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 has racked up 112 steals this season between High-A, Double-A and the Arizona Fall League. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound speedster put up a .323/.373/.450 triple-slash with 7 homers and 44 steals in 66 games for Double-A Springfield, flashing some unexpected power. He has kept it up in the AFL, posting a .286/.388/.417 triple-slash with 3 homers and 18 steals in 23 games. With me and the rest of First Pitch Arizona at the Fall Stars Game on Sunday, Scott ran wild with 3 steals, each time taking off on the first pitch with everyone in the ballpark anticipating him going. A fifth-rounder out of West Virginia in 2022, Scott is poised to be roaming center field for St. Louis sometime in 2024 with his elite defensive ability. The lefty-hitting Scott hit southpaws to the tune of a .333 average in High-A and .308 in Double-A, so he could be a full-time starter. Scott has us dreaming of a game-changing leadoff hitter in the mold of Carl Crawford, capable of hitting 12-15 homers while leading the league in steals. Scott surges up another 21 spots to No. 64.
Next up is Gabriel Rincones Jr., a 22-year-old High-A outfielder of the Phillies who has shown off an exciting blend of power and speed in the Arizona Fall League, participating in the Home Run Derby and piling up 15 steals with a .293/.426/.463 triple-slash. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder hit just 2 homers in 22 AFL games, but he combined to smash 15 homers in 120 games between Low-A and High-A and showed plenty of power in the Derby. A third-rounder out of Florida Atlantic in 2022, Rincones should start 2024 in Double-A and could reach Philadelphia by the end of the season. Rincones blasts up 88 spots to No. 297, but comes in behind Scott for fastest riser due to less impact from lower in the rankings.
Jase Bowen, a 23-year-old Double-A outfielder of the Pirates who has impressed in the AFL with a .290/.355/.500 triple-slash, 4 homers and 6 steals in 25 games, so he jumps up 47 spots to No. 337.
James Triantos, a 20-year-old Double-A second baseman of the Cubs who has posted a .417/.495/.679 triple-slash with 3 homers and 9 steals in the AFL, so he leaps up 44 spots to No. 182.
Benny Montgomery, a 21-year-old High-A outfielder of the Rockies who has put up a .333/.436/.500 triple-slash with 3 homers and 10 steals in 19 AFL games, so he vaults up 33 spots to No. 324.
Kala’i Rosario, a 21-year-old High-A outfielder of the Twins who won the Fall League Home Run Derby is tied for the AFL lead in homers with 7, leading to a 30-spot rise to No. 300.
Eric Brown Jr., a 22-year-old Double-A shortstop of the Brewers who crushed a homer and made two sparkling defensive plays with FPAZ in attendance on Sunday, so he shoots up 28 spots to No. 206.
Walker Martin, a 19-year-old Arizona Complex League shortstop of the Giants whose upcoming pro debut has us salivating after he won 3 straight Colorado state titles in both baseball and football as the quarterback, so he bounces up 27 spots to No. 222.
Billy Cook, a 24-year-old Double-A outfielder of the Orioles who an .818 OPS with 4 homers and 2 steals in the AFL after putting up 24 dingers and 30 bags for Bowie, so he cruises up 24 spots to No. 458.
Damiano Palmegiani, a 23-year-old Triple-A third baseman of the Blue Jays who has a .941 OPS with 6 homers in the AFL to go with a runner-up finish in the Derby, so he inches up 22 spots to No. 219.
The biggest faller of the week is Brainer Bonaci, a 21-year-old Double-A shortstop of the Red Sox who has been sent home from the AFL and placed on the restricted list for violating the joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy, so he plummets out of the Top 500 from No. 220.
The biggest riser inside the Top 100 other than Victor Scott II is Chase DeLauter, a 22-year-old High-A outfielder of the Guardians who has a .914 OPS with 5 homers and 5 steals in the AFL, and he creeps up 4 spots to No. 29.
Check back next week to see who the biggest movers are when our next update for the Top 500 Prospects comes out.