Lindor retains top spot on list of fantasy prospects in Minors
Through 11 games in June, Indians top prospect hitting .400 at Triple-A
Every week, the MLBPipeline.com crew will rank the top 10 fantasy baseball prospects in the Minor Leagues. These rankings are based solely on expected 2015 fantasy production in the Major Leagues, in contrast to the MLBPipeline Top 100 Prospects list, which reflects long-term value in all phases of the game.
While most of us were focused on the MLB Draft this past week, another top fantasy prospect ascended to the big leagues. Welcome to the Show, Carlos Correa. It was kind of cool that the former No. 1 overall pick (2012) made his debut on the first night of the Draft.
The Astros weren't done calling up prospects. Vincent Velasquez made his debut on Wednesday and Houston's No. 4 prospect (and second-round pick in 2010) tossed five shutout innings. And he hadn't even cracked our fantasy top 10.
That omission aside, this top 10 has been a pretty accurate indicator of who's coming up next. So it'd be a good idea to pay attention to this week's Minor League fantasy prospect top 10.
1. Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians (last rank: 1): When Jose Ramirez was optioned to Triple-A, the "Is Lindor next?" fervor really kicked into high gear. The shortstop has been a little banged up, but he's hitting .400/.429/.600 in 11 games this June, so it seems to be a matter of when, not if.
2. Luis Severino, RHP, Yankees (last rank: 2): He's now made three starts in Triple-A and hitters at that level are managing just a .217 average against the right-hander. The Yankees are playing better ball of late, but the back end of the rotation should be looking over their shoulders.
3. Corey Seager, SS, Dodgers (last rank: 3): He continues to more than hold his own in Triple-A and has a combined line of .325/.373/.535. Cuban Hector Olivera making his debut might make an opportunity a bit tougher to come by, but Seager could still be seen as an upgrade over Jimmy Rollins at some point.
4. Daniel Norris, LHP, Blue Jays (last rank: 4): Norris was sent down to work on his command and he struggled initially in Triple-A. He's making some progress -- four walks over his last two starts -- and continues to miss enough bats to show the stuff is plenty good. Watch that walk rate as an indicator as to when he might get another shot.
5. Jose Peraza, 2B, Braves (last rank: 5): Jace Peterson continues to do a solid job for the Braves in Atlanta, making it tougher to find Peraza an opportunity. He's gotten off to a slow start in June, but is still hitting .282 with 16 stolen bases.
6. Aaron Nola, RHP, Phillies (last rank: 9): Nola continues to dominate in the Double-A Eastern League, with a 1.76 ERA, a .214 batting average against and a ridiculous 1.0 BB/9 ratio.
7. Steven Matz, LHP, Mets (last rank: 8): Matz continues to throw well in Triple-A Las Vegas, waiting for his turn. He's striking out better than a batter per inning and holding hitters to a .212 average.
8. Kyle Schwarber, C, Cubs (last rank: unranked): Schwarber has only been catching, so the Cubs aren't going to throw him in left field right away, but there was some buzz he'd get called up for upcoming Interleague games, so he could DH. He's hitting .323/.439/.586 with 13 homers in Double-A so far this year.
9. Dalton Pompey, OF, Blue Jays (last rank: 7): After scuffling in Triple-A, the Blue Jays sent Pompey down to Double-A to try to get him headed back in the right direction. He's gone 7-for-19 with three extra-base hits and a steal in five games, so it might have been just what the doctor ordered.
10. Alex Meyer, RHP, Twins (last rank: unranked): It may seem strange to put a guy with a 6.13 ERA on here, but the Twins recently moved the big right-hander to the bullpen, where he's struck out 10 and allowed just four hits over 7 2/3 IP. Add him to your future closer list?
Dropped out: Carlos Correa, SS, Astros (last rank: 1); Joey Gallo, 3B, Rangers (last rank: 10)