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Top 250 MLB Dynasty Prospects - Final Preseason Update

The 2020 MLB season is going to look very different. But as long as the virus doesn’t rear its ugly head in an apocalyptic fashion, it’s still going to be fun. And to help fantasy managers prepare for this season and for those to come, we’ve updated our Top 250 dynasty fantasy baseball prospects list. The last update was made shortly before the season was paused back in March.

The biggest update to the list came with the addition of prospects from the 2020 amateur draft. We’ve added players regardless of their signing status - although almost all key, fantasy-relevant prospects have already signed on the dotted line with their respective clubs. We’ve infused a healthy dose of 38 players from the 2020 amateur draft onto the list. Two of those recent draftees are now among the Top 11 dynasty prospects in all of baseball.

The other changes to the list saw a smaller group of players lose value, while another group of players saw their fantasy relevance increase. We didn’t see any games played over the past four months but the delay allowed us time to complete additional research, which included watching hours and hours of additional video from the 2019 season and Arizona Fall League. And injuries have also played a small part in some of the adjustments.

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Top 250 MLB Prospect Rankings

Ranking Player Pos Team Age ETA
1 Wander Franco SS TB 19 2020
2 MacKenzie Gore SP SD 21 2020
3 Luis Robert OF CHW 22 2020
4 Gavin Lux 2B LAD 22 2020
5 Jarred Kelenic OF SEA 20 2021
6 Nate Pearson SP TOR 23 2020
7 Jesus Luzardo SP OAK 22 2020
8 Jo Adell OF LAA 20 2020
9 Austin Martin IF/OF TOR 21 2023
10 Andrew Vaughn 1B CHW 21 2021
11 Spencer Torkelson 1B DET 20 2022
12 Julio Rodriguez OF SEA 19 2022
13 Matt Manning SP DET 22 2020
14 Brendan McKay SP TB 24 2020
15 Riley Greene OF DET 19 2022
16 Alex Kirilloff OF MIN 22 2020
17 Alec Bohm 3B PHI 23 2020
18 Casey Mize SP DET 22 2020
19 Carter Kieboom 3B/2B WAS 22 2020
20 Zac Veen OF COL 18 2024
21 Luis Patino SP SD 20 2021
22 Nick Madrigal 2B CHW 23 2020
23 Brendan Rodgers SS/2B COL 23 2020
24 A.J. Puk SP OAK 24 2020
25 Dylan Carlson OF STL 21 2020
26 Nick Gonzales 2B PIT 21 2022
27 Sean Murphy C OAK 25 2020
28 Asa Lacy SP KC 21 2022
29 Sixto Sanchez SP MIA 21 2020
30 Dustin May SP LAD 22 2020
31 Cristian Pache OF ATL 21 2020
32 Marco Luciano SS SF 18 2023
33 Nolan Jones 3B CLE 21 2021
34 Ian Anderson SP ATL 21 2020
35 Michael Kopech SP CHW 23 2020
36 Drew Waters OF ATL 21 2020
37 J.J. Bleday OF MIA 22 2022
38 CJ Abrams SS SD 19 2023
39 Max Meyer SP MIA 21 2022
40 Spencer Howard SP PHI 23 2020
41 Joey Bart C SF 23 2020
42 Adley Rutschman C BAL 22 2022
43 Ronny Mauricio SS NYM 19 2022
44 Jasson Dominguez OF NYY 17 2024
45 Jordan Groshans 3B/SS TOR 20 2022
46 Grayson Rodriguez SP BAL 20 2022
47 Tarik Skubal SP DET 23 2020
48 Forrest Whitley SP HOU 22 2020
49 Bobby Witt Jr. SS KC 20 2023
50 Daulton Varsho C/OF ARI 23 2020
51 Nick Solak 3B TEX 25 2020
52 Vidal Brujan 2B TB 22 2020
53 Corbin Carroll OF ARI 19 2022
54 Kyle Wright SP ATL 24 2020
55 Shane McClanahan SP TB 22 2020
56 Heliot Ramos OF SF 20 2021
57 Kristian Robinson OF ARI 19 2022
58 Trevor Larnach OF MIN 23 2021
59 Brandon Marsh OF LAA 22 2020
60 Hunter Bishop OF SF 21 2022
61 Matthew Liberatore SP STL 20 2022
62 Daniel Lynch SP KC 23 2021
63 Geraldo Perdomo SS ARI 20 2022
64 Orelvis Martinez SS TOR 18 2024
65 George Valera OF CLE 19 2023
66 Brailyn Marquez SP CHC 21 2022
67 Jackson Kowar SP KC 23 2020
68 Francisco Alvarez C NYM 18 2023
69 Pete Crow-Armstrong OF NYM 18 2024
70 Robert Hassell OF SD 18 2023
71 Austin Hendrick OF CIN 18 2024
72 Mick Abel SP PHI 18 2024
73 Jared Kelley SP CWS 18 2023
74 Logan Gilbert SP SEA 22 2021
75 Reid Detmers SP LAA 21 2021
76 Mitch Keller SP PIT 23 2020
77 Jordyn Adams OF LAA 20 2022
78 Alek Thomas OF ARI 20 2022
79 Nolan Gorman 3B STL 20 2022
80 Shane Baz SP TB 21 2022
81 Emerson Hancock SP SEA 21 2022
82 Garrett Crochet SP CWS 21 2023
83 Noelvi Marte SS SEA 18 2023
84 Jazz Chisholm SS MIA 22 2021
85 DL Hall SP BAL 21 2021
86 George Kirby SP SEA 22 2022
87 Josh Jung 3B TEX 22 2022
88 Sheldon Neuse 3B/2B OAK 25 2020
89 Oneil Cruz SS PIT 21 2021
90 Nico Hoerner 2B/SS CHC 22 2020
91 Deivi Garcia SP NYY 21 2020
92 Nick Lodolo SP CIN 22 2022
93 Jordan Balazovic SP MIN 21 2021
94 Jose Urquidy SP HOU 24 2020
95 Brady Singer SP KC 23 2021
96 Royce Lewis SS/OF MIN 21 2021
97 Jeter Downs SS BOS 21 2021
98 Edward Cabrera SP MIA 21 2020
99 Alek Manoah SP TOR 22 2022
100 Kody Hoese 3B LAD 22 2022
101 Xavier Edwards 2B/SS TB 20 2021
102 Triston McKenzie SP CLE 22 2021
103 Joshua Lowe OF TB 22 2020
104 Matthew Allan SP NYM 18 2023
105 Justin Dunn SP SEA 24 2020
106 Simeon Woods Richardson SP TOR 19 2021
107 Kyle Lewis OF SEA 24 2020
108 Braxton Garrett SP MIA 22 2021
109 Nick Bitsko SP TB 18 2024
110 Kris Bubic SP KC 22 2021
111 Clarke Schmidt SP NYY 24 2021
112 Jordan Walker 3B STL 18 2024
113 Alejandro Kirk C TOR 21 2021
114 Taylor Trammell OF SD 22 2021
115 Mauricio Dubon 2B SF 25 2020
116 Tyler Soderstrom C/IF OAK 18 2024
117 Bobby Miller SP LAD 21 2022
118 Keibert Ruiz C LAD 21 2020
119 Heston Kjerstad OF BAL 21 2023
120 Seth Beer OF/1B ARI 23 2020
121 Abraham Toro-Hernandez 3B/1B HOU 23 2020
122 Gabriel Moreno C TOR 20 2022
123 Levi Kelly SP ARI 20 2022
124 Adam Kloffenstein SP TOR 19 2022
125 Evan White 1B SEA 23 2020
126 Brent Rooker OF/1B MIN 25 2020
127 Ryan Mountcastle 1B/3B BAL 23 2020
128 Justus Sheffield SP SEA 23 2020
129 Brennan Malone SP PIT 19 2023
130 Josiah Gray SP LAD 22 2020
131 Grant Lavigne 1B COL 20 2022
132 Kyle Muller SP ATL 22 2020
133 Trevor Rogers SP MIA 22 2021
134 Jesus Sanchez OF MIA 22 2020
135 Jackson Rutledge SP WAS 21 2022
136 Luis Gil SP NYY 21 2022
137 Hans Crouse SP TEX 21 2022
138 Joe Ryan SP TB 23 2021
139 Bryan Abreu SP/RP HOU 22 2020
140 Tony Gonsolin SP LAD 25 2020
141 Austin Wells OF/C NYY 21 2023
142 Bobby Bradley 1B CLE 23 2020
143 Brett Baty 3B NYM 20 2023
144 Garrett Mitchell OF MIL 21 2024
145 Leody Taveras OF TEX 21 2021
146 Jhoan Duran SP MIN 22 2020
147 Ke'Bryan Hayes 3B PIT 23 2020
148 Brennen Davis OF CHC 20 2022
149 Aaron Sabato 1B MIN 21 2023
150 Hunter Greene SP CIN 20 2022
151 Brice Turang SS MIL 20 2022
152 Tyler Freeman SS CLE 21 2021
153 Luis Campusano C SD 21 2021
154 Cole Wilcox SP SD 21 2022
155 Ed Howard SS CHC 18 2024
156 Ryan Weathers SP SD 20 2022
157 Sean Hjelle SP SF 23 2021
158 JT Ginn SP NYM 21 2024
159 Seth Corry SP SF 21 2022
160 Austin Hays OF BAL 24 2020
161 Ronaldo Hernandez C TB 22 2021
162 Brusdar Graterol SP/RP LAD 21 2020
163 Adbert Alzolay SP CHC 25 2020
164 Bryson Stott SS PHI 22 2022
165 Sam Hilliard OF COL 26 2020
166 Travis Swaggerty OF PIT 22 2021
167 Jonathan India 3B CIN 23 2021
168 Cole Winn SP TEX 20 2022
169 Daniel Cabrera OF DET 21 2023
170 Corbin Martin SP ARI 24 2021
171 Ronald Bolanos SP SD 23 2020
172 Bryce Jarvis SP ARZ 21 2023
173 Aaron Bracho 3B CLE 19 2023
174 Khalil Lee OF KC 22 2020
175 Jared Jones SP PIT 18 2024
176 Jon Duplantier SP ARI 25 2020
177 Michael Busch 2B LAD 22 2022
178 Zack Thompson SP STL 22 2021
179 Luis Garcia SS WAS 19 2021
180 Triston Casas 1B BOS 20 2022
181 Brayan Rocchio SS CLE 19 2023
182 Luis Toribio 3B SF 19 2023
183 Sam Huff C TEX 22 2021
184 Bryse Wilson SP ATL 22 2020
185 Ethan Hankins SP CLE 20 2023
186 Albert Abreu SP/RP NYY 24 2021
187 Jared Shuster SP ATL 21 2023
188 Cade Cavalli SP WAS 21 2023
189 Tucker Davidson SP ATL 24 2020
190 Gilberto Jimenez OF BOS 19 2023
191 Patrick Bailey C SF 21 2024
192 Daniel Espino SP CLE 19 2023
193 Monte Harrison OF MIA 24 2020
194 Masyn Winn SP/IF STL 18 2024
195 Randy Arozarena OF TB 25 2020
196 Sammy Siani OF PIT 19 2023
197 Mason Denaburg SP WAS 20 2023
198 Lewis Thorpe SP MIN 24 2020
199 Gage Workman 3B DET 21 2023
200 Yusniel Diaz OF BAL 23 2020
201 Jorge Mateo SS/OF SD 24 2020
202 Willi Castro IF DET 23 2020
203 Greg Jones SS TB 22 2022
204 Anthony Kay SP TOR 25 2020
205 Casey Schmitt 3B SF 21 2023
206 Thomas Szapucki SP NYM 23 2021
207 Bryan Mata SP BOS 21 2021
208 Quinn Priester SP PIT 19 2023
209 Miguel Hiraldo 2B TOR 19 2023
210 Bo Naylor C CLE 20 2022
211 Lane Thomas OF STL 24 2020
212 Justin Foscue 2B TEX 21 2023
213 Kyren Paris SS LAA 18 2024
214 Nick Loftin SS KC 21 2023
215 Jonathan Stiever SP CHW 22 2021
216 Lucius Fox SS TB 22 2021
217 Lewin Diaz 1B MIA 23 2021
218 Michael Toglia 1B COL 21 2022
219 Jeremiah Jackson SS LAA 20 2023
220 Dax Fulton SP MIA 18 2025
221 Bobby Dalbec 1B/3B BOS 24 2020
222 Ryan Vilade 3B/SS COL 21 2021
223 Dane Dunning SP CHW 25 2020
224 Jose Garcia SS CIN 21 2021
225 Jay Groome SP BOS 21 2023
226 Robert Puason SS OAK 17 2024
227 Kyle Isbel OF KC 23 2022
228 J.B. Bukauskas SP/RP ARI 23 2020
229 Terrin Vavra IF COL 22 2022
230 Jake Fraley OF SEA 24 2020
231 Tyler Callihan 3B CIN 20 2023
232 Adonis Medina SP PHI 23 2020
233 Tyler Stephenson C CIN 23 2020
234 Tristen Lutz OF MIL 21 2022
235 Diego Cartaya C LAD 18 2023
236 Sherten Apostel 3B TEX 21 2022
237 Joe Palumbo SP TEX 25 2020
238 Kameron Misner OF MIA 22 2022
239 Cal Raleigh C SEA 23 2021
240 Jarren Duran OF BOS 23 2021
241 Andres Gimenez SS NYM 21 2021
242 Pavin Smith 1B/OF ARZ 24 2021
243 Ryan Jensen SP CHC 22 2022
244 Logan Allen SP CLE 22 2020
245 Freudis Nova SS HOU 20 2022
246 Alex Faedo SP DET 24 2020
247 Nick Gordon 2B MIN 24 2020
248 Mark Vientos 3B NYM 20 2023
249 Isaiah Greene OF NYM 18 2024
250 Drew Rasmussen SP/RP MIL 24 2020

 

2020 Amateur Draft Picks

Austin Martin, IF/OF, Blue Jays: You might be a little surprised to see Martin, who went fifth overall to the Blue Jays, ranked ahead of Spencer Torkelson, who went first overall to the Tigers, but you really shouldn’t be. He has an advanced bat that shouldn’t require much work in the minors which means he’ll arrive during the prime years of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio, and Bo Bichette. That’s a potent list of young, high-ceiling players for Martin to play with, which can only help his personal results. Along with the ceiling of a .300+ hitter with the ability to steal 20+ bases, he has the power to eventually hit 15+ home runs as he physically matures and adds muscle. The Jays have yet to commit to a permanent position for Martin, which is good news for fantasy owners as he could end up eligible at a number of key positions including shortstop, outfield, and third base. But it's also somewhat telling that Martin's arrival in Jays camp coincides with the news that Guerrero Jr. is suddenly making the transition to first base.

Spencer Torkelson, 1B/3B, Tigers: Torkelson is loaded with plus power potential and he took a ton of walks during his college career, but there is some swing-and-miss to his game and we have yet to get a good read on how good his hit tool will be. Plus he has limited defensive value/versatility despite the Tigers’ desire to try him at third base. Torkelson is currently ranked just behind fellow first base prospect Andrew Vaughn of the White Sox. Vaughn has the benefit of playing pro ball plus he has a better swing which gives him a better shot at being a plus hitter even if he doesn’t possess the same raw power (although he’s no slouch in that area). Like Torkelson, Vaughn is also being pushed to see if he can handle other positions on the baseball diamond.

Zac Veen, OF, Rockies: The next draftee to appear on the list is prep outfielder Veen. If I were running the draft for the Tigers, I would have personally taken Austin Martin or Veen with the first overall selection. The 18-year-old outfielder already stands 6-foot-5 with lots of room to add muscle and good weight. Along with the developing frame and bat speed that combine to suggest a future potential for 30+ home runs, Veen has an exceptionally clean swing for such a young player and should hit for a high average, too. Add in the fact he ended up being drafted by Colorado and you have a player with a massive ceiling. I was a huge Jarred Kelenic fan from the beginning and I think Veen has a chance to be just as good — if not better.

Nick Gonzales, 2B, Pirates: Gonzales is another player I’m seriously considering investing in early. He may be the only college player with a bat more advanced than Austin Martin’s. Gonzales didn’t land in the best hitting environment in Pittsburgh but there should be a respectable supporting case around with the likes of Josh Bell, Gregory Polanco, and Bryan Reynolds. For me, Gonzales is a surefire threat to repeatedly hit .300. There is great debate among scouts when it comes to how much power he’ll possess given that he played for the college equivalent of Coors Field, but he also homered 12 times in 16 games during his junior seasons (prior to the cancellation of the season) and went deep 15 times as a sophomore. His feel for the barrel is outstanding and he quite possibly has plus-plus bat speed which is going to guarantee a certain number of home runs -- if he can produce even an average launch angle with his swing.

Asa Lacy, LHP, Royals: The Top 2 pitchers to come out of the draft are Lacy at 30 and Max Meyer at 40. The Royals are absolutely stacked in the pitching department with four or five pitchers that have a good chance at developing into No. 3 starters or better with Lacy carrying the highest ceiling. In two to three years, the club could have a rotation of Lacy, Jackson Kowar, Daniel Lynch, Brady Singer, and possibly Kris Bubic. Lacy has the stuff to be a No. 1 starter. The left-hander has the size, velocity, and a four-pitch mix with multiple offerings that can induce strikeouts.

Max Meyer, RHP, Marlins: As for Meyer, he enters another organization that is starting to acquire an impressive group of young arms (although I still can’t believe they traded Zac Gallen). He’ll quite quickly join Sixto Sanchez at the top of the Marlins’ starting rotation. Meyer’s fastball-slider combination should generate a ton of whiffs but, like Sanchez, he’s on the smaller side for a pitcher so it remains to be seen if he can consistently provide 180+ innings at the MLB level.

Prep Outfielders: The 2020 amateur draft saw four high-ceiling prep outfielders selected within the first 19 picks. Pete Crow-Armstrong was the last to be selected at 19 by the Mets but I’m a fan of his strong overall offensive package. His plus center-field defense won’t help us in fantasy but he has a chance to hit for solid power, steal 20+ bases, and hit for a strong average. Robert Hassell joins a good, young team in San Diego that has a strong player development system. His swing hints at future .300 seasons and, although the power output is currently below average, he has the frame (once he adds some muscle) and the bat speed to eventually provide above-average power numbers. Reds’ first-rounder Austin Hendrick is the most physically mature out of the four players and has 30+ home run potential but his bat also comes with some concerning swing-and-miss tendencies.

Sleepers: As for sleepers from the draft to monitor, keep a close eye on third baseman Jordan Walker (Cardinals), starting pitcher Bobby Miller (Dodgers), two-way player Masyn Winn (Cardinals), third baseman Casey Schmitt (Giants), and outfielder Isaiah Greene (Mets). In particular, I had Walker ranked as a talent worthy of being drafted in the 15-20 range. Pre-draft, most publications had him ranked as more of a supplemental-first-round or second-round talent but the Cardinals snapped him up at 21. The prep third baseman is a huge kid with massive raw power but he has more feel for the bat than you'd expect. There may be some swing-and-miss to his game -- especially early on -- but if he can hit spin and has the drive to get consistently get better -- then there is star potential here.

 

The MLB Prospect Risers

Spencer Howard, RHP, Phillies: Howard has moved up a few slots to better position him among the best pitching prospects in the game. I remain somewhat concerned after he broke down the year after surpassing 100 innings for the first time as a pro but his stuff is outstanding. A half-season like this could really benefit a young pitcher like Howard. He won’t face the same constant competition that he would have in the minors but working alongside the veteran players in summer camp could really help him take the next step while keeping the innings down.

Francisco Alvarez, C, Mets: of the Mets has moved up as he belongs in the conversation when discussing the Top 5 catching prospects in baseball. There is a lot of risk with him given the failure rate with young catchers and the fact he has yet to play above Rookie ball. but Alvarez has also shown above-average raw power and a strong understanding of the strike zone.

Tony Gonsolin, RHP, Dodgers: Gonsolin also moves up. I’m a huge fan of this pitcher and he’s shown flashes of having four above-average pitches and excellent spin rates. His previous lower rating was over concerns that he would struggle to find an opportunity to start given the Dodgers’ depth. However, the shortened season and recent thinning out of potential starters could help Gonsolin’s cause. Ross Stripling will likely get the first shot at the starting rotation — and has shown that he’s a solid big league pitcher — but Gonsolin’s upside and outstanding stuff could move him up the pecking order quickly.

Bryson Stott, SS, Phillies: I’ve never been the biggest Stott fan and I’ve been perhaps a little hard on him in terms of fantasy value so I’ve moved him up a little bit. He’s probably not a big-league shortstop and I’m not convinced he’ll hit for a high average but there is some power potential here and he’s shown the willingness to take a walk which could give him additional value in on-base leagues.

Other Movers: Some of the other players to move up include Michael Busch (Dodgers), Kyren Paris (Angels), Jose Garcia (Reds), Pavin Smith (Diamondbacks), and Mark Vientos (Mets).

 

The MLB Prospect Fallers

Brusdar Graterol, RHP, Dodgers: The offseason saw Graterol involved in some controversy after the Twins were prepared to deal him to the Boston Red Sox. His new-club-to-be then rebuffed the swapped after concerns over his health. The Twins then ended up making a deal with the Dodgers.

The medical issues come as no major surprise given that Graterol missed significant time in 2019 with a shoulder issue. He also had Tommy John surgery shortly after turning pro. And with the Dodgers reportedly viewing the young hurler as a reliever, his fantasy value takes a hit. Now, make no mistake, Graterol has shown the ability to be downright dominant as a starter so the move to the pen suggests he could also be an outstanding high-leverage reliever. He could be in line for holds and the odd save starting in 2020 and is likely Kenley Jansen’s eventual replacement.

Adonis Medina, RHP, Phillies: Medina also gets knocked down after further research. The right-hander can get his heater into the mid-90s and back it up with a good changeup but he lacks a reliable breaking ball. Making matters worse, his fastball lacks movement and is fairly straight. That makes him far more hittable than he should be and we’ve seen that over the past two years as he’s become more hittable. On the plus side, he induces a healthy number of ground ball outs but his ceiling is slipping down and he currently looks like more of a No. 4/5 starter.

Nick Gordon, SS, Twins: Gordon takes a bit of a slide with both Luis Arraez and Jorge Polanco looking fairly secure in their starting roles. The good news is that the infield prospect has increased his versatility so he could bounce around the diamond in an effort to find playing time and versatility on a fantasy roster is always a nice thing to have. But even if he plays every day, Gordon has shown limited power potential and, although he has solid speed, he doesn't run much — surpassing 20 steals just once in the last four seasons. He also doesn’t walk very often so he has little value in on-base leagues. There's a lot of pressure on his hit tool.

Injured Players: Rays’ starter Brent Honeywell and Rangers’ starter Brock Burke have both fallen completely off the list. Honeywell just can’t stay healthy and will miss the 2020 season after yet another surgery. Burke had pretty serious shoulder surgery and is also out for the 2020 season.



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