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Hot Prospects To Watch - Alvarez, Tucker, Gallen, White And More


Unlike last week, we haven't had the pleasure of seeing several high-profile prospects called up to make their big league debuts. At least not yet...

Who else on the farm might be worth stashing in deeper fantasy formats in hopes that they'll be called up this year?

Let's take a look at some hot prospects to watch for fantasy baseball redraft leagues, as we do every week with this article.

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Astros Brimming With Talent

Yordan Alvarez - OF, Houston Astros

Most of you already know about the exploits of Alvarez, who is hitting a ridiculous .400/.489/.860 with 18 homers, 15 doubles and 55 RBI in 40 games for Triple-A Round Rock this year. He's Houston's third-ranked prospect and is No. 26 in all of baseball. The one thing he doesn't do is run -- 16 steals in four minor league seasons -- but Alvarez needs to be stashed in most leagues right now. The only question that remains is when will the Astros have room for him?

Kyle Tucker - OF, Houston Astros

The same question goes for Tucker, who is slashing .252/.331/.587 with 12 long balls, eight doubles, two triples, 28 RBI and eight thefts in 39 games for Round Rock in 2019. A poor showing in his first taste of the majors last year (.141 average, no homers in 64 at-bats) hurt his stock a bit, but Tucker is hitting .359 over his last 10 games entering Tuesday and is the No. 3 outfield prospect in baseball. If Alvarez doesn't get the call eventually, it might be Tucker instead.

Seth Beer - OF/1B, Houston Astros

First of all, what a great name. Second, the 22-year-old is hitting a healthy .348/.441/.617 with 10 home runs, eight doubles and 39 RBI for High-A Fayetteville and Double-A Corpus Christi. He has seven hits (one homer) in his first 13 at-bats since his promotion and exhibits plenty of power from the left side. He has a better chance of debuting in 2020, but it's safe to say the Astros are set offensively with these three stud prospects.

 

Gallen The Great

Zac Gallen - SP, Miami Marlins

We'll start by saying that Gallen leads Triple-A in ERA (1.79), strikeouts (74) and WHIP (0.65) entering Tuesday, May 21, with the Triple-A New Orleans Baby Cakes. That's pretty good. He's also 5-1 on the season in nine starts with 74 strikeouts against 10 walks in 60 1/3 innings.

A third-round pick in 2016, the 23-year-old was able to move to Triple-A in his first full season after being drafted by the Cardinals. He was acquired by the Fish in the trade involving Marcell Ozuna in December of 2017. Gallen ranked second in the Pacific Coast League in 2018 with a 3.65 ERA and 136 strikeouts, so he's had plenty of success in the minors.

His stuff doesn't leap off the page per se, but Gallen has plus command of his pitches and keeps hitters off balance with a changeup and curveball to complement his cutter and fastball. The right-hander has probably the highest floor of any Miami pitching prospect. It'd be an upset if he's not making starts for the rebuilding Marlins at some point in 2019.

 

White Can Help the Blue In 2019

Mitchell White - SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

This 6-foot-4, 210-pounder has already been promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City from Double-A Tulsa and is sporting a 3.63 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 9.9 K/9 in eight starts (34 2/3 innings) at both levels. His ERA rose after he allowed seven earned runs on eight hits in just 4 2/3 frames in his first start at Triple-A.

Before that he had given up seven earned runs in 30 innings over seven starts for Tulsa while striking out 37 and walking seven. The Dodgers' No. 8 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, White struggled with injuries last season but is inching closer to the big leagues if he can stay healthy. His two bread-and-butter pitches are a mid-90s fastball with sink and a hard-biting slider.

There's potential here for the 24-year-old to be a middle-of-the-rotation starter at the next level. He could even see time in the majors this year, although don't bet on him sticking in the rotation for a long period of time if he does. The former Santa Clara Bronco was a second-round pick by LA in the 2016 draft.

 

Bradley Flashing The Boomstick

Bobby Bradley - 1B, Cleveland Indians

After already surpassing the 20-homer mark in each of his last four minor league seasons, Bradley is well on his way in 2019 with eight homers and 22 RBI in his first 38 games for Triple-A Columbus. He's hitting .279/.361/.536 overall, including 12 doubles in his 158 plate appearances.

The 22-year-old former third-round pick in 2014 has done nothing but mash on the farm. He won the Rookie Level triple crown in his professional debut by hitting .361 with eight home runs and 50 RBI and also had home run titles in his first two full seasons at Single-A. He has massive left-handed power to all fields, but his penchant to strike out -- he has 54 K's in 140 at-bats this year -- could become his weakness at the next level.

Bradley's all-or-nothing aggressiveness at the plate has contributed to a strikeout rate approaching 30 percent in the minor leagues. His limited defensive abilities and low-end speed make him a candidate to stick at first base/designated hitter for his career. He's ranked as the Tribe's No. 6 prospect and is the No. 10 first base prospect in baseball.

He could be the next Joey Gallo without as much defensive versatility, but he's currently blocked at first base by Carlos Santana in Cleveland.

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