Top MLB Prospects for 2020 Fantasy Baseball
By Tristan Jung
There's nothing more exciting than watching a top prospect blossom into a key contributor for a team. With MLB producing more young talent than ever, fantasy owners must scan the minors for top prospects more closely than ever.
The results can mean the difference between winning and losing your league. If you took a chance on Yordan Alvarez, Pete Alonso, or Chris Paddack last season, the rewards were substantial. While it'll be hard to match 2019, 2020 is set to have a strong crop of high-quality young talent.
With that in mind here are the top 10 MLB prospects who could make an impact for your fantasy baseball team in 2020.
10. Forrest Whitley, SP, Houston Astros
9. Cristian Pache, OF, Atlanta Braves
8. Casey Mize, SP, Detroit Tigers
7. Dylan Carlson, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
6. Michael Kopech, SP, Chicago White Sox
5. Carter Kieboom, SS, Washington Nationals
4. Jo Adell, OF, Los Angeles Angels
The Angels have announced their intention to compete in 2020 with the huge signing of Anthony Rendon. Their 2020 plan will likely involve Jo Adell, their No. 1 prospect. The Angels let Kole Calhoun walk in free agency, leaving them a significant hole alongside Mike Trout in the outfield. Adell will start the year in the minors, but a hot start could see him in the big leagues by June or early July.
3. Dustin May, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
A 22-year-old righty, Dustin May is also set to provide significant value in 2020. May threw 34.2 highly effective innings in 2019 with an impressive 6.4 K/BB ratio and 3.63 ERA. While May might have trouble making the Opening Day rotation after the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Alex Wood, he's bound to get a shot soon.
2. Gavin Lux, 2B, Los Angeles Dodgers
Sticking with the prospect-rich Dodgers, Gavin Lux saw significant playing time last September and in the postseason. While he struggled a bit with consistency, he still showed off his prodigious power skills and defense for the Dodgers. Lux's main problem will be sticking in the lineup, as the Dodgers are still managing a deep bench, but Lux's talent and place in a stacked lineup makes him an intriguing candidate on draft day.
1. Luis Robert, OF, Chicago White Sox
Luis Robert, the No. 3 prospect on MLB.com's list, utterly dominated the minors last season, clubbing 16 homers and hitting .297/.341/.634 over 47 games in AAA. After signing Yasmani Grandal, Dallas Keuchel, and Edwin Encarnacion, it's clear the White Sox are going all-in, which means that Robert is likely headed for the majors at some point in early 2020. Even if the White Sox manipulate his service time and keep him from making the team out of spring training, he'll still be one of the top prospects taken in drafts this season.
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