Moving right along through our Top 100, we have the back half of the top 50 prospects for 2019 fantasy baseball. I could say that this is where the list gets interesting, but it’s just a list of (potential) baseball players on the internet, so “interesting” might be giving myself too much credit. If you’re just joining us, you may want to check out the top 25 prospects for 2019 fantasy baseball. And for full reports on each team’s prospects, you’ll want to hit the 2019 minor league preview index. Two things you’ll notice about this chunk of the list: 1) it’s where the better 2018 signees reside; and 2) more pitching. I find that this section of the rankings goes nicely with a 12-year-old Highland Single Malt. Or Dewars. Either way. It’s ten in the morning.

26. Alex Verdugo, OF | LAD | 2019

27. Yordan Alvarez, OF | HOU | 2019

28. Nolan Gorman, 3B | STL | 2021

29. Nick Madrigal, 2B | CWS | 2020

30. Vidal Brujan, 2B | TBR | 2021

31. Jesus Luzardo, LHP | OAK | 2019

32. MacKenzie Gore, LHP | SDP | 2021

33. Alex Reyes, RHP | STL | 2019

34. Jarred Kelenic, OF | SEA | 2021

35. Trevor Larnach, OF | MIN | 2020

36. Victor Victor Mesa, OF | MIA |2019

37. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B | PIT | 2020

38. Leody Taveras, OF | TEX | 2020

39. Estevan Florial, OF | NYY | 2020

40. Alec Bohm, 3B | PHI | 2021

41. Seth Beer, 1B | HOU | 2021

42. Joey Bart, C | SFG | 2020

43. Casey Mize, RHP | DET | 2019

44. Touki Toussaint, RHP | ATL | 2019

45. Yusei Kikuchi, LHP | SEA | 2019

46. Brendan McKay, LHP | TBR | 2019

47. Travis Swaggerty, OF | PIT | 2021

48. Jonathan India, 3B | CIN | 2020

49. Michael Soroka, RHP | ATL | 2019

50. Justus Sheffield, LHP | SEA | 2019

Lots of new talent and more arms as promised. I was surprised at how often it was easy to go with one of the newer guys than the specs hanging around from last year. I guess I’m as guilty as anyone at “shiny new toy syndrome”. Still better than “GRIDS: gradual infant death syndrome” (h/t Dr. Katz – SquiggleVision!). On a side note, I’m in the (enviable?) position of getting to rank players twice – once on the team report and again here. I usually stick to the same order, but sometimes I use this as an opportunity to reflect and adjust here and there. Honesty is the best policy. At least that’s what my mom told me when she dropped me off at the orphanage in an Air Jordan shoe box. For example, I ended up flipping Madrigal and Kopech, Luzardo and Mateo, and Gordon and Larnach. So what to expect from this chunk of players? I’d be happy with $10-$20 in value from the hitters and rotation gigs with 9+ strikeouts per nine from the pitchers.

  1. Sean says:
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    You have two people at 48

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thank you! Fixed…sorry Sixto.

  2. Dave says:
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    what about Chris Paddack? Arguably the most dominant pitcher in the minors last year. A year removed from TJ. Where do you rank him?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      He’ll be in the tier at the 50 turn with Sheff, Sixto, and a couple other arms. So early 50s.

  3. True and Correct says:
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    I keep reading that Victor Victor won’t be called up anytime soon. Just finished my 1st slow draft and drafted him at 716. that’s 15 rounds after his draft position, and he was drafted in all 40 completed slow drafts. Figured I had nothing to lose drafting him in the 48th round.
    When do you see Victor Victor being called up to Little Havana ?

  4. True and Correct says:
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    I keep reading that Victor Victor won’t be called up anytime soon. Just finished my 1st slow draft and drafted him at 716. that’s 15 rounds after his draft position, and he was drafted in all 40 completed slow drafts. Figured I had nothing to lose drafting him in the 48th round.
    When do you see Victor Victor being called up to Little Havana ?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I don’t see why they would wait too long. He should be ready to go after a month or two and I would imagine it’s a draw to that rebuilding franchise. I think you made out pretty well getting him that late.

  5. Landisimo3 says:
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    I’m in the 2nd year of a complete rebuild .. last year I overhauled my farm big time .. Kingery just got dropped … Still high on him?? .. Worth grabbing with one of my supplemental draft picks? 12 team roto.. keep 10 + 10 farm .. Thank you for everything you guys do

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      No problem. That’s a tough one. If you can, hold out until their roster shapes up (they’re still in on Harper and Machado). I worry he won’t have anywhere to play.

  6. AllThePrettyStantons says:
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    Jake Bauers or Ender Inciarte/McHugh in deep dynasty? pitching at a slight premium. My vibe is Bauers.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d stick with Bauers unless you really need Ender’s speed.

  7. Yankee's Rule says:
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    What’s your take on K Maitan ? Top 100 or droppable?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d stick with him. I think he’s still back end of a T100.

  8. thatguy says:
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    I would slot Tyler Nevin in here in the 30s

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Fair enough. I considered him and Hampson here.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Is Hampson really gonna play this year or no? What’s your gut tell ya?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          He’ll play, but I wouldn’t bet on a full season of at bats in early drafts. My guess is Hampson, Valaika, and McMahon duke it out in spring if they stay in-house. It kind of reminds me of Kingery last year when it went from “outside chance he is an Opening Day starter” to “whoa he’s totally gonna be an Opening Day starter”.

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            actually Kingery didn’t start Opening Day I don’t think but you get my meaning

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Don’t forget “whoa he’s totally gonna be an Opening Day starter” to “wow, he should not have started this year.”

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              ha! Yes indeed. The dreaded “Stage 3”.

  9. Captain Underpants says:
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    Mike, thanks for the write ups they’re great and enjoy your perspective. If you had to comp Victor Victor what names would you bring to the table?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! Hmmm…how about Manny Margot

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Captain Underpants: i’ve seen a bunch of:
      floor: almora (gross)
      ceiling: s.marte

      and i just drafted victor victor at 20th overall in a 30 teamer dynasty (over jp martinez, swaggerty, winn, luciano, l.garica PHI) so that almora stuff scares the shit outta me if i believed it.

  10. goodfold2 says:
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    30 teamer dynasty roto 6×6 with holds, OPS added. prospect list (40) is maxed out but i have guys bad enough to drop to make room. i’ve pretty much given up drafting catchers (used to about almost one per year out of 5 or 6 draft slots we have, 6 now) as the good ones go in the 1st or 2nd round and the others almost never end up being much, and if they do, it takes years, then they still might not play most of the time anyway. meanwhile the backups are mostly (the not good ones anyway) in FA and can be waivered. i had DTD arnaud for years and didn’t do any better with him than i did last year with the FA backups (owning 2 of them at a time). 115 mil budgets and have this (so i have a LOT 52 or so mil left) to use mostly for power hitters and could use some for SP (but SP is of course my deepest position already at major league level). active roster is this (some of these were promoted since i needed to make prospect list space and slot)
    C (1)
    CI (2) mostsuckass (8.5 mil this year contract), drury (min .400 mil this year)
    MI (2) segura (14 this year)
    OF (3) altherr (min this year), hicks (5.9 this year), rosario (.6025 this year), mags sierra (min till end of 21)
    util d.alvarez (FA, will probably be dropped, min till end of 22),
    BN cozens (min till 22, called up to make space, can be put back down)

    SP (3, but want about 6), sale (13.5 this year), quintana (14 this year), davies (min this year), yarbrough (min till 21 end), rey lopez (min till 20)
    RP (3) rosenthal (3.1 this year), sherfy ( can be put back down min till 22), v.alcantara DET (min till 22).
    P (3)

    have these guys that might be up later this year: tocci, victor reyes DET, b.martin SP/RP TEX, rj alvarez and m.cabrera (ex ATL) RP’s, trammell and victor victor.

    got a trade offer of t.stephenson for my davies. unless davies gets that insanely lucky SP bump that MIL guys (not him though last year) somehow got from their pitching coach (miley, junior guerra and some others went nuts and all had career years at same time) he’s not worth too much as a mid 4 FIP SP that plays in a bad pitcher park. justin o’connor could be an easy drop to make room for stephenson (o’connor actually a real life 1st rounder years ago that has had injuries, a suspension and hasn’t progressed at all in AA and isn’t on most list’s top 30 anymore at TB last year and now SF). see what you think, i’m seeing t.stephenson as high as 7 on some lists (but of course that might be defensive adjusted due to catcher and he has a great throwing arm (70)) but also as low as like the 24th best catching prospect in others.

    i do have enough money left, at most if i put sherfy/cozens back down, d.alvarez cut, i’ll have 53.4 mil for 12 roster spots if i trade away davies so 4.5 per player. the other CI slot and probably some OF spots won’t be cheap but the 5th and 6th starter spots could be and the RP slots often don’t have to be expensive. if davies had years left on his deal i’d probably hold for sure but it’s the last one.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d stick with Davies

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: i’m guessing due likely to probably not being able to afford a good team by having to chunk more money into SP’s 5 and 6 rather than just SP 6. a min contract SP (even for only one year) does have some value. as far as stephenson clogging up a prospect slot i have tons of ugly player types to drop if need be (o’connor, d.alvarez, v.reyes, tocci, rj alvarez, m.cabrera (the latter 2 once upon a time upside RP guys haven’t panned out either and both are on probably at least their 3rd team by now)).

        while i clearly won’t be bidding on the top end SP (already have sale, and boring solid quintana/yarbrough) even the lower end guys with jobs cost a bit.

  11. phil says:
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    A man was 13th at midseason (in someone else’s rankings) and then he strikes out 92 times in 457 ABs and now he’s not in the top 50!
    He just swing that bat as hard as he could every time (Felt wrong not to swing.).
    Why don’t you love Jesus? Is it just the Ks?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sorry mate…who are we talking about here? Jesus Sanchez?

      • phil says:
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        @Mike: Yes. You don’t like? I’ll go read your next one, and hope.

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