Big Movers among the Weekly Updated Top 500 for Sept. 22

Big Movers among the Weekly Updated Top 500 for Sept. 22

Welcome to this week’s Big Movers in the weekly update of the RotoProspects Top 500.

The No. 1 riser is Victor Scott II, a 22-year-old Double-A outfielder of the Cardinals who is showing off some pop to go with his game-changing speed for Springfield. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder (pictured above) had 7 homers and 45 steals in 66 regular-season games in Double-A after putting up just 2 dingers in 66 games in High-A with 50 bags. A fifth-round pick out of West Virginia in the 2022 MLB draft, Scott has added a steal in the Texas League playoffs that doesn’t count toward his minors-leading total. Scott isn’t just a slash-and-dash burner, hitting enough fly balls to give him a chance to reach double-figures in homers per season in the majors. Now he’s got us dreaming of a .300-batting leadoff hitter who can contribute 10 homers to go with 50-plus steals – heck, why not 80 as long as we’re dreaming!  Scott blasts up 31 spots into the top 100 of our rankings at No. 98.

Next up is Sawyer Gipson-Long, a 25-year-old Tigers right-hander pitcher who has hit the ground running in Detroit by posting a 2.70 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 10 innings over his first 2 starts. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder had shown signs that a breakout was coming with a three-start stretch in August where he put up 25 strikeouts in 16 innings with a 1.13 ERA in Triple-A. That outburst was sandwiched between 5 sub-par starts, leading to a 5.45 ERA for Toledo after posting a 3.74 ERA in 65 innings in Double-A. Gipson-Long came to the Twins last summer in a swap for reliever Michael Fulmer. Gipson-Long features a plus slider as part of a four-pitch mix that helps his low-90s fastball play up with good arm-side run. The early returns have been so tremendous that he’s made everyone sit up and take notice, so he’ll have a lot of new fans as a streamer for his start tonight at Oakland. With a pitcher’s park at home to go with a 13 K/9 in Triple-A and 14.4 K/9 for Detroit, Gipson-Long skyrocketed up 187 spots No. 273.

Robert Calaz, a 17-year-old Dominican Summer League outfielder of the Rockies who put up huge numbers in his pro debut with a .325/.423/.561 triple-slash, 7 homers and 6 steals in 43 games that has left a lingering buzz, leading to a 67-spot jump to No. 300.

Jack Leiter, a 23-year-old Triple-A right-handed pitcher of the Rangers who posted a 2.76 ERA over 4 starts in Double-A coming off the development list after struggling to a 5.51 ERA in the first half, so he shoots up 59 spots to No. 126.

Damiano Palmegiani, a 23-year-old Triple-A third baseman of the Blue Jays who has been on a tear in his first 17 games for Buffalo with a .968 OPS and 3 homers after putting up an .814 OPS with 19 dingers in Double-A, and he jumps up 56 spots to No. 395.

Mac Horvath, a 22-year-old High-A second/third baseman of the Orioles who put up a combined 1.058 OPS with 5 homers and 14 steals in 22 games over 3 levels, so he shoots up 56 spots to No. 227.

Jack Brannigan, a 22-year-old High-A third baseman of the Pirates who posted a combined .914 OPS with 19 homers and 24 steals in 87 games between Greensboro and Low-A, so he jumps up 47 spots to No. 398.

Graham Pauley, a 22-year-old Double-A third baseman of the Padres who ripped through 3 levels with a combined .931 OPS, 23 homers and 22 steals, so he vaults up 44 spots to No. 157.

Kristian Robinson, a 22-year-old Double-A outfielder of the Diamondbacks who put up a combined .914 OPS with 14 homers and 23 steals over 4 levels punctuated by 2 homers in 5 games in Double-A, leading to a 43-spot jump to No. 219.

Adam Macko, a 22-year-old High-A left-handed pitcher of the Blue Jays who finished the season on a roll by allowing just 3 hits and 1 run over 15 innings with 26 strikeouts covering 3 starts, and he shoots up 41 spots to No. 408.

Homer Bush Jr., a 21-year-old Double-A outfielder of the Padres who is 4-for-6 with a homer and a steal so far in the Double-A playoffs after combining for an .861 OPS, 3 homers and 22 steals in 44 games over 3 levels in the regular season, and he shoots up 40 spots to No. 346.

The biggest faller of the week is Alex Ramirez, a 20-year-old High-A outfielder of the Mets who batted .149 over the final 6 weeks of the season to finish with a .627 OPS, and he plummets 38 spots to No. 402.

The biggest riser inside the Top 100 besides Scott is Jackson Jobe, a 21-year-old Double-A right-handed pitcher of the Tigers who tossed 6 scoreless innings in his Double-A debut on Sunday to finish the regular season with a 2.81 ERA over 4 levels, so he vaults up 16 spots to No. 37.

The biggest faller of the week inside the Top 100 is Marcelo Mayer, a 20-year-old Double-A shortstop of the Red Sox who finished the season on the IL after struggling to a .609 OPS in 43 games for Portland – he drops 12 spots to No. 52.

Updated Top 500 Rankings for Sept. 22, 2023

Updated Top 500 Rankings for Sept. 22, 2023

Here’s the Top 25 players in this week’s update of the RotoProspects Top 500 Rankings. IL-injured list, DL-developmental league, ACL-Arizona Complex League, FCL-Florida Complex League. All ages are as of July 1. For the complete list, CLICK HERE

No.NamePosTeamB/TLevelAge
1Jackson HollidaySSBALL/RAAA19
2Wyatt LangfordOFTEXR/RAAA21
3Jackson ChourioOFMILR/RAAA19
4Junior Caminero3BTBR/RMLB19
5Evan CarterOFTEXL/RMLB20
6Dylan CrewsOFWASR/RAA21
7Jordan LawlarSSARIR/RMLB20
8Walker JenkinsOFMINL/RLow-A18
9James WoodOFWASL/RAA20
10Jasson DominguezOFNYYS/RMLB (IL)20
11Paul SkenesSPPITR/RAA (DL)21
12Colt Keith3BDETL/RAAA21
13Noelvi MarteSS/3BCINR/RMLB21
14Pete Crow-ArmstrongOFCHCL/LMLB21
15Roman AnthonyOFBOSL/RAA19
16Colson MontgomerySSCHWL/RAA21
17Ethan SalasCSDL/RAA (IL)17
18Jackson MerrillSSSDL/RAA (DL)20
19Ronny MauricioSSNYMS/RMLB22
20Brady House3BWASR/RAA20
21Matt ShawSSCHCR/RAA21
22Masyn WinnSSSLR/RMLB21
23Adael Amador2BCOLS/RAA20
24Coby Mayo3BBALR/RAAA21
25Samuel BasalloC/1BBALL/RAA18
Weekly Hot Prospects Report for Sept. 11-17: Langford puts up huge numbers

Weekly Hot Prospects Report for Sept. 11-17: Langford puts up huge numbers

Welcome to the 22nd installment of our Weekly Hot Prospects Report ranking the top minor-league performances from the week of Sept. 11th through 17th:

1. Wyatt Langford, OF, Rangers (Double-A Frisco)

Langford had his 7-game streak of multi-hit performances stopped by an 0-for-4 on Sunday, finishing the week with 4 homers, a steal and a 1.638 OPS. The 21-year-old is dominating a third level since being drafted No. 4 overall in July’s MLB draft, posting a combined .359/.471/.697 triple-slash with 10 homers and 9 steals in 39 games. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound well-chiseled Florida product moved up to No. 2 in our Top 500 Prospects rankings over the weekend as the hits kept coming. Facing the best pitching of his fledgling pro career in the Double-A Texas League, Langford is putting up video-game numbers with a .405/.519/.762 triple-slash with 4 homers and a steal in 12 games with more walks (11) than strikeouts (7). It’s likely that he’s soon headed to Triple-A, as Round Rock has a 3-game lead in the PCL East and should be headed to the playoffs next week. Langford will have a great shot to break camp with the Rangers next spring and become a top candidate for AL Rookie of the Year. Langford has us dreaming of a .300/.400/.500 triple-slash with 40 homers and 10 steals in his prime. 

2. Orelvis Martinez, 2B/SS, Blue Jays (Triple-A Buffalo)

Martinez continues to make us forget about his slow start this season, putting up a 1.248 OPS with 3 homers, 9 RBIs and a steal last week. The 21-year-old has a .273/.347/.540 triple-slash with 11 homers in 49 games in Triple-A. Martinez was batting .079 with 3 homers in his first 17 games this season in Double-A, but followed with 11 homers the rest of May and batted .280 in June before getting promoted to Buffalo in mid-July. His Double-A recovery coincided with cutting his strikeout rate to 20.5% for New Hampshire, but he’s seen his K-rate tick back up to 27.2% in Triple-A. Martinez has his warts with a combined .212 batting average from High-A in 2021 through his season-and-a-half in Double-A and a career 25% strikeout rate in the minors, but he’s shown he can cut down on the strikeouts and can get his average into the .270s to go with his 60-grade power. Martinez is playing more second base in Triple-A, so he could push Davis Schneider for the starting job in Toronto come spring training.

3. Jonatan Clase, OF, Mariners (Double-A Arkansas)

Clase racked up 6 steals to go with a 1.028 OPS, a home run and a triple last week. The 21-year-old has a combined 20 homers and 79 steals between High-A and Double-A, although he’s struggled some for Arkansas with a .222/.331/.396 triple-slash.

4. Colt Keith, 3B, Tigers (Triple-A Toledo)

Keith just keeps mashing, posting a 1.322 OPS with 3 homers last week to improve his Triple-A slash line to .296/.380/.538 with 13 dingers in 62 games. The 22-year-old is up to a combined 27 homers and 99 RBIs between Toledo and Double-A Erie.

5. Jared Jones, RHP, Pirates (Triple-A Indianapolis)

Jones is getting the hang of Triple-A, striking out 8 in 6 1-hit innings on Friday to make it 13 straight scoreless frames. The 22-year-old had a 2.23 ERA in 44.1 innings in Double-A and has lowered his Triple-A ERA from 5.74 to 4.77 over his past 2 starts.

6. Will Warren, RHP, Yankees (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre)

Warren has been on fire in September, punctuated by 10 strikeouts in 5 scoreless innings on Sunday to finish the week with a 0.84 ERA over 2 starts. The 24-year-old has a 0.38 ERA over 4 starts in September to lower his ERA from 4.82 to 3.71.

7. Niko Kavadas, 1B, Red Sox (Triple-A Worcester)

Kavadas powered up last week with 3 homers, 8 RBIs and a .789 SLG. The 24-year-old is a three-true-outcomes prospect who has a combined 35.8% strikeout rate and 20.5% walk rate to go with 21 homers between Worcester and Double-A Portland.

8. Jonny DeLuca, OF, Dodgers (Triple-A Oklahoma City)

After spending half the season in a short-side platoon for the Dodgers and on the IL with a strained hamstring, DeLuca is back to raking in the minors, smacking 3 homers with a 1.169 OPS last week in Triple-A. The 25-year-old has combined for a .293/.387/.583 triple-slash with 17 homers and 12 steals in 67 games between OKC and Double-A Tulsa.

9. Richard Fitts, RHP, Yankees (Double-A Somerset)

Fitts gave New Hampshire fits on Friday with 11 strikeouts in 6.2 innings, allowing just 1 run and 1 walk. The 23-year-old has a 3.48 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP and 163-43 K-BB in 152.2 innings on the season.

10. Jose Corniell, RHP, Rangers (High-A Hickory)

Corniell was a hard-luck loser in the High-A playoffs on Tuesday, striking out 10 with 1 walk in 6 innings and allowing 2 runs (1 earned). The 20-year-old combined for a 2.92 ERA with a 0.99 WHIP and 119-31 K-BB in 101.2 innings between Hickory and Low-A Down East.

Honorable Mentions

11. Jackson Jobe, RHP, Tigers (Double-A Erie): 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 0.67 WHIP

12. Jacob Melton, OF, Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): 6-for-17 (.353), 4 R, 2 HR, 8 RBIs, 2 BB, 3 SO, 2 SB, .421 OBP, .706 SLG, 1.127 OPS

13. Clayton Beeter, RHP, Yankees (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre): 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 13 SO, 1.20 WHIP

14. BJ Murray Jr., OF, Cubs (Double-A Tennessee): 9-for-24 (.375), 8 R, 5 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 6 BB, 3 SO, 3 SB, .500 OBP, .708 SLG, 1.208 OPS

15. Mike Vasil, RHP, Mets (Triple-A Syracuse): 1-0, 3.00 ERA, 6 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO, 0.83 WHIP

16. Jack Leiter, RHP, Rangers (Double-A Frisco): 0-0, 3.60 ERA, 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO, 0.80 WHIP

17. Deyvison De Los Santos, 3B, Diamondbacks (Double-A Amarillo): 6-for-19 (.316), 5 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBIs, 1 BB, 7 SO, 1 SB, .350 OBP, .684 SLG, 1.034 OPS

18. Owen Caissie, OF, Cubs (Double-A Tennessee): 8-for-17 (.471), 3 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 SB, .526 OBP, .765 SLG, 1.291 OPS

19. Austin Shenton, 3B, Rays (Triple-A Durham): 4-for-18 (.222), 6 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 10 BB, 8 SO, 0 SB, .517 OBP, .500 SLG, 1.017 OPS

20. James Wood, OF, Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg): 9-for-20 (.450), 3 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 1 BB, 9 SO, 1 SB, .476 OBP, .700 SLG, 1.176 OPS

Weekly Hot Prospects Report for Sept. 11-17: Langford puts up huge numbers

Wyatt Langford is RotoProspects’ new No. 2 prospect

Wyatt Langford moved up to the No. 2 spot in our just-released weekly-updated Top 500 Prospect Rankings as the muscle-bound slugger is laying waste to a third level since going fourth overall in the MLB Draft in July.

The Rangers’ 21-year-old righty-swinging outfielder has an insane triple-slash of .414/.550/.828 with 3 homers in his first 9 games for Double-A Frisco on the heels of a 1.097 OPS in 24 games for High-A Hickory and a 1.275 OPS in 3 games in the Arizona Complex League.

How is Langford leapfrogging the Brewers’ Jackson Chourio and the Rays’ Junior Caminero in the rankings? By putting all his fantasy-friendly tools on display over just 36 pro games.

Power: Langford’s first Double-A homer had an exit velocity of 108 mph, reminiscent of his 112-mph bomb in the College World Series.

Speed: He has 8 steals so far, although he’s just 0-for-1 in 9 games for Frisco. The raw speed is there, but it’s too early to tell if stolen bases are going to be a big part of his game.

Plate discipline: Langford has drawn 10 walks against just 3 strikeouts in Double-A and has compiled a 18.1% walk rate to a 15% strikeout rate across 3 levels.

Langford matches Caminero’s power but with more projected steals and batting average. Langford has more power and hit tool than Chourio but not the steals. It’s close, but Langford’s tantalizing blend of tools has put him on the heels of the Orioles’ Jackson Holliday for the top spot in our rankings.

Langford was a bit hidden in the buildup to the MLB draft behind LSU’s super duo of Paul Skenes and Dylan Crews, who went in the first two picks, and the two top prep hitters, Walker Jenkins and Max Clark. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound catcher-turned-outfielder helped get his Florida Gators to the College World Series, where they lost in the finals to LSU. Langford put up a .373/.498/.784 triple-slash with 21 homers in his junior season to become a consensus top-5 pick going into the draft.

The Rangers had Langford fall into their laps at No. 4 after the Tigers took Clark at No. 3. Now Langford has a great chance to make the Rangers’ Opening Day roster coming out of next spring training.

Joining a loaded lineup that features Marcus Semien and Corey Seager at the top and Adolis Garcia in the middle, Langford could soon settle into the third spot, allowing him to make a run at 100 runs and 100 RBIs per season.

We’re hoping to get the chance to see both Langford and Holliday in the Arizona Fall League, where we could reassess who should be the No. 1 prospect heading into the 2024 season. 

Langford’s massive power and incredible start in pro ball has us dreaming of .300/.400/.500 triple-slashes with 40 homers and 20 steals in his near future.

Big Movers among the Weekly Updated Top 500 for Sept. 15

Big Movers among the Weekly Updated Top 500 for Sept. 15

Welcome to this week’s Big Movers in the weekly update of the RotoProspects Top 500.

The No. 1 riser is Yunior Severino (pictured above), a 23-year-old Triple-A third baseman of the Twins who just keeps pounding home runs – his 5 dingers in September have the switch-hitter up to 34 on the season. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder has 10 homers in 29 games for St. Paul after smashing 24 taters in 84 games in Double-A. The Dominican slugger has a combined triple-slash of .277/.354/.556 between Double- and Triple-A, but strikeouts are a big problem. Severino has a career strikeout rate of 28.5% in the minors, including 31.2% in Double-A and 34.4% in Triple-A this season. Severino has played mostly third  base in his career, but his likely destination is first base, where he has drawn 12 starts at in Triple-A. With 60-grade raw power that he’s now fully tapping into in games, Severino blasts up our rankings 122 spots to No. 293.

Next up is Thayron Liranzo, a 20-year-old Low-A catcher of the Dodgers who has picked up steam with a 1.032 OPS in the second half to finish the regular season with a .272/.400/.562 triple-slash and 24 homers. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound switch-hitter showed promise in the Arizona Complex League last year with 8 homers in 41 games, but he’s big a revelation this season in the California League. Liranzo has a good deal of swing and miss with a 26.6% strikeout rate, but he has a patient approach with a 16.7% walk rate that bodes well for his hit tool. The Dominican slugger has a chance to become a hit-first catcher if he can stick behind the plate, but he’s already getting time at first base in case he has to move there. Liranzo skyrocketed up 79 spots to No. 186.

Estevan Florial, a 25-year-old Yankees outfielder who is getting a shot to start in center field for New York after posting a .945 OPS with 28 homers and 25 steals in Triple-A before Jasson Dominguez got hurt, leading to a 77-spot jump to No. 357.

Will Dion, a 23-year-old Double-A left-handed pitcher of the Guardians who was has a 1.41 ERA over his last 7 starts and a combined 2.52 ERA between Akron and High-A Lake County, so he shoots up 71 spots to No. 400.

Eddys Leonard, a 22-year-old Triple-A shortstop of the Tigers who has shoved since coming over from the Dodgers for cash on Aug. 1 – putting up a .311/.399/.557 triple-slash with 7 homers in 33 games for Toledo, and he jumps up 70 spots to No. 397.

Wilfred Veras, a 20-year-old Double-A outfielder of the White Sox who has turned it up since earning a promotion to Birmingham in early-August to the tune of a .317/.356/.532 triple-slash with 5 homers and 6 steals in 35 games, so he shoots up 69 spots to No. 333.

Drew Romo, a 22-year-old Double-A catcher of the Rockies who had his second 3-homer outburst in 6 weeks on Sept. 7 to help get his OPS up to .754 with 13 dingers on the season, so he jumps up 53 spots to No. 350.

Adam Macko, a 22-year-old High-A left-handed pitcher of the Blue Jays who has allowed just a combined 4 hits and 1 earned run over his last 20 innings over 4 starts, so he vaults up at least 52 spots back into the rankings at No. 449.

Bubba Chandler, a 21-year-old Double-A right-handed pitcher of the Pirates who dazzled in his Altoona debut last Friday with 8 Ks and no walks in 5 1-hit innings before being moved to the development list to finish the season after 111 innings, leading to a 50-spot jump to No. 107.

Raylin Heredia, a 19-year-old Low-A outfielder of the Phillies who has caught fire in September with a 1.088 OPS for Clearwater after posting a .947 OPS in the Florida Complex League, and he shoots up at least 47 spots to debut in the rankings at No. 454.

The biggest faller of the week is Willy Vasquez, a 22-year-old High-A infielder of the Rays who is batting .187 over his last 41 games and seen his OPS drop from .778 to .703, and he plummets 56 spots to No. 437.

The biggest risers inside the Top 100 are Samuel Basallo, a 19-year-old Double-A catcher of the Orioles who is 4-for-8 in his first 2 games for Bowie after putting up a 1.131 OPS in High-A to jump 24 spots to No. 25, and Colt Emerson, an 18-year-old Low-A shortstop of the Mariners who has an .880 OPS in Low-A after going 22nd overall in the MLB draft in July to vault up 18 spots to No. 83.

The biggest faller of the week inside the Top 100 is Michael Busch, a 25-year-old Triple-A second baseman of the Dodgers who has a paltry .539 OPS in 27 games over 3 stints for Los Angeles – he drops 8 spots to No. 84.

Check back next week to see who the biggest movers are when our next update for the Top 500 Prospects comes out.

Updated Top 500 Rankings for Sept. 15, 2023

Updated Top 500 Rankings for Sept. 15, 2023

Here’s the Top 25 players in this week’s update of the RotoProspects Top 500 Rankings. For the complete list, CLICK HERE

No.NamePosTeamB/TLevelAge
1Jackson HollidaySSBALL/RAAA19
2Wyatt LangfordOFTEXR/RAA21
3Jackson ChourioOFMILR/RAA19
4Junior Caminero3BTBR/RAA19
5Dylan CrewsOFWASR/RAA21
6Jordan LawlarSSARIR/RMLB20
7Evan CarterOFTEXL/RMLB20
8James WoodOFWASL/RAA20
9Walker JenkinsOFMINL/RLow-A18
10Jasson DominguezOFNYYS/RMLB (IL)20
11Paul SkenesSPPITR/RAA (DL)21
12Colt Keith3BDETL/RAAA21
13Ethan SalasCSDL/RAA (IL)17
14Noelvi MarteSS/3BCINR/RMLB21
15Pete Crow-ArmstrongOFCHCL/LMLB21
16Jackson MerrillSSSDL/RAA20
17Roman AnthonyOFBOSL/RAA19
18Colson MontgomerySSCHWL/RAA21
19Ronny MauricioSSNYMS/RMLB22
20Brady House3BWASR/RAA20
21Masyn WinnSSSLR/RMLB21
22Matt ShawSSCHCR/RAA21
23Adael Amador2BCOLS/RAA20
24Coby Mayo3BBALR/RAAA21
25Samuel BasalloC/1BBALL/RAA18
Weekly Hot Prospects Report for Sept. 4-10: Florial gets the call

Weekly Hot Prospects Report for Sept. 4-10: Florial gets the call

Welcome to the 21st installment of our Weekly Hot Prospects Report ranking the top minor-league performances from the week of Sept. 4th through 10th:

1. Estevan Florial, OF, Yankees (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre)

Florial finished the week so strong that he got called up to New York on Monday, smashing 3 home runs with 7 RBIs over the weekend. The 25-year-old went 10-for-26 with 4 homers, 2 doubles, 2 steals and a 1.371 OPS in 6 games to finally return to the majors for the first time since Opening Day, when he only got in as a pinch runner. He was sent down two days later and has spent the season watching the Yankees go through a parade of outfielders despite putting up an impressive triple-slash of .284/.380/.565 with 28 homers and 25 steals in Triple-A. Florial has appeared in games for the Yankees for four years running, but has only accumulated 63 plate appearances with a .590 OPS, 1 homer and 3 steals. If the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Dominican could catch hold of some sustained playing time, he has a very fantasy friendly set of tools with power, speed and patience. The problem has always been that Florial strikes out too much with a career strikeout rate of 29.1% in the minors and 29.9% this season. If he could perform well down the stretch, the Yankees could choose to have Florial hold down center field to start next season until Jasson Dominguez makes his way back from Tommy John surgery. If Florial hit enough, the Yankees could make room for him in the outfield or trade him to a team that could give him regular playing time. In that case, we’d be dreaming of a .250 average with 20 homers and 20 steals with a chance to be more in his prime.

2. Kristian Robinson, OF, Diamondbacks (Low-A Visalia)

Robinson capped off a 4-homer week by adding 2 steals to the ledger on Sunday, finishing with a .400/.478/1.050 triple-slash in 6 games. The 22-year-old got his OPS up to .945 with 9 homers and 20 steals in 43 games for Visalia. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder had reached Low-A back in 2019 before an April 2020 arrest forced him to lose his work visa until finally being reinstated this May. Robinson reached High-A in July and put up an .800 OPS with 2 homers and 2 steals in 10 games, but was designated for assignment in August. When Robinson surprisingly went unclaimed, the D’backs sent him back to the Arizona Complex League before heading back to Visalia, where he has since gone 13-for-39 with 5 homers and 4 steals in 11 games. Now that Robinson has knocked off the rust, all he needs is reps and maybe more of a challenge than Low-A – maybe a trip to the Arizona Fall League is in order.

3. Xavier Isaac, 1B, Rays (High-A Bowling Green)

Isaac put up a 1.425 OPS with 3 homers, a triple and 2 steals last week. The 19-year-old is destroying High-A with a .408/.491/.898 triple-slash with 6 dingers and 2 bags in 12 games.

4. Jackson Jobe, RHP, Tigers (High-A West Michigan)

Jobe may have gone 0-2 last week, but he racked up 13 strikeouts against no walks with a 2.70 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in 10 innings. Jobe is demonstrating plus-plus command for West Michigan with 54 strikeouts against just 3 walks in 40 innings with a 3.60 ERA over 8 starts.

5. Samuel Basallo, C, Orioles (High-A Aberdeen)

Basallo stuffed the stat sheet last week, going 9-for-19 with a double, a triple, 3 homers, 7 RBIs, 3 walks, 1 steal and a 1.650 OPS. Adding in his two previous games in September, Basallo has a .536/.636/1.385 triple-slash with 6 homers and 13 RBIs in his last 7 games.

6. Billy Cook, OF, Orioles (Double-A Bowie)

Cook pounded 5 homers with a 1.500 OPS, 11 RBIs and 2 steals last week. The 24-year-old has been flying under the radar in the loaded Orioles system with a .797 OPS, 24 homers and 30 steals, enough so that he will be making his debut in the next weekly-updated top 500 prospects.

7. Mac Horvarth, 2B/3B, Orioles (High-A Aberdeen)

Horvath put up a 1.082 OPS with 2 homers, 5 steals and 6 walks on the week. The 22-year-old has put up a combined 1.058 OPS with 5 homers and 14 steals in 22 games across 3 levels since going 53rd overall in the draft out of North Carolina.

8. Bubba Chandler, RHP, Pirates (Double-A Altoona)

Chandler shined in his Double-A debut on Friday, striking out 8 against no walks in 5 1-hit innings against Harrisburg. The 20-year-old has been lights out since the All-Star break, going 7-1 with a 1.85 ERA and a 51-13 K-BB in 48.2 innings.

9. Ethan O’Donnell, OF, Reds (Low-A Daytona)

O’Donnell went 8-for-21 with 3 homers, 3 steals and 10 RBIs last week. The 21-year-old has a 1.047 OPS with 4 dingers and 3 bags in 23 games in Low-A after going 168th overall in the draft out of Virginia, and he will be making his debut in the next weekly-updated top 500 prospects.

10. Will Dion, RHP, Guardians (Double-A Akron)

Dion combined for 10 strikeouts against no walks in 8.2 innings last week, allowing just 3 hits and 1 run. The 23-year-old has a 2.81 ERA with an 80-24 K-BB in 77 innings for Akron after posting a 1.87 ERA in 33.2 innings in High-A.

Honorable Mentions

11. Jace Jung, 2B, Tigers (Double-A Erie): 7-for-25 (.280), 6 R, 5 HR, 10 RBIs, 5 BB, 11 SO, 0 SB, .400 OBP, .880 SLG, 1.280 OPS

12. Jake Gelof, 3B, Dodgers (Low-A Rancho Cucamonga): 9-for-25 (.360), 5 R, 2 2B, 4 HR, 16 RBIs, 2 BB, 8 SO, 0 SB, .407 OBP, .920 SLG, 1.327 OPS

13. Ryan Bliss, 2B, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 9-for-22 (.409), 6 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 7 BB, 3 SO, 4 SB, .533 OBP, .682 SLG, 1.215 OPS

14. Luis De Avila, LHP, Braves (Double-A Mississippi): 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 11 SO, 0.67 WHIP

15. Andrew Taylor, RHP, Astros (Low-A Fayetteville): 0-0, 2.08 ERA, 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 SO, 0.92 WHIP

16. Adam Macko, LHP, Blue Jays (High-A Vancouver): 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 5 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 0.40 WHIP

17. Mick Abel, RHP, Phillies (Double-A Reading): 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO, 0.50 WHIP

18. Kyle Hurt, RHP, Dodgers (Triple-A Oklahoma City): 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 0.40 WHIP

19. Jackson Ferris, LHP, Cubs (Low-A Myrtle Beach): 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 0.40 WHIP

20. Tyler Black, 2B, Brewers (Triple-A Nashville): 8-for-17 (.471), 6 R, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 10 RBIs, 9 BB, 1 SO, 3 SB, .630 OBP, .882 SLG, 1.512 OPS

Big Movers among the Weekly Updated Top 500 for Sept. 8

Big Movers among the Weekly Updated Top 500 for Sept. 8

Welcome to this week’s Big Movers in the weekly update of the RotoProspects Top 500.

The No. 1 riser is Samuel Basallo, a 19-year-old High-A catcher of the Orioles who has gone bonkers since coming off the 7-day injured list for a concussion – 11-for-19 with 5 homers, 2 doubles, 6 walks and 2 steals. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, Basallo has a well-chiseled physique that looks more like at least 200 pounds. In 25 games for Aberdeen, Basallo has put up a remarkable 1.091 OPS with 7 homers and 5 steals. The Dominican backstop posted an .887 OPS with 12 homers and 7 steals in 83 games in Low-A. Basallo may be blocked at catcher by Adley Rutschman in Baltimore, but he’s been seeing time at first base and DH, so the Orioles will find a way to get his bat in the lineup if he keeps mashing. With 60-grade power and surprising speed on the base paths, Basallo has us dreaming of 30 homers with a .270 average and a handful of steals in his prime. Punctuating a torrid stretch with a walk-off homer on Thursday, Basallo blasts up our rankings 64 spots to No. 49.

Next up is Justice Bigbie, a 24-year-old Triple-A outfielder of the Tigers who debuted in Triple-A on Thursday after combining for a .350/.411/.553 triple-slash with 18 homers and 6 steals between High-A and Double-A. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder slipped under the radar coming out of Western Carolina, going in the 19th round in 2021 and reaching Triple-A in just over two years. Bigbie has an advanced hitting approach, spraying the ball with power to all fields. Bigbie skyrocketed up 69 spots to No. 226.

Luis Guanipa, a 17-year-old Dominican Summer League outfielder of the Braves who had an impressive pro debut with a .745 OPS, 4 homers and 20 steals in 46 games, leading to a 66-spot jump to No. 347.

Ryan Ritter, a 22-year-old Double-A shortstop of the Rockies who was promoted to Hartford on Wednesday after combining for 24 homers and 18 steals between Low-A and High-A, so he shoots up 61 spots to No. 348.

Ryan Bliss, a 23-year-old Triple-A second baseman/shortstop of the Mariners who has caught fire for Tacoma in September by going 12-for-20 with 3 homers and 6 steals to reach totals of 19 dingers and 50 bags over 2 levels on the season, and he jumps up 57 spots to No. 125.

Max Muncy, a 21-year-old Double-A shortstop of the Athletics who is starting to figure it out for Midland with an .819 OPS with 3 homers in 45 games, so he shoots up 56 spots to No. 314.

Kristian Robinson, a 22-year-old Low-A outfielder of the Diamondbacks who has a combined .853 OPS with 9 homers and 21 steals in 57 games after missing over 3 years dealing with off-the-field issues, so he jumps up 50 spots to No. 272.

Spencer Horwitz, a 25-year-old Blue Jays first baseman who is 6-for-20 for Toronto after putting up a .337/.450/.495 triple-slash in Triple-A, so he vaults up 50 spots to No. 393.

Tekoah Roby, a 21-year-old Double-A right-handed pitcher of the Cardinals who has a 3.00 ERA with 14 Ks in 9 IP since coming over from the Rangers in the Jordan Montgomery deal, leading to a 48-spot jump to No. 185.

Cory Lewis, a 22-year-old High-A right-handed pitcher of the Twins who has a combined 2.49 ERA with 118 strikeouts in 101.1 IP between Cedar Rapids and Low-A Fort Myers, and he shoots up 44 spots to No. 308.

Jace Bohrofen, a 21-year-old Low-A outfielder of the Blue Jays who has a 1.119 OPS with 6 homers in 17 games for Dunedin after going 184th overall in the draft, so he vaults up 41 spots to No. 433.

The biggest faller of the week is William Bergolla, an 18-year-old Low-A shortstop of the Phillies who is hitting for no impact with a .291 SLG while going just 2-for-7 on steal attempts, and he plummets 52 spots to No. 462.

The biggest risers inside the Top 100 besides Basallo are Blake Dunn, a 25-year-old Double-A outfielder of the Reds who has a combined .960 OPS with 22 homers and 52 steals between Chattanooga and High-A Dayton to jump 28 spots to No. 100, and Jace Jung, a 22-year-old Double-A second baseman of the Tigers who has a .997 OPS with 13 homers in 39 games for Erie to vault up 25 spots to No. 73.

The biggest faller of the week inside the Top 100 is Tyler Soderstrom, a 21-year-old Athletics catcher/outfielder who has a paltry .448 OPS in 30 games for Oakland – he drops 10 spots to No. 89.

Check back next week to see who the biggest movers are when our next update for the Top 500 Prospects comes out.

Updated Top 500 Rankings for Sept. 8, 2023

Updated Top 500 Rankings for Sept. 8, 2023

Here’s the Top 25 players in this week’s update of the RotoProspects Top 500 Rankings. For the complete list, CLICK HERE

No.NamePosTeamB/TLevelAge
1Jackson HollidaySSBALL/RAAA19
2Jackson ChourioOFMILR/RAA19
3Junior Caminero3BTBR/RAA19
4Wyatt LangfordOFTEXR/RAA21
5Dylan CrewsOFWASR/RAA21
6Jordan LawlarSSARIR/RMLB20
7Jasson DominguezOFNYYS/RMLB20
8James WoodOFWASL/RAA20
9Evan CarterOFTEXL/RMLB20
10Paul SkenesSPPITR/RAA (DL)21
11Colt Keith3BDETL/RAAA21
12Walker JenkinsOFMINL/RLow-A18
13Ethan SalasCSDL/RAA (IL)17
14Noelvi MarteSS/3BCINR/RMLB21
15Pete Crow-ArmstrongOFCHCL/LAAA21
16Jackson MerrillSSSDL/RAA20
17Roman AnthonyOFBOSL/RAA19
18Masyn WinnSSSLR/RMLB21
19Colson MontgomerySSCHWL/RAA21
20Adael Amador2BCOLS/RAA20
21Brady House3BWASR/RAA20
22Coby Mayo3BBALR/RAAA21
23Ronny MauricioSSNYMS/RMLB22
24Matt ShawSSCHCR/RAA21
25Max ClarkOFDETL/LLow-A18
Weekly Hot Prospects Report for Aug. 27-Sept. 3: Malloy powers up

Weekly Hot Prospects Report for Aug. 27-Sept. 3: Malloy powers up

Welcome to the 20th installment of our Weekly Hot Prospects Report ranking the top minor-league performances from the week of Aug. 27th through Sept. 3:

1. Justyn-Henry Malloy, 3B, Tigers (Triple-A Toledo)

Malloy finished the week by hitting homers in four straight games, capping off a 9-for-20 performance with a 1.857 OPS, 4 doubles, 10 runs and 7 walks in 6 games. The 23-year-old has a .293/.431/.510 triple-slash with 23 homers, 5 steals and an International League-leading 100 walks on the season. Malloy has done nothing but hit since  being taken by the Braves in the 6th round of the 2021 draft out of Georgia Tech, putting up a career line .288/.416/.475 with 45 dingers in 290 games. Blocked in Atlanta by Austin Riley at third base and Matt Olson at first base, Malloy was traded to the Tigers in the Joe Jimenez deal last December. The Tigers may want to get a look at Malloy in Detroit in September to see where he might fit best, as he could wind up in a corner-outfield spot, third base or DH. Malloy could hit near the top of the lineup with excellent on-base skills to go with power that has ticked up this season. We’re dreaming of a .280 average with a .375 OBP and 20-plus homers in a Tigers lineup that should keep getting better as their latest rebuilding effort hits its stride.

2. Junior Caminero, 3B, Rays (Double-A Montgomery)

Caminero capped off a 4-homer week with 2 long balls on Sunday, finishing with a .409/.536/1.045 triple-slash in 6 games. The 20-year-old has 6 homers in his last 8 games, pushing his season total to 28 dingers in 107 games between High-A and Double-A. Caminero is up to a .943 OPS with 17 homers in 71 games for Montgomery and looks ready for a taste of Triple-A to finish the season.

3. Jackson Chourio, OF, Brewers (Double-A Biloxi)

Chourio stuffed the stat sheet last week by going 8-for-25 with 6 runs, 1 double, 2 homers, 7 RBIs, 3 walks, 3 steals and a .993 OPS. The 19-year-old got his triple-slash up to .282/.336/.471 with 21 homers and 37 steals for Biloxi.

4. Curtis Mead, 2B/3B, Rays (Triple-A Durham)

Mead found his power stroke last week by putting up 3 homers, a .951 SLG and 9 RBIs. The 22-year-old doubled his homer total for the season to 6 while pushing his triple-slash up to .299/.390/.498 for Durham. He will surely find his way back to Tampa Bay sometime in September.

5. Robby Snelling, SP, Padres (Double-A San Antonio)

Snelling tossed 5 no-hit innings with 9 strikeouts at Wichita on Wednesday, but issued 3 free passes as his control has wavered with 11 walks in his past 14.2 frames. The 19-year-old southpaw has been sensational all season, going a combined 10-1 with a 1.80 ERA over 3 levels and reaching Double-A.

6. Chad Dallas, SP, Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire)

Dallas dazzled with 11 strikeouts and no walks in 7 scoreless innings on Friday, allowing just 3 hits in the hitter’s haven of Reading. The 23-year-old right-hander has bounced back with a 2.86 ERA since a terrible July (10.93 ERA) to lower his season mark to 4.17 with 96 strikeouts in 86.1 IP for New Hampshire.

7. Julian Aguiar, SP, Reds (Double-A Chattanooga)

Aguiar racked up 12 strikeouts with no walks in 7 innings at Pensacola on Thursday, allowing 4 hits and 1 run. The 22-year-old righty lowered his ERA to 3.47 with 52 strikeouts in 46.2 IP for Chattanooga.

8. Dominic Hamel, SP, Mets (Double-A Binghamton)

Hamel posted his third 11-strikeout game of the season on Friday, allowing 3 hits and 2 walks in 6 scoreless innings against Harrisburg. The 24-year-old right-hander has a whopping 147 Ks in 116 innings for Binghamton with a 4.11 ERA. 

9. Blake Dunn, OF, Reds (Double-A Chattanooga)

Dunn is back on the list yet again by putting up a 1.228 OPS with 2 homers and 3 steals last week. The 24-year-old has a 1.018 OPS with 14 homers, 31 steals and 70 runs scored in 68 games for Chattanooga.

10. Ricky Tiedemann, SP, Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire)

Tiedemann continues to put up remarkable strikeout rates, racking up 16 Ks in 6.2 innings over 2 starts with a 1.35 ERA last week. The 21-year-old southpaw has a combined 66 strikeouts in 33.1 innings over 3 levels as he works his way back from a biceps injury.

Honorable Mentions

11. Ryan Bliss, 2B, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 6-for-20 (.300), 6 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 2 RBIs, 6 BB, 2 SO, 4 SB, .462 OBP, .650 SLG, 1.112 OPS

12. Brayden Taylor, 3B, Rays (Low-A Charleston): 6-for-18 (.333), 3 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 9 RBIs, 0 BB, 5 SO, 3 SB, .333 OBP, .833 SLG, 1.166 OPS

13. Logan Henderson, SP, Brewers (Low-A Carolina): 1-0, 1.50 ERA, 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 SO, 0.67 WHIP

14. Mason Miller, SP, Athletics (Triple-A Las Vegas): 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO, 0.50 WHIP

15. Hunter Barco, SP, Pirates (Low-A Bradenton): 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO, 0.25 WHIP

16. Deyvison De Los Santos, 3B, Diamondbacks (Double-A Amarillo): 13-for-25 (.520), 7 R, 3 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 6 RBIs, 0 BB, 5 SO, 0 SB, .520 OBP, 1.080 SLG, 1.600 OPS

17. Coby Mayo, 3B, Orioles (Triple-A Norfolk): 6-for-22 (.273), 4 R, 1 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBIs, 7 BB, 7 SO, 1 SB, .448 OBP, .727 SLG, 1.175 OPS

18. Thayron Liranzo, C/1B, Dodgers (Low-A Rancho Cucamonga): 8-for-19 (.421), 4 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBIs, 4 BB, 5 SO, .522 OBP, .824 SLG, 1.364 OPS

19. Alan Roden, OF, Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire): 9-for-22 (.409), 4 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 2 BB, 3 SO, 3 SB, .480 OBP, .591 SLG, 1.071 OPS

20. Victor Lizarraga, SP, Padres (High-A Fort Wayne): 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 SO, 0.50 WHIP

Updated Dynasty Rankings For Fantasy Baseball for Sept. 1

Updated Dynasty Rankings For Fantasy Baseball for Sept. 1

Here’s the Top 25 players in the RotoProspects Updated Dynasty Top 500 Rankings. For the complete list, CLICK HERE

NoNamePosTeamAgeLast
1Ronald Acuna Jr.OFATL251
2Julio RodriguezOFSEA225
3Corbin CarrollOFARI223
4Bobby Witt Jr.SSKC2310
5Fernando Tatis Jr.OFSD242
6Kyle TuckerOFHOU268
7Shoehei OhtaniDH/SPLAA284
8Juan SotoOFSD246
9Vladimir Guerrero Jr.1BTOR249
10Elly De La CruzSSCIN2111
11Mookie BettsOFLAD3014
12Aaron JudgeOFNYY3112
13Jose Ramirez3BCLE3013
14Yordan AlvarezOFHOU2615
15Rafael Devers3BBOS2617
16Luis RobertOFCHW2519
17Bo BichetteSSTOR2516
18Corey SeagerSSTEX2923
19Trea TurnerSSPHI3022
20Bryce HarperOFPHI3024
21Randy ArozarenaOFTB2821
22Austin Riley3BATL2620
23Pete Alonso1BNYM2818
24Mike TroutOFLAA3125
25Freddie Freeman1BLAD3326
Big Movers among the Weekly Updated Top 500 for Sept. 1

Big Movers among the Weekly Updated Top 500 for Sept. 1

Welcome to this week’s Big Movers in the weekly update of the RotoProspects Top 500.

The No. 1 riser is Ben Rice, a 24-year-old Double-A catcher of the Yankees who has been on a magic-carpet-ride of a season that just keeps getting better as he is on a 13-for-23 heater with 3 homers and 2 steals over his last 6 games. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder is up to a .340/.396/.701 triple-slash with 14 dingers and 6 bags in 35 games for Somerset. It’s already the third level he’s dominated this season despite missing two months with a back injury as he put up a 1.082 OPS with 2 homers in 15 games in High-A and a .948 OPS with 2 taters in 10 games in Low-A. Just a 12th-rounder out of Dartmouth in 2021, Rice showed signs of a potential breakout last year when he posted an .810 OPS with 9 homers and 4 steals in 68 games as a part-timer for Low-A Tampa. Now he looks like he’ll challenge fellow prospect Austin Wells to be the Yankees’ catcher of the future, possibly even getting a call to New York in September. With a 55-grade hit tool to go with blossoming power and a knack for stealing bases, Rice blasts up our rankings 217 spots to No. 177.

Next up is Justice Bigbie, a 24-year-old Double-A first baseman-turned-corner outfielder of the Tigers who is destroying a second level this season with a .356/.414/560 triple-slash and 11 homers in 59 games for Erie. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder similarly lit up High-A with a .333/400/.543 triple-slash with 6 homers in 37 games for West Michigan. Just a 19th-rounder pick out of Western Carolina in 2021, Bigbie posted just a .697 OPS with 2 homers in Low-A last year. Bigbie’s breakout is eerily similar to Kerry Carpenter, who was also a 19th-rounder and transformed into a prospect in Double-A last year before blowing up for Detroit this season. Bigbie hopes to keep following the path Carpenter laid out and hit his way into the Tigers’ plans. Bigbie skyrocketed up 199 spots to No. 295.

Darius Vines, a 25-year-old Braves right-handed pitcher who had an impressive MLB debut on Wednesday by allowing just 2 earned runs in 6 innings at Coors Field after posting a 2.86 ERA in Triple-A, leading to a 154-spot jump to No. 266.

Alan Roden, a 23-year-old Double-A outfielder of the Blue Jays who has a combined .902 OPS with 10 homers and 20 steals between New Hampshire and High-A Vancouver, so he shoots up 147 spots to No. 309.

Davis Schneider, a 24-year-old Blue Jays second baseman who has been a revelation in Toronto with an insane triple-slash of .426/.526/.894 with 6 homers in 14 games, and he jumps up 139 spots to No. 110.

Mason Barnett, a 22-year-old Double-A right-handed pitcher of the Royals who has turned it up a notch for Northwest Arkansas with a 1.89 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 19 innings after posting a 3.18 ERA in High-A, so he shoots up 123 spots to No. 373.

Jansel Luis, a 18-year-old Low-A shortstop of the Diamondbacks who has an .810 OPS with 3 homers and 5 steals for Visalia after putting up an .876 OPS in the Arizona Complex League, so he jumps up 122 spots to No. 238.

John Cruz, an 18-year-old Florida Complex League outfielder of the Yankees who has a .294/.376/.531 triple-slash with 10 homers and 9 steals in 48 games in the FCL, so he vaults up 115 spots to No. 301.

Yordanny Monegro, a 20-year-old High-A right-handed pitcher of the Red Sox who was just promoted to Greenville after posting a combined 2.10 ERA with 80 strikeouts in 55.2 IP between the FCL and Low-A, leading to a 113-spot jump to No. 198.

Jose Corniell, a 20-year-old High-A right-handed pitcher of the Rangers who has a combined 3.01 ERA with 115 strikeouts in 98.2 IP between Hickory and Low-A Down East, and he shoots up 88 spots to No. 267.

Jakob Marsee, a 22-year-old Double-A outfielder of the Padres who has a .900 OPS with 2 homers and 3 steals in his first 9 games for San Antonio after putting up an .838 OPS with 13 dingers and 41 bags in High-A, so he vaults up 88 spots to No. 312.

The biggest faller of the week is Drew Romo, a 22-year-old Double-A catcher of the Rockies who is struggling offensively for a second straight season with a .242 average and .298 OBP, and he plummets 109 spots to No. 389.

The biggest risers inside the Top 100 are Parker Meadows, a 23-year-old Tigers outfielder who has a .900 OPS with a homer and 2 steals in his first 10 games for Detroit to jump 64 spots to No. 92, and Hurston Waldrep, a 21-year-old Double-A right-handed pitcher of the Braves who just got promoted to Mississippi after posting a microscopic 0.75 ERA with 17 Ks in 12 innings in High-A to vault up 57 spots to No. 85.

The biggest faller of the week inside the Top 100 is Druw Jones, a 19-year-old Low-A outfielder of the Diamondbacks who has a paltry .548 OPS for Visalia – he drops 15 spots to No. 78.

Check back next week to see who the biggest movers are when our next update for the Top 500 Prospects comes out.

Updated Top 500 Rankings for Sept. 1, 2023

Updated Top 500 Rankings for Sept. 1, 2023

Here’s the Top 25 players in this week’s update of the RotoProspects Top 500 Rankings. For the complete list, CLICK HERE

No.NamePosTeamB/TLevelAge
1Jackson HollidaySSBALL/RAA19
2Jackson ChourioOFMILR/RAA19
3Junior Caminero3BTBR/RAA19
4Wyatt LangfordOFTEXR/RHigh-A21
5Dylan CrewsOFWASR/RAA21
6James WoodOFWASL/RAA20
7Jordan LawlarSSARIR/RAAA20
8Evan CarterOFTEXL/RAAA20
9Paul SkenesSPPITR/RAA21
10Ethan SalasCSDL/RAA17
11Colt Keith3BDETL/RAAA21
12Walker JenkinsOFMINL/RLow-A18
13Jasson DominguezOFNYYS/RMLB20
14Pete Crow-ArmstrongOFCHCL/LAAA21
15Jackson MerrillSSSDL/RAA20
16Roman AnthonyOFBOSL/RHigh-A19
17Noelvi MarteSS/3BCINR/RMLB21
18Adael Amador2BCOLS/RAA (IL)20
19Masyn WinnSSSLR/RMLB21
20Brady House3BWASR/RAA20
21Colson MontgomerySSCHWL/RAA21
22Coby Mayo3BBALR/RAAA21
23Max ClarkOFDETL/LLow-A18
24Termarr Johnson2BPITL/RHigh-A19
25Matt ShawSSCHCR/RAA21
Weekly Hot Prospects Report for August 21-27: Hunter Goodman promoted to the Rockies after great week at the dish

Weekly Hot Prospects Report for August 21-27: Hunter Goodman promoted to the Rockies after great week at the dish

Welcome to the 19th installment of our Weekly Hot Prospects Report ranking the top minor-league performances from the week of Aug. 21st through 26th:

1. Hunter Goodman, C/1B, Rockies (MLB)

Goodman (pictured above) was so hot in Triple-A last week that he earned a call-up to Colorado and went 2-for-4 in his MLB debut on Sunday. The 23-year-old had taken the minors lead in homers with 34 by crushing 2 dingers on Friday at Oklahoma City. On the week for Albuquerque, Goodman put up a 2.003 OPS with 4 homers and 11 RBIs. The 5-foot-11, 210-pounder had a 1.321 OPS with 9 taters in 15 games in Triple-A after posting an .848 OPS with 25 homers in 91 games in Double-A. Just a fourth-round pick out of Memphis in 2021, the consensus was that Goodman had plus power but that his swing was too long and would get exploited by upper-level pitching. So after belting 34 homers between Low- and High-A last year, when Goodman struggled with a .641 OPS in 12 games in Double-A, it was generally assumed the critics were right. Now we’ll see if the swing is too long to hit MLB pitching. The question for fantasy owners is whether Goodman will play enough catcher to qualify there, as the defensively-challenged slugger has played just 13 games at backstop this year compared to 24 at first base and 35 in the outfield. He started at first base in his debut, so we may not get to use Goodman at catcher, but we’re still dreaming of a 35-homer middle-of-the-order thumper playing half his games at Coors Field, even if he’s just a first baseman.

2. Zach Dezenzo, OF, Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi)

Dezenzo started the week 0-for-9 before going 9-for-19 in his next four games, including two two-homer games. The 23-year-old wound up the week with a 1.244 OPS, 4 homers and 2 steals. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder is up to an .834 OPS with 11 homers and 16 steals in 51 games for Corpus Christi after posting a 1.102 OPS with 4 dingers and 6 bags in 31 games in High-A. Just a 12th-round pick last year out of Ohio State, Dezenzo is becoming one of this season’s biggest pop-up prospects.

3. Ronny Mauricio, 2B/OF, Mets (Triple-A Syracuse)

Mauricio stuffed the stat sheet last week by going 10-for-23 with 7 runs, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 homers, 5 walks, 3 steals and a 1.406 OPS.  The 22-year-old is in line for a September call-up to New York, putting up a .292/.347/.504 triple-slash with 22 homers and 24 steals for Syracuse.

4. Blake Dunn, OF, Reds (Double-A Chattanooga)

Dunn has been a fixture on this list all season, coming up with another big performance last week – putting up a 1.324 OPS with 9 runs, 3 homers and 2 steals. The 24-year-old is demolishing Double-A with a 1.003 OPS, 12 homers and 28 steals in 63 games after breaking out in High-A with an .871 OPS, 8 dingers and 19 bags in 47 contests.

5. Alexander Canario, OF, Cubs (Triple-A Iowa)

Canario entered last week on a 9-game hitting streak and kept rolling by putting up a 1.587 OPS with 4 homers in his next 6 games. The 23-year-old suffered a fractured ankle and dislocated shoulder after landing on first base awkwardly while trying to beat out a grounder in the Dominican winter league. Canario had surgeries on both his ankle and shoulder, so by the time he returned to action in mid-June, it was understandable that he take some time to round back into form. Coming off a monster 2022 season where he combined for 37 homers and 23 steals over 3 levels, Canario is up to a .899 OPS with 8 dingers and 2 bags in 34 games in Triple-A.

6. Colt Keith, 3B, Tigers (Triple-A Toledo)

Keith is getting the hang of Triple-A, going off last week for a 1.489 OPS, 3 homers and 10 runs while drawing 6 walks against just 1 strikeout. The 22-year-old is up to an .888 OPS with 9 dingers and 1 steal in 44 games for Toledo after posting a .976 OPS with 14 homers and 2 steals in 59 contests in Double-A.

7. Drew Thorpe, SP, Yankees (Double-A Somerset)

Thorpe isn’t skipping a beat in Double-A, striking out 9 in 6 1/3 innings against Hartford on Friday, allowing just 2 hits, 1 run and 1 walk. The 22-year-old right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA and 30 strikeouts to just 2 walks in 21 innings over 3 starts for Somerset after striking out 138 in 109 frames with a 2.81 ERA in High-A.

8. Chandler Redmond, 1B, Cardinals (Double-A Springfield)

Redmond rode a 3-homer outburst on Wednesday to a big week – a 1.902 OPS with 4 dingers and 6 walks. The 26-year-old is up to 28 homers on the season to go with a .374 OBP, enough so that he will be making his debut in the next weekly-updated Top 500 prospects.

9. Ben Rice, C/1B, Yankees (Double-A Somerset)

Rice just kept on raking last week, putting up a 1.167 OPS with 3 homers and a steal. The 24-year-old is becoming one of the best stories of the 2023 minor-league season, playing just 30 games in his Dartmouth career due to the pandemic, going in the 12th round in 2021, then spending 2022 as just a part-time player in Low-A. He started this season hot with a 1.082 OPS, 2 homers and 3 steals in 15 games in High-A before missing the next two months with a back injury. Rice stayed hot upon returning with a .948 OPS and 2 homers in a 10-game rehab stint in Low-A, then jumping to Double-A and not skipping a beat with a 1.063 OPS, 12 dingers and 5 bags in 32 games for Somerset. Rice is now on the map as a prospect for a team that doesn’t have long-term answers at catcher or first base.

10. Wyatt Langford, OF, Rangers (High-A Hickory)

Langford posted a 1.291 OPS with a homer, 3 steals and 5 walks last week. The 21-year-old has a 1.041 OPS with 3 dingers and 6 bags in 20 games for Hickory and could get a taste of Double-A very soon.

Honorable Mentions

11. Victor Scott II, OF, Cardinals (Double-A Springfield): 12-for-27 (.444), 7 R, 4 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SO, 3 SB, .483 OBP, .704 SLG, 1.187 OPS

12. Jett Williams, SS, Mets (High-A Brooklyn): 9-for-25 (.360), 8 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBIs, 6 BB, 5 SO, 2 SB, .484 OBP, .640 SLG, 1.124 OPS

13. Matt Shaw, SS, Cubs (High-A South Bend): 10-for-21 (.475), 6 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBIs, 1 BB, 2 SO, 2 SB, .522 OBP, .905 SLG, 1.427 OPS

14. Hurston Waldrep, SP, Braves (High-A Rome): 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 SO, 0.64 WHIP

15. Junior Caminero, 3B, Rays (Double-A Montgomery): 8-for-19 (.421), 5 R, 1 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBIs, 2 BB, 2 SO, 1 SB, .455 OBP, .842 SLG, 1.297 OPS

16. Thomas Saggese, 2B/3B, Cardinals (Double-A Springfield): 9-for-23 (.391), 5 R, 3 HR, 8 RBIs, 4 BB, 6 SO, 0 SB, .464 OBP, .783 SLG, 1.247 OPS

17. Gunnar Hoglund, SP, Athletics (High-A Lansing): 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 5 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO, 0.00 WHIP, 1 HBP

18. Tai Peete, SS, Mariners (Low-A Modesto): 8-for-21 (.381), 3 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBIs, 1 BB, 4 SO, 1 SB, .409 OBP, .762 SLG, 1.271 OPS

19. Bubba Chandler, SP, Pirates (High-A Greensboro): 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 0.57 WHIP

20. DJ Herz, SP, Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg): 0-0, 2.00 ERA, 9 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 6 BB, 13 SO, 1.00 WHIP

Big Movers among the Weekly Updated Top 500 for Aug. 25

Big Movers among the Weekly Updated Top 500 for Aug. 25

Welcome to this week’s Big Movers in the weekly update of the RotoProspects Top 500.

The No. 1 riser is Graham Pauley, a 22-year-old Double-A third baseman of the Padres who has already torched two levels to reach San Antonio this season, posting a combined .302/.391/.527 triple-slash with 20 homers and 20 steals.  The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder started by putting up .887 OPS with the same number of walks as strikeouts to go with 4 homers and 12 steals in 45 games in Low-A. Pauley powered up in High-A with a .987 OPS and 16 dingers with 8 bags. He is just 3-for-14 over his first 3 games in Double-A, but his strikeout rate is just 14.3%. Pauley was almost an afterthought coming out of Duke in 2022, going in the 13th round of the draft at No. 390 overall. He immediately gave a taste of what he could do in his pro debut by walking more than he struck out and posting a .403 OBP with 4 homers and 6 steals in 32 games over 2 levels. Pauley is looking more like he can reach the majors next year as a utility man who can play second base and the outfield as well with a chance to make himself into a regular. With a plus hit tool to go with burgeoning power and enough speed to steal some bases, Pauley blasts up our rankings 212 spots to No. 207.

Next up is Brainer Bonaci, a 21-year-old Double-A shortstop of the Red Sox who is holding his own over his first 13 games for Portland with a .742 OPS on the heals of putting up a .301/.353/.473 triple-slash with 9 homers and 6 steals in 63 games in High-A. The 5-foot-10, 164-pounder signed with Boston out of Venezuela on his 16th birthday in 2018. After finishing second in the Low-A Carolina League in walks and OBP last year, Bonaci has come out more aggressive this year and added power, going from a .385 SLG for Salem to a combined .458 SLG for Greenville and Portland. A switch-hitter with plus defensive skills, if Bonaci keeps his power gains as he rises levels then he can be a solid everyday player. Bonaci skyrockets up 121 spots to No. 233.

Wilyer Abreu, a 24-year-old Red Sox outfielder who has burst out of the gates for Boston by going 6-for-12 with a homer over his first 3 games after posting a .274/.391/.538 triple-slash with 22 homers and 8 steals in Triple-A, leading to a 103-spot jump to No. 193.

Robert Calaz, a 17-year-old Dominican Summer League outfielder of the Rockies who has shined in his pro debut by putting up a .325/.423/.561 triple-slash with 7 homers and 6 steals, so he shoots up at least 82 spots to debut in the rankings at No. 419.

Nathan Martorella, a 22-year-old Double-A first baseman of the Padres who is off to a 5-for-11 start for San Antonio after posting a .259/.371/.450 triple-slash with 16 homers in High-A, and he jumps up 77 spots to No. 254.

Luis Guanipa, a 17-year-old Dominican Summer League outfielder of the Braves who has 4 homers, 20 steals and a .361 OBP in 46 games, so he shoots up at least 76 spots to debut in the rankings at No. 425.

Elias Medina, a 17-year-old Dominican Summer League shortstop of the Dodgers who has a .313/.381/.553 triple-slash with 7 homers and 16 steals in 44 games, so he jumps up at least 75 spots to debut in the rankings at No. 426.

Luke Adams, an 19-year-old Low-A third baseman of the Brewers who has 11 dingers and 28 steals to go with a .411 OBP, so he vaults up 69 spots to No. 354.

Colt Emerson, an 18-year-old Low-A shortstop of the Mariners who had a double and 2 walks in his debut with Modesto on Thursday after putting up an insane .536/.629/.786 triple-slash with a homer and 4 steals in 8 games in the Arizona Complex League after going No. 22 overall in the MLB draft, leading to a 64-spot jump to No. 133.

Austin Martin, a 24-year-old Triple-A second baseman/outfielder of the Twins who has a 1.097 OPS with 4 homers and 7 steals in August after missing most of the first half with a foot injury, and he shoots up 63 spots to No. 288.

The biggest faller of the week is Yiddi Cappe, a 20-year-old High-A shortstop of the Marlins who is struggling with a paltry .256 OBP and .579 OPS for Beloit, and he plummets 78 spots to No. 385.

The biggest risers inside the Top 100 are Lazaro Montes, a 18-year-old Low-A-A outfielder of the Mariners who has a 1.122 OPS with 6 homers in 18 games for Modesto to jump 88 spots to No. 66, and Sterlin Thompson, a 22-year-old Double-A outfielder of the Rockies who has a .955 OPS with 5 homers and 3 steals in 15 games for Hartford to vault up 87 spots to No. 91.

The biggest faller of the week inside the Top 100 is Tyler Soderstrom, a 21-year-old Triple-A catcher/first baseman of the Athletics who struggled to a tiny .484 OPS in 27 games for Oakland before getting demoted to Las Vegas – he dropped 16 spots to No. 68.

Check back next week to see who the biggest movers are when our next update for the Top 500 Prospects comes out.

Updated Top 500 Rankings for Aug. 25, 2023

Updated Top 500 Rankings for Aug. 25, 2023

Here’s the Top 25 players in this week’s update of the RotoProspects Top 500 Rankings. For the complete list, CLICK HERE

No.NamePosTeamB/TLevelAge
1Jackson HollidaySSBALL/RAA19
2Jackson ChourioOFMILR/RAA19
3Junior Caminero3BTBR/RAA19
4Wyatt LangfordOFTEXR/RHigh-A21
5Dylan CrewsOFWASR/RAA21
6James WoodOFWASL/RAA20
7Jordan LawlarSSARIR/RAAA20
8Ethan SalasCSDL/RAA17
9Evan CarterOFTEXL/RAA20
10Paul SkenesSPPITR/RAA21
11Christian Encarnacion-Strand3BCINR/RMLB23
12Colt Keith3BDETL/RAAA21
13Walker JenkinsOFMINL/RLow-A18
14Pete Crow-ArmstrongOFCHCL/LAAA21
15Jackson MerrillSSSDL/RAA20
16Brady House3BWASR/RAA20
17Roman AnthonyOFBOSL/RHigh-A19
18Noelvi MarteSS/3BCINR/RMLB21
19Masyn WinnSSSLR/RMLB21
20Everson PereiraOFNYYR/RMLB22
21Jasson DominguezOFNYYS/RAA20
22Marcelo MayerSSBOSL/RAA20
23Coby Mayo3BBALR/RAAA21
24Colson MontgomerySSCHWL/RAA21
25Max ClarkOFDETL/LLow-A18

Weekly Hot Prospects Report for August 14-20: Lazaro Montes showing off huge power and plate discipline

Weekly Hot Prospects Report for August 14-20: Lazaro Montes showing off huge power and plate discipline

Welcome to the 18th installment of our Weekly Hot Prospects Report ranking the top minor-league performances from the week of Aug. 14th through 20th:

1. Lazaro Montes, OF, Mariners (Low-A Modesto)

Montes already looks like a man among boys in Low-A, both literally and figuratively, blowing up by going 12-for-24 with 4 homers, 13 RBIs and a 1.654 OPS last week. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound slugger has a 1.228 OPS with 6 homers in 15 games for Modesto after putting up a 1.007 OPS with 6 homers in the Arizona Complex League. The 18-year-old Cuban has 70-grade raw power but with a questionable hit tool due to a penchant for striking out. Montes has cut his strikeout rate from 33.2% last year in the Dominican Summer League to 25.3% in the ACL this season to 19.4% so far in Low-A, so the improvements he’s already making are very encouraging. Montes already had us dreaming of 40-homer seasons in his future, but the improved plate discipline hints at a ceiling of an elite middle-of-the-order thumper.

2. Sterlin Thompson, OF, Rockies (Double-A Hartford)

Thompson is having no problems adjusting to Double-A pitching, going 11-for-26 with 4 homers, 2 steals and a 1.349 OPS last week. The 22-year-old has a 1.071 OPS with 5 homers and 3 steals in 12 games for Hartford. The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder is showing that he could get to plus power to go with his 55-grade hit tool and 50-grade speed. Thompson was taken No. 31 overall in the 2022 MLB draft out of Florida and looks like he could make it to Triple-A a season later.

3. George Valera, OF, Guardians (Triple-A Columbus)

Valera had back-to-back 2-homer games on Thursday and Saturday, going 6-for-18 with a 1.456 OPS on the week. The 22-year-old looks like he might finally be healthy, as he was batting .176 for Columbus around IL stints before putting together three straight multi-hit games to get his average to .200. Valera went 0-for-4 on Sunday to fall back to .195, but he could find himself in Cleveland any day now that he’s heating up in Triple-A considering that he got in 42 games there last year.

4. DJ Herz, SP, Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg)

Herz dazzled with 10 Ks and no walks in 5 scoreless innings on Wednesday, allowing just 1 hit against Richmond. The 22-year-old has a 3.00 ERA with 18-4 K-BB in 12 innings since coming over from the Cubs in the Jeimer Candelario deal at the trade deadline.

5. Harry Ford, C, Mariners (High-A Everett)

Ford stuffed the stat sheet last week by going 8-for-22 with 3 doubles, 2 homers, 9 RBIs, 6 walks and 3 steals. The 20-year-old is up to a .413 OBP with 14 homers and 23 steals on the season. Ford has a 1.148 OPS with 4 homers and 6 steals in August, so he could get a taste of Double-A down the stretch.

6. Ryan Ritter, SS, Rockies (High-A Spokane)

Ritter posted a 1.632 OPS with 2 homers and 2 steals last week. The 22-year-old is warming up in High-A, getting up to an .817 OPS with 6 homers and 8 steals in 33 games after putting up a 1.011 OPS with 18 dingers in Low-A.

7. Graham Pauley, 2B/3B, Padres (High-A Fort Wayne)

Pauley went 10-for-23 with 3 homers, 2 steals and a 1.371 OPS last week. The 22-year-old has been even better for Fort Wayne with a .987 OPS, 16 homers and 8 steals in 45 games then he was in Low-A with a .887 OPS, 4 dingers and 12 bags in 62 games.

8. Austin Wells, C, Yankees (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre)

Wells powered up last week with 4 homers, a 1.197 OPS and 11 RBIs. The 24-year-old entered the week with no homers in 20 Triple-A games and got his OPS from .711 up to .830.

9. Sawyer Gipson-Long, SP, Tigers (Triple-A Toledo)

Gipson-Long dominated with 12 strikeouts in 6 scoreless innings on Friday against Omaha, allowing just 1 hit and 2 walks. The 25-year-old has lowered his Triple-A ERA from 7.80 to 4.50 with 11 shutout innings over his last two starts after posting a 3.74 ERA with a 1.02 WHIP in Double-A. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder has a combined 115 strikeouts in 91 innings between Double- and Triple-A and will be making his debut in the next weekly-updated Top 500 Prospects.

10. Jacob Misiorowski, SP, Brewers (Double-A Biloxi)

Misiorowski got back on track with 12 strikeouts in 6 scoreless innings on Tuesday at Mississippi, allowing just 1 hit and 3 walks. The 6-foot-7 21-year-old lowered his Triple-A ERA from 7.80 to 5.57 with 36 strikeouts in 21 innings, but has issued 16 walks with 11 hit-by-pitches for Biloxi.

Updated Top 500 Rankings for Sept. 22, 2023

Updated Top 500 Rankings for Aug. 18, 2023

Here’s the Top 25 players in this week’s update of the RotoProspects Top 500 Rankings. For the complete list, CLICK HERE

No.NamePosTeamB/TLevelAge
1Jackson HollidaySSBALL/RAA19
2Jackson ChourioOFMILR/RAA19
3Junior Caminero3BTBR/RAA19
4Wyatt LangfordOFTEXR/RHigh-A21
5Dylan CrewsOFWASR/RLow-A21
6James WoodOFWASL/RAA20
7Jordan LawlarSSARIR/RAAA20
8Ethan SalasCSDL/RHigh-A17
9Evan CarterOFTEXL/RAA20
10Paul SkenesSPPITR/RLow-A21
11Christian Encarnacion-Strand3BCINR/RMLB23
12Colt Keith3BDETL/RAAA21
13Walker JenkinsOFMINL/RR (FCL)18
14Pete Crow-ArmstrongOFCHCL/LAAA21
15Marcelo MayerSSBOSL/RAA20
16Jackson MerrillSSSDL/RHigh-A20
17Brady House3BWASR/RAA20
18Noelvi MarteSS/3BCINR/RAAA21
19Roman AnthonyOFBOSL/RHigh-A19
20Coby Mayo3BBALR/RAAA21
21Colson MontgomerySSCHWL/RAA21
22Masyn WinnSSSLR/RMLB21
23Max ClarkOFDETL/LR (FCL)18
24Termarr Johnson2BPITL/RHigh-A19
25Tyler Black3BMILL/RAAA22
Weekly Hot Prospects Report for August 7-13: Wilyer Abreu dazzles with 3-HR performance to cap off insane week

Weekly Hot Prospects Report for August 7-13: Wilyer Abreu dazzles with 3-HR performance to cap off insane week

Welcome to the 17th installment of our Weekly Hot Prospects Report ranking the top minor-league performances from the week of Aug. 7th through 13th:

1. Wilyer Abreu, OF, Red Sox (Triple-A Worcester)

Abreu capped a bonkers week with a 3-homer exclamation on Sunday to finish with an insane 2.125 OPS, 6 dingers and 16 RBIs in 6 games against Buffalo. The 24-year-old came to the Red Sox with Enmanuel Valdez from the Astros for Christian Vazquez at last year’s trade deadline. The 5-foot-10, 215-pounder changed his approach three seasons ago to be more selective and swing for maximum damage, leading to his emergence as a prospect. Abreu has cut his strikeout rate from 26.4% last year to 21.4% this season to go with a strong 15.4% walk rate. He can sometimes become almost too passive, but last week he was more aggressive with just 1 walk with 4 strikeouts. Abreu is up to a .268/.380/.521 triple-slash with 20 homers and 6 steals and he could get a look in Boston down the stretch.

2. Ryan Pepiot, SP, Dodgers (Triple-A Oklahoma City)

Pepiot took a perfect game into the seventh inning at Tacoma, finishing with 11 strikeouts in 6 2/3 scoreless innings and 1 hit allowed. The 25-year-old missed the first half of the season with a strained oblique and has been building up slowly with this being the first time he went over 4 innings. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder reached the majors last season, but struggled to find the zone with an elevated walk rate of 6.7 BB/9. He has cut his Triple-A walk rate from 3.6 BB/9 last year to a career-best 2.0 BB/9 this season. Pepiot is using an improved slider with his plus fastball/changeup combo to post a 10.3 K/9 this season. There is definitely some relief risk if the control problems resurface, but Pepiot has the premium stuff to become a mid-rotation horse. 

3. Thomas Saggese, 2B/3B, Cardinals (Double-A Springfield)

Saggese made it 2-for-2 in big weeks since coming over from the Rangers in the Jordan Montgomery deal, posting a 1.206 OPS with 3 homers and 2 steals. The 21-year-old has a 1.070 OPS with 4 homers for Springfield after putting up a .891 OPS with 15 dingers and 8 steals for Double-A Frisco. Saggese is playing second and third base since the trade after also getting time at shortstop in the Texas organization, so we can see him coming up as more of a utility man who could evolve into a starter by his prime.

4. Drew Thorpe, RHP, Yankees (Double-A Somerset)

Thorpe made a sparkling Double-A debut on Friday with 9 strikeouts and no walks in 8 scoreless innings, allowing just 2 hits against Binghamton. The 22-year-old had seemed ready for a promotion since June, having compiled 147 strikeouts in 117 innings with a 2.81 ERA in High-A.

5. Jakob Marsee, OF, Padres (High-A Fort Wayne)

Marsee stuffed the stat sheet last week by going 13-for-23 (.565) with 1 double, 1 triple, 2 homers, 2 walks and 5 steals. The 22-year-old is up to a .412 OBP with 11 homers and 41 steals on the season and he will be moving back into the next weekly-updated Top 500 Prospects.

6. Zach Cole, OF, Astros (High-A Asheville)

Cole continued his breakout last week, putting up 3 homers, 2 steals and a 1.249 OPS. The 23-year-old has been even better in High-A with a 1.091 OPS, 7 homers and 6 steals in 23 games after posting a .891 OPS with 11 homers and 25 steals in Low-A.

7. Jonathan Aranda, 1B/2B, Rays (Triple-A Durham)

Aranda just keeps chugging along in Durham, putting up a 1.682 OPS with 5 homers and 10 runs scored last week. The 25-year-old is dominating Triple-A for a second straight year, posting a 1.062 OPS with 25 homers, and he’ll be up with Tampa Bay any day now.

8. Pedro Leon, OF, Astros (Triple-A Sugar Land)

Leon powered up last week with 5 homers, a 1.091 SLG and 13 RBIs. The 25-year-old has an .839 OPS with 20 homers and 14 steals on the season.

9. Hunter Goodman, C/1B, Rockies (Triple-A Albuquerque)

Goodman hit the ground running in Triple-A with 4 homers, 13 RBIs and a 1.400 OPS in his first 5 games there. The 23-year-old played 4 games at first base to just 1 at catcher for Albuquerque after posting a .848 OPS with 25 homers in Double-A.

10. Johnathan Rodriguez, OF, Guardians (Triple-A Columbus)

Rodriguez flexed his big-time power with 4 homers, a 1.000 SLG and 12 RBIs last week. The 23-year-old has a 1.098 OPS with 6 homers in 15 games for Columbus after putting up a .876 OPS with 18 homers in Double-A.

Honorable Mentions

11. Mitchell Parker, LHP, Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg): 2-0, 2.45 ERA, 11 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 21 SO, 1.00 WHIP

12. Michael Busch, 2B/3B, Dodgers (Triple-A Oklahoma City): 6-for-21 (.286), 5 R, 4 HR, 6 RBIs, 6 BB, 2 SO, 0 SB, .444 OBP, .857 SLG, 1.301 OPS

13. Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF, Cubs (Triple-A Iowa): 8-for-20 (.400), 10 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBIs, 6 BB, 5 SB, 2 SB, .538 OBP, .800 SLG, 1.338 OPS

14. Bryan Ramos, 3B, White Sox (Double-A Birmingham): 9-for-23 (.391), 7 R, 3 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBIs, 2 BB, 2 SO, 0 SB, .440 OBP, .913 SLG, 1.353 OPS

15. James Wood, OF, Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg): 7-for-21 (.333), 5 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBIs, 3 BB, 7 SO, 0 SB, .440 OBP, .857 SLG, 1.297 OPS

16. Dylan Crews, OF, Nationals (Low-A Fredericksburg): 12-for-29 (.414), 2 2B, 3 HR, 14 RBIs, 3 BB, 8 SO, .469 OBP, .793 SLG, 1.262 OPS

17. Junior Caminero, 3B, Rays (Double-A Montgomery): 8-for-21 (.381), 3 HR, 7 RBIs, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0 SB,  .435 OBP, .810 SLG, 1.245 OPS

18. Jase Bowen, 2B, Pirates (High-A Greensboro): 8-for-27 (.296), 1 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBIs, 2 BB, 7 SO, 2 SB, .345 OBP, .667 SLG, 1.012 OPS

19. Yordanny Monegro, RHP, Red Sox (Low-A Salem): 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 SO, 0.80 WHIP

20. Parker Messick, LHP, Guardians (High-A Lake County): 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 SO, 0.80 WHIP

Big Movers among the Weekly Updated Top 500 for Aug. 11

Big Movers among the Weekly Updated Top 500 for Aug. 11

Welcome to this week’s Big Movers in the weekly update of the RotoProspects Top 500.

The No. 1 riser is Jett Williams, a 19-year-old High-A shortstop of the Mets who has hit the ground running for Brooklyn with a .474 OBP, a homer and 4 steals in 9 games after earning a promotion from Low-A with a hot July (.442 OBP, 8 HR, 12 SB). The 5-foot-6, 175-pound dynamo uses his small strike zone to draw nearly as many walks as strikeouts on the season, then wreaks havoc on the basepaths with his 60-grade speed. There is considerable pop that he generates with a leg kick and plenty of bat speed that could allow him to reach 15-18 homers in the majors. The whole package has us dreaming of a more patient Jose Altuve with more swing and miss in his game. Williams was taken No. 14 overall in the 2022 draft out of a Texas high school and is picking up speed as he races toward New York and up our rankings 59 spots to No. 85.

Note that we are not including 2023 MLB draftees in this summary as we boosted them so much across the board while we continue getting a handle on their market value that we felt it better to focus on the players who moved more based on recent performance and buzz.

Next up is Davis Schneider, a 24-year-old Blue Jays second baseman who astounded by going 9-for-13 with 2 homers in his first 3 games for Toronto over the weekend before cooling down with an 0-for-9 since. The 24-year-old broke out this year for Triple-A Buffalo by putting up a triple-slash of .275/.416/.553 with 21 homers and 9 steals. The 5-foot-9, 190-pounder was just a 28th-rounder out of a New Jersey high school in 2017, but he steadily climbed the ladder until hinting at a breakout with a combined 16 homers and 17 steals over 3 levels last year. Schneider has patience, power and some speed, so he’s getting a chance to stake a claim to the second base job in Toronto that has been a revolving door all season. Schneider skyrocketed up 146 spots to No. 250.

Bubba Chandler, an 20-year-old High-A right-handed pitcher of the Pirates who has caught fire by posting a 1.05 ERA with 28 strikeouts over his last 25.2 innings, leading to a 108-spot jump to No. 209.

Rece Hinds, a 22-year-old Double-A outfielder of the Reds who is batting .319 with 5 homers since coming off the IL on July 18 to raise his season totals to .275 with 18 homers and 13 steals, so he  jumps up 107 spots to No. 346.

Agustin Ramirez, a 21-year-old Double-A catcher of the Yankees outfielder who is 2-for-14 for Somerset since earning a promotion with a 1.144 OPS and 9 homers in 27 games in High-A, and he jumps up 104 spots to No. 376.

Tekoah Roby, a 21-year-old Double-A right-handed pitcher of the Cardinals who has been getting rave reviews for his impressive arsenal since coming over from the Rangers in the Jordan Montgomery deal, leading to a 85-spot rise to No. 369.

Chayce McDermott, a 24-year-old Triple-A right-handed pitcher of the Orioles who is 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA and 31 Ks in 24 IP for Norfolk after racing up 88 Ks in 68.1 IP in Double-A, so he shoots up 71 spots to No. 326.

Enmanuel Tejeda, an 18-year-old Florida Complex League shortstop of the Yankees who has a .916 OPS with 3 homers and 21 steals in 41 games, so he vaults up 67 spots to No. 343.

Johnathan Rodriguez, a 23-year-old Triple-A outfielder of the Guardians who has a 1.027 OPS with 11 RBIs in 8 August games to raise his season totals to a .897 OPS with 21 homers and 70 RBIs, leading to a 67-spot jump to No. 380.

Samuel Basallo, an 18-year-old High-A catcher of the Orioles who is 6-for-34 for Aberdeen since earning a promotion by putting up a .887 OPS with 12 homers in Low-A, leading to a 66-spot jump to No. 121.

The biggest faller of the week is Noah Cameron, a 24-year-old Double-A left-handed pitcher of the Royals who is 1-8 with a 6.50 ERA for Northwest Arkansas after burning up High-A with a 58-9 K-BB in 35 innings, and he plummets over 181 spots out of the Top 500.

The biggest risers inside the Top 100 other than Williams are Owen Caissie, a 21-year-old Double-A outfielder of the Cubs who has a triple-slash of .288/.393/.549 with 21 homers for Tennessee and shot up 49 spots to No. 86, and Jackson Jobe, a 21-year-old High-A right-handed pitcher of the Tigers who has a combined 2.57 ERA with a 39-3 K-BB in 28 innings coming off the IL from lumbar spine inflammation and jumped up 49 spots to No. 96.

The biggest faller of the week inside the Top 100 is Ryan Bliss, a 23-year-old Triple-A second baseman of the Mariners who is batting .194 in 8 games for Tacoma since coming over from the D’backs in a deadline deal after hitting .196 in 13 games for Reno  – he dropped 26 spots to No. 119.

Check back next week to see who the biggest movers are when our next update for the Top 500 Prospects comes out.

Updated Top 500 Rankings for Aug. 11, 2023

Updated Top 500 Rankings for Aug. 11, 2023

Here’s the Top 25 players in this week’s update of the RotoProspects Top 500 Rankings. For the complete list, CLICK HERE

No.NamePosTeamB/TLevelAge
1Jackson HollidaySSBALL/RAA19
2Jackson ChourioOFMILR/RAA19
3Junior Caminero3BTBR/RAA19
4Wyatt LangfordOFTEXR/RHigh-A21
5Dylan CrewsOFWASR/RLow-A21
6James WoodOFWASL/RAA20
7Jordan LawlarSSARIR/RAA20
8Ethan SalasCSDL/RHigh-A17
9Evan CarterOFTEXL/RAA20
10Paul SkenesSPPITR/RR (FCL)21
11Christian Encarnacion-Strand3BCINR/RMLB23
12Colt Keith3BDETL/RAAA21
13Walker JenkinsOFMINL/RR (FCL)18
14Pete Crow-ArmstrongOFCHCL/LAAA21
15Marcelo MayerSSBOSL/RAA20
16Jackson MerrillSSSDL/RHigh-A20
17Roman AnthonyOFBOSL/RHigh-A19
18Brady House3BWASR/RAA20
19Noelvi MarteSS/3BCINR/RAAA21
20Coby Mayo3BBALR/RAAA21
21Jasson DominguezOFNYYS/RAA20
22Everson PereiraOFNYYR/RAAA22
23Gavin WilliamsSPCLEL/RMLB23
24Colson MontgomerySSCHWL/RAA21
25Sebastian WalcottSSTEXR/RR (ACL)17
Weekly Hot Prospects Report for July 31-August 6: Ceddanne Rafaela trying to homer his way to the big leagues

Weekly Hot Prospects Report for July 31-August 6: Ceddanne Rafaela trying to homer his way to the big leagues

Welcome to the 16th installment of our Weekly Hot Prospects Report ranking the top minor-league performances from the week of July 31 through Aug. 6:

1. Ceddanne Rafaela, OF, Red Sox (Triple-A Worcester)

Rafaela started August with homers in his first 5 games and added a 3-hit effort on Sunday, putting up a 1.490 OPS with 5 homers, 9 RBIs and a stolen base. The 22-year-old has been a powerhouse in Triple-A with 11 homers and a .688 SLG in 31 games for Worcester after hitting 6 dingers with a .441 SLG in 60 games for Double-A Portland. Rafaela even managed 4 walks last week after drawing just 3 free passes in his first 25 games in Triple-A. Fantasy owners will want to know which Rafaela to expect when he reaches Boston – the one who had 30 steals with 6 homers in Double-A or the one who has 11 dingers with 3 steals in Triple-A.  Rafaela could give Boston a boost defensively in center field right now with Jarren Duran usually up the middle, but barring injury, he likely won’t get the call until rosters expand in September. By next spring, Rafaela will be competing for a significant role in Boston’s outfield and would offer an exciting blend of power and speed.

2. Luken Baker, 1B, Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis)

Baker went on a massive power binge last week with 6 homers and a 1.208 SLG to take the minor league lead with 31 taters. The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder put up 12 RBIs, 9 runs and a 1.691 OPS for the week. The 26-year-old is batting .337 with a 1.163 OPS and 89 RBIs in 80 games for Memphis. At first glance, it may seem Baker is blocked at first base in St. Louis by Paul Goldschmidt, but Goldy has just one year left on his contract and is a subpar defender. The problem with having a Baker-Goldy 1B/DH combo is that the Cardinals already have a bunch of defensively-challenged types in Jordan Walker, Nolan Gorman, Alec Burleson and Tyler O’Neill. St. Louis has some work to do in the off-season to alleviate the logjam of DH-types, but one way or another, Baker should be able to see if his massive power translates to the majors in the coming years.

3. Xavier Edwards, 2B/OF, Marlins (Triple-A Jacksonville)

Edwards terrorized Memphis pitching all week by going 18-for-26 (.692) with 2 homers, 5 walks and an incredible .742 OBP. The 23-year-old leads all qualified hitters in the minors with a .373 average, looking to match what Luis Arraez is doing with a MLB-leading .375 average for Miami. Edwards is even showing some power this season, having matched his career total of 6 homers coming into the year in 337 games. Edwards has slowed down on the base paths of late, with just one of his 29 steals coming in the last 2 weeks.

4. Gavin Stone, SP, Dodgers (Triple-A Oklahoma City)

Stone tossed 6 hitless innings with 10 strikeouts on Friday against Round Rock. Since getting sent down after a 2-inning stint for the Dodgers on July 4th, the 24-year-old has a 2.67 ERA with 31 Ks in 27 innings to lower his Triple-A ERA from 6.71 to 5.36. 

5. Emmanuel Rodriguez, OF, Twins (High-A Cedar Rapids)

Rodriguez put up 3 homers and 2 steals last week to go with 5 walks and just 3 strikeouts. The 20-year-old is up to 14 homers and 15 steals while he got his season strikeout rate down to 29.3% and upped his walk rate to 20.5%.

6. Zach Dezenzo, OF, Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi)

Dezenzo helped ease the organization’s loss of outfield prospects Drew Gilbert and Ryan Clifford in the Justin Verlander trade by putting up 3 homers and 3 steals with a 1.217 OPS last week. The 23-year-old has a .823 OPS with 6 homers and 12 steals in 35 games for Corpus Christi after posting a 1.102 OPS with 4 HR and 6 SB in 31 games for High-A Asheville.

7. Joey Loperfido, 2B/OF, Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi)

Loperfido nearly matched Dezenzo with 3 homers and 2 steals with a 1.172 OPS last week. The 24-year-old has a .960 OPS with 19 homers and 20 steals for Corpus Christi while moving around on defense between first base, second base and the outfield.

8. Rece Hinds, OF, Reds (Double-A Chattanooga)

Hinds did most of his damage for the week in a Saturday doubleheader, going 5-for-9 with 2 homers, a steal and 7 RBIs to finish the 6-game series against Tennessee with a 1.405 OPS and 3 dingers. On the heals of a 8-homer June, the 22-year-old has stayed hot after missing two weeks with a hamstring strain to start July, belting 5 homers in 15 games since returning.

9. Jasson Dominguez, OF, Yankees (Double-A Somerset)

The Martian put up 4 steals with a homer and a .483 OBP last week as he continues to warm with the weather, having raised his batting average from .197 entering July to .238. The 20-year-old has a .747 OPS with 13 homers and 33 steals on the season and could get a look at Triple-A before by the end of August. 

10. Joe Boyle, SP, Athletics (Double-A Midland)

Doyle made a strong first impression in his Oakland organization debut on Friday after coming over from the Reds in a deadline-deal for reliever Sam Moll, hurling 6 scoreless innings with 8 Ks and 2 walks at Frisco. The 6-foot-7, 240-pounder is showing signs of turning around his control problems with 17 Ks against just 4 walks in his last 11 innings after issuing 73 free passes over his first 79 innings. With 130 strikeouts in 90 innings, Boyle will be moving back into the next weekly-updated Top 500 Prospects.

Honorable Mentions

11. Wyatt Langford, OF, Rangers (High-A Hickory): 6-for-16 (.375), 5 R, 1 2B, 2 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBIs, 5 BB, 5 SO, 2 SB, .524 OBP, .688 SLG, 1.212 OPS

12. Kenedy Corona, OF, Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): 7-for-26 (.269), 6 R, 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBIs, 6 BB, 7 SO, 3 SB, .406 OBP, .692 SLG, 1.098 OPS

13. Randy Vasquez, SP, Yankees (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre): 1-0, 1.50 ERA, 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 11 SO, 0.67 WHIP

14. Robert Gasser, SP, Brewers (Triple-A Nashville): 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 SO, 0.83 WHIP

15. Jordan Lawlar, SS, Diamondbacks (Double-A Amarillo): 8-for-23 (.348), 9 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBIs, 1 BB, 5 SO, 1 SB, .400 OBP, .652 SLG, 1.052 OPS

16. Chayce McDermott, SP, Orioles (Triple-A Norfolk): 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO, 0.50 WHIP

17. Harry Ford, C, Mariners (High-A Everett): 7-for-17 (.412), 6 R, 3 2B, 1 3b, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 5 BB, 4 SO, 1 SB, .583 OBP, .882 SLG, 1.465 OPS

18. Thomas Harrington, SP, Pirates (High-A Greensboro): 1-0, 2.53 ERA, 10.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 15 SO, 0.94 WHIP

19. Lonnie White Jr., OF, Pirates (Low-A Bradenton): 7-for-23 (.304), 8 R, 3 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 8 RBIs, 4 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB, .407 OBP, .913 SLG, 1.320 OPS

20. Bubba Chandler, SP, Pirates (High-A Greensboro): 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO, 0.57 WHIP

Big Movers among the Weekly Updated Top 500 for Aug. 4

Big Movers among the Weekly Updated Top 500 for Aug. 4

Welcome to this week’s Big Movers in the weekly update of the RotoProspects Top 500.

The No. 1 riser is Marco Vargas, a 18-year-old Florida Complex League shortstop of the Marlins who came to Miami with another prospect for closer David Robertson to the Mets. The 6-foot, 170-pounder was demonstrating premium plate discipline in the Miami system with a 23.5% walk rate and a 13.6% strikeout rate. He was batting .283 with a .457 OBP to go with 2 homers and 8 steals. Vargas signed for $17,500 out of Mexico the day before he turned 17 in May 2022. In his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League last summer, Vargas put up a triple-slash of .319/.421/.456 with 2 homers and 14 steals with more walks (35) than strikeouts (32). We added him in a 30-team dynasty league with 75 farm spots and moved him into the Top 500 in June when he started mashing in the FCL. His advanced hit tool is his best trait and there’s solid speed, but the power lags behind and doesn’t project to get to plus. If Vargas can get to more power, he could develop into a starting infielder in the majors. With the trade shining a light on the young infielder, his value is on the rise and he catapulted 188 spots to No. 279.

Next up is Zach Dezenzo, a 23-year-old Double-A outfielder of the Astros who has started August on fire by going 4-for-12 with 3 homers, 8 RBIs, 2 walks and 2 steals in 3 games. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder was just a 12th-rounder out of Ohio State last year, but has broken out this season. Dezenzo put up a 1.102 OPS with 4 homers and 6 steals in 31 games in High-A to earn a promotion to Corpus Christi, where this recent binge has him up to a .833 OPS with 6 homers and 11 steals in 33 games. Dezenzo has plus power and surprising speed for such a big guy with a hit tool that is showing promise. Dezenzo skyrocketed up 100 spots to No. 398.

Echedry Vargas, an 18-year-old Arizona Complex League infielder of the Rangers who has a .903 OPS with 7 homers and 14 steals in 41 games, leading to a 86-spot jump to No. No. 395.

Blake Dunn, a 23-year-old Double-A outfielder of the Reds who has a .988 OPS with 6 homers and 23 steals in 44 games for Chattanooga after posting a .871 OPS with 8 HR and 19 SB in High-A, so he  jumps up 83 spots to No. 158.

Dominic Canzone, a 25-year-old Mariners outfielder who came over from the D’backs in the Paul Sewald deal at the trade deadline and had a 1.065 OPS with 16 homers in Triple-A, and he jumps up 82 spots to No. 242.

Christian Scott, a 24-year-old Double-A right-handed pitcher of the Mets who has a 2.72 ERA with 53-7 K-BB in 46.1 IP for Binghamton after posting a 2.28 ERA with 27-4 K-BB in 23.2 IP in High-A, leading to a 100-spot rise to No. 370.

Luke Adams, a 19-year-old Low-A third baseman of the Brewers who put up a 1.000 OPS in July to raise his season totals to a .433 OBP with 9 homers and 27 steals, so he shoots up at least 68 spots back into the Top 500 at No. 433.

Owen Caissie, a 21-year-old Double-A outfielder of the Cubs who has 4 homers in his last 6 games to get to 20 dingers with a .947 OPS for Tennessee, so he vaults up 59 spots to No. 135.

Dylan Beavers, a 21-year-old Double-A outfielder of the Orioles who is 5-for-9 in his first 2 games for Bowie after putting up a 832 OPS with 9 homers and 22 steals in High-A, leading to a 53-spot jump to No. 159.

Yonathan Perlaza, a 24-year-old Triple-A outfielder of the Cubs who had 7 homers in July to get to a .934 OPS with 15 dingers and 10 steals for Iowa, leading to a 49-spot jump to No. 394.

The biggest faller of the week is Jared Shuster, a 25-year-old Triple-A left-handed pitcher of the Braves who has a 6.27 ERA and 1.82 WHIP for Gwinnett after posting a 5.00 ERA for Atlanta, and he plummets 86 spots to No. 350.

The biggest riser inside the Top 100 is Jackson Chourio, a 19-year-old Double-A outfielder of the Brewers who is 35-for-79 with 5 homers and 8 steals in 18 games since the All-Star Break – he shoots up 5 spots to No. 2.

The biggest faller of the week inside the Top 100 is Austin Wells, a 24-year-old Triple-A catcher of the Yankees who has a .692 OPS with no homers in his first 11 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after posting a .770 OPS in Double-A – he dropped 11 spots to No. 100.

Check back next week to see who the biggest movers are when our next update for the Top 500 Prospects comes out.

Updated Top 500 Rankings for Aug. 4, 2023

Updated Top 500 Rankings for Aug. 4, 2023

Here’s the Top 25 players in this week’s update of the RotoProspects Top 500 Rankings. For the complete list, CLICK HERE

No.NamePosTeamB/TLevelAge
1Jackson HollidaySSBALL/RAA (IL)19
2Jackson ChourioOFMILR/RAA19
3Junior Caminero3BTBR/RAA19
4James WoodOFWASL/RAA20
5Wyatt LangfordOFTEXR/RR (ACL)21
6Dylan CrewsOFWASR/Rn/a21
7Jordan LawlarSSARIR/RAA20
8Ethan SalasCSDL/RLow-A17
9Evan CarterOFTEXL/RAA20
10Paul SkenesSPPITR/Rn/a21
11Christian Encarnacion-Strand3BCINR/RMLB23
12Colt Keith3BDETL/RAAA21
13Marcelo MayerSSBOSL/RAA20
14Walker JenkinsOFMINL/Rn/a18
15Pete Crow-ArmstrongOFCHCL/LAAA21
16Jackson MerrillSSSDL/RHigh-A20
17Jasson DominguezOFNYYS/RAA20
18Brady House3BWASR/RAA20
19Coby Mayo3BBALR/RAAA21
20Roman AnthonyOFBOSL/RHigh-A19
21Everson PereiraOFNYYR/RAAA22
22Noelvi MarteSS/3BCINR/RAAA21
23Sebastian WalcottSSTEXR/RR (ACL)17
24Max ClarkOFDETL/LR (FCL)18
25Heston KjerstadOFBALL/RAAA24
Weekly Hot Prospects Report for July 24-30: Luisangel Acuna is on the move… literally and figuratively

Weekly Hot Prospects Report for July 24-30: Luisangel Acuna is on the move… literally and figuratively

Welcome to the 15th installment of our Weekly Hot Prospects Report ranking the top minor-league performances from the week of July 24th through July 30th:

1. Luisangel Acuna, 2B/SS/OF, Mets (Double-A Frisco)

Acuna is now the property of the Mets after coming over in the Max Scherzer deal, but he had one last big week in the Rangers’ system, batting .500 with a homer and 5 steals for Frisco. The 21-year-old has a triple-slash of .315/.377/.453 with 7 homers, 42 steals and 68 runs in 84 games. Acuna is a natural shortstop, but is still blocked in New York by Francisco Lindor like he was in Texas by Corey Seager. We’ll see if the Mets start playing him more at second base or center field and whether they start him back in Double-A with Binghamton or up in Triple-A for Syracuse. Acuna is looking like he could hit at the top of a lineup and rack up steals, but we’ll see how much power he can develop to possibly become a fantasy superstar.

2. Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF, Cubs (Double-A Teneessee)

PCA stuffed the stat sheet last week by posting a triple-slash of .389/.522/.833 with 2 doubles, 2 homers, 5 walks and 4 steals. The 21-year-old lifted his season triple-slash to .289/.371/.527 with 14 homers and 27 steals. PCA struck out 7 times and has a 24% strikeout rate on the season, but seems ready to test his contact skills at Triple-A soon. One thing’s for sure, his glove is MLB ready, so he could even reach Chicago in September if the Cubs are in contention for the NL Central title.

3. Yunior Severino, 3B, Twins (Double-A Wichita)

Severino went on a massive power binge, smashing 6 home runs in 6 games to tie for the Texas League lead with 24 homers. The 23-year-old lifted his triple-slash to .290/.365/.567 but has a 31.1% strikeout rate that is the only thing holding him back from a promotion to Triple-A. As a switch-hitting power bat, the defensively-challenged Severino looks like a future weapon off the bench in Minnesota.

4. Jackson Chourio, OF, Brewers (Double-A Biloxi)

Chourio isn’t slowing down in the second half, putting up a 1.266 OPS with 2 homers, 3 steals and 11 runs scored last week. The 19-year-old is 30-for-64 with 5 homers, 8 steals, 22 runs and 17 RBIs in 15 games since the All-Star break to raise his season totals to an .826 OPS with 16 homers and 31 steals.

5. Dominic Hamel, SP, Mets (Double-A Binghamton)

Hamel struck out 11 in 7 innings on Wednesday, allowing 3 hits and 1 ER with 2 walks at hitter-friendly Reading. The 24-year-old has had a Jekyll and Hyde season, so he’s carrying a not-so-impressive 4.77 ERA but has a whopping 110 strikeouts in 83 innings.

6. Jacob Melton, OF, Astros (High-A Asheville)

Melton piled up 12 hits and 10 runs last week with a homer and 4 steals to boot. The 22-year-old raised his season average from .235 to .257 to go with 17 homers and 39 steals.

7. Jorge Marcheco, SP, Angels (High-A Tri-City)

Marcheco posted a rare 2-win week, giving up just 1 ER in 11.1 innings with 13 Ks and 1 walk. The 20-year-old has a 1.54 ERA with a 27-2 K-BB in 23.1 innings for Tri-City after posting a 2.79 ERA in 12 starts in Low-A.

8. Ethan Salas, C, Padres (Low-A Lake Elsinore)

Salas is establishing himself as the best player in the California League at just 17 years old, batting .455 with 3 homers last week. The prodigy is up to a triple-slash of .292/.380/.532 with 9 homers and 5 steals in 43 games.

9. Blake Dunn, OF, Reds (Double-A Chattanooga)

Dunn has become a fixture on this list, putting up a 1.219 OPS with 1 homer, 4 steals and 4 walks to just 1 strikeout last week. The 24-year-old is batting .381 in 42 games for Chattanooga and has a combined .947 OPS with 14 homers and 42 steals between High-A and Double-A.

10. Chandler Champlain, SP, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas)

Champlain tossed 6 hitless innings with 6 Ks and one walk on Thursday against Arkansas. The 24-year-old has allowed just 1 ER over his last 18 innings to lower his ERA from 8.18 to 3.41 for the Naturals and he will be moving back into the next weekly-updated Top 500 Prospects.

Honorable Mentions

11. Jake Eder, SP, Marlins (Double-A Pensacola): 1-0, 1.59 ERA, 5.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO, 0.53 WHIP

12. Robby Snelling, SP, Padres (High-A Fort Wayne): 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 SO, 0.67 WHIP

13. Yoniel Curet, SP, Rays (Low-A Charleston): 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 4.1 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 11 SO, 0.69 WHIP

14. Brock Jones, OF, Rays (High-A Bowling Green): 9-for-20 (.450), 9 R, 3 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBIs, 5 BB, 4 SO, 1 SB, .560 OBP, 1.050 SLG, 1.610 OPS

15. Brycen Mautz, SP, Cardinals (Low-A Palm Beach): 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 11 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 11 SO, 0.55 WHIP

16. Joe Boyle, SPRP, Reds (Double-A Chattanooga): 1-0, 1.80 ERA, 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO, 0.80 WHIP

17. Tink Hence, SP, Cardinals (Double-A Springfield): 1-0, 3.60 ERA, 5 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO, 0.80 WHIP

18. Noah Cameron, SP, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO, 0.83 WHIP

19. Yonathan Perlaza, OF, Cubs (Triple-A Iowa): 11-for-24 (.458), 4 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBIs, 2 BB, 3 SO, 0 SB, .500 OBP, 1.000 SLG, 1.500 OPS

20. Jonathan Aranda, 2B, Rays (Triple-A Durham): 9-for-26 (.346), 2 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBIs, 4 BB, 8 SO, 1 SB, .452 OBP, .654 SLG, 1.106 OPS









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Re-rank of 2023 graduated prospects

A look at the players who started the season in our Top 500 and have exhausted their rookie eligibility, with their final ranking at graduation:

  1. Corbin Carroll, OF, ARI, #1
  2. Gunnar Henderson, SS/3B, BAL, #2
  3. Royce Lewis, SS, MIN, #8
  4. Elly De La Cruz, SS/3B, CIN, #1
  5. Eury Perez, SP, MIA, #3
  6. Matt McLain, SS, CIN, #9
  7. Anthony Volpe, SS, NYY, #3
  8. Triston Casas, 1B, BOS, #18
  9. Josh Jung, 3B, TEX, #40
  10. Jordan Walker, 3B/OF, SL, #4
  11. Nolan Jones, OF, COL, #165
  12. Grayson Rodriguez, SP, BAL, #21
  13. Kodai Senga, SP, NYM, #87
  14. Francisco Alvarez, C, NYM, #34
  15. Yainer Diaz, C, HOU, #135
  16. Edouard Julien, 2B, MIN, #24
  17. Zack Gelof, 2B, OAK, #59
  18. Christian Encarnacion-Strand, 1B, CIN, #11
  19. Tanner Bibee, SP, CLE, #25
  20. Gavin Williams, SP, PIT, #23
  21. Bryan Woo, SP, SEA, #40
  22. Cole Ragans, SPRP, KC, #373
  23. Ezequiel Tovar, SS, COL, #9
  24. Bryce Miller, SP, SEA, #24
  25. Bobby Miller, SP, LAD, #21
  26. Spencer Steer, 3B, CIN, #95
  27. Taj Bradley, SP, TB, #20
  28. Hunter Brown, SP, HOU, #56
  29. Bo Naylor, C, CLE, #42
  30. Logan O’Hoppe, LAA, #56
  31. James Outman, OF, LAD, #44
  32. Kerry Carpenter, OF, DET, #184
  33. Will Benson, OF, CIN, #179
  34. Andrew Abbott, SP, CIN, #42
  35. Masataka Yoshida, OF, BOS, #127
  36. Esteury Ruiz, OF, OAK, #51
  37. Zach Neto, SS, LAA, #23
  38. Sal Frelick, OF, MIL, #40
  39. Jordan Westburg, 2B/3B, BAL, #40
  40. Miguel Vargas, 2B/3B, LAD, #10
  41. Ryan Pepiot, SP, LAD, #167
  42. Logan Allen, SP, CLE, #54
  43. Liover Peguero, SS, PIT, #77
  44. Matt Wallner, OF, MIN, #96
  45. Joey Wiemer, OF, MIL, #55
  46. Henry Davis, C/OF, PIT, #27
  47. Endy Rodriguez, PIT, #57
  48. Luis Matos, OF, SF, #24
  49. Brett Baty, 3B, NYM, #17
  50. Gabriel Moreno, C, ARI, #144
  51. Maikel Garcia, SS, KC, #103
  52. Reese Olson, SP, DET, #103
  53. Chase Silseth, SPRP, LAA,  #115
  54. Brandon Pfaadt, SP, ARI, #102
  55. Luis Campusano, C, SD, #222
  56. Patrick Bailey, C, SF, #219
  57. Drew Waters, OF, KC, #130
  58. Abner Uribe, RP, MIL, #239
  59. Alec Burleson, OF, SL, #100
  60. Oswald Peraza, SS, NYY, #69
  61. Mark Vientos, 3B, NYM, #62
  62. Oscar Colas, OF, CHW, #78
  63. Will Brennan, OF, CLE, #202
  64. Louie Varland, SP, MIN, #118
  65. Ryan Noda, 1B, OAK, #419
  66. Jonathan Aranda, 1B/2B, TB, #135
  67. Yennier Cano, RP, BAL, NR
  68. Brice Turang, 2B, MIL, #106
  69. Ji Hwan Bae, 2B, PIT, #110
  70. Brenton Doyle, OF, COL, #141
  71. Casey Schmitt, SS/3B, SF, #84
  72. Ken Waldichuk, SP, OAK, #114
  73. Blake Sabol, C/OF, SF, #359
  74. Brandon Williamson, SP, CIN, #402
  75. Jordan Diaz, 2B, OAK, #215
  76. Corey Julks, OF, HOU, NR
  77. DL Hall, SPRP, BAL, #245
  78. Stone Garrett, OF, WAS, NR
  79. Dominic Canzone, OF, SEA, #289
  80. Lenyn Sosa, 2B, CHW, #300
  81. Michael Toglia, 1B, COL, #167
  82. Hayden Wesneski, SPRP, CHC, #150
  83. Javier Assad, SPRP, CHC, NR
  84. Jhony Brito, SP, NYY, #309
  85. J.P. France, SP, HOU, #424
  86. Jose Caballero, SS, SEA, #487
  87. Gabriel Arias, SS, CLE, #273
  88. Rene Pinto, C, TB, NR
  89. Cody Bradford, SPRP, TEX, NR
  90. Jake Irvin, SP, WAS, NR
  91. Ryne Nelson, SP, ARI, #185
  92. Drey Jameson, SP, ARI, #115
  93. Andrew Nardi, RP, MIA, NR
  94. Matthew Liberatore, SP, SL, #103
  95. Luis Ortiz, SPRP, PIT, #129
  96. Jared Triolo, 3B, PIT, NR
  97. Tyler Freeman, SS, CLE, #217
  98. Connor Wong, C, BOS, NR
  99. Pedro Avila, SPRP, SD, NR
  100. Michael Grove, SPRP, LAD, #455
  101. Luis Medina, SPRP, OAK, #363
  102. Joey Wentz, SP, DET, #293
  103. Kyle Muller, SP, OAK, #137
  104. Daniel Palencia, RP, CHC, NR
  105. Brendan White, RP, DET, NR
  106. Shintaro Fujinami, SPRP, BAL, NR
  107. Kevin Kelly, RP, TB, NR
  108. Tommy Henry, SP, ARI, NR
  109. Xzavion Curry, SPRP, CLE, #422
  110. Jared Shuster, SP, ATL, #493
  111. Jeremiah Estrada, RP, CHC, #269
  112. Richie Palacios, OF, SL, NR
  113. Nate Eaton, 3B/OF, KC, #395
  114. Angel Zerpa, SPRP, KC, NR
  115. Cole Sands, RP, MIN, NR
  116. Jordan Balazovic, RP, MIN, NR
  117. Ronel Blanco, SPRP, HOU, NR
  118. Bryan Hoeing, SPRP, MIA, NR
  119. Gus Varland, RP, LAD, NR
  120. Deivi Garcia, RP, CHW, NR
  121. Kody Clemens, 2B, PHI, NR
  122. Max Castillo, SPRP, KC, NR
  123. Thad Ward, SPRP, WAS, NR
  124. Mason Englert, SPRP, DET, NR
  125. Terrin Vavra, 2B, BAL, NR
  126. Bligh Madris, OF, HOU, NR
  127. Connor Seabold, SPRP, COL, NR
  128. Connor Overton, SPRP, CIN, NR



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