Dynasty Baseball Under the Radar Prospects 7-20-23

Ignacio Alvarez | Thomas Saggese

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

It's time to look at who's still on fire this summer in dynasty baseball under the radar prospects 7-20-23.

Do you ever feel dynasty baseball fatigue? It's a long season, and I know plenty of dynasty league owners - myself included - who can take their eye off the ball after months of keeping up with prospects. Fantasy football ultimately gets in the way for many as well.

But the second half of the season can be an opportune time to bolster your roster. I see so many notable names still among the free agents available in prospect drafts every year. Don't let some of these players get away.

Below is a rundown of five dynasty baseball prospects who are rostered in 17% or fewer of Fantrax leagues All of these prospects should be on your radar going forward in 2023.

Dynasty Baseball Under the Radar Prospects 7-20-23

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Ignacio Alvarez, 3B/SS, Atlanta Braves

The Braves might have a better version of Vaughn Grissom on their hands. Alvarez continues to heat up this summer. He’s hitting .337 over the past month with 5 HRs and a 159 wRC+.

For the season at High-A, Alvarez is slashing .295/.408/.414 with 6 HRs, 53 RBI and 14 SBs. He’s showing that while he might not stand out in every category, he can chip in across the board for fantasy owners.

His plate discipline has been a plus asset since college, where he walked more than he struck out. He still posts low chase rates, and he’s walking at a 14.9% rate compared to his 16.3% strikeout rate in 2023.

All reports indicate he’s a better fielder than Grissom. The Braves play him at shortstop and third base, but he could add even more positions as they try to figure out where to play him in the majors.

Alvarez is rostered in 8% of Fantrax leagues. He’s in a great organization and should be a solid contributor in a few years.

Thomas Saggese, SS/2B, Rangers

Saggese did not hit a home run in his first 27 games to start the 2023 season. Since then, he’s been on an absolute tear.

He’s up to 13 home runs on the season since May 10. In that span, Saggese is batting .336 with 52 RBI, a .998 OPS and a 158 wRC+.

Saggese’s scouting report early in his career showed an aggressive hitter who swung too often. Those chase rates have fallen a bit, and his strikeout rate is only a moderate concern right now at 23.2% for the year. He also has a 12.2% swinging strike rate, tied with Jackson Chourio in that category.

Defense will likely be the biggest concern long-term. Saggese looks like he’ll end up as a utility infielder with some pop.

He’s rostered in 6% of Fantrax leagues.

Johan Rojas, OF, Philadelphia Phillies

Rojas is a prospect I’ve kept an eye on but have been mostly disappointed with the results. Ray Butler at Prospects 365 hyped him up as a potential top-10 riser early last year, and he might finally be starting to figure things out.

Signed back in 2018, Rojas showed flashes here and there over the past several years. His speed has never been in doubt, but this year he’s added a little more power with 9 HRs and a .306 batting average at Double-A this season.

The Phillies recently called him up to fill in for the injured Cristian Pache.

Rojas has already made several plays in center field to prove he’s an excellent defender. That will help his staying power long-term.

For fantasy owners, steals are the main target here. Hopefully Rojas continues to improve his pitch recognition and continues to build on his power gains. He’s rostered in 17% of Fantrax leagues now, but that number will likely fall again when Pache returns and Rojas is sent down.

Yordanny Monegro, RHP, Boston Red Sox

The 6-foot-4 righty is enjoying quite the breakout this season. He dominated the complex league, and after the Red Sox promoted him to Single-A, he continues to look unhittable.

Overall for 2023, Monegro has a 1.99 FIP and 30.7% K-BB% through 30 IP. Hitters are batting just .154 against him. There’s certainly some help with a ridiculous 92.2% LOB%, but it’s hard to ignore his performance so far.

Monegro’s fastball touches 98 MPH and as you can see from the clip above, his curveball is no match for some of the younger hitters. Scouts project him as fourth or fifth starter, but he’s taking major strides this year.

Monegro is rostered in 6% of Fantrax leagues. Holding onto young arms who are a few years out from the majors can be a tough approach in dynasty, but he’s one to keep an eye on as he progresses.

Victor Scott II, OF, St. Louis Cardinals

I highlighted Scott earlier this season, but he’s still flying under the radar despite his incredible pace. And yes, that mostly refers to his speed.

The Cardinals promoted Scott to Double-A toward the end of June. Since his call-up, he’s batting .339 with 2 HRs, 11 RBI and 8 SBs in 14 games.

Scott is sitting on 58 steals for the year. He is truly one of the fastest players in baseball, an attribute he showed up at the All-Star Futures Game.

While the number has increased, Scott is still only rostered in 6% of Fantrax leagues. Below-average power hitters might not be the most coveted prospects, but Scott could easily help your team in average and speed.


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