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Jack Cecil’s Top 100 Dynasty League Prospects: 2017 All Star Break Edition

So here are the rules fellas.  I made this list to replicate what I believe would reflect normal trade value in my 14 team dynasty league.  Obviously teams that are in dead last would prefer younger higher ceiling guys, and the win now squads prefer something closer to the MLB for insurance.  Players in this years draft were considered as were international signees although there was not a 2017 J2 player I felt compelled to consider as a top 100 prospect.  The list is based off both talent, and production as all lists do, but I did not want to leave anything to the imagination when reading this.  One paragraph is enough of an introduction, here is the list.

1 Yoan Moncada 2B
2 Brendan Rodgers SS
3 Rafael Devers 3B
4 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 3B
5 Eloy Jimenez OF
6 Victor Robles OF
7 Alex Reyes RHP
8 Amed Rosario SS
9 Kevin Maitan SS
10 Clint Frazier OF
11 Austin Meadows OF
12 Lewis Brinson OF
13 Francis Martes RHP
14 Kyle Tucker OF
15 Ronald Acuna OF
16 Kyle Lewis OF
17 Gleyber Torres SS
18 Franklin Barreto SS
19 Luis Robert OF
20 Francisco Mejia C
21 Michael Kopech RHP
22 Willy Adames SS
23 Mitch Keller RHP
24 Jorge Mateo SS
25 Corey Ray OF
26 Nick Senzel 3B
27 Keston Hiura 2B/OF
28 Jay Groome LHP
29 AJ Puk LHP
30 Brent Honeywell RHP
31 Alex Verdugo OF
32 Kolby Allard LHP
33 Zack Collins C
34 Triston McKenzie LHP
35 Blake Rutherford OF
36 Rhys Hoskins 1B
37 Lucas Giolito RHP
38 Austin Beck OF
39 Mickey Moniak OF
40 Brendan McKay 1B
41 Raimel Tapia OF
42 Royce Lewis OF
43 Juan Soto OF
44 Adrian Morejon LHP
45 Kyle Wright RHP
46 Yadier Alvarez RHP
47 Leody Taveras OF
48 Nick Gordon SS
49 Riley Pint RHP
50 Walker Buehler RHP
51 Sean Newcomb LHP
52 Jose de Leon RHP
53 Matt Manning RHP
54 Ozzie Albies 2B
55 Sixto Sanchez RHP
56 Anderson Espinoza RHP
57 Anthony Alford OF
58 Isan Diaz SS
59 Josh Hader LHP
60 Forrest Whitley RHP
61 Justus Sheffield LHP
62 Mike Soroka RHP
63 Alec Hansen RHP
64 Ian Anderson RHP
65 Hunter Greene RHP
66 Jorge Alfaro C
67 Delvin Perez SS
68 Bo Bichette SS
69 MacKenzie Gore LP
70 Jesus Sanchez 1B/OF
71 Pavin Smith 1B
72 Willie Calhoun 2B
73 Richard Urena SS
74 Bobby Bradley 1B
75 Fernando Tatis Jr. SS
76 Franklin Perez RHP
77 Jesse Winker OF
78 Chance Adams RHP
79 Cal Quantrill RHP
80 Jeimer Candelario 3B
81 Alex Faedo RHP
82 David Paulino RHP
83 JB Bukauskas RHP
84 Yohander Mendez LHP
85 Amir Garrett LHP
86 Luiz Gohara LHP
87 Luis Ortiz RHP
88 Estevan Florial OF
89 Seth Romero LHP
90 Evan White 1B
91 Brent Rooker 1B
92 Jeren Kendall OF
93 JP Crawford SS
94 Sean Reid-Foley RHP
95 Domingo Acevedo RHP
96 Will Benson OF
97 Luis Urias SS
98 Adam Haseley OF
99 Derek Fisher OF
100 Luis Escobar RHP

 

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Jack Cecil

Jack Cecil

Jack Cecil is an extravagant baller who lives a lifestyle you can only dream of. After a childhood spent on the streets, he moved some place warm, a place where the beer flows like wine, and where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. In his leisure time, he enjoys watching a baseball game or two, its possible he watched 337 full games at work in 2016...

37 Comments

  1. John
    July 15, 2017 at 7:23 am — Reply

    What about McMahon? I find it surprising he isn’t up here when he’s about just as good as Candy.

    • July 15, 2017 at 8:03 am — Reply

      Watching McMahon this year and last, what I saw were results that didn’t necessarily seem sustainable. While he does put the ball in play more this year, it seems like he’s putting a lot of grounders through the holes, that I believe will eventually be swallowed up by the shift. His 33% and 28% fly ball rates in AA and AAA seem to align with that I was seeing. Also, while he does have the hands for third, he’s a below average runner and he doesn’t have the cannon arm you’d like in the hot corner. This means at least two more season blocked by Arenado at third, pushing him over to first where there are also candidates already at the big league level, making him a good candidate for a trade to help the MLB team. In the end he’s a first baseman, potentially out of Coors, whom I could poke holes in his batted ball profile didn’t seem worth it, although he was a candidate for the list I considered. If Arenado tears an ACL and he gets to jump right into MLB 3B rankings, this won’t be a good look for me.

      • Erin
        July 15, 2017 at 3:49 pm — Reply

        Couldn’t disagree more on McMahon. He had a diwn year last year, but has bounced back and then some this year. He is playing some second base as well as first and third. Colorado is not a team that spends a ton of money, so Reynolds and/LeMieheu will be gone in the next two seasons. In the meantime, Mcmahon will be given time all around the dirt until he settles in at first (maybe third).

        And since he will play half his games in Coors, he stand to put up some impressive numbers. He is only 22 years old and continues to improve. I’d have him inside my top 75 for sure, probably closer to 50.

        Interesting list though

  2. DJ
    July 15, 2017 at 8:12 am — Reply

    What are your thoughts on Jack Flaherty? How close was he to making the list?

    • July 15, 2017 at 7:32 pm — Reply

      Flaherty is an interesting guy, but ultimately he lacks the upside that i’d really want in a pitcher i’m going to roster. While the Cardinals do win, I don’t bump up his value because of the wins. But I don’t consider him very different than the guys at the very end of the list and he did receive consideration.

  3. LWYRUP
    July 15, 2017 at 12:26 pm — Reply

    Do you think Jimenez’s value increased by moving from NL to AL? Picked up Robles over him last week in 24 team league solely based on ranking discrepancy (48 v 79) in the new top 500. Jimenez still available, FYI.

    • July 15, 2017 at 7:38 pm — Reply

      Not really, the park factors are about the same, and he’s not in need of days at DH. Robles is very nice, but he is a better real life player than fantasy even though he is very good for both at both. He has a great arm and covers a lot of ground in CF presently. If you could have both, that’s a nice core to have your farm based around.

  4. Mike Murrell
    July 15, 2017 at 2:43 pm — Reply

    Oz Albies at 54? Thought he might be a bit more desirable given his clear path to the Braves

    • July 15, 2017 at 7:43 pm — Reply

      He’ll be up soon, but i’m not confident he’s what I want to invest in. While he’s certainly fast, he has yet to steal 30 bags in a minor league season, and it’s very hard to imagine a guy with such a slight build every hitting more than 15 homers. He has a tremendous glove, but there isn’t much frame to project more offensive potential on. He reminds me of faster Ender Inciarte on the dirt at his best, which is good but not great.

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  6. JP
    July 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm — Reply

    I think you need to move Soto and Bichette way up

  7. JP
    July 15, 2017 at 4:02 pm — Reply

    A. Meadows hasn’t shown jack

    • July 15, 2017 at 7:48 pm — Reply

      You’re right, an .861 OPS while being 4.1 years younger than you competition last year is not good. You should give us your top 100.

  8. Brad
    July 15, 2017 at 9:09 pm — Reply

    Surprised to see Maitan this high. I’m glad because I have him, buy I was considering dropping him after seeing the new top 500. Why is he above Senzel, Barreto, …? Thanks for the list!

    • July 16, 2017 at 12:44 pm — Reply

      Senzel just doesn’t have the ceiling for me to be interested. A third baseman who is driven by batting average is nice, but i’m not going to put a lot of stock in that. Barreto I like a lot, but the unusual very short and stocky build will likely push him down the defensive spectrum, meanwhile I already expect Maitan to move to third, and he’s looking like he’s going to be built like a switch hitting linebacker.

  9. Paul
    July 15, 2017 at 10:41 pm — Reply

    Where do you see Harrison Bader and Jimmie Sherfy?

    • July 16, 2017 at 12:47 pm — Reply

      Bader is looking like a 4th outfielder who runs well. If his hit tool gets better, then he could be an ok real life, replacement OF in fantasy. Sherfy is a minor league reliever, so he’s off my radar.

  10. Jay Smith
    July 15, 2017 at 11:50 pm — Reply

    Glad to see Keston Hiura high on the list. I invested but am still a bit nervous that his elbow might explode.

    • July 16, 2017 at 12:49 pm — Reply

      It seems that all elbows are capable of exploding in baseball, but I don’t have an issue with him being forced to recover from an injury. He’s been destroying baseballs for two years now with elbow issues.

  11. Jason
    July 16, 2017 at 8:21 am — Reply

    Very high on Keston Hiura. I must asmit I amnot familiar with him at all. He has yet to play the field, is he a second baseman or outfielder long term? What kind of power/plate discipline does he have? How quickly do you see him rising through the minors?

    Also, McMahon has been playing more and more second base. I wonder if Colorado looks to deal LeMiehu before his contract runs out….

    • July 16, 2017 at 12:57 pm — Reply

      Keston Hiura was on UC Irvine where he was a DH all year because of a UCL issue. Last year he played both 2B and OF. He’s about 6ft, and is over 200 lbs, with broad shoulders. He’s about an average runner. He hits everything he swings at, squaring up both low and high balls, inside and out. He also does a good job of going with the pitch, rarely forcing something at the plate. His plate discipline is excellent. He has above average to plus power. If he doesn’t have to sit because of his elbow, he should be a very quick riser, and could be up by next year.

      Regarding McMahon and the Rockies, the Rockies are trying to make a playoff push, and LeMahieu has been a big part of their success so far.I can’t imagine why they would look to deal him away when they have Rodgers coming up as a potential middle infielder. I could see McMahon dealt away for more help on the MLB team later this year, at which point he’d have a much better chance of being a real MLB 3B.

  12. Matthew
    July 16, 2017 at 9:15 am — Reply

    Owning a full 1/5 of this list, I’m excited! For the 2019 season!

  13. Dennis
    July 16, 2017 at 9:20 am — Reply

    Thoughts on Joe Adell? Did he come close?

    • July 16, 2017 at 12:59 pm — Reply

      I don’t know enough about him to have a real take on him besides what we have all seen on Youtube. There have been plenty of power/speed OFs in the past, and there will be plenty more in the future. He could easily be on all off season lists but we’ll see.

  14. Brett
    July 16, 2017 at 9:36 am — Reply

    Curious why Dominic Smith didn’t make your list.

    • July 16, 2017 at 4:40 pm — Reply

      Making any sort of prospect list is hard as a 1B, but for a dynasty one, it’s pretty easy to sum up. He doesn’t hit enough. He’s as slow of a runner as you can possibly find in professional baseball, and at that point you need to be absolutely pounding the ball to get away with that. He isn’t doing that and his batted ball profile hasn’t been nearly close enough to what you want from a 1B in fantasy.

  15. J
    July 16, 2017 at 10:30 am — Reply

    What were the reasons for Derek Fisher at 99?

    • July 16, 2017 at 1:29 pm — Reply

      The questions on his hit tool are the only reason, I don’t have any real data on his plate discipline yet beyond his brief debut, which was not very encouraging, while also being too small of a sample to learn from. He can still really run, and has good pop and he’s already played MLB games so he has to be on the list.

  16. Joe
    July 17, 2017 at 9:24 am — Reply

    How about Scott Kingery?

    • July 17, 2017 at 12:36 pm — Reply

      He might be a victim of over exposure to me. I actually live in the Lehigh Valley so i’ve seen him a bunch over the past two seasons. I may be dead wrong but when I look at his spray chart, his homers barely clear the wall, and i’ve never though he looked like he was clobbering balls like I would expect from a guy who is hitting dingers at the rate he is. He runs well, and for that I did consider putting him in the 88-100 group, but I just haven’t bought in yet, although he was the last player to not make the list if there’s any consolation in that.

  17. PaulyOH
    July 17, 2017 at 12:44 pm — Reply

    Nick Senzel is not a shortstop. He’s third base.

  18. Bill Hammett
    July 20, 2017 at 11:23 am — Reply

    I have been involved in Dynasty Baseball for three years now, in two Yahoo leagues, one with 3 n/a spots and one with 10 spots. I enjoy it but keep hearing about leagues with deeper prospect positions. Can you give me some advice which companies are best for dynasty? Also on a side note, What are your thoughts on Musgrove of the Astros? I am holding on to him for now, but need starting p;itching and he just got moved to the pen. Do you think he will come around and what are his chances of breaking back into that rotaion especially if the Stros get S. Gray?

    • July 23, 2017 at 4:50 pm — Reply

      Best companies is a little ambiguous since i’m not sure if you mean best site, which i’d vote for CBS (which ive never used, but every person I know on it raves about it) and Fantrax, which I have used, and the player pool is insanely deep.

      Regarding Musgrove he’s an unusual young pitcher. Most pitching prospects fall into three buckets 1. the stuff guys (good K/9, hopefully good K%), 2. the guys who induce grounders (the best ball in play there is) or 3. the command guys (good BB/9 and BB%). They are ordered in the way I prefer them, and pitchers who fit in multiple buckets tend to be very high end arms. Musgrove has been a very good control pitcher for his whole minor league career and now is in the MLB with a bunch of average offerings. This isn’t a bad thing, but ultimately if you play in a format that rewards Ks I think his upside is limited. I can see him making it back to the rotation but Martes and Paulino both have much better stuff in my opinion, and I’d rather be invested in either of them long term over Musgrove, which doesn’t give him a lot of wiggle room considering Keuchel and McCullers are already on the MLB team to stay, along with whomever pops up next.

  19. Barney
    July 20, 2017 at 4:23 pm — Reply

    Thanks for the list. I’ve really enjoyed it. I have a couple of questions, though. You have Jesus Sanchez ranked 70, but Yordan Alvarez did not make the list. Why do you think Sanchez is a better 1B prospect than Alvarez? Why do you have Amir Garrett ranked so high? (Higher than most other lists that I’ve seen)

    • July 23, 2017 at 4:57 pm — Reply

      I just know more about Jesus Sanchez than Alvarez to be honest so i’ll start with him first. They’re both young for their leagues, and both are big bodied powerful bats. Sanchez has struck out FAR less, but Alvarez has also shown a more patient approach working plenty of walks. They both are capable of becoming nice 1Bs, and I don’t expect either to be a real game changer long term. Sanchez’s better bat to ball profile is more encouraging, and gap in babip helps explain the explosion of production that Alvarez has had in low a, while not yet seeing it in high a.

      Regarding Garrett, he’s already been in the MLB and has thrown some very nice games so that’s something to factor in when thinking about his risk. Otherwise I just expect him to be an ok pitcher.

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