If you came here looking for the next 25 players in the Top 100, I hope you won’t feel misled. I’m planning for that to be a monster Sunday post with all 100 write-ups in the same place.

There’s so many balls in play right now around the game that taking two weeks to snapshot-rank the top 100 leaves some stones unturned in the interim. 

Dodgers OF Josue De Paula (17, DSL) and Cubs SS Pedro Ramirez (18, CPX) might sneak into the next set, or maybe I’d build a just-missed article around them, but I’d rather name them here than feel pressure to squeeze them in because the pick-up clock ticks quickly on big-time talents. Same goes for Red Sox OF Miguel Bleis (18, CPX). Might be late already in some of your leagues. Can’t let it get any later.

I have 37 names in my forever-growing, haven’t-featured-yet list, aka my writing/researching/following queue. It’s the place I store every player I come across that could or should be discussed here, so it’s always kinda crowded in there. That’s why the beat works, I think, when it’s really humming. I’m not just opening a blank screen when it’s Go time. I’m collecting and following and selecting pop-up names every waking hour of the day. (I hope that’s an exaggeration but can’t verify). How many men is too many to be thinking about on a daily basis? It’s not for me to say, but it is time to clear the top of the list.  

Atlanta RHP Mike Soroka (25) threw four shutout innings in High-A Tuesday. I picked him up just now. Or 20 minutes ago, anyway, in a 12-team keeper H2H league that uses QS instead of W. Good time to take a look around in your leagues. Might be too late by Sunday. 

Dodgers OF Josue De Paula (17, DSL) should be added where you can while you can as the Dodgers’ latest Dude. The 3D Dude Printer they’ve patented takes time to warm-up, and Dude Printers are notoriously buggy, but at 6’3” 185 lbs, De Paula looks like the Dude they put in all the 3D Dude Printer ads. And look, if he suddenly faceplants in the DSL or Complex League for whatever reason, you move on, but for now, it’s double arrows up. He’s slashing .337/.442/.488 with four home runs, 15 steals, 31 walks (14.9%) and 28 strikeouts (13.5%). 

Royals SS Maikel Garcia (22, MLB) is leveling up, or at least trying to evolve his game. After hitting four home runs in 78 Double-A games, he had a cup of Toronto coffee before heading back to Triple-A, where he hit three home runs in just eight games. Long-seeded hopes that Garcia would eventually turn some of his contact-hitting skills toward power production could be coming to fruition. Happens in a hurry sometimes. Kansas City called him back up this week, and it’s not clear where he’ll play, but I can’t think of many good reasons to call him up and sit him. 

Diamondbacks OF Jorge Barrosa (21, AA) has always flashed some noisy tools, but he’s putting it all together this season, especially over the last month, slashing .398/.500/.581 with three home runs, four stolen bases, 19 walks (16.7%) and 14 strikeouts (12.3%) in 24 games since July 13. 

Cubs SS Yonathan Perlaza (23, AA) is making his own leap at the moment. It’s tough to build a cogent player-development case for keeping him in Double-A. Perhaps there’s a Triple-A roster crunch in Iowa. I’m not a big OPS guy, but you get up around the 1200 mark, my eyes boggle. Over his last 26 games, Perlaza is slugging .804 with a .430 OBP and 25 extra base hits (11 HR). He’s carried a 12.3 percent walk rate and 22.7 percent strikeout rate in 97 games at the level, slugging .518 with 20 HR and 8 SB on the season. 

Cubs SS Pedro Ramirez (18, CPX) is a 5’9” 165 lb switch hitter who’s carrying over his 2021 success in the DSL. That’s no easy feat. Minor League sands are always shifting in terms of where you might see a prospect fall into the quick stuff, but the gulf between the Dominican Summer League and stateside baseball has swallowed up plenty of youngsters. Ramirez is cruising right through, slashing .319/.391/.541 with 16 walks (10.6%) and 24 strikeouts (15.9%) in 39 games. Should be on his way to Low-A sooner than later, unless, like with Perlaza, there’s a backlog in Chicago’s pipeline. 

Red Sox OF Miguel Bleis (18, CPX) seems to be catching the most heat of this week’s names at the moment, but he’s also the one striking out most: 26.9 percent in 40 games. If we zoom in, we see something happening in August. He struck out twice the first game then just twice over his next eight games.  Samples don’t get much smaller, but when a hyper-talented teenager cuts his K-rate by 20 points for a week, I’ll stay on that story. He’s slashing .500/.548/.964 with a home run and seven steals over that stretch. Fun stuff. 

Thanks for reading!

I’m @theprospectitch on Twitter.

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Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
1 month ago

13 teamer 50 max rosters active. drop which of hedbert, j.allen, e.pereira for colas, and if following the list here it’d be all 3 for colas/alex ram (NYM)/

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
Reply to  Better Call Limehouse
1 month ago

sorry, e.carter was the 3rd guy.

Brett Ziter
Brett Ziter
1 month ago

Thanks as always Itch.
Which side you got in a keep-forever dynasty? my window to contend should open in 2023:

Tyler Glasnow | Kyle Schwarber, Edwin Arroyo, Matt McClain

Cheers!

Gordeon
Gordeon
1 month ago

Itch, What are your thoughts on 21 yo Jose Rodriguez? HR in 5 straight and 40 SB on the year with super low K-rate. Seems way under the radar…

Dapper Dan
Dapper Dan
1 month ago

Big thanks for your work my man and have a great rest of the week!!

TualatinTwoStep
TualatinTwoStep
1 month ago

Yo Itch!

Great stuff as always man! Gotta give you props man, you are the reason I had Vaughn Grissom on my MiLB roster, thanks man! Just promoted him and Shea Langeliers (2 C league). And since I am not in contention this year and he got promoted to AAA, I also promoted Mike Toglia. This was to make room for our MiLB draft. I picked out of the 4 hole, and got the following:

1.4 Termarr Johnson
2.4 Daniel Susac
3.4 Jacob Melton
4.4 Tink Hence
5.4 Gordon Graceffo

How did I do? 12 team dynasty league. Thanks man!

Lower the Jolly Roger
Lower the Jolly Roger
1 month ago

Great Stuff Itch! Dustin Harris still a guy you like ? Or replaceable by a guy in your top 75?? 12 team roto.. keep 10 & 12 farm .. Thank You !

Jack
Jack
1 month ago

Hi The Itch, thanks fo your great work. I’m writing from Italy. I play an Ottoneu points League and would like to know your opinion about some 3B prospects. Who do you think will stay at 3B when called up among theese and could you rank them?
Vargas, Baty, Gunnar Henderson, Walker and Jung.

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
Reply to  Jack
1 month ago

it won’t be walker in this unless all of a sudden arenado changes off what he’s said a few times (he won’t opt out this 2nd chance he’ll have at end of this year). isn’t gunnar at least somewhat likely for SS, if true he’d be 2nd least likely to retain 3B. jung probably least likely to lose 3B i’d think.

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
Reply to  Better Call Limehouse
1 month ago

and arenado i seriously doubt leaves goldy and being competitive. he raves about goldy constantly (instantly got his new bat type too). some of this shine might wear off when molina’s gone forever, but probably not too much.

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
Reply to  Better Call Limehouse
1 month ago

as far as this year value it’ll likely go: baty (already up obv), walker last (least likely to be up) then the last 3 i have no clue: gunnar (should’ve been up already), vargas (was once for like 3 days, little spots to play without injuries though), jung (might not be, who knows though TEX has called up a bunch of lesser guys than him and let them mostly play (till just now when b.miller is stealing duran/j.smith at bats lately)).

as to overall value can check the 3 top 25, 50, 75 posts, but i know walker’s the top of these. if i remember right vargas, jung, baty were all fairly close, with gunnar last i think.

Philip
Philip
1 month ago

So Itch, other than Soroka, which of these less-heralded guys are you most excited about? De Paula? Would you take his upside over someone like Alex Ramirez?

I have too many bench bats for the first time — ever? — in my 20-team dynasty, and I’m curious who you would try to move or even drop:

Yepez, Morel, Carpenter, Profar, Harold Ramirez, LeMahieu.

I can move Yepez for the 10th pick in our (fypd, essentially) draft next year.

LeMahieu is older so no one wants him. Ramirez is a little meh but the BA is useful to my team.

Thanks for your thoughts in advance!

Last edited 1 month ago by Philip
PhilOssie
PhilOssie
1 month ago

Hey Itch, just wanted to give kudos on the Vaughn Grissom preseason tip. What an absolute steal in my dynasty draft early this season. Much appreciated!

Steamin Beamen
Steamin Beamen
1 month ago

Awesome as always Itch.

Legit reading Sunday’s Itch post is one of my favorite things of the week.

(1) Question…what should I do with Orelvis Martinez? Should I keep holding him or switch him up with some of the other Top Dynasty league player you’ve ranked?

Options to replace include:
Luisangel Acuña
Kyle Manzardo
Tanner Bibee
Angel Martinez
Colson Montgomery
Zach Neto

Typing up that list actually makes me think I should just hold him, but still curious what you think? I imagine with how things are going this year in AA he’s prob not making the club next year?

(2) What percentage would you give that Yainer Diaz is on the Astro’s roster in 2023?

Thanks a lot for your time and insight!

Last edited 1 month ago by Steamin Beamen
Worm Burner
Worm Burner
1 month ago

Hey The Itch,

I read every article, but haven’t checked-in in a while.

I know not to write him off completely, but any thoughts on Heriberto? Avg is the same, k rate is still high, power numbers are better, and that is counting a move to AA.

Also, do I avoid Jay Allen or do you think he has so much talent that it will click sometime?

Thanks man, I appreciate everything!