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Top 240 Fantasy Prospects, June 2018

Last week at The Dynasty Guru, we examined infieldoutfield, and pitching prospects with increasing and decreasing fantasy value. In addition, we examined where MLB Draft prospects fell within the Top 200. As the culmination of the monthly review and update, and given the influx of talent from the MLB Draft, we shall revisit the Top 200 Fantasy Prospects, published in May, extending to 240!

Fantasy value is ever-changing. Like the stock market, there are stable assets and volatile, high-risk / high-reward assets. When it comes to prospects, value swings are common and often drastic, and the astute fantasy owner must quickly adapt. Although only five weeks passed since the last update, there is plenty of movement in the Top 240.

Top 240 Fantasy Prospects, June 2018

RankPlayerPositionAge2018 LevelETAMay RankChange
1Ronald Acuna ATLOF20.49AAA/MLB201810
2Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. TOR3B19.25AA201920
3Juan Soto WASOF19.64A/A+/AA/MLB20181411
4Eloy Jimenez CHWOF21.55AA201840
5Fernando Tatis Jr. SDSS19.45AA201994
6Victor Robles WASOF21.07AAA201860
7Brendan Rodgers COLSS/2B21.85AA201970
8Nick Senzel CIN3B/2B22.96AAA201880
9Kyle Tucker HOUOF21.41AAA2018101
10Forrest Whitley HOURHP20.75AA2019155
11Bo Bichette TORSS20.28AA2019121
12Sixto Sanchez PHIRHP19.88A+20192311
13Alex Reyes STLRHP23.79MLB2018163
14Michael Kopech CHWRHP22.13AAA201813-1
15Casey Mize DETRHP21.12N/A2020--
16Mike Soroka ATLRHP20.86AAA/MLB2018204
17Keston Hiura MIL2B21.87A+/AA2019269
18Jo Adell LAAOF19.19A/A+20203820
19Royce Lewis MINSS19.03A2020223
20Willy Adames TBSS22.79AAA/MLB201819-1
21Mitch Keller PITRHP22.20AA2019210
22Luis Robert CHWOF20.87A2020275
23Franklin Barreto OAK2B/SS22.30AAA/MLB2018241
24Brendan McKay TBLHP/1B22.49A/A+2019284
25Taylor Trammell CINOF20.76A+2019294
26Austin Meadows PITOF23.12AAA/MLB20185630
27Francisco Mejia CLEC/OF22.53AAA2018314
28Yordan Alvarez HOUOF20.97AA2019324
29Jesus Sanchez TBOF20.69A+2019334
30Austin Riley ATL3B21.10AA/AAA2018344
31Tyler O'Neill STLOF22.98AAA/MLB20185322
32Alex Verdugo LADOF22.08AAA/MLB201830-2
33Willie Calhoun TEXOF23.61AAA2018352
34MacKenzie Gore SDLHP19.31A2021362
35Nick Madrigal CHW2B/SS21.25N/A2020--
36Hunter Greene CINRHP18.86A2021437
37Jesus Luzardo OAKLHP20.71A+/AA2019414
38Justus Sheffield NYYLHP22.09AA/AAA2019402
39Kyle Wright ATLRHP22.70AA201937-2
40Brent Honeywell TBRHP23.21TJ2019422
41Alec Bohm PHI3B21.87N/A2020--
42Garrett Hampson COL2B/SS23.68AA/AAA20197028
43Dustin Fowler OAKOF23.46AAA/MLB20185512
44Shane Bieber CLERHP23.04AA/AAA/MLB20187430
45A.J. Puk OAKLHP23.14TJ2019472
46Christin Stewart DETOF24.51AAA2018482
47Luiz Gohara ATLLHP21.88AA/AAA/MLB201844-3
48Chris Paddack SDRHP22.44A+2019--
49Jake Bauers TB1B22.69AAA/MLB2018545
50Luis Urias SD2B/SS21.03AAA2018522
51Carter Kieboom WASSS20.78A+20197827
52Austin Hays BALOF22.94AA201825-27
53Michel Baez SDRHP22.40A+201946-7
54Jorge Mateo OAKSS22.98AAA201850-4
55Nick Gordon MINSS/2B22.64AA/AAA2018572
56Kolby Allard ATLLHP20.84AAA2018648
57Triston McKenzie CLERHP20.87AA2019658
58Joey Bart SFC21.50N/A2020--
59Jahmai Jones LAA2B20.86A+2020590
60Joey Lucchesi SDLHP25.03MLB2018600
61Ian Anderson ATLRHP20.12A+2020610
62Griffin Canning LAARHP22.09A+/AA2019697
63Julio Pablo Martinez TEXOF22.23DSL2020630
64Monte Harrison MIAOF22.85AA201945-19
65Estevan Florial NYYOF20.56A+202049-16
66Fernando Romero MINRHP23.48AAA/MLB2018759
67Peter Alonso NYM1B23.52AA/AAA2019670
68Josh Naylor SD1B/OF20.98AA2019680
69Corbin Burnes MILRHP23.65AAA201962-7
70Anthony Alford TOROF23.90A+/AAA/MLB201858-12
71Jon Duplantier ARIRHP23.93AA20198312
72Jarred Kelenic NYMOF18.91N/A2021--
73Franklin Perez DETRHP20.53AA2020730
74Drew Waters ATLOF19.46A2021--
75Travis Swaggerty PITOF20.82N/A2020--
76Alec Hansen CHWRHP23.68AA2019760
77Jonathan India CIN3B21.50N/A2020--
78Adrian Morejon SDLHP19.3A+2020868
79Yusniel Diaz LADOF21.69AA2019790
80Ryan Mountcastle BAL3B21.33AA2019888
81Colton Welker COL3B20.68A+2020821
82Cristian Pache ATLOF19.57A+2020908
83Seuly Matias KCOF19.78A20219714
84Albert Abreu NYYRHP22.72A+2018840
85Brandon Marsh LAAOF20.49A/A+202066-19
86Andres Gimenez NYMSS19.78A+202010216
87Cal Quantrill SDRHP23.35AA201971-16
88Brady Singer KCRHP21.86N/A2020--
89Alex Faedo DETRHP22.59A+201977-12
90Daulton Varsho ARIC21.95A+202012030
91Leody Taveras TEXOF19.77A+2020910
92Alex Kirilloff MINOF20.60A202014351
93Corey Ray MILOF23.73AA2019952
94Blake Rutherford CHWOF21.12A+2020940
95Dane Dunning CHWRHP23.49A+/AA201911621
96Chance Adams NYYRHP23.85AAA201887-9
97Dylan Cease CHWRHP22.46A+201985-12
98Danny Jansen TORC23.17AAA20181035
99Stephen Gonsalves MINLHP23.94AA/AAA201872-27
100Zack Collins CHWC23.36AA201911313
101Heliot Ramos SFOF18.77A202181-20
102Nolan Gorman STL3B18.10N/A2022--
103Keibert Ruiz LADC19.90AA2019100-3
104Carter Stewart ATLRHP18.62N/A2022--
105Shed Long CIN2B22.81AA201892-13
106Max Fried SP ATLLHP24.41AA/AAA/MLB201898-8
107Matt Manning DETRHP20.38A202099-8
108Anderson Espinoza SDRHP20.27A+2020104-4
109J.D. Davis HOU3B/1B25.13AAA/MLB20181090
110Isan Diaz MIA2B22.05AA20191100
111Shane Baz PITRHP18.99EXT2021106-5
112Matthew Liberatore TBLHP18.61N/A2022--
113Michael Chavis BOS3B22.84SUS2019101-12
114Jorge Guzman MIARHP22.38A+2019105-9
115Jose Siri CINOF22.90A+201880-35
116Brusdar Graterol MINRHP19.80A202115539
117Trevor Larnach MINOF21.30N/A2020--
118Adbert Alzolay CHCRHP23.29AAA2018107-11
119Sandy Alcantara MIARHP22.77AAA2018114-5
120Connor Scott MIAOF18.69N/A2022--
121Kyle Lewis SEAOF22.92A+201996-25
122Chris Shaw SFOF24.14AAA201889-33
123Austin Beck OAKOF19.57A2021112-11
124Jeren Kendall LADOF22.36A+2020117-7
125Jeter Downs CIN2B/SS19.88A2021121-4
126Adonis Medina PHIRHP21.49A+20191260
127Lazaro Armenteros OAKOF19.06A20211281
128Corbin Martin HOURHP22.46A+/AA201917143
129Andrew Knizner STLC23.37AA/AAA20191290
130Khalil Lee KCOF19.97A+20201377
131Bobby Bradley CLE1B22.04AA2019111-20
132Beau Burrows DETRHP21.74AA2019123-9
133Mitchell White LADRHP23.46AA2019125-8
134Brent Rooker MINOF23.62AA20191362
135Esteury Ruiz SD2B/3B19.33A202114510
136Franmil Reyes SDOF22.94AAA201818852
137Nick Solak TB2B/OF23.43AA201917538
138Kevin Smith TORSS21.95A/A+2019--
139Touki Toussaint ATLRHP21.99AA201915415
140D.J. Peters LADOF22.51AA2019133-7
141Dylan Cozens OF PHIOF24.04AAA/MLB2018134-7
142Daniel Johnson WASOF22.93AA20191420
143Dennis Santana LADRHP22.18AA/AAA/MLB201816118
144Cedric Mullins BALOF23.71AA/AAA201818541
145Brett Phillips MILOF24.04AAA/MLB201893-52
146Cole Winn TEXRHP18.56N/A2022--
147Jhailyn Ortiz PHIOF19.58A20211536
148Wander Franco TBSS17.29EXT20231480
149Nick Pratto KC1B19.69A2021122-27
150Yu-Cheng Chang CLESS/3B22.83AAA2018130-20
151Carson Kelly STLC23.92AAA/MLB20181510
152Pavin Smith ARI1B22.36A+2019131-21
153Nate Pearson TORRHP21.82A+2020115-38
154Joey Wentz ATLLHP20.69A+2020127-27
155Kyler Murray OAKOF20.86N/A2021--
156Kevin Maitan LAASS18.34EXT2022146-10
157Erick Fedde WASRHP25.31AAA2018138-19
158J.B. Bukauskas HOURHP21.68A2020140-18
159Jalen Beeks BOSLHP24.93AAA20181590
160Luis Ortiz MILRHP22.73AA20191600
161Domingo Acevedo NYYRHP24.28AA2018141-20
162Sean Murphy OAKC23.68AA20191631
163Austin Allen SDC/1B24.41AA20191652
164Bubba Thompson TEXOF20.02A20211695
165Daz Cameron DETOF21.42A+2020135-30
166Adam Haseley PHIOF22.18A+2020150-16
167Jonathan Loaisiga NYYRHP23.62A+/AA20181703
168Tony Santillan CINRHP21.17A+2020158-10
169Shane McClanahan TBLHP21.13N/A2020--
170Logan Gilbert SEARHP21.11N/A2020--
171Evan White SEA1B22.14A+/AAA2019164-7
172Triston Casas BOS1B/3B18.42N/A2022--
173Jeisson Rosario SDOF18.65A2021149-24
174Jordyn Adams LAAOF18.66N/A2022--
175Jaime Barria LAARHP21.91AAA/MLB20181783
176Edwin Rios LAD1B/3B24.15AAA20191760
177Hudson Potts SD3B19.63A+20201770
178Calvin Mitchell PITOF19.19A2021--
179Ryan Weathers SDLHP18.61N/A2022--
180Dakota Hudson STLRHP23.75AAA20181800
181Cavan Biggio TOR2B/3B23.18AA2019--
182T.J. Zeuch TORRHP22.87A+/AA20191820
183Logan Allen SDLHP21.06AA20191830
184Jason Martin PITOF22.78AA2019--
185Myles Straw HOUOF23.66AA20191905
186Josh Lowe TBOF20.37A+2020132-54
187Matt Thaiss LAA1B23.11AA/AAA2019--
188Brandon Lowe TB2B/OF23.94AA/AAA20191957
189Jackson Kowar KCRHP21.70N/A2020--
190Tom Murphy COLC27.20AAA/MLB2018--
191Rylan Bannon LAD3B/2B22.15A+20191987
192David Fletcher LAASS/2B24.04AAA/MLB2018--
193M.J. Melendez KCC19.54A20211930
194Greyson Jenista ATLOF/1B21.52N/A2020--
195Brice Turang MILSS18.57N/A2022--
196Luis Garcia WAS3B/SS18.08A2022--
197David Peterson NYMLHP22.78A2020--
198Jeremy Eierman OAKSS21.76N/A2020--
199Ethan Hankins CLERHP18.06N/A2022--
200Grayson Rodriguez BALRHP18.58N/A2022--
201Bryse Wilson ATLRHP20.49A+/AA2019171-30
202Xavier Edwards SDSS/2B18.85N/A2022--
203Yadier Alvarez LADRHP22.27AA2019139-64
204James Kaprielian OAKRHP24.29A+2019157-47
205Gavin Lux LADSS/2B20.56A+2020--
206Tyler Stephenson CINC21.83A+2020168-38
207Nathaniel Lowe TB1B22.94A+/AA2019--
208Dan Vogelbach SEA1B25.49AAA/MLB2018--
209Seth Beer HOUOF21.74N/A2020--
210Connor Wong LADC22.07A+2020174-36
211Enyel De Los Santos PHIRHP22.47AAA2018--
212Freddy Peralta MILRHP22.03AAA2018--
213Micker Adolfo CHWOF21.76A+2018187-26
214Ronaldo Hernandez TBC20.59A2021--
215Ke'Bryan Hayes PIT3B21.38AA2019--
216Max Schrock STL2B23.68AAA2018144-72
217Akil Baddoo MINOF19.83A2021162-55
218Sean Reid-Foley TORRHP22.79AA/AAA2018196-22
219Griffin Conine TOROF20.93N/A2021--
220Hunter Harvey BALRHP23.52AA2018173-47
221Darick Hall PHI1B22.89A+/AA2019191-30
222Vidal Brujan TB2B20.35A2021--
223Nolan Jones CLE3B20.11A2021--
224Austin Slater SFOF25.51AAA/MLB2018199-25
225Kyle Muller ATLLHP20.69A/A+2020197-28
226Tirso Ornelas SDOF18.26A2021--
227Cionel Perez HOULHP22.15AA2018--
228Miguel Amaya CHCC19.27A2021--
229Taylor Widener ARIRHP23.64AA2019--
230Josh James HOURHP25.27AA/AAA2018--
231Pablo Lopez MIARHP22.27AA2018--
232Steele Walker CHWOF21.88N/A2020--
233Grant Lavigne COL1B18.80N/A2022--
234Mason Denaburg WASRHP18.85N/A2022--
235Nick Schnell TBOF18.22N/A2022--
236Jordan Groshans TOR3B/SS18.60N/A2022--
237Noah Naylor CLEC18.32N/A2022--
238Parker Meadows DETOF18.62N/A2022--
239Zac Lowther BALLHP22.13A/A+2019--
240Seranthony Dominguez PHIRHP23.56AA/AAA/MLB2018--

Notable Changes

Graduated Prospects

With over 130 at-bats, 50 innings-pitched, or 45 days of service time in the majors, the following prospects exceeded MLB rookie limits. Further, the May ranking is in parentheses, followed by a brief update with an approximate June ranking.

  • Shohei Ohtani, RHP/DH, Los Angeles Angels (3): on disabled list with Grade 2 UCL sprain in his right elbow, risk increases from 50 to 45, moves from 3 to 4 (between Soto and Jimenez)
  • Gleyber Torres, 2B, New York Yankees (5): continuing to impress (.295/.351/.577), moves from 5 to 4 (between Soto and Jimenez, after Ohtani)
  • Walker Buehler, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers (11): on disabled list with fractured ribs, continuing to impress (2.63/0.95 ERA/WHIP, 51 1/3 IP, 54/11 K/BB), moves from 11 to 5 (between Jimenez and Tatis Jr.)
  • Scott Kingery, IF/OF, Philadelphia Phillies (17): continuing to struggle (.214/.271/.330), moves from 17 to 32 (between O’Neill and Verdugo)
  • Miguel Andujar, 3B, New York Yankees (18): continuing to impress (.303/.332/.540), moves from 18 to 12 (between Bichette and Sanchez)
  • Jack Flaherty, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals (39): continuing to impress (2.96/1.09 ERA/WHIP, 45 2/3 IP, 48/11 K/BB), moves from 39 to 32 (between O’Neill and Verdugo, after Kingery)
  • Ryan McMahon, 1B, Colorado Rockies (51): continuing to struggle (.202/.280/.303), part-time player, drops from 51 to 56 (between Gordon and Allard)
  • Chance Sisco, C, Baltimore Orioles (118): continuing to struggle (.222/.341/.333), drops from 118 to 125 (between Kendall and Downs)
  • Ronald Guzman, 1B, Texas Rangers (119): struggling in June, drops from 119 to 125 (between Kendall and Downs, after Sisco)
  • Jordan Hicks, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals (147): still throwing very hard, static value
  • Domingo German, RHP, New York Yankees (156): rough stretch in mid-May, rebounding lately, static value
  • Christian Arroyo, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays (166): solid performance (.280/.357/.420), part-time player, static value

Projected July Graduates

Based on projected playing time, the following prospects likely will exceed MLB rookie limits by June.

  • Ronald Acuña Jr., OF, Atlanta Braves
  • Juan Soto, OF, Washington Nationals
  • Austin Meadows, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Luiz Gohara, LHP, Atlanta Braves
  • Dustin Fowler, OF, Oakland Athletics
  • Fernando Romero, RHP, Minnesota Twins
  • Joey Lucchesi, LHP, San Diego Padres
  • Jaime Barria, RHP, Los Angeles Angels
  • Tom Murphy, C, Colorado Rockies
  • Daniel Vogelbach, 1B, Seattle Mariners

Additions

Following the MLB draft, 36 prospects enter the top 240. In addition, the following prospects have entered the top 200 after being unranked in May.

  • Chris Paddack, RHP, San Diego Padres
  • Drew Waters, OF, Atlanta Braves
  • Kevin Smith, SS, Toronto Blue Jays
  • Calvin Mitchell, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Cavan Biggio, 1B/2B, Toronto Blue Jays
  • Jason Martin, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Matt Thaiss, 1B, Los Angeles Angels
  • Tom Murphy, C, Colorado Rockies
  • David Fletcher, SS, Los Angeles Angels
  • Luis Garcia, 2B, Washington Nationals
  • David Peterson, LHP, New York Mets
  • Nathaniel Lowe, 1B, Tampa Bay Rays

Rising Prospects

The following prospects made the biggest moves in the rankings between May and June. Note, context is important here since 36 MLB draft prospects entered the rankings this month.

  • Juan Soto, OF, Washington Nationals (14 to 3)
  • Sixto Sanchez, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies (23 to 12)
  • Jo Adell, OF, Los Angeles Angels (38 to 18)
  • Austin Meadows, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates (56 to 26)
  • Garrett Hampson, 2B, Colorado Rockies (70 to 42)
  • Shane Bieber, RHP, Cleveland Indians (74 to 44)
  • Carter Kieboom, SS, Washington Nationals (78 to 51)
  • Daulton Varsho, C, Arizona Diamondbacks (120 to 90)
  • Alex Kirilloff, OF, Minnesota Twins (143 to 92)
  • Brusdar Graterol, RHP, Minnesota Twins (155 to 116)
  • Corbin Martin, RHP, Houston Astros (171 to 128)
  • Franmil Reyes, OF, San Diego Padres (188 to 136)
  • Nick Solak, 2B, Tampa Bay Rays (175 to 137)
  • Cedric Mullins, OF, Baltimore Orioles (185 to 144)

Drop Outs

Other than the graduates (above), the following prospects in the top 200 fell completely out of the top 240 due to under-performance, injury, or, in the case of this update, the influx of MLB draftees.

  • Wander Javier, SS, Minnesota Twins (injury)
  • Jay Groome, LHP, Boston Red Sox (injury)
  • Cole Tucker, SS, Pittsburgh Pirates (under-performance)
  • Isaac Paredes, SS, Detroit Tigers (under-performance)
  • Lucas Erceg, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers (under-performance)
  • Sheldon Neuse, 3B, Oakland Athletics (under-performance)
  • Adolis Garcia, OF, St. Louis Cardinals (under-performance)
  • Roman Quinn, OF, Philadelphia Phillies (injury)
  • David Paulino, RHP, Houston Astros (injury)
  • LaMonte Wade, OF, Minnesota Twins (new additions)
  • Mauricio Dubon, SS, Milwaukee Brewers (injury)
  • Riley Pint, RHP, Colorado Rockies (injury)

Falling Prospects

The following prospects made the biggest drops in the rankings between May and June. Note, context is important here since 36 MLB draft prospects entered the rankings this month.

  • Austin Hays, OF, Baltimore Orioles (25 to 52)
  • Stephen Gonsalves, LHP, Minnesota Twins (72 to 99)
  • Jose Siri, OF, Cincinnati Reds (80 to 115)
  • Chris Shaw, OF, San Francisco Giants (89 to 122)
  • Brett Phillips, OF, Milwaukee Brewers (93 to 145)
  • Nate Pearson, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays (115 to 153)
  • Josh Lowe, OF, Tampa Bay Rays (132 to 186)
  • Yadier Alvarez, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers (139 to 203)
  • James Kaprielian, RHP, Oakland Athletics (157 to 204)
  • Max Schrock, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals (144 to 216)
  • Akil Baddoo, OF, Minnesota Twins (162 to 217)
  • Hunter Harvey, RHP, Baltimore Orioles (173 to 220)

Honorable Mentions

Numerous prospects were in consideration for inclusion in the top 240, including each of the following prospects.

  • Catcher: Anthony Seigler, New York Yankees; William Contreras, Atlanta Braves
  • First Base: Josh Ockimey, Boston Red Sox; Chad Spanberger, Colorado Rockies
  • Second Base: Kevin Kramer, Pittsburgh Pirates; Nico Hoerner, Chicago Cubs; Matt McLain, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Third Base: Jake Burger, Chicago White Sox; Taylor Ward, Los Angeles Angels
  • Shortstop: Oneil Cruz, Pittsburgh Pirates; Jasrado Chishom, Arizona Diamondbacks; Cole Tucker, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Outfield: Buddy Reed, San Diego Padres; Oscar Mercado, St. Louis Cardinals; J.J. Matijevic, Houston Astros; Conner Capel, Cleveland Indians; Tristan Pompey, Miami Marlins; Mike Siani, Cincinnati Reds; Forrest Wall, Colorado Rockies; LaMonte Wade, Minnesota Twins
  • Pitcher: Nick Kingham, Pittsburgh Pirates; Jay Groome, Boston Red Sox; Riley Pint, Colorado Rockies; Caleb Ferguson, Los Angeles Dodgers; Reggie Lawson, San Diego Padres; Trevor Stephan, New York Yankees; Nick Neidert, Miami Marlins; Jose Suarez, Los Angeles Angels; Justin Dunn, New York Mets; Keegan Akin, Baltimore Orioles; Jonathan Hernandez, Texas Rangers; Ryan Helsley, St. Louis Cardinals; Luis Medina, New York Yankees; Hans Crouse, Texas Rangers; Taylor Hearn, Pittsburgh Pirates

Please feel free to post comments, questions, or your own observations!

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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.

16 Comments

  1. Square Bill
    June 15, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Where abouts would Raimel Tapia fit, if eligible? Or more specifically, above or below Andres Gimenez?

    • June 15, 2018 at 9:26 pm

      Tapia would fit between 80-96. I still value him slightly above Gimenez. The Rockies just need to give him a chance!

      • Trevor W
        June 16, 2018 at 1:56 pm

        The Rockies have handled Tapia, Dahl and McMahon horribly!

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  3. Will Sills
    June 16, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Any consideration for Ryan McKenna?

    • June 16, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      Yes. I actually tweeted about him today. McKenna has been on fire over his last 10 games for High-A Frederick (.516/.605/.968) and great this year (.375/.466/.557). Notably, he is making strides with plate discipline, with improved hit (50/55), modest power (40/45), good speed (55/60). Presently, I have him with future grades on the low-end for each of those tools. There are tons of prospects in the 200-400 range, where he falls.

  4. Trevor W
    June 16, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Nice list. Not much of a beef but Soto is the clear #1 right now. He has made every level, including the majors, look “easy”.

    • June 16, 2018 at 2:06 pm

      I love Soto, but Acuna Jr. and Guerrero Jr. have higher upside imo. Acuna is a true five-tool talent and Guerrero could develop 70-grade hit and power.

      • Trevor W
        June 16, 2018 at 2:42 pm

        I think Acuna has more speed, Guerrero could develop more power, but Soto is the best hitter. And until either of the other two prove it at the highest level like Soto is currently doing…he has to be #1 on my list.

        Plus, while Guerrero could develop 70 grade hit/power….why can’t Soto? Especially based on everything he has done thus far…hard to say his ceiling is lower than Guerrero’s in those categories.

  5. Tcubs
    June 16, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    You seem really high on Franklin Barreto. Are you worried about the K rate and whats the ceiling/floor you truly expect from him?

    • June 16, 2018 at 5:58 pm

      Technically, Barreto fell slightly after considering graduations. His struggles in May and June are concerning, especially the escalating strikeout rate. In fact, he had 47 strikeouts over 31 games in that span. Nevertheless, he is on the cusp of contributing at the MLB level, packs a punch (50/55 game, 60 raw), with some speed (55/60, though only 2 stolen bases this year). Preseason, I graded him as 50 hit, 50 power, 5 speed, 50 risk. Right now, I have him as 45/50 hit, 50/55 power, 5 speed, 45/50 risk. Further struggles in June/July could cause a drop similar to Austin Hays.

  6. Jimma
    June 18, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Dylan Cease dropped 12 spots on this list. His performance thus far would imply he goes up 20! There something I’m missing here?!

    • June 18, 2018 at 9:47 am

      Cease has enjoyed a strong season in High-A (2.89/1.12 ERA/WHIP, 71 2/3 IP, 82/28 K/BB). He fell due to others moving ahead of him and continuing concerns regarding his command. It is trending in the right direction, however. The relief risk remains extreme.

    • June 18, 2018 at 12:26 pm

      Baseball America actually just published a story regarding Cease, noting an improved changeup. Further, the White Sox reportedly promoted him to Double-A today. It is a Dylan Cease day! In retrospect, I may have been too harsh in dropping him toward the backend of the top 100.

  7. June 22, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Awesome work. In a dynasty league, would you trade Eloy and soroka for Gerrit Cole?

    • June 22, 2018 at 12:12 pm

      Thanks, Brandon! It depends on your league size/rules/scoring and whether you are currently contending. In a standard 16-team dynasty league, it is a complete toss up imo. I have Cole presently valued as equal to the combined value of Jimenez and Soroka. However, I personally love Eloy and think he could develop into an elite fantasy performer (and I own Cole in one of my dynasty leagues). As such, I likely lean the Eloy/Soroka side.

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