Opening Day is upon us. Draft season is over, but dynasty baseball owners should be keeping close tabs on roster moves as we officially get 2023 underway. That is what I'm going to be discussing in the Dynasty Baseball Under the Radar Prospects 3-30-23.
Plenty of prospects made headlines over the last month. Jordan Walker and Anthony Volpe stole a fair amount of the attention as they made their cases for Opening Day roster spots. But some lesser-known prospects might be overlooked in your league at the moment.
Below is a rundown of five dynasty baseball prospects who are almost all available in over 50% of leagues on Fantrax, and two have less than 20% ownership right now.
Dynasty Baseball Under the Radar Prospects 3-30-23
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Brice Turang, SS, Milwaukee Brewers
Turang made the Brewers Opening Day roster, so his proximity to fantasy relevance should instantly put him on your radar. He doesn’t have the loudest tools – as evidenced by his .385 slugging this spring – but he does have three steals under his belt.
Turang stole 34 bases last season at Triple-A Nashville and comes with potential 60-grade speed. He also played seven games at second, eight games at third and 13 games in center in 2022. His versatility, speed and hit tool should make him worthy of a roster spot in many leagues.
Ryne Nelson, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks
He surprisingly claimed a rotation spot over Brandon Pfaadt. Now Nelson will really have to up his game to stick there.
He surrendered 12 runs and eight walks through 14.1 innings leading up to his final spring start, and then he totally redeemed himself Wednesday. Nelson allowed one earned run on four hits and no walks and struck out five in 5.2 innings pitched against the Guardians. Late last season he posted a 1.47 ERA and 0.82 WHIP in three starts with the Diamondbacks.
There is upside here, but Arizona does face a tougher schedule over their first month of play. Nelson is one to closely monitor and hold onto for now in dynasty leagues.
James Outman, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
Outman put together an impressive spring, and he did enough to make the Opening Day cut for the Dodgers. He’s worked hard to rebuild his swing in his time with this organization and it’s finally paying off.
James Outman displays the swing that helped land him a spot on the Opening Day roster for the Dodgers: pic.twitter.com/rQD3Aw55DU
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) March 27, 2023
Outman hit 31 home runs across two levels of minor league play last season. He also stole 13 bases and comes with 60-grade speed.
Most scouting reports consider him a strong-side platoon candidate, but if he continues to perform at this level, he could be a solid add for any dynasty team. The Dodgers certainly didn't keep him with the team to have him ride the bench.
Justin Dirden, OF, Houston Astros
The Astros have a good amount of options for their outfield this season. Dirden joined that group as he put up a strong fight for a spot this spring. He posted a 1.043 with two homers and four doubles in 34 AB. Sadly it didn’t earn him an Opening Day appearance with the team, but we will probably see him later in the season in Houston.
After putting up huge numbers in Double-A last season, Dirden only posted a 73 wRC+ at Triple-A to end 2022. Hopefully, for his sake, his return to the Sugar Land Space Cowboys produces better results. He’s a deeper-league add at the moment with a wait-and-see advisory for smaller dynasties.
Mason Miller, SP, Oakland Athletics
“The stuff is probably the most impressive we’ve seen in terms of a prospect in our organization. The stuff is there."
That’s a quote about Miller from A’s manager Mark Kotsay. Maybe the best of the A’s prospects isn’t the most prestigious title, but that’s a statement that caught my eye. Miller struck out the side against the Mariners last Friday and started to generate some buzz.
Here's a clip of Mason Miller's devastating new "cutter".
The M's broadcast interviewed Sam Haggerty, who offered at this demon pitch, in the next half inning: "They told me it was a cutter, but I didn't even know he threw a cutter. That was...wow." #RootedInOakland pic.twitter.com/3QSA38id8O
— Uprooted (@uprootedoakland) March 25, 2023
He did allow a three-run bomb to Cal Raleigh before that impressive three-strikeout display. It’s hard to ignore what players and scouts are saying about him, though. Baseball America gives him a 70-grade fastball and two 60-grade secondaries.
If you want to jump on the hype train before said train really even exists, now is a good time in dynasty.
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