Dynasty Baseball Under the Radar Prospects 8-4-23

Yophery Rodriguez | Sal Stewart

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

It's time to look at some of the players heating up this summer in dynasty baseball under the radar prospects 8-4-23.

We still have a couple of weeks left of Dominican Summer League (DSL) and complex league play. There are plenty of impressive performers across all three of these leagues, so while you want to get ahead of the hype on some prospects, it's good to not go overboard on adding as many 17- and 18-year-old prospects as possible. But of course, the first player on today's list is a 17-year-old prospect.

Below is a rundown of five dynasty baseball prospects who are rostered in 8% or fewer of Fantrax leagues All of these prospects should be on your radar going forward in 2023.

Dynasty Baseball Under the Radar Prospects 8-4-23

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Yophery Rodriguez, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers have built a good track record for developing international prospects, and Rodriguez could be next in line as one of their success stories. Now 40 games into his first season in the DSL, he will likely be a fast riser in prospect rankings this year.

Rodriguez is slashing .273/.419/.511 with 6 HRs, 33 RBI, and 11 SBs this summer. He cooled off a bit in July but still managed a .905 OPS. With more walks than strikeouts through 139 ABs, the 17-year-old is showing advanced plate skills already.

The Statcast data shows he’s at least average or better across the board. Dynasty players could be looking at a five-category contributor. And judging by his pedigree as the top international signing for the Brewers, Baseball America’s Dylan White recently wrote Rodgriguez “seems to be a safe bet to make large leaps on prospect rankings updates."

Rodriguez is only rostered in 5% of Fantrax leagues at the moment. That number could see a big jump if more prospect rankings catch on to his potential. Keep a close eye on him as his season progresses.

Sal Stewart, 3B, Cincinnati Reds

Another team that seems to possess some sort of prospect-developing magic, the Reds keep churning out players for these articles. So far this season I’ve highlighted Andrew Abbott, Connor Phillips, Hector Rodriguez, and Carlos Jorge. Now Stewart could be next in line for a big move up rankings.

He’s enjoying quite an impressive summer campaign in 2023. Over the past month, Stewart is batting .307 with 4 HRs, 18 RBI, a 1.007 OPS, and 173 wRC+.

While his overall numbers for the season don’t pop, it looks like he’s starting to figure things out at Single-A. The Reds worked with Stewart to make some swing adjustments and cut down on his high groundball rate. After hitting one homer in his first 48 games, he now has 9 HRs in his last 37 starts.

And even better news, his strikeout rate hasn’t suffered as a result. He’s still walking more than he’s striking out at 16.3% and 15.5% respectively.

It’s worth remembering that he was a first-round pick by the Reds last year. He might end up being limited to first base, but he should deliver plus power without hurting your batting average. He’s rostered in just 8% of Fantrax leagues. He’s worth grabbing if he’s still out there in yours.

Hayden Birdsong, RHP, San Francisco Giants

Birdsong ranks No. 16 overall in strikeouts among minor league pitchers this season with 116 in just 77.2 IP. The Giants finally took notice and decided to promote him to Double-A yesterday.

Birdsong owns a 2.67 ERA (3.16 FIP) this season and a 1.15 WHIP. Batters are hitting just .204 against him across two levels. While some scouts express concerns about his ability to throw strikes, he’s still holding steady at a 9.6% walk rate.

At 6-foot-4, 215 lbs., Birdsong certainly looks the part of a powerful starting pitcher. His fastball now sits at 95 MPH and can reach a bit higher, and he pairs that with a plus breaking ball.

Fangraphs still views him as a likely middle-relief candidate someday, but his 2023 campaign leaves the Giants wanting to see where the starter track takes him. His command will determine where he ends up.

Keep an eye on Birdsong’s performance at this next level. If he continues to cruise through Double-A, he’ll surely make a jump up pitching prospect rankings this year. And he’s only rostered in 4% of Fantrax leagues, so he’s widely available for a dynasty stash.

Blake Dunn, OF, Cincinnati Reds

Another Reds player to add to the list, why not? Dunn struggled with injuries and inconsistency over the past few years, but this year he appears to be fully healthy and locked in at the plate.

He began the year at High-A and batted .276 with 8 HRs and 19 SBs in 47 games. Cincinnati promoted him to Double-A at the beginning of June, and he looks even better with the Lookouts. Dunn is on a torrid pace batting .366 with 6 HRs, 33 RBI, and 23 SBs. He just grabbed another Player of the Month award.

He’s now sitting on 14 HRs and 42 SBs for the season with a .322/.428/.503 slash line. His strikeout rate isn’t too much of a concern at 22.3%. The biggest outlier right now is his .399 BABIP which is surely helping him exceed expectations.

Baseball America described Dunn as a “plus-plus runner with huge arm strength and raw power” in his draft profile. My colleague Mike Schneider did a deeper dive into Dunn’s playing history and pointed out the injury history that has held him back. If Dunn can stay healthy, he looks like a promising power and speed combo for dynasty outfields.

Mason Albright, LHP, Colorado Rockies

In 2021, the Angels handed Albright the largest signing bonus ever given to a draft pick taken outside of the first 10 rounds. In fact, the organization believes in him so much that they…just traded him to the Rockies.

The move to an eventual home in Coors Field isn’t what you hope for in a pitching prospect, but Albright still shows promise as a back-end starter. He’s been solid this summer outside of one major blowup on July 1, going deep into games and posting a 27.6% K-BB rate over the past month.

For the season, Albright has a 3.40 ERA with 95 strikeouts through 15 starts. He’s pitched seven innings in nine of those performances and currently has one of the highest strike percentages in the minor leagues.

The lefty doesn’t overpower hitters, so his durability and strike-throwing ability will hopefully propel him as a fantasy contributor. Still only 20 years old and already commanding a solid arsenal, Albright will hopefully develop a bit more stuff as he progresses in the Rockies system.


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