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Fantasy Baseball Prospects: National League Top-15s

Throughout the offseason and into Spring Training, I’ve been ranking and discussing the top fantasy baseball prospects from each Major League team. Now it’s time to get these bad boys all in one spot. Below are my top-15 dynasty prospects from each National League team along with some notes on every system and some select prospects in those systems. Enjoy!

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Fantasy Baseball Prospects – National League Team Top 15’s

Arizona Diamondbacks

  1. Kristian Robinson OF
  2. Alek Thomas OF
  3. Corbin Carroll OF
  4. Daulton Varsho C
  5. Seth Beer OF/1B
  6. Geraldo Perdomo SS
  7. Jeferson Espinal OF
  8. JB Bukauskas RHP
  9. Luis Frias RHP
  10. Kevin Cron 3B
  11. Blake Walston LHP
  12. Matt Tabor RHP
  13. Levi Kelly RHP
  14. Wilderd Patino OF
  15. Jon Duplantier RHP

With all due respect to San Diego, the Arizona system might be my favorite in all of baseball and arguably one of the best when you combine talent and depth. At the top are a trio of outfield prospects with all-star potential and significant fantasy upside. Kristian Robinson has blossomed into a top-10 dynasty prospect with an exciting power/speed blend and Alek Thomas has not entered my top-25 overall on the strenth of a plus hit too, plus speed, and developing power. Coming up on them fast is 2019 1st rounder, Corbin Carroll who has more speed than Thomas but slightly less raw power. And what do you know, another prospect will be joining this trio in the outfield soon as Daulton Varsho is likely moving out from behind the plate in the near future. Losing catcher eligibility hurts, but his .280/20/20 upside will play anywhere.

On the mound there’s a ton of talent I’m excited about and that doesn’t even include Jon Duplantier who I’ve dropped dramatically in my rankings due to command and durability concerns. Out of the plethora of Major League caliber arms, Luis Frias, Blake Walkston, JB Bukauskas, and Levi kelly are the ones I’ve found myself investing the most dynasty stock in. Speaking of investing dynasty stock, go out and get Jeferson Espinal if possible. After a great debut season in the DSL and AZL (.347/2/26 in 56 games), Espinal is flying up prospect rankings and has top-50 overall potential by 2021 thanks to a plus hit/plus speed profile. If he adds strength and power, watch out.

Atlanta Braves

  1. Drew Waters OF
  2. Cristian Pache OF
  3. Ian Anderson RHP
  4. Kyle Wright RHP
  5. Kyle Muller LHP
  6. Braden Shewmake SS
  7. William Contreras C
  8. Tucker Davidson LHP
  9. Bryse Wilson RHP
  10. Bryce Ball 1B
  11. Michael Harris OF
  12. Jaseel De La Cruz RHP
  13. Trey Harris OF
  14. Patrick Weigel RHP
  15. Shea Langeliers C

This Braves system has taken a slight step back recently but still remains a top-10 system in baseball. Leading the way are the dynamic outfield duo of Drew Waters and Cristian Pache. Waters is the better fantasy asset with higher offensive upside but has some platoon issues and swing and miss concerns. That’s no knock on Pache who has solid offensive upside as well but his stellar defense makes him a better real-life prospect than a fantasy one. Still, he’s a top-50 overall dynasty prospect for me, but the offensive tools have been slow to develop. As per the norm in Atlanta, there’s a ton of pitching talent in this system. Ian Anderson and Kyle Wright are the crown jewels, both within my top-100 overall, and should both have an impact at the Major League level this season. Both project as high-end mid-rotation starters with the ceiling of a back-end #2 for Anderson.

Others of value in dynasty leagues are Bryse Wilson, Tucker Davidson, Kyle Muller, and Jaseel De La Cruz, amongst others. Wilson has been a prospect darling of many lately, but I’m not 100% sold he’s a starter longterm. For all of you looking for sneaky FYPD targets, Bryce Ball is a good one with the chance to hit for 25-plus homers at first base with a respectable batting average. He firmly planted himself on the dynasty radar after a .329/17 debut in 62 games last season between rookie ball and Single-A.

Chicago Cubs

  1. Brennen Davis
  2. Nico Hoerner
  3. Brailyn Marquez
  4. Miguel Amaya C
  5. Cole Roederer OF
  6. Chase Strumpf 2B
  7. Ronnier Quintero C
  8. Christopher Morel 3B
  9. Adbert Alzolay RHP
  10. Richard Gallardo RHP
  11. Yohendrick Pinango OF
  12. Ryan Jensen RHP
  13. Pedro Martinez SS
  14. Aramis Ademan SS
  15. Kevin Made SS

Over the last several years, the Chicago Cubs have gone from having one of the top farm systems to one of the worst. But that’s what happens when you trade away guys like Eloy Jimenez and graduate Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Javy Baez and more. Still though, there are some sneaky-good dynasty targets here and a few high-upside prospects on the rise. Those rising talents are Brennen Davis and Brailyn Marquez. Davis has the best power/speed blend in the entire system and one of the best in the minors, period. If his hit tool develops as hoped, there’s monster upside here. Marquez, on the other hand, really improved his command and control as the season developed. With three 55-grade or better offerings, his upside of a #2 starter is not looking like more of a reality with the improved command and control.

Nico Hoerner is the safest bet in the system to provide value and Miguel Amaya has quietly become one of the top dynasty catchers in the game. Further down, Richard Gallardo is an arm of interest from the 2018 international class and Yohendrick Pinango makes for a great upside target in deeper dynasty leagues.

Cincinnati Reds

  1. Jonathan India 3B
  2. Hunter Greene RHP
  3. Jose Israel Garcia SS
  4. Nick Lodolo LHP
  5. Michael Siani OF
  6. Jose Acosta 3B/2B
  7. Tony Santillan RHP
  8. Tyler Callihan 3B
  9. Tyler Stephenson C
  10. Jameson Hannah OF
  11. Rece Hinds 3B
  12. Mariel Bautista OF
  13. Vladimir Gutierrez RHP
  14. Lyon Richardson RHP
  15. Michael Beltre OF

The farm systems in the NL Central as a whole aren’t the most exciting bunch around. When it comes to the Cincinnati Reds, they only had one prospect make my top-100 overall, and barely with Jonathan India checking in at #93 overall. After being one of the most lightly sought-after FYPD targets in 2018, India has a rough 2019 season that has knocked him down a few pegs on many list. I’d say buy-low, but I believe his value pretty accurate right now. Right behind him on my list is Hunter Greene, an electric high-upside, high-risk arm. Greene underwent Tommy John surgery and has command issues, so a bullpen role isn’t out of the question longterm. If you want a safer option, Nick Lodolo is your guy. The #7 overall pick in 2019 has mid-rotation upside and a very high floor along with it. His future battery mate, Tyler Stephenson, is very underrated when it comes to dynasty prospects but has the power to make an impact and the defense to keep his bat in the lineup. Lastly, Jose Garcia should be on everyone’s list of trade targets right now after a breakout 2019 and continued success in spring training.

Colorado Rockies

  1. Brendan Rodgers MIF
  2. Sam Hilliard OF
  3. Michael Toglia 1B
  4. Terrin Vavra MIF
  5. Aaron Schunk 3B
  6. Ryan Vilade 3B/SS
  7. Colton Welker 3B/1B
  8. Grant Lavigne 1B
  9. Ryan Rollison LHP
  10. Tyler Nevin 1B/3B
  11. Niko Decolati OF
  12. Eddy Diaz SS
  13. Julio Carreras 3B/SS
  14. Brenton Doyle OF
  15. Robert Ramos 1B

As you can expect, notable positional prospects dwarf the number of notable pitching prospects in this Colorado farm system. Is there even such a thing as a notable Colorado pitching prospect? Well, yes, but expectations should always be tempered. Riley Pint anyone? Granted, Pints fall from a #3 overall pick to nearly off the radar entirely was mostly due to atrocious command and control. One arm that could break through is 2018 1st round pick, Ryan Weathers. The southpaw possesses three Major league average or above-average pitches and has the command and groundball rate needed to succeed at Coors Field. But even with all that, his upside is a #4 starter so don’t go hog wild.

As for the positional prospects, there’s a handful I’ve found myself targeting in dynasty leagues. Brendan Rodgers has seen his stock drop of late due to injuries and not being able to break through at the Major League level, but he remains a high-upside middle infield prospect capable of hitting for a high average and 25-plus homers annually. If possible, I’d recommend buying low on him. Another prospect on the verge of breaking through in Colorado is outfielder Sam Hilliard. The batting average with Hilliard will likely never exceed .270, but there’s a nice power-speed blend here that looks mighty fine in Coors Field. He could have some nice 2020 value as well if given the starting left field gig. Outside of that duo, switch hitter Michael Toglia has massive raw power and the trio of Aaron Schunk, Ryan Vilade, and Terrin Vavra could provide sneaky fantasy value down the road.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  1. Gavin Lux 2B/SS
  2. Dustin May RHP
  3. Brusdar Graterol RHP
  4. Kody Hoese 3B
  5. Josiah Gray RHP
  6. Luis Rodriguez OF
  7. Michael Busch 2B
  8. Alex De Jesus SS
  9. Andy Pages OF
  10. Diego Cartaya C
  11. Miguel Vargas 3B
  12. Tony Gonsolin RHP
  13. Edwin Rios 1B/3B/OF
  14. Jimmy Lewis RHP
  15. Keibert Ruiz C

While it gets overshadowed by San Diego and now Arizona, this Dodgers system is one of the best in baseball. For 2020, they have a plethora of talent ready to contribute from Gavin Lux to Dustin May to Tony Gonsolin. Lux is the jewel here with .300/25/15 upside down the road and will likely be one of the top fantasy rookies in 2020. May has the potential to be an impact arm this season if he ever gets a chance to run with a rotation spot. Keibert Ruiz isn’t too far off either, but I’m looking to sell-high on him in dynasty right now as I strongly believe his name is more valuable than his future production right now. On the flip side, Kody Hoese, Andy Pages, Diego Cartaya, and Alex De Jesus are popular targets and all rising up my rankings.

Miami Marlins

  1. Jazz Chisholm SS
  2. J.J. Bleday OF
  3. Jesus Sanchez OF
  4. Sixto Sanchez RHP
  5. Edward Cabrera RHP
  6. Monte Harrison OF
  7. Kameron Misner OF
  8. Braxton Garrett LHP
  9. Peyton Burdick OF
  10. Lewin Diaz 1B
  11. Jose Salas SS
  12. Sterling Sharp RHP
  13. Victor Victor Mesa OF
  14. Jose Devers SS
  15. Trevor Rogers LHP

After various trades and a strong draft class, this Miami system is a lot more appealing than it was 12-18 months ago. The Marlins brought in Jesus Sanchez from Tampa Bay, Jazz Chisholm from Arizona, Lewin Diaz from Minnesota, and Sixto Sanchez from Philadelphia while drafting standouts like J.J. Bleday, Kameron Misner, and Peyton Burdick. If you like toolsy, upside prospects, Sanchez and Chisholm are your guys. Bleday doesn’t have quite the same ceiling as those two in fantasy, but he has the best bet of any bat in this system to provide solid fantasy value. The same can be said for Sixto on the pitching side of things. I’ve ranked him lower than most as I have concerns about his durability and ability to miss bats at an elite level, but the upside here sure is enticing. Not too far behind him in terms of upside is Edward Cabrera who you can acquire for a much cheaper price in dynasty leagues.

Milwaukee Brewers

  1. Brice Turang MIF
  2. Luis Medina OF
  3. Tristen Lutz OF
  4. Hedbert Perez OF
  5. Ethan Small LHP
  6. Carlos Rodriguez OF
  7. Eduardo Garcia SS
  8. Antoine Kelly LHP
  9. Joe Gray OF
  10. Eduarqui Fernandez OF
  11. Corey Ray OF
  12. Aaron Ashby LHP
  13. Thomas Dillard OF
  14. Mario Feliciano C
  15. Larry Ernesto OF

My mother always said to bite your tongue if you don’t have anything nice to say. That applies here in the most dramatic way possible. This system is atrocious overall, but we can always find value in every system, no matter how bad the system. Hedbert Perez has been getting a ton of buzz recently. The 2019 J2 signee does have enticing upside and could be worth the wait if you’re fine with that wait being 5-6 years. Not okay waiting? Then try Ethan Small or Brice Turang, but the upside here isn’t as noteworthy. With that said, I don believe Turang is better than what he showed in 2019 and makes for a solid buy-low right now.

New York Mets

  1. Ronny Mauricio SS
  2. Brett Baty 3B
  3. Francisco Alvarez C
  4. Mark Vientos 3B
  5. Andres Gimenez SS
  6. Matthew Allan LHP
  7. Freddy Valdez OF
  8. Alexander Ramirez OF
  9. Thomas Szapucki LHP
  10. David Peterson LHP
  11. Josh Wolf RHP
  12. Shervyen Newton INF
  13. Kevin Smith LHP
  14. Adrian Hernandez OF
  15. Junior Santos RHP

Jarred Kelenic isn’t walking through that door Mets fans. Well, maybe, but he’d be wearing a Mariners jersey or an AL All-star jersey. But what this system does have are a few prospects rising up rankings or set to and a few good buy-low targets as well. Francisco Alvarez is one that has skyrocketed up rankings after a strong 2019 campaign. He’s now slid into my top-5 overall catching prospects for dynasty leagues. Trending the other way is Andres Gimenez, but I still believe in the hit tool and speed. Buy low if possible. The same goes for Mark Vientos in deeper dynasty leagues. One prospect that I highly recommend getting in on while the price is still very low is Alexander Ramirez. The athletic outfielder has an intriguing power/speed blend and could be on the verge of a major breakout.

Philadelphia Phillies

  1. Alec Bohm 3B
  2. Spencer Howard RHP
  3. Bryson Stott SS
  4. Yhoswar Garcia OF
  5. Adonis Medina RHP
  6. Luis Garcia MIF
  7. Erik Miller LHP
  8. Mickey Moniak OF
  9. Francisco Morales RHP
  10. Johan Rojas OF
  11. Simon Muzziotti OF
  12. Jamari Baylor SS
  13. Kendall Simmons SS
  14. Damon Jones LHP
  15. Jhailyn Ortiz OF

Up until the last two Junes, Philadelphia hasn’t done a great job in the draft of late. Drafting Alec Bohm and Bryson Stott in consecutive first rounds immediately gave them two new members of their top-5. Bohm especially has already left more of a mark than Mickey Moniak has in the last four years. After reaching Double-A last summer, Bohm is a stone’s throw from taking over the hot corner in Philly. If we get this season going before July, there’s a good chance we’ll see him debut in 2020 where he can be an immediate asset in the power department with a solid average as well. Not too far behind Bohm in terms of ETA is Spencer Howard. The 6’2 righty posted a stellar 2.03 ERA in 15 starts last season including six at Double-A Reading. His dynamic arsenal and dominant showing in 2019 has vaulted him into the discussion for top-10 pitching prospects in the game.

On the other end of the spectrum, we have Luis Garcia, Mickey Moniak, and Adonis Medina falling down my rankings fast. If you still have them on your dynasty roster, I’d advise dealing them if you can find a taker.

Pittsburgh Pirates

  1. Oneil Cruz SS
  2. Jared Oliva OF
  3. Mitch Keller RHP
  4. Liover Peguero SS
  5. Travis Swaggerty OF
  6. Ke’Bryan Hayes 3B
  7. Brennan Malone RHP
  8. Quinn Priester RHP
  9. Alexander Mojica 3B
  10. Ji-Hwan Bae SS
  11. Tahnaj Thomas RHP
  12. Sammy Siani OF
  13. Cal Mitchell OF
  14. Braxton Ashcraft RHP
  15. Lolo Sanchez OF

This is about as middle of the road as a system can get. One thing I mentioned in my top-25 article was that this Pittsburgh system is filled with a lot more “better in real life than fantasy” prospects, which aren’t usually the most desirable. But wait just one second. There’s still plenty of fantasy value to find in this system starting with a few 2020 impact prospects. Mitch Keller has already made his debut and pitched better than his bloated 7.13 ERA would suggest. A top-50 SP season in 2020 is well within reach. Keller is the only one scheduled to make the opening day roster but both Jared Oliva and Ke’Bryan Hayes should be up at some point this summer. I’ve been quite vocal on how I believe Hayes is vastly overrated for fantasy with where he gets ranked, but .275/15/15 still has value. Oliva is the one I’m more sold on, especially with is 30 SB potential.

While I stand by my statement above, there are a handful of prospects who could blow that narrative out of the water very soon. Players like Ji-Hwan Bae, Alexander Mojica, Quinn Priester, and Tahnaj Thomas are shooting up rankings and could all be top-100 assets sooner rather than later.

San Diego Padres

  1. MacKenzie Gore LHP
  2. C.J. Abrams SS
  3. Luis Patino RHP
  4. Taylor Trammell OF
  5. Luis Campusano C
  6. Adrian Morejon LHP
  7. Hudson Head OF
  8. Gabriel Arias SS
  9. Tucupita Marcano 2B/3B/SS
  10. Reginald Preciado SS
  11. Edward Oliveras OF
  12. Ryan Weathers LHP
  13. Esteury Ruiz 2B
  14. Ismael Mena OF
  15. Owen Miller 2B/SS

Ah, yes, here it is ladies and gentlemen, the glorious San Diego Padres farm system. This has been one of the best, if not THE best in all of baseball for the last few years now and that hasn’t changed as we enter 2020. There’s a decent chance that San Diego will have the #1 pitching prospect in baseball for three straight years and have it be two different prospects. Fort 2019 and now 2020, MacKenzie Gore is the top dog with four plus pitches and legit Cy Young potential. Once he graduates later this season, along with several others in my top-10 overall pitching prospects, Luis Patino isn one of the frontrunners to vault to the top overall SP prospect spot in 2021. His upside isn’t quite as high as Gore’s, but Patino possesses a dynamic arsenal and borderline ace upside.

Patino and Gore are going to form a star-studded 1-2 atop the Padres rotation moving forward. And while they’re the crown jewels here, there are several more pitching prospects of note, including Adrian Morejon, Joey Cantillo, Ryan Weathers, Roland Bolanos, and Reggie Lawson. Don’t forget about former top-50 overall prospect, Anderson Espinoza either. Former top pitching prospect, Michel Baez, looks more destined for a bullpen role moving forward, limiting his dynasty value. This is also a system that boasts a ton of rising talent as well. Luis Campusano has developed into one of the top dynasty catching prospects in the game and guys like Hudson Head and Gabriel Arias are rising fast. A few more younger prospects I’m targeting a ton are Joshua Mears, Ismael Mena, and Reginald Preciados. This is just a dynamic system top to bottom with a seemingly endless supply of dynasty targets on both sides of the ball.

San Francisco Giants

  1. Marco Luciano SS
  2. Joey Bart C
  3. Hunter Bishop OF
  4. Heliot Ramos OF
  5. Alexander Canario OF
  6. Luis Matos OF
  7. Jairo Pomares OF
  8. Will Wilson SS
  9. Luis Toribio 3B
  10. Seth Corry LHP
  11. Mauricio Dubon MIF
  12. Logan Webb RHP
  13. Sean Hjelle RHP
  14. Franklin Labour OF
  15. Jaylin Davis OF

This Giants system is firmly on the rise with a ton of talent in the lower levels. Leading the way is Marco Luciano and his massive raw power. Luciano is already in my top-10 overall on the strength of his .290/35/10 upside and could be in the discussion for #1 overall once Wander Franco and others graduate to the Majors. His price is already pretty lofty but if you want to grab other high-upside bats at a lesser cost in dynasty, Luis Matos, Alexander Canario, Jairo Pomares, and Luis Toribio are all good targets, especially the first two. Mixed in with them are the three more advanced bats in Joey Bart, Heliot Ramos, and Hunter Bishop, all of which we should see debut in 2020 or 2021. Bart is the closest with his potent bat likely reaching the Bay Area this summer. For arms, this system is rather light, but Seth Corry enjoyed a breakout 2019 and is worth targeting in dynasty leagues while Sean Hjelle is a behemoth with #4 starter upside.

St. Louis Cardinals

  1. Dylan Carlson OF
  2. Nolan Gorman 3B
  3. Matthew Liberatore LHP
  4. Jhon Torres OF
  5. Elehuris Montero 3B
  6. Malcom Nunez 3B
  7. Zack Thompson LHP
  8. Andrew Knizner C
  9. Trejyn Fletcher OF
  10. Ivan Herrera C
  11. Johan Oviedo RHP
  12. Genesis Cabrera LHP
  13. Luken Baker 1B
  14. Justin Williams OF
  15. Andre Pallante RHP

While you can always find talent throughout a farm system, there are only three prospects in St. Louis that give me that warm and fuzzy feeling. Offensively, we have Dylan Carlson and my boy, Nolan “Norman” Gorman while the newly acquired Matthew Liberatore is the new top-dog on the mound in this system. Carlson is the only one of the three slated to make his debut this season and should do so by Memorial Day. With the ability to provide across the board offensively, Carlson needs to be on the re-draft radar with his ETA not far away. Both Gorman and Liberatore, high school buddies, are still a year or two away, but you have to be excited about the potential each one brings to the table. Liberatore is a #2 starter in the making and Gorman has 40-homer upside, albeit, with some hit tool and approach concerns. Outside of them, 2019 2nd round pick, Trejyn Fletcher is very toolsy but very raw and Zack Thompson has mid-rotation upside. There are also a couple of catchers in Ivan Herrera and Andrew Knizner that could have some sneaky catcher value down the road once Yadier Molina retires.

Washington Nationals

  1. Carter Kieboom MIF
  2. Luis Garcia MIF
  3. Jackson Rutledge RHP
  4. Mason Denaburg RHP
  5. Jeremy De La Rosa OF
  6. Andry Lara RHP
  7. Drew Mendoza 3B
  8. Will Crowe RHP
  9. Seth Romero LHP
  10. Roismar Quintana OF
  11. Tim Cate LHP
  12. Eddy Yean RHP
  13. Matt Cronin LHP
  14. Yasel Antuna SS/3B
  15. Gage Canning OF

Ugh. Outside of Carter Kieboom and a few arms, the desirable dynasty targets in this system dry up quickly. Kieboom is a potent bat with .280/25 upside, but he’s head and shoulders ahead of #2 Luis Garcia here coming off a lackluster 2019 season. A few arms to target in this system are Jackson Rutledge and Mason Denaburg, two high draft picks from the last two drafts. Both possess intriguing upside but the Nationals haven’t had the best track record developing arms outside of Stephen Strasburg. Andry Lara should be on your radar in deeper dynasty leagues.

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