Dynasty Baseball Under the Radar Prospects 6-8-23

Nelson Rada | Chase Hampton

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

It's time to look at some of the latest risers among the rankings in dynasty baseball under the radar prospects 6-8-23.

This is a fun time of year for the prospect watch. All eyes are on Elly De La Cruz as he's already dominating in the majors, but plenty of former under the radar guys previously mentioned in this series - like Emmet Sheehan and Andrew Abbott - are slowly becoming household names (at least dynasty baseball households).

Rookie baseball leagues are now officially underway, too, so there's sure to be more Fantasy Six Pack content on those players in the coming weeks.

Below is a rundown of five dynasty baseball prospects who are owned in 11% or fewer of Fantrax leagues All of these prospects should be on your radar going forward in 2023.

Dynasty Baseball Under the Radar Prospects 6-8-23

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Connor Phillips, HP, Cincinnati Reds

We already watched Andrew Abbott quickly ascend to the majors this season. Now Phillips might be next in line for the Reds.

He’s coming off his best start of the season. Last night he went 7 IP with 10 Ks and 0 ER. He only allowed one hit and kept the walks in check. Phillips also threw strikes 68.4% of the time.

Limiting walks is the key to his starter potential going forward. Baseball America says it’s more about his approach, noting that Phillips “repeats his delivery relatively well and should eventually get to at least fringe-average control.”

Phillips is now second among all minor league pitchers in strikeouts this season – only behind his future teammate Abbott. His ownership is ticking up in dynasty leagues, but you might still have a chance to grab him now.

Nelson Rada, OF, Los Angeles Angels

As a 16-year-old in the Dominican Summer League last season, Rada hit .311 and stole 27 bases in 50 games. The Angels placed him at Single-A to start 2023, and he’s starting to show why the organization believes in him.

The speed is enticing. He’s posted a 140 wRC+ and .825 OPS since the beginning of May despite still searching for his first homer of the season.

This kind of plate approach at such a young age is something to invest in. Some scouts believe he’ll physically develop enough to offer double-digit homers as a potential leadoff hitter.

Obviously his ETA is far down the road, so it depends on your league size if you want to hold onto him for several years before he reaches the majors. But his stock is on the rise.

Zach Dezenzo, 3B, Houston Astros

Another hitter with a promising plate approach, Dezenzo recently got the call-up to Double-A. Through nine games with the Corpus Christi Hooks, he’s batting .345, walking 16.2% of the time and striking out at that same rate.

Overall in 2023, he’s slashing .394 with a 1.082 OPS and 190 wRC+.

He hit 19 home runs in 51 games as a senior at Ohio State. The power hasn’t quite translated as well to the minor leagues, but we’re still seeing promising signs.

Alex Bregman is locked in at third base through 2024, so there’s one obstacle (for now) for Dezenzo. He has played some at second base, too, so the Astros could move him around if he continues to hit this well.

Dezenzo is only owned in 5% of Fantrax leagues. He’s probably available in your league now.

Chase Hampton, RHP, New York Yankees

High-A hitters are no match for Hampton. He’s currently sporting a 40.4% strikeout rate through eight starts with the Hudson Valley Renegades.

Through 41.1 IP, Hampton has a 3.05 ERA (2.78 xFIP) with 69 strikeouts and 15 walks. He’s due for a call-up to Double-A any day now.

He has four offerings that he pounds the strike zone with, and scouting reports have shown him hitting at least 97 MPH. At just 21 years old, Hampton is making a case to be among the Yankees top pitching prospects.

He’s gained more attention over the past few weeks, bumping his Fantrax ownership up to 10%. He’s still available in plenty of leagues, though, and will likely be a valuable asset for all dynasty owners.

Victor Scott II, OF, St. Louis Cardinals

If you're looking to add speed to your dynasty roster, Scott might be your guy.

He's actually up to 39 steals on the year now, and the steals can come in bunches. Scott has nine games this season with two or more stolen bases.

He's currently riding a six-game hitting streak and has boosted his batting average to .278 on the year. His ability to get on base is also boosted by his 12.3% walk rate so far through two minor league levels.

Scott doesn't offer much power, although some scouts believe he could still contribute at least 10 homers a season. But he's tied for first in steals in minor league baseball, and his Fantrax ownership sits at just 4% today.


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