Welcome to this week’s Big Movers in the weekly update of the RotoProspects Top 500.
The No. 1 riser is Emiliano Teodo (above), a 20-year-old High-A right-handed pitcher of the Rangers who has exploded in the Arizona Fall League out of the bullpen, pumping gas up to 102 mph while absolutely dominating with 8 scoreless innings and 3 saves. Teodo has 16 Ks with just 1 walk and 2 hits allowed, good for a 0.38 WHIP. The 6-foot-1, 165-pound Dominican hurler put up a 4.52 ERA with 84 Ks in 61.2 innings mostly as a starter for Hickory this past season. Teodo has been able to keep his fastball velocity in the triple-digits as a reliever in the AFL. He pairs the sizzling fastball with a power curve and has a changeup that he doesn’t have to rely on as much out of the bullpen. The Rangers may be ready to leave Teodo in the bullpen next season to help shore up what has been a weakness of the American League champions. If the bullpen is his final home, Teodo has us dreaming of an elite closer in the mold of an Edwin Diaz. Triantos blasts up 129 spots to No. 266.
Next up is Gabriel Rincones Jr., a 22-year-old High-A outfielder of the Phillies who has impressed in the Arizona Fall League with a .311/.432/.525 triple-slash, 2 homers and 10 steals in 16 games. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder was a third-round pick out of Florida Atlantic in 2022. Rincones put up a .832 OPS with 5 homers and 24 steals in 48 games in Low-A before tailing off a bit to a .742 OPS with 10 dingers and 8 swipes in 72 games in High-A this past season. He’s supposed to profile as a power-forward corner outfielder with very little speed, but he’s been able to put up steals in three stops in 2023. Rincones skyrockets up 50 spots to No. 402.
Benny Montgomery, a 21-year-old High-A outfielder of the Rockies who has posted a 1.006 OPS with 2 homers and 7 steals in the Arizona Fall League, so he shoots up 25 spots to No. 357.
Wes Clarke, a 24-year-old Double-A first baseman of the Brewers who has put up a 1.064 OPS with 4 homers and 18 RBIs in 15 games in the AFL, so he vaults up 23 spots to No. 474.
Davis Daniel, a 26-year-old Angels right-handed pitcher who is shoving in the AFL with a 1.69 ERA, 0.63 WHIP and 22-4 K-BB in 16 innings, leading to at least a 20-spot jump into the rankings at No. 481.
Jase Bowen, a 23-year-old Double-A outfielder of the Pirates who has a 1.002 OPS with 3 homers, 2 steals and 15 RBIs in 17 AFL games, so he shoots up 17 spots to No. 384.
James Triantos, a 20-year-old Double-A second baseman of the Cubs who leads the AFL with a 1.304 OPS to go with 2 homers and 7 steals, so he jumps up 12 spots to No. 237.
Damiano Palmegiani, a 23-year-old Triple-A third baseman of the Blue Jays who has a .929 OPS with 3 homers in the AFL after combining for a .842 OPS with 23 homers in AA/AAA, leading to an 11-spot jump to No. 247.
Kala’i Rosario, a 21-year-old High-A outfielder of the Twins who has moved into a tie for the AFL lead in homers with 5 to go with a .749 OPS after starting out very cold in the desert, so he rises up 10 spots to No. 338.
Kevin Parada, a 22-year-old Double-A catcher of the Mets who has caught fire by going 4-for-13 with 2 homers and 2 doubles in his last 3 AFL games, so he inches up 8 spots to No. 176.
The biggest faller of the week is Mitch Bratt, a 20-year-old High-A left-handed pitcher of the Rangers who has struggled in the AFL with a 8.64 ERA and 7 walks in 8.1 innings, and he drops 17 spots to No. 368.
The biggest riser inside the Top 100 is Kevin Alcantara, a 21-year-old High-A outfielder of the Cubs who has an .852 OPS with 4 homers and 2 steals in the AFL, and he jumps up 5 spots to No. 76.
Check back next week to see who the biggest movers are when our next update for the Top 500 Prospects comes out.