Hitting Prospects To Know for Deep Dynasty Leagues
Chris Clegg provides 12 prospects to get in on now in deep dynasty leagues before they become household names.
Wade Meckler, OF, SF, 23, AA
Wade Meckler is not a sexy name by any means, but sometimes the non-sexy players provide a ton of value to your fantasy teams. His standout tool is the hit tool, as he shows easy plus contact rates and a great feel for the strike zone, running an 87 percent contact rate and low chase rates. Meckler has struck out 13 percent of the time while walking 11 percent.
The concerning aspect of Meckler’s game is the lack of power, as he has just four home runs on the season, and 18 of his 81 hits have gone for extra bases. Eugene and Richmond, where Meckler has called home this year, are both pitcher-friendly parks, so he gets somewhat of a pass. He and this next player are polar opposites of prospects.
Marcos Torres, OF, TEX, 18, ACL
Sebastian Walcott may get all the attention on the Rangers’ Complex league team, but Marcos Torres should really get more love. After a strong DSL in 2022, Torres is putting together a strong performance at the Complex level, slashing a smooth .259/.387/.536 with five home runs and fourteen stolen bases.
Torres has a highly athletic frame with quick hands, generating high bat speeds. He has posted plus clock times and shows feel for above-average or better power. The 6’3” lefty is one I want to take a chance on because if all clicks, this could be a fun fantasy asset.
Waner Luciano, SS, HOU, 18, FCL
If you look at the Astros’ track record of signing international talent, it may not surprise you that they have another name who is standing out in Waner Luciano. From the little film I have gathered, Luciano has a big upper body with an explosive swing that is almost a big reminiscent of Vlad Guerrero Jr.
Luciano has eight home runs in just 124 plate appearances this season and has even chipped in a couple of stolen bases. He is striking out just 17 percent of the time and is slashing .252/.347/.514.
Josiah Sightler, 1B, PIT, 23, A
Sightler hits the ball often and hits it hard. While maybe being a bit to advanced for Single-A, it is hard to deny his performance this year. After being drafted in the 15th round of the 2022 draft and not debuting until 2023 due to injury, Sightler has hit the ground running.
In Single-A Bradenton, Sightler is slashing .516/.563/.891 with seven home runs and more walks than strikeouts. He has seven barrels(18%) and an average exit velocity of 93 mph while pairing that with a 108 mph 90th percentile exit velocity. It is a small sample, but Sightler is killing the ball and one to keep an eye on as he moves up. Health has always been a issue so a healthy Sightler has some untapped potential.
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