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Prospect Roundup

Just Missed the 2019 Top 100

by Christopher Crawford

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One of the tough things about having a Top 100 prospect list is that you are literally limited to just 100 prospects. While comfortable with the names that were included in that list, there are certainly a lot more than 100 players that currently qualify as potential impact MLB players.

 

So, we thought we’d share a few of the names that just missed the list, and tell you why they have a chance to be top 100 prospects before the end of the season.

 

If you’d like to see the list, you can and should purchase the 2019 Rotoworld Draft Guide, which not only features my top 100 prospects, but my top ten for each team. It also has basically anything else you need to get ready for your 2018 fantasy season, no matter what type of league you can play in.

 

Without further ado, here are the hitters and pitchers that just missed the top 100 prospect list.

Hitters:

 

Daz Cameron, OF, Detroit Tigers -- If you're curious who prospect 101 is, here ya go. Cameron was acquired by the Tigers in the blockbuster trade that sent Justin Verlander to the Astros, and the son of former All-Star Mike Cameron has tremendous potential. He's had an up-and-down career at this point, but he has a chance to hit for average and power, and on top of that, he's got the speed to be a 30-plus stolen base player. Cameron is also a solid defender in center, and that should help him move quickly through the Detroit system. Don't be surprised if he's playing everyday before the end of 2019 for the Tigers.

 

Seth Beer, 1B/OF, Houston Astros -- The Astros selected Beer with the 28th pick last year after the 22-year-old put up monster numbers at Clemson, and he showed similar offensive potential with an .885 OPS and 12 homers in 67 games. Beer's best tool is his patience at the plate; he has an excellent eye and rarely beats himself by swinging at pitches outside of the strikes zone. The power isn't far behind however, and 30-homer seasons are certainly possible. The question with Beer is where he's going to play, as he's a slow-footed player who probably profiles best at first base. If he can stick in the outfield that would certainly be a big boon for his fantasy value, but even in the infield, he can certainly be valuable.

 

Jazz Chisholm, SS, Arizona Diamonbacks -- Chisholm has intrigued scouts for the past couple of years, but he took a big step froward with a .272/.329/.513 line last year, and also was a standout in the Arizona Fall League. The left-handed hitting shortstop shows above-average power potential, and that along with a similar graded speed gives him a chance to be a 20/20 player. My only concern with Chisholm is whether or not he's going to be able to hit for average, and most of his results have come in the (very) friendly confines of the California League. If he hits at the higher levels the way he did in 2018, not having him in the 100 will look silly. Either way, he's a prospect you should target in deeper dynasty leagues. 

 

Drew Waters, OF, Atlanta Braves -- Most of the attention to the Atlanta system goes to the pitching -- and for good reason, they're absolutely loaded -- but there are some good hitting prospects here, too, including Waters. The second-round pick in 2017 had a solid .819 OPS in his first professional season, and there's clearly potential for more. He won't wow with the power, but he gets on base at a solid clip from a smooth, line-drive stroke on both sides of the plate, and once he's on his plus speed makes him a considerable stolen base threat. Waters is also a strong defender in the outfield, and like Cameron, it should help the 20-year-old move quickly through the Braves' system. Don't be surprised if he's hitting at or near the top of the Atlanta lineup before the end of 2021.

 

Pitchers:

 

Corbin Martin, RHP, Houston Astros -- Martin was exceptional in his first professional season with the Astros after being drafted in the second-round out of Texas A&M; registering a 2.51 ERA with a 122/35 K/BB ratio over 122 innings. The right-hander throws four unique pitches, and three of those pitches -- fastball, slider, curve -- have a chance to be swing-and-miss offerings. The change is another solid option, and can help keep left-handers off-balance. He also throws strikes with all four pitches, and the command isn't far behind the control. Martin has a chance to be a part of the Houston rotation in 2020, and could see some time with the Astros in 2019 if everything goes right.

 

Tony Santillan, RHP, Cincinnati Reds -- I've been high on Santillan since the Reds acquired him with the 49th pick in 2015, and for the most part, the right-hander was strong in 2019 with a 3.09 ERA and 134 strikeouts over 149 innings. He can get his fastball up to 98 mph without too much effort, and he complements that heater with a plus slider and change that isn't far from that grade, either. The issue for the 21-year-old has been throwing strikes with his arsenal, and while he's not perfect in that regard -- no one is -- he's certainly improved his command in the past couple of years. Santillan has some work to do before he's ready, but there's big fantasy potential in his right arm. He likely debuts in 2020.

 

Logan Gilbert, RHP, Seattle Mariners -- The Mariners choose to shut down Gilbert after taking him with the 14th pick this June, but it reportedly was just precautionary. He comes from Stetson, the same school that produced Corey Kluber and Jacob deGrom, and while he doesn't have the same potential as those two hurlers, there's a lot to like here. He usually works in the low-to-mid 90s, but he has touched 97 mph before, and it's certainly possible he gets back to that level. His change comes from the same arm speed and is another plus offering, and the slider is just a notch below that. He throws strikes with those pitches and a usable curve, and the command isn't far behind the control. We need to see how Gilbert handles professional hitters, but he's become somewhat of a forgotten man. That shouldn't be the case.

 

Hans Crouse, RHP, Texas Rangers -- Crouse fell to the 66th pick in 2017 because of concerns about his delivery and signing figure. Based on what we saw in 2018 (2.47 ERA, 62/19 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings), he's a steal for the Rangers. The 20-year-old has tremendous arm strength, and his fastball gets up to 99 mph with life. His slider is another swing-and-miss pitch, giving him a two-pitch mix to become an excellent reliever if the Rangers went that route. They're going to give him a chance to start, however, and his change made some progress in 2018; enough to call it a potentially average pitch. The reason for concern here is because there's so much effort in his delivery, he might not be able to handle the rigors of starting. In whatever role he pitches in, Crouse should miss plenty of bats. 

 

Christopher Crawford
Christopher Crawford is a baseball and college football writer for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter @Crawford_MILB.