Let's take a look at each of the top 5 fantasy third-base "Make the Grade" prospect reports from earlier in the year and discuss the direction in which their value has been headed. Be sure to click on the link below each player write-up to find out if each of the top 3B prospects make the grade.
1) Kris Bryant - The top 3B prospect in baseball has raked his way to Triple-A since being drafted in 2013. Bryant has accumulated 37 HR's + 108 RBI's in just 119 games. Although I have always been very high on Bryant, after reviewing his "Make the Grade" review from February, it looks like I was even a little low on the prospect in a few categories back then. Bryant would now rank an even higher A, and just might be the best prospect, real life or fantasy, in all of baseball.
2) Miguel Sano - Everyone is aware of the injury that has sidelined Sano since the pre-season. His value is stagnant, but shouldn't really change, as the powerful prospect is expected to return to full strength in 2015. Still a great stash in fantasy leagues for a manager looking a few years down the road.
3) Joey Gallo - The more I see, the more I believe. The questions about the K-rate and being able to hack it are being answered by each level the slugger destroys. After totaling 69 HR's since the beginning of the 2013 season, there is no denying that he contains a massive power tool that is second to none. As long as Gallo keeps doing this, his stock just keeps going up.
4) Maikel Franco - The longer it takes Franco to snap out of this slump, the more concerned I am about him fulfilling the promise he displayed in 2013. Just Wednesday, the third baseman went 4-for-4 to raise his average to a pedestrian .219 on the year. At this point, he needs to be downgraded a tad. If Franco can get things going soon, he can get back to that elite prospect status before his promotion to Philadelphia.
5) D.J. Peterson - This report is the most recent, so not a lot has changed. Peterson has continued to smoke baseballs since he signed last summer. In just 127 professional games to date, Peterson has totaled 31 HR's and 121 RBI's while batting well over .300. Enough said.