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2020 Fantasy Ranking of Shortstop

SS rankings artworkBelow are the rankings of shortstop for the 2020 fantasy season. The list was last updated on February 6, 2020.

1. Francisco Lindor (CLE) Back-to-back 30-20 seasons have vaulted Lindor to the top-of-the-charts at a position extremely deep in talent. The only question is “where he will be calling home”, with free agency looming.

2. Trea Turner (WAS) Turner was never 100% last year after fracturing his right index finger in early-April, and still found a way to hit 19 homers, steal 35 bases and score 96 runs. There could be a monster season in the works in 2020 if he can avoid the IL.

3. Trevor Story (COL) After that first full season when he struck out 191 times and hit to the tune of a .239 BA, there were some serious concerns. Two years later, and coming off back to back 30-20 campaigns while marginally reducing his strikeout rate, and the concerns have disappeared.

4. Alex Bregman (HOU) He’s coming off a stellar 2019 that saw him elevate his game into the superstar category. He’s also coming off one of the most controversial off-seasons in recent memory. Will that tumultuous off-season affect his 2020 performance? Not one bit. 3B-99

5. Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD) In roughly half a season as a 20-year-old, Tatis hit 22 homers and swiped 16 bags. There’s a reason, and a very good one, that he’ll disappear off draft boards in the Second Round this Spring.

6. Gleyber Torres (NYY) There was no sophomore slump in 2019 for the 23-year-old budding superstar. A long run at shortstop is about to commence, and with it comes an equally long run of 35-100 seasons. 2B-65

7. Jonathan Villar (MIA) There will be no red lights in Miami this year. He’ll also be adding outfield eligibility to his middle-infield eligibility by the middle of April. 2B-111

8. Xander Bogaerts (BOS) After a great 2018 campaign, he upped the ante with a stellar 33 homer 110 RBI season in 2019. I’m going to temper my expectations….somewhat. The loss of Mookie Betts in the Red Sox retooling program has to hurt those RBI opportunities.

9. Bo Bichette (TOR) Bichette didn’t see his first action last season until the end of July, but made up for it in a hurry. The hit-tool is off the charts and combined with the stolen base potential, he could be an elite talent for the Jays, starting as early as 2020.

10. Adalberto Mondesi (KC) Mondesi stole 43 bases in 415 at-bats last season. Yeah, there is no doubt he can be a stolen base monster, but the on-base skills leave a bit to be desired. Toss in that he went under the knife for labrum surgery on his left shoulder last Fall, and there are definitely some concerns heading into Spring Training.

11. Javier Baez (CHC) After that huge 2018 campaign in which he mashed 34 homers, drove in 111 runs, and swiped 21 bases, 2019 has to be considered somewhat of a disappointment. He’s still a very good player moving forward, just not 2018 good.

12. Manny Machado (SD) He had an okay first season with the Padres, but the Padres and his owners need more than just okay. The .256 BA/.334 OBP coming from a player that is more than likely going to be only 3B eligible moving forward has to be a concern. 3B-119

13. Marcus Semien (OAK) Semien finished third in the AL MVP voting and for good cause. The power/speed combination is solid and with the “two Matts” hitting behind him he will continue to score a pile of runs in that Oakland offense.

14. Tim Anderson (CWS) Raise your hand if you picked Tim Anderson to lead the AL in batting average? He’s a solid contributor across the board, just don’t expect a repeat of that .335 BA.

15. Amed Rosario (NYM) A very solid second half has the young Met poised to take the next step. Is a 20-20 season in his future? We’re betting on it!

16. Kevin Newman (PIT) Is a 15-25 type season in the cards for the young Pirates middle-infielder? I’m betting on it. It just seems a shame that he didn’t bring Kramer along for the ride. 2B-23

17. Carlos Correa (HOU) He hasn’t broken the 500 at-bat mark since 2016. There’s 35 home run power in the bat if he can find a way to stay healthy.

18. Corey Seager (LAD) It was a solid season for Seager, as he hit 19 homers and drove in 87 runs in 489 at-bats. A solid season at a position as deep as shortstop barely gets you into the Top-20.

19. Didi Gregorius (PHI) He missed the first two months of last season recovering from TJS and suffered through a myriad of nagging injuries once he returned. He’s moved on to the Phillies on a one-year deal as he attempts to rebuild his value. Citizens Bank Park could be just what the Doctor ordered.

20. Elvis Andrus (TEX) Although he didn’t leave the building at the same rate as he did in 2018, Andrus did get back into double-digit homers to go along with 31 stolen bases. As a late speed option, once could do much worse.

21. Jorge Polanco (MIN) When you hit 22 home runs and you rank eighth overall on your team, you know your team can mash. If Polanco could only find his way back to even ten thefts, which is highly unlikely, his value would definitely be on the rise.

22. Dansby Swanson (ATL) The breakout first half in 2019 was followed by an injury-riddled second half. A full return to health and Swanson has 25-15 potential and sneaky value as a middle-infield candidate.

23. Paul DeJong (STL) There’s a bit too much miss in his swing and miss game, but he still has the potential to produce a 30-10 season.

24. Freddy Galvis (CIN) He moved from one bandbox in Toronto, to another in Cincinnati and kept on driving the ball out of the park. Toss in a handful of stolen bases and based on his current ADP of 379 there could be some sneaky value to be had. 2B-32

25. Nick Ahmed (ARZ) Ahmed hit 19 homers, drove in 82 runs, and swiped 8 bases last year and gets very little respect for his efforts. This emphasizes the depth at the shortstop position.

26. Jean Segura (PHI) Over the past four seasons, Segura has gone from 33 to 22, to 20, and finally ten stolen bases in 2019. When your principal value is your wheels, this is not trending well.

27. David Fletcher (LAA) Whether it is in a full-time role at second, or in a super-sub capacity, those solid on-base skills should land Fletcher a home at the top-of-the-lineup in Anaheim. 2B-42, 3B-90, OF-23

28. Carter Kieboom (WAS) Kieboom will be given every opportunity to win the third base job, vacated with the move of Anthony Rendon to the Angels. If he breaks camp with the job, the power and on-base skills are very intriguing. Monitor this situation very closely in the Spring.

29. Niko Goodrum (DET) 10-to-15 homers. 10-to-15 stolen bases. Toss in the ability to play all over the field, and Goodrum makes for an intriguing late option in deeper Leagues. 2B-22, OF-32

30. J.P. Crawford (SEA) The one-time favorite of top prospect hounds took his show to the west coast and showed some life. Not a lot….but just enough to warrant a spot in our Top-30.
31. Andrelton Simmons (LAA)
32. Willy Adames (TB)
33. Luis Urias (MIL) 2B-26
34. Miguel Rojas (MIA)
35. Jon Berti (MIA) 3B-20, OF-28
36. Brandon Crawford (SFG)
37. Johan Camargo (ATL)
38. Jose Iglesias (BAL)
39. Nicky Lopez (KC) 2B-76
40. Orlando Arcia (MIL)
41. Jorge Mateo (OAK)
42. Myles Straw (HOU)
43. Jose Peraza (BOS) 2B-78, OF-35
44. Jordy Mercer (DET)
45. Chris Taylor (LAD) 2B-20, OF-69
46. Willi Castro (DET)
47. Dylan Moore (SEA) OF-45
48. Ehire Adrianza (MIN) 1B-20, 3B-24
49. Tim Beckham (FA)
50. Erik Gonzalez (PIT)
51. Wilmer Difo (WAS)
52. Adeiny Hechavarria (ATL) 2B-29
53. Hernan Perez (CHC) 2B-45
54. Owen Miller (SD)
55. Royce Lewis (MIN)
56. Wander Franco (TB)
57. Jazz Chisholm (MIA)
58. Cole Tucker (PIT)
59. Jake Cronenworth (SD)
60. Jack Mayfield (HOU)
61. Addison Russell (FA) 2B-63

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2020 Dynasty League First Year Player Rankings

WEEKLY HOT PROSPECTS 2Nothing beats playing in a Dynasty League. You get to manage not only the current year roster but also future rosters. The inclusion of minor league players makes this all possible and what has more than likely led you to Prospect361.com.

While the initial draft is exciting and of the utmost importance, the subsequent annual first-year player drafts can be equally critical for long-term success. The term first-year player drafts may be a new term for many of you because some of you might call it a rookie draft, or the annual redraft. Whatever you might call it, it’s the annual draft that allows you to pick up players that have been signed since the last draft. In the Dynasty Leagues in which I play, there are 10 rounds and you can also pick up anyone currently on the waiver wire.

This list provides my “Pref list” for the order in which I will be drafting players. It might not be the way you would draft. You see, I’ve become very aggressive over the years and have drafted for upside with at least my first two to three picks. I just don’t play it conservatively. That said, if I had the first pick with a Champion-level team and need a young catcher, I might, in fact, take Rutschman. But for the most part, I draft for upside and skew towards young hitters and college arms.

This year, I might have gone off the deep end. I have several 16 to 17-year-olds on the list and high at that. Let’s face it, young Latin players with big skills are more professional baseball-ready than ever before. With a down draft-year and a big international free agent class, four players make it from the international market; not including two Japanese players.

While our Top 100 list has been vetted by many people, this list is my list. It’s how I will draft. Again, you might draft differently and that is totally fine. Please give me your feedback.

1. Jason Dominguez (NYY, OF)

In a Dynasty League FYPD, I’m going with the player that has the most hype and therefore trade value.

2. CJ Abrams (SD, SS)

Abrams has 80-grade speed which fantasy owners crave. Early returns indicate he’ll be able to hit a little as well.

3. Bobby Witt Jr. (KC, SS)

I’m dismissing the “old draftee” narrative. He’s got great bat speed, can run and a motor that doesn’t stop.

4. Adley Rutschman (Bal, C)

In two catcher leagues where you want to draft conservatively, Rutschman is your guy. He could have the offensive upside of Buster Posey.

5. Andrew Vaughn (CHW, 1B)

Vaughn would be my second pick if I want to play the game conservatively. He’s undersized, but can really hit and with some tweaks to his launch angle, should hit 20+ home runs.

6. Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (TB, OF/DH)

There’s not huge upside with Tsutsugo, but if you are competing, he’s a nice play as he should have enough power to hit 18 to 22 home runs.

7. Riley Greene (Det, OF)

He’s young and talented with a great swing. He didn’t impress in his professional debut, but he could develop plus power to go along with a little speed.

8. Corbin Carroll (Ari, OF)

He’s a bit undersized but hits the ball with authority to go along with plus speed.

9. JJ Bleday (Mia, OF)

I’m not a big fan of the swing, but he played well in college with a chance to hit for solid power.

10. Nick Lodolo (Cin, LHP)

This draft isn’t big on arms, but Lodolo has the stuff to be a least a mid-rotation arm if not more. He should work through the system quickly.

11. Shogo Akiyama (Cin, OF)

Should hit at the top of a good lineup in Cincinnati. There’s not a ton of power and speed, but he should get on base with a chance to score plenty of runs.

12. Josh Jung (Tex, 3B)

Has a solid hit-tool but the question is how much power he will develop.

13. Robert Puason (Oak, SS)

He received the same bonus as Jasson Dominguez and possess some exciting tools. His approach and contact skills will need to develop, but if it all comes together, he could be a Top 10 shortstop in the game.

14. Erick Pena (KC, SS)

Toolsy kid who’s bat might be more advanced than Puason.

15. Luis Rodriguez (LAD, OF)

A chance for plus in-game power who should be able to hit. He’s already a big kid and as he fills out, speed will not be a big part of his game.

16. Matt Allan (NYM, RHP)

Was the best high school arm in last June’s draft and the Mets grabbed him. With a history of developing pitchers, I’m investing.

17. Michael Toglia (Col, 1B)

Plus raw power meets Coors Field. There will be plenty of swing-and-miss in his game, but he has a chance to see regular at-bats.

18. Alex Manoah (Tor, RHP)

Big and powerful arm that should move quickly through the Blue Jays system.

19. Gregg Jones (TB, SS)

He was the fastest guy in the draft and while he’ll likely develop into a fourth outfielder, if he can hit a little, his speed could be a huge bonanza to fantasy owners.

20. Brett Baty (NYM, 3B)

He has big power but it will likely come with a lot of strikeouts.

21. George Kirby (Sea, RHP)

College arm with a plus fastball. In his debut, he struck out 25 in 23 innings without issuing a walk.

22. Hunter Bishop (SF, OF)

Walked as much as he struck out in his debut but it came with a .229 batting average. He might be too passive at the plate, but he’s athletic with plenty of bat speed.

23. Braden Shewmake (Atl, SS)

Plus hit tool with a little bit of pop and speed.

24. Will Wilson (SF, SS)

Good power with some on-base skills but he needs to cut down on his strikeout rate.

25. Hudson Head (SD, OF)

Excellent tools with an approach that should allow him to get to those tools. He’s a long way off but is a very intriguing prospect.

26. Gunnar Henderson (Bal, SS)

The top pick in the second round last June. Good size with a chance to hit and hit for power with some speed; at least early in his career.

27. Brennan Malone (Pit, RHP)

He’s already been traded but has a really good arm. Now, can the Pirates do anything with it?

28. Jackson Rutledge (Was, RHP)

Great size with an 80-grade fastball. Delivery concerns could push him to the bullpen but, he’s got a great arm.

29. Michael Busch (LAD, 2B)

Excellent approach at the plate with the ability to get on base. Good power. His defensive position is an open issue.

30. Quinn Priester (Pit, RHP)

Projectable right-hander with good present stuff and control.

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2020 Top 100 Prospects

2020 top 100We are pleased to provide our Top 100 prospect list for the 2020 season.

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1. Wander Franco (TB, SS)

His bat is just about ready but it’s doubtful he makes the big leagues as a teenager. It’s Tampa Bay for goodness sake. A potential 80-grade hit tool with solid power and speed.

2. Gavin Lux (LAD, 3B/2B/SS)

A plus hitter with solid speed and power pushes him above the two more explosive athletes at #3 and #4.

3. Jo Adell (LAA, OF)

Superstar potential who could ultimately have the highest ceiling on the list.

4. Luis Robert (CHW, OF)

An impressive athlete with plus bat speed and plus foot speed. A poor approach though could cause some frustration early in his career.

5. MacKenzie Gore (SD, LHP)

Athletic with plus stuff who is nearly ready for the show.

6. Adley Rutschman (Bal, C)

He’s a catcher and in one catcher leagues he’s not as valuable, but he’ll provide elite offensive skills to go along with excellent defensive chops.

7. Jarred Kelenic (Sea, OF)

Is Kelenic too high? Did I just want to put him ahead of a surging J-Rod? Perhaps, but he has 20-20 potential and he could arrive soon.

8. Julio Rodriguez (Sea, OF)

The likely number one overall prospect after Wander. He has a chance for a plus hit tool with significant power.

9. Nate Pearson (Tor, RHP)

He’s been hurt a lot during his career but the stuff could make him a #1 starter.

10. Dustin May (LAD, RHP)

He’ll have some of the nastiest stuff in the Majors once he establishes himself. It’s a solid number two profile with a chance to be better than that.

11. Jesus Luzardo (Oak, LHP)

A plus fastball-changeup combination should give him early success. The curveball still needs work but he could have early success.

12. Brendan McKay (TB, LHP)

Is he still a hitter? We don’t think so, but he has a chance to be a frontline pitcher.

13. Cristian Pache (Atl, OF)

His defense might overshadow his offense, but there is plus speed with a chance to hit. Will he see Atlanta in 2020?

14. Joey Bart (SF, C)

The passing of the baton from Buster to Joey should happen at some point in 2020. There is 20 home run potential but he could also hit .250.

15. Dylan Carlson (Stl, OF)

Speed and power with a chance to hit. He might be low at 15. Expect him to see time in St. Louis in 2020.

16. Casey Mize (Det, RHP)

The arsenal, control and command are that of an ace. However, there were concerns about health when the Tigers selected him 1:1 and last season gave us a glimpse of those health concerns.

17. Bobby Witt Jr. (KC, SS)

He’s tooled up with plus bat speed and foot speed. The leadership and the energy he brings to the game could be the separator.

18. Alex Kirilloff (Min, OF/1B)

If you’ve seen him you know about the swing. It’s a classic lefty swing with great exit velocity. A move to 1B might be in the cards, but I think he hits and hits with power.

19. Taylor Trammell (SD, OF)

It was a statistically down year, but we love the overall tools he brings to the table with a chance to steal bases in bunches.

20. Marco Luciano (SF, SS)

Let’s face it, elite Latin players are flying through the minor leagues. Luciano is the next with plus speed and elite bat speed with an encouraging ability to barrel the ball.

21. CJ Abrams (SD, SS/OF)

He has 80-grade speed and after hitting .401 in Rookie ball, his hit-tool may be more advanced than we originally thought. A move to the outfield might also be in the plan with Tatis Jr. at short for the long-term. His power will be light but everything else screams…star.

22. Brendan Rodgers (Col, SS/2B)

This ranking is more pedigree than performance. His first look in the big leagues was not good and then he got hurt and missed a big chunk of the season. We are concerned, but when healthy he barrels the ball with plus power.

23. Carter Kieboom (Was, SS/2B/3B)

We don’t think Asdrubal Cabrera will keep him in the minor leagues long. He’s not a star but has a chance to be a solid everyday player.

24. Royce Lewis (Min, SS/OF)

It was a bad year for Royce Lewis as he changed his swing mechanics. He did look great in the Fall League but once he encounters better pitching, it could turn south in a hurry. We are worried and have dropped him in the rankings accordingly. The talent is still there but he needs to go back to his old swing.

25. Mitch Keller (Pit, RHP)

I think Keller 2020 will be better than Keller 2019. He’s not a #1 but has the polish and arsenal to be a solid number two.

26. Tarik Skubal (Det, LHP)

Skubal is this year’s Dustin May. We love his stuff and have been pimping him heavily since last April. Three plus pitches with solid control, he ultimately might be the best pitching prospect in the Tigers’ organization.

27. Luis Patino (SD, RHP)

Let’s face it, he outshined Gore in the 2019 Futures Game. That said, we don’t see the same upside. However, he’s athletic with a plus arsenal. We just wish he were not 6-feet tall.

28. Forrest Whitley (Hou, RHP)

It’s not about the stuff as Whitley has at least four-plus pitches. It’s about control. The Astros changed his approach and it didn’t work as he could not find the plate. At his size, it might work best to allow him to pitch the way he did in the lower minors.

29. Andrew Vaughn (CHW, 1B)

He’s an undersized first baseman and not terribly athletic. But, he can hit and by using a lot of loft in his swing, he should be able to hit 20 plus home runs annually.

30. Matt Manning (Det, RHP)

Athletic with plus stuff. The control could be inconsistent but there is solid #2 upside.

31. Spencer Howard (Phi, RHP)

He has a plus arsenal and performed well when healthy in 2019. There’s a chance to be a solid number two starter.

32. Sixto Sanchez (Mia, RHP)

An 80-grade fastball with solid secondary stuff could make him a #1 starter. However, at 6-feet, size could also make him susceptible to the long ball and therefore, we have put his ceiling as a #2 starter.

33. Michael Kopech (CHW, RHP)

Before having TJ Surgery, he showed a ton of promise. If he comes back fully healthy, the stuff says he could be a #1.

34. A.J. Puk (Oak, LHP)

He’s coming off TJ Surgery but prior to the surgery, he showed a great deal of promise. He’s tall and could struggle with his control, but if it all comes together, he has mid-rotation upside.

35. Sean Murphy (Oak, C)

He was known more for his defensive chops than his offensive game when he was drafted in the third round of the 2016 MLB Draft. Now, he has a chance to be a terrific two-way player in the mold of another young catcher – Will Smith.

36. Jasson Dominguez (NYY, OF)

Look we get it…he’s ranked this high mostly on hype, but the history of elite players coming out of Latin America is working. They are as prepared as high school players and, in some cases, you can argue more. Jasson D. could be a monster with elite bat speed and plus foot speed. Can he hit? We’ll soon find out.

37. Vidal Brujan (TB, 2B)

He was one of the stars in the AFL last fall with plus speed and the ability to barrel the ball with authority.

38. Alec Bohm (Phi, 3B/1B)

He kind of gets lost in the shuffle, but Bohm can really play. A move to first is likely at some point in his career, but there’s a chance he sees considerable time in Philadelphia in 2020.

39. Jordan Groshans (Tor, 3B/SS)

He only played a month last season but showed enough in his brief time to project to be an impact offensive player. He’s one of the guys on this list that we are relying on feedback from our scouting contacts.

40. Drew Waters (Atl, OF)

Has really been rushed and while the stat line looks great, his success has been fueled by an unsustainable BABIP. There’s a lot there, but don’t be surprised if 2020 is a step back.

41. Daniel Lynch (KC, LHP)

99 MPH from the left side. I’ll take it. It’s premium stuff and he’s coming on quickly. Watch out.

42. Brandon Marsh (LAA, OF)

Jo Adell is great but don’t forget about Brandon Marsh. There’s a ton of tools and if he can continue to hone his hit tool, he has a chance to a plus overall performer.

43. D.L Hall (Bal, LHP)

Premium stuff from the left-side with athleticism. He’s not throwing enough strikes yet, but we believe that will come.

44. Alek Thomas (Ari, OF)

We are all-in on Thomas. It’s a great package of speed and power similar to what we thought Andrew Benintendi would be (or was).

45. Nick Madrigal (CHW, 2B)

Given his contact, a .300 hitter seems like the baseline. He’s got enough speed to steal 20+ bases but the power is the problem. He’s demonstrated none. He swings hard with a high leg kick but just lacks the physicality at the moment to drive the ball.

46. Ke’Bryan Hayes (Pit, 3B)

Has not had his “drop mic” season yet. The tools are impressive but we are still waiting for him to put it all together.

47. Riley Greene (Det, OF)

A chance to hit and hit with power. However, in his first exposure to professional ball, there was a lot of swing and miss in his game that will need to be addressed.

48. Daulton Varsho (Ari, C/OF)

He’s a plus runner and if he stays behind the plate, it could be a fantasy bonanza. Unfortunately, he’s likely moving to the outfield.

49. Jordan Balazovic (Min, RHP)

We are big fans of Balazovic with a plus arsenal and solid command. He has a chance to be a mid-rotation starter with upside.

50. Edward Cabrera (Mia, RHP)

Tall and thin but with premium stuff. He’s jumped up on our list from our mid-season rankings and given what we’ve seen, that will continue.

51. Leody Taveras (Tex, OF)

After repeating High-A to begin the season, Taveras re-gains his prospect mojo. He’s got plus speed is a great defender with a solid approach. He hasn’t shown a ton of power, but the swing and bat speed still indicates it’s on the horizon.

52. Hunter Greene (Cin, RHP)

After getting late reports on how Greene looked after having TJ Surgery, we bumped him up on our list. He’s a plus athlete, a plus human with a chance to be a top-of-the-rotation starter.

53. Brennen Davis (CHC, OF)

He’s a great athlete with an intriguing power-speed combination. He still needs to work on his approach but there is a lot to like.

54. Nolan Jones (Cle, 3B)

His batting practice sessions are incredibly impressive as he demonstrates plus raw power. In games, it has yet to show up. We think it will. Be patient and invest.

55. Evan White (Sea, 1B)

He’s got the contract and should have the 1B job in Seattle. He’s a very good athlete that should continue to grow into power. It could be 15 to 20 early in his career and 22 to 25 as he matures.

56. Jesus Sanchez (Mia, OF)

We continue to be bullish on Jesus Sanchez but he has yet to have the big breakout season. It’s solid skills across the board.

57. Grayson Rodriguez (Bal, RHP)

He has a great arm with quality stuff. The delivery isn’t great and that could lead to control problems. Assuming he improves his strike-throwing ability, we see a mid-rotation starter.

58. Nico Hoerner (CHC, 2B/SS)

He can hit but the secondary skills (power and speed) are just average. High floor, low ceiling guy for us.

59. Andres Gimenez (NYM, SS)

Gimenez brings speed and solid bat-to-ball skills. He’s never shown a ton of power and while Ronny Mauricio has the higher upside, Gimenez has the better fantasy tools currently.

60. Ian Anderson (Atl, RHP)

His stuff backed up a little in 2019, but we still see solid mid-rotation skills.

61. Simeon Woods-Richardson (Tor, RHP)

If he pitches like we think he can, SWR could be a Top 10 pitcher in the minor leagues within a year. It’s quality stuff with the ability to throw strikes

62. Nick Lodolo (Cin, LHP)

We got a lot of push back from evaluators when we ranked Lodolo at #3 on our Top 15 Reds list. We have reevaluated our position and have bumped him up considerably. He might be better than we originally thought.

63. Nolan Gorman (Stl, 3B)

Wecontinue to be torn by Nolan Gorman. It might be 80-grade raw power but could come with a 30% strikeout rate. If you’re thinking Joey Gallo…well, he doesn’t nearly have that level of plate patience.

64. Josiah Gray (LAD, RHP)

The Dodgers are quickly becoming a pitching factory. Josiah Gray continues to
impress and could really blow up in 2020.

65. O’Neil Cruz (Pit, SS/OF)

I think it’s safe to say that there have been few players 6-foot-7 who have succeeded at the highest level. We don’t think anyone of that size has made it as a shortstop. He’s an outlier for sure but he has 70-grade power and might hit enough to get to it. He’ll likely move to the outfield.

66. Logan Gilbert (Sea, RHP)

Another young pitcher who is moving quickly and is getting better with nearly every outing.

67. Matthew Liberatore (Stl, LHP)

You worry when young players get traded. Did the team give up on him? We don’t think that is the case with Libertore at all. It’s premium stuff from the left-side and if it all comes together, he could even develop into a number #2 starter.

68. Trevor Larnach (Min, OF)

He was exposed a little in Double-A but overall, he has made better contact than we originally thought he would. The power has yet to show up, but it should.

69. Xavier Edwards (TB, 2B/OF)

Dee Gordon 2.0? That what it feels like and as a fantasy owner, we’ll take it.

70. Luis Campusano (SD, C)

Mejia better hit and hit soon or Luis Campusano might take his job in 2021. One of the breakout players in the minor leagues last season. It looks very real.

71. Triston Casas (Bos, 1B)

He’s a first base only prospect but showed excellent adjustments and the results were impressive in the second half. He needs to build on that in 2020. If he does, he could become a Top 50 prospect despite being a 1B-only prospect.

72. Matthew Allan (NYM, RHP)

A great job by the Mets in drafting Matt Allan as he passed over by 29 other teams. He has a great arm and assuming the Mets do what they do with developing pitchers, he has a chance to pitch at the top of the rotation.

73. Ronny Mauricio (NYM, SS)

He’s a more explosive hitter than Andres Gimenez and therefore, could eventually pass him on the depth charge. Gimenez is the better defender but the potential with Mauricio is impressive.

74. Kyle Wright (Atl, RHP)

He wasn’t very good in his Major League debut. We think he’ll be a lot better going forward. There’s an outside shot he could be a number two starter, but it’s more likely the profile of a #3.

75. Corbin Carroll (Ari, OF)

He reminds us of Alek Thomas, who reminds us of Andrew Benintendi. I don’t know about you, but we kind of like that.

76. Triston McKenzie (Cle, RHP)

He didn’t pitch in 2019 and prior to that, we were still beating on a velocity improvement. He’s still projectable but we need to see him pitch to determine if this ranking is too low or whether he should even be on this list.

77. Alek Manoah (Tor, RHP)

There’s little projection left but the velocity and arsenal are plenty good to get guys out. He has mid-rotation starter upside.

78. Brusdar Graterol (Min, RHP)

He’s got a great arm but we think the delivery and lack of a third pitch will work better in the bullpen. If the Twins agree, he could become an elite closer.

79. Corbin Martin (Ari, RHP)

He hit the ground running in Houston with a couple of dynamite outings. He then looked terrible and later had TJ Surgery. Were his struggles related to his elbow? Is he really not that good? We’re not sure, but we still see an athletic pitcher with premium stuff and a chance to be a mid-rotation starter, if not more.

80. Tony Gonsolin (LAD, RHP)

He might get crowded out in the Dodgers rotation, but he showed a lot in his time in LA last season. There is #3 starter upside.

81. Jazz Chisholm (Mia, SS)

Yes, he was terrible last season. But, he’s too toolsy to give up him just yet.

82. Shane Baz (TB, RHP)

He might have the best arm in the Rays minor league system. He’s still learning to pitch but he could really rise in the rankings come mid-season.

83. Keibert Ruiz (LAD, C)

The emergence of Will Smith has hurt Keibert Ruiz’s prospect status. It happens. For us, we’d be buying as he has an impressive offensive upside.

84. Brailyn Marquez (CHC, LHP)

Could the Cubs really be developing a pitcher? Marquez has a great arm and it’s from the left side. We are still in somewhat shock but it’s a great arm.

85. Jeter Downs (LAD, SS)

Did the Reds really trade Downs? Yeah, they did. The kid has a lot of tools but given the stacked lineup in LA, if he is to play in LA, it’s likely as a super-utility player.

86. Brent Honeywell (TB, RHP)

This might be a crazy ranking, but honestly, what do you do with Honeywell. We don’t want to forget about him. Prior to his injuries, he was one of the top pitching prospects in the game. It would help in our analysis, and yours as well if he pitched.

87. Kristian Robinson (Ari, OF)

He’s showing solid a power-speed combination with a chance to be a 20-20 performer. He just turned 19.

88. Josh Jung (Tex, 3B)

There are questions about how much eventual power he will have, but he can hit and should be able to stay at third.

89. Jackson Kowar (KC, RHP)

Jackson Kowar would still be the top-ranked pitcher in the Royals organization if Daniel Lynch wouldn’t have gone all, well Daniel Lynch on us. He has solid stuff and could develop into a # 3/4 starter.

90. Deivi Garcia (NYY, RHP)

At 5-foot-9, it’s hard to evaluate Deivi Garcia. Based on laying eyes on him, the arm could be special but it will likely work better in the bullpen.

91. Adrian Morejon (SD, LHP)

He has a great arm with quality stuff. As with Luis Patino, he’s only 6-feet tall and that could limit his upside to a number 3-4 starter.

92. Seth Beer (Ari, 1B/DH)

His name will make him a fan favorite. His power with the ability to hit enough should also give him fantasy value. He doesn’t have great bat speed and that might lead to him being a Quad-Four-A player.

93. Clarke Schmidt (NYY, RHP)

He impressed last season and has put himself in a position to be one of the early first responders in 2020 once the injury bug hits the Yankees.

94. Noelvi Marte (Sea, SS)

Huge upside with whispers of another J-Rod type of blow-up. Yep, you heard it here first.

95. Francisco Alvarez (NYM, C)

He’s young but is one of the more exciting players on this list. For owners in two-catcher Dynasty Leagues, he should definitely be owned.

96. JJ Bleday (Mia, OF)

He doesn’t have the ideal swing mechanics, but he hit for significant power during his college career at Vanderbilt. If it translates, he has a chance to be an impact right-fielder.

97. Jonathan India (Cin, 3B)

We ranked him #1 our Top 15 Reds list but got so much pushback that he barely makes our Top 100 list. He’s already in Double-A but has yet to show much pop and might benefit from being more aggressive at the plate.

98. Justin Dunn (Sea, RHP)

An athletic pitcher who got out of shape and consequently didn’t perform well when he got the call to Seattle. A move to the bullpen could occur but we still like him as a starter.

99. Diego Cartaya (LAD, C)

He’s one of our young “must own” prospects. He can really barrel the ball with the ability to stay behind the plate. We’ve said it before, there were many evaluators who liked him more than Luciano coming out of the 2018 International Free Agent signing period.

100. Misael Urbina (Min, OF)

#100 belongs to a high upside Latin player that we love. He has plus speed and the bat speed to project to have power down the road. He should make his debut in the US in 2020.

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2020 Fantasy Second Base Rankings

2B rankings artworkBelow are the rankings of second base for the 2020 fantasy season. The listed was last updated on January 26, 2020.

1. Jose Altuve (HOU) Altuve, along with the rest of his Houston teammates, have something to prove in 2020 and I’m betting they will do exactly that.

2. Gleyber Torres (NYY) There was no sophomore slump in 2019 for the 23-year-old budding superstar. A long run at shortstop is about to commence, making this the last year he’ll likely quality at 2B. SS-77

3. Jonathan Villar (MIA) There will be no red lights in Miami this year. He’ll also be adding outfield eligibility to his already middle-infield eligibility by the middle of April. SS-97

4. Ozzie Albies (ATL) He now has two full great seasons under his belt and is just heading into his age-23 season. He duplicated his stellar rookie campaign with 24 homers, 100-plus runs scored, and missed by one duplicating his stolen base production. He upped his base-on-balls total from 36 to 54, a very good sign. If any one player is poised to move to the top of the charts at Second Base, it could be Ozzie Albies.

5. Keston Hiura (MIL) As a top-ranked prospect, Hiura entered 2019 with lofty expectations and he delivered. A 30-15 type season could be right around the corner for this budding star.

6. Whit Merrifield (KC) Mid-teens power combined with 20-to-25 thefts and the always great BA has its charms. One of the safest floors at his position. OF-77

7. DJ LeMahieu (NYY) When an eight-year veteran hits a third of his career home runs in the 2019 season it has to be somewhat concerning. When that player also has a proven solid hit tool like DJ LeMahieu and is eligible to play all over the infield….it helps in alleviating those concerns. 2B-75, 3B-52

8. Max Muncy (LAD) Back-to-back 35 home run seasons combined with eligibility all over the infield is so enticing. 1B-65, 3B-35

9. Jeff McNeil (NYM) With a little more power or speed, McNeil could potentially move higher among his peers. There are no questions about his ability to control the strike zone. 3B-31, OF-93

10. Ketel Marte (ARZ) 2019 proved to be an amazing breakout year for the 26-year-old Marte. In 49 more at-bats he increased his total hits from 135 to 187, fueling increases in his offensive production across the board. Will 2020 bring progression, regression, or simply more of the same? OF-96

11. Mike Moustakas (CIN) After producing 38, 28, and 35 homers over the past three seasons, he finally gets to call one team home for the next four years. The Reds will be the beneficiary and expect more solid power production in 2020. 3B-105

12. Eduardo Escobar (ARZ) When I see this type of increase from a player in his age-30 season (12 HR/34 RBI) it begs me to wonder if it’s a repeatable occurrence. I’ll take the cautious approach heading into 2020. 3B-144

13. Kevin Newman (PIT) Is a 15-25 type season in the cards for the young Pirates middle-infielder? I’m betting on it. It just seems a shame that he didn’t bring Kramer along for the ride. SS-104

14. Cavan Biggio (TOR) In 2019, Biggio hit 16 homers and swiped 14 bases in 354 at-bats. He also struck out a ton but that was offset by the 71 walks. A 20-20 campaign is very well within the range of possibility. If playing in an OBP format, bump him up a notch or three.

15. Brandon Lowe (TB) Low and behold, after inking a very team friendly six-year $24 million extension, he delivered a very strong first half. A combination of a shin and quad injury derailed his second half, but the potential we witnessed in the first half bodes well for his success in 2020.

16. Ryan McMahon (COL) The revolving door at second in Colorado appears to have been resolved. The strikeout rates are still alarmingly high, but there is no doubting the 25-90 potential. 3B-22

17. Gavin Lux (LAD) Lux is poised to follow in Keston Hiura’s footsteps, but just be very cognizant of the fact that should he struggle, the Dodgers have no shortage of options that they can turn to.

18. Tommy Edman (STL) The fact that Edman is currently going 14’th off the board at the “keystone corner”in NFC drafts is a pretty good indicator that he is no longer flying “under the radar.” 3B-55

19. Rougned Odor (TEX) Thirty homers, ten stolen bases, and take your choice of a .200 BA or .290 OBP. If you can take the hit in BA/OBP, the power/speed numbers will be an asset.

20. Michael Chavis (BOS) The power is nothing short of amazing. The million dollar question is will the hit tool catch up? 1B-49

21. Luis Arraez (MIN) The hit tool is nothing short of amazing. The million dollar question is will the power game catch up? OF-21

22. Freddy Galvis (CIN) He moved from one bandbox in Toronto, to another in Cincinnati and kept on driving the ball out of the park. Toss in a handful of stolen bases and based on his current ADP of 372 there could be some sneaky value to be had. SS-110

23. Kolten Wong (STL) 2019 was the first time since 2015 Wong managed to get in 400+ at-bats. It’s tough to bet on a repeat.

24. Jurickson Profar (SDP) The promise displayed in 2018 faded very quickly in Oakland last year. The .218 BABIP explains some of the problem, but it’s time for Profar to step up his game in what has to be considered a make it or break it type year.

25. David Fletcher (LAA) Whether it is in a full-time role at second, or in a super-sub capacity, those solid on-base skills should land Fletcher a home at the top-of-the-lineup in Anaheim. SS-39, 3B-90, OF-23

26. Starlin Castro (WAS) Castro is coming off a solid season in Miami and the change of scenery will do him good. In deeper Leagues, a 20-70 type season holds decent value. 3B-45

27. Garrett Hampson (COL) Repeat after me. All he needs is the opportunity. All he needs is the opportunity. Will the Rockies grant us this request? OF-33 x

28. Isan Diaz (MIA) Diaz struggled in his first audition last year, but that solid 26-70 season at Triple-A New Orleans in 2019 should not be forgotten. The Marlins haven’t.

29. Luis Urias (MIL) The move from Petco to Miller is definitely a good one. How good? Only time will tell. SS-41

30. Mauricio Dubon (SFG) The 20 homers and 10 stolen bases at Triple-A in 2019 are a harbinger of things to come now that he has procured a full-time role with the Giants.

31. Niko Goodrum (DET) SS-38, OF-32
32. Cesar Hernandez (CLE)
33. Robinson Cano (NYM)
34. Nick Madrigal (CWS)
35. Jonathan Schoop (DET)
36. Shed Long (SEA)
37. Dee Gordon (SEA)
38. David Bote (CHC) 3B-67
39. Enrique Hernandez (LAD) OF-43
40. Franklin Barreto (OAK)
41. Adam Frazier (PIT)
42. Hanser Alberto (BAL) 3B-66
43. Tommy La Stella (LAA) 3B-30
44. Jose Peraza (BOS) SS-39, OF-35
45. Asdrubal Cabrera (WAS) 3B-98
46. Howie Kendrick (WAS) 1B-48
47. Chris Taylor (LAD) SS-39, OF-69
48. Ty France (SDP) 3B-36
49. Brendan Rodgers (COL)
50. Nicky Lopez (KC) SS-33
51. Chad Pinder (OAK) OF-77
52. Wilmer Flores (ARZ)
53. Aledmys Diaz (HOU) 1B-26
54. Joey Wendle (TB) 3B-27
55. Ehire Adrianza (MIN) 1B-20, 3B-24
56. Jason Kipnis (FA)
57. Sheldon Neuse (OAK)
58. Vidal Brujan (TB)
59. Brian Dozier (FA)
60. Eric Sogard (MIL)
61. Yolmer Sanchez (FA)
62. Luis Rengifo (LAA)
63. Harold Castro (DET) OF-44
64. Tony Kemp (OAK) OF-33
65. Hernan Perez (CHC) SS-21
66. Daniel Robertson (TB) 3B-43
67. Mike Brosseau (TB)
68. Ildemaro Vargas (ARZ)
69. Josh Harrison (PHI)
70. Chris Owings (COL)
71. Eduardo Nunez (FA)
72. Joe Panik (TOR)
73. Brock Holt (FA)
74. Daniel Descalso (CHC)
75. Adeiny Hechavarria (ATL) SS-27
76. Greg Garcia (SDP)
77. Donovan Solano (SFG)
78. Scooter Gennett (FA)
79. Ben Zobrist (FA)
80. Addison Russell (FA) SS-21

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2020 Texas Rangers Top 15 Prospects

rangersOur review of the 2020 Texas Rangers Top 15 prospects is now available.

1. Leody Taveras (OF)

2. Josh Jung (3B)

3. Hans Crouse (RHP)

4. Cole Winn (RHP)

5. Sam Huff (C)

6. Nick Solak (2B/3B)

7. Steele Walker (OF)

8. Bubba Thompson (OF)

9. Joe Palumbo (LHP)

10. Julio Pablo Martinez (OF)

Prospect 11-15 can be found here.

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2020 Fantasy First Base Rankings

1B rankings artworkBelow are the rankings of first base for the 2020 fantasy season. The listed was last updated on January 19, 2020.

1. Cody Bellinger (LAD) As a 24-year-old, Bellinger had a season for the ages. He upped the ante across the board, setting career highs in every offensive category. Bellinger is a Top-5 offensive talent heading into 2020 drafts. OF-136

2. Freddie Freeman (ATL) The home run numbers might fluctuate year-to-year, but with Ronald Acuna and Ozzie Albies hitting in front of you, the RBI opportunities are definitely there for the taking, and take ‘em he will.

3. Pete Alonso (NYM) When you hit 53 bombs as a rookie, it’s easy to yell at the top of your lungs that the power will regress. I’m more concerned about the 183 strikeouts and sustaining a decent BA.

4. Matt Olson (OAK) 36 homers in a season that started a month late due to a “power-sapping” hamate injury is some impressive. I wouldn’t at all be surprised come year-end to see Olson being ranked as the third-best at the “other hot corner”.

5. Anthony Rizzo (CHC) Since that 2014 breakout season, Rizzo has been the consummate model of consistency. If one is searching for a safe floor, you won’t find a better choice.

6. Jose Abreu (CWS) Four-of-his-six seasons he has bested 30 homers. Five-of-his-six seasons he has bested 100 RBI. The surrounding cast is strong. There’s a 30-100 season waiting in the wings.

7. Josh Bell (PIT) It was a tale of two cities. The first half was flat-out outstanding. The second half, not so much. Bell has the potential to elevate his game to the elite level. 2020 could very well be the year that comes to fruition.

8. DJ LeMahieu (NYY) When an eight-year veteran hits a third of his career home runs in the 2019 season it has to be somewhat concerning. When that player also has a proven solid hit tool like DJ LeMahieu and is eligible to play all over the infield….it helps in alleviating those concerns. 2B-75, 3B-52

9. Paul Goldschmidt (STL) Goldschmidt enjoyed an amazing bounceback in the second half to once again post great numbers, minus the once-great speed game. The problem is he needed to bounceback.

10. Max Muncy (LAD) We have now witnessed back-to-back 35 home run seasons from the late bloomer. Toss in the fact that he is eligible to be rostered all over the infield and there’s a lot to like. 2B-70, 3B-35

11. Edwin Encarnacion (CWS) The last time that Encarnacion failed to hit at least 30 homers was 2011. That won’t change with his move to the White Sox.

12. Trey Mancini (BAL) The promise shown in that solid rookie campaign failed to materialize as a sophomore. He more than made up for it in his third season and expect that trend to continue moving forward. OF-93

13. Rhys Hoskins (PHI) The power fell. The BA….the same. The strikeouts rose, all 173 of them. 2019 was a season that Rhys Hoskins and the Phillies would like to forget. Let’s hope that 2020 allows them to do exactly that.

14. Carlos Santana (CLE) His lowest single-season OBP in his full ten-year career is .351. Bump him up a round or two if you’re playing in a league that uses OBP as a category.

15. Danny Santana (TEX) Santana was one of only nine players to go 20-20 in 2019. A one-off or late bloomer? He did steal 20 bases back in 2014, his first full season with the Twins and should be a lock for 500 at-bats in Texas. That speed will make a difference, as will the outfield eligibility. OF-51

16. Eric Hosmer (SD) Perfectly safe, perfectly boring, and seemingly undervalued based on his current 221.4 ADP. 20-90 with a .260 BA in the mid-teen rounds is a perfect opportunity.

17. Christian Walker (ARZ) He finally got the opportunity to be an everyday player and delivered on that power potential he demonstrated for years down on the farm. A 30-80 type season with a handful of thefts in the early-teen Rounds makes for a solid buy.

18. Yasmani Grandal (CWS) In all likelihood you won’t use him at first base, but that doesn’t mean you can’t. C-137

19. Yuli Gurriel (HOU) 18-13-31. One of these numbers is not like the others. I’m setting the over/under in 2020 at 20 homers for the 36-year-old and taking the under.

20. Joey Votto (CIN) In a season in which we saw an explosion in homers, Joey Votto hit 15. He also saw his OBP slip to a very mediocre (at least for Votto) .357, a drop from .417. Need I say more?

21. Garrett Cooper (MIA) Making contact was never an issue for Cooper. Hitting for power, now that’s a different story. The above-average exit velocity combined with even a slight uptick in launch angle and we could be looking at a 25 home run bat with a solid hit tool. OF-31

22. Luke Voit (NYY) I have very little doubt that given the opportunity, Voit could hit thirty homers. I just don’t believe he’ll be given that opportunity.

23. Joc Pederson (LAD) Yes, Joc Pederson is a platoon player. It’s fair to say that he won’t see many at-bats against southpaws. At the same time, he also launched 36 bombs in 2019. That level of power simply can’t be ignored. OF-122

24. Daniel Murphy (COL) 2016 and 2017 seem oh so long ago.

25. Albert Pujols (LAA) The march to Cooperstown continues. Even at the advanced age of 40, he should have another 20-90 season in the tank.

26. C.J. Cron (DET) First he was DFA’d by the Rays after hitting a career-high
30 homers in 2018. He followed that up by being non-tendered by the Twins after a 25 homer campaign. He’ll most likely hit 30 homers in 2020 and once again be on the outside looking in come December.

27. Daniel Vogelbach (SEA) Pencil in 30+ homers and a Mendoza line type BA.

28. Renato Nunez (BAL) Pencil in 30+ homers and a .300 OBP.

29. Brandon Belt (SF) Will he ever reach the magical 20 home run mark?

30. Yandy Diaz (TB) So much potential. So little health. 3B-50

31. Marwin Gonzalez (MIN) 3B-40, OF-59
32. Ji-Man Choi (TB)
33. Miguel Cabrera (DET)
34. Michael Chavis (BOS) 2B-45
35. Eric Thames (WAS)
36. Justin Smoak (MIL)
37. Jesus Aguilar (MIA)
38. Evan White (SEA)
39. Rowdy Tellez (TOR)
40. Jake Bauers (CLE) OF-53
41. Travis d’Arnaud (ATL) C-85
42. Chris Davis (BAL)
43. Jeimer Candelario (DET) 3B-69
44. Nate Lowe (TB)
45. Howie Kendrick (WAS) 2B-23
46. Ronald Guzman (TEX)
47. Ryan Zimmerman (FA)
48. Dominic Smith (NYM) OF-33
49. Ehire Adrianza (MIN) SS-24, 3B-24
50. Ryan O’Hearn (KC)
51. Lewin Diaz (MIA)
52. Austin Nola (SEA)
53. Matt Beaty (LAD) OF-36
54. Ryan Mountcastle (BAL)
55. Mitch Moreland (FA)
56. Matt Adams (FA)
57. Aledmys Diaz (HOU) 2B-25
58. Brandon Dixon (DET) OF-33
59. Jake Lamb (ARZ) 3B-36
60. Victor Caratini (CHC) C-59
61. Tyler Nevin (COL)
62. Bobby Bradley (CLE)
63. Jose Osuna (PIT) OF-25
64. Seth Beer (ARZ)
65. Neil Walker (FA) 3B-26
66. Pablo Sandoval (SF) 3B-45
67. Logan Forsythe (FA) 3B-33
68. Yonder Alonso (FA)

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2020 Seattle Mariners Top 15 Prospects

marinersOur review of the 2020 Seattle Mariners Top 15 prospects is now available.

1. Jarred Kelenic (OF)

2. Julio Rodriguez (OF)

3. Logan Gilbert (RHP)

4. Evan White (1B)

5. Justin Dunn (RHP)

6. Justus Sheffield (LHP)

7. Noelvi Marte (SS)

8. George Kirby (RHP)

9. Cal Raleigh (C)

10. Jake Fraley (OF)

Prospect 11-15 can be found here.

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2020 Oakland A’s Top 15 Prospects

athleticsOur review of the 2020 Oakland A’s Top 15 prospects is now available.

1. Jesus Luzardo (LHP)

2. AJ Puk (LHP)

3. Sean Murphy (C)

4. Robert Puason (SS)

5. James Kaprielian (RHP)

6. Logan Davidson (SS)

7. Daulton Jefferies (RHP)

8. Nick Allen (SS)

9. Sheldon Neuse (3B/2B)

10. Parker Dunshee (RHP)

Prospect 11-15 can be found here.

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2020 Fantasy Catcher Rankings

C rankings artworkBelow are our rankings of catchers entering the 2020 season. The list was last updated on January 10, 2020.

1. J.T. Realmuto (PHI) A career high in homers with 25. A career high in RBI’s with 83. Toss in nine stolen bases and the Phillies got exactly what they anticipated when they traded for Realmuto prior to the 2019 campaign. The best catcher in the game.

2. Yasmani Grandal (CWS) Grandal has averaged 25 homers a year over the past four seasons and is coming off a career high 77 RBI campaign. His 109 walks led all catchers with Robinson Chirinos settling into second with 51. The high-powered White Sox lineup will prove to his liking in 2020. 1B-20

3. Gary Sanchez (NYY) His strikeout rate has risen from 22.9%, to 25.1%, to 28% over the past three seasons. Yes, feel free to pencil in 30 homers, but remember it does come with the potential for a Mendoza line type BA.

4. Willson Contreras (CHC) Contreras bounced back nicely, with his 2019 production very similar to his 2017 breakout season. A 20-65-.270 line is a safe and solid floor to build upon.

5. Mitch Garver (MIN) The potential demonstrated in 2018 exploded in 2019. The 31 homers hit by Garver in 2019 were second only to Gary Sanchez. The jump from 7-to-31 homers is rather staggering, but Garver also demonstrated improved command of the strike zone, notably his walk rate. That .995 OPS is very enticing.

6. Will Smith (LAD) 20 homers in 224 at-bats at Triple-A. 15 homers in 170 at-bats with the Dodgers. There’s 35 reasons to be very excited for his 2020 potential. If anyone can supplant Gary Sanchez as the best home run hitting catcher in the game, it will be Will Smith.

7. Wilson Ramos (NYM) There’s something to be said about being boringly consistent, and Wilson Ramos is exactly that. The moderate power potential is offset by the great BA, demonstrated by the fact that he has led all full-time catchers with a .288 and .306 BA in the past two seasons.

8. Salvador Perez (KC) 2019 was a lost season for Perez as he never made it out-of-the-gate, being felled by an elbow injury that required TJS. The Royals are likely to go slow with Perez out-of-the-gate at catcher but he should still find playing time opportunities at both 1B and DH in the early going.

9. Omar Narvaez (MIL) The 22 homers in Seattle are a harbinger of even better days ahead in his new home in Milwaukee.

10. Sean Murphy (OAK) The end-of-season trial was a success, and he looks to own the full-time gig for the A’s heading into 2020. The strong hit tool displayed in the Minors should translate very well at the big league level.

11. Carson Kelly (ARZ) The potential was there, the opportunities in St. Louis….not so much. The DBacks are the beneficiaries. 20+ homers with a great OBP, at least for a catcher, are in the cards for the young backstop.

12. Jorge Alfaro (MIA) Slow but steady wins the race and Alfaro’s career is taking that approach. He still strikes out to much, making a solid BA a challenge, but the power has grown from 5 to 10 to 18 homers over the past three seasons. Passing the 20-homer mark seems to be a reasonable next step.

13. Yadier Molina (STL) Yes, Yaddy is getting a bit long in the tooth, but he’s still a relatively safe bet to produce a 10-50 type season with a .260 BA.

14. Danny Jansen (TOR) Jansen’s 2019 has to be considered a huge disappointment, especially that .207 BA. The Jays were happy with the D, so it buys the 24-year-old time to get the offense untracked. There will be better days ahead.

15. Travis d’Arnaud (ATL) He finally stayed healthy and produced a carbon copy of his solid 2017 campaign. Can he make it through two consecutive seasons with 300+ at-bats? 1B-21

16. Robinson Chirinos (TEX) Over the past three seasons, Chirinos has hit 17, 18, and 17 home runs. The two incumbents on the Rangers roster, Jeff Mathis and Jose Trevino, combined for four home runs last year. Yes, it was a good Free Agent signing by Texas.

17. Christian Vazquez (BOS) His career high prior to last season in homers was five. Last year he hit 23. I want to see a second year of production before
investing in him as a top-tier catcher.

18. Roberto Perez (CLE) 7, 3, 8, 2, and 24. Which one of these numbers doesn’t belong?

19. Kurt Suzuki (WAS) Since escaping the Twins in 2017, Suzuki has been a steady producer averaging 16 homers, 54 RBI, and a.272 BA over the past three seasons. Expect more of the same in 2020.

20. Tom Murphy (SEA) After struggling for years in Colorado to get playing time, he winds up in Seattle and hits 18 homers in 260 at-bats as a backup to Omar Narvaez. Now that Narvaez is calling Milwaukee home, Murphy should move into the full-time gig in Seattle.

21. Jason Castro (LAA) Up until the first week of January, when the Angels signed Jason Castro, the only catchers on the roster were Max Stassi and Anthony Bemboom. Angels fans are breathing a massive sigh of relief!

22. Buster Posey (SFG) There’s a lot of miles on Posey and it’s starting to show. At one point we could live with the lack of power knowing he’d produce a solid batting average. Can we even count on the solid BA moving forward?

23. Francisco Mejia (SD) It’s high time that Francisco Mejia gets his chance to prove he can be the everyday catcher in San Diego. As good as Austin Hedges is defensively, that .176 BA has to be starting to wear thin.

24. Austin Romine (DET) Romine hit eight homers in 228 at-bats in a part-time role with the Yankees last season. Surprisingly he also managed to produce a .281 BA. Will he replicate that .281 BA? Most likely, not.

25. Yan Gomes (WAS) Your typical #2 type catcher. 10 homers, 40 RBI, and a .220 BA.

26. Tucker Barnhart (CIN) Until Tyler Stephenson is ready to assume the full-time role behind the dish for the Reds, Barnhart will be doing his best to mimic Yan Gomes as a typical #2 type catcher.

27. Tony Wolters (COL) Wolters hit for a solid .262 average and drove in 42 runs last year, which leads us to his home run totals. How does any Colorado Rockie hit one homer in 359 at-bats?

28. Mike Zunino (TB) It’s all about the homers with Zunino. Last year he hit nine.

29. Chance Sisco (BAL) The footsteps that Chance Sisco is hearing belong to Adley Rutschman and with each passing day they’re getting louder.

30. Pedro Severino (BAL) Pedro Severino is hearing those same footsteps.

31. Stephen Vogt (ARZ)
32. Tyler Flowers (ATL)
33. Victor Caratini (CHC) 1B-23
34. Willians Astudillo (MIN)
35. James McCann (CWS)
36. Martin Maldonado (HOU)
37. Austin Hedges (SD)
38. Reese McGuire (TOR)
39. Andrew Knizner (STL)
40. Austin Allen (OAK)
41. Jacob Stallings (PIT)
42. Josh Phegley (FA)
43. Manny Pina (MIL)
44. Elias Diaz (COL)
45. Alex Avila (MIN)
46. Welington Castillo (FA)
47. Jose Trevino (TEX)
48. Francisco Cervelli (MIA)
49. Curt Casali (CIN)
50. Isiah Kiner-Falefa (TEX) 3B-25
51. Michael Perez (TB)
52. Andrew Knapp (PHI)
53. Sandy Leon (CLE)
54. Aramis Garcia (SFG)
55. Austin Barnes (LAD)
56. Tyler Stephenson (CIN)
57. Garrett Stubbs (HOU)
58. Jacob Nottingham (MIL)
59. John Hicks (FA) 1B-29
60. Keibert Ruiz (LAD)
61. Daulton Varsho (ARZ)
62. Grayson Greiner (DET)
63. Jake Rogers (DET)
64. Tomas Nido (NYM)
65. Cam Gallagher (KC)
66. Kyle Higashioka (NYY)
67. Luke Maile (PIT)
68. Kevin Plawecki (BOS)
69. Dom Nunez (COL)
70. Russell Martin (FA)
71. Matt Wieters (FA)
72. Kevan Smith (FA)
73. Jonathan Lucroy (FA)

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2020 Los Angeles Angels Top 15 Prospects

angelsOur review of the 2020 Los Angeles Angels Top 15 prospects is now available.

1. Jo Adell (OF)

2. Brandon Marsh (OF)

3. Jordyn Adams (OF)

4. Will Wilson (SS) – Traded to the Giants

5. Jeremiah Jackson (SS/2B)

6. Jose Soriano (RHP)

7. Kyren Paris (SS)

8. Stiward Aquino (RHP)

9. Patrick Sandoval (LHP)

10. Robinson Pina(RHP)

Prospect 11-15 can be found here.