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If you consider yourself a knowledgeable dynasty league player, then you should not be asking yourself “who is this Nolan Gorman dude of the St. Louis Cardinals?”

But if you are a newer dynasty baseball player, then you may be wondering about Gorman as he has slugged his way into the consciousness of many baseball fans.

A left-handed hitter, Gorman entered the Top 100 prospects lists of Baseball America, MLB Pipeline and Baseball Prospectus in 2019. By the start of the 2022 season, he was ranked 34th by BA, 33rd by MLB and 28th by BP

Gorman broke in with Cardinals in 2022, appearing in 89 games for the Redbirds and was a regular in the team’s lineup last season as he played in 119 games. The second baseman is now in his third season with the Cardinals, so why do I consider him an up-and-coming dynasty player?

Let’s find out.

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It’s the time of week you have been waiting for – another edition of Up-and-Coming Dynasty Players. This week the spotlight falls on Houston Astros rookie Spencer Arrighetti.

The right-hander is the type of player that dynasty players are always looking for – the under the radar dude who is a low risk, high reward player. Arrighetti was not drafted out of high school, so he played for TCU in 2019 where he used as a reliever for all but one of his 16 games.

He then transferred to Navarro Junior College for the 2020 season that got wiped out due to Covid. In 2021 he pitched for the University of Louisiana, starting 13 of the 16 games he appeared in, and was drafted in the sixth round by Houston.

The Astros did not select Arrighetti due to outstanding stats in college. What they saw was a pitcher who had raw stuff that could be unleashed with the right coaching and training. One full year after being drafted he finished the season at Double-A and led all Astros minor leaguers in strikeouts with 152 in 106.1 innings of work.

Last season he split his time between Corpus Christi and Triple-A Sugar Land and started this season at Sugar Land but was recalled to the parent club after making only two starts for the Space Cowboys.

Let’s dive in and take a look at Arrighetti.

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Welcome back, everyone. I hope you are enjoying your start to (hopefully) your three-day weekend.

As we make our tour around the majors and talk about up-and-coming dynasty players, we land in the Pacific Northwest this weekend and feature a pitcher for the Seattle Mariners.

Bryce Miller is now in his second season with the Mariners. Originally drafted in the 38th round by Miami in the 2018 draft. Miller decided to instead transfer from Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, and head to College Station to pitch for Texas A&M. The move worked out for Miller.

Three years later he was drafted in the fourth round by Seattle in 2021 and by 2023 he was pitching in the majors.

So let’s talk about Bryce Miller, an up-and-coming dynasty player.

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Welcome back to another chapter of Up-and-Coming Dynasty Players. This week I want to feature a player who started his career in the Baltimore system before being shipped to Milwaukee this offseason as a key piece for the Brewers in a trade. I’m talking about Joey Ortiz.

Ortiz had an outstanding college career at New Mexico State University. In three seasons he slashed .342/.402/.510 with 15 homers, 173 RBI and 35 steals in 170 games. He had really gaudy numbers his junior season as he slashed .422/.474/.697 with eight home runs, 84 RBI and 12 steals.

While outstanding numbers, New Mexico State has a home field that is great for hitters and plays in a conference that isn’t exactly filled with major league quality pitchers. Thus, there were questions about how well Ortiz would do at the next level, leading him to fall to the fourth round before Baltimore selected him in the 2019 draft.

It would take a few years before the Orioles and other teams would know just how good Ortiz is as Covid wiped out the 2020 season and he appeared in only 35 games in 2021 due to a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder.

But in 2022 Ortiz showed off his skills at the plate, earning him a promotion to the majors in 2023 and then become a key player in the package that Baltimore sent to Milwaukee for Corbin Burnes ahead of this season.

Let’s look at why Ortiz is an up-and-coming dynasty player.

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Another week down and another weekend to enjoy life, which obviously includes reading this post about up-and-coming dynasty players. This week I want to talk about Michael Busch of the Chicago Cubs.

A left-handed hitter, Busch played for North Carolina from 2017-2019 and was considered one of the best offensive players in the 2019 draft. The concern scouts had about him, however, was where would he play in the field. Primarily a first baseman, he wasn’t exactly a Gold Glover at the position.

With the universal DH now in use, his glove wouldn’t be a concern. But it was a real concern in 2019 and his lack of a real defensive position led to him falling to the 31st pick of the first round when the Dodgers selected him.

If you don’t follow college baseball, Busch still shouldn’t have snuck on anyone who plays in dynasty leagues as he has been considered a top 100 prospect since 2021, when he was ranked as the 87th best prospect by Baseball America and 91st by Baseball Prospectus. Ahead of last season he was ranked 54th by Baseball America and MLB Pipeline and 59th by Baseball Prospectus and entered this year ranked 43rd, 51st and 71st by those three ranking services.

Let’s dive deeper into why Busch is an up-and-coming dynasty player.

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Hello everyone. Glad to see you back for another week of Up-and-Coming Dynasty Players. This week I want to focus on Brenton Doyle of the Colorado Rockies.

I just hope that talking about Doyle won’t put a jinx on him. The last weekend of March I talked about Chase Silseth and as soon as I did that, he pretty much landed on the 60-day IL. After talking about Garrett Crochet, he has had a rough two weeks, posting a 10.50 ERA and 1.58 WHIP over his last 12 innings of work.

However, players are going to have their ups and downs, especially younger players. If you are starting to waiver on players like Silseth and Crochet, or a Will Benson or Chas McCormick, don’t. I still see the value in these players and others I have talked about and maintain they will be good dynasty players.

In fact, now might be a good time to try to acquire a player like Crochet as the other owner may be willing to sell low.

Enough about that. Let’s get back to Doyle. He’s a player I’ve been holding back in featuring him in order to see how he would do over the first month of the season. I took a chance on him this offseason by adding him in several leagues and I am more than happy that I did.

Let’s see why I think Doyle is an up-and-coming dynasty player.

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Welcome back, friends, to another week of Up-and-Coming Dynasty Players. Last week I talked about Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Jackson Chourio. I’m liking Milwaukee so much that I have decided to stick with the Brewers and talk about second baseman Brice Turang.

Selected with the 21st overall pick in the 2018 draft out of high school, Turang was playing in Triple-A by 2021 at the age of 21 as the club aggressively pushed him through the system. A left-handed hitter, Turang spent all of the 2022 season at Triple-A Nashville, slashing .286/.360/.412 with 13 homers, 78 RBI and 34 steals while only being caught stealing twice. The homers and RBI were career highs.

Turang started the 2023 season back at Nashville but was there for only 15 games before the Brewers recalled him. He spent the rest of the season with Milwaukee, appearing in 137 games and slashing a not-so-thrilling .218/.285/.300. Those are not the numbers of a player who is an up-and-coming dynasty player.

But I think he is a player to target. Let’s examine why.

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For the past several weeks I have been highlighting the under-the-radar players who I believe are up-and-coming dynasty players. This week I am changing gears a bit since the player I want to highlight has been a top prospect for several years and is the farthest thing from being an under-the-radar player.

This week the spotlight falls on Jackson Chourio of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Chourio has been a hot commodity in baseball since signing with the Brewers for $1.8 million in January 2021. One year later, at the age of 18, he slashed .288/.342/.538 with 20 homers, 75 RBI and 16 steals across three levels in the minors. He continued that success last year.

Playing at Double-A for most of last season before ending the year with a six-game run at Triple-A, Chourio hit 22 homers, drove in 91 runs and stole 44 bases while slashing .283/.338/.467. The last teenage minor leaguer to post a 20-40 season was Ronald Acuna Jr. in 2017.

The Brewers knew they had a special player on their hands, so they made sure he would remain with the team for a while. This past December the club inked Chourio to an eight-year contract with two club options, potentially keeping him in Milwaukee through 2033.

If you are a seasoned dynasty player, then you know about Chourio and understand his value. But if you are new to dynasty baseball, then you are probably being approached by other players about trading for Chourio. Don’t do it.

I’ll explain why Chourio is an up-and-coming dynasty player.

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What an exciting week we just had. About three hundred more pitchers landed on the injured list as it appears everyone’s elbow and forearm in baseball is now made of paper.

In other news, Jackson Holliday was recalled from the minors and made his debut with the Baltimore Orioles. If you play in dynasty baseball leagues, then you already know all about Holliday and there is no need for me to tell you he is an up-and-coming dynasty player. If you don’t know about Holliday, then all you need to know is that he is an up-and-coming dynasty stud who you should have on your roster.

With Holliday now in The Show like he should have been since Opening Day, I want to talk about a certain Chicago White Sox pitcher who is off to a great start this season. That pitcher is Garrett Crochet. Of course, now that I am featuring him, he will land on the IL like Chase Silseth has after being featured a couple of weeks ago.

Anyway, Crochet is a 24-year-old left-hander who was originally drafted in the 34th round of the 2017 draft by Milwaukee. Crochet didn’t sign and instead went to Tennessee and on June 10, 2020, he was drafted in the first round by the White Sox. He signed with the Sox on June 22 and on Sept. 18 he made his MLB debut with Chicago without throwing a single pitch in the minors.

Here is a fun fact for you. In going straight from college to the majors:

Crochet was the first player to do that since Mike Leake in 2010.
Crochet is the first pitcher since Mike Morgan and Tim Conroy in 1978 to go straight to the majors the same year he was drafted.

He appeared in 54 games with the White Sox in 2021 and had a fine season. Then came 2022.

During spring training Crochet felt a pop in his elbow and ended up having Tommy John surgery, forcing him to miss the 2022 campaign and limited him to 13 appearances in 2023 that produced some mixed results.

So why do I think he is an up-and-coming dynasty player? Let’s find out.

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If it is Saturday, then it is time for another edition of Up-and-Coming Dynasty Players. After two weeks featuring players on the Los Angeles Angels, I’m moving to the Midwest and setting my sights on Will Benson of the Cincinnati Reds.

Benson isn’t a spring chicken. Now 25, he is a former first round draft pick, selected 14th overall out of high school in the 2016 draft by the Cleveland Indians (now Guardians). A left-handed hitter, Benson fits the mold of an outfielder selected in the first round as he has great size and athleticism with massive raw power.

But the road to The Show has not been easy for Benson as he spent parts of seven seasons down on the farm. So why do I think Benson is an up-and-coming dynasty player?

Let’s find out.

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Welcome back for another installment of Up-and-Coming Dynasty players. Last week I talked about Los Angeles Angels shortstop Zach Neto and this week I’m sticking to the Angels organization as the spotlight falls on starting pitcher Chase Silseth.

Right now, Silseth is rostered in 7% of Yahoo leagues and 4.5% of ESPN leagues while he’s rostered in 65% of Fantrax leagues.

When it comes to evaluating Silseth, looking at his past is not a good indicator of why I think he is an up-and-coming dynasty player. That is because if you look at his body of work in college and first season in the minors, there would be no reason to think he would have any success in the majors.

In this case, it is looking at what he did last year with the Angels and a gut hunch. My gut is telling me that Silseth is a very under-the-radar player, one who I think will be a solid member of your pitching staff, especially in deep leagues.

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When the Los Angeles Angels drafted shortstop Zach Neto in 2022 with the 13th overall pick, some people may have thought it was a nice story of a kid being drafted out of Campbell University – a school that is not exactly known for sending players to the majors.

But Neto is not just a nice story – and no team would waste a first-round pick on a nice story. Neto was a star for the Camels, finishing his three-year career with a .403/.500/.751 slash line with 27 homers, 108 RBI and 31 steals in 100 games and 475 plate appearances and helping lead the team to the NCAA tournament in 2021 and 2022.

Little did people know, however, that within a year of being drafted, Neto would be playing shortstop for the Angels.

The Fast Track

After being drafted and signing with the Angels, Neto was assigned to High-A Tri-City, where he played in a total of seven games before moving up to Double-A Rocket City, where he slashed .320/.382/.492 with four home runs, 23 RBI and four steals. Neto started the 2023 season at Rocket City but was there for only seven games as he slashed .444/.559/.815 with three home runs and 10 RBI.

Neto didn’t even have time to find a place to sleep while at Triple-A Salt Lake City as his stint there lasted only four games before he was recalled to the majors by the Angels.  Less than a year after the draft, he was starting for the Angels after entering the season ranked as the 53rd best prospect by Baseball America, 89 by MLB.com and 47th by Baseball Prospectus

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