, from high upside, high risk teenagers to intriguing prospects on the cusp of majors, but often considered “organizational depth.”

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Before delving into the rankings, the following former outfield prospects currently receive the majority of playing time at another position, and, as such, are on previous or upcoming lists: Brent Rooker, Minnesota Twins (1B). To see where these prospects would rank among shortstop prospects, scroll to the bottom of the article.

Top 21-140 Fantasy Outfield Prospects

RankPlayerPrimary PositionSecondary PositionAge2018 LevelETA
21Kristian Robinson ARIOF-18.30AZL, PIO2023
22Victor Victor Mesa MIAOF-22.69N/A2020
23Trevor Larnach MINOF-22.09APP, A2020
24Heliot Ramos SFOF-19.56A2021
25Brandon Marsh LAAOF-21.28A, A+2020
26Austin Hays BALOF-23.73NYP, AA-
27Leody Taveras TEXOF-20.56A+2020
28Bubba Thompson TEXOF-20.80A2021
29Julio Pablo Martinez TEXOF-23.02DSL, NWL2020
30Daz Cameron DETOF-22.20A+, AA, AAA2019
31Khalil Lee KCOF-20.76A+, AA2020
32Josh Naylor SDOF1B21.77AA2019
33Jordyn Adams LAAOF-19.44AZL, PIO2022
34Akil Baddoo MINOF-20.62A2021
35Adam Haseley PHIOF-22.96A+, AA2020
36Kyler Murray OAKOF-21.64N/A2021
37Seth Beer HOUOF1B22.53NYP, A, A+2020
38DJ Peters LADOF-23.29AA2019
39Lazaro Armenteros OAKOF-19.85A2021
40Jose Siri CINOF-23.68A+, AA2019
41Antonio Cabello NYYOF-18.41DSL, GCL2023
42Connor Scott MIAOF-19.47GCL, A2022
43Anthony Alford TOROF-24.69A+, AAA, MLB-
44Austin Beck OAKOF-20.35A2021
45Tristen Lutz MILOF-20.60A2021
46Daniel Johnson CLEOF-23.71GCL, AA2019
47Tirso Ornelas SDOF-19.05A2021
48George Valera CLEOF-18.38AZL2023
49Alek Thomas ARIOF-18.92AZL, PIO2022
50Jeisson Rosario SDOF-19.43A2021
51Jeren Kendall LADOF-23.15A+2020
52Chris Shaw SFOF-24.93AAA, MLB-
53Buddy Reed SDOF-23.92A+, AA2020
54Josh Lowe TBOF-21.16A+2020
55Blake Rutherford CHWOF-21.91A+2020
56Kyle Lewis SEAOF-23.71A+, AA2020
57Parker Meadows DETOF-19.41GCL, NYP2022
58Julio Rodriguez SEAOF-18.25DSL2023
59Calvin Mitchell PITOF-19.97A2021
60Dylan Cozens PHIOF-24.83AAA, MLB-
61Jason Martin PITOF-23.56AA, AAA2019
62Luis Alexander Basabe CHWOF-22.59A+, AA2019
63Greyson Jenista ATLOF-22.31APP, A, A+2021
64Dylan Carlson STLOF-20.43A, A+2021
65Nick Schnell TBOF-19.00GCL2022
66Jhailyn Ortiz PHIOF-20.36A2021
67Kevin Alcantara NYYOF-16.71N/A2024
68Oscar Mercado CLEOF-24.28AAA2019
69Myles Straw HOUOF-24.45AA, AAA, MLB-
70Alexander Canario SFOF-18.89AZL2022
71Misael Urbina MINOF-16.92N/A2024
72Kyle Isbel KCOF-22.07PIO, A2021
73Josh Stowers SEAOF-22.09NWL2021
74Ryan McKenna BALOF-22.12A+, AA2020
75Cole Roederer CHCOF-19.51AZL2022
76Bryan Reynolds PITOF-24.17AA2019
77Gilberto Celestino MINOF-20.13APP, NYP, AA2021
78Jake McCarthy ARIOF-21.66AZL, NWL2021
79Jhon Torres STLOF-19.00AZL, GCL2022
80Everson Pereira NYYOF-17.97APP2023
81Luis Gonzalez CHWOF-23.55A, A+2020
82Adolis Garcia STLOF-26.07AAA, MLB-
83Garrett Whitley TBOF-22.04N/A2021
84Steele Walker CHWOF-22.66AZL, PIO, A2021
85Pablo Reyes PITOF3B/2B25.56AA, AAA, MLB-
86Billy McKinney TOROF1B24.60AAA, MLB-
87Lane Thomas STLOF-23.60AA, AAA2019
88D'Shawn Knowles LAAOF-18.20AZL, PIO2023
89Alvin Guzman ARIOF-17.44N/A2024
90Micker Adolfo CHWOF-22.55A+2020
91Edward Olivares SDOF-23.06A+2019
92Brennen Davis CHCOF-19.41AZL2022
93Conner Capel STLOF-21.86A+2020
94Mike Siani CINOF-19.70APP2022
95Marcus Wilson ARIOF-22.62A+2020
96Brewer Hicklen KCOF-23.14A, A+2020
97Randy Arozarena STLOF-24.08AA, AAA2019
98Sam Hilliard COLOF-25.10AA2019
99Jared Oliva PITOF-23.34A+2020
100Ronnie Dawson HOUOF-23.86A+, AA2020
101Trent Deveaux LAAOF-18.90AZL2023
102Justin Williams STLOF-23.61AAA, MLB-
103Joe Gray MILOF-19.04AZL2022
104Mariel Bautista CINOF-21.45PIO2021
105Lolo Sanchez PITOF-19.93A2021
106Nick Decker BOSOF-19.49GCL2022
107Will Benson CLEOF-20.78A2021
108Jameson Hannah OAKOF-21.63NYP2021
109J.J. Matijevic HOUOF-23.37A, A+2020
110Griffin Conine TOROF-21.71GCL, NWL2021
111D.J. Stewart BALOF25.33AAA, MLB2019
112Troy Stokes Jr. MILOF-23.16AA2019
113Brian Miller MIAOF-23.61A+, AA2020
114Skye Bolt OAKOF-25.20A+, AA2019
115Stuart Fairchild CINOF-23.03A, A+2020
116Joe McCarthy TBOF1B25.10AAA2019
117Tristan Pompey MIAOF-22.01GCL, A, A+2021
118Dom Thompson-Williams SEAOF-23.94A, A+2020
119Greg Deichmann OAKOF1B23.83AZL, A+2020
120Jamie Westbrook ARIOF-23.78AA, AAA2019
121Yonathan Daza COLOF-25.08AA2019
122Starling Heredia LADOF-20.14AZL, A2022
123Carlos Rincon LADOF-21.46A, A+2020
124Vince Fernandez COLOF-23.68A+2020
125Mickey Moniak PHIOF-20.88A+2020
126Ryan Boldt TBOF-24.35AA2019
127Michael Hermosillo LAAOF-24.20AAA, MLB-
128Forrest Wall TOROF-23.36A+, AA2019
129Ryan Cordell CHWOF-26.99AZL, AA, AAA, MLB-
130Heath Quinn SFOF-23.81A+2020
131T.J. Friedl CINOF-23.62A+, AA2020
132Braden Bishop SEAOF-25.60AA2019
133LaMonte Wade MINOF-25.24AA, AAA2019
134Pedro Gonzalez TEXOF-21.42A2021
135Gage Canning WASOF-21.93NYP, A2021
136Oscar Gonzalez CLEOF-21.22A2021
137Je'Von Ward MILOF-19.43PIO2022
138Juan Pie PITOF-17.99DSL2023
139Luke Raley MINOF1B24.53AA2019
140Tim Locastro NYYOF-26.71AZL, AAA, MLB-

21. Kristian Robinson, Arizona Diamondbacks

PositionAgeHit/ThrowETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
OF18.30R/R20235060535
2018 StatsAVGOBPSLGABHRSB/CSK/BB
AZL, PIO0.2790.3630.428222712/867/27

The Diamondbacks signed Kristian Robinson for $2.5 million as part of the 2017 J2 international class. At just 17 years old, he debuted stateside this summer, advancing to the Pioneer League. Although his summer started slowly, Robinson heated up as he acclimated to the rigors of professional baseball. Over his last 25 games, he hit .330/.413/.500 with 4 home runs and 5 stolen bases.

With a strong, wiry, and broad-shouldered 6’3″ frame, Robinson evokes images of a NFL wide receiver. Already, he possesses plus raw power, and he has remaining projection to improve a full grade. In addition, Robinson has present plus speed, which should not regress too much as he fills out. However, his profile is not without risk, and his approach is raw with substantial swing-and-miss. Nevertheless, few prospects possesses his power/speed upside. While Robinson could develop similarly to Monte Harrison, he could also be the next Ronald Acuña Jr. The time to buy is now!

Peak Projection: .265/.335/.495, 30-35 home runs, 10-15 stolen bases

22. Victor Victor Mesa, Miami Marlins

PositionAgeHit/ThrowETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
OF22.69R/R202055451535

This summer, the Marlins desperately acquired international bonus pool money in an effort to sign the sons of Cuban legend, Victor Mesa. The more high-profile and talented son, Victor Victor Mesa, ultimately signed for $5.25 million in October. A standout defender, he possesses double-plus speed, uncanny instincts, and a big arm. Of course, in fantasy, fielding is only relevant to the extent it facilitates or hinders opportunity and eligibility. As such, Mesa likely will rank highly on all prospect lists which consider defensive value. Regardless, he has significant offensive upside, driven by elite speed, moderate power, and a feel to hit. In his last full season in Cuba’s Serie Nacional, he hit .354/.399/.539 with 40 stolen bases in 70 games. Eric Logenhagen notes, however, Mesa likely has below-average game, and he draws comparisons to Albert Almora.

Peak Projection: Reply hazy, try again, or insert other non-committal Magic 8-Ball answer

23. Trevor Larnach, Minnesota Twins

PositionAgeHit/ThrowETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
OF22.09L/R20205555040
2018 StatsAVGOBPSLGABHRSB/CSK/BB
APP, A0.3030.3900.50015253/028/21

This year, Trevor Larnach finally tapped into the plus raw power promised by his sturdy 6’4″ frame. During his junior year, he blasted 19 home runs (.348/.463/.652), leading the Brewers to select him 20th overall in the 2018 Draft. Following the draft, he led Oregon State to the National Championship, sealing a come-from-behind win in game 2 with a ninth-inning home run (1:30 mark). In his debut, Larnach impressed (.303/.390/.500), displaying power, plate discipline, patience, and an all-fields approach. Although there is some swing-and-miss inherent in his game, he perfectly fits the profile of a polished, power-hitting corner outfielder.

Peak Projection: .275/.350/.485, 25-30 home runs

24. Heliot Ramos, San Francisco Giants

PositionAgeHit/ThrowETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
OF19.56R/R202150551035
2018 StatsAVGOBPSLGABHRSB/CSK/BB
A0.2450.3130.396485118/7136/35

A dynamic and explosive athlete, Heliot Ramos rivals fellow 2017 first round pick, Jo Adell, in raw power, speed, and contact issues. Following a loud debut last year (.348/.404/.645), he received an aggressive promotion to full-season Low-A at just 18 years old. Understandably, Ramos struggled for much of year, as his raw approach and instincts dampened his game power and speed. Nevertheless, his league-average performance in the South Atlantic League at his age is still impressive, and his raw tools remain tantalizing. Often with massive upside comes massive risk, and Ramos has both. As such, he is exactly the type of prospect to target in shallow fantasy leagues. In a few years, he may be a world-beater or a grand disappointment.

Peak Projection: .260/.320/.460, 25-30 home runs, 20-25 stolen bases

25. Brandon Marsh, Los Angeles Angels

PositionAgeHit/ThrowETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
OF21.28L/R20205550540
2018 StatsAVGOBPSLGABHRSB/CSK/BB
A, A+0.2660.3590.4085031014/4158/73

Since the Angels selected Brandon Marsh in the second round of the 2016 Draft, injuries limited him to just 39 games prior to this year. Finally healthy, he played a full, 127-game season, flashing five-category upside. Other than a cringe-worthy first 10 games in High-A (3-for-41), Marsh was excellent (.284/.376/.435). A patient, late-count hitter, he racked up tons of walks (12.6%) and strikeouts (27.2%). As a result, he has an elevated strikeout rate despite very little swing-and-miss (8.7% swinging strikes). Indeed, his bat control and all-fields approach are remarkable given his large 6’4″ frame. Further, his athletic and projectable frame portends future plus raw power, which likely plays down given his linear swing. Although his present plus speed likely regresses, Marsh should retain enough speed to contribute double-digit stolen bases.

Peak Projection: .275/.355/.460, 20-25 home runs, 10-15 stolen bases

26. Austin Hays, Baltimore Orioles

PositionAgeHit/ThrowETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
OF23.73R/R-5055045
2018 StatsAVGOBPSLGABHRSB/CSK/BB
NYP, AA0.2350.2660.410310126/366/14

This year was an injury-plagued setback for Austin Hays. After a slow start (.224/.259/.374), he suffered a stress fracture in his right ankle in late May, which ultimately lead to off-season surgery in September. When he returned to Double-A in August, he finished well, hitting .273/.291/.535 with 6 home runs. While Hays hit for plenty of power (.190 ISO and 14% HR/FB), he continued to struggle with his aggressive approach. In fact, he had as many home runs as walks (12) in Double-A. Despite his aggression, he has solid plate discipline, and he does not hesitate to attack pitches he can drive. Further, his plus raw power plays well in games due to a leveraged swing. Hopefully fully healthy, Hays should rebound next year, though he enters the season in a similar position as this year, and he likely spends most of the year in the upper minors.

Peak Projection: .270/.305/.475, 25-30 home runs

27. Leody Taveras, Texas Rangers

PositionAgeHit/ThrowETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
OF20.56S/R202055451040
2018 StatsAVGOBPSLGABHRSB/CSK/BB
A+0.2460.3120.332521519/1196/51

The Rangers signed Leody Taveras, cousin of speed-demon Willy Taveras, for $2.1 million in 2015. Since then, he has repeatedly received aggressive assignments due to his excellent defense and mature approach at the plate. Unfortunately, Taveras has yet to breakout in full-season ball, with nearly identical disappointing performances in Low- and High-A. Of course, he was very young for each level; just 18 and 19 years old, respectively. Additionally, he continues to make plenty of hard contact, use the entire field, and exhibit advanced plate discipline. Prospect fatigue may be starting to set in for fantasy owners of the 20-year-old. Still, scouting reports remain positive for Taveras, noting elite athleticism, and developing power and instincts.

Peak Projection: .280/.345/.430, 15-20 home runs, 20-25 stolen bases

28. Bubba Thompson, Texas Rangers

PositionAgeHit/ThrowETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
OF20.80R/R202150451540
2018 StatsAVGOBPSLGABHRSB/CSK/BB
A0.2890.3440.446332832/7104/23

An dominant, two-sport athlete in high school, Bubba Thompson choose to pursue baseball after the Rangers selected him 26th overall in the 2017 Draft. Unfortunately, a minor knee injury limited him to just 30 games in his debut and he was unable to truly showcase his game-changing speed. This year, however, his double-plus speed was on full-display. In fact, Thompson notched 25 stolen bases in his last 50 games! Meanwhile, his bat also packs a punch, with emerging power generated by wiry strength and plus bat speed. Given his limited time focusing fully on baseball, his approach is raw and aggressive with plenty of swing-and-miss (28.7% strikeouts and 14.6% swinging strikes). Even so, Thompson has already shown the ability to adjust with better than expected pitch recognition.

Peak Projection: .265/.320/.425, 15-20 home runs, 30-35 stolen bases

29. Julio Pablo Martinez, Texas Rangers

PositionAgeHit/ThrowETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
OF23.02L/L202055451035
2018 StatsAVGOBPSLGABHRSB/CSK/BB
DSL, NWL0.2660.3780.457256913/976/43

Another Rangers outfielder, Julio Pablo Martinez signed this March for $2.8 million. Prior to his defection from Cuba, he hit .333/.469/.498 with 24 stolen bases at just 20 years old in Serie Nacional. Despite a nearly two-year developmental delay in the Can-Am League, he made quick work of the Dominican Summer League (.409/.606/.682). Consequently, the Rangers brought him stateside, where he struggled over his first 9 games (4-for-32), before finishing strong (.272/.357/.465) and showing well in the Arizona Fall League (.327/.397/.519). Notably, the same patient, disciplined approach Martinez displayed in Serie Nacional translated across all competitions. In addition, he suffered less swing-and-miss (11.3% swinging strikes) and hit for more power (13% HR/FB) than expected. All told, Martinez is a potential five-category contributor with promising hitting ability, power potential, and patience.

Peak Projection: .275/.360/.435, 15-20 home runs, 20-25 stolen bases

30. Daz Cameron, Detroit Tigers

PositionAgeHit/ThrowETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
OF22.20R/R201950451040
2018 StatsAVGOBPSLGABHRSB/CSK/BB
A+, AA, AAA0.2640.3430.406473824/11137/52

The son of perennial 20/20 outfielder Mike Cameron, Daz does not fall far from the tree. As such, he received a well-above-slot $4 million bonus as a supplemental first round pick in the 2015 Draft. Following extreme early career struggles, including a demotion to extended spring training in 2016, he truly found his footing in June last year. Convinced by his progress, the Tigers acquired Cameron in September as part of a package for Justin Verlander. This year, he built on his strong 2017 second half, advancing all the way to Triple-A after an excellent performance in Double-A (.285/.367/.470).

At the plate, Cameron has a mature approach, regularly using the whole field and patiently waiting for a pitch to drive with strong pitch recognition. Due to his patience, he can find himself in bad counts, leading to an elevated strikeout rate despite reasonable swing-and-miss. When he does swing, he exhibits above-average raw power with a quick bat and strong wrists, and should flirt with 20 home runs at maturity. In addition, Cameron possesses above-average-to-plus speed, and, like his father, he is an aggressive base stealer.

Peak Projection: .270/.350/.430, 15-20 home runs, 20-25 stolen bases

31. Khalil Lee, Kansas City Royals

PositionAgeHit/ThrowETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
OF20.76L/L20205050540
2018 StatsAVGOBPSLGABHRSB/CSK/BB
A+, AA0.2630.3820.390346616/5103/59

A third round pick in the 2016 Draft, Khalil Lee advanced all the way to Double-A at just 20 years old. In fact, he received a promotion on his 20th birthday. Throughout his brief career, he has exhibited exceptional patience, with a career 13.4% walk rate. In High-A this year, Lee enjoyed a solid season (.270/.402/.406) with Joey Votto-esque patience (15.9% BB). In addition to his patient approach, he generates surprising, mostly pull-side power from his slight, 5’10” frame. Presently, he is a gap-to-gap, line-drive hitter, and his bat path is often too linear to tap into his above-average raw power. On the bases, Lee is aggressive with strong instincts, and he should contribute with stolen bases despite average speed. Overall, the sum of his average parts make for a solid, unspectacular fantasy performer.

Peak Projection: .260/.360/.440, 20-25 home runs, 10-15 stolen bases

32. Josh Naylor, San Diego Padres

PositionAgeHit/ThrowETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
OF/1B21.77L/L20195550040
2018 StatsAVGOBPSLGABHRSB/CSK/BB
AA0.2970.3830.447501175/569/64

A year after the Marlins drafted Josh Naylor 12th overall in the 2015 Draft, he made headlines for prank-knifing teammate Stone Garrett. Thereafter, the Marlins traded him to the Padres in a deal for Andrew Cashner. Since joining the Padres, Naylor has steadily worked his way through the minors, improving each year. This April, he was the hottest hitter in the minors, hitting an astounding .380/.457/.690 with 8 home runs over his first 25 games, including an inside-the-park homer. Many thought he was finally tapping into his double-plus raw power. The rest of the season, however, Naylor tallied just 9 more home runs (.274/.362/.379). Instead of the power-hitter his robust, squat frame promises, he is often a disciplined, high-contact (12% strikeouts and 6.9% swinging strikes), slap hitter. A poor defender at both first base and left field, Naylor will need to hit a lot (and for more power) to succeed.

Peak Projection: .285/.355/.455, 20-25 home runs

33. Jordyn Adams, Los Angeles Angels

PositionAgeHit/ThrowETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
OF19.44R/R202250451535
2018 StatsAVGOBPSLGABHRSB/CSK/BB
AZL, PIO0.2670.3610.38110505/330/14

During the National High School Invitational, Jordyn Adams outshined fellow top prep prospects, Nolan Gorman and Triston Casas. At the time, he had a strong commitment to North Carolina to play football (wide receiver) for his father (defensive line coach). As momentum built prior to the 2018 Draft, it became clear he would pursue baseball, and the Angels selected him 17th overall. Prior to suffering a broken jaw in August, Adams impressed in his debut, demonstrating a patient approach and a feel to hit. His standout tool, however, is his 80-grade speed, and he rivaled Xavier Edwards as the fastest player in the draft. Additionally, his athletic and wiry 6’2″ frame projects to generate substantial raw power in time. The raw ingredients are all here for a potential fantasy star if Adams develops as many expect. The Angels recently enjoyed similar success developing a raw, tooled up outfielder (Jo Adell).

Peak Projection: .265/.340/.425, 15-20 home runs, 30-35 stolen bases

34. Akil Baddoo, Minnesota Twins

PositionAgeHit/ThrowETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
OF20.62L/L202150451040
2018 StatsAVGOBPSLGABHRSB/CSK/BB
A0.2430.3510.4194371124/5124/74

The 74th overall pick in the 2016 Draft, Akil Baddoo languished in fantasy obscurity after a disastrous debut (.178/.299/.271). Last year, he rebounded in rookie ball, slashing .323/.436/.527 with excellent discipline, power, and speed. Transitioning to full-season ball this year, Baddoo got off to a slow start in Low-A, hitting just .216/.358/.387 with tons of walks (17.7%) and strikeouts (29.2%). In the second half, he settled in (.265/.346/.445), lowering his strikeout rate by nearly ten percent (19.5%). While still raw, Baddoo consistently demonstrates phenomenal discipline and patience. At times this year, he likely was too passive and too focused on lifting the ball (49.3% FB). Once he found a balance, however, he excelled. An aggressive runner with plus speed, Baddoo is unafraid to steal or take an extra base. Further, he has surprising power and physicality given his 5’11” frame.

Peak Projection: .260/.350/.410, 15-20 home runs, 20-25 stolen bases

35. Adam Haseley, Philadelphia Phillies

PositionAgeHit/ThrowETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
OF22.96L/L20205545540
2018 StatsAVGOBPSLGABHRSB/CSK/BB
A+, AA0.3050.3610.433466117/473/35

Although the 8th overall pick from the 2017 Draft has no standout tool, Adam Haseley can do a little bit of everything. Not until late June this year did he truly showcase his ability, hitting .328/.405/.505 between High-A and Double-A. A polished hitter, he delivers a steady stream of gap-to-gap line drives. Meanwhile, his excellent instincts make him a threat on the bases despite average speed. Ultimately, how his power develops will determine his viability, and his flat swing and high-contact approach likely limit his power upside.

Peak Projection: .285/.345/.435, 15-20 home runs, 10-15 stolen bases

36. Kyler Murray, Oakland Athletics

PositionAgeHit/ThrowETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
OF21.64R/R202150501035

Tomorrow, Kyler Murray, Heisman Trophy winner and quarterback of Oklahoma, faces Alabama in the Orange Bowl in what may be his final football game. Instead of football, he will pursue baseball (smart man!), after the Athletics selected him 9th overall in the 2018 Draft. During his junior year, Murray hit .296/.398/.556, flashing the same power and speed which makes him such a threat at quarterback. Since he has yet to fully focus on baseball, he remains raw and prone to swing-and-miss (24.8% strikeouts), but his upside is sky-high.

Peak Projection: Reply hazy, try again, or insert other non-committal Magic 8-Ball answer

37. Seth Beer, Houston Astros

PositionAgeHit/ThrowETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
OF/1B22.53L/R20205055040
2018 StatsAVGOBPSLGABHRSB/CSK/BB
NYP, A, A+0.3040.3890.496260121/149/25

Seth Beer exploded onto the national baseball scene with a huge freshman season for Clemson, hitting .369/.535/.700 with 18 home runs and a silly 27-to-62 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Even since then, he has been a favorite fantasy follow for the 2018 Draft. Unfortunately, he has yet to duplicate those numbers and failed to hit much for Team USA the past two summers. Nevertheless, the Astros selected him at the end of the first round, and he immediately took to professional baseball, advancing all the way to High-A in his debut. Beer possesses double-plus raw power with an approach geared for power. Further, he is a patient, disciplined hitter, and he ideally develops into a high-end three-true-outcomes slugger. Plus, when you select him in your draft, you can simply say, “Beer me!”

Peak Projection: .260/.355/.470, 25-30 home runs

38. DJ Peters, Los Angeles Dodgers

PositionAgeHit/ThrowETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
OF23.29R/R20194065040
2018 StatsAVGOBPSLGABHRSB/CSK/BB
AA0.2360.3200.473491291/2192/45

Standing at 6’6” with long, flowing locks, D.J. Peters engenders visions of Jayson Werth. Most importantly, he possesses double-plus power to match his size and can hit it out of any part of the ballpark. In fact, he boasts a career 21.2% home run-to-fly ball rate! As with many tall players, however, he struggles with contact, with tons of swing-and-miss (34.3% strikeouts and 18.2% swinging strikes). Still, Peters has enormous power with a leveraged swing, and he managed well in his transition to the upper minors out of the California League. While he likely will always pile up strikeouts and never hit for a high batting average, his power should play.

Peak Projection: .235/.315/.475, 35-40 home runs

39. Lazaro Armenteros, Oakland Athletics

PositionAgeHit/ThrowETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
OF19.85R/R202145551035
2018 StatsAVGOBPSLGABHRSB/CSK/BB
A0.2770.3740.40129288/6115/36

Signed by the Athletics for $3 million in 2016, Lazaro (“Lazarito”) Armenteros has tantalizing, but raw, talent. In his full-season debut this year, he performed well in Low-A, despite several minor injuries. Overall, he flashed a powerful bat, hitting tons of line drives (27.5%) and flashing plus power (17.8% HR/FB). While Lazarito suffers plenty of swing-and-miss (33.8% strikeouts and 14.1% swinging strikes), it is far from debilitating, and much can be forgiven due to his youth and patient approach. His power/speed upside is significant, and, although he likely will be take time to realize his potential, it should be worth the wait.

Peak Projection: .255/.335/.460, 25-30 home runs, 20-25 stolen bases

40. Jose Siri, Cincinnati Reds

PositionAgeHit/ThrowETAHitPowerSpeedRisk
OF23.68R/R201940551040
2018 StatsAVGOBPSLGABHRSB/CSK/BB
A+, AA0.2390.2940.4493721323/6123/28

The epitome of a raw, slow burn prospect, Jose Siri spent four years refining his elite tools in rookie ball before finally making his full-season debut late in 2016. Last year, he broke out in Low-A, hitting .293/.341/.530 with 24 home runs and 46 stolen bases. Based on his electric performance, the Reds even added him to the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. A thumb injury suffered in Spring Training delayed the start of his season for a month this year. Upon his return, Siri struggled with swing-and-miss all year (30.1% strikeouts and 20.5% swinging strikes). Despite his contact issues, he still flashed plus power and plus speed, both buoyed by his aggressive, swing-happy, and fly ball-heavy approach. A high-risk/high-reward player, Siri could be a fantasy star or fall short of his huge tools due to fatal plate discipline issues.

Peak Projection: .230/.280/.440, 25-30 home runs, 20-25 stolen bases

The Best of the Rest

2019 Sleeper Outfield Prospects

The following prospects may rise significantly with strong showings in 2019. Each has immense upside, but each is also years away from the majors.

Tirso Ornelas, San Diego Padres. The Padres signed Ornelas for $1.5 million in 2016. In his full-season debut in Low-A, he performed well (.252/.341/.392) at just 18 years old. Specifically, he exhibits an advanced approach at the plate, with solid plate discipline, all-fields contact, and little swing-and-miss (7.9% swinging strikes). Meanwhile, his projectable and high-waisted 6’3″ frame promises potential plus raw power.

Jeisson Rosario, San Diego Padres. Part of the same international class as Ornelas, Rosario signed for $1.85 million. This year, he had a remarkably similar performance (.271/.368/.353) to Ornelas in Low-A at the same age (18). Indeed, nearly all the same hitting attributes which describe Ornelas apply equally to Rosario. Where they differ is power (Ornelas has a full grade more potential) and speed (Rosario is an above-average runner).

Jhailyn Ortiz, Philadelphia Phillies. In his first taste of full-season ball, Ortiz struggled, hitting just .225/.297/.375 with tons of swing-and-miss (32.6% strikeouts and 19.8% swinging strikes). Still, he flashed his massive raw power at times, which many project to a 70-grade.

Alexander Canario, San Francisco Giants. A little-known international signing in 2016, Canario made a lot of noise in the Dominican Summer League last year (.294/.391/.464). This year, he debuted state-side in the Arizona League (.250/.357/.403), flashing substantial power potential from his undeveloped, wiry frame.

Gilberto Celestino, Minnesota Twins. The Twins acquired Celestino from the Astros this summer for Ryan Pressly. A high-profile international signing in 2015 ($2.5 million), he has slowly worked his way to advanced rookie ball (.287/.341/.406), displaying a high-contact, all-fields approach with emerging power and plus speed.

Others of Note:

  • Jhon Torres, St. Louis Cardinals (acquired from the Indians for Oscar Mercado, .321/.409/.525 between AZL/GCL, plus power potential)
  • Mariel Bautista, Cincinnati Reds (.330/.386/.541 with 8 home runs and 16 stolen bases in PIO, five-category potential)
  • Lolo Sanchez, Pittsburgh Pirates (.243/.322/.328 with 30 stolen bases in Low-A, high-contact hitter with plus speed)
  • Will Benson, Cleveland Indians (.180/.324/.370 in Low-A, 70-grade raw power, glaring pitch recognition issues)
  • Starling Heredia, Los Angeles Dodgers (.182/.245/.325 in Low-A, purportedly missed two months due to eye sight problems)
  • Pedro Gonzalez, Texas Rangers (.234/.296/.421 in Low-A, still tall and gangly, plus power potential)
  • Oscar Gonzalez, Cleveland Indians (.292/.310/.435 in Low-A, too aggressive, lots of hard contact and pull-side power)

Close to the Show: Outfield Prospects With MLB Experience

These outfield prospects already received a cup of coffee in the majors. Each should make a return appearance next year.

Anthony Alford, Toronto Blue Jays. Despite splitting time early in his career with college football, Alford has exhibited surprising polish. Following a strong season in Double-A last year (.310/.406/.429) and a brief major league debut, he was in position to contribute this year. Unfortunately, a hamstring injury delayed the start of his season, and he never got going (.238/.314/.339). Still, Alford possesses big speed, some pop, and enough hit to make noise.

Chris Shaw, San Francisco Giants. A first round pick in the 2015 Draft, Shaw possesses 70-grade raw power, which he regularly taps into in games (.228 ISO and 22.5% HR/FB).  His hit tool, however, is highly questionable, plagued by concerning levels of swing-and-miss (34.5% strikeouts and 19.7% swinging strikes).

Dylan Cozens, Philadelphia Phillies. Like Shaw, Cozens has huge 70-grade raw power (.266 ISO and 24.4% HR/FB) and huge swing-and-miss (37.8% strikeouts and 17.2% swinging strikes). While he has more athleticism and patience than Shaw, he projects for a worse hit tool due to his long levers (6’6″) and struggles against left-handed pitching (.147/.265/.242 with 43.4% strikeouts).

Myles Straw, Houston Astros. A classic slap-hitting speedster, Straw tallied an incredible 72 stolen bases (88.9%) across three levels. Notably, he is patient (12.2% BB), rarely swings and misses (3.3% swinging strikes), and hits nearly everything the other way (47%). In other words, he is a pest at the plate! However, Straw may not have enough power to keep pitchers honest.

Adolis Garcia, St. Louis Cardinals. The MVP of Cuba’s Serie Nacional in 2015/2016, Garcia signed with the Cardinals in 2016 for $2.5 million. While he has above-average power and speed, his overly aggressive approach (3.3% BB) limits his effectiveness.

Others of Note:

  • Pablo Reyes, Pittsburgh Pirates (.284/.337/.421 between Double- and Triple-A, .293/.349/.483 in debut, solid hit and speed)
  • Billy McKinney, Toronto Blue Jays (.222/.307/.470 in minors, .252/.318/.462 in majors, potential average hit and power)
  • Justin Williams, St. Louis Cardinals (acquired from Rays for Tommy Pham, .252/.307/.379 in Triple-A, plus raw power, needs more leveraged swing)
  • DJ Stewart, Baltimore Orioles (.235/.329/.387 in Triple-A, .250/.340/.550 in brief debut, good power, instinctual base stealer)
  • Michael Hermosillo, Los Angeles Angels (.267/.357/.480 in Triple-A, tapping into raw power, above-average speed)
  • Ryan Cordell, Chicago White Sox (.239/.281/.364 in Triple-A, oft-injured, still raw, power/speed upside)
  • Tim Locastro, New York Yankees (acquired from Dodgers in 40-man roster crunch, .279/.389/.409 in Triple-A, high-contact, plus speed)

Close to the Show: 40-Man Roster Outfield Prospects

Expect several of the following players to see time in the majors this year. Injuries or under-performance at the major league level could elevate several to starting jobs.

Jason Martin, Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates acquired Martin in the Gerrit Cole trade this January. As a Pirate, he was excellent in Double-A Eastern League (.325/.392/.522), and solid in Triple-A until August (.283/.336/.444), before collapsing to finish the year. Martin has upside to provide nearly average tools across the board.

Luis Alexander Basabe, Chicago White Sox. The final piece in the package for Chris Sale, Basabe enjoyed a rebound year between High-A and Double-A (.258/.354/.445). A switch-hitter, he makes hard contact from both sides with some pull-side power. His baseball instincts remain a work-in-progress, at the plate and on the bases, but he has a developing, patient approach and above-average speed.

Oscar Mercado, Cleveland Indians. The Cardinals traded Mercado to the Indians at the trade deadline, presumably to clear upper-level outfield surplus. While he was only a league-average performer in Triple-A (.278/.349/.390), he remains raw and projectable with a solid, line-drive bat, plus speed, and reasonable swing-and-miss.

Lane Thomas, St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals quietly acquired Thomas from the Blue Jays last July. This year, he rewarded his new team with a breakout season between Double-A and Triple-A (.264/.333/.489 with 27 home runs and 17 stolen bases). Thomas provides solid power and speed, with very reasonable swing-and-miss (8.6%).

Micker Adolfo, Chicago White Sox. In late April, Adolfo suffered a sprained UCL in his right elbow, which eventually lead to Tommy John surgery in July. Despite the injury, he performed well in High-A (.282/.369/.464), displaying his typical plus power (17.5% HR/FB), but also his typical swing-and-miss tendencies (27.4% strikeouts and 16.4% swinging strikes).

Other of Note:

  • Sam Hilliard, Colorado Rockies (.262/.327/.389 in Double-A, .328/.389/.516 in AFL, above-average raw power and speed, lots of swing-and-miss)
  • Troy Stokes Jr., Milwaukee Brewers (.233/.343/.430 in Double-A, small 5’8″ frame, surprising power, above-average speed, questionable hit tool)
  • Skye Bolt, Oakland Athletics (.260/.347/.474 between High-A and Double-A, .247/.353/.493 in AFL, power, speed, and 80-grade name)
  • Joe McCarthy, Tampa Bay Rays (.269/.377/.513 in Triple-A, missed two months with lower back injury, patient, disciplined hitter with some pop)
  • Yonathan Daza, Colorado Rockies (.306/.330/.461 in Double-A, missed second half with left shoulder injury, aggressive, high-average hitter with good speed and nominal power)
  • Braden Bishop, Seattle Mariners (.284/.361/.412 in Double-A, broke arm in July, plus runner and defender, improving bat)
  • LaMonte Wade, Minnesota Twins (.257/.360/.380 between Double-A and Triple-A, high-contact hitter with exceptional plate discipline)

Close to the Show: Upper Minors Outfield Prospects

The road for prospects is long and winding. These prospects are on the cusp of the majors, already reaching the upper minors.

Daniel Johnson, Cleveland Indians. The Indians acquired Johnson from the Nationals for Yan Gomes this off-season. If not for a broken hamate bone suffered in early June, forcing him out for six weeks, he may have built upon his 2017 breakout (.298/.356/.505). Instead, Johnson was mediocre in Double-A (.267/.321/.410) and suffered from some contact issues. Regardless, he has huge upside, with double-plus speed and above-average raw power.

Buddy Reed, San Diego Padres. A terrible start to his career caused the former second round pick to fall off the radar. This year, however, Reed broke out, hitting .324/.371/.549 with 33 stolen bases in High-A. Following a promotion to Double-A, he stole 18 more bases, but otherwise struggled (.179/.227/.235). Reed possesses a tantalizing blend of elite speed and emerging power, though with a below-average hit tool.

Kyle Lewis, Seattle Mariners. Since suffering a torn ACL in his debut, the former eleventh overall pick has yet to find his footing in professional ball (.244/.306/.405 this year). Still, Lewis has mammoth raw power to all fields and, with continued healthy, may rebound.

Ryan McKenna, Baltimore Orioles. For the first half, McKenna was the top hitter in High-A Carolina League (.377/.467/.556). After a well-earned promotion to Double-A, he performed more in-line with his career numbers (.239/.341/.338). Ultimately, his true talent likely is far closer to his Eastern League performance.

Bryan Reynolds, Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates acquired Reynolds as the centerpiece in the Andrew McCutchen trade in January. Unfortunately, he suffered a broken hamate bone in his fourth game. Once fully recovered, he exploded over his last 45 games (.343/.405/.500). Like Jason Martin, Reynolds has upside to provide average tools across the board.

Others of Note:

  • Randy Arozarena, St. Louis Cardinals (.274/.359/.433 between Double-A and Triple-A, average hitter with some pop and some speed)
  • Ronnie Dawson, Houston Astros (.258/.333/.428 between High-A and Double-A, above-average power/speed potential, questionable hit tool)
  • Jamie Westbrook, Arizona Diamondbacks (.292/.341/.497 between Double-A and Triple-A, borderline-average tools across the board)
  • Ryan Boldt, Tampa Bay Rays (.274/.348/.461 in Double-A, missed second half due to injury, provides some hit, power, and speed)
  • Forrest Wall, Toronto Blue Jays (acquired from Rockies for Seung-hwan Oh, .263/.343/.402 between High-A and Double-A, average hit, plus speed)
  • TJ Friedl, Cincinnati Reds (.284/.381/.384 between High-A and Double-A, 70-grade speed, decent hit, little power)
  • Luke Raley, Minnesota Twins (acquired from Dodgers for Brian Dozier, .275/.350/.471 in Double-A, above-average raw power, lots of swing-and-miss)

Close to the Show: High-A Outfield Prospects

The road for prospects is long and winding. These prospects are one step closer, already reaching High-A, and in some cases, beyond.

Josh Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays. A first round pick in the 2016 Draft, Lowe has been a league-average performer the last two years, including in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League (.238/.322/.361). With an athletic and projectable 6’4″ frame, he may develop significant raw power in time. Meanwhile, Lowe has a feel to hit and uses the whole field with above-average speed.

Blake Rutherford, Chicago White Sox. The White Sox acquired Rutherford a year after the Yankees drafted him in the first round. While he has failed to live up to his lofty draft pedigree, he is developing into a solid hitter (.293/.345/.436 in High-A). Rutherford has an advanced hit tool, consistently making all-fields, hard contact. Whether he will develop impactful power, however, is an open question.

Dylan Carlson, St. Louis Cardinals. Another first round pick from the 2016 Draft, Carlson quietly made a lot of progress this year. Specifically, he significantly reduced his swing-and-miss (17.7% strikeouts and 11% swinging strikes) and boosted his game power (.144 ISO and 9.2% HR/FB), all while playing in the FSL. Carlson has upside to hit with strong plate discipline and hit for power.

Garrett Whitley, Tampa Bay Ray. In late March, Whitley tore his right labrum and underwent season-ending surgery. When healthy, he has plus speed with plus power potential. Further, he exhibits a patient approach with reasonable swing-and-miss.

Edward Olivares, San Diego Padres. The Padres acquired Olivares from the Blue Jays for Yangervis Solarte this January. In his first year with the Padres, he excelled in High-A (.277/.321/.429). A potential five-category player, he has above-average speed and developing, all-fields power.

Others of Note:

  • Conner Capel, Cleveland Indians (acquired from the Cardinals for Oscar Mercado, .257/.341/.376 between Low-A and High-A, power/speed potential)
  • Marcus Wilson, Arizona Diamondbacks (.235/.309/.369 in High-A, unrefined approach, plus speed, average raw power)
  • Dom Thompson-Williams, Seattle Mariners (acquired from the Yankees for James Paxton, .290/.356/.517 in High-A, above-average power/speed upside)
  • Carlos Rincon, Los Angeles Dodgers (.327/.427/.818 with 15 home runs in just 29 games in High-A, lots of swing-and-miss, but big power)
  • Vince Fernandez, Colorado Rockies (.265/.370/.532 in High-A, plus raw power, lots of swing-and-miss)
  • Mickey Moniak, Philadelphia Phillies (.270/.304/.383 in High-A, former first overall pick, strong second half, hope for a solid hit tool)
  • Heath Quinn, San Francisco Giants (.300/.376/.485 in High-A, plus power potential, improving hit tool)

2017 Draft Outfield Prospects

The 2017 Draft included many intriguing outfield prospects, some disappointed and some surprised in their first full professional season.

Austin Beck, Oakland Athletics. The sixth overall pick, Beck is an extremely raw, tooled-up prospect with elite bat speed. In his full-season debut, he performed well in Low-A (.296/.335/.383). While neither his power nor speed showed in games, he suffered far less swing-and-miss than expected. If everything comes together for Beck, he is a potential five-category stud.

Tristen Lutz, Milwaukee Brewers. The 34th overall pick, Lutz had an awful start first 15 games (.133/.175/.200). Thereafter, he hit .263/.342/.445 in Low-A at just 19 years old. A strong 6’3” and 210 pounds, he possesses plus bat speed and raw power, drawing 70-grades from some observers. In addition, Lutz shows a feel for all-fields contact with solid discipline.

Jeren Kendall, Los Angeles Dodgers. The 23rd overall pick, Kendall struggled in High-A California League (79 wRC+), but still flashed some power (12 home runs and 10.3% HR/FB) and 70-grade speed (37 stolen bases). Unfortunately, he also has a highly questionable hit tool, with lots of swing-and-miss (32% strikeouts and 15.6% swinging strikes).

Calvin Mitchell, Pittsburgh Pirates. A second round pick, Mitchell enjoyed a tremendous first 55 games in Low-A (.337/.394/.543). During that time, he looked the part of a future plus hitter with a quick bat and advanced pitch recognition. For the rest of the season, however, he struggled. Still, Mitchell has natural hitting ability with even pop to flirt with 20 home runs at maturity.

Luis Gonzalez, Chicago White Sox. A third round pick, Gonzalez had an excellent season between Low-A and High-A (.307/.368/.498). He has an advanced hit tool, driven by superb plate discipline, and emerging average power (11.2% HR/FB).

Others of Note:

  • Brewer Hicklen, Kansas City Royals (.289/.357/.507 with 18 HR and 35 SB between Low-A and High-A, raw power/speed upside)
  • Jared Oliva, Pittsburgh Pirates (.275/.354/.424 in High-A, plus speed, solid hit tool, some pop)
  • J.J. Matijevic, Houston Astros (.277/.350/.538 between Low-A and High-A, plus raw power, some swing-and-miss, poor defender)
  • Brian Miller, Miami Marlins (.295/.338/.355 between High-A and Double-A, high-contact hitter, above-average speed with strong instincts, little power)
  • Stuart Fairchild, Cincinnati Reds (.264/.344/.407 between Low-A and High-A, average raw power, above-average speed, borderline-average hit)
  • Greg Deichmann, Oakland Athletics (.199/.276/.392 in High-A, plus raw power, lots of swing-and-miss)
  • Je’Von Ward, Milwaukee Brewers (.307/.391/.403 in PIO, extremely projectable 6’5″ frame, promising plate discipline, power/speed upside)

2018 Draft Outfield Prospects

The 2018 Draft included many intriguing outfield prospects, from raw high school teenagers to seasoned college bats.

Connor Scott, Miami Marlins. Pushed to Low-A in his debut, the thirteenth overall pick understandably struggled (.218/.309/.296). Nevertheless, Scott has intriguing upside, with a tall and lean 6’4″ frame. Indeed, he draws some lofty comparisons, including Christian Yelich and former Plant HS alum, Astros prospect Kyle Tucker.

Alek Thomas, Arizona Diamondbacks. A polished high school hitter, Thomas had an impressive debut between the Arizona and Pioneer Leagues (.333/.395/.463). Notably, he displayed advanced plate discipline while limiting strikeouts (13.6%) and using the whole field.

Parker Meadows, Detroit Tigers. The younger brother of Austin Meadows, Parker possesses even more raw power and speed, which he flashed in his debut (4/3 HR/SB).

Greyson Jenista, Atlanta Braves. Double-plus raw power emanates from his well-built 6’4″ frame, but his hit-over-power approach and linear swing results in too few fly balls (26.5% in debut).

Nick Schnell, Tampa Bay Rays. An athletic 6’3″ and 180 pounds, Schnell projects to have average-to-above hit, power, and speed tools.

Kyle Isbel, Kansas City Royals. An elite college performer (.357/.441/.643), Isbel enjoyed an equally loud debut (.326/.389/.504 with 7 HR and 24 SB). As a polished college bat, he performed up to expectations. Further, his average tools play up due to strong instincts.

Josh Stowers, Seattle Mariners. Stowers had an excellent junior season (.336/.477/.559 with 9 HR and 36 SB), and even better finish (30-for-63 with 5 HR and 10 SB). In his debut, he flashed similar power (5 HR) and speed (20 SB) along with a patient, disciplined approach.

Cole Roederer, Chicago Cubs. Despite his youth, Roederer exhibits a mature approach with above-average speed and raw power potential.

Others of Note:

  • Jake McCarthy, Arizona Diamondbacks (39th overall, brother of Joe, injury-shortened junior year, .288/.375/.443 in debut, plus speed with some pop)
  • Steele Walker, Chicago White Sox (46th overall, .352/.441/.606 at Oklahoma, .209/.271/.342 in debut, potential average hit/power)
  • Brennen Davis, Chicago Cubs (62nd overall, .298/.431/.333 in debut, plus speed with plus raw power potential, extremely raw and projectable)
  • Mike Siani, Cincinnati Reds (109th overall, $2 million bonus, .288/.351/.386 in debut, plus speed, some power, strong defender)
  • Joe Gray, Milwaukee Brewers (60th overall, .182/.347/.325 in debut, plus raw power potential, above-average speed, contact issues)
  • Nick Decker, Boston Red Sox (64th overall, fractured wrist in debut, plus power potential with promising hit tool)
  • Jameson Hannah, Oakland Athletics (50th overall, .360/.444/.555 at Dallas Baptist, .279/.347/.384 in debut, solid hitter with some speed and power)
  • Griffin Conine, Toronto Blue Jays (52nd overall, son of Jeff, .286/.410/.608 at Duke, .243/.314/.430 in debut, plus raw power, suspended 50 games)
  • Tristan Pompey, Miami Marlins (89th overall, brother of Dalton, .335/.448/.557 at Kentucky, .299/.408/.397 in debut, 6’4″ with plus raw power, approach favors hit over power)
  • Gage Canning, Washington Nationals (161st overall, .369/.426/.648 at Arizona State, .253/.319/.470 in debut, raw power/speed upside, developing instincts)

2017 & 2018 International Free Agent Outfield Prospects

Each Summer, major league teams dive deep into the international market. Like Miguel Cabrera, some of these young men become superstars.

Antonio Cabello, New York Yankees (signed for $1.35 million in 2017). At just 17 years old, Cabello was the top performer in the Gulf Coast League (.321/.426/.555). A high-upside, potential five-category performer, he earns potential plus grades for hit, power, and speed from various observers.

George Valera, Cleveland Indians (signed for $1.3 million in 2017). Possibly the most advanced bat in the 2017 J2 international class, Valera exhibits excellent plate discipline with a smooth left-handed swing. Unfortunately, he suffered a broken hamate bone in his hand just six games into his debut.

Julio Rodriguez, Seattle Mariners (signed for $1.75 million in 2017). Rodriguez potentially can hit and hit for power, with plus bat speed, solid bat control, and advanced plate discipline. In his debut, he impressed in the Dominican Summer League (.315/.404/.525).

Kevin Alcantara, New York Yankees (signed for $1 million in 2018). Standing at 6’5″ and 175 pounds, Alcantara is as projectable as prospects come. Already, he is a double-plus runner and he can generate big exit velocities at the plate.

Misael Urbina, Minnesota Twins (signed for $2.75 million in 2018). Considered a lock to remain in center field, Urbina has a higher floor than most 16-year-old prospects. Further, he has substantial upside due to potential plus hit and speed tools.

Others of Note:

  • Everson Pereira, New York Yankees (signed for $1.5 million in 2017, .263/.322/.389 in APP, very young for level, potential for average or better tools across the board)
  • D’Shawn Knowles, Los Angeles Angels (signed for $850,000 in 2017, .311/.391/.464 in AZL/PIO, impressive PIO performance at 17, five-category upside)
  • Alvin Guzman, Arizona Diamondbacks (signed for $1.85 million in 2018, premium athlete with plus speed and power potential)
  • Trent Deveaux, Los Angeles Angels (signed for $1.2 million in 2017, .199/.309/.247 in AZL, huge speed, extremely raw, massive upside)
  • Juan Pie, Pittsburgh Pirates (signed for $500,000 in 2017, .258/.382/.421 in DSL, potential to hit and hit for power)

Elsewhere-Eligible Outfield Prospects

Formerly outfield prospects, these notable prospects are now currently playing another position, and, as such, are on previous or upcoming lists. This is where they rank as outfield prospects:

Brent Rooker, Minnesota Twins (1B): between Baddoo and Haseley

Jesse Roche's 2019 Prospect Series

DateArticle
11/5/18Top 600 Dynasty League Players, Fall Preview
11/12/182019 Top 40 Fantasy Catcher Prospects
11/19/182019 Top 30 Fantasy First Base Prospects
11/26/182019 Top 30 Fantasy Second Base Prospects
12/3/182019 Top 40 Fantasy Third Base Prospects
12/10/182019 Top 70 Fantasy Shortstop Prospects, Part 1
12/17/182019 Top 70 Fantasy Shortstop Prospects, Part 2
12/24/182019 Top 140 Fantasy Outfield Prospects, Part 1
12/31/182019 Top 140 Fantasy Outfield Prospects, Part 2
1/7/192019 Top 210 Fantasy Pitching Prospects, Part 1
1/16/192019 Top 210 Fantasy Pitching Prospects, Part 2
1/21/19Upon Further Review: Notable Grade Changes
1/28/192019 Top 500 Fantasy Prospects
2/11/192019 Top 100 Upside-Only Fantasy Prospects
2/20/192019 First Year Player Draft Rankings
3/11/192019 Impact Prospects
3/18/192019 Breakout Prospects
4/1/19Prospects Breaking Camp
4/3/19Monthly Prospect Update: Infielders, March 2019
4/4/19Monthly Prospect Update: Outfielders, March 2019
4/5/19Monthly Prospect Update: Pitchers, March 2019
4/22/19Scouting Report: Grayson Rodriguez
4/29/19Scouting Reports: Delmarva & Greensboro
5/2/19Monthly Prospect Update: Infielders, April 2019
5/4/19Monthly Prospect Update: Outfielders, April 2019
5/8/19Monthly Prospect Update: Pitchers, April 2019
5/10/19Top 200 Fantasy Prospects, May 2019
5/27/192019 MLB Draft: Top Fantasy Prospects
6/3/192019 MLB Draft Live Observations
6/5/19Monthly Prospect Update: Infielders, May 2019
6/6/19Monthly Prospect Update: Outfielders, May 2019
6/7/19Monthly Prospect Update: Pitchers, May 2019
6/10/19Top 200 Fantasy Prospects, June 2019
6/17/192019 Short Season Assignments: DSL, PIO, NWL & NYP
6/24/192019 Short Season Assignments: AZL, GCL & APP
7/1/19Monthly Prospect Update: Infielders, June 2019
7/3/19Monthly Prospect Update: Outfielders, June 2019
7/5/19Monthly Prospect Update: Pitchers, June 2019
7/8/192019/2020 First Year Player Draft, Rounds 1-2
7/12/19Top 600 Dynasty League Players, July 2019
7/15/192019/2020 First Year Player Draft, Rounds 3-4
7/22/192019/2020 First Year Player Draft, Rounds 5-6

Outfield is an incredibly deep position. As such, many players listed are without write-ups. If you want to learn more about any of these players, or unlisted players, feel free to ask in the comments!

Please feel free to post comments, questions, or your own observations!

Next up, Part 1 of the Top 210 Fantasy Pitching Prospects. Stay tuned!

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The Author

Jesse Roche

Jesse Roche

Jesse is an attorney, currently residing in Greensboro. An avid fantasy baseball player, Jesse has experience in a diverse range of leagues, including head-to-head, rotisserie, points, and simulation. Jesse is a four-time website-wide champion at Benchwarmer Baseball and a repeat champion of a dynasty league with John Sickels at Minor League Ball. With a specific interest in baseball prospects, Jesse plans to provide in-depth analysis of up-and-coming stars accessible to all league sizes and types.

2 Comments

  1. January 26, 2019 at 5:18 am

    Hey Jesse, relatively new here, just unlocked TDG 2019 Rankings and I am loving the detailed content already!

    I’m in a 12 team H2H cats, 27 man roster and 8 prospects dynasty league (it’s been active for almost 10 years). Cats are H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG and OPS. It’s a league where you want to be ahead of the curve by adding a prospect before he “breaks out.”

    I already own Pache and I’m looking to replace Ke’Bryan Hayes with one of Drew Waters, Kristian Robinson, Larnach, Jordyn Adams or Beer since I’m set at 3B and need a high upside OF. I am also wondering if I should drop Pache for one of those five. I don’t care too much about ETA, looking for the potential highest reward/upside players. The KRob “could also be the next Ronald Acuña Jr.” was music to my ears.

    Would love to hear how you rank them (or any other prospects from your 21-140) I should look into). Thanks in advance!!

    • January 26, 2019 at 8:58 am

      Glad you enjoy the content!

      I would certainly replace Hayes. He will rank high on real-life top-100 lists due to his defense and high-floor.

      In terms of pure upside, Kristian Robinson, Drew Waters, and Jordyn Adams have the most. I am really high on Waters. Potential 20/20 5-category contributor imo. Other high-upside OFs to consider for a 12-team league include Antonio Cabello and George Valera.

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