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Top 240 Fantasy Prospects, August 2018

This past week at The Dynasty Guru, we examined infield, outfield, and pitching prospects with increasing and decreasing fantasy value. In addition, TDG updated the Top 500 Dynasty League Players, including 145 prospects, in mid-July. As the culmination of the monthly review and update, we shall revisit the Top 240 Fantasy Prospects, published in June.

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. As nearly two months passed since the last update, there is plenty of movement in the Top 240.

Top 240 Fantasy Prospects, August 2018

RankPlayerPositionAge2018 LevelETAJune RankChange
1Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR3B19.39GCL/A+/AA/AAA201921
2Eloy Jimenez CHWOF21.70AA/AAA201842
3Fernando Tatis Jr. SDSS19.60AA201952
4Victor Robles WASOF21.22GCL/AAA201862
5Jo Adell LAAOF19.33A/A+/AA20191813
6Kyle Tucker HOUOF21.56AAA/MLB201893
7Brendan Rodgers COLSS/2B22.00AA/AAA201970
8Nick Senzel CIN2B/3B23.11AAA201980
9Forrest Whitley HOURHP20.90AA2019101
10Bo Bichette TORSS/2B20.43AA2019111
11Royce Lewis MINSS19.18A/A+2020198
12Jesus Luzardo OAKLHP20.86A+/AA/AAA20193725
13Sixto Sanchez PHIRHP20.03A+202012-1
14Alex Reyes STLRHP23.94MLB201813-1
15Michael Kopech CHWRHP22.27AAA201814-1
16Casey Mize DETRHP21.27GCL/A+202015-1
17Keston Hiura MIL2B22.02A+/AA2019170
18Mike Soroka ATLRHP21.01AAA/MLB201816-2
19Mitch Keller PITRHP22.34A+/AA/AAA2019212
20Taylor Trammell CINOF20.90A+2020255
21Yordan Alvarez HOUOF21.11AA/AAA2019287
22Luis Robert CHWOF21.01A/A+2020220
23Brendan McKay TB22.64GCL/A/A+2020241
24MacKenzie Gore SDLHP19.46A20213410
25Francisco Mejia SDC/OF22.78AAA2018272
26Austin Riley ATL3B21.35GCL/AA/AAA2019304
27Tyler O'Neill STLOF23.13AAA/MLB2018314
28Alex Verdugo LADOF22.23AAA/MLB2018324
29Willie Calhoun TEXOF23.76AAA/MLB2018334
30Wander Franco TBSS17.44APP2022148118
31Alex Kirilloff MINOF20.75A/A+20209261
32Jesus Sanchez TBOF20.84A+/AA202029-3
33Carter Kieboom WASSS20.93A+/AA20205118
34Justus Sheffield NYYLHP22.24AA/AAA2018384
35Nick Madrigal CHW2B/SS21.40AZL/A/A+2020350
36Kyle Wright ATLRHP22.85AA/AAA2019393
37Peter Alonso NYM1B23.67AA/AAA20196730
38Hunter Greene CINRHP19.01A202136-2
39Brent Honeywell TBRHP23.36AAA (TJ)2019401
40Garrett Hampson COL2B/SS23.83AA/AAA/MLB2019422
41Alec Bohm PHI3B22.01GCL/NYP2020410
42Nolan Gorman STL3B18.24APP/A202110260
43Chris Paddack SDRHP22.58A+/AA2019485
44A.J. Puk OAKLHP23.29AA (TJ)2019451
45Dylan Cease CHWRHP22.61A+/AA20199752
46Ian Anderson ATLRHP20.27A+20206115
47Nathaniel Lowe TB1B23.09A+/AA2019207160
48Ryan Mountcastle BAL3B21.47AA20198032
49Luis Urias SD2B/SS21.18AAA2018501
50Joey Bart SFC21.65AZL/NWL2020588
51Triston McKenzie CLERHP21.02AA2019576
52Michel Baez SDRHP22.55A+2019531
53Estevan Florial NYYOF20.70GCL/A+20206512
54Drew Waters ATLOF19.61A/A+20217420
55Jonathan India CIN3B/SS21.65APP/PIO/A20207722
56Kolby Allard ATLLHP20.99AAA/MLB2018560
57Luiz Gohara ATLLHP22.02AA/AAA/MLB201847-10
58Cristian Pache ATLOF19.72A+/AA20208224
59Jahmai Jones LAA2B21.01A+/AA2019590
60Jarred Kelenic NYMOF19.06GCL/APP20217212
61Travis Swaggerty PITOF20.97NYP20207514
62Julio Pablo Martinez TEXOF22.38DSL/NWL2020631
63Jonathan Loaisiga NYYRHP23.77A+/AA/MLB2018167104
64Brusdar Graterol MINRHP19.95A/A+202011652
65Jon Duplantier ARIRHP24.08AZL/AA2019716
66Jorge Mateo OAKSS23.13AAA201854-12
67Josh Naylor SD1B/OF21.13AA2019681
68Corbin Burnes MILRHP23.79AAA/MLB2018691
69Colton Welker COL3B20.83A+20208112
70Andres Gimenez NYMSS19.93A+/AA20208616
71Seuly Matias KCOF19.93A20218312
72Corey Ray MILOF23.88AA20199321
73Nick Gordon MINSS/2B22.79AA/AAA201955-18
74Griffin Canning LAARHP22.24A+/AA/AAA201962-12
75Yusniel Diaz BALOF21.84AA2019794
76Christin Stewart DETOF24.66GCL/AAA201846-30
77Austin Hays BALOF23.09NYP/AA201852-25
78Adrian Morejon SDLHP19.45AZL/A+2020780
79Monte Harrison MIAOF22.99AA201964-15
80Corbin Martin HOURHP22.61A+/AA201912848
81Touki Toussaint ATLRHP22.13AA/AAA201913958
82Trevor Larnach MINOF21.45APP202011735
83Matt Manning DETRHP20.53A/A+202010724
84Brandon Marsh LAAOF20.64A/A+2020851
85Daulton Varsho ARIC22.10AZL/A+2020905
86Khalil Lee KCOF20.12A+/AA202013044
87Brady Singer KCRHP22.01N/A2020881
88Michael Chavis BOS3B22.99NYP/AA201911325
89Esteury Ruiz SD2B/3B19.48A202113546
90Dustin May LADRHP20.92A+2020--
91Leody Taveras TEXOF19.92A+2020910
92Danny Jansen TORC23.31AAA2018986
93Franklin Perez DETRHP20.67GCL/A+202073-20
94Anthony Alford TOROF24.05A+/AAA/MLB201870-24
95Dane Dunning CHWRHP23.63A+/AA2019950
96Tony Santillan CINRHP21.31A+/AA202016872
97Oneil Cruz PITSS19.84A2021--
98Kevin Smith TORSS/3B22.09A/A+202113840
99Justin Dunn NYMRHP22.88A+/AA2019--
100Zack Collins CHWC23.51AA20191000
101Heliot Ramos SFOF18.92A20211010
102Xavier Edwards SDSS19.00AZL2022202100
103Keibert Ruiz LADC20.05AA20191030
104Brandon Lowe TB2B/OF24.09AA/AAA/MLB201818884
105Stephen Gonsalves MINLHP24.08AA/AAA201899-6
106Isan Diaz MIA2B22.20AA/AAA20191104
107Matthew Liberatore TBLHP18.76GCL20221125
108Albert Abreu NYYRHP22.87GCL/A+201884-24
109Alex Faedo DETRHP22.74A+/AA201989-20
110Shed Long CIN2B22.96AA2018105-5
111Shane Baz PITRHP19.14APP20211110
112Chance Adams NYYRHP23.99AAA/MLB201896-16
113Cal Quantrill SDRHP23.49AA/AAA201987-26
114Bubba Thompson TEXOF20.16A202116450
115Blake Rutherford CHWOF21.27A+202094-21
116Anderson Espinoza SDRHP20.41A+2020108-8
117Akil Baddoo MINOF19.98A2021217100
118Ronaldo Hernandez TBC20.74A202121496
119Sandy Alcantara MIARHP22.92A+/AAA/MLB20181190
120Brent Rooker MIN1B/OF23.77AA201913414
121Daz Cameron DETOF21.56A+/AA202016544
122Alec Hansen CHWRHP23.83A+/AA201976-46
123Jose Siri CINOF23.04A+/AA2018115-8
124Will Smith LADC/3B23.36AA/AAA2019--
125Cionel Perez HOULHP22.30AA/AAA/MLB2018227102
126Chris Shaw SFOF24.29AAA2018122-4
127Andrew Knizner STLC23.51AA/AAA20191292
128Adonis Medina PHIRHP21.64A+2019126-2
129Bobby Bradley CLE1B22.19AA/AAA20191312
130Josh James HOURHP25.42AA/AAA2018230100
131Ke'Bryan Hayes PIT3B21.53AA201921584
132Cedric Mullins BALOF23.85AA/AAA201914412
133Logan Allen SDLHP21.21AA201918350
134Adam Haseley PHIOF22.32A+/AA202016632
135Dakota Hudson STLRHP23.90AAA/MLB201818045
136Connor Scott MIAOF18.83GCL/A2022120-16
137Kyler Murray OAKOF21.00N/A202115518
138Jordyn Adams LAAOF18.81AZL/PIO202217436
139Nick Solak TB2B/OF23.58AA2019137-2
140Beau Burrows DETRHP21.89AA2019132-8
141Lazaro Armenteros OAKOF19.21A2021127-14
142D.J. Peters LADOF22.66AA2019140-2
143Dennis Santana LADRHP22.32AA/AAA/MLB20181430
144Seth Beer HOUOF21.89NYP/A/A+202020965
145Grant Lavigne COL1B18.95PIO202223388
146Cole Winn TEXRHP18.70N/A20221460
147Nolan Jones CLE3B20.25A/A+202122376
148Jordan Groshans TOR3B/SS18.74GCL202223688
149Jorge Guzman MIARHP22.53A+2020114-35
150Luis Garcia WASSS/3B18.23A/A+202119646
151Cavan Biggio TOR2B/3B23.33AA201918130
152Gavin Lux LADSS/2B20.71A+/AA202020553
153Nate Pearson TORRHP21.97A+20201530
154Joey Wentz ATLLHP20.84A+20201540
155Jeter Downs CIN2B/SS20.03A2021125-30
156Jeren Kendall LADOF22.51A+2020124-32
157Isaac Paredes DETSS/2B19.47A+/AA2020--
158J.B. Bukauskas HOURHP21.83GCL/NYP/A20201580
159Mitchell White LADRHP23.61AA2019133-26
160Adbert Alzolay CHCRHP23.44AAA2018118-42
161Enyel De Los Santos PHIRHP22.62AAA/MLB201821150
162Sean Murphy OAKC23.83AA20191620
163Hudson Potts SD3B/1B19.78A+202117714
164Elehuris Montero STL3B19.98A2021--
165William Contreras ATLC20.62A/A+2021--
166Franmil Reyes SDOF23.09AAA/MLB2018136-30
167Dylan Cozens PHIOF24.19AAA/MLB2018141-26
168Austin Allen SDC/1B24.56AA2019163-5
169Shane McClanahan TBLHP21.28GCL20201690
170Logan Gilbert SEARHP21.26NWL20201700
171Austin Beck OAKOF19.71A2021123-48
172Triston Casas BOS1B/3B18.56GCL20221720
173Tristen Lutz MILOF19.96A2021--
174Jalen Beeks TBLHP25.08AAA/MLB2018159-15
175Luis Ortiz BALRHP22.88AA2019160-15
176Edwin Rios LAD1B/3B24.30AAA20191760
177Bobby Dalbec BOS3B23.11A+/AA2020--
178Daniel Johnson WASOF23.08GCL/AA2019142-36
179Ryan Weathers SDLHP18.76AZL20221790
180Kristian Robinson ARIOF17.66AZL2023--
181Kyle Lewis SEAOF23.07A+/AA2019121-60
182Josh Lowe TBOF20.52A+20201864
183Taylor Widener ARIRHP23.79AA/AAA201922946
184Jason Martin PITOF22.93AA/AAA20191840
185Bryse Wilson ATLRHP20.63A+/AA202020116
186Sean Reid-Foley TORRHP22.94AA/AAA201921832
187Luis Patino SDRHP18.78A2021--
188Tirso Ornelas SDOF18.41A202122638
189Jeisson Rosario SDOF18.79A2021173-16
190Buddy Reed SDOF23.28A+/AA2020--
191Myles Straw HOUOF23.81AA/AAA2019185-6
192Peter Lambert COLRHP21.31AA/AAA2019--
193Jackson Kowar KCRHP21.84A2020189-4
194Jasrado Chisholm ARISS20.52A/A+2020--
195Yu-Cheng Chang CLESS/3B22.97AAA2018150-45
196DL Hall BALLHP19.89A2021--
197Marco Luciano SFSS16.91N/A2023--
198Mark Vientos NYM3B18.66APP2022--
199Eric Pardinho TORRHP17.59APP2022--
200Orelvis Martinez TORSS16.72N/A2023--
201Brice Turang MILSS18.71AZL/PIO2022195-6
202Matt Thaiss LAA1B23.26AA/AAA2019187-15
203Domingo Acevedo NYYRHP24.42AA2018161-42
204Kevin Maitan LAASS/3B18.49PIO2022156-48
205Ethan Hankins CLERHP18.21N/A2022199-6
206Grayson Rodriguez BALRHP18.73GCL2022200-6
207Jhailyn Ortiz PHIOF19.72A2021147-60
208Miguel Amaya CHCC19.41A202122820
209M.J. Melendez KCC19.69A2021193-16
210James Kaprielian OAKRHP24.43A+2019204-6
211Rylan Bannon BAL3B/2B22.29A+/AA2020191-20
212Connor Wong LADC/2B22.22A+2020210-2
213Ryan Borucki TORRHP24.36AAA/MLB2018--
214Nick Pratto KC1B19.84A2021149-65
215Kyle Muller ATLLHP20.84A/A+/AA202022510
216Taylor Ward LAA3B24.65AA/AAA2019--
217Erick Fedde WASRHP25.45AAA/MLB2018157-60
218Nico Hoerner CHCSS21.24AZL/NWL/A2021--
219Greyson Jenista ATLOF21.67APP/A2021194-25
220Vidal Brujan TB2B20.50A20212222
221Nick Neidert MIARHP21.72AA2019--
222T.J. Zeuch TORRHP23.02A+/AA2019182-40
223Parker Meadows DETOF18.77GCL202223815
224Pavin Smith ARI1B22.51A+2020152-72
225Griffin Conine TOROF21.08GCL/NWL2021219-6
226Evan White SEA1B22.28A+/AAA2020171-55
227Bo Naylor CLEC/3B18.46AZL202223710
228Jeremy Eierman OAKSS21.91NYP2021198-30
229Hans Crouse TEXRHP19.90NWL2021--
230Calvin Mitchell PITOF19.33A2021178-52
231Luis Oviedo CLERHP19.23NYP2022--
232Tony Gonsolin LADRHP24.23A+/AA2019--
233Randy Arozarena STLOF23.44AA/AAA2019--
234Mason Denaburg WASRHP19.00GCL20222340
235Nick Schnell TBOF18.36GCL20222350
236Luis Rengifo LAASS/2B21.45A+/AA/AAA2020--
237Jacob Nix SDRHP22.58AA/MLB2018--
238Steven Duggar SFOF24.76AAA/MLB2018--
239Trevor Stephan NYYRHP22.70A+/AA2020--
240Adolis Garcia STLOF25.43AAA/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 June ranking is in parentheses, followed by a brief update with an approximate June ranking.

  • Ronald Acuña Jr., OF, Atlanta Braves (1): performing as advertised (.265/.327/.487) with power (11 home runs) and speed (6 stolen bases), static value (first overall)
  • Juan Soto, OF, Washington Nationals (3): continuing to impress (.316/.435/.560), top-20 dynasty asset, static value (between Guerrero Jr. and Jimenez)
  • Willy Adames, SS/2B, Tampa Bay Rays (20): struggling overall, but showing signs of life of late (7-for-22 with 2 home runs in August), drops slightly from 20 to 26 (between Mejia and Riley)
  • Franklin Barreto, 2B/SS, Oakland Athletics (23): hitting for plenty of power (.262 ISO), with plenty of strikeouts, drops from 23 to 34 (between Kieboom and Sheffield)
  • Austin Meadows, OF, Tampa Bay Rays (26): struggling since blazing debut, traded for Chris Archer, drops from 26 to 28 (between O’Neill and Verdugo)
  • Dustin Fowler, OF, Oakland Athletics (43): continuing to struggle, demoted to Triple-A, drops from 43 to 53 (between Baez and Florial)
  • Shane Bieber, RHP, Cleveland Indians (44): displaying strong command and control, quite hittable so far, static value
  • Jake Bauers, 1B/OF, Tampa Bay Rays (49): continuing to impress, hitting for tons of power (.252 ISO), moves from 49 to 37 (between Wright and Alonso)
  • Joey Lucchesi, LHP, San Diego Padres (60): continuing to impress with solid return from injury, static value
  • Fernando Romero, RHP, Minnesota Twins (66): demoted after a few poor starts, performing well in Triple-A, drops from 66 to 74 (between Gordon and Canning)

Others of Note:

  • Max Fried, LHP, Atlanta Braves (106)
  • J.D. Davis, 3B, Houston Astros (109)
  • Brett Phillips, OF, Kansas City Royals (145)
  • Carson Kelly, C, St. Louis Cardinals (151)
  • Jaime Barria, RHP, Los Angeles Angels (175)
  • Tom Murphy, C, Colorado Rockies (190)
  • David Fletcher, SS, Los Angeles Angels (192)
  • Freddy Peralta, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers (212)
  • Austin Slater, OF, San Francisco Giants (224)
  • Seranthony Dominguez, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies (240)

Additional Prospects

The following prospects have entered the top 200 after being unranked in June.

  • Dustin May, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Oneil Cruz, SS, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Justin Dunn, RHP, New York Mets
  • Will Smith, C, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Isaac Paredes, SS, Detroit Tigers
  • Elehuris Montero, 3B, St. Louis Cardinals
  • William Contreras, C, Atlanta Braves
  • Tristen Lutz, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
  • Bobby Dalbec, 3B, Boston Red Sox
  • Kristian Robinson, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Luis Patino, RHP, San Diego Padres
  • Buddy Reed, OF, San Diego Padres
  • Peter Lambert, RHP, Colorado Rockies
  • Jasrado Chisholm, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • DL Hall, LHP, Baltimore Orioles
  • Marco Luciano, SS, San Francisco Giants
  • Mark Vientos, 3B, New York Mets
  • Eric Pardinho, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays
  • Orelvis Martinez, SS, Toronto Blue Jays

Rising Prospects

The following prospects made the biggest moves in the rankings between June and August.

  • Jo Adell, OF, Los Angeles Angels (18 to 5)
  • Jesus Luzardo, LHP, Oakland Athletics (37 to 12)
  • Wander Franco, SS, Tampa Bay Rays (148 to 30)
  • Alex Kirilloff, OF, Minnesota Twins (92 to 31)
  • Nolan Gorman, 3B, St. Louis Cardinals (102 to 42)
  • Dylan Cease, RHP, Chicago White Sox (97 to 45)
  • Nathaniel Lowe, 1B, Tampa Bay Rays (207 to 47)
  • Jonathan Loaisiga, RHP, New York Yankees (167 to 63)
  • Brusdar Graterol, RHP, Minnesota Twins (116 to 64)
  • Tony Santillan, RHP, Cincinnati Reds (168 to 96)
  • Xavier Edwards, SS, San Diego Padres (202 to 102)
  • Brandon Lowe, 2B/OF, Tampa Bay Rays (188 to 104)
  • Akil Baddoo, OF, Minnesota Twins (217 to 117)
  • Ronaldo Hernandez, C, Tampa Bay Rays (214 to 118)
  • Cionel Perez, LHP, Houston Astros (227 to 125)
  • Josh James, RHP, Houston Astros (230 to 130)

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 or injury.

  • Carter Stewart, RHP, Atlanta Braves (failed to sign)
  • Micker Adolfo, OF, Chicago White Sox (injury)
  • David Peterson, LHP, New York Mets (under-performance)

Falling Prospects

The following prospects made the biggest drops in the rankings between June and July.

  • Christin Stewart, OF, Detroit Tigers (46 to 76)
  • Austin Hays, OF, Baltimore Orioles (52 to 77)
  • Alec Hansen, RHP, Chicago White Sox (76 to 122)
  • Adbert Alzolay, RHP, Chicago Cubs (118 to 160)
  • Austin Beck, OF, Oakland Athletics (123 to 171)
  • Kyle Lewis, OF, Seattle Mariners (121 to 181)

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; Tyler Stephenson, Cincinnati Reds
  • First Base: Kevin Cron, Arizona Diamondbacks; Roberto Ramos, Colorado Rockies
  • Second Base: Kevin Kramer, Pittsburgh Pirates; Jeff McNeil, New York Mets
  • Third Base: Jake Burger, Chicago White Sox; Lucas Erceg, Milwaukee Brewers
  • Shortstop: Cole Tucker, Pittsburgh Pirates; Freudis Nova, Houston Astros; Jeremiah Jackson, Los Angeles Angels; Ronny Mauricio, New York Mets
  • Outfield: Steele Walker, Chicago White Sox; George Valera, Cleveland Indians; Ryan McKenna, Baltimore Orioles; Oscar Mercado, Cleveland Indians; Luis Alexander Basabe, Chicago White Sox; Everson Pereira, New York Yankees; Alexander Canario, San Francisco Giants; Antonio Cabello, New York Yankees; Josh Stowers, Seattle Mariners
  • Pitcher: Deivi Garcia, New York Yankees; Jay Groome, Boston Red Sox; Seth Romero, Washington Nationals; David Peterson, New York Mets; Pablo Lopez, Miami Marlins; Zac Lowther, Baltimore Orioles; Keegan Akin, Baltimore Orioles; Daniel Lynch, Kansas City Royals; JoJo Romero, Philadelphia Phillies; Garrett Whitlock, New York Yankees; Taylor Hearn, Texas Rangers; Ryan Helsley, St. Louis Cardinals; Lewis Thorpe, Minnesota Twins; Sam Hentges, Cleveland Indians; Yadier Alvarez, Los Angeles Dodgers

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.

20 Comments

  1. Alex
    August 8, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Great stuff, thanks Jesse! I’ve picked up shares of Tyler Phillips in all my leagues after he got a shoutout in both the May and July pitcher updates, and he seems to only be getting better – fanned 13 and walked NONE over 7 innings yesterday! Did he receive any consideration for a top 240 or HM spot?

    • August 8, 2018 at 4:32 pm

      Tyler Phillips is a 6’5″ 200-pound, right-handed pitcher for the Rangers in Low-A. He is enjoying a breakout season (2.92/1.06 ERA/WHIP, 111 IP, 111/12 K/BB). Phillips sports a solid, three-pitch mix, including a low-90s sinking fastball, and a curveball and change-up which both flash above-average and even plus. Although he only has issued 12 walks in 111 innings, his command is still a work-in-progress, and many believe he is control over command right now. Nevertheless, it is legit improvement, and with his average to above repertoire and remaining projection, he all of a sudden has nice upside. For now, he is a 4- or 5-starter for me, and among many on the cusp of the Honorable Mention section.

  2. Slam
    August 8, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Curious to get your take on Ronny Mauricio. He seems like someone who’s opened a lot of eyes this year and I’ve even heard credible sources mention him as a potential future star. I see him in your honorable mention, but what would you like to see out of him that would make you show him more love?

    • August 8, 2018 at 6:22 pm

      The Mets signed Ronny Mauricio during the 2017 J2 international signing period for $2.1 million. He is an excellent defensive shortstop with potential average hit and power tools. Thus far, he is off to a strong start (.304/.331/.481) as one of the youngest players in the Gulf Coast League (just 17 years old). He missed the Top 240 because his offensive upside is a bit limited and he has a lengthy lead-time. Given his defensive value, Mauricio is a better real-life player than fantasy player.

      • Mark
        August 8, 2018 at 8:55 pm

        Eeek, no. Must have got a bad scouting report. His offensive upside is higher than his defensive. He probably doesn’t start at SS, but he might. Real chance to be a special hitter at SS.

        • August 8, 2018 at 9:10 pm

          “Excellent” was poor word choice, but he is solid there and should stick despite his 6’3″ frame. Still, a switch hitting shortstop with average hit and power has immense real-life value. I like him a good bit. Definitely a strong case for his inclusion in the Top 240.

          • Mark
            August 9, 2018 at 10:50 am

            Ben Badler compared him to Tatis. Fangraphs he has 50/55 hit/power FV profile right now, but there’s a lot of projection left. I just think because you said defensive value in your initial post, you might not be too familiar with him if you thought that was his calling card. He’s very athletic, but he’s not some tiny SS prospect who is some sort of defensive specialist. He has an incredible physical body with projection left. If he gets to the bigs he’s not going to be Jose Iglesias, he’s going to be a 20 HR + guy.

          • August 9, 2018 at 1:06 pm

            Fangraphs refers to his raw power as 55. I refer to his game power. Those grades also take into account remaining projection, of which there is a ton. I also want to make it very clear that my grades are not the same as Fangraphs. They are fantasy tool grades, which I explained repeatedly in depth in each of my positional rankings.

            When I referenced his defensive value, I am simply stating he is likely to provide positive defensive value given his arm strength, actions, and soft hands, regardless whether his large frame and average speed force him to third base. I also believe he will stick at shortstop. I never implied he was a defensive specialist, especially given the hit/power grades I supplied.

            Specifically, when I throw out 50/50 grades for hit/power that in no way equates to a player like Jose Iglesias or similar light hitting short stops who have sub-50 hit and sub-40 power. Further, those fantasy grades roughly equate to .265 BA and 20-25 home runs.

  3. Slam
    August 8, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    How do you view the potential offensive upside of Isaac Paredes? He’s holding his own in AA as one of the only few teenagers at that level.

    • August 8, 2018 at 7:11 pm

      Isaac Paredes has similar offensive upside to Jhonny Peralta (50/55 hit, 45/50 power)

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  5. Alex
    August 9, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Hi Jesse, thanks for the great work! I play in an extremely shallow dynasty league with small farms. Which of the prospects on your list have 1st round upside, if everything clicks right. I’m thinking the top 24, then Wander Franco, AJ Puk, and Daulton Varsho? Anyone else you can think of? Thanks!

    • August 9, 2018 at 1:49 pm

      Thanks, Alex! As a catcher, Varsho lacks the necessary upside for shallow formats.

      The top-30 players with the most upside on this list are:

      1. Vlad Guerrero Jr. (1)
      2. Eloy Jimenez (2)
      3. Fernando Tatis Jr. (3)
      4. Jo Adell (5)
      5. Wander Franco (30)
      6. Luis Robert (22)
      7. Royce Lewis (11)
      8. Victor Robles (4)
      9. Sixto Sanchez (13)
      10. Hunter Greene (38)
      11. MacKenzie Gore (24)
      12. Nolan Gorman (42)
      13. Casey Mize (16)
      14. Alex Reyes (14)
      15. Michael Kopech (15)
      16. Forrest Whitley (9)
      17. A.J. Puk (44)
      18. Brusdar Graterol (64)
      19. Esteury Ruiz (89)
      20. Anderson Espinoza (116)
      21. Jordyn Adams (138)
      22. Kristian Robinson (180)
      23. Kyle Tucker (6)
      24. Brendan Rodgers (7)
      25. Bo Bichette (10)
      26. Jesus Luzardo (12)
      27. Taylor Trammell (20)
      28. Brendan McKay (23)
      29. Jesus Sanchez (32)
      30. Brent Honeywell (39)

      In the offseason, or maybe even in the next couple weeks, I plan to post a ranking based solely on upside (I did this earlier this year as well).

      • Alex
        August 9, 2018 at 2:29 pm

        Thanks!

  6. Craig
    August 9, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    Hi Jesse
    What are you thoughts on Bryse Wilson? In AAA now (just got there) as a 20 year old. 185 on your list. What is holding you back from rating him as a top 100 player?

    • August 10, 2018 at 8:43 am

      Wilson has a plus mid-90s (93-97 mph) fastball, but lacks anything more than average secondaries (slider and change-up) and command. His slider occasionally flashes above-average to plus, but is inconsistent. Further, I think he carries a significant relief risk given his fastball/slider combo which likely plays up in shorter stints. With that said, Wilson definitely could push toward the top-100 and he was on quite a roll in July (0.84/0.84 ERA/WHIP, 32 1/3 IP, 42/7 K/BB). The Braves love pushing young pitching and he is now in Triple-A at just 20 years old. Ultimately, I think Wilson is a 4- or 5-starter or late-inning reliever. As such, he lacks the upside or perceived safety of most of the arms ahead of him.

  7. Mike
    August 28, 2018 at 10:26 am

    On your graduate list. It shows movement. For example Adames from 20 to 26. What does that represent? The relative position that would be if that still qualified as a rookie?

    • August 28, 2018 at 10:43 am

      It means he would drop from 20 (prior June rank) to 26 if he were still eligible for the Top 240.

  8. Mike
    August 28, 2018 at 10:36 am

    What do you think of Yandy Diaz

    • August 28, 2018 at 10:52 am

      Yandy Diaz is such an interesting player. He is HUGE (https://www.mensjournal.com/sports/yandy-diaz-seriously-jacked-and-ready-lift-cleveland-indians-another-world-series/), makes tons of hard contact (47.5%) with huge exit velocities (93.7 mph average), and he is an excellent hitter. However, his swing is flat, causing tons of low line drives and grounders. Continue to monitor his GB% and FB%. If he ever joins the fly ball movement, he could erupt. Unfortunately, regular playing time is hard to come by in the crowded Indians infield, and he is already 27. As such, he really should only be left for deeper leagues where he can stashed. Ultimately, I think he only amounts to a bat-first MLB bench option with minimal game power.

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