This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.
On last Tuesday's RotoWire MLB podcast, Jeff Erickson and Tim Heaney briefly looked ahead to 2020 drafts and discussed various possibilities for what the first round may look like. Several NFBC veterans chimed in on the topic via Twitter, including RotoWire's Scott Jenstad who shared his thoughts in his recent Oak's Corner column. Much debate surrounded whether Ronald Acuna, Mike Trout or Christian Yelich will be taken with the first overall pick. While argument can be made for all three players, today's column makes a case for Acuna, who has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball the last three weeks.
We'll also look at several other players whose stocks have risen in recent weeks, both for 2020 drafts and the remainder of 2019. Conversely, we'll look at players whose values have decreased for 2020 amidst their August struggles. With that in mind, which players will you target in the first few rounds of 2020 drafts? Who burned you in the first few rounds this season that you'll avoid next year? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
Before moving on to this week's risers and fallers, a quick reminder of how this column is meant to be used is in order. This is not an add/drop list, so don't go dropping Trevor Bauer for Amed Rosario based on seeing their names here. It's instead a discussion of players whose stocks appear to have meaningfully appreciated or depreciated in recent weeks.