It's been a while since we've had a regular installment of the Fantasy Top 10, as colleague Jim Callis did a Futures Game edition last time around. Plenty has happened since then, nothing bigger on the fantasy prospect landscape than the callup of Yoan Moncada.The No. 1 overall prospect on
It's been a while since we've had a regular installment of the Fantasy Top 10, as colleague Jim Callis did a Futures Game edition last time around. Plenty has happened since then, nothing bigger on the fantasy prospect landscape than the callup of Yoan Moncada.
The No. 1 overall prospect on our Top 100 list, Moncada has sat at the top of our Fantasy Top 10 all season. Now he's up in Chicago, getting his second chance to show how his tools play at the big league level. Expect a better showing, and longer time up, than Moncada's brief stint with the Red Sox last year.
Who might be next? There's plenty of talent knocking loudly on the door who could get a shot to put up some numbers soon.
1. Amed Rosario, SS, Mets (Previous rank: 2)
Jose Reyes continues to play shortstop in New York, with a less-than-inspiring .688 OPS, though he has had a good July. If the Mets trade Asdrubal Cabrera, as has been rumored, perhaps Reyes could slide over to third and make room for Rosario, who has a .330/.368/.473 line in Triple-A.
2. Lewis Brinson, OF, Brewers (Previous rank: NR)
Brinson got a very brief audition in Milwaukee's outfield and it didn't go so well, as he went 3-for-31 before going back to the Minors. He's really struggled since he went back down, with a .442/.491/.712 line in 12 July games. Brinson's power-speed combination should get another chance soon, especially with the Brewers needing a lift.
3. Ozzie Albies, 2B, Braves (Previous rank: 6)
The 20-year-old continues to rake in Triple-A, with a .338/.380/.462 line this month. I know Brandon Phillips is doing a solid job in Atlanta, but wasn't he supposed to be just a placeholder for Albies? Even if the youngster doesn't hit a ton right away, fantasy players should be interested in his 21-for-23 stolen base speed.
4. Rhys Hoskins, 1B, Phillies (Previous rank: 5)
Hoskins has had a rough July (.167/.250/.259 in 15 games), but that does nothing to diminish the fact that the guy has simply hit everywhere he's gone. Even with the slump, he has 20 homers this year in Triple-A. Tommy Joseph is OK, but if Hoskins can get going again now, he's earned a long look for a rebuilding team.
5. Dominic Smith, 1B, Mets (Previous rank: NR)
While you're bringing up Rosario, why not let his Las Vegas teammate join him? All Smith is doing is hitting .334/.388/.512, and it's not just because of playing in Vegas (.327/.381/.457 on the road). He's been hot this month (.385/.429/.723) and the power is just starting to come. Can anyone tell me Smith is not an upgrade from Lucas Duda?
6. Rafael Devers, 3B, Red Sox (Previous rank: NR)
Am I being a bit premature here? Maybe. But the Red Sox do need help at third, right? And Devers did just get promoted to Triple-A, right? He's gone 8-for-19 with a pair of homers in his first five games there, giving him a .307/.375/.588 line with 20 homers for the year.
7. Brent Honeywell, RHP, Rays (Previous rank: NR)
The Rays' rotation has already gotten a lift from the farm system in the form of Jacob Faria. Why not give Honeywell a shot, too? In addition to his dominant MVP performance at the Futures Game, Honeywell has tossed 11 shutout innings in two July starts, yielding just six hits and three walks while striking out 14. He could provide a big lift as Tampa Bay tries to hang around the top of the American League East.
8. Chance Adams, RHP, Yankees (Previous rank: 8)
The Yankees just made a "go for it now" kind of trade to help the big league bullpen. They could help the rotation out simply by promoting from within. Adams, who has a combined 1.94 ERA and .171 batting average against in the Minors this year (2.45 and .164 in Triple-A), has to be a better option than Luis Cessa.
9. Scott Kingery, 2B, Phillies (Previous rank: NR)
Kingery seemed like a solid prospect, one who could hit and steal some bases. Then the power started to come this year. Yes, hitting in Reading helped, but he slugged .596 away from home in Double-A and has continued to show pop in Triple-A. Kingery's 22 homers and 26 steals make him the only 20-20 guy in the Minors.
10. Ronald Acuna, OF, Braves (Previous rank: 10)
File this in the "too soon?" category with Devers, albeit with a team not contending. Acuna is only 19, so there really is no rush, but Atlanta did push him up to Triple-A after the Futures Game. And while he's gone just 6-for-27, four of those six hits have been for extra bases. Acuna is a legitimate power-speed threat who can flat out defend in the outfield.
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