There has been a steady influx of Top 100 prospects to the Major Leagues lately, many of whom appeared in MLBPipeline.com's previous installment of the Top 10 fantasy prospects.Dominic Smith (No. 41 overall), the last player to grace No. 1 on this list, has taken over as the Mets' everyday
There has been a steady influx of Top 100 prospects to the Major Leagues lately, many of whom appeared in MLBPipeline.com's previous installment of the Top 10 fantasy prospects.
Dominic Smith (No. 41 overall), the last player to grace No. 1 on this list, has taken over as the Mets' everyday first baseman in the past two weeks, while right-hander Reynaldo Lopez (formerly No. 59) fared well in the White Sox rotation before exhausting his prospect eligibility on Thursday.
Meanwhile, after a slow start to his big league career, Phillies first baseman-left fielder Rhys Hoskins (No. 71) has settled in and begun to produce at the plate. The same goes for Colorado Ryan McMahon (No. 64), who raked his way through the high Minors this season en route to a callup on Aug. 11.
Below are MLBPipeline.com's updated rankings of the top 10 fantasy prospects presently in the Minors. As always, we're considering only expected 2017 fantasy production in the Majors, while our Top 100 reflects long-term value in all phases of the game.
1. Brent Honeywell, RHP, Rays No. 1/MLB No. 14 (Previous rank: 4)
Tampa Bay is still very much in the playoff hunt this season, which is all the more reason why the club should turn to Honeywell sooner than later. The 22-year-old right-hander has been unstoppable lately for Triple-A Durham, posting a 0.93 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP over his past seven starts, with 51 strikeouts and seven walks in 38 2/3 innings. No stranger to pitching in big games, Honeywell could offer a big boost to the Rays' playoff chances.
2. Lucas Giolito, RHP, White Sox No. 7/MLB No. 60 (Previous rank: unranked)
Giolito was passed over on the White Sox depth chart by Lopez, though he could soon be returning to the big leagues after the latter departed his start on Thursday with right side soreness. Should he miss a start or land on the disabled list, Giolito, fresh off of recording his third scoreless outing in his past five starts for Triple-A Charlotte, is seemingly next in line to make his White Sox debut.
3. Jeimer Candelario, 3B/1B, Tigers No. 3/MLB No. 89 (Previous rank: 3)
As a member of the Cubs, Candelario was blocked for the foreseeable future on the infield by Kristopher Bryant and Anthony Rizzo. Now with the Tigers, the 23-year-old switch-hitter remains blocked at the hot corner by Nicholas Castellanos, though there's some speculation that Detroit could move him down the defensive spectrum to accommodate Candelario's bat, which has produced a .258/.342/.499 slash line with 15 homers and 31 doubles this season in Triple-A.
4. Scott Kingery, 2B, Phillies No. 3/MLB No. 56 (Previous rank: 7)
Kingery is in the midst of a 15-game hitting streak for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, for whom he's batted .300/.332/.458 in 45 games. What's more, with his 24 home runs and 27 stolen bases, the 23-year-old second baseman is just one of five Minor Leagues to accrue at least 20 homers and 20 stolen bases this season. That offensive upside, as well as his slick defense at second base, could force the Phillies to give him a big league audition in September.
5. Tyler O'Neill, OF, St. Louis Cardinals 4/MLB No. 97 (Previous rank: 8)
O'Neill, 22, hasn't skipped a beat since he was dealt from the Mariners to the Cardinals in exchange for Marco Gonzales on July 23. The power-hitting outfielder has blasted seven homers in 23 games with Triple-A Memphis, giving him 26 home runs in 116 games this season. St. Louis has its share of outfield options in Stephen Piscotty and Harrison Bader (No. 11), but O'Neill has swung the hottest bat of the trio and possesses the type of game-changing power that could make him an asset down the stretch.
6. Ronald Acuna, OF, Braves No. 1/MLB No. 9 (Previous rank: unranked)
Speaking of the 20-20 club, Acuna added his name to the list on Thursday night when he connected on home run No. 20, his third in as many games for Triple-A Gwinnett. The 19-year-old outfielder has raced through the Minors in 2017, flashing his loud tools while slashing .320/.374/.539 with 56 extra-base hits and 37 steals across three Minor League levels. A late-season callup may seem like a a long shot, but Acuna certainly has done his part to force the conversation.
7. Chance Adams, RHP, Yankees No. 3/MLB No. 61 (Previous rank: unranked)
The Yankees certainly bolstered their rotation at the Trade Deadline with their acquisitions of Sonny Gray and Jaime Garcia, but that's not to say the club wouldn't benefit from addition pitching depth. Adams, a 23-year-old right-hander, could help the club on that front given his 9-4 record with a 2.56 ERA and a .181 batting average against in 98 1/3 innings (18 starts) for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
8. Willy Adames, SS, Rays No. 2/MLB No. 18 (Previous rank: 10)
While Honeywell represents an upgrade to the Rays' rotation, the same can be said about Adames, a vastly better option at shortstop than Adeiny Hechavarria. Though not as strong with the glove, Adames certainly can hold his own defensively, and he would provide a lot more offense when considering his .269/.363/.412 slash line with 39 extra-base hits in 112 Triple-A games at age 21.
9. Walker Buehler, RHP, Dodgers No. 1/MLB No. 13 (Previous rank: unranked)
One of the biggest risers in our Top 100 Prospects midseason re-rank, Buehler was recently shifted from the rotation to the bullpen at Triple-A Oklahoma City as the Dodgers determine how best to utilize the 23-year-old righty for the stretch run. So far, Buehler, who features one of the more dynamic arsenals in the Minors, has recorded one save while racking up seven strikeouts in five innings spanning three relief appearances.
10. Erick Fedde, RHP, Nationals No. 3 (Previous rank: unranked)
Fedde has made two starts for Washington in the past month but scuffled in both outings, allowing a combined 11 earned runs on 18 hits in 9 1/3 innings. However, the 24-year-old right-hander pitched well in his return to Triple-A, allowing two earned runs in seven innings, and the playoff-bound Nationals could turn to him again down the stretch should they chose to rest some of their veteran starters.
Dropped out: Dominic Smith, 1B, Mets (Previous rank: 2/called up); Reynaldo Lopez, RHP, White Sox (Previous rank: 2/called up); Lewis Brinson, OF, Brewers (Previous rank: 5/season-ending injury); Rhys Hoskins, 1B, Phillies (Previous rank: 6/called up); Ryan McMahon, 1B/2B/3B, Rockies (Previous rank: 9/called up)
Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.