Dynasty Baseball Under the Radar Prospects 6-23-23

Tsung-Che Cheng | Roman Anthony

by Alex Welch
Dynasty Baseball Under the Radar Prospects 8-24-23

It's time to look at more of the latest risers among the rankings in dynasty baseball under the radar prospects 6-15-23.

Now about 2.5 months into the season, we're starting to see some bigger moves among prospect rankings—for better or worse. While it's good to not be too hasty with some higher-ranked prospects, it's important to not hold on for too long just because of name recognition.

It's also a good time to trade a package of players to clear up some roster space for fast risers. That will save you some time from agonizing over who to get rid of in exchange for adding a prospect with a huge upside.

Below is a rundown of five dynasty baseball prospects who are rostered in 13% or fewer of Fantrax leagues All of these prospects should be on your radar going forward in 2023.

Dynasty Baseball Under the Radar Prospects 6-23-23

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Tsung-Che Cheng, 2B/SS, Pittsburgh Pirates

Cheng posted decent numbers over the past two seasons, but he’s really taking a step forward in 2023. In 57 games at High-A, he hit .308 with 9 HR, 31 RBI, 13 SB and a 164 wRC+.

The Pirates must like what they’ve seen.

He has consistently posted 13%+ walk rates and shown plus speed, but now the power is starting to show up more than some expected with his 5’7” frame. He’s also a good defender who will likely move around wherever the Pirates need him most.

Cheng jumped from No. 24 to No. 14 on the Pirates prospects list in Baseball America’s latest update. Scouts praise his baseball IQ and the effort he puts into preparation for every game.

Despite all this, he’s still sitting at 7% ownership on Fantrax. That number will likely continue to climb as he receives more attention with this recent call-up. It’s a good time to get in.

Roman Anthony, OF, Boston Red Sox

A somewhat popular pick for a prospect who could explode in 2023, Anthony’s numbers haven’t lived up to that expectation at all. In 42 games in Single-A, he batted .228 with a single homer, 18 RBI and 11 SB.

But the underlying numbers and his approach at the plate tell a different story. Fangraphs’ latest Red Sox update explains, “If you adjust for age, his peak exit velos are a 70 on the scouting scale (more 55/60 on the big league scale) and his bat-to-ball ability is plus.”

And things are already looking up after he got the call up to High-A.

Through eight games with the Greenville Drive, Anthony is slashing .290/.421/.645 with 3 HR, 7 RBI and a 183 wRC+. He continues to lower his groundball rate. He could be a few adjustments away from really unlocking major power.

Anthony is rostered in 12% of Fantrax leagues. If someone has him in your league, it’s worth doing a heat check on how they’re feeling given his lackluster numbers to start the year.

Jared Jones, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates

Another Pirates prospect making some noise, Jones recently moved up to Triple-A after a promising start to the season with Altoona. He pitched 44.1 innings at Double-A and posted a 2.23 ERA with batters hitting just .201 against him.

Jones took a major leap in Baseball America’s latest update, moving from No. 11 to No. 5 in the Pirates system. He reaches the upper 90s with his fastball, has a plus slider and continues to improve on rounding out his four-pitch arsenal.

His 17.3% K-BB rate at Double-A doesn’t blow you away, and the 85.8% LOB rate shows he might’ve had luck on his side. But there’s a Luis Ortiz-esque rise here, and more dynasty owners are starting to take notice.

Jones is now rostered in 13% of Fantrax leagues. Considering there’s probably a fair amount of work ahead, I see him as a good sell-high if you’re in position to win now/soon.

Welbyn Francisca, SS, Cleveland Guardians

Francisca is on fire to start his career in the Guardians organization. Through 10 games in the Dominican Summer League, he's slashing .419/.519/.791 with 2 HR, 10 RBI, 3 SB and a 216 wRC+.

He's failed to get a hit in just one game so far. The approach looks far advanced for a 17-year-old as he's walking at a good clip and striking out 11.5% of the time.

Among this year's DSL breakouts, Francisca projects to be on the smaller side, so the power might not end up being a big part of his game. But the speed is there, and the athleticism and instincts already impress scouts.

Francisca is one of the higher-rostered DSL players at 9% now. If he's still available in deeper prospect leagues, he's a solid stash.

Enmanuel Tejeda, 2B/SS, New York Yankees

As a 17-year-old, Tejeda posted a 162 wRC+ in the Dominican Summer League. This year his numbers are even more insane in the Florida Complex League.

Through 12 games, he’s hitting .343/.571/.629 with 3 HR, 11 RBI, 10 SB and a 208 wRC+. These video game numbers will surely come down to earth eventually, but his already showing an advanced plate approach.

He’s probably too passive at this point, walking 32.1% of the time this season. He’s walked at least two times in six of his 12 CPX games.

At just 18 years old, there’s a long road ahead for any dynasty payoff. But if you’re looking for rookie fliers, Tejeda might be worth a shot.


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