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2021 FYPD & International Signees for Dynasty Leagues Rankings v3 (FINAL)

Welcome and thank you for reading! I’m proud to present the final update of my personal FYPD and International signee rankings. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent looking at video and reading scouting reports, listening to executives talk about these guys with the media, and reviewing their amateur stats. It has been a blast! With this final rollout, I’ve increased the depth of the list from 75 players to 100, which is difficult because there’s not as much separating the players at the back as there was at the top of the rankings. I hope it helps highlight some more names late in your dynasty supplemental draft.

I’ve now had the opportunity to participate in three of my own dynasty supplemental drafts. It’s great to rank players, but nothing can solidify a list like being on the clock and having to make a decision on a player. That said, below the list is a group of players I have ranked outside the top 50 that I think have some appeal and a writeup for each. Rather than write it out for each player I’ll mention it here, all the guys written up are raw, and I feel have some considerable upside. There is also considerable risk and only a glimmer of hope any of them ever make it to the major leagues. After the 50th pick in the draft, it is fun to take that home run cut, if you ever hit on one, you’ll have bragging rights in your league for years. Thanks again for reading and good luck in your own supplemental drafts!

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
8Heston KjerstadBaltimore OriolesOutfielderArkansas
9Robert HassellSan Diego PadresOutfielderIndependence High School (TN)
10Garrett MitchellMilwaukee BrewersOutfielderUCLA
11Ha-Seong KimSan Diego PadresShortstopKiwoon Heroes (KBO)
12Austin WellsNew York YankeesCatcherArizona
13Austin HendrickCincinnati RedsOutfielderWest Allegheny Senior High School (PA)
14Reid DetmersLos Angeles AngelsPitcherLouisville
15Pete Crow-ArmstrongNew York MetsOutfielderHarvard-Westlake School (CA)
16Tyler SoderstromOakland AthleticsCatcherTurlock High School (CA)
17Garrett CrochetChicago White SoxPitcherTennessee
18Cade CavalliWashington NationalsPitcherOklahoma
19Wilman DiazLos Angeles DodgersShortstopMaracay, Venezuela
20Mick AbelPhiladelphia PhilliesPitcherJesuit High School (OR)
21Ed HowardChicago CubsShortstopMount Carmel High School (IL)
22Bobby MillerLos Angeles DodgersPitcherLouisville
23Aaron SabatoMinnesota TwinsFirst basemanNorth Carolina
24Cristian HernandezChicago CubsShortstopSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic
25Isaiah GreeneCleveland Indians via MetsOutfielderCorona High School (CA)
26Pedro LeonHouston AstrosOutfielderHavana, Cuba
27Slade CecconiArizona DiamondbacksPitcherMiami
28Patrick BaileySan Francisco GiantsCatcherNC State
29Yoelqui CespedesChicago White SoxOutfieldYara, Cuba
30Nick YorkeBoston Red SoxSecond basemanArchbishop Mitty High School (CA)
31Tanner BurnsCleveland IndiansPitcherAuburn
32Zach DeLoachSeattle MarinersOutfielderTexas A&M
33Nick BitskoTampa Bay RaysPitcherCentral Bucks High School East (PA)
34Cole WilcoxSan Diego PadresPitcherGeorgia
35Jared ShusterAtlanta BravesPitcherWake Forest
36Dillon DinglerDetroit TigersCatcherOhio State
37Carson TuckerCleveland IndiansShortstopMountain Pointe High School (AZ)
38Bryce JarvisArizona DiamondbacksPitcherDuke
39Carlos ColmenarezTampa Bay RaysShortstopSan Felipe, Venezuela
40Pedro PinedaOakland AthleticsOutfieldSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic
41Jake VogelLos Angeles DodgersOutfielderHuntington Beach High School (CA)
42Jordan WalkerSt. Louis CardinalsThird basemanDecatur High School (GA)
43Coby MayoBaltimore OriolesThird basemanStoneman Douglas High School (FL)
44Jordan WestburgBaltimore OriolesShortstopMississippi State
45Justin FoscueTexas RangersSecond basemanMississippi State
46Daniel CabreraDetroit TigersOutfielderLSU
47Masyn WinnSt. Louis CardinalsShortstop/PitcherKingwood High School (TX)
48Clayton BeeterLos Angeles DodgersPitcherTexas Tech
49Carmen MlodzinskiPittsburgh PiratesPitcherSouth Carolina
50Blaze JordanBoston Red SoxThird basemanDeSoto Central High School (MS)
51Maikol HernandezBaltimore OriolesShortstopPampatar, Valenzuela
52Freddy ZamoraMilwaukee BrewersShortstopMiami
53Gage WorkmanDetroit TigersThird basemanArizona State
54Werner BlakelyLos Angeles AngelsShortstopDetroit Edison High School (MI)
55David CalabreseLos Angeles AngelsOutfielderSt. Elizabeth Catholic High School (ON)
56Casey MartinPhiladelphia PhilliesShortstopArkansas
57Kohei AriharaTexas RangersRHPHokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
58J. T. GinnNew York MetsPitcherMississippi State
59Jhonny PironTampa Bay RaysOutfielderBajos de Haina, Dominican Republic
60Manuel BeltreToronto Blue JaysShortstopDominican Republic
61Jordan NwoguChicago CubsOutfielderMichigan
62Kyle HarrisonSan Francisco GiantsPitcherDe La Salle HS (CA)
63Ian SeymourTampa Bay RaysPitcherVirginia Tech (VA)
64CJ Van EykToronto Blue JaysPitcherFlorida State
65Nick LoftinKansas City RoyalsShortstopBaylor
66Drew RomoColorado RockiesCatcherThe Woodlands High School (TX)
67Hudson HaskinBaltimore OriolesOutfielderTulane
68Landon KnackLos Angeles DodgersPitcherEast Tennessee State (TN)
69Jared JonesPittsburgh PiratesPitcherLa Mirada High School (CA)
70Trevor HauverNew York YankeesSecond basemanArizona State (AZ)
71Colt KeithDetroit TigersThird basemanBiloxi HS (MS)
72Nick SwineySan Francisco GiantsPitcherNorth Carolina State (NC)
73Alerick SoularieMinnesota TwinsOutfieldTennessee (TN)
74A.J. VukovichArizona DiamondbacksThird basemanEast Troy High School (WI)
75Kyle NicolasMiami MarlinsPitcherBall State
76Petey HalpinCleveland IndiansShortstopMira Costa HS (CA)
77Christian RoaCincinnati RedsPitcherTexas A&M (TX)
78Dax FultonMiami MarlinsPitcherMustang High School (OK)
79Jared KelleyChicago White SoxPitcherRefugio High School (TX)
80Casey SchmittSan Francisco GiantsThird basemanSan Diego State
81Cole HenryWashington NationalsPitcherLSU
82Logan AllenCleveland IndiansPitcherFlorida International
83Alex SantosHouston AstrosPitcherMount Saint Michael Academy (NY)
84Ambioris TavarezAtlanta BravesShortstopDominican Republic
85Owen CaissieSan Diego PadresOutfieldNotre Dame Catholic SS (ON)
86Jimmy GlowenkeSan Francisco GiantsShortstopDallas Baptist (TX)
87Zach DanielsHouston AstrosOutfieldTennessee (TN)
88Jesse FranklinAtlanta BravesOutfieldMichigan (MI)
89Anthony ServideoBaltimore OriolesShortstopOle Miss (MS)
90Ben HernandezKansas City RoyalsPitcherDe La Salle Institute (IL)
91Burl CarrawayChicago CubsPitcherDallas Baptist (TX)
92Alika WilliamsTampa Bay RaysShortstopArizona State (AZ)
93Yiddi CappeMiami MarlinsShortstopHavana, Cuba
94Kaden PolcovichSeattle MarinersSecond basemanOklahoma State (OK)
95Joey WiemerMilwaukee BrewersOutfieldCincinnati (OH)
96Justin LangeSan Diego PadresPitcherLlano High School (TX)
97Tyler KeenanSeattle MarinersThird basemanOle Miss (MS)
98Nick FrassoToronto Blue JaysPitcherLoyola Marymount University (CA)
99Zach BrittonToronto Blue JaysOutfieldLouisville (KY)
100Baron RadcliffPhiladelphia PhilliesOutfieldGeorgia Tech (GA)

Highlighting Prospects Ranked Outside the Top 50

Maikol Hernandez, Shortstop, Baltimore Orioles – Ranked #52

6’4” 175lbs and 17 years old signed for $1.2M. He has a large frame, long levers but a smooth and quick line-drive swing. He projects to have plus power as he fills out and already reportedly makes consistent hard contact. He’s not particularly fast, and look for a move off shortstop as he grows, but it might just be over to third-base. He does possess smooth defensive movements and an adequate arm. There’s significant fantasy upside here, and you shouldn’t have to pay a first or second-round pick to draft him like the other signees at the top of the international class.

Werner Blakely, Shortstop, Los Angeles Angels – Ranked #55

A high school draftee, Blakely is already 6’3” and 185 lbs, with room to grow. He has an aggressive, powerful line-drive swing, and can hammer balls around the diamond, with reports of max exit velocity over 100 mph. With an upright and balanced stance, he presents a big strike zone to the pitcher but appears comfortable with balls in various quadrants. He is quick and athletic and a 6.55 60 yard dash time, I’d project him to easily steal double-digit bags if everything breaks right and maybe as high as 20. It’s possible he stays at shortstop, but the reality here is you’re drafting him for the bat and speed which would translate nicely to roto leagues.

Alerick Soularie, Outfield, Minnesota Twins – Ranked #74

A lean and athletic build, Alerick a very quiet and effective closed swing from the right side. His bat patch is conducive to ideal launch angels and the ability to hit the ball a long way when he barrels it. Traditional scouts would say the ball ‘pops’ off his bat, both up and down in the zone. He walked more than he struck out at the University of Tennessee, suggesting he at least has a strong approach at the plate. He’s not exactly fast for someone his size (6’0” 175 lbs) and a below-average arm will probably keep him in left field. The hit tool gives Soularie and the Twins something to work with, and if he can gain some consistency, he could start opening more eyes in dynasty leagues.

Kyle Nicolas, Pitcher, Miami Marlins – Ranked #76

A big-bodied 6’4” 223lbs, Nicolas has a fastball sitting 93-96 and coming from a nice high release point with good movement. He follows that up with a high 80’s slider with nice depth, and a changeup that lags behind, but let’s see if the Marlins development team can work their changeup magic again. He had control issues through his career at Ball State, but seemed to make improvements in his four starts last year, issuing 7 free passes in 24 frames, and reportedly showed “premium stuff last summer in the Cape Cod league”. I think a reason for his low ranking is so many college pitchers being available, and most of them throwing mid 90’s, Nicolas is just overlooked. There are intriguing tools here, in an organization that suddenly seems able to get the most out of their pitching prospects.

Alex Santos, Pitcher, Houston Astros – Ranked #83

A 6’4” 194lbs frame that doesn’t look like he’s done growing, Santos has long arms and legs but also a repeatable and fluid delivery. He features a low 90’s fastball with good command, especially for a high school product. The pitch reportedly has over 2,600 rpm spin rate which is again eye-popping for a prep pitcher. He backs it up with a curve with nice depth and a slider, and a change. All are usable pitches, but it will be interesting to see if the Astros can help him develop one, or even two, into plus pitches. There is a long investment in time, but if Santos can show some success in the professional leagues, he could shoot up prospect lists quickly.


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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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