January in the world of fantasy baseball. It’s a time for endless prospect lists, positional rankings, keeper decisions, and BOLD PREDICTIONS! We have a plethora of contributors here at Prospects1500 and I challenged the boldest of the bold to present me with their thoughts on the upcoming season of prospect performance. 2020 isn’t about hindsight, it’s about foresight. With so many great analysts at work here I figured it would be easier for us to break this article up into two parts. Prudence implored me to avoid overwhelming you all with an onslaught of audacity, especially while most of us are still diligently plugging away on our Top 50 columns. I am sure these predictions will spark a lot of conversation on Twitter, so I have included the handle of each contributor with their prediction for you to share in the fun. Now let’s see what they have to say!
Rudie Verougstraete – @Seeing_Reds
My bold prospect prediction for the Reds is that Tyler Stephenson will split time with Tucker Barnhart by late spring/early summer, and take the majority of the catching duties by late summer/early fall.
Adam Tulley – @AdamT_Prospects
Aaron Bracho becomes the top hitting prospect within the Cleveland Indians organization after mashing 15 or more bombs and maintaining an OBP over .400. Due to this performance, Bracho is awarded Hitter Of The Year in the High-A Carolina League.
William Shea – @0RunsIn1st
Nick Madrigal has always had many skeptics questioning his power or lack thereof. I predict he will hit twice as many home runs in 2020 as he did in 2019 (4) with the majority of them coming at the major league level. This kid is a ball player and will prove it starting this year.
Paul Woodin – @PaulWoodin1
Jasson Dominguez ends the MiLB season with either the Charleston RiverDogs or Tampa Tarpons!
Bailey Srebnik – @FsuBailey12
Ryan Mountcastle will win American League Rookie Of The Year. I believe he will follow up his 2019 International League MVP season with a great 2020 rookie campaign for the Baltimore Orioles.
Tony Bps Spina – @tonybps1
I predict that Alec Bohm will make the big league team right out of Spring Training and will win the Rookie Of The Year award, which, if you read my articles, isn’t too bold for me. However, for something really bold and not Phillies related I’m going to predict that Wander Franco‘s stock dips this year and he is merely a good prospect rather than the top one. There’s nothing in his numbers or tools to back this up, but it’s just my hunch that the helium is too high and the balloon is going to burst.
James Zele – @zbaseball86
1) Daniel Johnson will break camp as the Indians’ everyday right fielder.
2) James Karinchak, Emmanuel Clase and Nick Sandlin will anchor the Indians’ bullpen and take the team to the playoffs.
Joe Drake – @JDrake349
1) Greg Deichmann picks up where he left off in the AFL, surpasses 400 PAs, and finally has the breakout power season we’ve been waiting for, finishing the year in Oakland.
2) Luis Garcia (WAS) rebounds in a big way, earning a late promotion to AAA and winning the Eastern League MVP.
Scott Greene – @Scotty_Ballgame
The Boston Red Sox will have at least one Top 50 overall prospect by midseason 2020, maybe two. Triston Casas could make that jump from the 75-100 range where he is on many preseason lists. Gilberto Jimenez is one of my prospect crushes. If he continues to perform at the level he did in 2019, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he could become Top 50. Now that’s bold!
Kyle Brown – @CavghtLooking
Luisangel Jose Acuna becomes a top 30 prospect after this year on the strength of his 10 HR/30 SB season and his excellent bloodline. This kid commands the strike zone with aplomb and will have no problem picking up where he left off in 2019. The prospect helium won’t be hard to find given the astounding success of his brother.
That’s all the fearless predictions we have for now. Stay tuned for our next Top 50 list and the second installment of BOLD PREDICTIONS from the Prospects1500 team. Until then, happy drafting!
⚾️ It’s #Top50 month! Each day in January we’re dropping a new Top 50 prospects column. These are great resources for anyone looking for prospects in deep #dynasty leagues, or just fans of #MLB/#MiLB in general. Here’s the Index page w/quick links to all:https://t.co/YWeM71XcBV
— Prospects1500 (@Prospects1500) January 6, 2020