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If you have Colt Keith on your team and you held onto him after his first month as an MLB player, congratulations! You are one of the smart people who could see the potential in Keith and not hit the panic button.

Keith entered the season as one of the top prospects in baseball, ranking 28th, 22nd and 22nd by Baseball America, MLB and Baseball Prospectus, respectively.

Keith intended to play at Arizona State University of high school but opted to sign with the Tigers after being drafted in the fifth round in the 2020 draft. With no minor league games being played that season, he made his professional debut in 2021 and played at three different levels, starting at Rookie ball and finishing at High-A.

In 62 games overall he slashed .270/.381/.367 with two homers and 27 RBI. In 2022, Keith was playing for High-A West Michigan and slashing .301/.370/.544 with nine homers and 31 RBI in 48 games before suffering a season-ending injury in June when diving back to the base on a pickoff attempt. Last year he split time between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo and slashed .306/.380/.552 with 27 homers and 101 RBI in 126 games combined.

The Tigers knew they had a gem in Keith and rewarded him with a six-year deal that pays him more than $28.5 million. With club options and escalators, the deal could be as much as $82 million over nine years.

Let’s see why the Tigers and people like me believe Keith is a top Up-and-Coming Dynasty Player.

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Welcome back to your favorite Up-and-Coming Dynasty Players article on the Internet. After a little vacation time, it is time to dive back into highlighting some of the top young players in MLB.

This week I am not digging as deep into the player pool as I have in past weeks as I am highlighting Brooks Lee of the Minnesota Twins. Unless you are new to dynasty baseball, you should have at least heard of Lee.

A standout a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Lee was drafted with the eighth pick in 2022 and quickly entered the 2023 season as a top 100 prospect by Baseball America (#45), MLB (#31), and Baseball Prospectus (#37). This year he started the season ranked 35th, 18th and 52nd by those three entities.

Lee’s 2024 season was put on hold during spring training when he was diagnosed with a herniated disc. The injury pushed the start of his season back and forced him to appear in some rehab games in the Rookie and Class A level before joining Triple-A St. Paul on June 5. While with the Saints, Lee slashed .329/.394/.635 with seven homers and 21 RBI in 20 games.

When Royce Lewis landed on the IL (again), the Twins didn’t hesitate to recall Lee from the Saints and insert him into the lineup at third base. Since making his debut on July 3, all Lee has done is hit, and his ability to do that at an elite level is what makes Lee an Up-and-Coming Dynasty Player.

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When a player is drafted in 2021 and makes it to the majors three years later, that player is normally a very high draft choice. That is not the case for Joey Loperfido of the Houston Astros.

The Astros rookie was drafted in the seventh round after an outstanding four-year career at Duke. A left-handed hitter, Loperfido flew through the Astros system and made his debut with the team on April 30.

He remained with the team for about a month, getting sporadic playing time in the process, before being sent back to Triple-A Sugar Land. Since being recalled on June 21, Loperfido has received consistent playing time, hitting against both righties and lefties as it appears the Astros are finally committed to giving him a chance to play every day – or at least every day until Kyle Tucker returns from the IL.

It is time to examine why I consider Loperfido an up-and-coming dynasty player.

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With the 19th overall pick in the 2017 draft, the San Francisco Giants selected Heliot Ramos out of Puerto Rico.

Ramos, whose brother Henry played for the Diamondbacks in 2021 and the Reds last season, possessed one of the better power/speed combinations in his draft class. He signed for just more than $3,000,000 and entered the realm of Top 100 prospect in 2018, ranked as the 79th best prospect by Baseball America, 63rd by MLB Pipeline and 61st by Baseball Prospectus.

He remained in the top 100 through 2022, ranking as high as 32nd by BP, and was selected to appear in three Futures Games. However, the road to success in the majors has not been a straight line for Ramos as he has spent parts of the last eight years in the minors, including starting this season at Triple-A Sacramento.

Since joining the Giants on May 8 when Jorge Soler got hurt along with a slew of other outfielders, it has become impossible to take Ramos out of the lineup as he is finally showing why the Giants selected him in the first round way back in ’17.

It has been a slow march, but let’s examine why I consider him an up-and-coming dynasty player.

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A week has already passed since the last edition of Up-and-Coming Dynasty Players? Wow, time flies when it’s baseball season. This week I want to talk about Houston Astros pitcher Hunter Brown.

You are already probably laughing out loud about putting Hunter Brown and Up-and-Coming Dynasty Player in the same sentence. And I don’t blame you. Here is a pitcher with a some pretty scary numbers this season and for his career.

Since debuting with the Astros in 2022, Brown has compiled a 15-18 record with a 4.85 ERA and 1.378 WHIP. This season his numbers are downright ugly – 2-5 with a 5.58 ERA and 1.516 WHIP. So how in the world is this guy an Up-and-Coming Dynasty Player?

Well, sometimes you have to look below the surface to really see what is happening. And with Brown, there is a lot that is going on below the surface that is now bubbling up for all to see.

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

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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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