Top 10 Prospects: August 15

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A reminder on how this works: This is a list for the 2022 season only. It is not a list of the top overall prospects, but the players who have the best chance of making a difference in 2022.

Also, it's only a list of prospects who are currently in the minors/have prospect eligibility, so players on MLB teams do not count.

Those warnings out of the way, here's a look at the top prospects who have a chance to make a fantasy contribution in 2022.

1. Corbin Carroll, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

2022 stats: 83 G, .312/.431/.611, 21 HR, 29 SB, 60 BB, 93 SO at Double-A Amarillo and Triple-A Reno.

Carroll has been on a bit of a power draught as of late as he hasn't homered since August 7, and yet he's still slugging over .600 on the season. That just tells you how good the 2019 first-round pick has been. If Carroll is going to get a promotion, it seems likely it won't be until around the beginning of September. That's true about all of these prospects, so he deserves the top spot and then some.

2. Francisco Álvarez, C, New York Mets

2022 stats: 93 G, .250/.358/.509, 23 HR, 0 SB, 54 BB, 104 SO at Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Syracuse.

Álvarez is without question one of the most talented prospects in baseball, but to say he's struggling right now is a bit of an understatement. In August, he's slashing .180/.273/.333 with 13 strikeouts in 44 plate appearances. The talent is still obvious, and the Mets have not gotten much production from the backstop position. If Álvarez can turn things around, he's got a great chance to help the Mets over the final month or so, and fantasy managers in turn.

3. Gunnar Henderson, INF, Baltimore Orioles

2022 stats: 99 G, .301/.424/.546, 18 HR, 18 SB, 73 BB, 99 SO at Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk.

Over his last 10 games, Henderson has been a solid performer for the Tides; slashing .275/.396/.475 with a pair of homers and steals in that timeframe. That's right along what he's done all year as he continues to see his stock soar in the 2022 campaign. Henderson looks ready to roll, and will absolutely be worth a fantasy addition if the Orioles gives him a chance.

4. Cade Cavalli, RHP, Washington Nationals

2022 stats: 19 G, 72 IP, 3.82 ERA, 36 BB, 96 SO at Triple-A Rochester.

Cavalli had maybe his best start of the 2022 season on Saturday, as he went seven innings, allowed a run on three hits, and struck out 11 against two walks. His 3.82 ERA isn't the most impressive stat you'll see, but that number is more impressive considering it was above 7 in the middle of May. Cavalli has electric stuff, and the Nationals should give him a chance to pick before 2022 comes to an end.

5. Triston Casas, 1B, Boston Red Sox

2022 stats: 60 G, .260/.366/.489, 10 HR, 0 SB, 37 BB, 59 SO at Triple-A Worcester.

Casas has been excellent as of late, and over the month of August, the first baseman has slashed .282/.404/.539 with a homer and seven doubles. That solo roundtripper doesn't tell the story of his raw power, and Casas is more than capable of turning on fastballs and hitting them over the fence. Casas is currently blocked by Eric Hosmer, who is being paid to play baseball by a different team. It absolutely is possible he's up with Boston before the year ends.

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6. Gabriel Moreno, C, Toronto Blue Jays

2022 stats: 49 G, .299/.369/.391, 2 HR, 6 SB, 19 BB, 36 SO at Triple-A Buffalo; 18 G, .276/.300/293, 0 HR, 0 SB, 2 BB, 7 SO at Toronto.

Moreno's "low" ranking on this list is the reason why we offer the caveat at the beginning. If this was just a list of the top prospects in baseball, he'd be considerably higher. You'd also see Jordan Lawlar and some other guys on this list, too. But it's not, and while Moreno didn't stink in his time with Toronto, it seems very unlikely he's heading up north -- literally and figuratively -- unless there's an injury or trade. If either of those happens, swoop him up.

7. Sal Frelick, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

2022 stats: 85 G, .321/.396/.467, 7 HR, 17 SB, 40 BB, 52 SO at High-A Wisconsin, Double-A Biloxi, and Triple-A Nashville.

Frelick has been solid all year, and while the 12 games he's played in Triple-A are far from his largest sample, they've been some of his best. In 46 at-bats, he's slashing .391/.481/.500 while stealing a couple of bases. He hasn't homered yet -- and power is never going to be a big part of his game -- but he has doubled three times with a triple. Frelick can hit, and is a major threat to swipe bags when he gets on. You can't help but be intrigued by what he could do if Milwaukee calls him up.

8. Miguel Vargas, Los Angeles Dodgers

2022 stats: 100 G, .288/.379/.483, 15 HR, 12 SB, 58 BB, 71 SO at Triple-A Oklahoma City; 2 G, .250/.250/.375, 0 HR, 1 SB at Los Angeles (NL)

Vargas had a very short stay in Los Angeles, but held his own in his two chances. He's been excellent in Triple-A all year, and is widely considered -- for good reason -- one of the best infield prospects in the sport. It may take an injury for Vargas to get back in Los Angeles, but he's capable of fantasy quality if/when he gets a chance to play again.

9. Bo Naylor, Cleveland Guardians

2022 stats: 90 G, .263/.406/.481, 13 HR, 17 SB, 69 BB, 88SO at Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus.

There are quite a few catchers in Triple-A who could be fantasy relevant, but it's Naylor's combination of talent/opportunity that gives him the final spot. He's capable of doing a little bit of everything, and while it's unlikely he can steal bases at the level list, it's not out of the question he can give a handful if/when he gets the promotion. The Guardians have Austin Hedges and Luke Maile behind the plate. Are those players really going to stop Naylor from making a debut for a team that is absolutely in playoff contention? Doesn't seem likely to me.

10. DL Hall, LHP, Baltimore Orioles

2022 stats: 20 G, 77.2 IP, 4.52 ERA, 45 BB, 126 SO at High-A Aberdeen, Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk; 1 G, 3.2 IP, 12.27 ERA, 3 BB, 6 SO at Baltimore.

The overall numbers for Hall in his first start weren't great -- nor anything close -- but having watched the start, I saw plenty of good to go with the bad. The reason why he falls to the bottom of this list after being optioned is because he's going to operate in a bullpen role once he returns to Baltimore for the rest of the 2022 season. That will make it tougher for relevancy, but if it's in a multi-inning role -- or perhaps behind an opener? -- there's the opportunity for success here. If it's just an inning at a time, he'd have to get saves to help. Not likely.