Every other week Razzball ranks the prospects closest to contributing to your fantasy roster. The list is limited to players who still have rookie eligibility (less than 130 at bats or 50 innings pitched) and who are currently in the minor leagues. It’s not a list based on talent alone, but rather it’s a mixture of talent and opportunity. It will change frequently over the course of the season as prospects graduate to the majors, injuries occur, or service time roadblocks are passed. Here are the top 15 prospects on the cusp of the major leagues for 2015 fantasy baseball…

1. Carlos Correa, SS | Astros +2

Carlos Correa? Never heard of him. Grey told you to buy on Friday and could see Correa coming up in June. I’m hedging closer to July, but honestly it could be any day between today and the All-Star Break. If “super two” matters to the Astros (and it probably does) then mid-June is a good bet. So for now we wait, and frequent commenter AL KOHOLIC patiently pours himself another drink. Oh, and Correa is good at baseball.

2. Corey Seager, SS | Dodgers +2

Rollins looks like a shell of himself, but Seager has also cooled off since the promotion to Triple-A. He’s hitting .253/.300/.307 with no homers through his first 80 plate appearances at the level. I still expect Seager to be up at some point this year, but it may take an injury or trade of Rollins for it to happen anytime soon. Hector Olivera adds to the Dodgers’ already deep infield and complicates moving Seager off of short to speed up his arrival.

3. Byron Buxton, OF | Twins +6

After starting the year ice-cold, Buxton is now sitting on five homers, ten triples, 12 steals, and 32 runs batted in at Double-A Chattanooga. Will he be up in the next week or two? Probably not. But with Aaron Hicks and Jordan Schafer the “blocks”, I think we see Buxton by August.

4. Francisco Lindor, SS | Indians +1

We’re getting closer to the mid-June “super two” cutoff, and that means a bunch of these specs will surface in the majors. Lindor is one that I’d expect to see by the end of next month given how poorly Jose Ramirez has hit for the Tribe. He gets knocked for being “better in real life” and that’s certainly true. But don’t count out his ability to contribute in batting average and steals this year.

5. Jose Peraza, 2B | Braves +3

Did someone say batting average and steals? The Braves have no reason to bring him up anytime before the arbitration clock cutoff this June, but after that it’s game on for Peraza time in Atlanta. He’ll be a SAGNOF option right out of the gate, and middle infield SAGNOF is the best kind.

6. Andrew Heaney, LHP | Angels +1

Hector Santiago and his 4.57 xFIP feels like a ticking time bomb. When it explodes, you’ll want to be the guy holding Andrew Heaney. Through 43.1 innings pitched in Triple-A, the southpaw sports a 3.12 ERA, 2.5 BB/9, and 8.9 K/9.

7. Hector Olivera, 2B/3B | Dodgers

Now that we have the visa/physical unpleasantness behind us, it’s safe to rank Olivera here again. While it’s hard to say exactly how the infielder will fit into the current Dodger lineup, his bat will be fantasy relevant upon arrival. I’m guessing the most logical place for him is third base with Howie Kendrick playing well at second. Expect Olivera to need around a month’s worth of at bats in the minors before he’s ready anyway.

8. Steven Matz, LHP | Mets +5

Matz allowed four runs in his last start, which is the most he’s allowed in a start all season. It shows just how good he’s been in the hitter-friendly confines of Las Vegas (PCL). Even in that last start, he still struck out seven batters in six-plus innings. Matz now has a 9.7 K/9 to go with a decent 3.2 BB/9, and chatter about a six-man rotation in New York could open up an opportunity for him mid-summer.

9. Miguel Sano, 3B | Twins +1

Sano has hit eight homers on the season and is hitting over .300 in May after hitting just .159 in the month of April. While I don’t think he’s as close as Buxton, Sano could still see MLB time later this year. His power should be valuable in most formats once he arrives.

10. Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP | Red Sox

Last time I recommended fellow southpaw Henry Owens, but the buzz seems to be around E-Rod at the moment. Both are talented lefties pitching for Pawtucket, but while Owens has really struggled with his control (6.4 BB/9 woof!) Rodriguez has posted a 1.5/9 walk rate. Say what you will about the Red Sox starters getting better after firing their pitching coach…they could still use some rotation help.

11. Daniel Norris, LHP | Blue Jays

The Jays announced that they are close to bringing Norris back up to the majors, but would like to see a couple more “consistent” starts from him before doing so. Norris has pitched well since his demotion with a 3.27 ERA and 9.4 K/9 in 22 innings pitched. The big red flag is the control though, as he’s walked at least three batters in every start. That comes out to a dogshizz 5.3 BB/9.

12. Dalton Pompey, OF | Blue Jays

Another Blue Jay who was demoted this year, Pompey hasn’t played very well since being sent down. This is more about Kevin Pillar hitting a lusty .127 over the past two weeks. I think it’s only a matter of time before Pompey gets a second chance.

13. Marco Gonzales, LHP | Cardinals -7

Gonzales took the biggest fall this week thanks to a 7-run shelling and the news that Jaime Garcia would be claiming the spot in the Cardinals’ rotation. I still think we’ll see him at some point this year (Garcia isn’t exactly a sure thing) but it may not be until mid-summer. His last start was much better – he threw six innings of 1-run ball with seven strikeouts.

14. Aaron Nola, RHP | Phillies

Franco’s gone, but I get to replace him with another Phillie! Nola is still in Double-A, and earlier this week Ruben Amaro Jr. noted that that’s where he’ll stay for now. Nola’s advanced command/control will help him reach the majors quickly and we should see him in Philly by the end of the year. Through 52.2 innings, Nola has a 1.54 ERA and a 1.0 BB/9.

15. Matt Wisler, RHP | Braves

The rebuilding Braves may get a chance to see what they have in Wisler next month. Atlanta acquired him in the Kimbrel trade with the Padres earlier this year. Wisler has a 4.40 ERA for AAA Gwinnett, but also has a tidy 1.8 BB/9 in 45 innings. The current fifth starter in Atlanta is Williams Perez, and I don’t see him blocking Wisler for very long.

Graduates (Highest Ranking) – 2015 MLB 5×5 Stats
Kris Bryant (1) – 22/5/28/.283/4
Maikel Franco (2) – 7/2/7/.286/1
Rusney Castillo (1) – 1/0/0/.250/0
Carlos Rodon (2) – 1-0/4.03/1.84/21K
Yasmany Tomas (3) – 10/1/12/.337/2
Addison Russell (8) – 14/3/12/.248/1
Noah Syndergaard (3) – 1-2/3.63/1.21/16K
Blake Swihart (11) – 4/0/3/.176/0
Alex Colome (12) – 3-1/4.81/1.27/19K
Raisel Iglesias (13) – 1-0/3.94/1.25/11K

Previous Rankings: Week 2 | Week 4 | Week 6

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AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
7 years ago

youve been a great help already so here goes a tough one,what do you see happening in Dodger town if howie is dl,d

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
Reply to  Mike
7 years ago

cool,thanks again,im vested in rollins in 3 leagues this year and worry about his pt later in the year but he has picked it up offensively lately,by years end the dodgers will be so deep and talented that no one will ever no who is starting day to day ,meaning that owning seager,olivera or guererro will be a daily pain

goodfold2
goodfold2
7 years ago

more i see about seager and LAD situation in general (guys having trouble getting at bats not counting joc for prospects) more i think buxton is a better stash in redrafts. even if seager comes up a month earlier his at bats seem they would be sparse and really hard to hold somebody like that on a roster when somebody who actually starts (like buxton likely will when up) would be more useful.

KevBo
KevBo
7 years ago

Hey Mike,

Who do you think is the best stash in this format for 2016? In my 10 tm 6 keeper league we can utilize our N/A spot to carry over a guy the following year as an additional 7th keeper provided they are still listed as N/A on Yahoo at the end of the year and at the time of the our draft, so ideally I’m looking for someone who isn’t going to be called up this year.

You have Seager ranked highest above, but him possibly getting called up at some point makes him not as appealing given I would have to drop someone if/when that happened. Seager, Lindor, Sano, and Gallo are all available as potential pick-ups, or is there someone else I should consider? Buxton, Moncada and Correa are all taken

Dan
Dan
7 years ago

Hey Mike, I look forward to your articles every week, great stuff my man. What do you think of my dynasty team? 10 team H2H, 15 keepers

Buxton, Sano, Gallo, Vargas, Bogaerts, Pederson, Hosmer, Myers, Franco, Peraza/Judge

Felix, Richards, Salazar, Tanaka, Stroman

Thanks for any comments!

Mike
Reply to  Dan
7 years ago

thanks Dan!

looks like a strong team for 2016 and beyond. Myers wrist worries me, but it’s the worng time to sell on him too most likely. Nice work!

Xavier
Xavier
7 years ago

Hi Mike, not sure if you ever wrote anything on Jose Urena, but thoughts on him? Having a great year in AAA, but despite high 90s stuff, doesn’t K as many as we might like to see. Still, for a 12-team NL only league, get him in your lineup?

Correa countdown
Correa countdown
7 years ago

Would u trade my travis for Wilson Ramos in a 12 tm keep 25 of 36 lge?? My offseason tRade of mesoraco failed miserably and I roll Hundley out rt now. It’s 2b and mi 5×5 h2h. My 2b is cano, semien ss, bmiller mi… until travis, odor or rendon get bk. So decent depth of mi. This is where my Pete Obrien interest was stemming from earlier lol

Mike
Reply to  Correa countdown
7 years ago

If you’re in it to win it this year, I’d move him for Ramos, sure

If not, I’d hold onto Travis (it’s nice to have depth in leagues where you keep that many IMO)

Joe G
Joe G
7 years ago

Hi Mike , Farmer is getting the call to start on Thursday . What can you tell me about him ?

T Beckman
T Beckman
7 years ago

I have a trade question. It is a dynasty, and I have really started to build toward the future (On offense I have Buxton, Correa, both Seager brothers, Sano, Moncada, Yelich, Pederson, Swihart, Lindor, Springer) and I was offered Garrett Richards and Tyson Ross for George Springer. I am not too shabby for pitching , I have Syndergaard, Rodon, Cueto, Quintana, Tallion, Robert Stephenson, Gioloto. Would you add the pitching or keep the hitting? ALso ive though about countering and switching Archie Bradley for Ross. Please let me know what you think, thanks!

T Beckman
T Beckman
Reply to  Mike
7 years ago

Okay, thank you! I was thinking that, I really want to see what this team can do in the future. @Mike:

T Beckman
T Beckman
Reply to  T Beckman
7 years ago

Just want to add, it is a 12 team league. @T Beckman:

Correa countdown
Correa countdown
7 years ago

Hey Mike, any chance we see Pete O’brien up soon? Raking and playing catcher. Gossewich really gonna keep him down?? Lol. Thx Mike!!

Mike
Reply to  Correa countdown
7 years ago

He’s played most of his games this year in the outfield, no? While I don’t think Tuffy is blocking anybody, I’m not sure they are comfortable with Pete as an MLB backstop yet either. Should still see the big club in some capacity later this year though.

Correa countdown
Correa countdown
Reply to  Mike
7 years ago

@Mike: well I read a report on may 6th that he caught his first game of the milb season that day and I looked today and he was catching so I was kinda figurin he’d been there every day but haven’t gone to look at the games in between. He’s jus pistol hot and was wonderin if theyd throw caution (and defense) to the wind and bring him up early june-ish??

Nate
Nate
7 years ago

Ah… the write up I yearn for!

Thanks again, I LOVE seeing Buxton move up that list, I’ve had him all year in a league with an N/A slot, but you’ve just inspired me to pull the trigger on stashing him in a shorter bench league.

Do you see Pompey or Norris being worth owning in a 14 team league? They were both drafted… but neither looked ready, they were sent down and neither has really dazzled in Triple-A either… what are your thoughts? Worth a grab or wait and see?

slimbo
slimbo
7 years ago

Keeper league. 8 teamer. Give up k jansen gordon and Brantley for archer salazar and buxton.

Thoughts?

Adam
Adam
7 years ago

Would u drop Souza to pick up josh Hamilton ??

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
7 years ago

I’ve got three 3b right now. Love Arenado but would you move him if you needed pitching (keeper) for:

Richards and Melancon

Or

Salazar

JoeMorgan'sMustache
JoeMorgan'sMustache
7 years ago

Always enjoy these write ups Mike. I see you have Heaney over Rodriguez. I currently have Rodriguez stashed…but Heaney is available. It this because you like him better or because you think he will get the call sooner? Which do you prefer long-term? 15 team keeper. Can keep up 15 and both would have a keeper cost of $2. Thanks.

Swfcdan
Swfcdan
7 years ago

Nice to hear an update on Pompey. I have soured on him though, mainly due to the Jays unwillingness to run, and his main tool is the speed. Will be shopping him this year.

Very nice start from your boy Franco! Im likin it too as an owner in a keeper, impressive power when he gets hold of them and better K/BB than expected ao far.

Any updates on C Frazier and. R Stephensons progress this year?

Dez
Dez
7 years ago

Was offered Cueto and Strasburg for Goldschmidt. Need pitching help a lot more than offense. Have Hosmer at my CI spot. Roto league. Thoughts?

WalleyWorld
WalleyWorld
7 years ago

awesome, thank you mike. I kind of like gregory polanco from someone’s team who is trying to acquire richards from me. Fair deal? try to get more? thanks again.

WalleyWorld
WalleyWorld
7 years ago

Hey Mike, always love the prospect talk. Thanks for bringing up some good stuff.

I’m in a dynasty league and I feel like I’m pretty stacked in pitching. Not quite sure what to do with some of these guys. My rotation is as follows:

Matt Harvey
Jordan Zimmermann
Garrett Richards
Carlos Carrasco
Trevor Bauer
Drew Hutchison
Brett Anderson
Trevor May
Dan Norris
Scott Kazmir

I also have some big arms in my minors waiting in the wings.
Lucas Giolito
Dylan Bundy
Matt Wisler
Jameson Taillon

I promise I have a question here. Any suggestions on who should I try and move/acquire? My team is struggling a bit offensively with Puig and Arcia still out with injuries. Should I stand pat and wait for them to return? I have Rizzo, Addison Russell, Starlin Castro as my main IF’s. Pedro Alvarez my main 3B with Middlebrooks and Matt Duffy to spell him. I have Yelich and Maybin starting in my OF right now with no RF. Also have Leonys Martin rotating in at CF. Waivers are pretty bare, so trade may be my best option. One scenario I have been debating is trading Richards and Bundy for Kyle Schwarber and Taijuan Walker. Worth pursuing? I am weak at C also with Cervelli just picked up and Mesorraco not getting healthy. Sorry if this got long winded, just want to give you as much as possible to go on. Thanks for your help!

Nuke Laloosh
Nuke Laloosh
7 years ago

Good stuff as always Mike. Any thoughts on a second coming of Jon Singleton. He’s been really hot lately. Grabbed him as a speculative add just in case they tire of Carter sometime soon.

RotoLance
7 years ago

“after that it’s game on for Peraza time in Atlanta. He’ll be a SAGNOF option right out of the gate, and middle infield SAGNOF is the best kind.” Nicely written.

Scott
Scott
7 years ago

I’m in a 14 team dynasty league with full minor leagues and making a run this year. Only thing I need is saves. Is the below trade fair or am I giving up too much?

I give: Aaron Sanchez, Dalton Pompey, Future draft pick (assume it’ll be a fringe top 100 prospect)
I get: Aroldis Chapman

Scott
Scott
Reply to  Scott
7 years ago

@Scott:

The other deal I could do is Sanchez and Dan Norris OR Sanchez and Alex Reyes…but I didn’t want to deal two top arms.

Scott
Scott
Reply to  Mike
7 years ago

@Mike:

So to clarify…for fantasy purposes do you like Norris less than Alex Reyes and Dalton Pompey and change?

Thanks for the help Mike! Love this weekly columns for a league like mine.

Zac
Zac
7 years ago

I have a couple off the grid prospects that I would love your take on such as Chih- Wei Hu, is a no name but he is killing it right now is he someone everyone should start keeping an eye on? Also what do you think of or project these guys: Yadir Drake and Arturo Rodriguez?

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
7 years ago

ha,im pouring another drink whilst waiting on correa,im kind of looking forward to perraza also

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Mike
7 years ago

@Mike: have you ever considered Al is drunk and ust asking about when a North and South unification will happen?

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Mike
7 years ago

@Mike: thank god, I didn’t want to be the only one

jal179
jal179
7 years ago

@Mike:

Given the Dodgers IF depth, is anyone putting them atop the list of likely suitors for Hamels?

Woudl Guerrero + Olivera + pitching prospect be the type of offer to get Hamels out of PHI or would the Cubans contracts and age make it impossible to happen?

As a Hamels owner, I pray he does not end up in BOS.

Baezaworldseries
Baezaworldseries
7 years ago

1. Napoli, LaRoche, Headley, Moreland at CI in an RCL?
2. Do you think C Gomez is a good comp for a full fledge Buxton? Or is Buxton a better hitter?
3. Buck Farmer is on his way up. You like him for dynasty? His MILB #s look pretty good this year and in A ball.

Pugs&Slugs
Pugs&Slugs
7 years ago

Hey Mike, I look forward to this column every Sunday. I try to follow minor league games, but you sum it up well. I jumped on Franco ($2) 4 weeks ago at your prompting and was told I was crazy for doing so that early. I think it will pay off handsomely.

I’m in a 10 Team NL-Only H2H (Auction, 5-Keeper) league. I got Peraza for $1 and promptly dropped him when he was sent down. I want him, but with key injured players on my bench I can’t stash him away yet. If he catches fire this week, I’ll probably have to grab him and just let him sit. Realistically, when do you see him coming up?

I’m waiting a week to see what the Mets’ plan for Wright is before I pull the trigger on a replacement. I have a two week framework to work with since the guy I’m playing next week has a crazy-good offense and the team is one of the worst.

Kevin
Kevin
7 years ago

If Lucroy comes back next week as expected should I drop Russel Martin for him? Thanks

Kevin
Kevin
Reply to  Mike
7 years ago

@Mike: but you’d definitely take Lucroy over Martin?

mindicohn
mindicohn
7 years ago

this may sound familiar as I think I’ve asked something like it…still working out this deal in dynasty. .

Either my hamels (prob won’t be kept next yr) for Swihart and Alex Jackson

Or

My j.Zim (prob kept next yr and maybe following) for rusney and Alex jackson..

I lean toward jzim deal but you guys know better. ..thx

mindicohn
mindicohn
Reply to  Mike
7 years ago

@Mike: I’ve been trying to get more the last few weeks…this has been best that’s offered…

PhilOssieB
PhilOssieB
7 years ago

Hey Mike, what’s your take on Severino? I have him on my dynasty team but may look it trade him for a piece of I’m in the hunt next month. But pitching prospects are huge in this league and I’d hate to give away a great one.

TheBravesWearPrado
TheBravesWearPrado
7 years ago

What do you think of Rodon from what you’ve seen so far? I think the White Sox botched this and rushed him and I’m worried his walk problem is going to make him a risky proposition every start. Is it worth the potential upside to keep putting him out there? Thinking of dropping him for a 2 start pitcher and then just streaming the spot. It’s in a keeper league so he’ll probably get snatched up if I drop him.

Oz
Oz
7 years ago

Thx Mike, us dynasty guys love this column. Btw what do u think about Baltimore’s Mike Wright? He’s had two superb starts so far but do you see him getting a rotation spot soon? I can’t imagine there are 5 better starters at Baltimore right now..

Marti Harris
Marti Harris
7 years ago

Thoughts on roman Quinn. Lot of scouts checking out Ben revere. Any chance he gets a call up if revere gets traded

The Balking Dead
The Balking Dead
7 years ago

Mike, what’s your thoughts on Kyle Schwarber? Was a bit surprised to not see him on this list…you think he moves to LF and comes up this year? Or do they let him try to stick at C and maybe give him his cup of coffee in September?

Adam
Adam
7 years ago

In H2H
Need strikeouts today
Frias, Santiago , or Foltenwicz(atl)
Thanks

MJ
MJ
7 years ago

Any chance Tom Murphy wins the starting catching duties in Colorado next season?

MJ
MJ
7 years ago

What are your thoughts on Bradley Zimmer vs Judge and Winker. Who has the highest floor and highest ceiling?

Bob
Bob
7 years ago

Chris Carter or Maikel Franco… In a keeper? In a redraft?

malamoney
7 years ago

Good stuff as usual Mike. With the news that if he pitches well, Bundy could make the jump straight to Baltimore, what are you thoughts on Bundy this year and next?

And can you rank these pitchers for 2016. Heaney, Bundy, Urias and Glasnow.

Thanks dude!

Luvdarooks
Luvdarooks
7 years ago

Oh yeah ad gallo to the mix please

Luvdarooks
Luvdarooks
Reply to  Luvdarooks
7 years ago

man your fast today

Luvdarooks
Luvdarooks
7 years ago

Would you please rate for the next two years if they were all under $5 in a 260 league 5×5.
Buxton- correa-seager(lad) -wainwright

Luvdarooks
Luvdarooks
Reply to  Luvdarooks
7 years ago

please add gallo to this mix

Luvdarooks
Luvdarooks
7 years ago

In 10th out of 12 in a mixed league –
(2nd & 1st last two years)
Thinking of bailing and since it’s a 5 keeper league is it worth going after a $9 Pederson or a $5 seager(lad). Especially considering positions. HAVE HARPER SO I FIGURE I CAN GET ANYONE CHEAP FOR HIM.
Can keep players only tru 2017 so the early production thing matters too!

Beastman
Beastman
7 years ago

As always, good ranking Mike. Helps to have an idea of how these guys are progressing as the season plays out.

In a deep, H2H keeper league with very limited FAAB and no streaming pitching (instead, depth is key), I’ve got win-now mentality. A couple teams are already looking for keepers and I’ve got Buxton and Addison on the cheap.

You think trading one of these young’uns for either Paxton or Teheran plus a lower-tier guy like Quintana or Roark is a good haul? Trying to get ahead of the trade deadline competition and bolster pitching now.

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
7 years ago

Good stuff Mike!

Looking for an outfielder or sp prospect to put on my bench that could be one of my 11 keepers for next year. (Compete for a spot with guys like Blackmon, Longo, Liriano, Ventura, Rodon, Ross). Would need three of this group or below.

Choices:

Matz, Heaney, Nola, Gallo

Bonus if I can get something out of them this year as I am competing in my 15 teamed.

Baggiejohn
Baggiejohn
7 years ago

Well wriiten and informative as ever, Mike – thanks.

I kinda feel the best time to read these prospect reports is the 3rd year after they reach the pros, when everyone’s hyped about the new guys on the block, and this year’s prospects are starting to grow into their potential. Very hard to hold on to a prospect through 2-3 years of watching him under-perform, even in a deep league!