These 2015 prospect rankings focuses on young players, obviously, and each one I mention should be owned in Fantasy Baseball dynasty leagues.
Each week, we’ll update the list with new names and minor-league breakouts in this article.
We’ll also let you know when it’s time to pull the trigger on players in non-dynasty leagues.
The prospect rankings will also tip you off on players you should stash, who are on the verge of making the jump to the majors.
We’re also taking the torch from Chris Meyers’ preseason Top 109 MLB Prospects. Chris writes “The Rookie Roundup,” a weekly piece on rookies that are already in the majors.
|Rank||NAME||POS||TEAM||NOTE||CALL UP||ROSTER RIGHT NOW?|
|1||Carlos Rodon||SP||CHW||13 K through the first 10 innings of his minor league season. He'll be up soon.||April/May||Should be rostered in all leagues|
|2||Addison Russell||SS||CHC||He's too good for AAA. Starlin is a disaster in the field. This might happen quickly.||June/July||NL Only|
|3||Rusney Castillo||OF||BOS||Castillo now dealing with another injury which will land him on the DL for now.||May/June||Deep mixed leagues, AL Only|
|4||Byron Buxton||OF||MIN||Buxton will be up eventually as the twins offense continues to be subpar||Mid-season||AL Only, Deep Mixed|
|5||Noah Syndergaard||SP||NYM||Bumpy first start at AAA, but still has immense K potential||Mid-season||NL Only|
|6||Dylan Bundy||SP||BAL||First start went smoothly. Still has elite talent ceiling||Mid-season||AL Only|
|7||Henry Owens||SP||BOS||Excellent first start of the season. Has a terrific arsenal.||September||Wait for the call up|
|8||Mark Appel||SP||HOU||Almost perfect through two starts. Will get bump from AA to AAA soon.||July/August||Dynasty and deep keeper|
|9||Maikel Franco||3B||PHI||Outstanding start to his minor league season with 7 RBI in the first week.||September||Wait for the call up|
|10||Miguel Sano||3B||MIN||Very slow start for Sano. Plate discipline still an issue (8 , 0 BB in 27 AB)||Mid-season||Dynasty and deep keeper|
|11||Pete O'Brien||C||ARI||Hitting early. Little resistance to the majors. May get to the majors sooner than later||Mid-season||Wait for the call up|
|12||Jose Peraza||2B||ATL||Elite speed prospect. When he's called up he will contribute steals immediately.||September||Dynasty and deep keeper|
|13||Blake Swihart||C||BOS||Off to a terrific start. Has a clear path to the majors.||June/July||AL Only and 2 Catcher leagues|
|14||Dilson Herrera||2B||NYM||Power/speed combo at a tricky position. When he overtakes Murphy he will be interesting.||July/August||Wait for the call up|
|15||Corey Seager||SS||LAD||Elite hitting skills. Crushing the ball out of the gate (.571, 8 RBI)||September||Wait for the call up|
|16||Francisco Lindor||SS||CLE||Off to a really slow start. Doesn't appear anywhere near ready at the plate to contribute now||June||Dynasty and deep keeper|
|17||Jon Gray||SP||COL||Has been rocked in first two starts. Still a high K prospect.||May/June||Dynasty only|
|18||D.J Peterson||3B||SEA||Rough start, but still undeniable power prospect.||September||Dynasty and deep keeper|
|19||Robert Stephenson||SP||CIN||Upside of a frontline starter. Reds likely will need to give him a look this year.||July/August||Wait for the call up|
|20||Luis Severino||SP||NYY||Dazzling first start (5 IP, 1 H, 8 K). Still young, but Yanks back-end rotation not great.||September||Wait for the call up|
Last Week’s Players That Got the Call Up
Kris Bryant, 3B, Chicago Cubs: Unsurprisingly, Bryant is just too promising to keep on the farm. Probably already long gone in all leagues.
Yasmani Tomas, 3B/OF, Arizona Diamondbacks: Perplexing the way the Diamondbacks handled this one. Tomas doesn’t appear to have a position at the moment, so he will be relegated to a bench role for now. Still, his bat is too promising not to warrant a pick up in all formats.
Last Week’s Players That Dropped Out of the Rankings
Aaron Nola, SP, Philadelphia Phillies: Got torched in first start and didn’t look like a player that was anywhere near ready.
Hunter Harvey, SP, Baltimore Orioles: Fractured fibula will sideline Harvey 4-6 weeks. Critical setback to his development this year, and will make it unlikely that he gets a call up this season.
Here’s a list of the best players not likely to get the call until next year — but they should still be rostered in all dynasty leagues:
- Carlos Correa, SS, Houston Astros
- Corey Seager, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Joey Gallo, 3B, Texas Rangers
Lucas Giolito, SP, Washington Nationals
- Julio Urias, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Kyle Schwarber, OF, Chicago Cubs
Check in every Saturday for all the minor-league information and prospect rankings that you need for your Fantasy team.
And don’t forget to follow along with these minor leaguers once they get called up in Chris Meyers’ Rookie Roundup!
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