2024 Dynasty Baseball Rankings

THE DYNASTY GURU’S 2024 TOP 100 DYNASTY LEAGUE OUTFIELDER PROSPECTS #1-#60

The prospect mavens have been working hard over the past few months here at the TDG offices to bring you some of the best consensus at least in our opinion rankings of the top and not-so-top prospects in the game that will hopefully give you a leg up on your competition that just looks at the MLB.com rankings (with all due respect of course.) If you`ve been with us for a while you will generally see the same rollout as past years, one week will focus on outfielders, the next on shortstops, so and so forth.

This year however we decided to break down our rankings into tiers and provide commentary for each tier as a whole with multiple Gurus chiming in where they see fit. This will provide more than just a single voice to the readers while letting the authors offer their opinions on players they deem worthy enough to write about. Hopefully, it will be a fun, informative read and you will come away with an idea of how a certain player is looked at by the industry.

As always, our rankings are geared towards a 15-team OBP roto league with a three to five-year view on our team.

This week we`ll be looking at the outfield position.

Tier 1

1Jackson Chourio
2Wyatt Langford
3Evan Carter
4James Wood

There are two schools of thought about who should be considered the top OF prospect at the TDG office. On one hand, you have Chourio who just signed a massive contract and figures to start the year with the big league team partly because of that contract. On the other hand, you have Langford who is two years older than Chourio but put a visible smackdown on the minor leagues immediately after he was drafted and looks every bit the part of a superstar in the making on a team that just won the World Series. There`s no wrong answer here in my opinion (Ryan).

If you can’t get in on one of the top two studs in this preeminent tier (Langford and Chourio), Evan Carter is a great consolation prize and might be slightly safer than the top two prospects. Having debuted in 2023 for Texas, Carter excelled in 23 regular season games with five home runs and a 1.058 OPS. He then smashed very similar numbers in 17 playoff games. If the strikeout rate comes down, we are looking at a 20/20 player with good on-base skills (Daniel Labude).

Despite being in the majors already and helping the Texas Rangers to a World Series title, I’m releasing some of the helium around Evan Carter. I think he has the most to work on, as his game feels a little lacking for being in the top tier of outfielders. On the flip side, don’t be shocked if James Wood takes a giant leap forward and jumps the other three by season’s end. It takes time for taller players to fine-tune their swing and get rid of the swing-and-miss aspect, which is exactly the whale-sized hitch in Wood’s game (Brian Labude).

Tier 2

5Dylan Crews
6Pete Crow-Armstrong
7Jasson Dominguez
8Roman Anthony
9Walker Jenkins
10Emmanuel Rodriguez
11Lazaro Montes
12Max Clark
13Owen Caissie
14Heston Kjerstad
15Chase DeLauter

This tier has a wide mix of players and talents. One that stands out as MLB-ready is Pete Crow-Armstrong. He is a rockstar in the field, but fantasy-wise wise he stands out for doing it all. In 2023, he hit .283/.365/.511 across Double-A and Triple-A. He racked up 20 home runs and 37 stolen bases as well. After going hitless in 14 at-bats for the Cubs in his first MLB stretch, he now has some info to help him make adjustments to become an even better hitter at the next level. Given Tauchman’s solid play for the Cubs last season, Crow-Armstrong may start the year in Triple-A. He shouldn’t spend too long there before getting his first extended shot at the big leagues (Daniel Labude).

The North Pole and the South Pole, are both great, but polar opposites.  Looking at the players here, two of them have a good chance to move into new tiers by the season’s end, Lazaro Montes and Chase DeLauter. The direction of their tier movement and prospect levels was a hot debate for me. Montes has the most helium, but he doesn’t need it to help hold up his prospect stock, as his very large frame can do that all by itself. He possesses immense power and has shown a great ability with the bat as well, look for a big 2024 season out of him. DeLauter on the other hand, is headed south in my opinion. He has a similar skill with the bat as Montes does, but the power just has not shown up. Through his college days at James Madison, to his injury-plagued first season in pro ball, the home run output has been minimal despite the raw power he has. If it doesn’t show up this season, don’t be shocked if Gavin Sheets comparisons start to be whispered around the fantasy baseball world (Brian Labude).

Roman Anthony is underrated if you ask me, which you didn’t technically but since you’re reading this I’ll tell you anyway! The kid’s first full season in the minors showed exactly what we wanted – big power potential along with a great eye in the box. Hitting through 3 levels in the minors (Single A through Double-A), his combined triple slash was .272/.403/.466. And he’ll still be 19 when the season starts here in ’24! People raised a yellow flag on his 30% K rate at High A last year. There are two things to keep in mind with his strikeouts. First, he didn’t K more than 20% at any other level so far. A 30% rate likely isn’t career-ending either but it’s comforting to know that he didn’t miss the ball at that rate everywhere he played. Secondly, the dude is selective on his pitches. That same A+ stop, he saw an average of 4.3 pitches per plate appearance. He’s likely being overly selective and this is something that can be coached and worked on.  If you can ante up enough trading capital, I am buying hard at this rank (Chris Knock).

Tier 3

16Jung Hoo Lee
17Jonatan Clase
18Samuel Zavala
19Victor Scott II
20Gabriel Gonzalez
21Kevin Alcantara
22Yanquiel Fernandez
23Druw Jones
24Drew Gilbert
25Josue De Paula
26Parker Meadows
27Everson Pereira
28Colton Cowser
29Spencer Jones
30Hector Rodriguez
31Lawrence Butler

We battled hard at debate time over where to rank Victor Scott II, I was the highest on him by a wide margin ranking him #8. I love the blend of his tools, he has 80-grade speed, 80-grade defense, a 50-grade hit tool, and slightly below-average power. All I can think of when I see Scott is, what if Billy Hamilton could hit? Scott can be a category winner that won`t hurt you in any other category and stands a good chance to be called up this year. (Ryan)

Don’t look now, but to the shock of no one, the Reds have another up-and-coming top young player. In this tier, the potential future standout might be Hector Rodriguez. In his first full season with the Reds, he hit .293 with 16 home runs and 18 stolen bases mostly at Low-A ball. To take things up a notch he went to the Dominican Winter League and won the Rookie of the Year award there at just 19 years old. This smooth-swinging lefty could catapult up lists with a great start to 2024 (Daniel Labude).

Everyone wants the next Oneil Cruz, Elly De La Cruz, or James Wood, well this tier holds one of the only players who might have a shot at taking that crown, Spencer Jones. Standing at 6’6”, he has the height, but what about the skill? In 2023, he mashed 45 extra-base hits, which included 16 home runs, while stealing 43 bases. Just like the aforementioned players, his strikeout rate is the massive elephant in the room as it sat at 32.3% in 2023. If you want a discounted player with the tools to reach stardom in the Bronx, Jones is your guy (Brian Labude).

For reasons that likely can only be solved by a Congressional investigation, Parker Meadows is not getting the love he deserves in fantasy circles. Who am I kidding, it’s likely because of his unsung minor career. There you go America, those savings are on me! But after his 37 major league game burner last season, we all need to wake up and recognize Meadow’s skills. He hits the ball hard enough (89.3 avgEV) to combat the forces of Comerica and his 29 mph sprint speed is in the 90th percentile. He’s going to be the full-time CF for the Tigers this year, without anyone nipping at his heels either. I see a 15/20 season this year with the chance for more as he develops over the years (Chris Knock).

Tier 4

32Justin Crawford
33Victor Bericoto
34Justyn Henry-Malloy
35Nelson Rada
36Andy Pages
37Jordan Beck
38Luis Baez
39Wilyer Abreu
40Hunter Goodman
41Luis Lara
42Zac Veen
43Ryan Clifford
44Alexander Canario
45Miguel Bleis
46John Cruz
47Elijah Green
48Chase Davis
49Rayner Arias
50Dustin Harris
51Eduardo Quintero
52Jud Fabian
53Jakob Marsee
54Jonny Deluca
55Won-Bin Cho
56Brandon Winokur
57Jaison Chourio
58Enrique Bradfield Jr.
59Kristian Robinson
60Wade Meckler

Kristian Robinson is by far the most interesting player to me in this tier and someone who could immediately jump into the top 10 outfield prospects in short order. After not playing a professional game of baseball since before the pandemic due to legal issues, Robinson rewarded the Diamondbacks for their willingness to stick with him all of this time and immediately started hitting bombs as soon as he was cleared to play. Robinson could also flame out and never make it past Double-A. It`s all just so…fun! It`s hard to pinpoint where his hit tool is because of all the time lost. He will most likely start the season in Double-A, but if he shows a solid hit tool, don`t be surprised if they promote him to Triple-A relatively quickly (Ryan).

This tier is the heart and soul of the outfield rankings. The group has MLB-ready players, hidden gems, future stars, and some wild cards. Probably the most controversial and yet undervalued prospect here is Victor Bericoto. In the prospect world, you sometimes need to take a shot and for me that is Bericoto. He has a very easy and smooth swing that generates some amazing exit velocities. In 2023, he had a 107 mph 90th percentile exit velocity and powered up for a max exit velocity of 120 mph the year before. On top of hitting the ball hard frequently, he showed the ability to hit the ball in the air, launching 27 home runs. After a rough stretch to start his Double-A career, he finished the last 27 games of the season hitting .283/.333/.606, with a wRC+ 149. He has been slowly improving in the OF, but a move elsewhere might be necessary. Either way, he is sitting on a rocket ship up the rankings if he continues hitting the ball hard and in the air again in 2024 (Daniel Labude).

This tier is loaded with talent and might provide the best return on investment, as the cost is undoubtedly less than the players in the first three tiers. Zac Veen and his injury-plagued 2023 season is due for a big bounce back in 2024 after he recovered from a wrist injury that hindered his play. Hunter Goodman can hit for power with the best of them and he has already tasted the bigs. The best value in my opinion though, comes from Justyn Henry-Malloy. At Triple-A, he was an on-base machine with a walk rate of 18%. Combining the patience he exhibited at the plate with his power (23 home runs and 25 doubles), he can be a monster once he debuts. Many in the industry are still sleeping on him as a prospect, so the value could be great here (Brian Labude).

The Author

Ryan Epperson

Ryan Epperson

Lead prospect analyst and managing editor for The Dynasty Guru.

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