Dynasty Baseball Prospect Watch – Kjerstad/Wood/Schultz

by Jason Beckner
Dynasty Baseball Prospect Watch

This week's Dynasty Baseball Prospect Watch we dive into hitters such as Heston Kjerstad, James Wood and Pitchers, Noah Schultz and more.

A brief introduction to this series. Throughout the season we will look back and scour the recent minor league box scores and dive deep to find the top performances across the minor league levels and give you the information you need to know. We are here to be your gateway to the top performers and inform you how the top prospects are faring as the season goes on.

One big change so far this year is the minor league season was moved forward this year and the start date coincides with the major league opening day. This is good news because we now get to see the top prospects in action earlier than in years past.

With that said this article is going to include some eye-popping numbers but we need to remember the stats are being extracted over a small period which gives us a small sample size and is not conducive to what a whole season can offer.

As always be sure to check out all the other great Fantasy Baseball content the site has to offer, including our Dynasty Baseball Rankings.

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James Wood, OF, Washington Nationals

One of the top prospects the Nationals got in the Juan Soto deal, Wood is a tall (6'7") left-handed hitter who mashes. He is known for his huge home run upside and so far in 2024 he is living up to expectations.

James Wood continued his hot spring training into the 2024 season. So far in 24 at-bats, he has seven extra-base hits including two home runs. He has scored 12 times while driving in four more. Wood has also shown the ability to steal bases, as he has swiped two bags already in the young season.

He has also shown the ability to cut down on the swing and miss in his game, as his K-rate has been cut in half from last year and he has walked as many times as he has struck out.

If Wood continues to play like this the Nationals may make the call to promote their top prospect sooner rather than later

Emmanuel Rodriguez, OF, Minnesota Twins

The Twins' number three prospect has made his way to Double-A for the 2024 season after being signed out of the Dominican Republic. He has the often sought-after fantasy mold of power and speed combo.

In the first five games this year Emmanuel has showcased his power and his speed. He has hit two home runs, while also stealing four bags. He seems to be very locked in at the plate displayed by his 1:1 BB:K ratio.

His hot start is good enough for a 1.431 OPS and a 251 wRC+, needless to say, Emmanuel is off to a scorching start and is worth rostering in all dynasty leagues. However, it may be another year till we see him at the major league level.

Heston Kjerstad, OF, Baltimore Orioles

There may not be a hitter hotter than Heston across all levels of baseball including the majors. Yet again another top prospect in the Baltimore organization is showing why this farm system is the best in the business right now.

Heston has already hit six home runs and driven in 21! He has two multi-home run games and a four-game home run streak. Heston also had a game where he went 5for7 with 2 HR, 2 2B, and 10 RBI in one game! He was so good last week that he was named the MiLB player of the week.

Heston had a cup of coffee with Baltimore in 2023 and could soon find his way back there if continues his hot hitting in 2024.

Jace Jung, 2B, Detroit Tigers

The younger brother of the 2023 Rookie of the Year runner-up Josh. Jace shares a lot of the same skill set as his brother, the strong bat-to-ball skills at the plate.

In his first 11 games of this young 2024 season.  He is slashing .293/.400/.512 for an OPS of .912. Jace has hit two home runs, and driven in nine while scoring six times. He has reached base safely in 10 of the 11 games while notching four multi-hit games and back-to-back three-hit games.

The 23-year-old is entering his second full season in 2024 and will look to build on his success with a potential call-up later this year.


Noah Schultz, LHP, Chicago White Sox

The White Sox first-round pick in the 2022 draft has taken big strides since being drafted. He is looking to build on his strong 2023 campaign in 2024 as he has started the year on the Sox High A team.

Schultz was masterful in his first start of the season. While he only made it through four innings, the results were great. He only needed 35 pitches to make it through the four innings and his slider and sinker were the highlights of the day. He racked up 10 punch outs and only surrendered two base runners.

Noah has a huge strikeout upside and should be owned in all dynasty leagues and formats.

Rhett Lowder, RHP, Cincinnati Reds

The seventh overall pick in last summer's draft, Rhett Lowder is making a name for himself and is starting to rise in prospect rankings. Rhett had a successful career at Wake Forest University, where he was a starter all three seasons.

Rhett did not make any appearance in the minors after being drafted in 2023. After a couple of rough outings in spring training.  Rhett made his minor league debut this past week and did not disappoint.  He pitched four scoreless innings, struck out five batters and only walked one while giving up two hits.

This was one of the better performances among top prospects this week and I am curious to see Rhett in his first full season.

Chase Dollander, RHP, Colorado Rockies

Similar to Rhett, Chase was a top draft choice in last summer's draft. Chase was selected just two picks after Rhett when he was selected ninth overall.

Dollander has top-end velocity, with his upper 90's fastball, and had above-average secondary offerings. He spent his college career as a starter with a high-end strikeout upside displayed by his 12 K/9.

In his first minor league start Chase put on a clinic. He pitched five scoreless and hitless innings. He struck out eight of the 19 batters he faced.

Chase was most likely drafted in your league FYPD, but you should double-check your waiver wire and add him if he is available in your league.

Check out the prospect rankings as well for other prospects that are worth rostering.

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