The MLB regular season is in full swing, and knowledge is power when it comes to winning your league. And there's no better resource to help guide you to another championship than our 2019 MLB Season Pass. This year's edition is as jam packed as ever with player profiles, customizable projections, rankings, positional tiers, and a ton of exclusive columns.
One of those columns is Prospect Positional, where Christopher Crawford takes a look at the top prospects from a given position and ranks them from a scouting perspective with fantasy baseball in mind. Here's a small sampling of what you can get in the full online Season Pass.
2. Luis Urias, San Diego Padres
2019 stats: 24 G, .350/.430/.810, 11 HR, 1 SB, 12 BB, 23 S0 at Triple-A El Paso; 11 G, .083/.241/.125, 0 HR, 0 SB, 4 BB, 11 SO at San Diego.
Urias was a surprise non-addition to the big league roster, then tore up Triple-A pitching to earn a promotion, then struggled in the big leagues, and is now back to tearing up Triple-A pitching again. The big surprise here has been the power; he already has a career high in homers and gets stronger every year. You shouldn’t expect him to be homering nearly every other day like he is in the PCL, but 15-homer seasons are possible. The calling card, however, is his ability to recognize pitches and hit everything hard to every part of the park. Yes, he’s struggled as an MLB player, but the sample size is too small -- and at age 21, he’s too young -- to be too concerned. Expect him back with the Padres sooner than later.
Impact stats: AVG, OBP, R
9. Omar Estevez, Los Angeles Dodgers
2019 stats: 31 G, .333/.412/.456, 2 HR, 0 SB, 16 BB, 24 SO at Double-A Tulsa.
Estevez was signed to a $6 million bonus out of Cuba in November of 2015, and after struggling to find much consistency in his first few years in the system, he had a solid end to 2018, and he’s performed well in 2019. There are no standout tools here, but there is no real weakness either, and as long as he stays in the middle infield, his average tools across the board play nicely. The hit tool does have a chance to be above-average because of his pitch-recognition skills. There’s also a chance for average power, so 15-plus homer seasons aren’t impossible for the 21-year-old. He might profile best as a utility infielder, but he might be good enough with the bat and glove to be an everyday player by the end of 2021.
Impact stats: AVG