2023 Dynasty Baseball Rankings


The rankings continue! Thank you to everyone who has been following along at home. This week, we move on to Shortstops, starting with #31-50 from Drew Klein (@aok_fan) and Greg Hoogkamp (@GregHoogkamp). Let’s dive in!

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31. Jackson Merrill, San Diego Padres (Age: 19, Previous Rank: NR)

Merrill, a first-round pick in 2021, is the top prospect in the Padres system and projects to remain at shortstop, although a move to second or third is not out of the question. He could debut in 2024, and if he does progress that quickly, the Padres may be faced with a crowded infield. In 2022 he had 219 PA in A ball, hit for a .325 BA with .387 OBP, and gave a preview of his power potential. His BB% is 8.7%, so if he can maintain that or even bring it up a tick and tap into his power, he’ll be rising up this list quickly. (Drew Klein)

32. Brayan Rocchio, Cleveland Guardians (Age: 22, Previous Rank: NR)

Rocchio was signed by Cleveland as an International signee in 2017, and with a brief hiatus due to COVID restrictions in 2020, has steadily moved up through the system.  He will qualify at 2B as well as SS and brings solid bat skills; you can expect him to hit 15 – 20 home runs and steal double-digit bases. In 2021 his BB% improved, and over two levels he batted .257 with a .336 OBP.  He could debut in 2023, and I expect he’ll be a regular in the lineup by 2024. (Drew Klein)

33. Adalberto Mondesi, Kansas City Royals (Age: 27, Previous Rank: 10 at 3B)

If he’s healthy, Mondesi will help you win your league. Just ask anyone who had him on a roster in 2020! Unfortunately, a healthy Mondesi is a rare occurrence. The Royals haven’t given up on him and he’ll get the opportunity to play regularly, possibly at third base. In 2022, a very small sample size, he swung at fewer pitches out of the zone and raised his walk rate to 7.4% which may be noteworthy given that his previous career high was 5%. If he can bring his average back over .250 an increased walk rate will result in an OBP over .300. And if the Royals let him run, that will net a lot of stolen bases.  There are too many “ifs” in this paragraph, but IF you’re willing to assume the risk, he could be a fun gamble to take. (Drew Klein)

34. Edwin Arroyo, Cincinnati Reds (Age: 19, Previous Rank: NR)

Arroyo is a young player with potential to be a solid major-league shortstop. His first year in A ball this year started very well, hitting .316 with .385 OBP before being traded to Cincinnati. His stats fell off after the trade, but for a player that young it shouldn’t be considered a red flag.  He’s shown to be a pull hitter, and as his fly ball rate increases his home run totals will follow, especially in the Great American Ballpark. I anticipate a possible debut in 2024 with regular playing time by 2025. (Drew Klein)

35. Brooks Lee, Minnesota Twins (Age: 22, Previous Rank: NR)

A highly-rated hitter coming out of college, Brooks Lee was Minnesota’s first-round pick in 2022. He’s a switch-hitting line-drive hitter who makes hard contact and has a tendency to pull the ball. He spent most of his year at High A where he batted .289 with an OBP of .385. He walks almost as much as he strikes out (14% BB rate, 15.8% K rate) and scouts speak highly of his bat-to-ball skills. He only hit 4 home runs last year, all in High A, though if he learns to lift the ball without cutting down on his contact rate, it’s easy to see that he’ll put up very good power numbers. (Drew Klein)

36. Jorge Mateo, Baltimore Orioles (Age: 28, Previous Rank: NR)

Jorge Mateo has the potential to provide stolen bases, but won’t do much else for a fantasy roster.  Last season, his third in the majors, was the first in which he had regular plate appearances (533). His K% was 27.6% which was accompanied by a BB% of only 5.1%, resulting in a BA of .229 and OBP of .267. He swung at almost 40% of pitches outside the zone, and when he does make contact, his hard rate is only 32.5%.  He did manage to get on base often enough to steal 35, so if you need stolen bases and can cover the ratios elsewhere until Mateo develops better plate discipline, it may be worth a shot to find a roster spot for him. (Drew Klein)

37. Adael Amador, Colorado Rockies (Age: 20, Previous Rank: NR)

Adael Amador was an international signee in 2019 who didn’t make his pro debut until 2021.  Last year in A ball he had a .292/.415/.445 slash line with 15 home runs in 555 plate appearances. He has great plate discipline for a 19-year-old, walking more than he strikes out with a 15.7% walk rate and 12% strikeout rate. Add 60-grade speed and the chance to play in Colorado to the mix, and you have a player who will rocket up these lists over the next two years.  If he’s available in your deep leagues, now is the time to add him to your roster and watch the decision pay off. (Drew Klein)

38. Brady House, Washington Nationals (Age: 20, Previous Rank: NR)

Brady House was likely a top 3 pick in your FYPD drafts last year largely based on potential and a frame built for power.  Scouts grade him at 60 raw power and 60 bat control, and as he grows into his frame, that will result in a valuable combination.  He was working on his swing last year to increase contact until sidelined with an injury.  He may be a buy-low candidate in your leagues, and if so, make the move and add him to your roster.  Do not be the manager who gives up on this prospect too soon.  (Drew Klein)

39. Luisangel Acuña, Texas Rangers San Diego Padres (Age: 21, Previous Rank: 57)

The ability to get on base coupled with his ability to steal bases will allow Luisangel Acuna to provide decent value to fantasy rosters.  His hit distribution indicates that he sprays the ball all over the field.  He’s not projected to provide much power, so it is helpful that his fly ball rate is under 30%, cutting down on outs since those balls aren’t going over many fences.  Stolen bases can be valuable depending on your league scoring, and to get them from a player who won’t hurt your OBP is always a plus.  Acuna projects to be a useful MI going forward. (Drew Klein)

40. Colson Montgomery, Chicago White Sox (Age: 21, Previous Rank: 69)

A first-round pick out of high school by the White Sox in 2021, Montgomery has an interesting profile. Last year across three levels he had a .274/.381/.429 slash line with 11 home runs in 421 plate appearances.  He struggled a bit in AA, but that small sample size should not be a red flag for a 20-year-old. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of his young career is that scouts project 60 power which has yet to show in the pro ranks.  He is currently listed at 6’ 4” and 205 pounds.  He’ll fill out over the next couple of years with a resulting increase in power, I wouldn’t worry about his power not being there. His strikeout rate last year was under 20%, so you can expect that contact plus power will result in a quick rise through a White Sox system without much standing between him and a spot on the major league roster. (Drew Klein)

41. J.P. Crawford (Age: 28  Previous Rank: 35)

Crawford is the starting shortstop for the Seattle Mariners. This statement alone, places him inside our top 50; he plays every day, makes good contact, and is dependable in the field. This is what you expected out of your shortstop in the mid-90s. Unfortunately, the ’90s are long gone and the shortstop position in 2022 demands a high level of production; this is not what Crawford provides. Crawford does have a great plate approach (11.3 BB% and 13.3 K%) and puts the ball in play at elite levels (90.4% Zone Contact Rate). This gives him a chance to run into some BABIP production. When he makes contact, however, it’s with little impact. His exit velocities are among the lowest in Major League Baseball (85.1 mph Average Exit Velocity). There isn’t much upside here, he is best suited as a backup or injury replacement. (Greg Hoogkamp)

42. Brice Turang (Age: 23  Previous Rank: 63)

It might seem like Turang has been around forever, but he was drafted just four years ago. He’s steadily climbed the Brewers system and had his best season this year at AAA. His .286/.360/.412 line combined with career highs of 13 HR and 34 SB have set him up to compete for the Brewers second base job. Turang has an above-average hit tool with great splits (.282 vs RHP, .293 vs LHP) and excellent plate discipline (10.8 BB% and 19.6 K%). His carrying tool, however, is his defense. He is a plus defender at shortstop, probably grading higher at second. Fantasy may not reward defense, but if you play good defense, you will play every day and contribute offensively. Turang has above-average speed and will help your fantasy team with stolen bases. He has not yet debuted, jump in now while the price is low! (Greg Hoogkamp)

43. Addison Barger (Age: 23 Previous Rank: NR)

Barger had a breakout season in 2022. He began the year in High-A Vancouver and finished in AAA Buffalo. His .308/.378/.555, 26 HR, 171 combined R/RBI, and 9 SB was one of the best all-around stat-lines in minor league baseball. Barger cut his K rate from 32% (2021) to 25% (2022) all while moving up two levels. This is extremely difficult to do, especially considering that he improved his power numbers at the same time. It’s hard to put a limit on what Barger’s ceiling will be because he is still growing and learning. In the field, he played SS and 3B this year, but he is athletic enough to play anywhere on the field and Toronto will find a place for his bat if he continues to rake. His ETA is 2023, make room on your roster for this rising star. (Greg Hoogkamp)

44. Zach Neto (Age: 22  Previous Rank: NR)

Neto was selected 13th overall in this year’s amateur draft by the Angels. Neto dominated his Big South competition in his Junior season at Campbell and was ready for a bigger challenge.  He was given that challenge and succeeded in his first taste of professional ball. He played 7 games at High-A and was quickly bumped to Double-A where he hit .320/.382/.492 with 4 HR and 4 SB in 30 games. Neto has a plus hit tool with average power and above-average speed. He will need to continue to refine his plate approach if he wants to continue his rapid ascent.  The good news is that there isn’t much ahead of him on the Angels’ depth chart at shortstop. Neto is probably a 2024 ETA, but a good investment in dynasty. (Greg Hoogkamp)

45. Jordan Westburg (Age: 23 Previous Rank: 47)

Westburg is a key piece in what should be a great young core for the Orioles over the next several years. He is a versatile player who can play all around the infield; he started his season in Double-A and finished it in Triple-A. His 2022 final line was impressive; he hit .265/.355/.496, 27 HR, 106 RBI, and 12 SB. Westburg was better after he was promoted to Triple-A, improving his contact rate and striking out 5% (27% to 22%) less. He has a good plate approach and has posted double-digit BB% each year as a professional. He is not a standout in one particular area but does everything well. He should get an opportunity to help the Orioles in 2023. (Greg Hoogkamp)

46. Jett Williams (Age: 19 Previous Rank: NR)

Williams was the 14th pick in this summer’s draft out of Rockwell-Heath High School in Heath, Texas. The Mets love his athleticism and tools; he grades out as plus-plus with his speed and plus with his hit tool. At 5’8, 175 lbs, there isn’t much projection in his frame, but he could be a leadoff type hitter who will cause havoc on the bases. In his ten-game debut at the Complex, he flashed some of his tools, hitting a home run and swiping six bases while showing solid plate discipline . The Mets will probably take their time with Williams and his path to the majors might also involve a switch to second base with the left side of the infield locked up until 2032. He’s an exciting player to stash in your farm system. (Greg Hoogkamp)

47. Yiddi Cappe (Age: 20 Previous Rank: NR)

The Marlins have great pitching depth in the minors, but not so much when it comes to the offensive side of the ball. Cappe is one player the Marlins have heavily invested in (3.5 million dollar signing bonus) and hope can be a difference maker in the near future. His 6’3 frame is still filling out and he has developing power, a tool which is graded as plus (future value). He has done a good job in his first two professional seasons putting the ball in play; his K% has decreased at each of the three levels he has advanced to (down to 13.2% in 158 AB at Low-A). To continue his improvements as a hitter, he will need to use the entire field better; currently he pulls 60% of the balls he puts in play. Cappe still has plenty of untapped potential and has an ETA of 2025. (Greg Hoogkamp)

48. Ronny Mauricio (Age: 21 Previous Rank: 40)

Mauricio comes from the shortstop factory that is San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. He was signed with the Mets when he was 16 as a highly touted prospect and has played against older competition his entire professional career. In 2022, he played his first full season in the upper minors with AA Binghamton finishing with a .259/.296/.472, 26 HR, 20 SB stat line. Mauricio is uber-talented, but has limitations when it comes to his plate discipline. He has averaged just a 4.9 BB% for his professional career and it has not shown any signs of improvement. He is also extremely inefficient on the basepaths; he has only been successful on 53% of his stolen base attempts. There are still things to dream on with Mauricio, but without improvement in these two areas his fantasy value will dry up and his prospect shine will fade. (Greg Hoogkamp)

49. Isiah Kiner-Falefa (Age: 28 Previous Rank: 45)

IKF is a defensive-minded, contact-over-power type infielder who was acquired via trade from the Twins last off-season. He played nearly every day at shortstop, but it was most likely as a stopgap until the Yankees young talent is ready for the majors, which could be as soon as this year. His Zone contact is elite (93.8% in 2022) and he rarely strikes out (13.8% K rate). The majority of his contact, however, is on the ground, he had a 55.8% ground ball rate this season. His barrel rates are in the 1st percentile, but this is not what you are investing in with Kiner-Falefa. He has good speed and has stolen 20 or more bases the last two seasons. He will probably slide into a utility role where he plays all around the infield, he could even catch. He is a bench bat for fantasy purposes. (Greg Hoogkamp)

50. Angel Martinez (Age: 21 Previous Rank: NR)

Martinez advanced to Double-A in 2022 and continues to grow as a prospect. The 20-year-old switch hitter shows improving plate discipline skills (11.9% BB rate, 17.5% K rate) and the power is growing as well (40 extra-base hits in 363 AB’s). He won’t be a slugger at the major league level, but 15 home runs would look very nice with his 15-20 SB and his .375-.400 OBP potential. There are several middle infield options in the Guardians system, so it remains to be seen where Martinez might slot in, but he did play 2B, 3B, and SS this season to give himself some flexibility. Martinez is probably going to play all of 2023 in the minors and should be ready to contribute for Cleveland in the summer of 2024. He is a solid, well-rounded, middle-infield option for your farm system. (Greg Hoogkamp)


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