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Top MLB prospects on the rise

Tier One: Future Fantasy Franchise Cornerstones

1) Yoan Moncada, 2B, Chicago White Sox (Age: 21, Previous Rank: 3)

Potential Earnings: $35+
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor; Impact potential in HR, R, RBI, SB
Realistic Ceiling: A first-round pick for the next decade
Realistic Floor: Ian Kinsler

2) Andrew Benintendi, OF, Boston Red Sox (Age: 22, Previous Rank: 30)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: Low
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG, R, RBI
Realistic Ceiling: Christian Yelich with better hair
Realistic Floor: Adam Eaton with better hair

3) Dansby Swanson, SS, Atlanta Braves (Age: 23, Previous Rank: 27)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: Low
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG, R
Realistic Ceiling: 2016 Francisco Lindor with better hair
Realistic Floor: 80% of 2016 Francisco Lindor with better hair

4) Victor Robles, OF, Washington Nationals (Age: 19, Previous Rank: 34)

Potential Earnings: $35+
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG, R, RBI, SB
Realistic Ceiling: A properly appreciated Starling Marte
Realistic Floor: Byron Buxton if he never reaches his potential

Tier Two: Prospects You Want to Take Home to Mom

5) Amed Rosario, SS, New York Mets (Age: 21, Previous Rank: HM)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG, R, SB
Realistic Ceiling: Xander Bogaerts with inverted power/speed
Realistic Floor: Wilmer Flores II: Tokyo Drift

6) Brendan Rodgers, SS, Colorado Rockies (Age: 20, Previous Rank: 14)

Potential Earnings: $30-35
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG, R, HR, RBI
Realistic Ceiling: Vintage Tulo without the speed
Realistic Floor: Jhonny Peralta in Coors

7) Austin Meadows, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates (Age: 21, Previous Rank: 24)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: Low
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor
Realistic Ceiling: That OF2 you’re praying makes it back to you in Round 4
Realistic Floor: Will make us feel dumb for finally ranking him over Clint Frazier

8) Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston Red Sox (Age: 20, Previous Rank: 22)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG, HR, RBI
Realistic Ceiling: 80% of Josh Donaldson
Realistic Floor: 80% of Adrian Gonzalez

9) J.P. Crawford, SS, Philadelphia Phillies (Age: 22, Previous Rank: 6)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: Low
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor; Impact potential in R
Realistic Ceiling: A steady, dependable top-10 shortstop
Realistic Floor: A boring, predictable top-15 shortstop

10) Clint Frazier, OF, New York Yankees (Age: 22, Previous Rank: 23)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor; Impact potential in HR, RBI
Realistic Ceiling: The next Yankee baseball fans turn on
Realistic Floor: The next Yankee Yankee fans turn on

Tier Three: Going Steady

11) Lucas Giolito, RHP, Chicago White Sox (Age: 22, Previous Rank: 5)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in W, K, ERA, WHIP
Realistic Ceiling: The good Chris Archer
Realistic Floor: Righty Carlos Rodon … or a closer

12) Eloy Jimenez, OF, Chicago Cubs (Age: 20, Previous Rank: NR)

Potential Earnings: $30-35
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in R, HR, RBI
Realistic Ceiling: The reason Mauricio Rubio spontaneously combusts one day
Realistic Floor: Oh no, is that Josh Willingham’s music??

13) Raimel Tapia, OF, Colorado Rockies (Age: 23, Previous Rank: 41)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG, R, RBI
Realistic Ceiling: Odubel Herrera, but in Coors
Realistic Floor: Ender Inciarte, but in Coors

14) Franklin Barreto, SS/2B, Oakland Athletics (Age: 21, Previous Rank: 32)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG
Realistic Ceiling: An AVG-driven SS with enough power/speed to make you swoon
Realistic Floor: An AVG-driven OF with enough speed to be useful

15) Nick Williams, OF, Philadelphia Phillies (Age: 23, Previous Rank: 13)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG, RBI
Realistic Ceiling: An OF3 who flirts with OF1 in his best seasons
Realistic Floor: Ben’s new Garin Cecchini

16) Nick Senzel, 3B, Cincinnati Reds (Age: 21, Previous Rank: N/A)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor; Impact potential in R, RBI
Realistic Ceiling: Scott Rolen without the game-changing defense
Realistic Floor: A consistently borderline top-10 third baseman

17) Lewis Brinson, OF, Milwaukee Brewers (Age: 22, Previous Rank: 17)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in R, HR, RBI, SB
Realistic Ceiling: Lots and lots of Combo Meals
Realistic Floor: B.J. Upton with more #want

Tier Four: Well Worth the Gamble

18) Jorge Mateo, SS, New York Yankees (Age: 21, Previous Rank: 33)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Three-category contributor; Impact potential in SB
Realistic Ceiling: Dee Gordon, minus some AVG and plus a little pop
Realistic Floor: Travis Jankowski with MI eligibility

19) Josh Bell, 1B/OF, Pittsburgh Pirates (Age: 24, Previous Rank: 36)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: Low
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG
Realistic Ceiling: Brandon Belt
Realistic Floor: Brandon Belt

20) Cody Bellinger, 1B/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers (Age: 21, Previous Rank: NR)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in HR, RBI
Realistic Ceiling: Cody Bae-llinger
Realistic Floor: Cody Meh-llinger

21) Gleyber Torres, SS, New York Yankees (Age: 20, Previous Rank: 44)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG, R
Realistic Ceiling: Who Starlin Castro was supposed to be
Realistic Floor: Starlin Castro

22) Manuel Margot, OF, San Diego Padres (Age: 22, Previous Rank: 31)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: Low
Fantasy Overview: Three-category contributor; Impact potential in R, SB
Realistic Ceiling: A nice speed-based OF3 with a really high floor
Realistic Floor: An okay speed-based OF5 with a really low ceiling

23) Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates (Age: 23, Previous Rank: 21)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in K, ERA
Realistic Ceiling: A high-K, moderate-WHIP SP3 who occasionally frustrates
Realistic Floor: A high-K, high-WHIP SP5 who frequently frustrates

24) Alex Reyes, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals (Age: 22, Previous Rank: 11)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in W, K, ERA
Realistic Ceiling: 220-plus strikeouts a year brought to you by modern science
Realistic Floor: The man who makes “The BP 101 Jinx” a thing.

*Note: Reyes ranked at No. 6 before his injury/Tommy John surgery

25) Corey Ray, OF, Milwaukee Brewers (Age: 22, Previous Rank: N/A)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor; Impact potential in R, SB
Realistic Ceiling: Did you enjoy peak Charlie Blackmon?
Realistic Floor: Could you live without Kevin Pillar?

26) Ronald Acuna, OF, Atlanta Braves (Age: 19, Previous Rank: NR)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor; Impact potential in HR, RBI
Realistic Ceiling: Next year’s Victor Robles
Realistic Floor: A cautionary tale for those who love similarity scores

27) Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees (Age: 24, Previous Rank: 20)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Three-category contributor; Impact potential in HR, RBI
Realistic Ceiling: Jay Bruce before everyone hated Jay Bruce
Realistic Floor: Hitting up Eric Thames for Korean restaurant recs

28) Hunter Renfroe, OF, San Diego Padres (Age: 25, Previous Rank: 99)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: Low
Fantasy Overview: Three-category contributor; Impact potential in HR, RBI
Realistic Ceiling: Jay Bruce before everyone hated Jay Bruce
Realistic Floor: “A right-handed Brandon Moss” doesn’t sound too great

29) Jorge Alfaro, C, Philadelphia Phillies (Age: 23, Previous Rank: 58)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor
Realistic Ceiling: A 20-homer backstop who was worth the wait
Realistic Floor: A 12-homer backstop who wasn’t

30) Robert Gsellman, RHP, New York Mets (Age: 23, Previous Rank: NR)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in W, ERA, WHIP
Realistic Ceiling: The pitcher who finally gets Dan Warthen to warlock status
Realistic Floor: Zack Wheeler without the breakout

31) Kyle Tucker, OF, Houston Astros (Age: 20, Previous Rank: 52)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG, R
Realistic Ceiling: A pretty solid Hunter Pence sequel
Realistic Floor: Angel Pagan with a less contradictory name

32) Francis Martes, RHP, Houston Astros (Age: 21, Previous Rank: 69)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in K, ERA
Realistic Ceiling: Carlos Carrasco
Realistic Floor: A candidate to be moved to the bullpen every spring

33) Willy Adames, SS, Tampa Bay Rays (Age: 21, Previous Rank: 54)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: Low
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor
Realistic Ceiling: A strong MI option or reasonable starting SS
Realistic Floor: A tolerable MI option or weak starting 2B/3B

Tier Five: Safe and Sound or Risky but Rewarding

34) Jason Groome, LHP, Boston Red Sox (Age: 18, Previous Rank: N/A)

Potential Earnings: $30-35
Risk Factor: Extreme
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in W, K, ERA, WHIP
Realistic Ceiling: Jon Lester
Realistic Floor: Left at the altar

35) Anderson Espinoza, RHP, San Diego Padres (Age: 19, Previous Rank: 59)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in W, K, ERA, WHIP
Realistic Ceiling: Could one day be drafted before Clayton Kershaw
Realistic Floor: A letter of apology to Dave Dombrowski

36) Ozzie Albies, 2B/SS, Atlanta Braves (Age: 20, Previous Rank: 64)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Three-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG, SB
Realistic Ceiling: Who Ben’s been telling you Jose Peraza is
Realistic Floor: Erick Aybar before Erick Aybar was trash

37) Dan Vogelbach, 1B/UT, Seattle Mariners (Age: 24, Previous Rank: 37)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: Low
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in RBI
Realistic Ceiling: Moon of My Life
Realistic Floor: My Sun and Stars

38) Josh Hader, LHP, Milwaukee Brewers (Age: 22, Previous Rank: HM)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in ERA, K
Realistic Ceiling: Too blessed (with Ks) to be stressed (about WHIP)
Realistic Floor: Remember Jonathan Sanchez?

39) Zack Collins, C, Chicago White Sox (Age: 22, Previous Rank: N/A)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in HR, RBI
Realistic Ceiling: The best version of Brian McCann
Realistic Floor: The best version of Justin Bour

40) Michael Kopech, RHP, Chicago White Sox (Age: 20, Previous Rank: NR)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in W, K, ERA, WHIP
Realistic Ceiling: Baby Thor
Realistic Floor: Trevor Rosenthal

41) Yadier Alvarez, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers (Age: 21, Previous Rank: 84)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in W, K, ERA, WHIP
Realistic Ceiling: A legitimate, bonafide SP1
Realistic Floor: He’s a Dodgers pitcher, so … hurt?

42) Bradley Zimmer, OF, Cleveland Indians (Age: 24, Previous Rank: 9)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in R, SB
Realistic Ceiling: Enough power and speed that you won’t mind the AVG
Realistic Floor: Looks too much like Eli Manning

43) Mickey Moniak, OF, Philadelphia Phillies (Age: 18, Previous Rank: N/A)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG, R, SB
Realistic Ceiling: We use this comp too much, but better Adam Eaton
Realistic Floor: We use this comp too much, but worse Ender Inciarte

44) Isan Diaz, SS, Milwaukee Brewers (Age: 20, Previous Rank: NR)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG, HR, RBI
Realistic Ceiling: Aledmys Diaz (if Aledmys Diaz is real)
Realistic Floor: Marcus Semien

45) Brent Honeywell, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays (Age: 22, Previous Rank: 87)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in W, ERA, WHIP
Realistic Ceiling: Jordan Zimmermann before everyone freaked out
Realistic Floor: Whatever happened to Jim Mecir, anyway?

46) Tyler O’Neill, OF, Seattle Mariners (Age: 21, Previous Rank: NR)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Three-category contributor; Impact potential in HR, RBI
Realistic Ceiling: The good Marcell Ozuna
Realistic Floor: A Mariners prospect

47) Ian Happ, 2B/OF, Chicago Cubs (Age: 22, Previous Rank: 45)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor; Impact potential in R
Realistic Ceiling: Ben and Craig won’t want to talk to Bret about him ever again
Realistic Floor: Bret won’t want to talk to Ben and Craig about him ever again

48) Jesse Winker, OF, Cincinnati Reds (Age: 23, Previous Rank: 25)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: Low
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG
Realistic Ceiling: Tapioca pudding
Realistic Floor: A faster-than-normal oil change

49) Kyle Lewis, OF, Seattle Mariners (Age: 21, Previous Rank: N/A)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG, HR, RBI
Realistic Ceiling: The type of solid all-around OF3 that always gets underdrafted
Realistic Floor: A Mariners prospect

50) Blake Rutherford, OF, New York Yankees (Age: 19, Previous Rank: N/A)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG, HR, RBI
Realistic Ceiling: Such a gosh-darn well-rounded OF3
Realistic Floor: Hanging out with Slade Heathcott and Mason Williams

51) Reynaldo Lopez, RHP, Chicago White Sox (Age: 23, Previous Rank: HM)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in ERA, K
Realistic Ceiling: We knew that third pitch would come around
Realistic Floor: We knew he was a reliever

52) Amir Garrett, LHP, Cincinnati Reds (Age: 24, Previous Rank: HM)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in W, ERA
Realistic Ceiling: A solid SP4/5 who’s death on lefties
Realistic Floor: Way more fun to watch than he is to own

53) Alex Verdugo, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers (Age: 20, Previous Rank: NR)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG, R
Realistic Ceiling: The good Gerardo Parra
Realistic Floor: The bad Gerardo Parra

54) Francisco Mejia, C, Cleveland Indians (Age: 21, Previous Rank: NR)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG
Realistic Ceiling: A top-10 fantasy backstop for many years
Realistic Floor: The new posterboy for ignoring catcher prospects

Tier Six: These Next Rankings Will Shock You!

55) Leody Taveras, OF, Texas Rangers (Age: 18, Previous Rank: NR)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: Extreme
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG, R, SB
Realistic Ceiling: A five-category OF1
Realistic Floor: The subject of many angry future Bat Signals

56) Juan Soto, OF, Washington Nationals (Age: 18, Previous Rank: NR)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: Extreme
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG, HR, RBI
Realistic Ceiling: The full Nomar Mazara experience
Realistic Floor: Gets to meet Nomar Mazara at Rangers FanFest

57) Yusniel Diaz, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers (Age: 20, Previous Rank: 73)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor
Realistic Ceiling: Peak Melky Cabrera (which is more of a compliment than you think)
Realistic Floor: Denard Span (which is more of an insult than you think)

58) Sean Newcomb, LHP, Atlanta Braves (Age: 23, Previous Rank: 39)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Three-category contributor; Impact potential in W, K
Realistic Ceiling: The usable version of Matt Moore
Realistic Floor: Andrew Miller’s career path

59) A.J. Puk, LHP, Oakland Athletics (Age: 21, Previous Rank: N/A)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in ERA, K
Realistic Ceiling: The optimist’s Sean Manaea
Realistic Floor: A frustrating SP5, who should be more

60) Nick Gordon, SS, Minnesota Twins (Age: 21, Previous Rank: 70)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG
Realistic Ceiling: A ham-and-cheese sandwich with a delightful honey dijon spread
Realistic Floor: A room-temperature ham-and-cheese sandwich

61) Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Toronto Blue Jays (Age: 18, Previous Rank: N/A)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: Extreme
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG, HR, R, RBI
Realistic Ceiling: The Prince That Was Promised
Realistic Floor: “You are no son of mine”

62) Chance Sisco, C, Baltimore Orioles (Age: 22, Previous Rank: NR)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG
Realistic Ceiling: Yadier Molina (again, fantasy only)
Realistic Floor: Not a catcher, so not worth your time

63) Mitch Keller, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates (Age: 20, Previous Rank: NR)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in W, ERA, WHIP
Realistic Ceiling: A legitimate Gerrit Cole replacement
Realistic Floor: Just another right-handed broken dream

64) Sandy Alcantara, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals (Age: 21, Previous Rank: NR)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in ERA, K
Realistic Ceiling: Look at all those nice things we said about Francis Martes
Realistic Floor: *stares wistfully at Randall Delgado*

65) Cal Quantrill, RHP, San Diego Padres (Age: 22, Previous Rank: N/A)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: Extreme
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in W, ERA, WHIP
Realistic Ceiling: A no. 2 starter in Petco looks a lot like a fantasy no. 1
Realistic Floor: A draftee who already had TJ? What could possibly go wrong?

66) Franklyn Kilome, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies (Age: 21, Previous Rank: 74)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: Extreme
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in W, K, ERA, WHIP
Realistic Ceiling: A top-25 name on this list next season
Realistic Floor: Not even close to this list next season

Tier Seven: There’s Absolutely No Theme Here

67) Rowdy Tellez, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays (Age: 22, Previous Rank: HM)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in HR, RBI
Realistic Ceiling: Hmm, let’s say Mike Napoli?
Realistic Floor: Subdued Tellez

68) Roman Quinn, OF, Philadelphia Phillies (Age: 23, Previous Rank: HM)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Three-category contributor; Impact potential in SB
Realistic Ceiling: Jarrod Dyson with playing time
Realistic Floor: There’s a reason Dyson doesn’t play that much

69) Kevin Newman, SS, Pittsburgh Pirates (Age: 23, Previous Rank: NR)

Potential Earnings: $10-15
Risk Factor: Low
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor
Realistic Ceiling: A nice bang-for-your buck MI option
Realistic Floor: An NL-only mainstay

70) Yohander Mendez, LHP, Texas Rangers (Age: 22, Previous Rank: NR)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in W, ERA
Realistic Ceiling: Jose Quintana, were he only as good as most assume he is
Realistic Floor: Simply Yohand Mendez, toggling between roles

71) Jose De Leon, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays (Age: 24, Previous Rank: 35)

Potential Earnings: $10-15
Risk Factor: Low
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor
Realistic Ceiling: A solid, safe, dependable SP5
Realistic Floor: We can all sympathize with peaking in our early 20s, no?

72) Brett Phillips, OF, Milwaukee Brewers (Age: 22, Previous Rank: 51)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor
Realistic Ceiling: A reminder that sometimes these guys face bumps in the road
Realistic Floor: Best known for his haunting laugh

73) Lourdes Gurriel, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays (Age: 23, Previous Rank: N/A)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor
Realistic Ceiling: A top-10 second baseman
Realistic Floor: An OF5 who never satisfies you

74) Tom Murphy, C, Colorado Rockies (Age: 25, Previous Rank: 96)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in RBI
Realistic Ceiling: Who we wanted Derek Norris to be
Realistic Floor: Derek Norris

75) Trent Clark, OF, Milwaukee Brewers (Age: 20, Previous Rank: 66)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG, R
Realistic Ceiling: An OF3/4 you grab to bolster your AVG
Realistic Floor: Only playable in leagues with neck circumference as a category

76) Willie Calhoun, “2B,” Los Angeles Dodgers (Age: 22, Previous Rank: NR)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in RBI
Realistic Ceiling: Neil Walker is pretty good, no?
Realistic Floor: A cheap DFS option when he spot starts

77) Luis Alexander Basabe, OF, Chicago White Sox (Age: 20, Previous Rank: NR)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor; Impact potential in SB
Realistic Ceiling: Next year’s Ronald Acuna
Realistic Floor: We don’t miss Tyrone Taylor either

78) Jahmai Jones, Los Angeles Angels (Age: 19, Previous Rank: NR)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG, SB
Realistic Ceiling: Jacoby Ellsbury (minus that MVP-type year)
Realistic Floor: Michael Taylor (the Nationals one)

79) Anthony Alford, OF, Toronto Blue Jays (Age: 22, Previous Rank: 53)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Three-category contributor; Impact potential in R, SB
Realistic Ceiling: 30-plus steals and an AVG that fluctuates wildly with BABIP
Realistic Floor: Useful in those weird-ass leagues that try to factor in defense

80) Ryan McMahon, 3B/1B, Colorado Rockies (Age: 22, Previous Rank: 29)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in HR, RBI
Realistic Ceiling: Jake Lamb in Coors
Realistic Floor: Mike Olt/Will Middlebrooks/D.J. Peterson, etc

81) Dominic Smith, 1B, New York Mets (Age: 21, Previous Rank: 92)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG
Realistic Ceiling: Eric Hosmer without the steals (don’t @ me)
Realistic Floor: A constant reminder of Bret’s fallibility

82) Jeff Hoffman, RHP, Colorado Rockies (Age: 24, Previous Rank: 56)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in W
Realistic Ceiling: A fantasy SP4/5 you really wish would get traded
Realistic Floor: A fantasy spot starter you really wish would get traded

83) Albert Almora, OF, Chicago Cubs (Age: 22, Previous Rank: HM)

Potential Earnings: $10-15
Risk Factor: Low
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor
Realistic Ceiling: If Jon Jay ate one of those Super Mario mushrooms
Realistic Floor: Jon Jay

Tier Eight: Lottery Tickets, More 2017 Dudes or Guys We Just Like

84) Kevin Maitan, SS, Atlanta Braves (Age: 17, Previous Rank: N/A)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: Extreme
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG, HR, R, RBI
Realistic Ceiling: A top-5 name on this list in, like, 2020
Realistic Floor: A Trump press conference

85) Triston McKenzie, RHP, Cleveland Indians (Age: 19, Previous Rank: NR)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in WHIP, K
Realistic Ceiling: A strong SP2
Realistic Floor: Falls through a crack in the floor and is never heard from again

86) Matt Thaiss, 1B, Los Angeles Angels (Age: 21, Previous Rank: N/A)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG, R
Realistic Ceiling: Freddie Freeman before the power outburst
Realistic Floor: Melky Cabrera at first base

87) Matt Manning, RHP, Detroit Tigers (Age: 19, Previous Rank: N/A)

Potential Earnings: $25-30
Risk Factor: Extreme
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in W, K, ERA, WHIP
Realistic Ceiling: See where Tyler Glasnow ranks this year?
Realistic Floor: See where, oh, I don’t know, Hunter Harvey ranks this year?

88) Derek Fisher, OF, Houston Astros (Age: 23, Previous Rank: 78)

Potential Earnings: $10-15
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor
Realistic Ceiling: Who we want Steven Souza Jr. to be
Realistic Floor: There’s a reason we harp on hit tools

89) Robert Stephenson, RHP, Cincinnati Reds (Age: 24, Previous Rank: 50)

Potential Earnings: $10-15
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor
Realistic Ceiling: Strikeouts, a high WHIP and lots of bullpen rumors
Realistic Floor: Carson Fulmer

90) Carson Fulmer, RHP, Chicago White Sox (Age: 23, Previous Rank: 65)

Potential Earnings: $10-15
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor
Realistic Ceiling: Strikeouts, a high WHIP and lots of bullpen rumors
Realistic Floor: Robert Stephenson

91) Grant Holmes, RHP, Oakland Athletics (Age: 21, Previous Rank: 57)

Potential Earnings: $10-15
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor
Realistic Ceiling: An SP4/5 who provides bulk strikeouts and wins
Realistic Floor: Your classic back-end A’s starter

92) Justin Dunn, RHP, New York Mets (Age: 21, Previous Rank: N/A)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in ERA
Realistic Ceiling: Marcus Stroman is suchhhhh a lazy comp, but …
Realistic Floor: A good reliever you don’t care about

93) Trey Mancini, 1B, Baltimore Orioles (Age: 25, Previous Rank: 77)

Potential Earnings: $5-10
Risk Factor: Low
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor
Realistic Ceiling: You didn’t really think we’d do this without a C.J. Cron comp, did you?
Realistic Floor: As lame as a running C.J. Cron gag

94) Thomas Szapucki, LHP, New York Mets (Age: 20, Previous Rank: NR)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: Extreme
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in ERA, K
Realistic Ceiling: Daenerys Targaryen
Realistic Floor: Viserys Targaryen

95) Bobby Bradley, 1B, Cleveland Indians (Age: 20, Previous Rank: 68)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Three-category contributor; Impact potential in HR, RBI
Realistic Ceiling: 30+ homers and an average you can live with
Realistic Floor: The poor man’s Chris Carter, so … in Triple-A, Japan or Korea

96) Greg Allen, OF, Cleveland Indians (Age: 24, Previous Rank: NR)

Potential Earnings: $10-15
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Three-category contributor; Impact potential in AVG
Realistic Ceiling: Ender Inciarte with more OBP
Realistic Floor: Jarrod Dyson with less speed

97) Lucas Erceg, 3B, Milwaukee Brewers (Age: 21, Previous Rank: N/A)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in RBI
Realistic Ceiling: The player we hope Nick Castellanos is
Realistic Floor: A Menlo College Hall of Famer

98) Delvin Perez, SS, St. Louis Cardinals (Age: 18, Previous Rank: N/A)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: Extreme
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor; Impact potential in SB
Realistic Ceiling: A top-10 shortstop for a long time
Realistic Floor: A Swiss slalom course

99) Alex Kirilloff, OF, Minnesota Twins (Age: 19, Previous Rank: N/A)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: Extreme
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in HR, RBI
Realistic Ceiling: A powerful OF2
Realistic Floor: Another reason to overuse the phrase “cold-weather kid”

100) Dylan Cozens, OF, Philadelphia Phillies (Age: 22, Previous Rank: NR)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: High
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in HR, RBI
Realistic Ceiling: An intriguing source of power/speed
Realistic Floor: A Quad-A guy you talk yourself into one too many times

101) Anderson Tejeda, SS, Texas Rangers (Age: 18, Previous Rank: NR)

Potential Earnings: $20-25
Risk Factor: Extreme
Fantasy Overview: Five-category contributor; Impact potential in RBI
Realistic Ceiling: The next Addison Russell
Realistic Floor: A reason to make this a top 100 next year

The Reed Rule

These two players, linked by surname and not by blood, are not technically prospect-eligible due to service time, but do have fewer than 130 at bats and 50 innings pitched, respectively. They would have ranked as follows:

44.5) A.J. Reed, 1B, Houston Astros (Age:23 , Previous Rank: 12)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in HR, RBI
Realistic Ceiling: A top-15 first basemen, despite the Ks
Realistic Floor: Matt Adams

58.5) Cody Reed, LHP, Cincinnati Reds (Age: 23, Previous Rank: 38)

Potential Earnings: $15-20
Risk Factor: Medium
Fantasy Overview: Four-category contributor; Impact potential in K
Realistic Ceiling: A strikeout-heavy SP3
Realistic Floor: A really good left-handed reliever

Honorable Mention

Kolby Allard, LHP, ATL; Aristides Aquino, OF, CIN; Jake Bauers, 1B/OF, TB; Walker Buehler, RHP, LAD; Jeimer Candelario, 3B, CHC; Matt Chapman, 3B, OAK; Hunter Dozier, 3B/OF, KC; Alec Hansen, RHP, CHW; Tyler Jay, LHP, MIN;James Kaprielian, RHP, NYY; Joshua Lowe, 3B, TB; Adrian Morejon, LHP, SD: Jacob Nottingham, C/1B, MIL; Jorge Ona, OF, SD; Luis Ortiz, RHP, MIL; Harold Ramirez, OF, TOR; Sean Reid-Foley, RHP, TOR; Justus Sheffield, LHP, NYY; Mike Soroka, RHP, ATL; Taylor Trammell, OF, CIN; Tyler Wade, IF/OF, NYY; Forrest Whitley, RHP, HOU

We hit the hammer on the nail last year when we picked Trevor Story on his opening debut. We watched him rock solid pitching all spring. He has his first major league at bat against Zack Grienke….And what do you think he did??… He blew 2 homeruns out of the park in 4 at bats, Ruining Grienke’s Arizona debut! Thus, giving us our first GPP Takedown. We took down the $10,$25,$50,$100 Tournaments…So after a story like that… I put together a list of my favorite top 8 MLB prospects to keep an eye on.

 

 

 

Rough start for Jason Kipnis 2/27/17

After a stellar 2016 season, Jason Kipnis‘ 2017 is off to a rough start.

The second baseman has been shut down for at least the next four to five days due to a strained right rotator cuff. Kipnis won’t throw in the wake of a cortisone shot received Sunday.

The good news is that Indians manager Terry Francona doesn’t think it’s anything serious, at least not at this point.

“If it were during the season, we wouldn’t do anything,” Francona said, “but there’s so much time to get ready that to put a Band-Aid on it now didn’t seem to make sense.”

The Indians will need Kipnis to be healthy and productive if they want a repeat of their run to the World Series. The 29-year-old batted .275/.343/.469 with a career-best 23 homers and 91 runs scored, 82 RBI and 15 stolen bases last season.

Kipnis was on a shoulder strengthening/maintenance program this spring, so the injury is likely not one that popped up in the last few days. Francona said he thinks “from time to time (Kipnis) does feel it.”

It’s too early to be concerned, especially since Kipnis plays in the American League where, if the Indians choose, he could be hidden at designated hitter if he’s unable to throw. It’s a situation worth monitoring as Cactus League play goes on, but little more at this stage.

Can Chicago do it again?