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2021 FYPD & International Signees for Dynasty Leagues Rankings v2

Welcome back for an update of my FYPD and international signees rankings. The list has been expanded to 75 players so be sure to click on the ‘next’ button at the bottom of the list to see all the rankings. A big addition to all FYPD lists will be the players signing on January 15th in the delayed J2 signing period. The teams listed as ‘Reportedly’ are the teams expected to sign these players, though keep in mind signings are not finalized and anything is possible. I’ve written up a quick review of the top international signees for your enjoyment below.

1Spencer TorkelsonDetroit TigersThird basemanArizona State
2Austin MartinToronto Blue JaysShortstopVanderbilt
3Emerson HancockSeattle MarinersPitcherGeorgia
4Asa LacyKansas City RoyalsPitcherTexas A&M
5Max MeyerMiami MarlinsPitcherMinnesota
6Zac VeenColorado RockiesOutfielderSpruce Creek High School (FL)
7Nick GonzalesPittsburgh PiratesShortstopNew Mexico State
8Ha-Seong KimSan Diego PadresShortstopKiwoon Heroes (KBO)
9Heston KjerstadBaltimore OriolesOutfielderArkansas
10Austin WellsNew York YankeesCatcherArizona
11Robert HassellSan Diego PadresOutfielderIndependence High School (TN)
12Austin HendrickCincinnati RedsOutfielderWest Allegheny Senior High School (PA)
13Garrett MitchellMilwaukee BrewersOutfielderUCLA
14Reid DetmersLos Angeles AngelsPitcherLouisville
15Mick AbelPhiladelphia PhilliesPitcherJesuit High School (OR)
16Cade CavalliWashington NationalsPitcherOklahoma
17Wilman DiazLos Angeles Dodgers (Reportedly)ShortstopMaracay, Venezuela
18Tyler SoderstromOakland AthleticsCatcherTurlock High School (CA)
19Garrett CrochetChicago White SoxPitcherTennessee
20Pete Crow-ArmstrongNew York MetsOutfielderHarvard-Westlake School (CA)
21Ed HowardChicago CubsShortstopMount Carmel High School (IL)
22Nick BitskoTampa Bay RaysPitcherCentral Bucks High School East (PA)
23Bobby MillerLos Angeles DodgersPitcherLouisville
24Bryce JarvisArizona DiamondbacksPitcherDuke
25Zach DeLoachSeattle MarinersOutfielderTexas A&M
26Yoelqui CespedesChicago White Sox (Reportedly)OutfieldYara, Cuba
27Patrick BaileySan Francisco GiantsCatcherNC State
28Nick YorkeBoston Red SoxSecond basemanArchbishop Mitty High School (CA)
29Isaiah GreeneCleveland Indians (via Mets)OutfielderCorona High School (CA)
30Dillon DinglerDetroit TigersCatcherOhio State
31Jordan WestburgBaltimore OriolesShortstopMississippi State
32Cristian HernandezChicago Cubs (Reportedly)ShortstopSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic
33Jared ShusterAtlanta BravesPitcherWake Forest
34Aaron SabatoMinnesota TwinsFirst basemanNorth Carolina
35Carlos ColmenarezTampa Bay Rays (Reportedly)ShortstopSan Felipe, Venezuela
36Masyn WinnSt. Louis CardinalsShortstop/PitcherKingwood High School (TX)
37Cole WilcoxTampa Bay Rays (via Padres)PitcherGeorgia
38Jordan WalkerSt. Louis CardinalsThird basemanDecatur High School (GA)
39Pedro PinedaOakland Athletics (Reportedly)OutfieldSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic
40Tanner BurnsCleveland IndiansPitcherAuburn
41Jared JonesPittsburgh PiratesPitcherLa Mirada High School (CA)
42Carson TuckerCleveland IndiansShortstopMountain Pointe High School (AZ)
43Justin FoscueTexas RangersSecond basemanMississippi State
44Daniel CabreraDetroit TigersOutfielderLSU
45Coby MayoBaltimore OriolesThird basemanStoneman Douglas High School (FL)
46Clayton BeeterLos Angeles DodgersPitcherTexas Tech
47CJ Van EykToronto Blue JaysPitcherFlorida State
48Slade CecconiArizona DiamondbacksPitcherMiami
49Drew RomoColorado RockiesCatcherThe Woodlands High School (TX)
50David CalabreseLos Angeles AngelsOutfielderSt. Elizabeth Catholic High School (ON)
51Carmen MlodzinskiPittsburgh PiratesPitcherSouth Carolina
52Blaze JordanBoston Red SoxThird basemanDeSoto Central High School (MS)
53Nick LoftinKansas City RoyalsShortstopBaylor
54Casey MartinPhiladelphia PhilliesShortstopArkansas
55Jake VogelLos Angeles DodgersOutfielderHuntington Beach High School (CA)
56Werner BlakelyLos Angeles AngelsShortstopDetroit Edison High School (MI)
57Freddy ZamoraMilwaukee BrewersShortstopMiami
58Gage WorkmanDetroit TigersThird basemanArizona State
59Kohei AriharaTexas RangersRHPHokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
60Jordan NwoguChicago CubsOutfielderMichigan
61Pedro LeonHouston Astros (Reportedly)OutfielderHavana, Cuba
62Hudson HaskinBaltimore OriolesOutfielderTulane
63Dax FultonMiami MarlinsPitcherMustang High School (OK)
64J. T. GinnNew York MetsPitcherMississippi State
65Jared KelleyChicago White SoxPitcherRefugio High School (TX)
66Kyle NicolasMiami MarlinsPitcherBall State
67Cole HenryWashington NationalsPitcherLSU
68Jhonny PironTampa Bay Rays (Reportedly)OutfielderBajos de Haina, Dominican Republic
69Justin LangeSan Diego PadresPitcherLlano High School (TX)
70Oscar ColasFree AgentLHP/OFSantiago de Cuba, Cuba
71Armando CruzWashington Nationals (Reportedly)ShortstopSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic
72Casey SchmittSan Francisco GiantsThird basemanSan Diego State
73Yiddi CappeMiami Marlins (Reportedly)ShortstopHavana, Cuba
74A. J. VukovichArizona DiamondbacksThird basemanEast Troy High School (WI)
75Logan AllenCleveland IndiansPitcherFlorida International

Ha-Seong Kim, SS, San Diego Padres

A 25-year-old SS, who will likely be moving to second base, will be plug-and-play for your fantasy team. In fact, one of the reasons Kim chose the Padres is the team agreed to give him a ‘no minors’ clause meaning he will remain in the major leagues. Kim brings some power, hitting a career-high 30 home runs in 2020 in the KBO, and walked more than he struck out. In 891 career professional games, often being far younger than the competition, Kim put up a career triple-slash line of .294/.373/.493.

That’s a glowing review, but the reason I currently only have him ranked as the 8th best player is that there are some questions as to how his abilities translate to the major leagues. He’s probably seen some impressive spin in the KBO, but it’s unlikely he’s used to the consistent high velocity he’ll see in the majors. After a closer look at his swing, I’d describe it as long, and the power appears to be full effort. This is not necessarily a flaw, but rather a question of how his hit tool will play at the highest level, and enough to be a bit tentative with his ranking.

Wilman Diaz, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers

An all-around talent with plus athletic ability, a solid hit tool, above-average running, good in-game power, and some projectable raw power as well. Diaz is a player who’s hampered a bit by limited looks and some unknowns including plate discipline and ability to see and hit breaking balls. Another factor holding him back, and many of the international players, is his age. At 17 years of age, there’s a lot of projection in the player, and a long time for fantasy owners to wait for production. A lot can happen in four years both good and bad, but Diaz has the ability to be successful and is worth waiting on.

Yoelqui Cespedes, OF, Chicago White Sox

Billed as a five-tool talent, Cespedes does have an above-average hit tool, and above-average speed, which should translate well for fantasy teams. However, in the power department, there might not be enough to truly excite. The bat path is geared towards line drives, and he’s a little undersized at 5’9”, but strong at 205 lbs. The weight is reportedly 15 lbs more than his playing weight in Cuba, so owners could see this as a reason for optimism, or another unknown how it will play. At 23 years old, Cespedes should not need as much time in the minors as his international class peers, but we’ll also have to squint to find him playing time on a deep White Sox roster.

Cristian Hernandez, SS, Chicago Cubs

Tall and lanky, Hernandez measures in at 6’2” and 175 lbs, but at 17 years of age, there is plenty of time for him to grow into his frame. He has current plus raw power, and the ability to have an average to above-average hit tool. Hernandez has good movements and arm at shortstop, but a lot will depend on how his body matures if he can stay there or move to a corner spot. There’s so much projection left in a 17-year-old, that his skills really must stand out to you to warrant the pick it will take to acquire him and the time investment to watch him mature.

Carlos Colmenarez, SS, Tampa Bay Rays

Another 17-year-old, Colmenarez brings an all field hitting approach and a quick bat. His hit tool appears to be above average to plus, with above-average speed. He shows the ability to hit the ball in the air, but in part due to size (5’10”, currently 170 lbs), and build, I would project him to have below-average in-game power at the highest level. Slick and smooth at shortstop, he figures to stick at the position at least through physical maturity. Colmenarez is another player who will be drafted by a fantasy owner who really thinks his skills jump out and will develop in an organization that’s stockpiling young athletic middle infielders.

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Ken Balderston

Ken Balderston

20+ years of fantasy baseball experience & currently only playing in dynasty leagues. Christian, proud father of 3, husband to the strongest woman in the world, accountant, golfer, cook.

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