It didn't show in his surface stats, but Alcantara had an improved second half, often a harbinger for taking the next step for a young pitcher. Specifically, Alcantara's K-BB% more than doubled after the break, though an 11.6% mark still has room for improvement as even the second half strikeout and walk rates were below average. Armed with a 96-mph four-seamer, Alcantara needs to develop better secondary offerings, especially something offspeed as the delta between all his pitches isn't ample to keep hitters off balance. With time and a great pitcher's park on his side, Alcantara is a strong speculation play to make the leap. Count durability as a plus as well, with Alcantara's 197.1 innings ranking 17th last season. Until he displays a higher strikeout rate, Alcantara is best suited as a streaming option, especially at home. However, there are latent signs of a breakout, so he's worth the shot.
After Vladimir Guerrero Jr. arrived three months earlier, Bichette's late-July callup officially secured the left side of the Toronto infield for years to come. Bichette made the bigger splash of the two uber-prospects, wasting no time etching his name into history. On Aug. 8, Bichette set MLB records by doubling in his ninth straight game and notching 13 extra-base hits in the first 11 games of a career. Bichette cooled off thereafter, but he still slashed .279/.327/.483 (112 wRC+) the rest of the way while racking up runs atop the order. If there's a nit to pick, Bichette's poor success rate on the bases was disappointing given his minor-league numbers, but an 83rd-percentile Statcast sprint speed suggests there's upside to be had in that area. Bichette's spectacular 46-game sample and scope to improve as a 22-year-old makes him a worthy top-15 fantasy shortstop in a group that's as deep as ever in 2020.
Bote's defensive versatility provided him with considerable, albeit inconsistent, playing time during the 2019 season. His output was once again hindered by a 1.86 GB/FB rate, which would have ranked ninth-worst among all hitters had he qualified. The 26-year-old had an above-average walk rate of 12.4%, but also carried a 26.1 K%, which is especially concerning given his lack of power. Bote's 2020 outlook took another hit when Nico Hoerner impressed in his limited sample at shortstop late in the season; Javier Baez figures to shift to second base, blocking Bote's best path to playing time. Given Bote's modest production in limited opportunities over the past two seasons, he's best left for NL-only leagues, with duel eligibility (3B and 2B) helping his case in those formats. If Kris Bryant is traded, Bote could sneak into the mixed-league conversation, though he's unlikely to be a difference maker.