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Monthly Prospect Update: Infielders, March 2019

Each month, The Dynasty Guru will provide a prospect update, including notable performances (good and bad), assignments, promotions, trades, injuries, and suspensions. Most importantly, the monthly update will examine prospects with increasing and decreasing fantasy value, from the elite to the obscure.

On Monday, we briefly touched upon notable prospects breaking camp. Today, we focus upon early assignments, injuries, and notable rankings movement for the 2019 Top 500 Fantasy Prospects and other noteworthy prospects.

2019 Catcher Prospect Assignments

Top 500 RankPlayerOpening Day Age2019 LevelETA
25Francisco Mejia SD23.42MLB-
52Joey Bart SF22.29A+2021
56Danny Jansen TOR23.95MLB-
73Keibert Ruiz LAD20.69AA2019
80Daulton Varsho ARI22.74AA2020
113Ronaldo Hernandez TB21.38A+2021
124Will Smith LAD24.00AAA2019
137Andrew Knizner STL24.15AAA2019
142Willians Astudillo MIN27.46MLB-
149M.J. Melendez KC20.33A+2021
160Zack Collins CHW24.14AAA2019
165William Contreras ATL21.26A+2021
172Sean Murphy OAK24.47AAA2019
176Miguel Amaya CHC20.05A+2021
227Bo Naylor CLE19.10A2022
268Austin Allen SD25.20AAA2019
287Connor Wong LAD22.86A+2020
304Luis Campusano SD20.50A+2021
318Anthony Seigler NYY19.77EST2022
372Diego Cartaya LAD17.56EST2023
378Tyler Stephenson CIN22.62AA2020
328Jake Rogers DET23.94AA2019
386Andy Yerzy ARI20.73A2022
426Eric Haase CLE26.28AAA2019
459Garrett Stubbs HOU25.84AAA2019
478Cal Raleigh SEA22.34A+2021
481Alejandro Kirk TOR20.39A2022
-Ryan Jeffers MIN21.82A+2021
-Ivan Herrera STL18.83A2022
-Will Banfield MIA19.36A2022
-Josh Breaux NYY21.48A2021
-Payton Henry MIL21.76A+2021
-Blake Hunt SD20.38A2022
-Hendrik Clementina CIN21.78A+2021
-Mario Feliciano MIL20.36A+2021
-Israel Pineda WAS18.99A2022
-Rafael Marchan PHI20.09A2022

Catcher Prospect Notes

  • Last year, Ronaldo Hernandez, M.J. Melendez, William Contreras, Miguel Amaya, and Luis Campusano impressed in Low-A. This year, the next batch of potential Low-A breakout catcher prospects include Bo Naylor, Andy Yerzy, Alejandro Kirk, Ivan Herrera, Will Banfield, Blake Hunt, Israel Pineda, and Rafael Marchan. Notably, Pineda turns 19 years old today, and Herrera is still 18 years old until June.
  • Notable March rankings movement: Danny Jansen, Toronto Blue Jays (56 to 32); Ronaldo Hernandez, Tampa Bay Rays (113 to 93); M.J. Melendez, Kansas City Royals (149 to 129)
  • Notable injuries: Brett Cumberland, Baltimore Orioles
  • No assignment: Anthony Seigler, New York Yankees

2019 First Base Prospect Assignments

Top 500 RankPlayerOpening Day Age2019 LevelETA
15Peter Alonso NYM24.31MLB-
39Nathaniel Lowe TB23.73AAA2019
120Grant Lavigne COL19.59A2022
157Tyler Nevin COL21.83AA2020
126Evan White SEA22.92AA2020
154Nick Pratto KC20.48A+2021
130Brent Rooker MIN24.41AAA2019
169Bobby Bradley CLE22.83AAA2019
222Matt Thaiss LAA23.89AAA2019
234Pavin Smith ARI23.14AA2020
260Rowdy Tellez TOR24.03MLB-
283Dan Vogelbach SEA26.28MLB-
300Ibandel Isabel CIN23.77AA2020
310Gavin Sheets CHW22.93AA2020
315Luken Baker STL22.05A+2021
332Roberto Ramos COL24.25AAA2020
368Chad Spanberger TOR23.41AA2021
384Josh Ockimey BOS23.44AAA2019
403Will Craig PIT24.37AAA2020
427Dermis Garcia NYY21.23A+2021
444Ryan Noda TOR22.99A+2021
458Darick Hall PHI23.68AA2020
466Reynaldo Rivera DET21.79A+2021
480Connor Joe SF26.62MLB2019
490Heriberto Hernandez TEX19.28EST2023
495Zack Shannon ARI22.77EST2021
498Curtis Terry TEX22.48A2022
-Lewin Diaz MIN22.36A+2020
-Jared Walker LAD23.15AA2021
-Frank Schwindel KC26.75MLB2019
-Ryan Costello MIN22.79A+2021
-Brad Zunica SD23.44AA2020
-Tyreque Reed TEX21.81A+2022

First Base Prospect Notes

  • Grant Lavigne will enjoy the hitter-friendly confines of McCormick Park this year. Not only is the park located at a higher elevation in Asheville, but its dimensions are tiny (left field: 326 ft; left-center: 370 ft; center field: 373 ft; right-center: 320 ft; and right field: 297 ft). Expect a big year from Lavigne!
  • Nick Pratto is among an impressive group of Royals hitting prospects in Wilmington, including Seuly Matias, M.J. Melendez, Kyle Isbel, and Brewer Hicklen.
  • Notable March rankings movement: Nathaniel Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays (39 to 29); Tyler Nevin, Colorado Rockies (157 to 87); Grant Lavigne, Colorado Rockies (120 to 95); Brent Rooker, Minnesota Twins (130 to 150)
  • Notable injuries: none
  • No assignment: Zack Shannon, Arizona Diamondbacks; Heriberto Hernandez, Texas Rangers

2019 Second Base Prospect Assignments

Top 500 RankPlayerOpening Day Age2019 LevelETA
10Nick Senzel CIN23.75AAA2019
12Keston Hiura MIL22.66AAA2019
37Nick Madrigal CHW22.04A+2020
38Garrett Hampson COL24.47MLB-
47Luis Urias SD21.82AAA-
55Vidal Brujan TB21.14A+2020
74Brandon Lowe TB24.73MLB-
79Jahmai Jones LAA21.65AA2020
97Esteury Ruiz SD20.12A+2021
118Isan Diaz MIA22.84AAA2019
139Nick Solak TB24.21AAA2019
155Jeter Downs LAD20.67A+2021
158Shed Long SEA23.60AAA2019
171Cavan Biggio TOR23.96AAA2019
261Rylan Bannon BAL22.93AA2020
270Kevin Kramer PIT25.49AAA-
274Richard Palacios CLE21.87INJ2021
281Tucupita Marcano SD19.53A2022
285Andy Young ARI24.88AA2020
288Luis Santana HOU19.69EST2022
325Yunior Severino MIN19.49A2022
336Eli White TEX24.76AAA2019
349Samad Taylor TOR20.71A+2021
374Travis Blankenhorn MIN22.65A+2020
382Kody Clemens DET22.87A+2021
405Ramon Urias STL24.82AAA2019
437Nick Dunn STL22.16A+2021
442Tyler Frank TB22.20A+2021
451Daniel Brito PHI21.18A+2020
463Ezequiel Duran NYY19.85EST2022
500Rochest Cruz CHC19.76EST2023
-Kean Wong TB23.95AAA2019
-Carlos Cortes NYM21.74A+2021
-Esteban Quiroz SD27.11AAA2019
-Drew Jackson BAL25.67MLB2019
-Jonathan Willems CIN20.39A2022
-Otto Lopez TOR20.49A2022
-Marcos Brito OAK19.06A2022
-Michael Helman MIN22.85A+2020

Second Base Prospect Notes

  • Following the trade to the Dodgers, Jeter Downs will immediately enjoy a move from the Florida State League to the California League, where he will play at hitter-friendly Rancho Cucamonga. Last year, the team hit .274/.351/.474!
  • Notable March rankings movement: Garrett Hampson, Colorado Rockies (38 to 28); Luis Urias, San Diego Padres (47 to 37); Tucupita Marcano, San Diego Padres (281 to 196)
  • Notable injuries: Nick Senzel, Cincinnati Reds (right ankle sprain); Richard Palacios, Cleveland Indians (torn labrum)
  • No assignment: Luis Santana, Houston Astros; Jayce Easley, Texas Rangers

2019 Third Base Prospect Assignments

Top 500 RankPlayerOpening Day Age2019 LevelETA
1Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. TOR20.03AAA2019
24Austin Riley ATL21.99AAA2019
32Nolan Gorman STL18.88A2021
49Jonathan India CIN22.29A+2020
57Alec Bohm PHI22.65A2020
68Ryan Mountcastle BAL22.11AAA2019
89Colton Welker COL21.47AA2020
101Ke'Bryan Hayes PIT22.17AAA2019
102Nolan Jones CLE20.89A+2021
108Michael Chavis BOS23.63AAA2019
110Elehuris Montero STL20.61AA2021
148Mark Vientos NYM19.30A2022
152Triston Casas BOS19.20A2022
162Malcom Nunez STL18.05EST2023
177Bobby Dalbec BOS23.75AA2020
191Edwin Rios LAD24.94AAA2019
193Hudson Potts SD20.42AA2020
201Sherten Apostel TEX20.05A2022
213Miguel Vargas LAD19.36A2022
244Kevin Maitan LAA19.13A2022
262Abraham Toro HOU22.27AA2020
265Jean Carlos Encarnacion BAL21.20A2021
280Jake Burger CHW22.97INJ2021
319Drew Ellis ARI23.33AA2020
338Jonathan Ornelas TEX18.84A2022
370Lucas Erceg MIL23.91AAA2020
380Kevin Cron ARI26.11AAA2019
387Josh Fuentes COL26.11AAA2019
400Danny Diaz BOS18.24EST2023
433Brandon Howlett BOS19.54A2021
454Jose Miranda MIN20.75A+2021
474Ty France SD24.71AAA2019
492CJ Alexander ATL22.70AA2021
494Diosbel Arias TEX22.69A+2021
-Luis Toribio SF18.50EST2023
-Buddy Kennedy ARI20.48EST2022
-Cristian Santana LAD22.09AA2020
-Bret Boswell COL24.48AA2020
-Jacob Gonzalez SF20.76A2021
-James Nelson MIA21.44A+2020
-Enmanuel Valdez HOU20.25A2022
-Jake Holmes PHI20.74A2022

Third Base Prospect Notes

  • This year, the wealth of talent at third base is in Low-A, where you can find Nolan Gorman, Alec Bohm, Mark Vientos, Triston Casas, Sherten Apostel, Miguel Vargas, Jonathan Ornelas, and Brandon Howlett.
  • In addition, several top third base prospect likely will debut this year, including Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Austin Riley, Ryan Mountcastle, Ke’Bryan Hayes, and Michael Chavis.
  • Notable March rankings movement: Ke’Bryan Hayes, Pittsburgh Pirates (101 to 76); Mark Vientos, New York Mets (148 to 113)
  • Notable injuries: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays (strained left oblique); Josh Fuentes, Colorado Rockies (left hamate surgery)
  • No assignment: Malcom Nunez, St. Louis Cardinals; Luis Toribio, Arizona Diamondbacks

2019 Shortstop Prospect Assignments

Top 500 RankPlayerOpening Day Age2019 LevelETA
4Fernando Tatis Jr. SD20.24MLB-
6Wander Franco TB18.08A2021
8Bo Bichette TOR21.06AAA2019
11Royce Lewis MIN19.81A+2020
17Brendan Rodgers COL22.64AAA2019
23Carter Kieboom WAS21.57AAA2020
40Andres Gimenez NYM20.57AA2020
64Jazz Chisholm ARI21.16AA2020
65Luis Garcia WAS18.87AA2021
67Xavier Edwards SD19.64A2022
77Gavin Lux LAD21.35AA2020
87Oneil Cruz PIT20.48A+2021
98Nico Hoerner CHC21.88AA2020
100Kevin Smith TOR22.73AA2020
109Isaac Paredes DET20.11AA2020
114Jorge Mateo OAK23.76AAA2019
145Luis Garcia PHI18.49A2023
146Jordan Groshans TOR19.38A2022
147Marco Luciano SF17.55EST2023
150Ronny Mauricio NYM17.98A2022
194Anderson Tejeda TEX20.91A+2020
195Wander Javier MIN20.25EST2021
198Freudis Nova HOU19.21EST2022
199Brayan Rocchio CLE18.21EST2023
200Orelvis Martinez TOR17.36EST2023
202Lucius Fox TB21.74AA2020
204Luis Rengifo LAA22.09AAA2019
206Brice Turang MIL19.35A2022
208Tyler Freeman CLE19.85A2021
219Jeremiah Jackson LAA19.01EST2022
223Nick Gordon MIN23.43AAA2019
228Cole Tucker PIT22.74AAA2019
242Wenceel Perez DET19.41A2022
243Ryan Vilade COL20.11A+2021
246Shervyen Newton NYM19.93A2022
249Noelvi Marte SEA17.45EST2023
295Yu Chang CLE23.61AAA2019
303Willi Castro DET21.93AAA2019
308Jeremy Eierman OAK22.55A+2021
313Mauricio Dubon MIL24.69AAA2019
337Antoni Flores BOS18.46EST2023
340Aaron Bracho CLE17.93EST2023
344Nicky Lopez KC24.04AAA2019
346Miguel Hiraldo TOR18.56EST2023
352Gabriel Rodriguez CLE17.10EST2023
355Blaze Alexander ARI19.80EST2022
359Alexander Vargas NYY17.41EST2023
363Geraldo Perdomo ARI19.43A2022
385Osiris Johnson MIA18.44INJ2022
391Gabriel Arias SD19.09A+2020
409Terrin Vavra COL21.88A2021
414Jose Devers MIA19.31A+2021
418Taylor Walls TB22.72EST2020
424Aramis Ademan CHC20.54A+2020
445Kevin Newman PIT25.65MLB-
453Jose Garcia CIN20.98A+2021
464Yasel Antuna WAS19.42INJ2021
467Juan Guerrero COL17.55EST2023
470Chris Seise TEX20.23A2022
476Edmundo Sosa STL23.06AAA-
485Eddy Diaz COL19.12EST2023
-Adam Hall BAL19.85A2021
-Owen Miller SD22.37AA2021
-Richie Martin BAL24.27MLB2019
-Jonathan Arauz HOU20.65A+2020
-Frainyer Chavez TEX19.84A2023
-Jacob Amaya CHC20.57A2021

Shortstop Prospect Notes

  • Shortstop boasts several of the youngest assignments, including Ronny Mauricio in the South Atlantic League (turning 18 years old tomorrow!); Wander Franco in the Midwest League; Gabriel Arias in the California League; and Luis Garcia (WAS) in the Eastern League (still just 18 years old).
  • Notable March rankings movement: Luis Garcia, Washington Nationals (65 to 45); Gavin Lux, Los Angeles Dodgers (77 to 47); Oneil Cruz, Pittsburgh Pirates (87 to 67); Nico Hoerner, Chicago Cubs (98 to 83); Isaac Paredes, Detroit Tigers (109 to 89); Luis Garcia, Philadelphia Phillies (145 to 105); Ronny Mauricio, New York Mets (150 to 110); Wander Javier, Minnesota Twins (195 to 163); Geraldo Perdomo, Arizona Diamondbacks (363 to 198); Noelvi Marte, Seattle Mariners (249 to 199)
  • Notable injuries: Nick Gordon, Minnesota Twins (acute gastritis); Osiris Johnson, Miami Marlins (out for 5-6 months due to a tibial stress fracture in his right leg); Yasel Antuna, Washington Nationals (Tommy John surgery)
  • No assignment: Wander Javier, Minnesota Twins; Brayan Rocchio, Cleveland Indians; Freudis Nova, Houston Astros; Antoni Flores, Boston Red Sox; Blaze Alexander, Arizona Diamondbacks

Jesse Roche's 2019 Prospect Series

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
7/29/19Short Season Breakout Prospects
8/7/19Monthly Prospect Update: Infielders, July 2019
8/8/19Monthly Prospect Update: Outfielders, July 2019
8/9/19Monthly Prospect Update: Pitchers, July 2019
8/12/19Top 200 Fantasy Prospects, August 2019
8/19/19Scouting Report: Seth Corry
9/11/19Monthly Prospect Update: Infielders, August 2019
9/13/19Monthly Prospect Update: Outfielders, August 2019
10/4/19Top 200 Fantasy Prospects, September 2019

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Tomorrow, I will detail assignments and injuries for outfield prospects

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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 five-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.

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