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2018 Dynasty Prospect Top 125 Baseball Rankings

It’s cold, the days are short, and baseball is gone. Soon we’ll have white garbage falling from the sky, football will be everywhere, and you’ll probably contemplate ending it all. But hold on, there is hope, while some consider this the offseason, the pros know of this time as the trading season. But who do you want? Rankings haven’t been posted by any major outlet, and they’re likely months away from doing so. Now is a time to reassess your farm, take a long look at your teams’ depth, project your stars, and dream on your up and comers. If you’re a longtime reader of this site, you’re already ahead of the curve, and with that I present my 2018 dynasty prospect rankings.

To answer the one question many will have about Shohei Otani. I am fortunate enough to have seen him a bunch, so I’ll give you a few scenarios.

Option 1) Otani is both a hitter and a pitcher. In the case this happens he is the #1 fantasy prospect.

Option 2) He’s split into two players, hitter and pitcher. This is the likely and grimmer scenario. Any team that wants a two-way player is going to have to transition to a 6-man rotation. This caps his innings severely, as he’ll max out at 27 starts. If he was to pitch 6 innings every start he’d be limited to 162 innings. That’s how many innings German Marquez had… This would make him my #5 prospect as a pitcher because of his capped performance. On the hitting side, he’d likely play 3 of the other 5 days in the cycle, meaning he only plays half the games in the season. That is not exciting, and I would rank the hitting side down at #81, next to players I’m very unsure about even making the majors as starters.

Without further ado, the rankings.

 

1 Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
2 Eloy Jimenez
3 Ronald Acuna
4 Victor Robles
5 Brendan Rodgers
6 Gleyber Torres
7 Michael Kopech
8 Francisco Mejia
9 Alex Reyes
10 Fernando Tatis Jr.
11 Bo Bichette
12 Nick Senzel
13 Kyle Tucker
14 Keston Hiura
15 Brent Honeywell
16 Walker Buehler
17 Lewis Brinson
18 Luis Robert
19 Jorge Mateo
20 Willy Adames
21 Austin Meadows
22 Mitch Keller
23 Brendan Mckay
24 Willie Calhoun
25 Franklin Barreto
26 Royce Lewis
27 Estevan Florial
28 Forrest Whitley
29 Sixto Sanchez
30 Hunter Greene
31 AJ Puk
32 Triston McKenzie
33 Kolby Allard
34 Mackenzie Gore
35 Kevin Maitan
36 Leody Taveras
37 Alec Hansen
38 Juan Soto
39 Austin Hays
40 Anthony Alford
41 Taylor Trammell
42 Alex Verdugo
43 Nick Gordon
44 Kyle Wright
45 Luis Urias
46 Jack Flaherty
47 Luiz Gohara
48 Jay Groome
49 Franklin Perez
50 Mike Soroka
51 Michel Baez
52 Cal Quantrill
53 Blake Rutherford
54 Alex Faedo
55 Kyle Lewis
56 Matt Manning
57 Riley Pint
58 Shane Baz
59 Jesus Sanchez
60 Ian Anderson
61 Yadier Alvarez
62 Ryan McMahon
63 Justus Sheffield
64 Dylan Cease
65 Jose Siri
66 Miguel Andujar
67 Monte Harrison
68 Jorge Alfaro
69 Dustin Fowler
70 Adrian Morejon
71 Jesse Winker
72 Austin Beck
73 Chance Adams
74 Luis Ortiz
75 Sandy Alcantara
76 Anderson Espinoza
77 Scott Kingery
78 Jake Bauers
79 Keibert Ruiz
80 Ryan Mountcastle
81 Tyler O’Neill
82 JB Bukauskas
83 Yusniel Diaz
84 Tyler Mahle
85 Seth Romero
86 Beau Burrows
87 Mickey Moniak
88 Jon Duplantier
89 Brent Rooker
90 Pavin Smith
91 Corey Ray
92 Harrison Bader
93 Michael Chavis
94 Joey Wentz
95 Corbin Burnes
96 Carter Kieboom
97 Chance Sisco
98 Andres Munoz
99 Jesus Luzardo
100 Daniel Johnson
101 Jorge Guzman
102 Carson Kelly
103 Adam Haseley
104 JP Crawford
105 Christian Arroyo
106 Jeren Kendall
107 Isan Diaz
108 Jose de Leon
109 Brandon Woodruff
110 Stephen Gonsalves
111 Fernando Romero
112 Aramis Ademan
113 Isaac Paredes
114 David Paulino
115 Wander Javier
116 Freicer Perez
117 Oneil Cruz
118 Yasiel Antuna
119 Albert Abreu
120 Andres Gimenez
121 Heliot Ramos
122 Jo Adell
123 Jahmai Jones
124 Magneuris Sierra
125 Zack Collins

 

Here are the remaining players I contemplated adding to the list, or at the very least have my attention. They are in the order of their teams

 

Austin Riley
Christian Pache
Jomar Reyes
DJ Stewart
Tanner Houck
Oscar de la Cruz
Adbert Azolay
Alex Lange
Carson Fulmer
Aristides Aquino
Shed Long
Tyler Stephenson
Bobby Bradley
Will Benson
Daz Cameron
Christin Stewart
Colin Moran
JD Davis
Meibrys Viloria
Kyle Zimmer
Seuly Matias
Mitchell White
Starling Heredia
Jordan Sheffield
Trevor Rogers
Mauricio Dubon
Jacob Nottingham
Fernando Romero
Tyler Jay
Alex Kirilloff
David Peterson
Justin Dunn
Desmond Lindsay
Peter Alonso
Domingo Acevedo
Clark Schmidt
Thairo Estrada
Lazaro Armenteros
James Kapreilian
Dylan Cozens
Roman Quinn
Jhailyn Ortiz
Ke’Bryan Hayes
Cole Tucker
Kevin Newman
Luis Escobar
Josh Naylor
Jorge Ona
Luis Almanzar
Christian Arroyo
Chris Shaw
Evan White
Thyago Vierra
Dan Vogelbach
Devlin Perez
Dakota Hudson
Wander Franco
Josh Lowe
Lucius Fox
Ronald Guzman
Yohander Mendez
Bubba Thompson
Cole Ragans
Hans Crouse
Chris Seise
TJ Zeuch
Richard Urena
Erick Fedde
Joan Baez
Adonis Medina

 

The Author

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...

22 Comments

  1. RotoLando
    November 21, 2017 at 10:35 am — Reply

    I love it when a new ranking comes out, especially a fantasy-focused one.

    I like the high ranking of Jorge Mateo.

    The name that jumped out at me is Andres Munoz. This may be the first time I’ve even seen it. What made you put him on the list?

    • November 21, 2017 at 9:00 pm — Reply

      A lot of recent information. He’s the youngest player in the AFL, he’s throwing over 100 (scary but awesome). For perspective, he’s in the AFL while being 7 months older than Hunter Greene.

  2. Simon mcpherson
    November 21, 2017 at 12:05 pm — Reply

    I’m assuming this is Luis almanzar of San Diego, not of Oakland?

  3. November 21, 2017 at 2:02 pm — Reply

    I feel like I’m missing Yordan Alvarez… Is he left out because of his position?

    • November 21, 2017 at 8:52 pm — Reply

      He has power, but I’m not convinced he can hit enough to even make it to the majors. I probably should have put him in the honorable mentions, but I never game him any thought to actually making the list.

      • Steve E
        November 28, 2017 at 9:41 am — Reply

        You seem to be the only blogger with even remote questions about Yordan’s hit tool. Care to explain why you feel that way?

        • December 1, 2017 at 6:58 pm — Reply

          Well as far as standing alone, I wish I was taking this position alone, but I know the guys at Baseball Prospectus have said similar things regarding Yordan Alvarez, but here is some food for thought. First, Alvarez exploded onto the scene this season by destroying low A, but after his promotion to high A, he was a .277/.329/.393 hitter. Now if you wanted to say which part of his season seemed more realistic, his .449 babip in Low A or .316 babip in high A? His bat isn’t fast through the zone, and it his plate discipline only seemed average after the move up to high A. While others have made similar profiles work, I just think its a huge amount of pressure for a 1B to handle.

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  5. Al
    November 21, 2017 at 3:48 pm — Reply

    Surprised not to see Brandon Marsh (Angels) on the list. Was he missed? Thanks

    • November 21, 2017 at 8:51 pm — Reply

      No, he certainly had a nice start in rookie ball and he probably should have made the honorable mentions, but i’m not focused on rostering him yet.

  6. MJ
    November 21, 2017 at 6:40 pm — Reply

    Pretty aggresive ranking of Hiura. He scares a lot of people away with that shoulder injury.

    • November 21, 2017 at 8:46 pm — Reply

      Elbow injury. He’s been playing the field since he was drafted, so i’m not worried about his ability to field.

      • Jesse Roche
        November 22, 2017 at 12:09 pm — Reply

        This characterization is incorrect. Hiura played almost exclusively as DH since he was drafted, only seeing 3 games in the field with 0 assists over that time.

        • November 22, 2017 at 4:28 pm — Reply

          Well the injury is most certainly in his elbow. Following that, any professional organization that is allowing their players to play in the field after being drafted injured are showing the necessary steps that they 1) already have extensively tested and/or rehabbed the injury and 2) are ready to allow him to play without fear of immediate re-injury. I don’t see any purpose in bringing up 0 assists because he’s without question made hundreds of throws before Brewer coaches and trainers before they even let him touch the dirt in live games.

          • MJ
            November 24, 2017 at 10:27 am

            Sorry, yes…elbow. But Jesse is 100% correct. He almost exclusively DH’d after being drafted. He struggled when he got promoted. And many teams were scared away from drafting him higher than he was due to the injury and the possability he would/will need surgery. Swinging the bat never appeared to be the worry with him…it was throwing the baseball. And the fact the Brewers have been very cautious with him should still worry fantasy owners. That and the fact that surgery has still not been ruled out from what I have read.

            Other than all of that….I love the kid and think he has the chance to be stud with the bat. Just not sure about his health yet.

          • November 24, 2017 at 1:46 pm

            The worst case scenario here is Tommy John, and with a position player, that’s a missed year which I can live with. If the Brewers have let him play even a single out in the field since his draft day, it means they’ve seen him make literally hundreds of throws in practice to prove to them he can be put in the field. I’m not claiming he’ll have Robinson Cano’s arm at 2B, I’m just more than satisfied with where he is and I know from multiple games watched at UC Irvine he can really really hit. With that known, I’m ranking him as a fantasy player, and I’m all in on that.

  7. Eddy
    November 22, 2017 at 11:11 am — Reply

    Arroyo is on the top 125 and on honorable mentions.

    • November 22, 2017 at 4:38 pm — Reply

      Ignore the honorable mention

  8. November 22, 2017 at 11:51 am — Reply

    In the most recent podcasts, everyone is speaking about Acuna as if he’s a possible generational talent. I know the difference between 1-5 is small, but what makes you like Vlad Jr. and Elroy over him?

    • November 22, 2017 at 4:32 pm — Reply

      I supposed I should have been more clear. I made these rankings on my own so there was never a point where I preferred Acuna to Vlad or Eloy. I suppose I see a few things that put those two over Acuna. 1) they are both significantly more developed, and are going to have much more powerful bodies. Acuna making lots of loud contact is wonderful, but in the power department the huge guys are the ones who typically lead the league in homers. 2) I’m not sure I buy Acuna as an MLB burner. He had a lot of steals this year, but I don’t anticipate him being a mega stolen base threat. 3) I honest think Vlad Jr. is one of two guys (Devers) who have a chance to be the next Pujols/Cabrera type bats.

  9. December 12, 2017 at 6:26 pm — Reply

    Delvin, not Devlin. That is all.

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