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Fantasy baseball sleepers 2024: Top breakout picks for all 30 teams

Everyone knows the stars poised for big fantasy seasons. It’s the breakout picks that often make or break fantasy teams.

After all, who saw the Lane Thomas breakout coming? Who knew Corbin Carroll would be that prepared for his rookie season? And where did Zach Eflin and Justin Steele come from on the pitching scene?

Those are the types of players that seem like ordinary picks in the middle of drafts, but can wind up winning the title for teams by the end of the year. 

It’s not easy to predict breakouts. If it were easy, they wouldn’t exactly be breakout talents now would they? But Sporting News is giving its best shot at identifying a hitter and pitcher from each MLB team who could wind up breaking big in 2024. Here’s a look at some names poised for big years.

Fantasy Sleepers 2024: Two breakouts picks from each team

Arizona Diamondbacks

Alek Thomas

There were two different Thomas seasons packed into one. There was the start of the campaign, when he hit .195 and was sent to the minors in mid-May. Then there was his return to the big leagues, when he came back in mid-June and hit .245 with seven homers, paired with a solid postseason in which he launched four homers. Before Corbin Carroll, Thomas was once considered the team’s top outfield prospect. He’s got plenty of raw power and quickness that could make him a power/speed producer, so long as he can improve his contact.

Brandon Pfaadt

Remember that guy who had a 3.27 ERA for the Diamondbacks en route to the World Series? Yeah, we think he’s going to be pretty good in 2024. Pfaadt struggled over his first 11 MLB starts, then pitched to a 4.14 mark the rest of the regular season. The stuff is electric, the only question has been giving up too many homers. So long as he allows fewer than two per start as he did last year, it’s easy to see him having a breakout.

Atlanta Braves

Jarred Kelenic

It’s hard to think of any batter that’s underrated in this loaded Braves lineup, which is why the answer might be the new guy. Kelenic was acquired in the offseason from the Mariners, and the former sixth overall pick could benefit from a change of scenery. He already hit 11 homers with 13 steals and a .253 average last year, but his ceiling is considerably higher. Batting near the bottom of this vaunted order, he could see plenty of fastballs and be in a position to take full advantage. With his power and speed, he has everything one looks for in a breakout talent.

Hurston Waldrep

Waldrep came out of Florida as a pitcher many believed to be a raw yet exceedingly talented player. He had top-of-the-first-round stuff but a bit of an issue with command and control. The Braves landed him 24th overall, and he’s fried the minors, vaulting all the way up to Triple-A before the end of the year. He’ll need to rein in the walks before he’s fully big-league ready, but even a little improvement could get him to the majors in 2024.

Baltimore Orioles

Jackson Holliday

This is the easy button, right? He’s the No. 1 prospect in the game, and if he doesn’t start the season in the big leagues, it won’t be long until he’s there. He combines one of the minors’ best hit tools with power and speed. The only question will be whether his long-term home is short or second.

Grayson Rodriguez

Here’s where we get to being a bit of a stretch of a sleeper. Rodriguez, a former top prospect in his own right, put together a solid fantasy season as a rookie and is getting drafted in the middle rounds because of it. But he still might wind up flying too much under the radar. The improvements he showed in the majors as a 23-year-old were impressive, and the stuff and command looks every bit the part of an ace. Corbin Burnes is going to be the main guy for Baltimore in 2024, but Rodriguez could wind up breaking out into ace territory.

Boston Red Sox

Jarren Duran

Finding some stolen bases in the later rounds of the draft can be helpful. And Duran should certainly help with that and more. He also posted an impressive .295 batting average with eight home runs in 102 games last year, and there could be more power coming up as well, as he hit 16 dingers in just 60 Triple-A games in 2021. The speed is there for him to swipe 30 bases. Combine that with double-digit homers, and he could provide some excellent late-round value.

Kutter Crawford

The Crawford breakout really started in 2023. He posted a 3.83 FIP and an xERA of 3.30. But the ceiling could be higher. He ranked in the 75th percentile or higher in xERA (87th), xBA (88th), average exit velocity (75th), chase rate (82nd), walk rate (75th) and hard-hit rate (76th). That’s a lot of red on his Baseball Savant page. He showed improvements across the board from 2022, and could be poised to take a huge step forward for the pitching-needy Red Sox.

Chicago Cubs

Pete Crow-Armstrong

Scouts watch Crow-Armstrong for the defense. Last year, they stayed for the bat. He’s considered by many already to be among the best defensive outfielders in the sport, but last year the bat came alive as he launched 20 homers with a .283 average between Double- and Triple-A. On top of that, he put his blazing speed to use in swiping 37 bags, his second straight season with at least 30 steals. The return of Cody Bellinger clouds Crow-Armstrong’s immediate path to playing time, but he should force his way to the big leagues early, and could be an impact bat when he arrives.

Adbert Alzolay

Alzolay snagged the closer role in 2023 and earned 22 saves with an impressive 2.67 ERA. By the end of 2024, it’s possible he’ll rank among the top closers in baseball. He’s not like most closers who moved to the bullpen because of a lack of secondary offerings. He has a diverse repertoire that he commands well, and his control has made drastic improvements since he shifted full-time to the bullpen. 

Chicago White Sox

Eloy Jimenez

Jimenez has constantly battled injuries that have limited him to only 436 games over the first five seasons of his big-league career. And since his rookie year, he has yet to exceed 18 home runs in a season. But Jimenez has looked sharp in spring training and is still only 27 years old. He’s often been on pace for large home run totals before injury, and if he can stay healthy, the slugger could be in for a big year.

Jordan Leasure

The other closer spot in the Windy City is anything but settled. The White Sox are likely looking at a closer by committee, and Leasure might be someone who could secure the spot. Acquired in the Lance Lynn trade, Leasure reached Triple-A with the White Sox and fanned a whopping 35.4 percent of batters, though he also walked 12.3 percent. His triple-digits fastball and power slider give him a dynamic pairing and could be a dangerous combo in the ninth inning.

Cincinnati Reds

Spencer Steer

Steer already has his breakout season as a rookie in 2023. In any other year, 23 homers, 15 steals and a .271/.356/.464 slash line could be enough to win Rookie of the Year. The bat is for real, and this season, he’ll bat in the middle of what should be a deep lineup. He also brings tremendous value as a super-utility player. It’ll be easy for his name to get lost in the shuffle with Elly De La Cruz, Matt McLain, Noelvi Marte (once he’s back from his suspension) and Christian Encarnacion-Strand. But don’t miss out on a reliable slugger with positional versatility.

Nick Lodolo

There’s one question with Lodolo: health. He missed nearly all of the 2023 season due to leg injuries and was inconsistent on the field due to those issues when he was on the mound. His first three starts, however? A 2.12 ERA, a 36 percent K rate and 8 percent walk rate. Lodolo has a deceptive delivery and filthy stuff, and looked the part of a future ace as a rookie in 2022. The southpaw could be dynamic if he stays healthy.

Cleveland Guardians

Estevan Florial

Cleveland needs hitters. Florial needs a change of scenery. Every time Florial’s been in the big leagues, he’s struggled, owning a .209 career average and 30.6 percent. In Triple-A, he has mashed, having hit 28 homers with a .565 slugging, though there have still been some strikeout issues. Florial should be given ample opportunities to secure the starting center field job, and with his power and speed, he could provide a boost as a deep sleeper.

Gavin Williams

Tanner Bibee was the highlight of Cleveland’s trio of rookie starters in 2023. Williams might be the best of the trio long-term. The former East Carolina hurler has four standout pitches and uses them all effectively, though his control has wavered in the past. Williams has ace potential, and could be primed to take that step in his second full season of professional baseball.

Colorado Rockies

Hunter Goodman

The ball flies in Denver. And Goodman has made it fly everywhere he’s been. Goodman is a tremendous power prospect, though he’s had some strikeout issues in the past. But in Coors Field, a launching pad, Goodman’s power could make up for his other deficiencies. Goodman is likely to need more time in Triple-A after only 15 games there in 2023 and some struggles at the big-league level, but he could easily force the issue and earn his way to Colorado early.

Justin Lawrence

Pitching in Coors Field is significantly less fun than hitting there. But Lawrence has made it work. Following a rough 2022 campaign, he was excellent in 2023, posting a 3.72 ERA and 3.76 FIP. He limited the home runs, a key part of succeeding in Colorado, and fanned 23.9 percent of batters. He’ll likely be the favorite to close for the Rockies, and given his successes handling the ninth last year, he could be a valuable closer for fantasy teams in need of some saves.

Detroit Tigers

Riley Greene

Greene was a much anticipated prospect when he debuted in 2022, and the results were largely disappointing, as he mustered only a .682 OPS in 93 games. He showed major improvement in 2023, slashing .288/.349/.447 with 11 homers and seven steals in 99 games, though he wound up undergoing Tommy John surgery toward the end of the campaign. He’s healthy heading into 2024, and brings plenty of power upside, as well as some stolen base help. If he can bring the strikeout rate down, the sky is the limit.

Casey Mize

Much like Greene, Mize is a post-hype prospect to target. Mize missed all of 2023 as he recovered from Tommy John surgery, but he’s in line to return to the rotation in 2024. In 2021, his true rookie season, Mize had a 3.71 ERA, though a 4.71 FIP highlighted some shortcomings. When healthy, Mize’s stuff is filthy as he boasts a mid-90s fastball, a lethal splitter and a solid slider and curveball to round out his repertoire. He could provide owners in deeper leagues with some solid innings and could show the form that led him to being the 2018 No. 1 overall pick.

Houston Astros

Chas McCormick

There are a lot of stars on the perennial contender Astros. So it’s hardly a surprise McCormick’s outstanding 2023 got lost in the shuffle. It shouldn’t from a fantasy perspective, however. He came a steal shy of a 22/20 season with a .273 average. He made loads of hard contact and charts in the 72nd percentile in sprint speed. McCormick also off-sets strikeout issues with solid walk rates at or near double digits. He typically bats near the bottom of the order, but that power/speed combination should be valuable regardless where he hits in the lineup.

Hunter Brown

You don’t have to squint hard to see an exciting pitcher in Brown. Sure, there were some issues as a rookie, as Brown posted a 5.09 ERA in 31 games. But the fastball averages 95.7 mph and he maximizes that velo with a healthy extension that ranks in the 78th percentile. His slider and curveball have earned high marks from scouts and offer the makings of a front-of-the-rotation starter. He will provide plenty of strikeouts as a healthy floor for his fantasy value. Limiting hard contact and home runs could help him take the next step in 2024.

Kansas City Royals

Maikel Garcia

Take a look at Garcia’s Baseball Savant page. There’s a lot of red in the hard-hit and sweet-spots for a guy that hit only four home runs in 2023. That’s not to say he’s going to become a 40-homer hitter in 2024; he doesn’t have that type of launch angle or over-the-fence pop. But he makes hard contact and does an excellent job keeping his whiff and chase rates low. Garcia swiped 23 bases in 2023 and could improve on that this season. He might also provide better power numbers, which could help owners in deeper leagues.

Cole Ragans

There’s probably no one more widely pegged to be a breakout player in 2024 than Ragans. ESPN reported one evaluator described him as a left-handed Jacob deGrom. Ragans had a high strikeout rate (28.8 percent) and a reliable 3.47 ERA in limited action last year. This year, he could be a possible ace found in the middle rounds of the draft.

Los Angeles Angels

Zach Neto

The Angels have been aggressive with promoting their prospects. That was the case with Neto, who was drafted in 2022 and debuted in April 2023 after just a few games in the minors. In 84 games, he launched nine homers and swiped five bags, though he hit only .225. Neto posted impressive chase rates and made enough hard contact to expect some improvement in 2024. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him reach 20 homers and double-digit stolen bases.

Chase Silseth

Silseth had his ups and downs as a rookie. He was mixed as a reliever, but picked things up in a starting role, cutting down on his walk rate and providing the Angels with some solid outings down the stretch, including two outings in which he fanned double-digit batters. Given Los Angeles’ lack of starting options, Silseth should have plenty of opportunities to stay in the rotation all season.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Gavin Lux

It’s hard to believe Lux is only 26 years old. He debuted in 2019, saw limited playing time in 2020 then played full seasons in 2021 and 2022 before missing all of 2023 with an injury. Lux has not shown much in the way or homers or steals in the majors, but the potential is there, as he was viewed by scouts as having plus power and plus speed in the minors. Could he be due for a breakout in 2024? He’s surrounded by star talent and could surprise as a late-round pick.

Walker Buehler

The Dodgers brought in a lot of shiny new toys in the offseason in Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto and Tyler Glasnow. Don’t let that distract from Buehler’s return, though. In 2021, he had a 2.47 ERA, 26 percent strikeout rate and minuscule 6.4 percent walk rate. That’s ace-caliber production. Coming off Tommy John surgery, Buehler will have a later start to the 2024 campaign, but when healthy, he should provide huge results for fantasy teams down the stretch.

Miami Marlins

Tim Anderson

There’s no other way around it: it was a disappointing 2023 for Anderson. He hit just .245 with one homer. It wasn’t that long ago that he launched 17 homers and 18 steals while hitting .300. Anderson is now in Miami, and stands out as a potential bounce-back candidate. Bare minimum, he’s going to continue providing stolen bases in deeper leagues. Best case, the change of scenery helps him get back to his high average, solid power/speed production for fantasy teams.

Braxton Garrett

Jesus Luzardo and Eury Perez were the breakout pitchers of 2023. That’s why Garrett’s second straight season with a sub-3.70 ERA flew under the radar a bit. He walked only 4.4 percent of batters in 2023 while his K rate stayed around his 2022 rate of 23.7 percent. The home runs were the biggest issue in an otherwise standout campaign. Garrett is about as reliable as it gets, and his command helps give him and his fantasy managers a high floor. Should his strikeout rate improve in his age-26/27 season, he could rank among the best mid-range starters.

Milwaukee Brewers

Jackson Chourio

The hype is going to be through the roof for Chourio, particularly after the eight-year, $82 million extension he signed before the season with Milwaukee. He’ll be 20 when the season begins and figures to start in the big leagues early in the season, if not on Opening Day. He cranked 22 homers and stole 43 bases in Double-A last year, all while striking out in under 20 percent of plate appearances. If anyone is the next Ronald Acuna Jr., it’s Chourio. He could be a future first-round talent you can get in the middle of the draft.

DL Hall

Anyone expecting the next Corbin Burnes is setting the bar too high. But Hall was a key part of a nice return for Milwaukee, and should have an impact for both the Brewers and fantasy teams looking for late pitching depth. His stuff has always stood out as filthy, the only question has been the command. Hall should split time between the rotation and bullpen in 2024, but even in sporadic time, he has immense strikeout upside (he nearly always struck out more than 30 percent of batters in the minors) and he is effective at limiting hard contact. 

Minnesota Twins

Edouard Julien

Julien rakes. That’s the best way to describe the 24-year-old second baseman. The defense at the keystone can be a bit rough at times, but he walks at a near-20 percent clip and he’s shown immense power in the minors, with 17 homers in 113 games at Double-A in 2022 and 21 combined homers in 2023 between Triple-A and MLB. In his sophomore campaign, he could again be a 20-homer threat with a high on-base percentage all while hitting in the middle of a solid lineup.

Bailey Ober

Ober has quietly been looking like a top-of-the-rotation arm over the past two seasons. He had a 2.92 FIP over 11 starts in 2022 and a 3.96 FIP in 2023 with a 3.43 ERA. His changeup ranks as one of the league’s best, and it helps his low-90s fastball play up. Ober has excellent control, but isn’t a pitch-to-contact guy. He fanned 25.3 percent of batters in 2023, giving him some strikeout upside to go along with a low ERA.

New York Mets

Francisco Alvarez

Twenty-five homers as a rookie catcher? That’ll play. Alvarez was only 21 years old when he conked 21 homers as a rookie. The rest of his line left some to be desire as he only hit .209 and struck out at a 26 percent rate. But at the catcher position, that type of home run production — and RBI tallies — should be plenty valuable for fantasy owners looking for help at the shallow fantasy spot.

Luis Severino

That 2023 meltdown kinda came out of nowhere. And it came right before he hit free agency. Now on a one-year, prove-it deal, Severino’s going to look to do exactly that. Before that 6.65 ERA in 2023, he had a 3.39 ERA with a 27 percent strikeout rate. It’s not hard to see Severino bouncing back if he can regain his form in Queens. If he does, that could lead to immense late-round value.

New York Yankees

Anthony Volpe

Volpe’s season left plenty of fantasy owners happy as he had 21 homers and 24 stolen bases. The .209 average and 27.8 percent strikeout rate? A bit more of an issue. Volpe makes plenty of hard contact and has shown the ability in the minors to cut down on the strikeouts as he makes adjustments. He’ll be just 23 for most of 2024, and if he keeps the power/speed production while showing any improvement in the average department, he could be a breakout shortstop in 2024.

Clarke Schmidt

There was really just one blemish on what otherwise was a solid first full season in the rotation for Schmidt: home runs. He fanned 21.5 percent of batters and only walked 6.6 percent. But a 13.1 percent home run per fly ball rate ballooned the homers and contributed to a 4.64 ERA. Schmidt has strikeout stuff, headlined by his hammer curveball, and a mid-90s sinker. Reducing the homers, as he did in 2022 (8.6 percent HR/FB rate), could lead to a mid-rotation season for Schmidt.

Oakland Athletics

Darell Hernaiz

Playing time is open in Oakland for just about anyone, and Hernaiz could be someone primed to capitalize on the opportunity. He posted an impressive .321/.386/.456 combined slash across Triple-A and Double-A in 2023, hitting nine homers and stealing 13 bases. He makes plenty of contact, and could offer fantasy owners in deeper leagues some homers and speed.

Mason Miller

Few pitchers can match the explosive stuff of Miller. High-octane fastball, filthy slider with sharp horizontal and vertical break and a standout changeup that helps round out his arsenal. Miller struggled with command in his sample size of 33.1 innings in 2023, but his stuff could make him a devastating closer. And in Oakland, there is no clear answer for the ninth inning, meaning Miller could quickly take over the role.

Philadelphia Phillies

Johan Rojas

Rojas carved out a solid role with the Phillies in 2023, and should enter as a strong contender for the center field spot full-time in 2024. He is a burner on the bases, as evidenced by his 14 steals in just 59 games. There’s not a lot of power in his bat, but if he can keep his average in the .300 range as he did in 2023 at Double-A and the majors, he should have plenty of stolen-base opportunities and contribute in the runs scored department as well.

Cristopher Sanchez

Sanchez enjoyed a mini breakout last season, posting an eye-opening 3.44 ERA across 99.1 innings (18 starts). Now heading into his age-27 season, Sanchez could be ready for the full breakout. He has excellent command of his pitches and one of the highest-graded sliders in the majors by Stuff+. There should still be some tempered expectations, but he could be a valuable fantasy back-end rotation piece with some strikeout potential.

Pittsburgh Pirates

Ke’Bryan Hayes

Hayes has battled injuries throughout his career, and has not always made the most of his ability to sting the ball. Last year, he dramatically improved his launch angle and the result was 15 homers in 124 games. The power could keep trending upward, along with a decent amount of stolen bases from the third baseman. Between the power/speed combo and his solid plate discipline, he could be poised to rank among the top third basemen.

Paul Skenes

Like Holliday, this is the easy button. There’s no better pitcher in the minors than Skenes, who has taken baseball by storm since his junior year at LSU. The stuff is so good, many already considered him MLB-ready before he left college. He pairs a triple-digits fastball with a wipeout slider and advanced command and control. He’s not going to make the MLB roster to begin the year, but it’s not likely to be long until he’s in the big leagues.

San Diego Padres

Luis Campusano

It wasn’t long ago Campusano was considered among baseball’s top prospects. Struggles at the big-league level and some injuries dimmed the luster a bit. But he showed major promise in 2023, hitting seven homers with a .319 average in just 49 games, while walking at a 4 percent clip and striking out 12.1 percent of the time. Given the lack of top-tier catchers, Campusano could be a boost for teams who miss out on the elite backstops.

Michael King

The highlight of the Juan Soto package, King has spent the bulk of his career as a reliever for the Yankees before making eight starts down the stretch. He was sensational in those outings, pitching to a 1.88 ERA and 2.47 FIP. He had an impressive 113 Stuff+ in 2023 and his Baseball Savant chart features plenty of red. He’s got ace potential and his age-28 campaign could be the time he breaks out in the rotation.

San Francisco Giants

Marco Luciano

It has been a fast rise to the majors for Luciano. He made his pro debut in 2019 as a 17-year-old, and reached the majors at age 21 in 2023. He’s had some swing-and-miss problems in his career, but the power is legit, with some projecting him to reach 20-plus homers annually. Still a bit raw, Luciano will have a learning curve, though with regular playing time at shortstop, he should still be an impact player.

Kyle Harrison

If you’re looking for strikeouts, Harrison’s your guy. He struck out at least 35 percent of batters at every level of the minors, and though it ticked down a bit in the majors to just a 23.8 percent K rate, there’s reason to believe that will improve with time. He boasts a high-octane fastball with plenty of movement and pairs it well with a plus changeup and slider. Walks have been an issue, but his swing-and-miss stuff should be enough to make him a valuable starter in the rotation.

Seattle Mariners

Jorge Polanco

The Twins’ infield logjam meant Polanco got a bit lost in the shuffle, particularly as he battled injuries. Now in Seattle, second base should be all his. He has developed into a standout slugger, having launched 14 homers in just 80 games last year while hitting .255. That type of power is rare for a second baseman, which provides plenty of value as long as he can stay healthy.

Bryce Miller

Miller’s calling card in the minors was his command. Then he reached the majors, and his stuff exploded, ranking among the filthiest arsenals in the majors. He did not rack up as many strikeouts as one might expect, but the 25-year-old could see that improve in his second big-league season. The command gives him a solid floor and the stuff gives him an exciting ceiling.

St. Louis Cardinals

Masyn Winn

It’s going to be easy for Winn to get lost in the shuffle of the NL Central’s shortstop class. De La Cruz, Oneil Cruz, Willy Adames and Dansby Swanson are all standout shortstops. But Winn has the chance to provide steady value to fantasy owners. Long renowned for his glove and rocket arm, he broke out at Triple-A with the bat in 2023, hitting 18 homers and stealing 17 bases with a .288 average. He’s a burner on the bases, and with his added power, he projects to reach double-digit homers, which is a useful shortstop for fantasy owners.

Gordon Graceffo

The Cardinals added some veteran pitching, but they could still use some younger depth options. While Tink Hence and Tekoah Roby are better prospects, Graceffo is more likely to get the first crack at the rotation. He had a 4.92 ERA at Triple-A when his walk rate spiked, but in the past, he’s shown much better control to accompany a well-rounded repertoire. If he can cut down on the walks again, he could be a solid mid-rotation for the Cardinals by midseason.

Tampa Bay Rays

Junior Caminero

It has been a meteoric rise for Caminero, who went from a minor trade acquisition in 2022 to one of the sport’s top prospects by 2023, going from High-A to start the year to the majors by the end of it. He has prodigious power and strong plate discipline, giving him an enticing fantasy profile. Caminero’s largely a third baseman, though he used to be a shortstop. Cracking third could be difficult with Isaac Paredes in the spot, but shortstop is open with Wander Franco’s future uncertain.

Taj Bradley

Like so many young pitchers, Bradley went through an adjustment period as a rookie in 2023. He excelled at striking out batters thanks to his explosive fastball, but he gave up too many hard hits and home runs that led to a ballooned 5.59 ERA. The Rays have a lot of confidence in him improving, and with their track record of pitching success, it’s hard to bet against them.

Texas Rangers

Wyatt Langford

It was just a year ago Langford was crushing baseballs for Florida en route to a national championship appearance. In the time since, he has crushed every level of the minors and established himself among the country’s top prospects. Opportunity is his biggest question. Texas has a crowded outfield, including fellow rookie Evan Carter, but Langford should make it in the lineup before long. When he does, he’ll be among the sport’s most feared sluggers with a few stolen bases to boot.

Cody Bradford

There’s a lot of value in having solid pitching depth. On a team with three injured starters in Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer and Tyler Mahle, Bradford feels likely to get a fair amount of starting innings after he appeared in 20 games (eight starts) as a rookie in 2023. The results were mixed: he had a 5.30 ERA as he gave up hard contact and a few too many homers. But he has a diverse array of off-speed pitches, and his extension should help him maximize a slower fastball. Paired with his excellent command, Bradford could be a useful innings-eater with Scherzer, deGrom and Mahle coming back from injury.

Toronto Blue Jays

Orelvis Martinez

With Matt Chapman out of the picture, third base is wide open in Toronto. Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Justin Turner figure to be the favorites, but Martinez might not be far behind. He posted an eye-popping .263/.340/.507 slash with 11 home runs in just 55 Triple-A games. His strikeout rates have been high each time he’s been promoted, but he’s made adjustments tas he’s received more experience. With his explosive power, he could be an immediate fantasy impact when promoted.

Ricky Tiedemann

Tiedemann has not taken long to go from unheralded third-rounder out of high school to top prospect. He’s got a well-rounded repertoire, headlined by an upper-90s fastball, and he matches that with a deceptive delivery. Walks could be an issue in his first taste of the pros, but he’s going to be near the top of the Blue Jays’ pitching depth chart, and could get an early call if anyone struggles or deals with injuries.

Washington Nationals

Luis Garcia Jr.

Garcia has been in the majors for four seasons, yet he’ll be headed into his age-24 campaign. The results haven’t been what many expected out of the once-top prospect, but there’s still reason for optimism in 2024. He posts elite strikeout and whiff rates, and has been trending upward in exit velocity each season. He posted an average of .266 or better three of his four seasons, and if he can add some pop, he could be an impact player at second base.

Mackenzie Gore

It wasn’t long ago Gore was the top pitching prospect in baseball. His command wavered as he got to the upper levels of the minors, though his stuff has still allowed him to reach the majors. The strikeouts have always been there — no less than a 23 percent K rate in either of his first two seasons — but the walks and home runs have been an issue. The stuff is still filthy and his delivery brings plenty of deception. If he can keep bringing his walk rate down, he could still reach that top-of-the-rotation upside.

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