2021 Dynasty Baseball Rankings


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Without further ado, it’s time to continue our 2021 consensus rankings by closing out outfield with #61-125 in dynasty leagues.

61. Kyle Schwarber, Washington Nationals (Age: 27, Previous Rank: 42)

Schwarber drops another 19 spots in the Dynasty Guru rankings to 61 after peaking at 34 in 2018. While the shine has worn off there is still a useful player hidden underneath the disappointment. The fact that he hit .188/.308/.393 in 2020 and still ranks this high proves that fantasy owners love the long ball. Schwarber boasts an exit velocity in the 95th percentile and will get to bat cleanup with Turner, Soto, and Bell in front of him for the Nationals. He doesn’t mind taking a walk so he gets a decent bump in OBP leagues. (Paul Monte)

62. Brandon Nimmo, New York Mets (Age: 28, Previous Rank: 87)

Speaking of OBP leagues, here we have a guy that is drafted way later than he should be. With a career OBP of .390 and the early favorite to leadoff for the retooled New York Mets, runs should be plentiful. The problem with Nimmo is that injuries have made him frustrating to own. Entering his 6th professional season, he has played over 69 games just once. If he can find a way to stay healthy, which he did for the most part in the shortened 2020 season, he could be a great value. At 28, he still has time to put together a solid stretch over the next few seasons. (Paul Monte)

63. Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox (Age: 26, Previous Rank: 25)

I lean heavily to the contrarian side when it comes to fantasy sports. When everyone is high on someone, I am skeptical and looking to sell. When someone has struggled and is getting torn apart by the fantasy baseball community, my initial reaction is to buy. I tried, I looked hard for something to justify buying Benintendi and I came up empty. Sure, he’s just 26 and has a great prospect pedigree. He had two good years in 2017 and 2018 but we are now 3 years removed. His 2020 was just 14 games, they were not good and his 2019 was not much better. There will be some who will be looking to buy on the cheap and this may be the last year you can get any value back for him. (Paul Monte)

64. Wil Myers, San Diego Padres (Age: 30, Previous Rank: 89)

The same that was said about Benintendi above could have been written about Myers entering the 2020 season. He was two years removed from a 30 home run and 20 stolen base season but had seen two down years. His 2020 was excellent as he slashed a career-high .288/.353/.606 while hitting 15 home runs in just 55 games. The stolen bases did disappear as he only had three attempts and was successful twice. San Diego has a very deep bench so I expect to see Myers get more rest days than you would want but if the DH is back in the National League in 2021 that will not be much of an issue. (Paul Monte)

65. Michael Brantley, Free Agent (Age: 34, Previous Rank: 49)

Age had more to do with the drop in rankings from last year as the production remained very similar to what we have come to expect from him. After reportedly following George Springer to Toronto it was announced that Brantley would return to Houston on a two-year deal. He will keep his spot in the heart of the order sandwiched between Altuve, Bregman, Correa, and Alvarez. A great piece for a win-now team and equally as valuable in OBP leagues. He has stopped running but the other counting stats will be there to go with his .307/.366/.481 slash over the last 3 seasons. (Paul Monte)

66. George Valera, Cleveland Baseball Team (Age: 20, Previous Rank: 54)

In the rankings world, it’s tough to be out of sight for a year and maintain your position. Valera dropped 12 spots but reports were that he showed well at the alternate site in 2020. He is just 20 years old and has only played 6 games in full-season ball. 2021 will be a big year for him as he could get his first taste of Double-A. ETA is still a couple of years away and he’ll likely move to a corner outfield spot when he does debut in the majors. Cleveland has been searching for an outfielder and Valera is poised to be that guy. (Paul Monte)

67. Drew Waters, Atlanta Braves (Age: 22, Previous Rank: 48)

It’s fitting that Waters and Pache are back to back in the rankings since they have been compared and competing as they have climbed the minor league rungs. Pache beat him to the majors because of his defensive ability but that is not a weakness for Waters either. I expect to see Waters in left field for the Braves early in the summer and be a mainstay in the outfield for many years. Atlanta has one of the most exciting young outfields in all of baseball and the average age is just 22.5 years old. Waters can do everything needed to fill the stat sheet. (Paul Monte)

68. Christian Pache, Atlanta Braves (Age: 22, Previous Rank: 53)

Pache flew up the non-fantasy prospects lists as his center field defense was ready for the big leagues early in his minor league career. His offense has always been the question mark, and while he does not have the upside that Waters possesses, he did hold his own in the majors in the 2020 playoffs. His defense will keep him in the lineup every day, but it will be at the bottom of the lineup. He has the speed to be a base stealer but has been very inefficient on the basepaths in his minor league career. The upside is there but it’s still a way off. (Paul Monte)

69. Brandon Marsh, Los Angeles Angels (Age: 23, Previous Rank: 85)

Pache has 70-grade speed but struggles to steal bases. Marsh is 6’4” and struggles to hit the ball over the fence. Marsh will need a swing adjustment to keep from hitting the ball into the ground 52% of the time if he wants to tap into his raw power. The advantage of being at the alternate site is that the player can get specific instruction from the top coaches in the organization. If Marsh can show off an improved swing he could add power to an already nice profile. The speed is there to steal bases and he has a .288/.368/.431 career slash line in the minors. Aging vets Albert Pujols and Justin Upton are clogging the path to playing time so Marsh will likely start 2021 in Triple-A. (Paul Monte)

70. Erik Pena, Kansas City Royals (Age: 18, Previous Rank: 106)

Still just 17-years-old (he’ll turn 18 in February), Pena has yet to debut in the US. He did spend time in fall instructs and the just under 4-million-dollar price tag he earned when signing with the Royals in 2019 speaks to his profile. At 6’3” there is plenty of room to grow in his frame and the Royals and fantasy owners are hoping that he can follow the same path as some of the recent high-profile signings from the Dominican Republic. Still several years away it’s going to take patience to roster him, but the upside is extremely high. (Paul Monte)

71. Heliot Ramos, San Francisco Giants (Age: 20, Previous Rank: 58)

I’m not quite sure why Ramos fell down our outfield ranks this year despite being included on the Giants’ ATS roster last summer. Ramos is a gifted player with a well-balanced, all-around game and an arm strong enough to profile in right field. Prior to the debacle that was the year 2020, Ramos had climbed all the way to Double-A as a 19-year old and notched a 119 wRC+ in 100 or plate appearances with a .179. Not only was he producing at an above-average clip, but he was also hitting for power, too. That’s a tough thing to do for young hitters facing pitchers three years their senior who are typically bigger, stronger, and savvier. Look for Ramos to shoot up the ranks should he hit the ground running in 2021.  (Joe Drake)

72. Anthony Santander, Baltimore Orioles (Age: 26, Previous Rank: NR)

26 years old, 700+ career plate appearances, a career batting average over .250, a rising barrel rate, and 11 home runs over the shortened 2020 season… and did I mention his home park is the bandbox that is Camden Yards? There is a lot to like about the Orioles’ Anthony Santander. The drawback? To be honest, I’m having a difficult time finding anything serious. He doesn’t have much of a pedigree, but he has managed to stick around for at least part of 4 MLB seasons. While I would warn against simply extrapolating out 2020’s numbers, I think there’s a bit to like about Santander going forward. (Joe Drake)

73. Heston Kjerstad, Baltimore Orioles (Age: 22, Previous Rank: NR)

Kjerstad may have been a surprise as the #2 overall pick in 2020’s MLB draft, but that doesn’t mean it was unwarranted. Kjerstad absolutely rakes and he did so every year of his SEC career (the top level of competition in college baseball). He hit .332 with 14 bombs as a freshman, put up a near mirror image as a sophomore, and opened his junior season on a torrid pace (.448, 6 HR in 16 games) before the season was banged due to Covid. Kjerstad is a polished college bat who brings a stellar fantasy combination of power, contact skills, and plate discipline. One to target in your FYPD.  (Joe Drake)

74. Nick Solak, Texas Rangers (Age: 26, Previous Rank: NR)

Solak is a tough nut to crack. On one hand, he’s gotten a raw deal considering that he only had a cup of coffee in 2019 and his first full MLB season was 60 games in the midst of a pandemic. On the other, he’s a 26-year old who has just over 300 MLB at-bats with just meh results. He’s a speedy, but positionless (stone hands) contact hitter who has average raw power, but hasn’t been able to showcase it in games at the premier level. Solak’s putrid defense leaves him a risk to see a playing time reduction if doesn’t find a way to make more of an impact at the plate in 2021.  (Joe Drake)

75. Victor Robles, Washington Nationals (Age: 24, Previous Rank: 20)

Obviously, 2020 was tough on everyone, but it was particularly tough on Victor Robles’ offensive numbers. I’m sure you’ve seen Roble’s frigid Statcast numbers cited more often than just about anything else already this offseason, so I’ll spare you them here. If you haven’t, just know they’re Bad with a capital B outside of his sprint speed and defensive metrics. The key thing to keep in mind here is that A) he’s still just 24 years old in 2021 — most players are still working to debut at this age — and B) progress is often nonlinear. This very well could be a step back before another step forward… or it could be that Victor is not the offensive stalwart we thought he’d be. It’s too early to give up, but we’ve seen too much downside not to be skeptical at this point. (Joe Drake)

76. Luis Matos, San Francisco Giants (Age: 19, Previous Rank: 109)

Do you like teenage hitters with pretty swings and above-average bat speed? If so, I think you’re going to like Luis Matos. He’s got a quick, but powerful high-effort stroke that produced multiple triple-digit exit velos during instructs this fall and is also athletic enough to adjust his swing plane to cover a lot of the plate. That means he should hit for a solid average and help him continue to feature his plus raw power in games. Just 19-years old in 2021, Matos is still light years from the majors, but he’s athletic, well-built and already showing signs of a very promising fantasy player. (Joe Drake)

77. Austin Hays, Baltimore Orioles (Age: 25, Previous Rank: 86)

Did you know that Austin Hays debuted in the majors in 2017 at 21-years old? Feels like a lifetime ago now, right? Despite that, a combination of injuries, inconsistent play (and the pandemic) have limited him to just 272 MLB PAs in that time frame. He struggled in 2017 but put up a .289 average with 8 round-trippers and 4 steals across 2019 and 2020. He’s a true centerfielder with average-or-better tools across the board and projects as one of the Orioles’ better real-life players, so I expect the playing time to work in his favor even if it doesn’t at the start of 2021. (Joe Drake)

78. Hunter Bishop, San Francisco Giants (Age: 23, Previous Rank: 78)

Back to the bay we go for yet another Giants outfield prospect in this portion of the list. Hunter Bishop has the ever-tantalizing “power/speed” combination that fantasy players drool over as well as the caveat that so often plagues players of this profile: “if he hits.” Questions about Bishop’s swing and miss concerns began with his noted struggles in conference play at Arizona State and his pro debut didn’t do much to assuage those concerns when he hit .224 in short-season ball — granted it was just 117 PAs at the end of the longest season of his life. That said, when Bishop connects, he does damage. His plus power plays well in games due to his ability to lift the ball and make hard contact. He’s got a terrific eye at the plate, too, and should get a considerable boost in OBP formats. (Joe Drake)

79. Garrett Mitchell, Milwaukee Brewers (Age: 22, Previous Rank: NR)

Garrett Mitchell takes us back to the well of athletically-gifted outfield prospects. Mitchell was a 3-year performer at UCLA and was selected 20th overall in the 2020 MLB Draft. He’s one of the best athletes in the minors with plus raw power and plus speed and twitch all packed into a big, strong frame (6’3”, 220lbs). At this point, you’re probably wondering why he’s so low on this list if he’s such a great athlete and can hit, too, right? Well, that’s because Mitchell’s current swing isn’t geared to lift the ball which means he hits for a lot less power than you’d expect (8 HRs in 543 NCAA PAs). The sky is the limit for him if everything comes together, but the floor is likely still a high batting average player who chips in double-digit steals at the top of the lineup.  (Joe Drake)

80. Pete Crow-Armstrong, New York Mets (Age: 19, Previous Rank: NR)

PCA is a potential five-tool outfielder out Harvard-Westlake High School in California. If that school sounds familiar, that’s because Jack Flaherty, Lucas Giolito, and Max Fried all hail from Harvard-Westlake. Crow-Armstong is a near-lock to play an above-average center field with good speed and does a good job hitting for average, too. Whether or not he is able to grow into power will determine how high his ceiling is as a fantasy player. If he’s able to get to league-average power, he could be a fantasy stud, but even if he doesn’t, his strong hit, speed, and defense profile give him a solid floor. (Joe Drake)

81. Andrew McCutchen (Age: 34, Previous Rank: 56)

Andrew will play 2020 as a 34-year-old. If he makes the playoffs he will be 35. Over the past few years, there has been some very light regression for McCutchen. Last year he came back after missing part of 2019 with a UCL injury. All of his offensive sabermetrics are in the white and red which is encouraging. His xBA and xSLG rank in the 78th percentile. Talk about a buy-low candidate for dynasty and redraft leagues. If McCutchen is drafted as the 81st OF then you know you are getting a steal. He should be valued around this mark in dynasty leagues with his value being in the short term but value him higher in redraft leagues! (Brett Cook)

82. Austin Hendrick, Cincinnati Reds, (Age:19, Previous Rank: NR)

This is a guy in the 81-90 section I that could see making a large jump this time next year. You are looking at a prospect with 60-grade power. We all know that power sells but I don’t want a guy who sells out for power at the cost of his hit tool. There are some concerns with Hendrick as to whether he will be able to hit, which is why he is this low on the list. We just haven’t seen a lot out of him. His hit tool is currently graded at a 50. If he can hit for average and power in 2021 then you are looking at a player who could leap from the Top 100 to the Top 50 this time next year. (Brett Cook)

83. Mark Canha, Oakland Athletics (Age: 32, Previous Rank: NR)

Canha is a fantasy player who is like the fine wine that gets better with age. The bottle of Canha is bound to spoil at some point but enjoy it while it lasts! You can’t contribute his success to a pandemic, either. Canha didn’t start the fire in 2020, really 2019 was a reflection of what he did in 2019. Both years he walked at least 14 percent of the time. His OBP was over .385 in both seasons! He stole more bags in 2020 (4) than in 2019 (1), which won’t sustain long term but it is nice when you get one. Canha is a solid regular you don’t want to look past! (Brett Cook)

84. Willie Calhoun, Texas Rangers (Age: 26, Previous Rank: 75)

The 2020 season was not kind to Calhoun. Maybe 2020 was a fluke for Calhoun. I can definitely see that narrative considering his .269/.323/.524 line in 201lk9, but his 2020 play was torrid. He only had 100 at-bats in 2020. His stat line dropped to .190/.231/.260. He had one home run all season. It is hard to not be concerned if Calhoun is on your dynasty roster. 2020 was hard on a lot of players. I see Calhoun continuing to trend down on this list. Next year he may be outside the other side of 100. (Brett Cook)

85. Randal Grichuk, Toronto Blue Jays (Age: 29, Previous Rank: 77)

Grichuk has always been a big power guy. He has hit 20+ bombs in every season since 2016, besides the short 2020 season where he hit 12 but was on pace for 30+. Of course that power is going to help you in leagues with slugging percentage. He has a sub 6% walk percentage and his batting average usually finds itself in the .240-.250 range. The addition of George Springer makes me nervous for the long term value of Grichuk in Toronto. Of course Grichuk could always get traded. He currently has three years remaining on his contract, so if the Blue Jays aren’t sold on Grichuk long term with what they are trying to do in Toronto then he could find himself in a different uniform. Don’t be surprised if it happens. (Brett Cook)

86. Bryan Reynolds, Pittsburgh Pirates (Age: 26, Previous Rank: NR)

I love that all these fantasy baseball websites are giving players a pass on 2020. Bryan Reynolds needs a pass because he was not good. He was able to walk a good amount, but that is where the success begins and ends offensively for Reynolds. None of his other sabermetrics exceeded the 45th percentile for the league. Even though I do love that projections are giving him a pass on 2020, I am still concerned about his future. I believe in the hit tool he displayed in 2019, but we need to see that again in 2021. (Brett Cook)

87. David Dahl, Texas Rangers (Age: 27, Previous Rank: 17)

The Rangers are hoping that Dahl is a steal for them this year. The risk is definitely there for Dahl but the opportunity is there as well. Dahl had plenty of opportunity for Colorado but lost it with injuries. The Rangers are hoping that the injury history for Dahl is behind him. He is projected to hit .243/.304/.406 with 14 bombs. He is also projected to have over 400 at-bats. I think the stat line is under projection and that we will see more of a .275/.325/.420 stat line. Be like the Rangers and take a risk, because the upside is still there. (Brett Cook)

88. Leody Taveras, Texas Rangers (Age: 22, Previous Rank: 104)

Taveras had his first cup of coffee in 2020 and he didn’t disappoint. As 2021 approaches, he is projected to be the everyday CF for Texas. He is going to do a little bit of everything for those who invest a spot in him on their fantasy lineup. He will eventually bat at the top of the Rangers lineup which will increase this speedster’s chances for stolen bases and runs. You have to get Taveras in all the leagues you can. His value may never be as low as it is right now. This is the player in the 81-90 range who I believe makes the biggest jump in the ranking season for 2021. (Brett Cook)

89. Joc Pederson, Free Agent (Age: 29, Previous Rank: 84)

Joc is currently without a team which hurts his ranking here. In my personal opinion, Joc is like a box of chocolates because you never know what you will get out of him. I guess there is a reason he finds himself ranked 89th on our OF rankings! He has never finished a year with a batting average over .250, and in three of those seasons he finished with the batting averages of .212, .210, and .190. If you need some power in your lineup then this is your guy, but I don’t think you can count on much else from Joc. (Brett Cook)

90. Manuel Margot, Tampa Bay Rays (Age: 26, Previous Rank: 74)

Manuel Margot is the guy who gives you steady production all across the board. Nothing from him will kill you offensively but he also isn’t a fantasy stud. I always love a player that doesn’t strike out a lot so there is another point for Margot. He will get you at least 10 stolen bases a year. He doesn’t have a lot of power but he doesn’t need it because his game is just to get on base. To me, he is more of a stat line stabilizer that you utilize on your bench in hopes that you snag a few stolen bases. (Brett Cook)

91. Robert Hassell, San Diego Padres (Age: 19, Previous Rank: N/A)

Selected 8th overall in the 2020 MLB draft, Hassell is a prep bat known for his smooth swing and was tabbed as one of the best hit tools in his class. Hassell is already among the industry’s Top-100 prospects and although he will need a couple of years of seasoning in the minors, scouts expect that he will move quickly. While his hit-tool will be the carrying attribute one of the bigger questions with Hassell’s projections are whether he will grow into his power. With a step forward in the coming years, Hassell has a ton of upside and will rocket up the rankings. (Greg Gibbons)

92. Lorenzo Cain, Milwaukee Brewers (Age: 35, Previous Rank: 76)

LoCain continues his descent down the rankings, having opted out of the 2020 season after playing only five games. He appears healthy heading into 2021 and with a couple of years left on his current contract he should be a mainstay in the Brewers lineup. However, his days of being a productive fantasy outfielder may be limited as he enters his age-35 season. It’s difficult to know where Cain will be physically as we head into the season, so if he’s on your radar it will be worth monitoring during spring training. (Greg Gibbons)

93. Josh Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays (Age: 22, Previous Rank: 111)

Following the breakout of fellow top-prospect Randy Arozarena in 2020, Lowe is potentially the next big-league-ready name on the  Tampa Prospects Ready to Blow Up list. A 6’4’’ left-handed hitter known for his balance of power and speed has been projected as a 20/20 type hitter with an even higher upside in OBP leagues due to this ability to work the count and take walks. Lowe has generally struggled with strikeouts at each of his minor league stops and whether he hits enough at the next level will really be the determining factor as to whether he can reach his upside. He was added to their 40-man roster this offseason but is blocked currently by Kevin Kiermaier who is under contract until 2023. There are rumors of Kiermaier being on the trade block, which is no surprise given his salary escalators over the next three years, and a trade would open the door for Lowe. Until then, he will likely begin the year at Triple-A with eyes on a promotion later in the season. (Greg Gibbons)

94. Jarren Duran, Boston Red Sox (Age: 24, Previous Rank: N/A)

A toolsy outfield prospect, Duran is mostly known for his speed having nabbed 46 bases during multiple minor league stops in 2019 but made headlines with a reportedly revamped swing and newfound power stroke while at the Red Sox alternate site in 2020. While it’s still a question of whether Duran will be able to handle advanced pitching outside the organization, the reports surely are promising and vaulted him up the rankings. Duran will likely begin the year at Triple-A, but with some early success or struggles from the major league outfield, we could see him in Boston sooner than later. (Greg Gibbons)

95. Aaron Hicks, New York Yankees (Age: 31, Previous Rank: 82)

Hicks’ 2020 season can’t be fully evaluated without considering the lingering effects from the Tommy John surgery he experienced during the season. Despite hitting .225 over 54 games with an OPS under.800, Hicks’ on-going health concerns didn’t surface until this offseason. Health is clearly the most important matter for Hicks heading into the 2021 season and will remain a question mark until we can see him in action. Steamer projects a return to form and a full season of games for Hicks but we need to factor in some added risk. (Greg Gibbons)

96. Luis Rodriguez, Los Angeles Dodgers (Age: 18, Previous Rank: N/R)

Uber-toolsy J2 signing from 2019, Luis Rodriguez is not quite a Top-100 prospect yet since he hasn’t made his professional debut, but that could all change with a good showing in 2021. Rodriguez is a potential five-tool talent, including big power and a smooth swing, but scouts question whether he will hit enough to be productive at the highest level. The teenager has plenty of time to refine his craft in the minors and he is someone we could see climbing the ranks in short order. (Greg Gibbons)

97. Dylan Moore, Seattle Mariners (Age: 28, Previous Rank: N/R)

Not a prototypical dynasty target, Moore made his MLB debut at age-26 and logged an impressive 2020 season, hitting .255/.358/.496 with eight home runs and 12 stolen bases over only 38 games. He showed improvements in nearly all of his batted ball data and decreased his strikeout rate, though it’s still high enough to be a concern moving forward. With a full season, Moore’s upside is 20/20 but he may be a liability in both average and on-base percentage. (Greg Gibbons)

98. Taylor Trammell, Seattle Mariners (Age: 23, Previous Rank: 73)

Another year, another trade for Taylor Trammell. One year after being moved from Cincinnati to San Diego as part of the Trevor Bauer deal, Trammell found himself on the move again, this time being flipped to Seattle for Austin Nola. The 6’2’’ lefty has tools you can dream on, with plus power and plus speed, but there are plenty of concerns about whether his hit tool will play in the majors. Trammell was added to the 40-man roster this offseason and will likely start the season at Double-A. (Greg Gibbons)

99. Hedbert Perez, Milwaukee Brewers (Age: 18, Previous Rank: N/R)

Perez may be one of the youngest players to be ranked this year, but he also has one of the highest upsides. Despite his youth, he’s been climbing prospect lists thanks to his plethora of projected plus tools and athleticism. There is extreme risk with his type of profile, but the ceiling is quite high if his package all comes together. Although there was no minor league season played in 2020, the Brewers hosted Perez at their alternate site, a testament how the organization views his maturity and skills. From a dynasty perspective, Perez is a player worth waiting for. (Greg Gibbons)

100. A.J. Pollock, Los Angeles Dodgers (Age: 33, Previous Rank: 77)

Much to the delight of fantasy managers, Pollock was healthy the entire 2020 season. As an added bonus, he chipped in a cool 16 home runs and 34 runs batted in thanks to career highs in hard hit rate and barrel rate. Despite his successes, strikeout rates and walk rates continued to head in the wrong direction and speed is all but gone from Pollock’s profile. While he was a viable option for 2020, from a dynasty perspective, the veteran doesn’t have a whole lot left to offer. (Greg Gibbons)

101. Hudson Head, Pittsburgh Pirates (Age 19: Previous Rank: NR)

The Padres liked Head enough to give him a $3 million bonus as a third-round pick, and the Pirates liked him enough to acquire him as the centerpiece of a trade package for Joe Musgrove. His athleticism is impressive. In high school he was an ambidextrous quarterback on the football field, though on the diamond he bats and throws left-handed. Playing two sports meant Head didn’t participate in showcase events and hadn’t seen much high-level competition prior to his professional debut in the 2019 Arizona League, where he impressed with a .283/.383/.417 slash line. Speed and on-base ability are likely to be his strengths, though he could also grow into some power. He’s a long way from the majors but could certainly shoot up the rankings if he continues to fare well against stronger competition. (Ben Sanders)

102. Yasiel Puig, Free agent (Age: 30, Previous Rank: 40)

Puig missed of all 2020 after his July attempt to sign with the Braves was derailed by a positive COVID-19 test. As of mid-January, he’s still on the market. Puig’s ability isn’t in question – he’s one of the best raw athletes in MLB, and though he never lived up to his early hype, for many years he was a reliable contributor across all five fantasy categories. There are so many questions now though – will some team give him a starting role despite his reputation as immature? Will all the time off hurt him? Can he age gracefully despite relying so much on physical skills? There might be a few more years of solid fantasy production in there, but while he remains a free agent it’s hard to bank on that. (Ben Sanders)

103. Heriberto Hernandez, Tampa Bay Rays (Age: 21, Previous rank: NR)

Hernandez can hit. There is everything to like about what he’s done at the plate in his brief minor league career, slashing .320/.450/.635 over 473 plate appearances in 2018-19, mostly across two rookie levels. His average exit velocity of 95 MPH in 2019 was among the very best in the minors, and Fangraphs prospect writer Eric Longenhagen said, “I’ve just never seen a player hit the ball so hard so consistently here in Arizona in my five years of living here.” That prospect-savvy Tampa Bay was willing to part with Nate Lowe to get him also says a lot, although being with the Rays does increase his chances of getting stuck in a part-time role someday. Defense isn’t his strong suit, and there are questions about what position he’ll play. He spent some time at catcher, but first base and outfield are more likely destinations, and DH may even be a possibility. He still has a long road to the big leagues, but is definitely a prospect to watch. (Ben Sanders)

104. Sam Hilliard, Colorado Rockies (Age: 27, Previous rank: 105)

Hilliard has big power, ranks in the 97th percentile in sprint speed, and plays his home games at Coors Field. What more could you want in a dynasty outfielder? Well, for starters, he could strike out less. Hilliard’s 36.8% K-rate in 2020 suppressed his overall line to .210/.272/.438, and strikeouts were certainly an issue for him in the minors. Consistent playing time would also be nice, something that seems hard to find for any young player in Colorado. Not that Hilliard’s that young, turning 27 in February with just 201 MLB plate appearances under his belt. His 2019 Triple-A numbers – 35 homers, 22 steals, 109 runs and 101 RBI – paint a tantalizing picture of what could happen if it all comes together, but the more likely scenario is an inconsistent part-timer with occasional flashes of brilliance. (Ben Sanders)

105. Mitch Haniger, Seattle Mariners (Age: 30, Previous rank: 57)

You can’t help but have sympathy for Haniger after the brutal run of injuries he’s endured in recent years. A ruptured testicle ended his 2019 season prematurely, and his 2020 campaign never started thanks to offseason core and back surgeries. The last time he was actually healthy for a full season was 2018, when he slashed .285/.366/.493 with 26 HR, 90 R, 93 RBI, and 8 SB. He’s apparently fully healthy again, and a return to that level of production is very possible, but his job security has definitely lessened over the past few years. The Mariners now have the best group of nearly-ready outfield prospects in baseball, and more injury issues could see Haniger go the way of Wally Pipp. (Ben Sanders)

106. Jordyn Adams, Los Angeles Angels (Age: 21, Previous rank: 94)

In terms of pure athletic ability, Adams is as exciting as any prospect out there. He nearly ended up playing college football as a wide receiver for North Carolina before the Angels made him a first-round pick in 2018. He has elite speed and significant power potential, and has been compared to Byron Buxton (which is good as long as we’re not talking about durability). His statistics so far have been a lot less exciting than his scouting reports, with his .250/.346/.358 line in the 2019 Midwest League the only significant sample he’s produced. Adams’ ceiling is enormous, but he has a lot of development left before he gets anywhere close to it. (Ben Sanders)

107. Travis Swaggerty, Pittsburgh Pirates (Age: 23, Previous rank: 125)

Swaggerty is a potential five-tool player whose glove is a bit ahead of his bat right now. His 2019 High-A line of .265/.347/.381 was underwhelming for a college hitter taken 10th overall in 2018, and his 22.9% K-rate a tad high for a player who didn’t hit for as much power as scouts think he could. Still, it wasn’t a terrible showing, and he did steal 23 bases. Swaggerty could debut in the majors soon thanks mostly to his strong defense in center field, and at the very least he should swipe a few bags. If he can find his power stroke and reduce the strikeouts a little, he has the upside to be a five-category fantasy star. (Ben Sanders)

108. Jared Oliva, Pittsburgh Pirates (Age: 25, Previous rank: NR)

Oliva stole 84 bases in 287 minor-league games, which by itself makes him worthy of fantasy consideration. His exit velocities (93.2 MPH average in a very small MLB sample in 2020) suggest he has some power, although his approach isn’t likely to lead to big home run totals. That’s fine as long he’s getting on base and putting that speed to use, and his OBP was just over .350 in the minors in both 2018 and 2019. His overall profile seems like that of a fourth outfielder on many teams, but with the rebuilding Pirates he could potentially earn a starting job and maybe even a spot at the top of the lineup. In that case, his fantasy value could far exceed his real-baseball worth, and that makes him an interesting dynasty sleeper. (Ben Sanders)

109. Josh Naylor, Cleveland Baseball Team (Age: 23, Previous rank: 123)

If you’re looking for a 5’11″, 250-pound singles hitter, this is your guy. Naylor had an 11.5% K-rate last season, and rarely struggled with strikeouts in the minors. The problem is that his contact doesn’t always amount to much. In 2020, he had a 52.9% groundball rate, 86.8 MPH average exit velocity and only one home run in 104 plate appearances, adding up to just a .621 OPS. These are not desirable numbers for a man with 70-grade raw power on his scouting reports. If Naylor can combine his feel to hit with his untapped power potential, he will have significant upside. That may require an overhaul of his approach, but he’s young enough that there’s still plenty of time for that to happen. (Ben Sanders)

110. Oscar Mercado, Cleveland Baseball Team (Age: 26, Previous rank: 46)

Mercado went from unranked on this list to the top 50 with an impressive 2019, then nearly played his way back off it with a disastrous 2020. It was only 93 plate appearances, but they were really, really bad. A .128/.174/.174 slash line isn’t going to keep anyone playing at the MLB level for long, and he was sent to the alternate site amidst last season’s struggles. On the bright side, Cleveland’s offseason moves suggest they’re willing to give Mercado another shot as their starting center fielder. He’s good defensively, and should have at least a partial rebound with the bat. His 2019 power output seems a bit flukey, but he’s always been a good base stealer, and that alone can keep him fantasy relevant as long as he stays in the lineup. (Ben Sanders)

111. Corey Dickerson, Miami Marlins (Age: 31, Previous Rank: 90)

There’s sneaky value here with Corey Dickerson. A player who, prior to last year, had posted wRC+s above 100 since 2014. However, despite being the owner of a rather powerful nickname in C-Dick, the Dickman’s power has been in decline since 2018. While he has been in decline, the dropoff in 2020 was very steep. One has to wonder if there was an undisclosed injury for Dickerson as he posted a career-low exit velocity, launch angle, barrel percentage, and ISO. Admittedly playing in Florida isn’t ideal for power hitters, but this stark of a change seems odd. Though he may be 31 years old, I suspect a slight bounce back in 2021 from C-Dick. Something closer to .270-.280, double digit-homers (20ish), and a handful of stolen bases (5ish). Certainly not useless in deeper leagues. (Patrick Magnus)

112. Kole Calhoun, Arizona Diamondbacks (Age: 33, Previous Rank: NR)

A bat the Marlins passed over in 2019 in favor of signing the above Corey Dickerson. Kole Calhoun’s power remains a very useful resource for dynasty owners, but there’s not a ton beyond that for dynasty owners. Thirty homers and a few steals remain in the cards for him, and he would receive a bit of a bump in OBP leagues, but batting average has been an issue for the veteran outfielder for quite some time. Interestingly enough, Calhoun had what might be his second-best season in 2020. In a mere 228 plate appearances, he smashed 16 homers. Seems Arizona has been a decent landing spot. Likely another couple of years of great power production before Calhoun is out of the majors entirely. (Patrick Magnus)

113. David Peralta, Arizona Diamondbacks (Age: 33, Previous Rank: 92)

There seems to be a bit of a profile here from 111-113, thirty-something-year-old veterans who have been consistent, but not amazing. Peralta certainly fits the bill. The thirty-three-year-old brings a better hit tool to the table than the two outfielders above him and could hit for as much power as Dickerson in 2020. If you’re rostering Peralta you’re most likely in a deeper league, or you have failed or protect average in the earlier rounds of your draft. The latter context may be quite useful as it can be difficult to find average later in drafts. The story is the same as the above though, with mediocre production for a few more years. Peralta is more filler than potential, providing some value for dynasty in rather specific situations. Sorry, maybe the next player is someone we can get excited about? Keep reading to find out! (Patrick Magnus)

114. Jason Heyward, Chicago Cubs (Age: 31, Previous Rank: NR)

Well… at one point people were excited for Jason Heyward, but I don’t think you’d find too many now. There has been a positive uptick in value for Heyward in the previous two seasons, as he saw an uptick in power. In 2019 he ended up hitting 21 bombs, the second-highest total of his career. That increase in power production has come with  beingmore disciplined at the plate. Heyward posted double-digit-walk rates in 2019 and 2020. Thus there does seem to be a bit of a different approach at the plate in the previous nearly 750 plate appearances. The veteran is a place holder for at-bats for those of you in deeper leagues. Not much else going on here, but he is a bit more valuable in OBP. (Patrick Magnus)

115. Misael Urbina, Minnesota Twins (Age: 18, Previous Rank: 121)

Now, this is a player who warrants a bit of excitement. Misael Urbina displayed an exemplary hit tool in the Dominican Summer League in 2019. Striking out a mere 6.5% of the time! Though the swing is geared more towards gap-to-gap than mashing. Scouts do expect average power to develop as Urbina, and there’s not much speed to be found here. Still, this is a profile worth monitoring or getting on your dynasty team. The hit tool is far beyond his years and if he starts to display it at higher levels he will be less and less likely to be on waiver wires, or he’ll be more difficult to trade for. Grab him now. See; you didn’t do all that reading to not find something interesting! (Patrick Magnus)

116. Adam Eaton, Chicago White Sox (Age: 32, Previous Rank: 80)

Stop me if you’ve read this before, but Adam Eaton is a veteran outfielder approaching his mid-thirties who lacks upside. I hope you at least laughed a little. Yes, this section of our list certainly appears to have a type. Eaton recently signed with the exciting Chicago White Sox and looks poised to bat at the top of their lineup. An on-base machine when he’s on the field (injuries have been an issue), Eaton should be a solid source of runs in what is a loaded lineup. Strong plate skills have been a calling card for the 32-year-old for much of his career, and while he may not hit above .270 he shouldn’t hurt your average. Though in 2020 he only mustered .226, I’d expect a rebound in that department in 2021. He’ll provide double-digit speed and pop as well, and makes for a decent late-round target to fill out your outfield. (Patrick Magnus)

117. Hunter Renfroe, Boston Red Sox (Age: 29, Previous Rank: 69)

When Hunter Renfroe connects baseballs go a long, long way. Unfortunately, the connection part is very inconsistent. Fangraphs Roster Resource currently has Renfore projected to receive everyday at-bats with his new team the Boston Red Sox. That’ll produce a good amount of home runs that will be very fun to watch but also create a drag on your ratio categories. Renfroe is certainly capable of hitting around .240 with 30 long balls. There are worse ways you could fill out your outfield, but that’s not a bat I’m looking to roster on any team. Though really when it comes to Renfroe, friends tell friends to Ren-No. (Patrick Magnus)

118. Jesus Sanchez, Miami Marlins (Age: 23, Previous Rank: 81)

Part of the deal that sent Nick Anderson to the Rays, Jesus Sanchez went from one Florida organization to the other. Now with the Miami Marlins, Sanchez has often been hailed for his promising hit tool and developing power. Unfortunately, neither of those things have developed in the higher levels of the minors, as of yet. During the cursed season of 2020, Sanchez was lucky enough to make his MLB debut. The 29 plate appearances did not go well. At this point, we have to hope that Sanchez has a full year in the minors for the sake of his development. At this point though it’s hard to predict Sanchez becoming an everyday player. He is a fringe prospect that deserves a place on your watch list, but not much else. (Patrick Magnus

119. Kameron Misner, Miami Marlins (Age: 23, Previous Rank: NR)

From one Miami outfield prospect to the next. Kameron Misner is a tooled out prospect who has significant work to do on his approach. At the moment he has struggled with pitches in the upper part of the zone, but he does still have a swing that can lift the ball, as well as a good amount of patience at the plate. Thus even if the hit tool doesn’t turn out great, he could potentially still contribute strong power and speed numbers if he can keep his walk-rate up. At 23 his numbers in rookie and full-season are less impressive, but once he starts seeing some at-bats in Double-A we’ll have a much better picture of the extent of his hit tool. Misner may be better on someone else’s team than yours, but he isn’t without potential. (Patrick Magnus)

120. Austin Slater, San Francisco Giants (Age: 28, Previous Rank: NR)

The subject of my very first article here on the Dynasty Guru, Austin Slater had himself a heck of a 2020. The biggest difference between the Slater of ol’ and the 2020 version was a large shift in his launch angle. An issue that has plagued him throughout his entire professional career, Slater has consistently pummeled the ball straight into the ground. In 2020 though he set a career-low groundball rate! Credit goes to the San Francisco Giants for recommending that Slater works with an outside the org hitting coach. Projection systems and most analysts aren’t believers in sudden improvements, but Slater could be a potential steal if the swing change sticks. This outfielder could see his position on this list rise… like his launch angle. (Patrick Magnus)

121. Peyton Burdick, Miami Marlins (Age: 23, Previous Rank: NR)

Peyton Burdick is quickly becoming a dynasty darling from a MLB club that is chock full of dynasty darlings. Burdick looks like a player who will provide across the board value in most leagues. He has the ability to hit for average, hit for power, take a walk, and even steal a couple bases. Burdick’s career at Wright State was nothing short of fantastic and he backed it up in his first minor league stint by hitting .307/.408/.542 with 6 steals in 63 games at A-Ball in 2019. Reports from the alternate site were glowing and Burdick’s polish will likely get him to the majors on a quicker timeline than some other Miami farmhands. The future is there for the taking in Miami and Burdick is going to play a big role for the Fish moving forward. Get him while the getting is good. (Kyle Brown)

122. Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates (Age: 29, Previous Rank: 83)

This just in: Gregory Polanco is injured…again. To be honest, I am surprised that Polanco remained in the top 125 after the .153 batting average he turned in during the sprint season. His average exit velocity was 92.5 with a max of 114.2, but none of that really matters when you hit .153. If 2021 is another injury plagued season where he struggles, yet again, to put it all together, then don’t expect to see his name on this list going forward. At 29, time is not on Polanco’s side and the Pirates are likely looking to move him off the roster as quickly as possible. The big club is unlikely to let Polanco hold back outfield prospects such as Jared Oliva and Travis Swaggerty. It is make or break time for Polanco-let’s just hope it’s not one of Greg’s bones that gets broken. (Kyle Brown)

123. Victor Reyes, Detroit Tigers (Age: 26, Previous Rank: NR)

Cheap steals! Get your cheap steals here! Victor Reyes has hit .271 and stolen 26 bags in his first 226 games. What you see is what you get. In a deep 5×5 league where average matters and steals are scarce, Reyes has value. While I don’t expect much power to develop, Reyes has increased his launch angle and average exit velocity in each of his three seasons. Detroit is just starting to see the fruits of their most recent drafts hit the big leagues, but none of them are going to take away at bats from Reyes…yet. If you need some cheap steals and a bit of batting average towards the end of your draft, get Reyes on your roster. (Kyle Brown)

124. Gilberto Jimenez, Boston Red Sox (Age: 20, Previous Rank: 110)

If Gilberto Jimenez isn’t in the top 100 for outfielders heading in 2022 I will be shocked. A double-plus athlete with blazing speed, great hands, stellar defense and a new and improved body, Jimenez is about to explode in value. His swing is slappy at the moment and he doesn’t hit the ball in the air very much, but Jimenez has great bat-to-ball skills and could develop a bit more power after adding around 50 pounds of good weight since he last played in an affiliated game. With the way the fantasy community treats steals, especially in NFBC formats, Jimenez’s ability to hit for a decent average and swipe 30+ bags at the major league level is going to cause some waves. He is still a couple of years away, but the hype is only going to increase from here on out. (Kyle Brown)

125. Tyler O’Neil, St. Louis Cardinals (Age: 25, Previous Rank: 88)

Rounding out the list is a player who is likely to fall off the rankings next year if everything goes to plan in St. Louis. Tyler O’Neil is currently not listed as a starter for the Cardinals by Roster Recource. Anyone still drafting O’Neil in 2021 is just dreaming on those gigantic forearms and the possibility that Dexter Fowler and/or Harrison Bader falter enough to open the door back up for O’Neil to show off some of that light tower power. O’Neil is still young, but if he can’t get his way into the starting lineup and stay there, the future is bleak. The .173 average he posted in the sprint season isn’t helping his future prospects. (Kyle Brown)

The Author

Keaton O. DeRocher

Keaton O. DeRocher

Keaton O. DeRocher is a Data and Tech Consultant in Chicago, Senior Baseball Writer for The Dynasty Guru and writer for Over The Monster. A voice on Dynasty's Child podcast and on the Over The Monster podcast network. Lover of bat flips, brunch, and Bombay Sapphire. His High School batting average was .179 and he lead the team in strikeouts. Follow him on Twitter @TheSpokenKeats

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