Midseason Research: Prospects on the Rise

Hannah Foslien

As a part of his preparation to release his midseason top 50 fantasy prospects, Jason Hunt looks at some of the prospects who have dramatically improved their stock this year.

Midseason prospect lists are coming out all over the internet, with all the major sites releasing their lists in the past few weeks. I am still working on finalizing the order of players on my midseason top 50 prospects, but as a part of the research related to that, let's take a look at some of the players who have dramatically improved their stock in the first half, and could potentially see their names on my midseason list.

Luis Severino, RHP, Yankees

Preseason Consensus Rank: Not Ranked

The 20-year old did not end up in our top 200 during the offseason, and did not make our top 10 prospects in the Yankees' organization, but could end up as the top prospect in the system this offseason. He came into the season viewed as a potentially very interesting prospect by most in the industry, but came with questions on whether he could start long term along with just four starts outside of short-season leagues. Not only has the performance been excellent between both levels of A-ball (98 K, 21 BB in 88 IP), but the scouting reports out there on him point to a potentially amazing pitcher. He may not make it into the top 50 given his timeframe to the majors, but he's definitely up for consideration, which would have been an impossibility at the start of the year.

Jose Berrios, RHP, Twins

Preseason Consensus Rank: 119

Another 20-year old pitcher, Berrios went out and dominated at Fort Myers (High-A) before being promoted to AA last week. He was a top draft pick (supplemental round) back in 2012, and was a bit overlooked in a loaded Twins system coming into the year. With a strong performance at AA to finish up the year, it's possible that we see Berrios in Minnesota by the end of the 2015 season despite not turning 21 until next May.

Michael Taylor, OF, Nationals

Preseason Consensus Rank: 171

We saw that there was potential in Taylor after he stole 51 bases last year, but the reports on him continued to question whether he would have the same fantasy value as his real life team was hoping existed. All he has done this year is go out to AA, hit .323 with 18 home runs and 27 stolen bases in 88 games. It's hard to see how the Nationals get him into their crowded outfield before at least next season, but he's clearly moved ahead of fellow Nats prospect Brian Goodwin, and solidly cemented himself in the top 3 for the team overall.

Daniel Norris, LHP, Blue Jays

Preseason Consensus Rank: 192

Norris was waaaaaaay down our list during the offseason after a middling performance and inconsistent scouting reports during the season. He still made our top 10 Blue Jays prospects list, but was almost forgotten entirely on our top 200. Fast forward half a season where the reports are finally matching up with the original potential and the performance between High-A and AA has been excellent, and it's a lot easier to see why the Blue Jays gave Norris such a large bonus in the first place.

Other Risers - These players aren't as likely to make it into the top 50 list, but have definitely helped their stock a lot this year with fantasy owners and are interesting targets in deeper formats.

Brandon Nimmo, OF, Mets
Kevin Plawecki, C, Mets
Jake Thompson, RHP, Tigers
Dalton Pompey, OF, Blue Jays

Got another prospect that should make a massive jump in the midseason top 50? Let's hear about them in the comments.

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