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2018 Top 200 Fantasy Prospects

The 2018 Top 200 Fantasy Prospects represents the culmination of over 40 days of prospect positional rankings. These rankings will ultimately detail 500 total prospects, including 40 catchers, 34 first basemen, 32 second basemen, 36 third basemen, 58 shortstops (part 1 and part 2), 120 outfielders (part 1, part 2, and part 3), and 180 pitchers (part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4).

This is an exciting time of year at The Dynasty Guru! We hope you enjoy our extensive rankings and appreciate any and all feedback. The prospect fun does not end in March! During the season, there will be monthly prospect updates, examining risers, fallers, injuries, and other notable developments. Further, TDG will release a full, updated top 200 prospects ranking over the Summer, including various new draftees.

However, before we get to what you came to see, we sincerely hope you enjoy the package the TDG team has put together here. If you’re looking for all of our rankings in one easy-to-use spreadsheet format, you can donate a minimum of $10 to receive a downloadable version of the entirety of our ultra-deep dynasty rankings. This package includes Bret Sayre’s Top 500 for standard leagues, Tom Trudeau’s Top 500 for OBP leagues, Jesse Roche’s Top 200 prospects, and our entire rankings series in downloadable form. For more information, click below.

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With all that said, please enjoy the rankings!

2018 Top 200 Fantasy Prospects

RankPlayerPositionOpening Day Age2017 LevelETA
1Ronald Acuna ATLOF20.28A+/AA/AAA2018
2Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. TOR3B19.04A/A+2019
3Shohei Otani LAASP/DH23.73JAP2018
4Eloy Jimenez CHWOF21.34A+/AA2018
5Victor Robles WASOF20.86A+/AA/MLB2018
6Gleyber Torres NYYSS21.29AA/AAA2018
7Fernando Tatis Jr. SDSS19.24A/AA2019
8Brendan Rodgers COLSS21.64A+/AA2019
9Nick Senzel CIN3B22.75A+/AA2019
10Bo Bichette TORSS20.07A/A+2019
11Kyle Tucker HOUOF21.20A+/AA2019
12Forrest Whitley HOUSP20.54A/A+/AA2019
13Michael Kopech CHWSP21.91AA/AAA2018
14Lewis Brinson MIAOF23.89AAA/MLB2018
15Walker Buehler LADSP23.67A+/AA/AAA2018
16Scott Kingery PHI2B23.92AA/AAA2018
17Austin Hays BALOF22.73A+/AA/MLB2018
18Alex Reyes STLSP23.58N/A2018
19Sixto Sanchez PHISP19.67A2020
20Mitch Keller PITSP21.99A+/AA2019
21Francisco Mejia CLEC22.42AA/MLB2018
22Luis Robert CHWOF20.66R2020
23Royce Lewis MINSS18.82R/A2021
24Willy Adames TBSS22.58AAA2018
25Keston Hiura MIL2B21.67R/A2019
26Willie Calhoun TEXOF23.40AAA/MLB2018
27Luiz Gohara ATLSP21.66A+/AA/AAA/MLB2018
28Jorge Mateo OAKSS22.77A+/AA2018
29Ryan McMahon COL1B23.29AA/AAA/MLB2018
30A.J. Puk OAKSP22.93A+/AA2018
31MacKenzie Gore SDSP19.10R2021
32Hunter Greene CINSP18.65R2021
33Brendan McKay TB1B/SP22.28A-2019
34Kyle Wright ATLSP22.49R/A+2019
35Alex Verdugo LADOF21.87AAA/MLB2018
36Triston McKenzie CLESP20.66A+2019
37Franklin Barreto OAKSS22.09AAA/MLB2018
38Taylor Trammell CINOF20.54A2020
39Juan Soto WASOF19.43A2020
40Estevan Florial NYYOF20.34A/A+2020
41J.P. Crawford PHISS23.22AAA2018
42Austin Meadows PITOF22.91AAA2018
43Mike Soroka ATLSP20.65AA2019
44Jesus Sanchez TBOF20.48A2020
45Anthony Alford TOROF23.69AA/AAA/MLB2018
46Jo Adell LAAOF18.98R2021
47Michel Baez SDSP22.19R/A2019
48Franklin Perez DETSP20.31A+/AA2019
49Jack Flaherty STLSP22.46AA/AAA/MLB2018
50Monte Harrison MIAOF22.64A/A+2019
51Justus Sheffield NYYSP21.88AA2019
52Alec Hansen CHWSP23.47A/A+/AA2019
53Brent Honeywell TBSP23.00AA/AAA2019
54Leody Taveras TEXOF19.56A2020
55Yordan Alvarez HOUOF20.76A/A+2020
56Austin Riley ATL3B20.99A+/AA2019
57Michael Chavis BOS3B22.63A+/AA2019
58Miguel Andujar NYY3B23.08AA/AAA2018
59Heliot Ramos SFOF18.56R2021
60Luis Urias SD2B20.83AA2019
61Ian Anderson ATLSP19.91A2020
62Corbin Burnes MILSP23.44A+/AA2019
63Kyle Lewis SEAOF22.71R/A+2019
64Jahmai Jones LAAOF20.65A/A+2020
65Jake Bauers TBOF22.48AAA2018
66Kolby Allard ATLSP20.63AA2019
67Adrian Morejon SDSP19.09A-/A2020
68Chance Adams NYYSP23.64AA/AAA2018
69Jesse Winker CINOF24.62AAA/MLB2018
70Tyler O'Neill STLOF22.77AAA2018
71Cal Quantrill SDSP23.14A+/AA2019
72Alex Faedo DETSP22.38R2019
73Jon Duplantier ARISP23.72A/A+2019
74Nick Gordon MINSS22.43AA2019
75Carter Kieboom WASSS20.57A2020
76Bobby Bradley CLE1B21.83AA2019
77Pavin Smith ARI1B22.15A-2019
78Dustin Fowler OAKOF23.25AAA/MLB2018
79Brent Rooker MINOF23.41R/A+2019
80Jose Siri CINOF22.69A2018
81Jason Groome BOSSP19.60A2020
82Matt Manning DETSP20.17A-2020
83Albert Abreu NYYSP22.51A/A+2018
84Yusniel Diaz LADOF21.48A+/AA2019
85Ryan Mountcastle BALSS21.11A+/AA2019
86Max Fried ATLSP24.20AA/MLB2018
87Jorge Alfaro PHIC24.80AAA/MLB2018
88Yadier Alvarez LADSP22.06A+/AA2019
89Isan Diaz MIA2B21.84A+2019
90Tyler Mahle CINSP23.50AA/AAA/MLB2018
91Chance Sisco BALC23.10AAA/MLB2018
92Adam Haseley PHIOF21.96R/A-/A2020
93Chris Shaw SFOF23.93AA/AAA2018
94J.B. Bukauskas HOUSP21.47R/A-2020
95Stephen Gonsalves MINSP23.73AA/AAA2018
96Corey Ray MILOF23.52A+2019
97Christin Stewart DETOF24.30AA2019
98Cristian Pache ATLOF19.36A2020
99Brett Phillips MILOF23.83AAA/MLB2018
100Fernando Romero MINSP23.26AA2018
101Keibert Ruiz LADC19.69A/A+2019
102Colton Welker COL3B20.47A2020
103Dylan Cease CHWSP22.25A2020
104Anderson Espinoza SDSP20.06A+2020
105Jorge Guzman MIASP22.17A-2020
106Shane Baz PITSP18.78R2021
107Kevin Maitan LAASS18.13R2021
108Wander Javier MINSS19.25R2021
109Mickey Moniak PHIOF19.88A2020
110Daz Cameron DETOF21.21A2020
111Brandon Marsh LAAOF20.28R2021
112Austin Beck OAKOF19.36R2021
113Zack Collins CHWC23.15A+/AA2019
114Sandy Alcantara MIASP22.56AA/MLB2018
115Nate Pearson TORSP21.61R/A-2020
116Ronald Guzman TEX1B23.44AAA2018
117Peter Alonso NYM1B23.31A+/AA2019
118Nick Pratto KC1B19.48R2021
119Brandon Woodruff MILSP25.14AAA/MLB2018
120Mitchell White LADSP23.25A+/AA2019
121Domingo Acevedo NYYSP24.06A+/AA/AAA2018
122Jeren Kendall LADOF22.15R/A2020
123Carson Kelly STLC23.71AAA/MLB2018
124Danny Jansen TORC22.96A+/AA/AAA2018
125Blake Rutherford CHWOF20.91A2020
126Jhailyn Ortiz PHIOF19.36A-2020
127Adbert Alzolay CHCSP23.08A+/AA2018
128Jesus Luzardo OAKSP20.50R/A-2020
129Riley Pint COLSP20.40A2020
130Cole Tucker PITSS21.74A+/AA2019
131Harrison Bader STLOF23.82AAA/MLB2018
132Christian Arroyo TB3B22.83AAA/MLB2018
133Brian Anderson MIA3B24.86AA/AAA/MLB2018
134Colin Moran PIT3B25.49AAA/MLB2018
135Lazaro Armenteros OAKOF18.85R2021
136Sheldon Neuse OAK3B23.30A/A+/AA2019
137Evan White SEA1B21.93A-2019
138Shed Long CIN2B22.60A+/AA2018
139Beau Burrows DETSP21.53A+/AA2019
140Dane Dunning CHWSP23.28A/A+2019
141Adonis Medina PHISP21.28A2019
142Joey Wentz ATLSP20.48A2020
143Erick Fedde WASSP25.09AA/AAA/MLB2018
144Joey Lucchesi SDSP24.81A+/AA2019
145Daniel Johnson WASOF22.72A/A+2019
146Franchy Cordero SDOF23.58AAA/MLB2018
147Yu-Cheng Chang CLESS22.61AA2018
148Wander Franco TBSS17.08N/A2022
149Starling Heredia LADOF19.15R/A2021
150Tristen Lutz MILOF19.60R2021
151Nolan Jones CLE3B19.89A-2021
152Garrett Hampson COL2B23.48A+2019
153Luis Ortiz MILSP22.52AA2019
154Seth Romero WASSP21.94R/A-2020
155Andres Gimenez NYMSS19.57A2020
156Ryan Vilade COLSS19.11R2021
157James Kaprielian OAKSP24.08A+2019
158Touki Toussaint ATLSP21.78A+/AA2019
159Alex Kirilloff MINOF20.39R2021
160Bubba Thompson TEXOF19.81R2021
161Akil Baddoo MINOF19.62R2021
162Braxton Garrett MIASP20.65A2020
163J.D. Davis HOU3B24.92AA/AAA/MLB2018
164Lucas Erceg MIL3B22.91A+2019
165Aramis Ademan CHCSS19.54A-/A2020
166Andrew Knizner STLC23.16A+/AA2019
167D.J. Peters LADOF22.30A+2019
168Garrett Whitley TBOF21.04A2020
169Josh Lowe TBOF20.16A2020
170Freicer Perez NYYSP22.04A2020
171Hunter Harvey BALSP23.31R/A-/A2018
172Franklyn Kilome PHISP24.24A+/AA2018
173Josh Naylor SD1B20.77A+/AA2019
174Marcus Wilson ARIOF21.62A2020
175David Peterson NYMSP22.57A-2020
176Shane Bieber CLESP22.83A/A+/AA2019
177Tyler Beede SFSP24.85AAA2018
178Khalil Lee KCOF19.76A2020
179Daulton Varsho ARIC21.74A-2020
180Edwin Rios LAD1B23.94AA/AAA2019
181Ke'Bryan Hayes PIT3B21.17A+2019
182Dakota Hudson STLSP23.54AA/AAA2018
183T.J. Zeuch TORSP22.66A+2019
184Justin Williams TBOF22.61AA2018
185Jose Adolis Garcia STLOF25.08AA/AAA2018
186Nick Solak TB2B23.23A+/AA2019
187Jake Rogers DETC22.95A/A+2019
188Dan Vogelbach SEA1B25.28AAA2018
189Matt Thaiss LAA1B22.90A+/AA2019
190Tanner Houck BOSSP21.75A-2020
191Logan Allen SDSP20.85A/A+2019
192David Paulino HOUSP24.15AAA/MLB2018
193Cedric Mullins BALOF23.49AA2019
194Nick Neidert MIASP21.36A+/AA2019
195Lolo Sanchez PITOF18.93R2021
196Jake Burger CHW3B21.97R/A2020
197Jose Albertos CHCSP19.39R/A-2021
198Brusdar Graterol MINSP19.59R2021
199Dylan Cozens PHIOF23.83AAA2018
200Hans Crouse TEXSP19.54R2021

Final Thoughts

Ranking Flexibility

These rankings include several tiers, and are flexible within those tiers. The largest tiers fall between 21-52, 53-100, 101-148, and 149-196. The smallest adjustment to a player’s fantasy tools can elevate a player between tiers. Prospect evaluation is a fluid, ever-changing process; therefore, rankings also must adapt and change.

Further, fantasy rankings change across league formats. For example, Jorge Mateo has more value in a standard, 5-by-5 scoring format than even a 6-by-6 format. These rankings hope to bridge league formats by providing fantasy tool grades and peak projections (for hitters only). Please focus less on the strict rankings and more on what works for your league.

In practice, rankings are useful guides; however, drafts often complicate rankings. Do not strictly adhere to rankings. Be prepared to shift expectations and strategy. An article regarding prospecting in startup drafts is forthcoming and will analyze prospect trends in two separate dynasty drafts.

The Wildcard Fantasy Tool: Risk

These rankings measure three fantasy tools: hit, power, and speed for hitters and repertoire, command/control, and depth of repertoire for pitchers. An important fourth factor analyzed is risk. This writer tends to be risk-averse.

In many fantasy league formats, there is a limit on the number of prospects a team can roster. Sometimes this limit is simply a strict roster size cap (i.e., a team can only place 10 players in the minors). Sometimes this limit restricts the number of keepers (i.e., a team can only keep 5 prospects or 40 total players). Nevertheless, many leagues restrict rostering and retention of prospects. In these formats, higher upside, extremely young prospects, such as Wander Franco, are costly investments. In formats without restriction, or simply with expansive rosters, these high upside, high risk prospects are more valuable. Consequently, the risk and required lead time of such prospects is not as significant.

For those willing to bear more risk, consider discounting the risk factor employed in these rankings. For example, such owners may elevate Esteury Ruiz, Yunior Severino, and Luis Garcia ahead of Nick Solak, Max Schrock, Brandon Lowe, and Kevin Kramer.

It has been a pleasure providing these rankings. Good luck to all our readers in upcoming fantasy drafts, the long, grinding baseball season, and, hopefully, the playoffs!

The Author

Jesse Roche

Jesse Roche

Jesse is an attorney, currently residing in Greensboro. An avid fantasy baseball player, Jesse has experience in a diverse range of leagues, including head-to-head, rotisserie, points, and simulation. Jesse is a five-time website-wide champion at Benchwarmer Baseball and a repeat champion of a dynasty league with John Sickels at Minor League Ball. With a specific interest in baseball prospects, Jesse plans to provide in-depth analysis of up-and-coming stars accessible to all league sizes and types.

11 Comments

  1. […] Baseball Prospect Rankings: TheDynastyGuru.com ranks the top 200 dynasty prospects heading into […]

  2. Ed
    March 5, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Is there any way you could add the players’ positions to your list? Thanks.

    • March 5, 2018 at 12:08 pm

      Positions added!

  3. Ed
    March 5, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Thank you so much for this and for the website in general

  4. Rod
    March 6, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    I was curious to see that Nick Senzel’s ETA is listed as 2019, where most everywhere else they’ve guessed that he’d definitely be up at some point in 2018 (and maybe earlyish in the year at that).

    I’d be curious to hear why 2019 is listed, as it would definitely change my strategy for him in my upcoming dynasty draft

    • March 6, 2018 at 6:42 pm

      Nick Senzel likely will debut this year. The listed ETA does not incorporate more recent information regarding his potential move to shortstop in order to get his bat in the lineup. I based the prior ETA on the fact he is not on the 40-man roster and is blocked by Eugenio Suarez.

      It now appears Senzel will debut early this year. I anticipate he will begin the year in Triple-A and earn a promotion once service time considerations are satisfied or the Reds no longer can tolerate Jose Peraza in the lineup.

  5. sean
    March 6, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Any idea where Juan Pablo Martinez fits in?

    • March 6, 2018 at 6:51 pm

      Julio Pablo Martinez likely falls in the 53-100 tier. In a recent prospect draft, an owner selected JPM ninth overall, ahead of Keston Hiura, Brendan McKay, and Heliot Ramos. I personally prefer all three of them to JPM, but he certainly has nice power/speed upside.

      • sean
        March 6, 2018 at 11:39 pm

        /nod. Thanks!

  6. Tim
    March 7, 2018 at 10:25 am

    I appreciate the write up on risk at the end. I am the kind of owner and in a format where I can gamble. Thoughts on a few other names along the lines of Esteury Ruiz and Luis Garcia? Thanks.

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