2023 Dynasty Baseball Rankings

THE DYNASTY GURU’S 2023 TOP 125 DYNASTY LEAGUE OUTFIELDERS, #61-125

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61. Elijah Green, Washington Nationals (Age: 18, Previous Rank: N/A)

A human highlight reel with slick-fielding skills, a cannon for an arm, a terror on the base paths, and bell tower power. He possesses every common superlative you’ve heard to become the best player in MLB. He debuts at number 61 in our rankings. His name is Elijah Green. His highlight videos are filled with gasps and expletives when he puts a charge into a ball. The sound his bat makes when he puts that charge into it is Bo-esque. He has elite grades across the board with his power, arm, speed, and fielding tools. And his physical stature looks like the guy I created in MLB The Show. He has the potential to help mend Mike Rizzo’s broken heart after having to let go of Soto and Harper. So why is he ranked at 61? Well, if you didn’t notice, I left out one key tool…. HIT. Yeah, that is kind of important, especially in the fantasy world. I have seen it as low as a 25 grade, which I don’t think I’ve seen before. That grade isn’t an outlier because every article or video I came across that raved about him also said he needs major improvement in that facet of his game. In his sample size of Rookie Ball last season, he had 21 strikeouts in 43 at-bats. Yeah, that isn’t a good clip. BUT, there are two things that make me think he can double his hit grade by the time he reaches the majors. First, the Nationals were the perfect team to draft him because of their track record in developing elite-type talents. Second, Green’s mature mindset and approach to the game. This is sometimes not possessed in players with this amount of talent and hype. In a number of interviews, he went out of his way to mention his weakness in making consistent contact. He already has shown a willingness and even more importantly an ability to change. He has already made huge strides in his game in the last two years after fully committing to baseball in his junior year in high school. Oh yeah. He easily could have been a football player like his dad, but chose baseball. If you draft Elijah to your team you are pretty much buying a lottery ticket that has a pretty good chance to payout and be huge. You will also have to wait at least four to five years to cash that ticket. If your team is stacked with a relatively young outfield and you have space in your minor-league roster, you should buy this ticket in the early rounds. (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

62. Brandon Marsh, Philadelphia Phillies (Age: 25, Previous Rank: 57)

If anyone looked like his name in baseball, it’s Brandon Marsh. One of the first things that pops up when you Google this guy’s name is “why is Brandon Marsh’s hair wet and greasy?” I know many of you had high hopes in Mickey Mouse Land in which you wished upon a star and envisioned an elite outfield of Marsh, Adell, and Trout. Well, like many of us in the world today, the Angels grew impatient and traded the then 24-year-old to Philly at the deadline. You can argue that it was the change of scenery or being in the middle of a pennant chase that helped him turn the corner. Marsh slashed .288/.319/.455/.733 in 41 games to go along with his elite speed which falls in the 89th percentile. He will have every opportunity to be the future CF of the Phillies in a stacked lineup that should give him fantasy numbers that will propel him to the top 50 rankings for outfielders next year. Just be aware, he does strike out at a 29.7% clip so he needs to show an improvement this season to be considered a mainstay on the Phillies and your fantasy team. I think he overcomes that because of his talent, the lineup he is in, and that Marshy Duck Dynasty-looking beard. Yeah, that is the type of assessment you get when you rely on guys outside the top 50. Well, at least the ones I do. (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

63. Alex Kirilloff, Minnesota Twins (Age: 25, Previous Rank: 8th at 1B)

I decided to take a look at what was written in last year’s rankings about Kirilloff to get a better idea of what to write about him. Lucky for me, Phil Barrington (@Barrington_Phil) wrote about Kirilloff (Phil is a million times better writer and evaluator than me). To paraphrase his analysis he said not to sweat that Kirilloff batted .251 and .283 in the two previous seasons and that he will be an elite .300 hitter in 2022. That didn’t quite happen. But, as I mentioned Phil is a lot smarter than me so he made sure to mention that “his fellow writers” were the ones who assured him not to sweat those stats. I told you Phil is a genius! He proceeded to end his evaluation with the aphorism, “The future is now.” Well, if 2022 was Kirilloff’s future he better buy a Delorean and find Doc Brown. Last season resulted in three home runs and a slash line of .250/.290/.362/.693. What in the flux capacitor happened? Did the Libyans get him? Well, what has become a theme for Kirilloff is he had multiple stints on the injury list and had to have season-ending wrist surgery for the second season in a row. Again, to Phil’s credit, he did mention that only if Kirilloff stayed healthy he can fulfill those lofty expectations. Phil is playing chess while we are all playing checkers. Two seasons ago Kirilloff was ranked the 31st OF on TDG rankings and the top prospect in a very good Twins’ system so I wouldn’t give up on him just yet. He did show signs of why he was so highly regarded. He had his best professional stint in a Triple-A rehab stint last season. In 35 games, he slashed .359/.465./.641/1.106 in 157 at-bats with 10 home runs. Phil didn’t specify where he’d be a .300 hitter last season. Hey! That is another win for Phil in my book. As for what I think. Well, if Kirilloff stays healthy *wink* my fellow writers told me *wink* that he can be a .300 hitter *wink.(Ryan Felix Fernandes)

64. Harrison Bader, New York Yankees (Age: 28, Previous Rank: 80th)

I really don’t know how this guy jumped up in the rankings to the 64th spot after a slash line of .250/.294/.356/.650. I guess this is the Yankee effect? Bader performed worse after the trade and in the last two years has had multiple injuries that caused him to go on the IL. I personally had him 86th in my rankings, so just like my girlfriend, none of my fellow gurus care what I think either. I don’t blame them. I think you can find someone lower in our rankings that will put up better numbers and have more upside in the next couple of years. But, I’m sure you don’t care what I think either. (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

65. Masataka Yoshida, Boston Red Sox (Age: 29, Previous Rank: N/A)

Patience, proven, and a professional hitter are what I took away from the Red Sox’s four-year scouting report. In 2,759 at-bats in the NPB, Yoshida compiled 135 home runs and a slash line of .327/.421/.539/.960 with 427 walks. During that time he only struck out 300 times (yes that is only at a 10.9% clip). Now compare that to one of the greatest hitters of all time who had a similar career path. Ichiro Suzuki’s career NPB stats entailed a slash line of .353/.421/.522/.943 in 3,619 at-bats with 118 home runs, 384 walks, and struck out at an absurd clip of 9.2% (333 strikeouts). Am I saying Yoshida can have similar success in the majors? Let’s say he will have the actual numbers to have a Bader-like jump up TDG rankings next season. And if he doesn’t have the numbers I’ll rank him in my top five OF rankings next year to make it happen! I can play that game too! But, seriously he is a quick fix add to your team if you are contending and can use help in an Outfielder or Utility spot. (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

66. Andrew Benintendi, Chicago White Sox (Age: 28, Previous Rank: 49)

Close your eyes and picture yourself back in 2017. You are listening to 24K Magic with those stupid oversized sunglasses with your Crocs and Dungarees on. You thought that was not a pretty sight? Well, take a gander at the top ten MLB prospects at that time on MLB.com and it will make you feel a tad bit better. And you guessed right if I brought this up because this young gentleman Andrew Benintendi was on top of those rankings. Take a look at that list and remember that every top prospect will not always pan out. By the way, the 46th-ranked prospect on MLB.com in 2017 was Aaron Judge. Hindsight is a beautiful thing when it isn’t used against you. Even though Benintendi received his first all-star selection in 2022, it seemed to be more for his 2021 success and him being the only dude on the Royals that anyone can name. He was traded to the Yankees at the deadline and had a Bader-esque tenure. Yes. I don’t ever let sh*t go. He signed with the White Sox for five years and a $75 million dollar deal a couple of weeks ago. Yeah if I ever have a kid (boy or girl) I’m making them play baseball all year round. He is a deep league pickup who might revert to something similar to his 2017 numbers since he seems to perform better in obscurity as he will in Cell One. Yeah, I’m a Cubs fan so I can say that. (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

67. Michael Conforto, San Francisco Giants (Age: 30, Previous Rank: 37)

The Giants got their guy! Well, Arson Judge and Correa’s lower left leg didn’t want the Giant’s money but Conforto had no problem signing the dotted line for a 2 year deal with an $18 million AAV. I think I might just adopt a kid at this point in the hopes they can be at least an average MLB player. Don’t get me wrong. Conforto had put up great numbers and was an All-Star just two years ago. But after a slash line of .232/.344/.384/.729 last season, even Steve Cohen said, “Whoa buddy! I’m not made out of money!”  Even though I said all that. I’ll give you an M. Night Shyamalan twist and predict that Conforto will have a better fantasy season than any of the hitters the Mets signed this offseason. Yes, even better than Correa. *If he stays healthy. If he is healthy and ends up a bust then my colleagues actually predicted that. THANKS AGAIN PHIL!  (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

68. Austin Hays, Baltimore Orioles (Age: 27, Previous Rank: 59)

In the land of the Wire, the Orioles have something brewing and have a couple of elite prospects debut last year. Couple that with the best pitching prospect Grayson Rodriguez in all likelihood debuting in 2023, and you can see why Austin Hays can get lost in the shuffle. Simply a steady and reliable bat for your fantasy team. I don’t ever see him projecting more than what he did two seasons ago when he put up a .256 average with 22 home runs and 71 RBIs in 488 at-bats unless he makes a major change to his hitting approach. He became more susceptible to chasing balls out of the strike zone with an increase to his O-Swing% from 33.2% to 39.7%. Couple that with his EV, max EV, Launch Angle, Barrel% and Hard Hit% all declining, and you can see he is not progressing the way many thought when he came out guns blazing in 2017.  Average Austin is probably going to be in this range in the TDG ranking for the next couple of years. But, (you heard it here first), in 2025, he will put up career numbers that will make him a top 25 OF in points since he will be a free agent in 2026. (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

69. Sal Frelick, Milwaukee Brewers (Age: 22, Previous Rank: 96)

As a Cubs fan, it pains me to see what the Brewers outfield will be like in two to three years. Frelick is that dude who you will probably hate if your team is playing the Brewers. He reminds me of Scott Podsednik with power. He will be a more valuable baseball player than fantasy player, but if you are in a ROTO league and are looking for OBP and stolen bases, Frelick is that dude. He has rocketed up the Brewers system since being drafted two seasons ago and would be a much bigger deal if Jackson Chourio wasn’t also in the Brewers system. Last season he was promoted three times going from A+ to AAA and he hit better as the competition got better. He ended up with a slash line of .331/.403/.480/.883 with 11 home runs and 24 stolen bases. I plan on targeting him this season. I might as well get some sort of consolation prize while he torments my Cubs for the next ten years. (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

70. George Valera, Cleveland Guardians (Age: 22, Previous Rank: 51)

Equipped with a sweet, left, one-handed sweeping swing that is accompanied by a George Sheffield loading bat wiggle, George Valera at the plate is a thing of beauty. This past season he was able to show it off a bit more along with a smooth bat flip in AA and AAA, but at the expense of a lot less contact. I’m sure after hitting 19 home runs in 285 at-bats in A and AA ball the Guardians or Valera decided to work on elevating his launch angle to pad those home runs. That, along with an abandonment of his base stealing production, led to a 19 spot freefall to number 70 in these rankings. I don’t know if I’m mesmerized by the stance and swing, but I think last season was an adjustment period, And we will see a possible breakout season that will lead to a rise back up the rankings and a call-up to the Guardians’ major league roster. (Ryan Felix Fernandes)

71. Trent Grisham, San Diego Padres (Age: 26, Previous Rank: 32)

It’s been a bit of a struggle for Grisham since his breakout season in 2020, as we’ve seen each section of his triple slash (BA/OBP/SLG) drop every year since. Despite the regression, he’s a plus defender so we’re yet to see the struggles at the plate truly cost him playing time, surpassing 500 plate appearances each of the last two years. While his batting average has fallen below the Mendoza line thanks to a .231 BABIP, Grisham still draws at an advanced rate (+10%) and his relative youth provides a glimmer of hope he’s able to return to the production he showed in his breakout season. Look for a decent buy-low option here with modest power speed production and hidden value in OBP leagues. (Ken Balderston)

72. Emmanuel Rodriguez Minnesota Twins (Age: 19, Previous Rank: N/R)

Rodriguez brings big-time power to the plate, with a 50% hard-hit rate and only a 10% soft-hit rate according to Rotowire, resulting in a .279 ISO last year. He also showed patience, walking more (57) than he struck out (52) in 199 plate appearances at A ball. At only 19 years old, the power is appealing from a fantasy angle, but we’ll have to see if he can keep his strikeouts (26.1%) in check against more advanced pitching. The upside, if he’s able to stay under 30%, is a top 50 player in OBP leagues, who will also at least chip in a few steals as well. (Ken Balderston)

73. Christopher Morel, Chicago Cubs (Age: 23, Previous Rank: N/R)

As surprising a breakout as there’s been in several years, Morel only once recorded a wRC+ over 105 in six minor league stops prior to last year. Then while repeating AA as a 23-year-old, Morel got off to a hot start slashing .306/.380/.565 forcing the Cubs to give him a shot in the big leagues. He carried this momentum with him slashing .281/.339/.503 with 8 homers and 7 steals in his first 190 big league plate appearances. While he cooled off a bit after that, .197/.283/.375 in the 208 PAs to finish the season, he still ended up with double-digit homers and steals and remains younger than Grisham who’s ranked two spots ahead of him. Morel may not have an everyday job to begin the season, but he’s able to play enough positions (2B, 3B, SS, CF) to push 500 plate appearances on the year. (Ken Balderston)

74. Josh Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays (Age: 25, Previous Rank: 50)

The Rays are notorious for slowly playing their prospects, and seem to be taking the same approach with Josh Lowe. After recording 470 plate appearances in AAA in 2021, Lowe seemed ready to take hold of an everyday job last season in the big leagues. The Rays did give Lowe 71 plate appearances in April to show what he has, and Josh came up flat with a .257 OBP, one homer, and 38% strikeout rate. Lowe went back to AAA to slash .315/.402/.560 with 14 homers and 25 steals, reminding the fantasy world, and hopefully the Rays, the production he can bring when comfortable. Obviously, with this rank, there’s concern Lowe is a quad-A player, who will struggle at the highest level, but the power speed upside with a patient approach urges us to give him another chance. (Ken Balderston)

75. Bryan De La Cruz, Miami Marlins (Age: 26, Previous Rank: 116)

After being acquired from the Astros in 2021, De La Cruz showed he belongs batting nearly .300 with 5 homers in only 199 plate appearances. Then last season was marred by bad luck, or at least that’s what some of the expected stats would suggest. Most of Bryan’s expected stats according to Baseball Savant were far better than his actual, including his SLG (.498 vs .432) wOBA (.355 vs .313), and batting average (.287 vs .252), all of which were ‘expected’ to be in the top 10% of the league. Factor in a 47.3% hard-hit rate and it’s easy to envision a breakout as the Marlins’ everyday center fielder in 2023. (Ken Balderston)

76. Andy Pages, Los Angeles Dodgers (Age: 22, Previous Rank: 79)

Pages ranking here at TDG only improved slightly from the last offseason, despite recording solid power numbers in AA with 26 home runs, .232 ISO, and another season walking over 10% of the time. Andy did see his BABIP fall through the floor at .271, dragging his OBP down nearly 60 points from the previous year despite the double-digit walk rate. Strikeouts remain a slight concern as Pages has seemingly settled in the mid 20’s % and with little speed to offer does whisper hints of being a three-true outcome type. Power is always in demand in fantasy but Pages will have to break into a tough Dodgers lineup to make his mark but could be one of the first called up if injury strikes their outfield. (Ken Balderston)

77. Max Kepler Minnesota Twins (Age: 30, Previous Rank: 62)

2022 was another disappointing season for Kepler, who managed only 9 home runs down from a career-high 36 in 2019 which now seems like a distant memory. His plate discipline was a plus, walking over 10% of the time and striking out less than 15%. Many will expect the shift ban to help Kepler, who was shifted on nearly 90% of the time last year (good for the 20th highest mark in baseball), and hit 45% of his balls on the ground, and pulled 45% of his balls in play. The reality though is Kepler’s value comes from his power, which will need to return to 2019 levels to garner mixed league value. After seeing his hard-hit rate drop from a 42.4% high in ’19 to a 29.8% low last year, there’s not a ton of promise of that happening. (Ken Balderston)

78. Jo Adell, Angeles of Anaheim (Age: 23, Previous Rank: 36)

How the times have changed for Adell, once considered one of the top prospects in baseball, who has fallen over forty spots in our rankings in only 12 months and 285 plate appearances. Jo was simply overmatched in the bigs last season, striking out 37.5% of the time with only a 3.9% walk rate and a .224 batting average despite a .338 BABIP. He showed some power in AAA (.348 ISO in 180 PA) but struggled in this area as well in the bigs (.149). Adell is only turning 24 so there’s still some hope, but even a vast improvement over what he showed last season would only result in a replacement-level player in a 12-team league. (Ken Balderston)

79. Brennen Davis, Chicago Cubs (Age: 23, Previous Rank: 30)

Similar to Adell, Davis was a highly-rated prospect last season but has dropped nearly 40 spots without even playing in the big leagues. A slow start at AAA striking out nearly 30% of the time set the tone for the season. Rather than seeing his big league debut as many had hoped, Davis was put on the shelf with a back injury that eventually required surgery. The back injury re-emerged in the AFL, and what was once a promising power profile is now filled with doubt and health concerns. Davis will need to show the former early in 2023 to maintain a sliver of his former appeal. (Ken Balderston)

80. Luis Matos, San Francisco Giants (Age: 21, Previous Rank: 38)

2021 was a fantastic year for Matos, who hit for power and stole bases as a teenager in A ball. He rose up prospect lists quickly and looked like the next dynamic prospect getting comps to HOFer Kirby Puckett thanks to his build and ability to make hard contact and run.  Things fell off the next step up the ladder, as Matos struggled in High-A, seeing his power stroke wane, walking less, and generally being a below-average player for the level. He still managed to make good contact (16% K rate) and ran well with 11 steals in only 91 games, but given the general disappointment last year, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him repeat the level in 2023. It’s time to temper expectations of Matos, at least until he can replicate his 2021 success. (Ken Balderston)

81. Dustin Harris, Texas Rangers (Age: 23, Previous Rank: NR)

Harris, an 11th-round pick in 2019, started to turn heads in 2021 when he won the Rangers Minor League Player of the Year. That year, he hit .327 with 20 HR and 25 SB while splitting time between Lo-A and Hi-A. Injuries hampered him at Double-A in 2022, but he was selected to play in the Futures Game, delivering two hits. Harris has posted walk rates above 10% and strikeout rates below 20% in his first three pro seasons. He has put up solid contact rates thus far, creating a high floor for his bat. There could be more power in his bat as well. His 6’2, 185 lb frame has more projection and we could be looking at 25-homer power at peak. Power/speed outfielders that can maintain a solid batting average are valuable in fantasy. The ETA for Harris could be mid to late 2023.  (Greg Hoogkamp)

82. Mike Yastrzemski, San Francisco Giants (Age: 32, Previous Rank: 82)

A .214/.305/.395 slash line doesn’t get too many people excited, nor should it; these were Yastzremski’s 2022 totals. However, when you look deeper, Yaz did some good things last year and there’s reason for optimism in 2023. First, Yastrzemski hits the ball hard. His hard-hit rate (42.5) and barrel rate (11.1) are both excellent.  Second, he has decent plate skills. He walks at a solid 10.1% rate and his strikeout rate of 25.3% is acceptable. He also improved his zone contact rate and chase rate compared to 2021. A big reason why Yastzremski’s average is low was that he was shifted 81.2% of the time. His wOBA while being shifted was 39 points lower than when he wasn’t shifted. The new shift rules should really help Yastrzemski improve his average and counting stats. A bounce-back is in the cards. (Greg Hoogkamp)

83. Will Brennan, Cleveland Guardians (Age: 25, Previous Rank: NR)

Brennan started 2022 in Double-A and finished with a cup of coffee in Cleveland.  He seemed to improve with each promotion, ending the year with a .314/.371/.850 triple slash line in the minors and a .357/.400/.900 line in his 42 MLB at-bats. A late-round pick success story for the Guardians, his bat-to-ball skills are elite. He has consistently put up high 80’s zone contact rates throughout the minors using the whole field to distribute his hits. Although his power is limited, he has great plate discipline (8.6% BB rate, 11.9% K rate in 2022). Brennan has good baserunning instincts and is fast enough to swipe some bags. He stole 20 bases in 2022 getting caught just 3 times. He plays all three OF positions and is just a Myles Straw struggle or injury away from grabbing the CF job. (Greg Hoogkamp)

84. Jake Fraley, Cincinnati Reds (Age: 27, Previous Rank: 145)

Fraley’s health is his only obstacle from shooting up this list. He has a great combination of skills that could help the Reds solidify their offense. He showed these skills in the second half of 2022 when he returned from injury. Fraley slashed .295/.377/.526 in 177 at bats while compiling 11 HR and 3 SB. Fraley walks at a 12.7% clip for his career and lowered his K% to 21.9% (2022) creating a solid floor. He makes good contact in the zone (84%) while chasing less than league-average (25%). Fraley has struggled against LHP during his career so a strong side platoon could be in the cards. Fraley should be a beneficiary of the new shifting rules. When shifted (73.8%), he had a .326 WOBA vs the shift and a .424 WOBA when no shift was present. Fraley is a steal at this ranking. (Greg Hoogkamp)

85. Kevin Alcantara, Chicago Cubs (Age: 20, Previous Rank: 142)

The Cubs have some very exciting players in their system and Alcantara is near the top of the list. The former Yankees farmhand measures in at 6’6 and is still filling out his 20-year-old frame. Alcantara spent the entirety at Low-A Myrtle Beach this year and slugged 15 HR while stealing 14 bases. His hit tool and plate skills continue to be works in progress; with any hitter this tall there are bound to be holes in the swing. Alcantara did produce a .273/.360/.451 line while walking at an 11.1% rate. He also cut his strikeout rate from the Complex (23.2%-22.3%), showing improved discipline. A high-risk, high-reward prospect, Alcantara could be a superstar if he continues his development and reaches his ceiling. Now is the time to add him before the hype gets too big. (Greg Hoogkamp)   

86. Joey Gallo, Minnesota Twins (Age: 29, Previous Rank: 33)

No one can hit a baseball further than Joey Gallo, it’s how often he makes contact that is the problem. After being released by the Yankees during the 2022 season and struggling with the Dodgers, Gallo signed a deal with Minnesota this offseason. Gallo’s power metrics are off the charts. He ranks among the best hitters in max exit velocity, hard hit percentage, and barrel rate. He has a good eye, posting double-digit walk rates annually, but struggles to make contact, especially in the strike zone. His 68.3% zone contact rate is abysmal and leads to first-percentile ranks in K%, xBA, and Whiffs. He is the epitome of a three true outcome player (HR/BB/K).  Gallo plays good outfield defense and runs the bases well which makes him all the more frustrating to watch. Boom or bust, this could be his last chance to prove himself. (Greg Hoogkamp)

87. Jesus Sanchez, Miami Marlins (Age: 25, Previous Rank: 44)

Sanchez was a top prospect coming through the Marlins system, but on the surface, it looks like his development has stalled. In 2022, he slashed .213/.280/.403 with 13 HR in 313 at-bats. However, when you look under the hood there are some promising signs. Sanchez barrels the ball very well (9.9% ‘22) and his 114.7 max EV was top 4% of the league.  His hard-hit rate of 40.5% confirms these statistics. He has league average zone contact (80.9%) and walk (7.6%) rates which should stabilize his average. Another development for Sanchez is that without shifting in play for 2023, more of the rockets Sanchez crushes to the pull side will find holes. He was shifted half of his at-bats and his wOBA was 67 points higher when he wasn’t shifted. Sanchez will get plenty of opportunities this year and should produce. (Greg Hoogkamp)

88. Joc Pederson, San Francisco Giants (Age: 30, Previous Rank: 126)

Joc Pederson crushes the baseball! The Giants know this and extended him the qualifying offer, which he accepted. Despite playing in one of the tougher parks for left-handed hitters, Pederson managed to hit 23 home runs in 2022 (10 in San Francisco) in just 380 at-bats. Pederson had one of his best seasons to date finishing in the top 5% of the league in exit velocity, xSlug, wOBA, xWOBA, xWOBACON, and hard hit percentage. He did all of this with good plate skills (23.1 K%, 9.7 BB%, and an 84.9 zone contact rate). Pederson will sit against tough lefties, which will eat into his playing time, but the lineup around him has improved, the shift is gone and his power is seemingly improving year after year (4 straight years of hard-hit improvement). Pederson will be a useful fantasy contributor for your team this season. (Greg Hoogkamp)

89. Leody Taveras, Texas Rangers (Age: 24, Previous Rank: 137)

Leody Taveras is an extremely athletic player who can do almost anything on a baseball field. He is one of the fastest players with one of the strongest arms and can hit the ball as hard as anyone. But sometimes, those things don’t translate to results in the box score. His biggest issue is that he struggles with swing and miss and he’s overanxious at the plate (79.9% zone contact rate, 28.1% whiff rate, 31.7% chase rate). As it stands, Taveras is someone who will get you 10-12 home runs, 18-20 steals with a .250 average, while playing great defense in center field, which is not bad for a 4th or 5th outfielder. The good news is that he’s still only 24. It’s all there for Leody to figure out; with a little more discipline and bat-to-ball contact, he could be something very special. Monitor his progress. (Greg Hoogkamp)

90. Garrett Mitchell, Milwaukee Brewers (Age:24, Previous Rank: 77)

Mitchell is a speedy outfielder who should contribute for Milwaukee in 2023. With the likes of Hunter Renfroe, Esteury Ruiz, and Andrew McCutchen no longer in town, opportunity knocks for Mitchell. During his debut last year, Mitchell hit .311 with 2 HR and 8 SB in 61 at-bats. Looking deeper, his .187 xBA and 41.2% strikeout rate might make you question his ability to sustain this production. In 132 minor league games Mitchell hit .273 with 13 home runs and 34 stolen bases while holding an 11.9% BB rate and 22.9% K rate. This is probably a more realistic outlook for him. Mitchell’s defense will keep him in the lineup and Milwaukee is a favorable park to hit in. The new pickoff rules and larger bases will help players with Mitchell’s speed increase their stolen base totals. He is useful in fantasy as a 5th outfielder. (Greg Hoogkamp)

91. Mark Canha, New York Mets, (Age: 34, Previous Rank: 75)

A career year in 2021 led to a payday in New York. At 33 years old matching that production was going to be difficult, and Canha did fall short from a fantasy perspective. Dips in every counting stat were seen besides RBI which matched 2021 at 61. Batting at the bottom of the order hurt the counting stats and things are not going to change in 2023. The Steve Cohen spending spree has relegated Canha to the bottom half of the order. He played just one less game in 2022 than in 2021 but had 83 fewer plate appearances. He’s a decent bench bat in OBP dynasty leagues and will not hurt you in any category. (Paul Monte)

92. Jorge Soler, Miami Marlins, (Age: 31, Previous Rank: 53)

After blasting nearly 50 home runs as a Kansas City Royal in 2019 things have been trending down and his 2023 dynasty ranking matches that. Injuries in 2022 held him to just 13 home runs in 306 plate appearances. While he was healthy, he still struggled, watching his K% climb to nearly 30% and his ISO drop to the lowest level since 2017. At 31 years old a bounce back is not out of the question, but back injuries can be very difficult to manage. Exit Velocity is still elite if you are looking for the silver lining. (Paul Monte)

93. Joey Wiemer, Milwaukee Brewers, (Age: 24, Previous Rank: 87)

Wiemer’s power and speed remain present, but so does the swing and miss. Entering the season as a 24-year-old means that time is running short 6’5” 215-pounder. Earning a promotion to Triple-A at the end of the season paired with a hot streak that was like what we saw in his breakout 2021 season helped him only drop six spots in the outfielder rankings. It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for both Wiemer and his fantasy managers, but we should know where this one ends early in 2023. (Paul Monte)

94. Oswaldo Cabrera, New York Yankees, (Age: 24, Previous Rank: 30 at 2B)

Unlike Wiemer, Cabrera did debut in the majors before turning 24 years old and it looks as if he will stick and start for the Yankees in 2023. Unfortunately, he is going to stay in the majors because of his plus glove and defensive flexibility. Batting in the bottom half of the lineup will hurt his counting stats but the lineup around him will help to offset that. There is not much to get excited about when you get to this point of the rankings, but his youth will bolster his dynasty value and he has a chance to develop into a solid regular with multi-position eligibility. (Paul Monte)

95. Aaron Zavala, Texas Rangers, (Age: 22, Previous Rank: NR)

This could be the guy that stands out in the 90’s of the rankings. The numbers at every level have been great. Drafted in the second round out of Oregon, Zavala has done exactly what you would want for a college bat in his first full season of professional baseball. The power/speed numbers rate out at the lower end of what you would expect from an outfielder. This included 16 home runs and 14 stolen bases, although he was caught stealing six times. Much like Canha above him, the OBP is what sets him apart from the others. He has a career .420 OBP to go along with a 17.3 BB%.

96. Michael Brantley, Houston Astros, (Age: 35, Previous Rank: 67)

Father time and faulty shoulders have caught up to Brantley. There is not much in the way of upside which is expected from a 35 yea35-year-old will likely be the last year he can be slotted in the outfield as he is going to shift to DH in 2023. He will be an asset in the AVG/OBP category if he is still playing but you should not expect much else. He has been unable to reach double-digit home runs since 2019 and speed has not been a part of his game for even longer. If he hits in the top third of the order runs should be easy to come by with the likes of Bregman, Alvarez, Abreu, and Tucker behind him. (Paul Monte)

97. Oscar Colas, Chicago White Sox, (Age: 24, Previous Rank: NR)

If you played in an open universe fantasy league in the past few years you followed Colas closely. There was talk of a two-way player from Cuba who was playing professionally in Japan and could hit for power and throw a 95-mile-per-hour fastball. Colas signed with White Sox as an outfielder and his pitching days were over. As an outfielder, he was able to reach the highest level of the minor leagues. Andrew Benintendi was signed this offseason and Luis Robert will occupy CF so there is just one OF spot open. There is a chance that with injury or slow starts from the likes of Gavin Sheets and Victor Reyes we could see a 2023 MLB debut for Colas. (Paul Monte)

98. Lane Thomas, Washington Nationals (Age: 27, Previous Rank: NR)

At bats. That’s the selling point. He should get plenty of them in the outfield for the Soto-less Washington Nationals. He has not played particularly well on either side of the ball. His offense is slightly below league average and the defensive metrics outside of sprint speed and arm strength are nothing to brag about either. Thomas will be a good option for a fourth outfielder in deeper leagues, but the OBP will drag down his value. If you roster Thomas at some point in the year you will be searching the waiver wire for his replacement before realizing, there is no one better available. (Paul Monte)

99. Chris Taylor, Los Angeles Dodgers (Age: 32, Previous Rank: 60)

The decision to make here is based on the question of whether the move to 2B instead of being a super-utility bat will help him bounce back. Taylor put up his worst year as a Dodger in 2022. The most worrisome of the changes was the increase in K%. The 9.7% BB was in line with his career average while the K% was over 6.5% higher. The power is not there to offset a 35.2% K%. The leash will be short for Taylor, and he will need to show immediate improvement to fend off up-and-coming prospect Miguel Vargas. Trea and Justin Turner will both be wearing new uniforms in 2023 which will open up the infield. (Paul Monte)

100. Manuel Margot, Tampa Bay Rays, (Age:28 Previous Rank: 106)

The only veteran player to improve his ranking in the 91-100 range was Margot who moved up six spots from 2022. That may be misleading as the numbers he posted remained on par with recent seasons. Platooning is always a risk when you play in Tampa Bay, but the strong defense of Margot should keep him in the lineup most days. His health is what may take him out of the lineup as he missed time multiple times in 2022 due to different lower half-of-the-body injuries. Double-digit home runs and steals can be expected if he can stay healthy. (Paul Monte)

101. Alexander Canario, Chicago Cubs (Age: 22, Previous Rank: 151)

Signed as a 16-year-old in 2016 and long lauded for his elite bat speed, Alexander Canario hit his first bump in the road in 2021. He had a mediocre showing at Single-A, was traded to Chicago in the Kris Bryant deal, and continued to sputter after the trade. In his first full season in the Cubs system, Canario broke out, mashing 37 homers and reaching Triple-A Iowa. His walk rate of 15.5% would be in the 98th percentile in MLB. As icing on the cake, Canario chipped in 23 steals. All told, Canario is a potential power/speed middle-of-the-order hitter, who walks at a high rate, and is at the MLB doorstep. His OBP may be held down by a low batting average, but Canario should provide plenty of category juice. Unfortunately, Canario injured himself playing winter ball, putting his 2023 start date in question. The injuries are significant; Canario had surgery to repair a fractured left ankle and has an upcoming procedure to address a dislocated left shoulder. Where Canario lands on next year’s rankings will largely depend on how he recovers from these injuries. (The Roto Red)

102. Gabriel Gonzalez, Seattle Mariners (Age: 19, Previous Rank: 183)

Earning his promotion to Single-A Modesto, Gabriel Gonzalez really impressed early in 2022, after a solid DSL stint in 2021. The numbers suggest a strong contact hitter and scouts believe that he has power to grow into. The prospect helium is real and owners can hope for a power/speed threat after Gonzalez hit seven home runs and stole nine bags in his first season stateside. One strong positive after promotion is that he decreased his already great strikeout rate (~86th percentile at MLB level) to an even better one (~90th percentile at MLB level). Gonzalez still has a ways to go before he reaches the majors, but he has a strong skillset and should continue to rise in these rankings. (The Roto Red)

103. Alec Burleson, St. Louis Cardinals (Age: 24, Previous Rank: 110)

Alec Burleson spent about 90% of his season at Triple-A and performed very well, showing a decreased strikeout rate, hitting twenty home runs, and posting a combined 155 R+RBI in under 500 plate appearances. Holding back Burleson’s ranking is a cloudy path to playing time. Without an injury or a scorching spring training, he is unlikely to start on Opening Day for the Cards. Notably, he did not light the world on fire in his 2022 debut; he took a few walks, barreled in the 72nd percentile, and killed worms. The good news is that in 2023, there is an opportunity for playing time if St. Louis does not add an outfielder this offseason. Burleson should continue to rise, though a Jordan Walker move to the outfield would further cloud his role moving forward. (The Roto Red)

104. Jack Suwinski, Pittsburgh Pirates (Age: 24, Previous Rank: NR)

If you ask Pirates fans, Jack Suwinski was a service-time manipulation away from a very remarkable rookie year—in limited time, he hit 19 homers. Drafted in the 15th round, Suwinski has a modest prospect pedigree. He crushed Double-A over 124 games (over two seasons & two teams), but was below average in Triple-A and average in MLB (by wRC+). For Suwinski, his future may come down to OBP. On one hand, he has been an extreme strikeout risk—37.7% K-rate in AAA (1st percentile at MLB in 2022). On the other hand, he ran a double-digit walk rate in the majors and a majority of his minor-league stops. At 24 years old, as long as he gets ABs, the power potential is there. From unranked to 104, Suwinski made a solid rise in 2022. (The Roto Red)

105. Andrew McCutchen, Free Agent (Age: 36, Previous Rank: 113)

From 2011 through 2015, Andrew McCutchen was as good as you can get. Fast forward to 2022: he had 580 ABs, 135 R+RBI, 17 homers, and chipped in seven steals. As a total offensive package, he was just below average in MLB, but he had his moments. In June, he walked more than he struck out and got on base at a .411 clip. Outside of his rookie season and two seasons in Philadelphia, Cutch has been durable (130+ games). Assuming McCutchen signs with a team for the 2023 season, he is still rosterable at times (i.e. injury replacement, streamer), although the season-long upside is limited. Drinking a bit out of the fountain of youth, McCutchen improbably rose in our rankings this year. (The Roto Red)

106. Chase DeLauter, Cleveland Guardians (Age: 21, Previous Rank: NR)

With a high ceiling, dynasty owners hope that Chase DeLauter will be a fast riser in 2023. He is a premium athlete who slashed .437/.576/.828 in 24 games prior to breaking his foot during his senior year at James Madison University. Over his three seasons in college, DeLauter got on base 52% of the time. Additionally, DeLauter was a standout in the Cape League, winning the Robert A. McNeese Award. Organization-wise, DeLauter was drafted into a good landing spot, as the Guardians are thought of as a strong development system. DeLauter is the type of draft prospect that can add strong value to your dynasty minor league system. (The Roto Red)

107. Nick Gordon, Minnesota Twins (Age: 27, Previous Rank: 118)

Depending on your league size, Nick Gordon may have been a surprise contributor in 2022. He ended up with above-average production (111 wRC+) in 443 ABs. If you extrapolate Gordon’s 2022, he was a dual threat with 15 HR and 9 SB.  With the new pickoff rule and bigger bases, I would bet that Gordon surpasses his 2022 stole base total next season.  Gordon has played himself into a productive role for dynasty owners, with 2023 eligibility at outfield, second base, and, depending on your league, shortstop. While the signing of Joey Gallo muddies Gordon’s projection a little, he is a crafty swiss-army piece for your team. (The Roto Red)

108. Heston Kjerstad, Baltimore Orioles (Age: 24, Previous Rank: 81)

Heston Kjerstad has been around longer than his 284 career ABs would make you think. In the 2020 draft, Kjerstad was considered an under-slot signing and did not debut until this past season. 2022 was a roller coaster ride for Kjerstad. He soared at Single-A, putting up a 228 wRC+; struggled once promoted to High-A; and then rounded off his year by winning the Arizona Fall League’s Most Valuable Player. Likely to be older than the competition at each stop in the minors, Kjerstad needs to show the Baltimore brass that he can hit at the higher levels. While he experienced a small dip in the rankings, there is enough in Kjerstad’s profile to warrant rostering him as an upside gamble who may rise quickly to Camden Yards. (The Roto Red)

109. Samuel Zavala, San Diego Padres (Age: 18, Previous Rank: NR)

As an 18-year-old, Samuel Zavala impressed in his stateside debut in 2022.  Zavala held his own at Single-A while being more than four years younger than the average competition. He showed decent power, hitting 8 home runs in 176 ABs across two levels. Importantly, at Single-A, he posted a strong walk rate (13.5%) and stole five bags.  After being strong buyers in 2022, the Padres traded much of their farm system, leaving Zavala as arguably the top position player in the system.  Due to a strong hit tool and ability to play all three outfield positions, Zavala could be a fast riser in the Padres’ system. (The Roto Red)

110. Tommy Pham, Free Agent (Age: 35, Previous Rank: 78)

Tommy Pham tumbled in the rankings and will be thirty-five years old before Opening Day. In 2022, he played in 144 games, hit 17 homers, and quietly had 152 R+RBI. Pham’s batting average has been a weak point since 2020, making his walk rate an important metric.  In 2022, Pham’s walk rate dropped significantly, posting a single-digit walk rate for the first time in his career.  Notably, he has a .312 OBP in two of the last three seasons.  He is an interesting free-agent target for teams looking for an above-average bat against lefties. As a dynasty owner, Pham may have a place on your team, depending on where he lands and his projected role. (The Roto Red)

111. Ceddanne Rafaela, Boston Red Sox (Age: 22, Previous Rank: NR)

Ceddanne was steadily moving along Boston`s farm system anchored by his power and speed combination while playing stellar defense up the middle. He broke out in a big way in 2022 starting hot right out of the gate with 6 home runs in his first 11 games at High A. Although standing only 5`8” with a wiry 152 lb. frame Ceddanne uses all his body and a quick bat to hammer pitches to all fields. He played most of the year at AA where he slashed .278/.324/.500 in 313 plate appearances. There are concerns about his hit tool being sufficient for the Majors, but he should be given a long look due to his defensive acumen carrying him along with his tantalizing power/speed combo fantasy baseball players swoon over. Rafaela may see time with the big-league club this year but figures to spend the majority of the season at AAA. (Ryan Epperson)

112. Miguel Bleis, Boston Red Sox (Age: 18, Previous Rank: NR)

Having just made it stateside in 2022 there is not a lot of info to go on as he spent all year in the complex league. Here`s what we know for sure about Bleis, who was signed out of the Dominican Republic for 1.5 million; he has plus speed, loud power, a potential plus hit tool, and good pitch recognition relative to the league, although he still is an aggressive hitter who once he falls behind in the count can chase some questionable pitches. As with all prospects this young and inexperienced there are a myriad of ways his career can go from here, but he is surely worth an add if he is available in your league as his stock will shoot up immensely if he has a solid showing with a full season of action stateside. (Ryan Epperson)

113.Nick Senzel, Cincinnati Reds (Age: 27, Previous Rank: 95)

Once a promising prospect drafted second overall, Senzel has never quite lived up to the hype. Between injuries and poor play, Senzel has never topped 110 games played in a year. When he is on the field, he will have spurts of being a useful fantasy player buoyed by his ability to steal a bag, but he produces weak contact and almost refuses to take a walk so seldom do we get to see the speed in action. The one thing going for him is that the Reds may not have a lot of options to choose from and he can play a few positions adequately. If you`re in an NL-only league and need to fill your last OF position you could do worse, but just barely. (Ryan Epperson)

114. Trevor Larnach, Minnesota Twins (Age: 26, Previous Rank: 91)

It all seemed so easy with Larnach`s profile, he’s Paul Bunyan reincarnated who plays a passable right field with good bat-to-ball skills that can hit #dingers. Except, that hasn’t quite happened yet whether due to injuries or poor play. In May of last year, it looked like he was finally starting to figure it out hitting .333/.431/.646 in 58 plate appearances good for a 1.077 OPS. But then had a groin strain that shut him down for 14 days and while he came back to play in June he was never quite right and couldn’t find the success from May. Ultimately his season ended at the end of June due to needing sports hernia surgery. Playing time will be a question mark this year, but reports are saying he will be ready for spring training. If he can stay on the field and get consistent playing time, I still like the profile and he could be a good buy-low candidate. (Ryan Epperson)

115. Akil Baddoo, Detroit Tigers (Age: 24, Previous Rank: 48)

What to do about Baddoo is seemingly the question the Tigers themselves and fantasy players alike are asking. We all know the story by now, Baddoo being selected by the Tigers in the rule 5 draft and starting in 2021 where he surprised everyone by showing he could hang with major league pitching and suggesting he could be a 20/20 threat. It all fell apart for Akil in the first half of 2022 when he spent time bouncing between High A, Triple-A, and the Majors, figuring out his swing. He showed signs of life after the All-Star break, however, where he demonstrated a better eye at the plate and went .235/.329/.301 and chipped in eight steals. Like Larnach above, I feel Baddoo is at least worth taking a flier on in most leagues if he is unrostered. (Ryan Epperson)

116. Randal Grichuk, Colorado Rockies (Age: 31, Previous Rank: 101)

At this point in Grichuk`s career, you know what to expect, about 20 home runs give or take, and not much else. It is interesting to note that last year he hit the ball on the ground half of the time, not great when someone is playing in Colorado. If he can raise his launch angle a tad, some of those grounders may turn into line drives and home runs as his hard-hit rate is always near the top third of the league and he should get the Colorado boost on those balls. (Ryan Epperson)

117. Alex Ramirez, New York Mets (Age: 19, Previous Rank: NR)

Ramirez was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2019 as a 16-year-old. He made it to Low A in 2021 where he was able to show his quick hands and pull-happy approach often selling out for power. In 2022 Ramirez earned a promotion to High A halfway through the year where he continued to show progress with leveling out his swing and getting on base. Although he did record 21 steals last year, he was thrown out 16 times, good for a 56.7% success rate. He does sport a large frame and will theoretically add muscle as he matures. He will be tested this year when he presumably starts off at Double-A where he will face stiffer competition. He should be on your radar as someone to monitor if he hasn’t been drafted already. (Ryan Epperson)

118. Everson Pereira, New York Yankees (Age: 21, Previous Rank: 83)

Pereira takes the classic cheerleading chant “Be aggressive, B, E, aggressive” to heart. Backed by his lightning-quick bat speed and a new swing that is aimed at lifting more balls, Everson found himself promoted to Double-A in July where he ended up slashing a respectable .283/.341/.504. When Everson is on, he`s on, and when he`s off, boy is he off. He has a penchant for chasing which will lead to elevated strikeouts, but he is good at hammering pitches that are in the zone. He figures to start out at Double-A this year but could realistically see time in the Majors as well as the Yankees are one of the few teams willing to promote early and see where the dice land. (Ryan Epperson)

119. Spencer Jones, New York Yankees (Age: 21, Previous Rank: NR)

Drafted out of Vanderbilt 25th overall in last year’s draft, Spencer is a mountain of a man standing at 6`7” where he displays an effortless left-handed swing. I could be wrong but there is another humongous human being that the Yankees employ that just hit a lot of #dingers with an easy swing. After the draft, Jones went right to Low A where he didn’t stop mashing from earlier in the year with Vanderbilt. Through 95 plate appearances, he sported a slugging percentage of .494. There are some holes in his swing naturally because of his height but if he can shore those holes up, he could move rapidly through the system. He should certainly be on your radar for first-year player drafts. (Ryan Epperson)

120. Jarren Duran, Boston Red Sox (Age: 26, Previous Rank: 52)

Jarren Duran is fast, Jarren Duran looks like an all-star when facing Triple-A competition, and unfortunately, Jarren Duran cannot hit an off-speed pitch. He has a batting average of .109 when facing off-speed changes and whiffs on them almost 40% of the time. The battle between pitcher and batter is a game of cat and mouse, and now Duran is the mouse. I don’t think it’s time to give up on him as his speed is genuinely elite and he has made strides in improving at the major league level, although they are small ones. There should be a role for him in the outfield this year barring any more additions and it could be a make-or-break year for the young 26-year-old. (Ryan Epperson)

121. Owen Caissie, Chicago Cubs (Age: 20, Previous Rank: 117)

I love cold-weather players. They often don’t get scouted as hard as the warmer climate guys due to a lack of games and exposure, so they at times progress quickly once they are in a system. Caissie might fit this mold hailing from Canada and never playing a night game until pro ball. He doesn’t get fooled often showing advanced plate discipline, and he will come into more game power as he gains experience playing professional baseball. He should start out the year in Double-A where he will be tested with the jump up in the quality of pitching. He seems destined to become a three-true outcomes player if he makes it to the show, but he can offer dazzling power if his hit tool keeps developing. (Ryan Epperson)

122. Drew Gilbert, Houston Astros (Age: 22, Previous Rank: NR)

Gilbert was drafted 28th overall last year, falling in the draft to maybe the perfect team to develop his skill set. Shows an advanced feel for the strike zone, paired with huge power potential and lightning-quick bat speed, the building blocks are there for Gilbert to blossom into an impact bat for the `Stros. He is not known for his speed, but it is potentially a plus and he is seen as an opportunistic base stealer so he should theoretically be able to chip in a handful or more steals a year. He will most likely start off in High A this year, although Double-A isn’t out of the question, and he may be a fast mover through the system. (Ryan Epperson)

123. Pedro Leon, Houston Astros (Age: 24, Previous Rank: 85)

An international signee, Leon has long been known as a tools-first player with solid speed and potential power. He spent all last year in Triple-A and could be the next man up in the Astro`s outfield should someone go down to injury or poor play. Last year Pedro tweaked his swing, angling for more flyballs and line drives than in previous years. He seems to have turned into a three-true outcomes player as he swatted 17 home runs last year while walking 14% of the time. When he gets on base he wants to run, snagging 38 bags. There is some risk in the profile as he struck out almost a third of the time, but in OBP leagues his walk rate should mitigate some of that. (Ryan Epperson)

124. Nolan Jones, Colorado Rockies (Age: 24, Previous Rank: NR)

Dealt for the future hall of famer Juan Brito, Jones had to pick up and leave Cleveland to head to Colorado this past November. He has seemingly been known for ever being drafted in 2016 but is still just 24 years old. Known for his light-tower power in batting practice, his game power has lagged behind only topping 15 home runs in a season once and that was all the way back in 2018. He reminds me of Daniel Vogelbach`s profile, one where they passively take too many pitches and never quite live up to that power potential. If he ever does figure it out, Jones finds himself in the perfect place to show off his power. (Ryan Epperson)

125. Jurickson Profar, Free Agent (Age: 29, Previous Rank: 194)

Profar is fine, maybe not the adjective you would have expected back in 2012 but a decade has passed, and he is *just* fine. He had a career-high in homers last year with the Padres topping out at 15. The best thing you can say about Profar`s game for fantasy is that he won’t hurt you anywhere if you need to plug him in. He will give you some counting stats while not killing your OBP and chipping in a few steals. As of this list, he is still a free agent, and depending on where he lands will determine how useful he can be in fantasy, which is fine. (Ryan Epperson)

 

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