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Top 500 Dynasty League Players, July 2018

The All-Star break is a time for fantasy owners to regroup and either prepare for the stretch run or start reloading for next season. In addition, it is a four-day period in which almost no major league statistics accrue. Of course, the minor league season continues in full swing. Nevertheless, most player values remain static during the All-Star break. As such, it is an ideal time to revisit the Top 500 list for dynasty league players.

The Top 500 Dynasty League Players represents the opinion of this writer. Consequently, the rankings are consistent with an updated version of the Top 240 Fantasy Prospects, previously published in June. Of course, this ranking only includes a subset of prospects (145 total, to be exact).

Finally, the following rankings account for a 16-team league with a standard, 5-by-5 scoring format, but also note changes in value for OBP (on-base percentage) formats.

With that said, and without further ado, please enjoy responsibly!

Top 500 Dynasty League Players, July 2018

RankPlayerPrimary PositionSecondary Position(s)Age2018 LevelETAOBP
1Mike Trout LAAOF1-26.95MLB2018↑↑↑
2Mookie Betts BOSOF2-25.79MLB2018
3Jose Ramirez CLE3B12B1*25.84MLB2018
4Francisco Lindor CLESS1-24.68MLB2018
5Manny Machado LADSS23B2*26.04MLB2018
6Nolan Arenado COL3B3-27.26MLB2018
7Bryce Harper WASOF3-25.76MLB2018↑↑↑
8Carlos Correa HOUSS3-23.83MLB2018
9Trea Turner WASSS4-25.06MLB2018
10Kris Bryant CHC3B4OF4*26.54MLB2018
11Aaron Judge NYYOF5-26.23MLB2018↑↑
12Andrew Benintendi BOSOF6-24.04MLB2018
13Ronald Acuna Jr. ATLOF7-20.59AAA/MLB2018
14Alex Bregman HOU3B5SS5*24.31MLB2018
15Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR3B6-19.34AA2019
16Jose Altuve HOU2B2-28.21MLB2018
17Ozzie Albies ATL2B3-21.54MLB2018
18Juan Soto WASOF8-19.74A/A+/AA/MLB2018
19Chris Sale BOSSP1-29.31MLB2018
20Freddie Freeman ATL1B1-28.86MLB2018
21Cody Bellinger LAD1B2OF923.02MLB2018
22Luis Severino NYYSP2-24.42MLB2018
23Giancarlo Stanton NYYOF10-28.70MLB2018
24J.D. Martinez BOSOF11-30.91MLB2018
25Paul Goldschmidt ARI1B3-30.86MLB2018↑↑
26Christian Yelich MILOF12-26.63MLB2018
27Noah Syndergaard NYMSP3-25.89MLB2018
28Gleyber Torres NYY2B4SS6*21.60AAA/MLB2018
29Javier Baez CHC2B5SS7, 3B7*25.64MLB2018
30Corey Seager LADSS8-24.23MLB2018
31Shohei Ohtani LAASP13DH323.84MLB2018
32Trevor Story COLSS9-25.68MLB2018
33Xander Bogaerts BOSSS10-25.80MLB2018
34Charlie Blackmon COLOF13-32.05MLB2018
35Aaron Nola PHISP4-25.13MLB2018
36Clayton Kershaw LADSP5-30.34MLB2018
37Gerrit Cole HOUSP6-27.87MLB2018
38Max Scherzer WASSP7-33.98MLB2018
39Starling Marte PITOF14-29.78MLB2018
40Corey Kluber CLESP8-32.28MLB2018
41Anthony Rizzo CHC1B4-28.95MLB2018
42Jacob deGrom NYMSP9-30.09MLB2018
43Gary Sanchez NYYC1-25.63MLB2018
44Anthony Rendon WAS3B8-28.12MLB2018
45Rhys Hoskins PHIOF151B5*25.34MLB2018↑↑
46George Springer HOUOF16-28.84MLB2018
47Yoan Moncada CHW2B6-23.15MLB2018
48Rafael Devers BOS3B9-21.74MLB2018
49Blake Snell TBSP10-25.63MLB2018
50Nomar Mazara TEXOF17-23.23MLB2018
51Trevor Bauer CLESP11-27.51MLB2018
52Stephen Strasburg WASSP12-30.00MLB2018
53Eloy Jimenez CHWOF18-21.65AA/AAA2018
54Fernando Tatis Jr. SDSS11-19.55AA2019
55A.J. Pollock ARIOF19-30.63MLB2018
56Madison Bumgarner SFSP14-28.97MLB2018
57Victor Robles WASOF20-21.17GCL/AAA2018
58Willson Contreras CHCC2-26.19MLB2018
59Eugenio Suarez CIN3B10-27.01MLB2018
60Justin Verlander HOUSP15-35.42MLB2018
61Jose Berrios MINSP16-24.15MLB2018
62Eddie Rosario MINOF21-26.81MLB2018
63Nick Castellanos DETOF223B11*26.38MLB2018
64Carlos Martinez STLSP17-26.83MLB2018
65Lance McCullers HOUSP18-24.80MLB2018
66Walker Buehler LADSP19-23.98AAA/MLB2018
67Joey Votto CIN1B6-34.86MLB2018↑↑↑
68Wil Myers SDOF231B7*27.61MLB2018
69Jean Segura SEASS12-28.34MLB2018
70J.T. Realmuto MIAC31B8*27.34MLB2018
71Edwin Diaz SEARP1-24.33MLB2018
72Lorenzo Cain MILOF24-32.27MLB2018
73Joey Gallo TEXOF251B9, 3B12*24.67MLB2018
74Kyle Schwarber CHCOF26-25.38MLB2018↑↑
75Kyle Tucker HOUOF27-21.51AAA/MLB2018
76Brendan Rodgers COLSS132B7*21.95AA2019
77Nick Senzel CIN2B83B13*22.96AAA2019
78Josh Donaldson TOR3B14-32.62MLB2018↑↑
79James Paxton SEASP20-29.71MLB2018
80Jo Adell LAAOF28-19.28A/A+2019
81Justin Upton LAAOF29-30.90MLB2018
82Khris Davis OAKOF30-30.58MLB2018
83Kenley Jansen LADRP2-30.81MLB2018
84Craig Kimbrel BOSRP3-30.14MLB2018
85Travis Shaw MIL3B15-28.26MLB2018
86Forrest Whitley HOUSP21-20.85AA2019
87Patrick Corbin ARISP22-29.00MLB2018
88Carlos Carrasco CLESP23-31.33MLB2018
89Bo Bichette TORSS14-20.38AA2019
90Marcell Ozuna STLOF31-27.69MLB2018
91Zack Greinke ARISP24-34.75MLB2018
92Jameson Taillon PITSP25-26.67MLB2018
93Keston Hiura MIL2B9-21.97A+/AA2019
94Yasiel Puig LADOF32-27.62MLB2018
95Tim Anderson CHWSS15-25.08MLB2018
96Whit Merrifield KC2B10OF33, 1B10*29.49MLB2018
97Didi Gregorius NYYSS16-28.42MLB2018
98Mike Foltynewicz ATLSP26-26.79MLB2018
99Aroldis Chapman NYYRP4-30.39MLB2018
100Sixto Sanchez PHISP27-19.98A+2020
101Matt Olson OAK1B11-24.31MLB2018
102Brian Dozier MIN2B11-31.18MLB2018
103Roberto Osuna TORRP5-23.45MLB2018
104Alex Reyes STLSP28-23.89MLB2018
105Jesus Luzardo OAKSP29-20.81A+/AA2019
106Dallas Keuchel HOUSP30-30.55MLB2018
107Odubel Herrera PHIOF34-26.56MLB2018
108Sean Manaea OAKSP31-26.47MLB2018
109Scooter Gennett CIN2B12-28.22MLB2018
110Felipe Vazquez PITRP6-27.04MLB2018
111Mitch Haniger SEAOF35-27.58MLB2018
112Casey Mize DETSP32-21.22N/A2020
113Mitch Keller PITSP33-22.29A+/AA/AAA2019
114Mike Clevinger CLESP34-27.58MLB2018
115Miles Mikolas STLSP35-29.91MLB2018
116Ross Stripling LADSP36-28.66MLB2018
117Miguel Sano MIN3B16-25.19MLB2018
118Jose Abreu CHW1B12-31.48MLB2018
119Miguel Andujar NYY3B17-23.38MLB2018
120Michael Conforto NYMOF36-25.39MLB2018↑↑
121Amed Rosario NYMSS17-22.67MLB2018
122Royce Lewis MINSS18-19.13A2020
123Robbie Ray ARISP37-26.80MLB2018
124Eduardo Rodriguez BOSSP38-25.29MLB2018
125Taylor Trammell CINOF37-20.85A+2019
126Michael Kopech CHWSP39-22.22AAA2018
127Mike Soroka ATLSP40-20.96AAA/MLB2018
128Francisco Mejia SDC4-22.73AAA2018
129Alex Wood LADSP41-27.52MLB2018
130Yordan Alvarez HOUOF38-21.06AA/AAA2019
131Gregory Polanco PITOF39-26.85MLB2018
132Ian Happ CHCOF402B13*, 3B18*23.94MLB2018
133Chris Archer TBSP42-29.82MLB2018
134Scott Kingery PHISS192B14*, 3B19*, OF41*24.23MLB2018
135Josh Hader MILRP7-24.29MLB2018
136Jake Arrieta PHISP43-32.37MLB2018
137Austin Meadows PITOF42-23.21AAA/MLB2018
138Mike Moustakas KC3B20-29.86MLB2018
139Buster Posey SFC5-31.31MLB2018
140Jose Peraza CINSS202B15*24.22MLB2018
141David Dahl COLOF43-24.3MLB2018
142Dee Gordon SEA2B16OF44*30.24MLB2018↓↓
143Luis Robert CHWOF45-20.96A/A+2020
144Willy Adames TBSS21-22.88AAA/MLB2018
145Jack Flaherty STLSP44-22.56MLB2018
146Tyler O'Neill STLOF46-23.08AAA/MLB2018
147Eric Hosmer SD1B13-28.74MLB2018
148Austin Riley ATL3B21-21.30GCL/AA/AAA2019
149Masahiro Tanaka NYYSP45-29.72MLB2018
150Jose Quintana CHCSP46-29.49MLB2018
151MacKenzie Gore SDSP47-19.41A2021
152Hunter Greene CINSP48-18.96A2021
153Corey Knebel MILRP8-26.65MLB2018
154Rougned Odor TEX2B17-24.46MLB2018
155Jonathan Schoop BAL2B18-26.76MLB2018
156Franklin Barreto OAK2B19SS22*22.40AAA/MLB2018
157Alex Verdugo LADOF47-22.18AAA/MLB2018
158Willie Calhoun TEXOF48-23.71AAA2018
159Michael Brantley CLEOF49-31.18MLB2018
160Aaron Hicks NYYOF50-28.80MLB2018
161Tommy Pham STLOF51-30.37MLB2018
162Blake Treinen OAKRP9-30.06MLB2018
163Jon Lester CHCSP49-34.54MLB2018
164Brendan McKay TBSP691B2822.59GCL/A/A+2020
165Jesus Sanchez TBOF52-20.79A+2019
166Nick Madrigal CHW2B20SS23*21.35AZL2020
167Salvador Perez KCC6-28.19MLB2018↓↓
168Matt Chapman OAK3B22-25.23MLB2018
169Jake Lamb ARI3B23-27.78MLB2018
170Justus Sheffield NYYSP50-22.19AA/AAA2019
171Carter Kieboom WASSS24-20.88A+/AA2019
172Tyler Skaggs LAASP51-27.02MLB2018
173Byron Buxton MINOF53-24.59MLB2018
174Jake Bauers TB1B14OF54*22.79AAA/MLB2018
175Dylan Bundy BALSP52-25.68MLB2018
176Michael Fulmer DETSP53-25.35MLB2018
177Kyle Wright ATLSP54-22.80AA2019
178Brent Honeywell TBSP55-23.31TJ2019
179Jesse Winker CINOF55-24.93MLB2018↑↑
180Chris Taylor LADSS25OF56, 2B21*27.89MLB2018
181Kenta Maeda LADSP56-30.28MLB2018
182Luke Weaver STLSP57-24.91MLB2018
183Sean Newcomb ATLSP58-25.11MLB2018
184Jesus Aguilar MIL1B15-28.06MLB2018
185Max Muncy LAD1B163B24, 2B22*, OF57*27.90MLB2018↑↑
186Josh Bell PIT1B17-25.93MLB2018
187Ender Inciarte ATLOF58-27.73MLB2018
188Manuel Margot SDOF59-23.81MLB2018
189Shane Bieber CLESP59-23.14AA/AAA/MLB2018
190Alec Bohm PHI3B25-21.96GCL/NYP2020
191Jose Martinez STL1B18-29.99MLB2018
192Garrett Hampson COL2B23SS26*23.78AA/AAA2019
193Billy Hamilton CINOF60-27.86MLB2018
194Luis Castillo CINSP60-25.31MLB2018
195A.J. Puk OAKSP61-23.24TJ2019
196Chris Paddack SDSP62-22.53A+/AA2019
197Peter Alonso NYM1B19-23.62AA/AAA2019
198Justin Turner LAD3B26-33.66MLB2018
199Andrelton Simmons LAASS27-28.88MLB2018
200Marcus Stroman TORSP63-27.22MLB2018
201Yu Darvish CHCSP64-31.93MLB2018
202Sean Doolittle WASRP10-31.82MLB2018
203Adam Eaton WASOF61-29.62MLB2018
204Paul DeJong STLSS282B24*24.97MLB2018
205Teoscar Hernandez TOROF62-25.76MLB2018
206Dustin Fowler OAKOF63-23.56AAA/MLB2018
207Raisel Iglesias CINRP11-28.54MLB2018
208Jarred Kelenic NYMOF64-19.01GCL/APP2021
209Brad Hand CLERP12-28.33MLB2018
210Triston McKenzie CLESP65-20.97AA2019
211Ryan Mountcastle BAL3B27-21.42AA2019
212Estevan Florial NYYOF65-20.65GCL/A+2020
213Edwin Encarnacion CLEDH11B20*35.54MLB2018
214Matt Carpenter STL3B281B21, 2B25*32.65MLB2018↑↑
215Charlie Morton HOUSP66-34.69MLB2018
216Andrew McCutchen SFOF66-31.78MLB2018
217Elvis Andrus TEXSS29-29.90MLB2018
218Franchy Cordero SDOF67-23.88MLB2018
219Brandon Nimmo NYMOF68-25.31MLB2018
220Jon Gray COLSP67-26.71MLB2018
221Addison Russell CHCSS30-24.49MLB2018
222Cesar Hernandez PHI2B26-28.16MLB2018
223Johnny Cueto SFSP68-32.43MLB2018
224Kyle Seager SEA3B29-30.71MLB2018
225Luis Urias SD2B27-21.13AAA2019
226Joey Bart SFC7-21.60AZL/NWL2020
227Nelson Cruz SEADH2-38.05MLB2018
228Lewis Brinson MIAOF69-24.20MLB2018
229Greg Bird NYY1B22-25.70MLB2018
230Kyle Hendricks CHCSP79-28.62MLB2018
231Carlos Rodon CHWSP71-25.61MLB2018
232D.J. LeMahieu COL2B28-30.02MLB2018
233Michel Baez SDSP72-22.50A+2019
234Keone Kela TEXRP13-25.26MLB2018
235Daniel Murphy WAS2B291B23*33.30MLB2018
236Kolby Allard ATLSP73-20.94AAA2019
237Ian Anderson ATLSP74-20.22A+2020
238Alex Kirilloff MINOF70-20.70A/A+2020
239Joey Lucchesi SDSP75-25.12MLB2018
240Wilson Ramos TBC8-30.94MLB2018
241David Price BOSSP76-32.90MLB2018
242Jorge Soler KCOF71-26.40MLB2018
243Yasmani Grandal LADC9-29.70MLB2018
244Andrew Heaney LAASP77-27.13MLB2018
245Griffin Canning LAASP78-22.19A+/AA/AAA2019
246Jahmai Jones LAA2B30-20.96A+/AA2020
247Jonathan India CIN3B30-21.60APP2020
248Max Kepler MINOF72-25.44MLB2018
249Michael Wacha STLSP79-27.05MLB2018
250Luiz Gohara ATLSP80-21.97AA/AAA/MLB2018
251Jorge Mateo OAKSS31-23.08AAA2018
252Arodys Vizcaino ATLRP14-27.69MLB2018
253Corey Dickerson PITOF73-29.16MLB2018
254Nick Gordon MINSS322B31*22.74AA/AAA2019
255David Peralta ARIOF74-30.93MLB2018
256Julio Pablo Martinez TEXOF75-22.33DSL/NWL2020
257Monte Harrison MIAOF76-22.94AA2019
258Dylan Cease CHWSP81-22.56A+/AA2019
259Jeurys Familia NYMRP15-28.78MLB2018
260Brusdar Graterol MINSP82-19.90A/A+2020
261Ian Desmond COL1B24OF77*32.83MLB2018
262Ketel Marte ARI2B32SS33*24.77MLB2018
263Justin Smoak TOR1B25-31.63MLB2018
264Eric Thames MIL1B26OF7831.69MLB2018
265Ryan McMahon COL1B272B33*, 3B31*23.40AAA/MLB2018
266Vincent Velasquez PHISP83-26.12MLB2018
267Kevin Gausman BALSP84-27.54MLB2018
268Josh Naylor SD1B29OF79*21.08AA2019
269Drew Waters ATLOF80-19.56A2021
270Travis Swaggerty PITOF81-20.92NYP2020
271Maikel Franco PHI3B32-25.90MLB2018
272Christin Stewart DETOF82-24.61AAA2018
273Robinson Cano SEA2B34-35.74MLB2018
274Yusniel Diaz BALOF83-21.79AA2019
275Colton Welker COL3B33-20.78A+2020
276Brandon Belt SF1B30-30.25MLB2018↑↑
277Joc Pederson LADOF84-26.25MLB2018
278Rick Porcello BOSSP85-29.56MLB2018
279Nick Pivetta PHISP86-25.43MLB2018
280Reynaldo Lopez CHWSP87-24.54MLB2018
281Avisail Garcia CHWOF85-27.11MLB2018
282Nick Williams PHIOF86-24.87MLB2018
283Brian Anderson MIA3B34-25.17MLB2018
284Cristian Pache ATLOF87-19.67A+2020
285Stephen Piscotty OAKOF88-27.52MLB2018
286Yoenis Cespedes NYMOF89-32.76MLB2018
287Andres Gimenez NYMSS34-19.88A+2020
288Austin Hays BALOF90-23.04AA2018
289Evan Gattis HOUDH4C10*31.92MLB2018
290Seuly Matias KCOF91-19.88A2021
291Fernando Romero MINSP88-23.57AAA/MLB2018
292Marco Gonzales SEASP89-26.43MLB2018
293Zack Wheeler NYMSP90-28.14MLB2018
294Nolan Gorman STL3B35-18.19APP2022
295Cody Allen CLERP16-29.67MLB2018
296Ryan Braun MILOF92-34.68MLB2018
297Dansby Swanson ATLSS35-24.44MLB2018
298Steven Souza Jr. ARIOF93-29.24MLB2018
299Clint Frazier NYYOF94-23.87AAA/MLB2018
300Julio Teheran ATLSP91-27.48MLB2018
301Jonathan Loaisiga NYYSP92-23.72A+/AA/MLB2018
302Wade Davis COLRP17-32.87MLB2018
303Adrian Morejon SDSP93-19.40A+2020
304Brandon Morrow RP CHCRP18-33.98MLB2018
305J.P. Crawford PHISS36-23.53MLB2018
306Jon Duplantier ARISP94-24.03AA2019
307Corbin Burnes MILSP95-23.74AAA/MLB2018
308Franklin Perez DETSP96-20.62GCL/A+2020
309Jeimer Candelario DET3B36-24.66MLB2018
310Justin Bour MIA1B31-30.14MLB2018
311Archie Bradley ARIRP19-25.94MLB2018
312Mike Zunino SEAC11-27.32MLB2018
313Trey Mancini BALOF951B32*26.34MLB2018
314Steven Matz NYMSP97-27.14MLB2018
315Corey Ray MILOF96-23.83AA2018
316Domingo Santana MILOF97-25.96MLB2018
317Alec Hansen CHWSP98-23.78AA2019
318Albert Abreu NYYSP99-22.82A+2018
319Brandon Marsh LAAOF98-20.59A/A+2020
320Trevor Larnach MINOF99-21.40APP2020
321Joe Musgrove HOUSP100-25.63MLB2018
322Zack Godley ARISP101-28.25MLB2018
323Jonathan Villar MIL2B35-27.22MLB2018
324Anthony Alford TOROF100-24.00A+/AAA/MLB2018
325Kevin Kiermaier TBOF101-28.24MLB2018
326Danny Duffy KCSP102-29.58MLB2018
327Sonny Gray NYYSP103-28.70MLB2018
328Brady Singer KCSP104-21.96N/A2020
329Daulton Varsho ARIC12-22.05A+2020
330Leody Taveras TEXOF102-19.87A+2020
331Scott Schebler CINOF103-27.79MLB2018
332Randal Grichuk TOROF104-26.94MLB2018
333C.J. Cron TB1B33-28.54MLB2018
334Kyle Barraclough MIARP20-28.16MLB2018
335Wander Franco TBSS37-17.39APP2023
336Ronald Guzman TEX1B34-23.75AAA/MLB2018
337Touki Toussaint ATLSP105-22.08AA/AAA2019
338Danny Jansen TORC13-23.26AAA2018
339Carlos Santana PHI1B35-32.28MLB2018↑↑
340Michael Chavis BOS3B37-22.94NYP/AA2019
341Kevin Pillar TOROF105-29.54MLB2018
342Matt Kemp LADOF106-33.83MLB2018
343Shin-Soo Choo TEXOF107-36.02MLB2018
344Jorge Alfaro PHIC14-25.11MLB2018
345Jeff Samardzija SFSP106-33.49MLB2018
346Corbin Martin HOUSP107-22.56A+/AA2019
347Esteury Ruiz SD2B363B38*19.43A2021
348Marcus Semien OAKSS38-27.84MLB2018
349Zach Britton BALRP21-30.58MLB2018
350Jurickson Profar TEXSS391B36*, 2B37*, 3B39*, OF108*25.42MLB2018
351Zach Eflin PHISP108-24.28MLB2018
352Christian Villanueva SD3B40-27.09MLB2018
353Daniel Mengden OAKSP109-25.42MLB2018
354Starlin Castro MIA2B38-28.32MLB2018
355Cal Quantrill SDSP110-23.44AA2019
356Chase Anderson MILSP111-30.64MLB2018
357Freddy Peralta MILSP112-22.13AAA/MLB2018
358Bradley Zimmer CLEOF109-25.65MLB2018
359J.A. Happ TORSP113-35.75MLB2018
360Adalberto Mondesi KCSS402B3922.98MLB2018
361Eduardo Escobar MIN3B41SS4129.54MLB2018
362Tyler Mahle CINSP114-23.81MLB2018
363Aaron Sanchez TORSP115-26.05MLB2018
364Ryon Healy SEA1B373B42*26.53MLB2018
365Matt Adams WAS1B38OF110*29.89MLB2018
366Brandon Crawford SFSS42-31.50MLB2018
367Khalil Lee KCOF111-20.07A+/AA2019
368Zack Collins CHWC15-23.46AA2019↑↑
369Yuli Gurriel HOU1B393B43*34.11MLB2018
370Heliot Ramos SFOF11218.87A2021
371Keibert Ruiz LADC1620.00AA2019
372Kyle Gibson MINSP116-30.74MLB2018
373Gio Gonzalez WASSP117-32.84MLB2018
374Adam Jones BALOF113-32.97MLB2018↓↓
375Yadier Molina STLC17-36.02MLB2018
376Asdrubal Cabrera NYM2B40SS43*, 3B44*32.69MLB2018
377Yonder Alonso CLE1B40-31.28MLB2018
378Delino DeShields TEXOF114-25.93MLB2018
379Alex Faedo DETSP118-22.69A+/AA2019
380Matt Manning DETSP119-20.48A/A+2020
381Brad Boxberger ARIRP22-30.15MLB2018
382Raimel Tapia COLOF115-24.16AAA/MLB2018
383Dane Dunning CHWSP120-23.58A+/AA2019
384Cole Hamels TEXSP121-34.56MLB2018
385Miguel Cabrera DET1B41-35.26MLB2018
386Jed Lowrie OAK2B413B45*34.26MLB2018
387Mallex Smith TBOF116-25.21MLB2018
388Harrison Bader STLOF117-24.13MLB2018
389Julio Urias LADSP122-21.94MLB2018
390Max Fried SP ATLSP123-24.51AA/AAA/MLB2018
391Kyle Freeland COLSP124-25.18MLB2018
392Stephen Gonsalves MINSP125-24.03AA/AAA2018
393Anderson Espinoza SDSP126-20.36A+2020
394Jordyn Adams LAAOF118-18.76AZL2022
395Isan Diaz MIA2B42-22.15AA2019
396Xavier Edwards SDSS44-18.95AZL2022
397Carlos Gonzalez COLOF119-32.76MLB2018
398Drew Pomeranz BOSSP127-29.66MLB2018
399Adrian Beltre TEX3B46-39.29MLB2018
400Nick Markakis ATLOF120-34.68MLB2018
401Dellin Betances NYYRP23-30.33MLB2018
402Evan Longoria SF3B47-32.79MLB2018
403Andrew Miller CLERP24-33.16MLB2018
404Matthew Liberatore TBSP128-18.71GCL2022
405Shane Baz PITSP129-19.09APP2021
406Seranthony Dominguez PHIRP25-23.65AA/AAA/MLB2018
407Colin Moran PIT3B48-25.80MLB2018
408Shed Long CIN2B43-22.91AA2018
409Blake Rutherford CHWOF121-21.22A+2020
410Jacob Faria TBSP130-24.97MLB2018
411German Marquez COLSP131-23.41MLB2018
412J.D. Davis HOU3B49-25.23AAA/MLB2018
413Jimmy Nelson MILSP132-29.13MLB2018
414Taijuan Walker ARISP133-25.94MLB2018
415Kevin Smith TORSS45-22.04A/A+2020
416Yangervis Solarte TOR3B502B44, SS46*31.04MLB2018
417Orlando Arcia MILSS47-23.96MLB2018
418Zach Davies MILSP134-25.45MLB2018
419Frankie Montas OAKSP135-25.33MLB2018
420Mitch Moreland BOS1B42-32.87MLB2018
421Chance Sisco BALC18-23.41MLB2018
422Sandy Alcantara MIASP136-22.87AAA/MLB2018
423Chance Adams NYYSP137-23.94AAA2018
424Jorge Polanco MINSS48-25.04MLB2018
425Connor Scott MIAOF122-18.78GCL2022
426Lazaro Armenteros OAKOF123-19.16A2021
427Oneil Cruz PITSS49-19.79A2021
428Akil Baddoo MINOF124-19.93A2021
429Mark Trumbo BALOF125-32.51MLB2018
430Michael Taylor WASOF126-27.32MLB2018
431Matt Davidson CHWDH51B43*, 3B51*27.32MLB2018
432Derek Dietrich MIAOF1271B44*, 3B52*29.01MLB2018
433Ryan Zimmerman WAS1B45-33.81MLB2018
434Brett Gardner NYYOF128-34.91MLB2018
435Josh Reddick HOUOF12931.42MLB2018
436Brandon Woodruff MILSP138-25.44MLB2018
437Danny Salazar CLESP139-28.53MLB2018
438Francisco Cervelli PITC19-32.37MLB2018
439Adam Duvall CINOF130-29.88MLB2018
440Chris Shaw SFOF131-24.24AAA2018
441Beau Burrows DETSP140-21.84AA2019
442Joey Wentz ATLSP141-20.79A+2020
443Enyel De Los Santos PHISP142-22.57AAA/MLB2018
444Dustin May LADSP143-20.87A+2020
445Welington Castillo CHWC20-31.24MLB2018
446Jordan Hicks STLRP26-21.87MLB2018
447Albert Almora CHCOF13224.26MLB2018
448Jay Bruce NYMOF13331.30MLB2018
449Tyson Ross SDSP144-31.24MLB2018
450Eduardo Nunez BOS2B453B53*, OF134*31.10MLB2018
451A.J. Minter ATLRP27-24.88MLB2018
452Brent Rooker MIN1B46-23.72AA2019
453Franmil Reyes SDOF135-23.04AAA/MLB2018
454Brandon Lowe TB2B46OF136*24.04AA/AAA2018
455Jose Urena MIASP145-26.86MLB2018
456Hector Rondon HOURP28-30.40MLB2018
457Marwin Gonzalez HOUSS501B47, OF137, 2B47*, 3B54*29.35MLB2018
458Matt Duffy TB3B55-27.51MLB2018
459Dakota Hudson STLSP146-23.85AAA2018
460Cedric Mullins BALOF138-23.80AA/AAA2018
461Andrew Suarez SFSP147-25.86MLB2018
462Tyler Anderson COLSP148-28.56MLB2018
463Hunter Renfroe SDOF139-26.48MLB2018
464Derek Fisher HOUOF140-24.91MLB2018
465Nick Solak TB2B48OF141*23.53AA2019
466Sean Murphy OAKC21-23.78AA2019
467Austin Allen SDC22-24.51AA2019
468Nathaniel Lowe TB1B48-23.04A+/AA2019
469Ronaldo Hernandez TBC2320.69A2021
470Bobby Bradley CLE1B49-22.14AA2019
471Bud Norris STLRP29-33.38MLB2018
472Nathan Eovaldi TBSP149-28.44MLB2018
473Trevor Cahill KCSP150-30.39MLB2018
474Jose Siri CINOF142-22.99A+/AA2018
475D.J. Peters LADOF143-22.61AA2019
476Daz Cameron DETOF144-21.51A+/AA2019
477Enrique Hernandez LADOF1452B49, SS51*, 3B56*26.91MLB2018
478Jeren Kendall LADOF146-22.46A+2020
479Leonys Martin DETOF147-30.37MLB2018
480Logan Morrison MIN1B50-30.90MLB2018
481Jhoulys Chacin MILSP151-30.54MLB2018
482Mike Leake SEASP152-30.69MLB2018
483Wilmer Flores NYM1B512B49*, 3B57*26.96MLB2018
484Dennis Santana LADSP153-22.27AA/AAA/MLB2018
485Luis Garcia WASSS522B5018.18A/A+2021
486Alen Hanson SF2B51SS53*, 3B58*, OF148*25.74MLB2018
487Jackie Bradley Jr. BOSOF149-28.25MLB2018
488Denard Span SEAOF150-34.40MLB2018
489Devon Travis TOR2B52-27.41MLB2018
490Todd Frazier NYM3B59-32.44MLB2018
491Johan Camargo ATL3B60SS54*24.60MLB2018
492Justin Dunn NYMSP15422.83A+/AA2019
493Chris Devenski HOURP30-27.69MLB2018
494Yolmer Sanchez CHW3B612B53*26.06MLB2018
495Jedd Gyorko STL3B622B54*, SS55*29.83MLB2018
496Max Stassi HOUC23-27.35MLB2018
497Jason Heyward CHCOF151-28.95MLB2018
498Mark Canha OAKOF15229.43MLB2018
499Brent Suter MILSP15528.89MLB2018
500Ivan Nova PITSP15631.52MLB2018

*Player likely will lose eligibility at this position long-term.

Differences of Opinion

Prior to publication, Bret Sayre–he of Baseball Prospectus as well as the previous iteration of the Top 500 on this site–reviewed the rankings and provided feedback on select players. For some, I acquiesced and adjusted the rankings. For others, I dug my heels in and refused to budge. Indeed, there are many differences between my prospect rankings and the rankings recently published at Baseball Prospectus, and that is just among 50 prospects. Who are the notable players over which we disagree?

Pitchers

Shohei Ohtani, SP/DH, Los Angeles Angels. Ohtani suffered a grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow in early June. Any sprain of the UCL is frightening for a pitcher, as more severe sprains often lead to Tommy John surgery. He is now back and serving exclusively as a designated hitter. Ohtani was a top 30 fantasy performer when healthy, and given his age, ability, and fantasy upside, he likely would place in the top 20 on this list if not for his injury. Bret is more cautious with Ohtani’s injury and would rank him lower. Note, the ranking of Ohtani is strictly for daily lineup formats. In weekly formats, use his position-specific ranking as a guide (i.e., SP13 and DH3), and adjust accordingly.

Lance McCullers, SP, Houston Astros. Still just 24 years old, McCullers already logged 437 2/3 innings in the majors. During that time, he posted an incredible 26.4% strikeout rate and 3.26 fielding independent pitching (FIP). He is finally going deeper in starts this year, behind a much-improved changeup. In fact, his innings per start jumped from 5.39 to 5.91 on the back of an increase in change-up usage (from 12% to 17.1%). In my opinion, McCullers is on the verge of a true breakout. Bret ranks McCullers outside his top 100.

Walker Buehler, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers. Young pitchers with injury histories carry a lot of risk. Consequently, Bret is less bullish on Buehler. For me, his youth, elite repertoire, and solid command portends a potential fantasy ace.

Others of Note:

  • Carlos Martinez, SP, St. Louis Cardinals: Bret ↓
  • Edwin Diaz, RP, Seattle Mariners: Bret ↓
  • Jeff Samardzija, SP, San Francisco Giants: Bret ↓
  • Zach Britton, RP, Baltimore Orioles: Bret ↑
  • J.A. Happ, SP, Toronto Blue Jays: Bret ↑

Hitters

Billy Hamilton, OF, Cincinnati Reds. Bret has long been an avid supporter of Hamilton, and for good reason. Even in a down year, he ranks 69th on ESPN’s Player Rater. With stolen bases more and more scarce, Hamilton remains a highly relevant commodity. However, he produces little other fantasy value and is often bench-fodder. Further, he is nearly 28 years old and speed begins to decline in the late-20s.

Brandon Nimmo, OF, New York Mets. This year, Nimmo is one of the biggest risers, hitting .253/.373/.490 with 13 home runs and 7 stolen bases. Whether he should rank even higher depends on whether the power outburst is sustainable. Bret thinks so, while I am less certain.

Adalberto Mondesi, SS/2B, Kansas City Royals. Seemingly forever a future power/speed shortstop, Mondesi still remains in fantasy purgatory. Since returning to the majors in mid-June, however, he is receiving nearly everyday playing time. The big question is whether he will hit enough to get to his power and speed. Bret thinks so, while I am less certain.

Others of Note:

  • Justin Turner, 3B, Los Angeles Dodgers: Bret ↑
  • Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Toronto Blue Jays: Bret ↓
  • Bradley Zimmer, OF, Cleveland Indians: Bret ↑
  • Josh Reddick, OF, Houston Astros: Bret ↑
  • Todd Frazier, 3B, New York Mets: Bret ↑

Prospects

Christin Stewart, OF, Detroit Tigers. A former first-round pick in 2015, Stewart is now on the cusp of the majors. With plus power, patience, and an underrated hit tool, he could develop into a high-end three-true-outcome slugger. Bret is less optimistic and would exclude Stewart from the top 500.

Leody Taveras, OF, Texas Rangers. The note for Taveras in Baseball Prospectus’ top 50 dynasty prospects ranking states, “Reminder number 3,419 not to scout the statline.” True enough! Thus far, Taveras has been atrocious, hitting just .236/.308/.318 in High-A. Of course, he is young for the level and still possesses a ton of promise. However, I am no longer sold on anything more than 40-grade fantasy game power (i.e., 10-15 home runs).

Heliot Ramos, OF, San Francisco Giants. Ramos is playing in Low-A at just 18 years old all year. With plus power and speed, he could develop into a 30/30 player. Bret chases the potential star power, whereas I am more hesitant due to his contact issues and my reduced confidence in his long-term speed (due to his thick lower half).

Luis Garcia, SS/2B, Washington Nationals. Speaking of a player young for his level, Garcia just turned 18 years old two months ago and he is already in High-A. Further, he is hitting the cover off the ball over his first 11 games in High-A (.346/.370/.423). Like Taveras, I buy the hit tool, but not the power. With nominal speed and power projection, Garcia lacks the high ceiling I look for in young prospects. Nevertheless, he appears on the top 500 as a concession to Bret, who exclaimed, “AND ADD LUIS GARCIA YOU MONSTER.”

Others of Note:

  • Nick Madrigal, 2B/SS, Chicago White Sox: Bret ↑
  • Carter Kieboom, SS, Washington Nationals: Bret ↑
  • Jonathan Loaisiga, SP, New York Yankees: Bret ↓
  • Shane Baz, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates: Bret ↑
  • Kevin Smith, SS, Toronto Blue Jays: Bret ↓

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

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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 four-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.

22 Comments

  1. Tom B.
    July 20, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    I’m looking to get contend this year (in second place currently). I need one more SP to give me the nod in pitching categories in the playoffs. Would you trade Robles and Eloy Jimenez for Syndergaard and Soroka?

    • July 20, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      It depends on league size/scoring, but I prefer Syndergaard/Soroka to Jimenez/Robles. I will note, however, I am quite high on Syndergaard relative to many. I know Bret Sayre is very high on Robles and likely would advise against such a deal. Maybe try just one of Robles/Jimenez straight up for Syndergaard to start. Or package one of them with a different prospect/player for Syndergaard.

      • Tom B.
        July 20, 2018 at 2:24 pm

        Thanks a ton for the advice, Jesse. I’ll see if I can eek a bit better of a deal on my side. I like the idea of adding in another player on the side of Robles/Jimenez to make it a 2-for-1. Thanks for doing all this work to get a midseason dynasty rankings!

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  3. Charlie Hansen
    July 23, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    does hampson move up at all with the call up?

    • July 23, 2018 at 3:34 pm

      No, not yet. A call-up alone does not impact dynasty value. I want to see (1) staying power and (2) performance. In this case, the promotion may be temporary, as it is unclear how long D.J. LeMahieu will be sidelined with a left oblique strain. In the meantime, Hampson should be owned in nearly all formats, including redraft.

      • Charlie Hansen
        July 23, 2018 at 3:39 pm

        Thanks Jesse. Well done on your first dynasty 500. I look forward to the March 2019 edition

  4. Craig
    July 23, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Ranking Blake Snell and others. Obviously Mike Trout is the number 1 dynasty asset, but I am curious about the volatility of the rest of the list. I was looking through the July 2017 and March 2018 lists to get a feel for how rapidly guys like Acuna and Soto can move up a list based on observed talent. And I noticed Blake Snell was ranked around 270 in July 2017 (actually dropping 50ish spots from the previous ranking)….March 2018 had him low 100s…and as of July 2018 is a top 50 asset. Obviously, the 2018 performance is driving such an aggressive ranking right now, but absent a 4 start period in 2017 where his ERA was north of 6.00, his performance seems to have been relatively stable with a 3.50 ERA or better. Do you recall why his ranking has been so volatile over the past year? And I have to assume a back half 2018 performance of a 4.00 ERA pushes him back down around 100 again? Assuming this is correct, it seems 2-3 month swings in performance, good or bad, can cause quite a bit of volatility in rankings.

    • July 23, 2018 at 4:28 pm

      As for Blake Snell, who just landed on the disabled list with shoulder fatigue * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cphNpqKpKc4 *, his control showed legitimate improvement beginning in the second half last year.

      Prior to the season, I actually submitted this write-up on Snell for TDG: The former top prospect is on the verge of a breakout. After walking 88 batters over his first 145 major league innings (5.46 BB/9!), Blake Snell reduced his walk rate to 2.7 BB/9 over his last 73 1/3 innings. During this period, Snell posted a 2.70 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 68 strikeouts. This improvement is not random and arguably linked, in part, to a change in positioning on the rubber. Add improved command and control to Snell’s elite repertoire, including four plus pitches and a fastball averaging 94.3 mph, and you have a potential top 30 (or better) fantasy starting pitcher.

      Note, other “breakouts” for me were Teoscar Hernandez (yay!) and Greg Bird (boo!).

      Now, his control has improved this year, though not quite as good as his second half performance (9.9 BB%). It is still not ideal; hence, he is not ranked higher. What really changed for Snell this year is the development of his slider. It has turned into one of the most dominant pitches in baseball, limiting opponents to a palty .093 BAA and .200 SLG. Snell is one of the few pitchers with arguably 4 plus pitches.

      Finally, yes, 2-3 months of significant changes in performance can cause quite a bit of volatility in rankings. See Muncy, Max and Aguilar, Jesus, among many others.

  5. July 23, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Hey Jesse! Big fan… long time ranker here with a question for my / the communities benefit. We both take some… flack… we’ll call it, for ranking prospects aggressively.

    We both know how valuable prospects are in keep forever leagues. That’s to say nothing of their *trade* value (I’d be lucky to turn my Mike Moustakas into some of the prospects ranked in the 300’s in my industry leagues). Why do you think it is that we continue to get this criticism?

    I only play in industry leagues and I would be laughed at if I offered my Jordyn Adams (390’s) for Carlos Gonzalez (390’s). The same is true for countless prospects ranked near veterans. (That’s not a criticism… just stating a fact for context!) Is it because formats are different (fewer keepers, fewer prospects owned) such that prospects are devalued? Is it that people are trained to reflexively think Proven Veteran >>> Unproven Hotness (no matter how many times Josh Donaldson’s and Miggy Cabrera’s remind us of the risk of veterans).

    • July 23, 2018 at 5:19 pm

      Personally, I think some in the industry actually overvalue elite prospects a little. However, in my experience, such players often are untouchable. A Vlad Jr. owner in TDGx2 rejected a trade of Kris Bryant plus other pieces. Of course, elite prospects do often turn into elite fantasy players.

      Meanwhile, older assets are often undervalued in dynasty leagues. Once a player turns 30 years old, most dynasty owners, absent a small handful, no longer have any interest in such a player. Actually, I have made a living off trading prospects for these older assets. The risk is obvious, however. Once decline sets in, you are stuck, and value plummets quickly. Remember, dynasty is about today, but, for most, it is about tomorrow.

      In addition, the value of prospects varies league to league. In limited keeper leagues, prospects have much less value. In leagues where you can add prospects off free agency willy nilly, they have much less value imo. For those in leagues with unlimited minors and the only way to add prospects is through a prospect draft, they have tons of value. Ultimately, I advise any fantasy/dynasty owner to use these rankings responsibly, within the context of your own league.

      As for Tom’s main point, the reason most owners in a dynasty league will easily trade a proven veteran for a similarly ranked prospect is driven, in part, by trade value. A prospect is a desirable asset for every team in a dynasty league. A proven vet may only interest the top 4 teams. Further, prospects arguably carry less risk than aging veterans. A bad season for a prospect is often just a “bump in the road” and long-term value does not suffer as much as it probably should. On the other hand, a bad season for a vet (i.e., Josh Donaldson) can operate to crater his value as his time is running short. If owners sniff a hint of decline, they run away screaming.

      I could endlessly discuss the value of prospects versus veterans, and may develop this debate into a future article at some point.

      • Craig
        July 23, 2018 at 6:08 pm

        Hi Jesse and Tom
        To be clear…I actually wasn’t trying to give flack and apologize if I wrote it that way. The intent was purely instructional for me. And, grading the response, I would say…awesome. Like I said above, I am trying to get a feel for how fast folks can move up and down lists…with the idea of assessing trade value, as well as trying to find buying opportunities….and i agree with your point, trading can be tough based on the perception of value.

        The only reason I specifically honed on Snell was my surprise that he was a 300ish player a year ago even though he was some version of a known quantity. Based on the response above, do you think Robbie Ray and Sean Newcomb have a chance to be ranked as high as Snell right now? And vice versa, if Snell’s walk rate returns to previous levels, he drops back to Ray/Newcomb levels? This kind of sets a trading floor and ceiling for all mentioned.

        one thought on the response…I never doubted you know your stuff, but knowing a pitcher changed the position on the rubber to affect performance outcomes…nice. i will never look to play in league with you!

        Thanks again

        • July 24, 2018 at 10:00 am

          I do not think Tom’s comment was directed at your question. When Tom published his updated top 500 for OBP leagues, he received a lot of push-back from readers for his aggressive rankings of prospects. In addition, some questioned my own rankings of prospects on other sites, like Reddit. Ultimately, I feel extremely confident in my rankings of prospects, given my experience in dynasty leagues and my daily focus on all things prospect.

          Addressing your additional question, I do think Robbie Ray and Sean Newcomb could move up the rankings with improved command and control. Neither are Blake Snell, though. Ray is better than Newcomb. Ray has slightly better command/control and slightly better stuff, with three pitches that flash plus. This year, all three regressed. I think his upside is capped around 9% walk rate, which is borderline average. For me, his pre-2018 ranking is likely his ceiling. Meanwhile, Newcomb has three solid pitches, 60 FB, 55 CB, 50 CH, but consistent 40/45 command/control. The development of his change-up and its increased usage have driven his strong start. I do think he is a low-4s, high-3s ERA type with 1.3-1.4 WHIP. As for Snell, I doubt he falls too much, unless we see a decline in effectiveness. His repertoire is deep and electric.

  6. ppkl918
    July 31, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Where does Tyler Glasnow rank? I think he has potential to make a bit of a comeback to a starter role in Tampa.

    • July 31, 2018 at 4:18 pm

      Tyler Glasnow ranks outside the top 500. He has little to no command and control and his 97 mph fastball plays as only average to slightly above since he cannot command it. As such, he is terribly inefficient, only throwing 56% strikes. Indeed, he is in the bottom five in first strikes (52.3%) and, to make matters worse, he is second to last in swings outside the zone (23.2%).

      However, Glasnow can spin a devastating curveball and his stuff can be filthy. Without improved command, control, and efficiency, a role change will not impact his value much. Now, he is just a bad starting pitcher.

      • August 13, 2018 at 11:19 am

        Obviously, Glasnow is transitioning well back into a starting role with the Rays. However, I will note he faced some lackluster opponents (LAA, BAL, TOR). I do remain concerned about his command, flat fastball, and ability to remain effective over 5-6 innings. With that said, Glasnow is certainly a top 500 player at this point based on upside alone. Notably, I just traded him in a 16-team dynasty league (note, 10×10 categories) for a 2019 Round 1 prospect pick.

  7. roolhaas
    August 10, 2018 at 9:34 am

    hi jesse. appreciated reading about snell – as an owner I have been hoping he moves into the Nola/Berrios hype tier, and that seems like it has legs. however I have an offer to move him for goldy who is hard to value in our league which is the typical once you hit 30, out to pasture, mindset. what do you think? OPS league btw. thx

    • August 10, 2018 at 9:44 am

      I would pull the trigger despite the age concerns, especially if you are currently competitive. Pitchers carry tons of risk and Snell recently had a bout of shoulder fatigue, which raises some yellow flags. I think Goldy has plenty left in the tank, though he likely is on the decline.

  8. Jackson
    August 11, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Gotta take a flyer on Hyun-Jin Ryu. Injury history yeah but there’s something there.

    • August 13, 2018 at 11:13 am

      Ryu definitely could fit anywhere in the last 50. Same with Glasnow above. In fact, if I were to update the Top 500, both likely would easily slot within, especially Glasnow.

  9. TRE
    August 13, 2018 at 11:50 am

    I see Yuli, but no Lourdes? Is he still out of the 500 today?

    • August 13, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      Yes. However, Lourdes Gurriel is on the edge. Obviously, his performance thus far is extremely loud and impressive (.322/.340/.503) with 46.5% hard hits. His upside is something along the lines of .270, 20-25 home runs. Ultimately, I have little to no faith in Gurriel as anything more than a streaky utility infielder. My present peak projection for him is .250-.260, 15-20 home runs. A simple and convenient comp for Gurriel is teammate Aledmys Diaz.

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