These 2015 prospect rankings focus on young players, obviously, and each one I mention should be owned in Fantasy Baseball dynasty leagues in 2015.
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.
It’s an exciting time for Red Sox fans. The major league team looks strong, and their minor league system is replete with talent. In fact, a player got bumped off my board due to the success of his own teammates! Indeed, there are four Red Sox prospects on the board this week, and they are all likely to make a positive Fantasy impact this season.
|Rank||NAME||POS||TEAM||NOTE||CALL UP||ROSTER RIGHT NOW?|
|1||Blake Swihart||C||BOS||Bat remains hot. Will get the call soon enough.||May/June||AL Only and deep leagues|
|2||Noah Syndergaard||SP||NYM||Rebounded from slow start: 2.45 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 9.8 K/9||Mid-season||NL Only|
|3||Dylan Bundy||SP||BAL||Outstanding in first two starts 3.00 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 10.5 K/9||Mid-season||AL Only|
|4||Rusney Castillo||OF||BOS||Between injury and solid players blocking entry, his '15 value has faded a bit.||July||Deep mixed leagues, AL Only|
|5||Francisco Lindor||SS||CLE||Has bounced back from slow start, and posted 6 steals. Still needs plate development.||June||Wait for the call up|
|6||Brian Johnson||SP||BOS||Putting on a show in the minors. 0.86 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 10.3 K/9||June?||Wait for the call up|
|7||Eduardo Rodriguez||SP||BOS||Not to be outdone by Johnson... 0.96 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 9.4 K/9. Value in whoever gets call first||June?||Wait for the call up|
|8||Pete O'Brien||C/OF||ARI||Guy is positively raking (.403, 7 HR, 20 RBI). Needs to focus on C not OF to make majors||Mid-season||NL Only|
|9||Maikel Franco||3B||PHI||Continuing to hit for high average (.318) but only 1 HR so far.||September||Wait for the call up|
|10||Carlos Correa||SS||HOU||Absolutely destroying AA. AAA promotion soon. Lowrie injury opens the door…||June/July?||Stash him now if you can|
|11||Byron Buxton||OF||MIN||Hasn't been overly impressive in AA (.221/.312/.353) but talent is evident||Mid-season||AL Only, Deep Mixed|
|12||Luis Severino||SP||NYY||Incredible swing and miss stuff (26 K in 20 IP), but walks too many (3.2BB/9)||September||Wait for the call up|
|13||Jose Peraza||2B||ATL||Acclimating to AAA still, but his speed plays no matter what level he's on||September||Dynasty and deep keeper|
|14||Dilson Herrera||2B||NYM||Power/speed combo that hits for high average. Incredibly useful once he surpasses Murphy||July/August||Wait for the call up|
|15||Miguel Sano||3B||MIN||BA is in the basement (.150). Power always there but has to hit better to get a shot.||September||Wait for the call up|
|16||Robert Stephenson||SP||CIN||A couple of bumpy starts, but also an eye-popping 11.3 K/9||July/August||Wait for the call up|
|17||Kyle Seager||SS||LAD||Skills at the plater are undeniable. Will he have a space on the major league roster?||September||Wait for the call up|
|18||Mark Appel||SP||HOU||His K/9 is down to 5.5 from 7.9. Not getting great results right now.||September||Wait for the call up|
Last Week’s Players That Got the Call Up
Carlos Rodon, SP/RP, Chicago White Sox: Somewhat surprisingly, the White Sox called Rodon up to join the pen rather than the rotation. Fantasy owners should collectively pray for (yet another) Hector Noesi mound implosion so that Rodon’s life as an MLB starter can begin sooner than later. His value is obviously tied to his usage as he has no path to be a closer with Robertson in the mix. Still, there is no reason to drop him, his k-upside is monstrous.
Addison Russell, SS/2B, Chicago Cubs: He got the call much sooner than anticipated, but he had simply worn out AAA pitchers. He’s off to somewhat of a slow start, but his offensive talent is undeniable. He is available in some leagues where owners got skittish due to early returns, but he should absolutely be owned in all leagues. He will hit sooner than later.
Last Week’s Players That Dropped Out of the Rankings
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Henry Owens, SP, Boston Red Sox: Pitching fine, but other Boston SP prospects Johnson and Rodriguez are white hot and will get the call before Owens.
Jon Gary, SP, Colorado Rockies: Has been shelled repeatedly to start the season (insane 16.3 H/9). Will need to go back to the drawing board before he’s anywhere near ready.
D. J. Peterson, 3B, Seattle Mariners: I still believe in his power potential, but his slow start coupled with being blocked by Seager at 3B make his prospects for impact this season seem dim.
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:
- 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!
- Supervised Minors: Boston Market in Our Prospect Rankings - May 2, 2015
- “Supervised Minors” Prospect Rankings: Carlos Rodon to Riches - April 18, 2015
- 2015 Fantasy Baseball Prospect Rankings: Supervised Minors - April 11, 2015
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