2024 Dynasty Baseball Sleeper Prospects

by Mike Schneider
2024 Dynasty Baseball Sleeper Prospects

Want some Dynasty Baseball Sleeper Prospects for the 2024 season and beyond? Then you've come to the right place.

Not all major league stars were elite prospects. Matt McLain was a first-round draft pick but in 2022 he hit .232. with a 28.1% strikeout rate.

Kyle Bradish was one of four prospects traded for Dylan Bundy in December 2019. In 2021 Bradish had a 1.43 WHIP at AAA.

Both McLain and Bradish emerged as impact major leaguers in 2023.

We will look at five prospects who are not typically found on top prospect lists who could turn into valuable players for your dynasty league teams.

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2024 Dynasty Baseball Sleeper Prospects

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Thomas Saggese, St Louis Cardinals, 2B, Age 22

The Rangers won the World Series and Jordan Montgomery and Nathan Eovaldi were their main pitchers. In the postseason Montgomery and Eovaldi pitched more than 30 innings and their closer, Jose LeClerc pitched the third most innings on the teams in the postseason with 13.2 innings. The deadline deal to acquire Montgomery was a huge win for the Rangers but they gave up several promising prospects to acquire Montgomery.

Thomas Saggese was the Rangers fifth-round pick in the 2020 draft out of high school in Carlsbad, California. He never played in the Complex Leagues, making his pro debut in 2021 for Single-A Down East. Despite being one of the youngest players in the Carolina League, Saggese was impressive with a 127 wRC+, with ten homers, and a 14.6% walk rate in 73 games.

In 2022 Saggese was one of the youngest players at High A and again had a 127 wRC+. In 98 games Saggese hit 14 homers and cut down his strikeout rate from 29.5% the previous year to 22.4%. Saggese spent the last week of the season at AA Frisco.

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Last year Saggese had a .312/.512 line in 93 games at Frisco before the trade to the Cardinals.  After the trade, Saggese took it to another level with ten homers in 33 games for AA Springfield with a .452 wOBA. Saggese finished the year at AAA Memphis for the last couple of weeks where he did struggle.

Saggese does not turn 22 until April 10th.  Defensively he has played shortstop and third base but second base is his best fit.  Saggese is average at best defensively.

Some prospects are highly regarded based on their physical skills. Saggese is a prospect who does not have overwhelming physical skill but he has consistently produced while being young for the level.

Hyun-il Choi, Los Angeles Dodgers, Age 23

In the pitching prospect world, one piece of information can greatly change the outlook of a prospect. Before undergoing elbow surgery, Hyun-il Choi had shown elite command at a young age.

The Dodgers signed Choi out of South Korea out of high school to a $300,000 bonus in 2018.  He was excellent in 2019 in the Arizona Rookie League with a 1.05 WHIP in 65 innings as a 19-year-old.

After minor league baseball returned in 2021 Choi was dominant in 65.1 innings at Single A Racho Cucamonga where he walked just seven batters.  Choi finished the year making nine starts at High A Great Lakes where he held his own with a 1.20 WHIP.

In 2022 Choi only made one start before injuring his elbow.  He attempted to rehab and pitched one inning in a rookie league game before having surgery.

Last year Choi returned on May 25th with mixed results for High A Great Lakes. His velocity and strikeout rate (18.1%) were down, but his walk rate remained strong (4.7%).

The Dodgers are one of the best organizations in baseball at developing pitchers. If Choi is throwing in the mid-nineties he can move quickly up and turn into an elite prospect.

Eric Brown Jr, Milwaukee Brewers, SS, Age 23

Last year Eric Brown Jr played well in spurts but a slow start and an injury limited him. Brown was the 27th overall pick in the 2022 out of Coastal Carolina.

At High A Wisconsin in 2023, Brown had a hip injury before the season that may have contributed to him hitting just .137 in April.  Brown rebounded with a .344/.439/.467 line with 13 stolen based on 14 attempts in May.  However, a thumb injury and then a fractured left scapula limited him to just 26 games the remainder of the regular season including five at the end of the season in AA.

Finally fully healthy, Brown was excellent against better competition in the Arizona Fall League. In 25 fall games, Brown had a .852 OPS with 10 extra bases hits and eight steals.

Brown is a sure-handed fielder with nice range. To date, Brown has primarily been a shortstop but his arm may be better suited for second base. He has a nice combination of plus speed and good plate discipline.

If Brown had not been limited to 72 games in 2023 he likely would have spent the second half of the season in AA and would be ranked considerably higher.

Aaron Zavala, Texas Rangers, OF, Age 23

Aaron Zavala was a prospect with a lot of buzz at the end of the 2022 season. However, he hurt his elbow in the Arizona Fall League after just five games and underwent Tommy John surgery.  Zavala returned in May but 2023 was a disastrous season for him.

In 2021 at University of Oregon Zavala hit .392/.526/.628 with nine homers and 11 steals in 55 games. The Rangers selected Zavala with the  38th overall pick. Zavala had a solid start to his pro career at the end of 2021 at Single-A Down East with a 143 wRC+ in 15 games.

For 2022 Zavala had a .424 OBP in 81 games at High A High A Hickory earning a promotion to AA Frisco. In 30 games at AA Zavala excelled with a .403 wOBA and seemed to be on the fast track to the majors.

Zavala got a late start to the season in 2023 due to the injury and strikeouts suddenly became a major issue.  At Oregon, in 2021 Zavala had a 12.2% strikeout rate. As a pro in 2021 and 2022, Zavala had a 21.1% strikeout rate including a 20.9% rate at AA. However last year, Zavala's strikeout rate shot up to 37.3%. He hit just .194 with five homers in 95 games. Zavala has always had an excellent walk rate and he did walk 16.9% of the time in 2023.

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At Oregon  Zavala played second or third base. As a pro, the Rangers have played Zavala exclusively in the outfield. Leftfield is likely his best position which will put some pressure on his bat.  He has average power and speed.  Zavala's ability to get on base is his calling card.

This year is a make-or-break year for Zavala. A case can be made that Zavala was behind due to the injury last year and never got going. However, if his struggles continue in 2024 he will quickly fall off the prospect radar.

Jhonkensy Noel, Cleveland Guardians, Corner, Age 22

Everyone gets excited about young prospects that dominate the lower levels of the minors Their weaknesses are overlooked. Then when the same prospect struggles when getting promoted people forget about them.

In 2021, Jhonkensy Noel was a guy who everyone wanted on their dynasty team when he hit .393/.426/.693 with 11 homers in 38 games. Nole was promoted to High A Lake County after he turned 20 for the last month of the season and continued to produce with eight homers and a 136 wRC+ in 26 games.

The Guardians assigned Noel back to High A to begin 2022 and he hit 19 homers but struggled some with a 31.7% strikeout rate in 62 games.  Despite having strikeout issues, Nole was promoted to AA Akron in the middle of the year.  He was better at AA reducing his strikeout rate to 22.7% with a .338 OBP.

Noel was assigned to AAA to begin 2023 which seemed aggressive.  Nole started slowly with a .201 batting average, a 27.3% strikeout rate, and a 69 wRC+ through July 4th.  For the remainder of the year, Noel hit .242 with a 21.8% strikeout rate.  For the year Noel hit 27 homers which was seventh in the International League. The players with more homers were all significantly older than Noel.

Noel is an impressive physical specimen. Defensively Noel played all four corner positions but he is limited. Noel is potentially a future DH but his plus power still makes him an interesting prospect.

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