Fantasy Baseball: 11 no-name sleeper prospects to pick up in dynasty leagues now

There are prospects that we all know from the beginning of the season (Marco Luciano, Grayson Rodriguez) and the perspectives that we learned in the course of this (Gabriel Moreno, Anthony Wolpe). There are potential clients who have met expectations so far (Max Meyer, Nolan Gorman) and perspectives that have lost a lot (Mackenzie Gore, Drew Waters).

And there are other prospects that no one knows about, although they call mind-blowing numbers. My experience is that these perspectives, if you can even call them that, are some of the most useful flaws in dynasty leagues.

Knowing a name is half the battle, and the minor leagues are so vast that it sometimes takes a while for a new name to come to the fore. But the reason a minor league player has a job is because he has talent – at some point in his life he was the best player on the pitch – and performance is often the first sign that he realizes that talent.

As the season draws to a close (and pretty much everything ends at all levels except Triple-A and Major), identifying perspectives to hide for an upcoming draft doesn’t seem like an appropriate use. Outlook report more. Plus if I need to write about Bobby Witt one more time, I will scream. So I’m changing this week’s format, instead using it to highlight a few relative unnamed names that you could get for free in your dynasty league.

The nature of this exercise suggests that none of these pickups are safe bets to contribute something worthwhile, so I gravitated more towards those with a shorter route to the majors, believing that you, too, would not want to wait long for a dubious prospect. If I am wrong then you can also check Indians third baseman Jonkensi Noel, Beams starting pitcher Taj Bradley and Giants Starting pitcher Ryan Murphy, who are just a few of the promising new players, are at least a couple of years old.

Minors 2019: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
2021 Minors: 6-3, 2.26 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 91 2/3 IP, 44 BB, 136 K

Brash stands out the most for its slider, plus and minus, which makes everyone look silly, as you’ll see here:

Some appraisers have called the juvenile playground the best of its kind. He combines that with a fast ball that hits triple numbers and a good enough replacement to keep him in his starting role. The sailors put him to the test, too, by allowing him to go deep enough to regularly register double-digit strikeouts. Even when he failed in his last start, hitting just five hits in 5 1/3 innings, he still had 21 swinging hits. His possessions give him the chance to be a bat-missing miracle who may one day find himself in the Mariners’ quandary of wealth. Considering he’s 23 and already in Double-A, we’ll find out soon enough.

Dustin Harris, 1B, Rangers

Minors 2019: .325 BA (209 AB), 1 HR, 9 SB, .810 OPS, 25 BB, 39 K
2021 minors: 0.327 BA (395 AB), 20 HR, 25 SB, 0.949 OPS, 47 BB, 72 K

Harris’s line of characteristics in some ways reflects his defeat in the younger competition, given that he is 22 years old and only moved into the high class a month ago. But that stats line is really worth it, and it only got better as he moved up the ladder. In fact, the turning point was the launch angle adjustment that didn’t really catch on until the third month of the season, but combined with his natural ball skills made him an offensive force. The first base path is narrow, but athletic enough to play at third base or even long field, as evidenced by his total stolen bases and his rating (25 out of 27).

Spencer Strider, SP, Braves

2021 Minors: 3-7, 3.87 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 88 1/3 IP, 38 BB, 143 K

True, Strider’s ERA is a bit high, but you will forgive him for the bumpy transition to Double-A, given that he was only drafted last year and started 2021 in a low class A. The 22-year-old was focused on refining his shift in Double-A. A, but in between, he continued to do what he did on the other two levels: skip bats like no other.

This is not an exaggeration. His strike rate between Low-A, High-A and Double-A is 21.0 percent. The only major league player in this range – Jacob de Grom… Leader among qualifiers – Corbin Burns by 16.4 percent. The Strider has a fast ball that generates a whiff in the zone and a slider that fades into oblivion. Work on it is still ongoing, but when he was at Double-A, it was magical.

Vinnie Pasquantino, 1B, Royals

Minors 2019: 0.294 BA (211 AB), 14 HR, 17 2B, 0.963 OPS, 27 BB, 40 K
2021 minors: .309 BA (417 AB), 23 HR, 37 2B, 0.980 OPS, 61 BB, 62 K

Pasquantino’s breakout was overshadowed by another Royals baseman’s breakout. Nick Prattowho is one level ahead and has a higher result. But Pasquantino is a year older and now has a better line-up in Double-A than Pratto before moving to Triple-A in mid-July. While Pratto stands out for his strength, Pasquantino gets high marks for his percussion instrument, but he clearly lacks strength. Surprisingly, he has more extra base (63) and almost as many walks (61) as outs (62). His path may be limited by DH with Pratto, but the royal family wants him to follow that path.

Addis Leonard, SS, Dodgers

Minors 2019: .285 BA (209 AB), 4 HR, 7 2B, .804 OPS, 28 BB, 60 K
2021 minors: 0.295 BA (403 AB), 22 HR, 26 2B, 0.937 OPS, 51 BB, 110 K

Investing in a short stop is always a plus for the dynasty, because even if the player does not end up in that position, chances are good that he will not be blocked. This is especially true in the case of Leonard, given that the Dodgers have already fielded him in other premium positions, that is, at center field, third base and second base. The scouts like the way he controls his swing with his hands, but this is not a crutch. He will still be walking. He has yet to get tested at Double-A, but considering he’s only 20, this isn’t a hit against him.

Davis Daniel, SP, Angels

2021 Minors: 4-5, 2.53 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 96 IP, 28 BB, 132 K

I see so many parallels between Daniel and Joe Ryan… Like Ryan, Daniel is ignored by traditional estimation methods, although his numbers are excellent. Like Ryan, Daniel succeeds mainly through fastball, which stands out not so much for its power as for its deception and movement. They both even have two names! (Okay, so Daniel’s first name looks more like a last name, but don’t tell him that.) One of the key differences is that Daniel’s curve is a better secondary sentence than anything Ryan has, but it’s an early one nonetheless. Ryan’s success in large companies. this makes Daniel take a closer look. For heaven’s sake, he has five double-digit strikes this season.

Tommy Romero, SP, Rays

Minors 2019: 13-4, 2.15 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 125 1/3 IP, 38 BB, 104 K
2021 Minors: 5-2, 2.98 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 93 2/3 IP, 28 BB, 128 K

Didn’t I compare the pitcher to Joe Ryan? Okay, Romero fits that template too. He hits a lot, he misses a lot of bats, and he does it mainly because of the fast-spinning power of the fastball, which is in the low 90s. Maybe it’s a ploy that only works against minor league players, or maybe it’s a scoring inefficiency that you can use in the dynasty league. Prospects are useless anyway, right? His big leap forward this year has come between Double-A and Triple-A, and he has taken it to another level in his last three starts, hitting 30 hits, making just four hits in 18 2/3 innings.

Joey Weemer, OF, Brewers

2021 minors: .301 BA (376 AB), 25 HR, 30 SB, 0.962 OPS, 57 BB, 100 K

Aside from the numbers he gives, Wiemer is just funny. His unorthodox setup has a lot of moving parts, which certainly gives the scouts a likeness, but pretty soon all the kids will imitate him as he continues to rub. This was especially noticeable with his move to the upper class A, where he hit .361 with 12 Homers in just 29 games.

What is most surprising about Wimer being so overlooked is that he is not just a big bat. The 22-year-old has every chance of college success and has become a real highlight in college only because of his athletic manner in which he avoided tags, as you will notice here:

You can’t even punish him for cymbal discipline given that he hit the .404 baseline between the two levels. True, his wobbly move will be checked more as he climbs the stairs, but they said the same about Beau Bichette a long time ago. I am inclined to admit doubts in favor of Wiemer for now.

Ian Seymour, SP, Rays

2021 Minors: 4-0, 1.95 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, 55 1/3 IP, 19 BB, 87 K

How invisible is Seymour? Baseball america He didn’t even include him in the top 30 mid-season. Oddly, he was in the top 30 before the season, albeit just barely, so what else he needed to do to move up the list is anyone’s guess. What he actually did in his first year of pro ball is dominance, just like at Virginia Tech. Like many others on this list, it makes up for the lack of sheer material by trickery by hiding the ball as it begins its delivery, before zipping it up on the left side.

The microscopic average against it resembles Christian Javier, who hasn’t received much love from potential clients either, and while it mostly happens at the lower levels, in two Triple-A matches, Seymour has given up just four hits in 10 innings.

Minors 2019: 0.280 BA (479 AB), 3 HR, 26 2B, 0.735 OPS, 53 BB, 51 K
2021 minors: 0.339 BA (242 AB), 10 HR, 15 2B, 0.962 OPS, 28 BB, 27 K

Kwan is another who missed his team’s top 30 mid-season for Baseball americabut given the numbers the 24-year-old is already betting into Triple-A, where he got promoted in early September, we’re so close to finding out if he’ll drown or float. You might as well grab a flyer and watch, especially since Cleveland’s constant shortage of field teams will almost certainly get his attention.

His contact skills are among the best in professional baseball, and his 9.7% goal rate puts him above average. David Fletcher… He also hits the ball on the line to all the fields, so it’s easy to see why his average is so high. Project his strength scores for an entire season of playing with bats and he won’t slouch either.

Cody Morris, SP, Indians

Minors 2019: 7-4, 4.35 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 89 IP, 27 BB, 111 K
2021 Minors: 2-1, 1.20 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 52 2/3 IP, 16 BB, 79 K

This is Nando Di Fino’s special dish, so I saw Nando – and, in fact, no one else – took him in all the leagues of my dynasty. The industry icon has a pretty good track record with such quirky pickups, and looking at the numbers you can understand his enthusiasm.

Hitting Morris is toughness. He was unable to sustain his best results in 89 innings in 2019, and this year he will not even reach that threshold due to shoulder pain that robbed him of his first two months. However, the Indians tend to get the most out of their serving prospects, and have already supplied him with a weaker twist to pair with his fast, fast ball. As a 24-year-old Triple-A player, he could be their big boon next year.


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