The sharper ones can probably give you a lede on the next prospects, too. Knowing which prospects are the wise investments outside the top can give you an advantage. In a best-case scenario, you can pluck a talented but lesser known or undervalued prospect off the waiver wire, watch him build value in your farm system and then trade him for assets to help your major league team win.
Here are the 10 guys from my midseason Top 50 who are most likely to have a big league impact in the second half of the season: MLB Top Prospects: Second-half fantasy baseball sleepers 1.
Keston Hiura, 2B, Milwaukee No. Hiura impressed in a brief May call-up. Since then Hiura has continued to hit and Shaw has continued to struggle. The Brewers are still in the thick of the pennant race and eventually should give Hiura another shot.
Long-term, expect an average near. Luis Urias, 2B, San Diego Urias also spent some time in the bigs earlier this season but struggled mightily. From my conversations with Urias about his big league experience, I think he was just anxious and should eventually adjust to the majors.
His skill set is elite — great hand-eye coordination, plus bat speed, and excellent pitch recognition — and his home run surge is a sign that he could hit for both average and some power.
Keller has plus stuff featuring good command of an electric mids fastball, a plus curve, and above-average changeup.
Long-term, he could be a No.
The Blue Jays are in full rebuild mode and could very well give Bichette an extended look in the latter part of the season. Eventually Tampa will need to call him up even if an innings limit relegates him to a bullpen role.
McKay has a smooth, repeatable delivery, shows plus command of four quality pitches, and should eventually be a No.
Kyle Tucker, OF, Houston Tucker struggled in a big league cameo last season and is now stuck behind a log jam in the Houston outfield. Tucker is a polished hitter with good balance and plus bat speed that generates excellent raw power.
If he can tighten his plate discipline, he should hit. Luzardo missed the first two months of the season with a shoulder strain and is still working back into shape, but he looked big league ready when I saw him in spring training.
Only 21 years old, Luzardo is already one of the best pitchers in the minors with excellent command of three quality pitches plus fastball, plus change, and above-average breaking ball. If he can show some consistency over the next month the Mariners will almost certainly give him a big league look, if for no other reason than to show that they got some return in the James Paxton deal.
The Dodgers have a fragile rotation and have already used eight different starting pitchers this season. May is a polished arm who has logged at least innings each of the past three seasons.
When healthy, he has an electric fastball, wipeout slider, and can draw comparisons to a young Chris Sale.