The Dynasty Digest: 4/18
Chris Clegg runs down which hiting prospects have caught his eye the most over the weekend and so far this season.
It may be early in the Minor League season, but it is never to early to get a jump on some prospects that could be breaking out in dynasty. By taking a chance on some of these players you may whiff on a few, but you could also hit on a breakout and see a great return on investment. Who are the hitting prospects that are standing out and should we buy it?
Stanley Consuegra, OF, NYM (A+)
After smoking a 115.1 mph home run on a line on Wednesday, Consuegra had a four-hit night on Thursday. Consuegra is a tall and skinny frame but clearly has big power. He may seem a bit old(22) for High-A, but Consuegra was a player really hurt by the lost pandemic year in 2020 and several lost years due to injury.
Consuegra flashes all five tools. He has shown big power, speed, a good glove, and he has one of the best arms in the Mets system.
In 42 plate appearances this year, Consuegra has three home runs and is slashing .306/.405/.639. He is walking at a 14.3 percent walk rate and a 23.8 percent strike out rate.
We certainly need to see what Consuegra can do in Double-A, but I am very intrigued. There is top-100 upside there.
Hunter Goodman, C, COL (AA)
Hunter Goodman mashed 36 home runs in 579 plate appearances in 2022. He spent most of his year in Low and High-A and as a 22 year old, many wrote him off. I for one was a bit concerned by his contact rates because hitters can get away with lower contact rates and dominate at lower levels.
Goodman is proving he may be no fluke. He has four home runs in 40 plate appearances this season with a .313/.450/.813 slash. He has struck out just 17.5 percent of the time while walking an equal amount. For what its worth, Goodman struck out 26 percent of the time last year.
Goodman has seen time in the outfield and first base this year, while only catching once. He could be on the fast track to Colorado and be a bat that could make a strong fantasy impact.
Ryan Clifford, OF, HOU
Ryan Clifford hit my radar last fall doing FYPD research. The 11th round pick in 2022 certainly had more pedigree than his draft slot suggests and Clifford is proving that now. I moved Clifford up pretty significantly in my FYPD rankings and took him in the third round in some places. It looks to be paying off.
Clifford has a .357/.550/.500 slash with a home run, nine walks and ten strikeouts. Clifford has a smooth swing and controls the barrel through the zone well. The 6’3”/200 lb frame has plenty of power and Clifford shows a good feel for contact. I am all over getting him in dynasty leagues, especially considering how good the Astros’ player development is.
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