Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!

Lost password? [X]

Receive free daily analysis:


Already have an account? Log in here.


Forgot Password


Top 30 Impact Prospects for Redraft Leagues (Week 22)

The final week of August is here and it’s already been a busy time for MLB clubs with September just around the corner. Who needs football, right?

Five players featured on last week’s list graduated to the Majors including pitchers Jordan Romano and Justus Sheffield. Hitters Abraham Toro, Willi Castro, and Nick Solak also reached The Show for the first time. Teams with new players on this week’s list include the White Sox, Tigers, Diamondbacks, Red Sox, and Padres.

Next week’s list could be a challenge for yours truly with a wave of minor league players projected to be added to the big league rosters on or shortly after Sept. 1. Some players may have their promotions delayed if their minor league clubs are in the playoffs.

Editor's Note: Get any full-season MLB Premium Pass for 50% off. Exclusive access to our Draft Kit, premium rankings, projections, player outlooks, top sleepers, dynasty and prospect rankings, 15 in-season lineup tools, and over 200 days of expert DFS research. Sign Up Now!


Fantasy Baseball Prospect Rankings (1-10)

1. Kyle Tucker, OF/1B, Astros (AAA) (ETA: September)

Tucker is scuffling a bit lately with a .206 batting average over the past 10 games but he’s been more valuable than it appears. During that stretch, he has a BB-K of 8-6 and four stolen bases, which reminds us that power is not the only part of his game. He has 32 home runs, 30 steals and 58 walks in 121 games. With his Triple-A team sitting in first place in their division, the only question is: How much value does the front office put in him playing in the minor league playoffs versus the MLB experience he’d gain in the final month of the season?”

2. Gavin Lux, SS, Dodgers (AAA) (ETA: August)

Word around the ol’ rumor mill is that the Dodgers front office is still conflicted over the potential promotion of Lux, who needs to be on the 40-man roster in November anyway. He’s hit just .270 over his past 10 games but is still at .400 through 45 Triple-A games. The Dodgers have depth but the playoffs are long and gruelling so you really can never have too much depth.

3. Nathaniel Lowe, 1B, Rays (AAA) (ETA: September)

Lowe continues to push for a promotion in September with a strong month of August. He’s been really good over the last 10 games with a .316 average, two home runs and a BB-K of 6-9. With the big league club fighting for a wild card slot, you can expect every available hand on deck and every hot hitter in the lineup.

4. Carter Kieboom, SS, Nationals (AAA) (ETA: September)

Washington is currently sitting pretty in the wild card race but there are a lot teams on the club’s tail so expect it to field the best lineup available in September. If Kieboom can carry his hot hitting over to the Majors then he should play a good number of games while giving the veterans some rest. He’s hitting .306 with a BB-K of 10-9 and two steals over his past 10 games.

5. Kyle Wright, RHP, Braves (AAA) (ETA: September)

Wright continues to pitch well at Triple-A. His last start saw him throw five shutout innings with four strikeouts and three walks. The club will likely want to protect young arms like Mike Soroka and Max Fried, so there will be innings to be had for the likes of Wright, Bryse Wilson, and maybe even Patrick Weigel.

6. Jesus Luzardo, LHP, Athletics (Rehab) (ETA: September)

Oakland is in a three- or four-team fight for two wild card spots so you can expect a healthy Luzardo to throw some innings in September. He’s been OK, but not great, in Triple-A as his control has been hit and miss. Over his past two games, he’s allowed just one earned run in 9.1 innings but the nine strikeouts have come with five walks.

7. Brusdar Graterol, RHP, Twins (AAA) (ETA: August)

In 11.1 innings since coming off the IL and missing two months, Graterol has yet to allow an earned run. He has a K-BB of 12-3 during that span and looks like a strong option for the Twins out of the bullpen down the stretch. His future, though, still lies in the starting rotation.

8. Sean Murphy, C, Athletics (Rehab) (ETA: September)

Murphy has now had two stints at Triple-A sandwiched between an IL stay and has an OPS of 1.117 in those 27 games. He’s also slugged 10 home runs at that level — including three in the past seven games. If this offense translates to the Majors, Murphy will be a stud.

9. Ryan Mountcastle, 1B/3B/OF, Orioles (AAA) (ETA: September)

Mountcastle should get a ton of at-bats on the rebuilding Orioles in September and the defensive versatility coupled with his power potential could make him a valuable fantasy player. With that said, his value will take a bit of a hit in leagues like Ottoneu that reward walks. Mountcastle is hitting just .244 over his past 10 games but also has slugged four home runs, giving him 25 in 121 games.

10. Sheldon Neuse, IF, Athletics (AAA) (ETA: August)

The A’s lineup could receive a real shot of offense with the promotions of Sean Murphy and Neuse. The young third baseman is hitting .316 with four home runs and a BB-K of 6-10 over the past 10 contests. Overall, he has 27 home runs, 31 doubles and 55 walks in 125 games.


Fantasy Baseball Prospect Rankings (11-20)

11. Tanner Houck, RHP, Red Sox (AAA) (ETA: August)

The Sox sit six games out of a wild card slot so they have a chance to make the playoffs, even if it’s a slim one. Houck could help solidify the bullpen and has allowed just one earned run in his last five appearances. During that stretch, he’s allowed just five hits (four in one game) and two walks in eight innings. He also has 13 strikeouts during that span.

12. Jared Walsh, 1B/RHP, Angels (AAA) (ETA: September)

Ho hum. Just 34 home runs in 94 games after another three bombs on Aug. 25. Nothing to see here. Oh OK, even with the juiced ball this is pretty impressive. Toss in 58 walks and a .325 batting average and Walsh should see a good amount of playing time in September, as well as some innings on the mound.

13. Jesus Sanchez, OF, Marlins (AAA) (ETA: September)

Sanchez continues to struggle through the final month of the minor league season. Luckily for him, he’s already on the 40-man roster and the Marlins outfield has been pretty bad this season outside of maybe Garrett Cooper. Sanchez has a .205 batting average with just one home run over his past 10 games. Perhaps the MLB hitting coach can help him hit the ball in the air more consistently and unlock his raw power.

14. Deivi Garcia, RHP, Yankees (AAA) (ETA: September)

Garcia has been shifted to relief work at Triple-A in an effort to preserve his innings, which also means the Yankees could be considering him for September baseball and the playoffs. With that said, the Yankees have also piled up a number of veteran arms recently for increased depth. Garcia has been inconsistent out of the pen with three earned runs allowed over 3.2 innings during his last two outings.

15. Jon Duplantier, RHP, Diamondbacks (AAA) (ETA: September)

The Diamondbacks club is only four games out of the final wild card slot but it must also jump over four teams to get there. Duplantier could help provide some extended innings out of the bullpen in September. Over his past two outings, he’s struck out seven batters in five shutout innings but has also walked three.

16. Mauricio Dubon, SS, Giants (AAA) (ETA: September)

The Giants may want to get a good look at Dubon in September to help determine if he’s ready to take over second base next season (assuming Brandon Crawford is still at shortstop). The middle infielder is hot right now with a .404 batting average over his past 10 games. He doesn’t look like a power-hitter but he’s gone deep 20 times this season.

17. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Pirates (AAA) (ETA: September)

Hayes is making a late push to save his season and also earn a MLB promotion for September. He’s been extremely hot over the past four games with 11 hits in 16 at-bats. He hasn’t struck out (or walked) in five games. Overall, his batting average is now up to .259 with 10 home runs and 13 steals in 14 tries.

18. Jorge Mateo, SS, Athletics (AAA) (ETA: September)

Mateo continues to sputter through the final weeks of the season and is hitting just .205 over his past 10 games. But few prospects can offer his mix of speed and power. He has 17 home runs and 13 triples along with 23 steals in 112 games.

19. T.J. Zeuch, RHP, Blue Jays (AAA) (ETA: September)

Zeuch, or King Sink as he’s referred to by teammates, followed up his recent no-hitter with a solid performance that saw him allow two earned runs in five innings. But he also allowed eight hits. Because he’s so reliant on his sinker — and isn’t much of a strikeout pitcher — his successes hinge heavily on his defenders.

20. Keegan Akin, LHP, Orioles (AAA) (ETA: September)

Akin continues to battle his control after walking seven batters in 5.2 innings in his last start but he also continues to miss bats. His eight strikeouts in that game brought his season total to 124 whiffs in 106.1 innings. After throwing 137.3 innings last year, he should be able to throw quite a few innings for the Orioles in September.


Fantasy Baseball Prospect Rankings (21-30)

21. Luis Robert, OF, White Sox (AAA) (ETA: September) 

The team continues to stay quiet on the possibility of Robert seeing big league action in September. He looks ready after compiling 30 home runs and 36 steals with a .332 batting average over two levels. Robert is hitting .270 with five home runs over the past 10 games.

22. Zack Collins, C, White Sox (AAA) (ETA: September)

Collins would like another shot at The Show. He’s hitting .355 with four home runs and a BB-K of 6-5 over his last 10 games. He now has 18 home runs and 57 walks in 82 Triple-A games and could be a real offensive force behind the plate if he can stick there defensively.

23. Bryan Garcia, RHP, Tigers (AAA) (ETA: September)

Garcia has looked good in his return from 2018 Tommy John surgery. He has the stuff to be an eighth- or ninth-inning reliever. He’s struck out 32 batters in 31.1 innings this season.

24. Randy Arozarena, OF, Cardinals (AAA) (ETA: September)

It’s possible that Dylan Carlson will get an opportunity in September over Arozarena but the latter has the advantage as he’s already on the 40-man roster. Carlson doesn’t have to be added for another year and there aren’t that many at-bats to go around with a crowded outfield. Arozarena has a .350 batting average this season in 84 games. He also offers some pop and speed.

25. Daulton Varsho, C/OF, Diamondbacks (AA) (ETA: August)

The Diamondbacks organization has started to get this athletic catcher some experience in center field, which gives him even more value from a fantasy perspective. The position change hasn’t slowed down his bat and he’s hitting .350 with four steals in his last 10 games. Overall, he has 17 home runs, 40 walks and 21 steals to go with his .298 batting average.

26. Anthony Alford, OF, Blue Jays (AAA) (ETA: September)

Alford is back from a brief stay on the injured list and has about a week to get back into game shape for his big league opportunity in September. Derek Fisher has hardly lit the world on fire since his acquisition so there should be at-bats for whatever outfielder gets hot. Alford has 21 steals in just 74 games this season.

27. Justin Dunn, RHP, Mariners (AA) (ETA: September)

Dunn has now had solid back-to-back starts. During that stretch, he’s allowed just two earned runs 10 innings, as well as a K-BB of 15-2. He has now struck out 153 batters with just 37 walks allowed in 126.2 innings.

28. Jake Cronenworth, SS/RHP, Rays (AAA) (ETA: September)

Cronenworth is done his rehab and back at Triple-A. His defense could be an asset for the Rays in September and into the playoffs. He’s seen time at second base, third base, shortstop and pitcher in 2019. He’s hitting .330 with a .940 OPS.

29. Bobby Dalbec, 3B, Red Sox (AAA) (ETA: September)

Dalbec has his warts — he’s struck out 130 times and is hitting just .245 — but he also has 26 home runs and 71 walks. He’s not overly dissimilar to Michael Chavis although Dalbec has a little more raw power and patience.

30. Edward Olivares, OF, Padres (AA) (ETA: September)

Olivares is already on the 40-man roster even though he spent the entire year in Double-A so there is a good chance that he could see some big league playing time in September. He has some pop, as witnessed by his 17 home runs, and he also offers a lot of speed. Olivares has stolen 33 bases this season while hitting .288.

More MLB Prospects Analysis

More Recent Articles


Best Waiver Wire Pickups from 2019

Each and every year we see an incredible number of players step foot on the NFL gridiron. Just in 2019, using Play Index, a total of 2,025 players took part in at least one game while one (Emmanuel Sanders) did the impossible and played 17 (!) games in the regular season as he was... Read More

Tight End VOS (Values Over Starter): 2019 Season In Context

The 2019 fantasy football season is over. That is not something we like to say considering the empty path we have ahead of us until we reach draft season again in eight months. The good thing about it, though, is that we have plenty of time to analyze what happened during the past few weeks... Read More

Biggest Surprises of 2019: Running Back

The 2019 NFL season was an interesting year for the running back position. Christian McCaffrey was the overall RB1, but some of the other top players fell below expectations. That led to some interesting final results when the final season standings came around. And while some of those -- Dalvin Cook as the RB3, Leonard... Read More

Quarterback VOS (Values Over Starter): 2019 Season In Context

The 2019 fantasy football season is over. That is not something we like to say considering the empty path we have ahead of us until we reach draft season again in eight months. The good thing about it, though, is that we have plenty of time to analyze what happened during the past few weeks... Read More

2019 RotoBaller NFL Challenge - And The @Fleaflicker Winner Is...

What a season, RotoBallers. Fantasy football is always a fun, interesting, and long season - filled with injuries, breakout players, and different strategies. It takes stamina and endurance to win the marathon, and we're here today to recognize those who pulled it off. With 343 teams - across two divisions - competing to be crowned champ... Read More

Introducing the 2020 Rookie Tight End Class

Out of all the skill positions, tight end is the one where rookies have the most issue making an immediate impact. But there's still always some value at every position in every NFL Draft, and the 2020 one is no exception, even if people are very down on this year's crop of tight ends. Let's... Read More

Can a New Coach Fix Baker Mayfield in 2020?

Another season has passed and another disappointment by Browns fans has been realized. Baker Mayfield got the head coach he wanted in Freddie Kitchens in 2019. In 2020, hopefully he's got the one he needs in Kevin Stefanski. Last season, under Kitchens, Mayfield had a coach he could control and manipulate. He did just that... Read More

Wide Receiver VOS (Values Over Starter): 2019 Season In Context

The one (and only) good thing about fantasy football season ending is that we have plenty of time to analyze what happened during the past few months and put performances into context to prepare for next season. As football is an ever-evolving game, though, it makes sense to assess how good players were in fantasy... Read More

The King's Keeper Corner: NFL Postseason Impacts on Player Outlooks

With a break in the postseason NFL action, it is time to reflect on what we have seen in the playoffs so far and how certain performances will affect fantasy football outlooks in keeper and dynasty formats. How players respond and what they deliver at the most intense and critical times of the season can... Read More

Introducing Value Over Starter Football Metrics

When it comes to fantasy sports, we're always looking for the highest possible Return On Investment or ROI. This concept is easy to understand: in both Daily Fantasy and re-draft/fantasy leagues, ROI would come down to how many points a player returns relative to his salary, or the price you paid (given his ADP on... Read More

Biggest Breakouts of 2019: Quarterback

2019 was a very interesting season of fantasy football, to say the least. It's safe to say no one was banking on the season that we saw from Lamar Jackson but he wasn't the only one to stand out. At the quarterback position, we saw some really exciting players start to shine and some older... Read More

Goodbye Runners, Hello Pass-Catching RBs: 2019 Season Trends

As the 2019 summer kept going we all had two things in our minds with regard to September's fantasy drafts and both of them were related to running backs: Where in the world are Ezekiel Elliott and Melvin Gordon and when will they be back? It made sense back then (and it still does now,... Read More

Where Does 2019 Rank Historically Among ADP Movers?

I have worked on a season-review series of articles in which I have analyzed the biggest winners and losers in terms of ADP entering draft season compared to the end of the year final results. It was plenty of fun looking back at the gambles most of us took which ultimately paid off, but also... Read More

Biggest Busts of 2019: Tight End

2019 was not the record-breaking season for tight ends 2018 was. San Francisco’s George Kittle (most receiving yards for a TE in a season) and Philadelphia’s Zach Ertz (most receptions for a TE in a season) did not break the records they set last season, although both were fine for fantasy players. Kansas City’s Travis... Read More

Rushing Quarterbacks Are Becoming Necessary

The 2019 fantasy season is over. We are all thinking about what to do come 2020 draft day. So let me ask you something. What if I offer you the chance of drafting a quarterback who is a lock to finish the season with 270 fantasy points? Would you take him and make him your... Read More