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2021 First Year Player Rankings for Supplemental Dynasty League Drafts

1. Austin Martin (Tor, IF/OF) – I’m not sure where he plays, but the tools are fantasy-friendly and it looks like he can hit.  While Torkelson has the better hit tool and power, the speed for me is the separator.

2. Spencer Torkelson (Det, 1B) – The safest pick in this year’s supplemental draft, and if you want to pick him first, I get it.  There’s a chance for him to hit .300 as a middle-of-the-order power bat.

3. Zac Veen (Col, OF) – He has a nice complement of tools and an advanced approach at the plate to warrant a high pick.  The Rockies have struggled of late to develop players but Veen’s hit tool is so advanced, I think we are talking about a different level of player than the Hampson’s, MacMahon’s that have recently come through the system.

4. Robert Hassell (SD, OF) – He has plenty of tools and was drafted into an organization that knows how to develop players.

5. Asa Lacy (KC, LHP) – The top pitcher in the draft might go higher in supplemental drafts if a team is looking for pitching help immediately.  Lacy is talented with a ceiling of a solid number three, perhaps a little more.

6. Nick Gonzales (Pit, 2B) – He’s an advanced hitter with solid speed and questionable power.  He did hit for power in limited college action in 2020, but that was done in the friendly-hitting confines of New Mexico State.

7. Max Meyer (Mia, RHP) – Smallish pitcher with two double-plus pitches in his fastball/slider.  He could be homer prone with a backup plan being an elite bullpen arm.  However, assuming his third pitch comes around, there’s a chance for a solid mid-rotation starter.

8. Emerson Hancock (Sea, RHP) – He has good size with a plus fastball-change-up which could give him early success in the big leagues.  The outstanding question is his slider.  If it develops, he could pitch at the top of the rotation.  However, that’s far from guaranteed.

9. Ha-Seong Kim (SD, 2B) – He’ll likely get plenty of playing time in 2021, but I’m just gun shy of Asian players.  If you decide to take him early and he flops, well, you’ve been warned.

10. Garrett Mitchell (Mil, OF) – Speedster with a good approach at the plate.  He needs to add loft to his swing to develop more power.  The upside is likely a Lorenzo Cain type of performer.

11. Pete Crow-Armstrong (NYM, OF) – I hear nothing but positive things about Armstrong.  While he’s listed at 11, if I’m rebuilding, I might take him before the pitchers and Kim listed above.

12. Reid Detmers (LAA, LHP) – While Crochet beat him to the big leagues, Detmers has the best chance to be the first to arrive as a starter.  Solid stuff from the left-side should give him a long Major League career.

13. Tyler Soderstrom (Oak, C) – His bat is well ahead of his catching that could lead to him moving to a corner outfield position.  The good news is that he looks like he can hit with promising power.

14. Heston Kjerstad (Bal, OF) – I love what the Orioles are doing but didn’t care for this pick.  Kjerstad has plus power but it will come with a ton of strikeouts.  That said, the Orioles are proving they know what they are doing, so perhaps they see a path forward to fixing his hit tool.

15. Cade Cavalli (Was, RHP) – Athletic two-way player with a promising arsenal.  The control isn’t always there but with his athleticism, I’m betting on the over that his control develops.

16. Cole Wilcox (TB, RHP) – Despite being selected in the third round, he has great athleticism with promising stuff.

17. Pedro Leon (Hou, OF) – He’s 22-years-old and hasn’t played for a while but all the tools are there to be a stud.  If he can knock off the rust, he could be an option for the Astros in 2023, maybe in 2022.

18. Garrett Crochet (CHW, LHP) – Was impressive in his big league debut but needs to hone his arsenal, including developing a change-up if he is to stay a starter.

19. Wilman Diaz (LAD, SS) – The Dodgers continue to sign elite international talent and arguably signed the kid with the highest upside in Diaz.  His hit tool is very advanced with great bat speed and enough foot speed to project to steal double-digit bases.

20. Mick Abel (Phi, RHP) – He has the size and raw stuff to pitch at the top of the rotation.  He’s a long way off though and the Phillies will need to be patient.

21. Carlos Colmenarez (TB, SS) – Another Rays’ big international talent with a great swing and plenty of bat speed to project future power.

22. Cristian Hernandez (CHC, SS) – The comps are off the charts with Hernandez as he’s being compared to everyone from Carlos Correa to A-Rod.  There’s tons of tool and an impressive approach at the plate.

23. Ed Howard (CHC, SS) – Solid high school shortstop prospect who could develop into a full-time regular.  He has good bat speed that points to future power and a semblance of an approach at the plate.

24. Austin Hendrick (Cin, OF) – His calling card is double-plus power but with an approach that will likely put pressure on his hit tool.  Also, he’s already 19-years-old and has yet to play a professional game.

25. Jordan Walker (Stl, 3B) – He has tons of tools but there is concern that he’ll hit enough.  If he can, he could be an all-star performer.

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2021 Seattle Mariners Top 15 Prospects

An organization rarely has two Top 10 prospects in the game.  However, the Mariners do and Jarred Kelenic and Julio Rodriguez fit that bill.  Both have significant upside but with his speed, Kelenic has the higher fantasy upside.  Taylor Trammell is also a significant prospect with double-plus speed and supreme make-up.  He’s been traded twice in two-years, but I’m still a believer…a big believer. On the pitching side, Logan Gilbert has one of the best arms in all of the minor leagues.  He’s 6-foot-6 and doesn’t always know where the ball is going, but with his athleticism, I think he figures things out.

Expect all four of these top prospects to hit Seattle within the next two-years and form the nucleus of a solid Major League team that should start to compete by 2023.

  1. Jarred Kelenic (OF)
  2. Julio Rodriguez (OF)
  3. Logan Gilbert (RHP)
  4. Emerson Hancock (RHP)
  5. Taylor Trammell (OF)
  6. Noelvi Marte (SS)
  7. George Kirby (RHP)
  8. Cal Raleigh (C)
  9. Zach DeLoach (OF)
  10. Brandon Williamson (LHP)

The remaining five can be seen here.

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2021 Oakland As Top 15 Prospects

The A’s seem to find a way to compete at the Major League level without the benefit of a Tampa Ray level farm system.  Sure, the system has produced Matt Chapman and Jesus Luzardo but for the most part, they have produced complementary players over the past few years.

This year’s list doesn’t appear to have any true stars either.  I like AJ Puk, but the injuries are mounting, and he’ll be 26 in April.  Tyler Soderstrom can really hit but nobody will confuse him with the upside of Wander Franco.  And it goes on from there.

Yet, it appears every year the A’s compete, so something is working and as the old saying goes if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  1. AJ Puk (LHP)
  2. Tyler Soderstrom (C)
  3. Robert Pauson (SS)
  4. Nick Allen (SS)
  5. Daulton Jefferies (RHP)
  6. Logan Davidson (SS)
  7. James Kaprielian (RHP)
  8. Sheldon Neuse (3B/2B)
  9. Luis Barrera (OF)
  10. Austin Beck (OF)

The remaining five can be found here.

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2021 Los Angeles Angels Top 15 Prospects

With the Angels having committed over $108 million to four players (Trout, Pujols, Rendon, and Upton), they must look to younger players to fill out their roster. Jo Adell is one of them and despite a less than stellar Major League debut, I still believe he has star potential.  Jared Walsh looked good and might be able to help. 

In the minors, I really like Brandon Marsh.  Like Adell, he has star potential and is just about ready to make his Major League debut.  The problem will be playing time as unless there is an injury, I don’t see room for him.  Jahmai Jones is also nearly ready and while not as tooled up as Marsh he still has the upside of a full-time regular.  I still worry about his hit tool but there is some speed and a little pop in the toolbox.

From a pitching standpoint, there are good arms in the system, but I don’t see any pitchers that have front-line starter potential.  Reid Detmers, their first-round draft pick last June is polished and could see time in Los Angeles next season.

  1. Brandon Marsh (OF)
  2. Reid Detmers (LHP)
  3. Jordyn Adams (OF)
  4. Chris Rodriguez (RHP)
  5. Kyren Paris (SS)
  6. Jeremiah Jackson (SS/2B)
  7. Jahmai Jones (2B)
  8. D’Shawn Knowles (OF)
  9. Arol Vera (SS)
  10. Jose Soriano (RHP)

The remaining five can be seen here.

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2021 Houston Astros Top 15 Prospects

The Houston Astros system is far from what it used to be as there is no Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa, or Jose Altuve.  However, there is still talent, particularly in pitchers.  In fact, it appears the Astros have a type. They are usually Latin, smallish, throw hard and move through the system fast.  Think Framber Valdez, Cristian Javier, and Jose Urquidy. The system is full of them… One guy who is not of that type is Forrest Whitley.  The problem is he’s hurt and even before that, he was not effective in his time in Triple-A.  There’s no reason to give up on him yet, but there is time to worry.

I do like Freudis Nova and believe he could be one of the sleepers in the minor leagues.  There are tools for sure.  He just needs to play.  Finally, the Astros big international sign is 22-year-old Cuban Pedro Leon.  The Astros are going to pay him a lot of money in January and believe he could be special.  They could be right but that position is not widely held across the league.

  1. Forrest Whitley (RHP)
  2. Freudis Nova (SS)
  3. Pedro Leon (SS)
  4. Korey Lee (C)
  5. Alex Santos (RHP)
  6. Luis Garcia (RHP)
  7. Hunter Brown (RHP)
  8. Bryan Abreu (RHP)
  9. Tyler Ivey (RHP)
  10. Jairo Solis (RHP)

The five remaining can be seen here.

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2021 San Francisco Giants Top 15 Prospects

The Giants have a very good minor league system.  It’s not stacked with a lot of famous prospects outside of Marco Luciano and Joey Bart, but the depth is strong.

I made the bold decision to put Marco Luciano at the top of the system.  He’s a potential five-tool talent and has played well in his limited exposure to professional baseball.  Tools like he possesses just don’t come around that often and when they do, you have to jump on it.  Joey Bart is next and got a chance to show his stuff in the Major Leagues in 2020.  It didn’t go well but there is good power albeit with some swing and miss issues.  Hunter Bishop, Heliot Ramos, and Alexander Canario all have ceilings of full-time regulars and are coming on fast. 

The system is not at the level of where the Padres were a couple of years ago, but it’s also not that far off.

  1. Marco Luciano (SS)
  2. Joey Bart (C)
  3. Hunter Bishop (OF)
  4. Heliot Ramos (OF)
  5. Alexander Canario (OF)
  6. Patrick Bailey (C)
  7. Luis Matos (OF)
  8. Seth Corry (LHP)
  9. Jairo Pomares (OF)
  10. Will Wilson (SS)

The remaining five can be found here.

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2021 San Diego Padres Top 15 Prospects

The Padres’ window officially opened in 2020 with their first appearance in the playoffs since 2006.  It was an impressive run that ended in a three-game sweep by the Dodgers but with their young Major League talent and current minor league pipeline, the window should be open for several years.

MacKenzie Gore is one of the best pitchers in the minor leagues and leads our list.  It was disappointing that he didn’t get the call in 2020.  Both Luis Patino (now traded to the Rays) and Ryan Weathers got the call and Gore was arguably ahead of them on the “next ready” list.  Besides those three, the pitching is very deep with the key that all of them throw hard.

Offensively, CJ Abrams and Luis Campusano lead the list.  Abrams is still a couple of years away but has the makings of an elite leadoff man.  Campusano is a Top 3 catching prospect in the game but got caught carrying 79 grams of weed and will have to sort through that before he can continue his career.

  1. MacKenize Gore (LHP)
  2. Luis Patino (RHP)
  3. CJ Abrams (SS)
  4. Luis Campusano (C)
  5. Robert Hassell (OF)
  6. Hudson Head (OF)
  7. Tucupita Marcano (2B)
  8. Ryan Weathers (LHP)
  9. Cole Wilcox (RHP)
  10. Ismael Mena (OF)

The remaining five can be found here.

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2021 Los Angeles Dodgers Top 15 Prospects

The World Champion Dodgers finally got their ring.  Their window has been open for several years and given how veteran-oriented the club is, you would think they are at the end of their run.  However, they are so ripe with talent, the open window has many years to go.

The minor league system is strong.  Josiah Grey’s ceiling is a number two, maybe more and could see some time in Los Angeles in 2021.  Keibert Ruiz might not be in the Dodgers’ plans now that Will Smith is developing into one of the best catchers in the league, but other teams covet him and could return a nice haul if they decide to move him.  Further away there is Diego Cartaya and Luis Rodriguez.  Both are elite talents with a chance to become full-time regulars.  Then there’s Clayton Beeter, Andre Jackson, Michael Grove, and others that all could contribute to the Dodgers in the next few years.

The only question I have is…how many championships will they win?

  1. Josiah Gray (RHP)
  2. Diego Cartaya (C)
  3. Luis Rodriguez (OF)
  4. Kiebert Ruiz (C)
  5. Kody Hoese (3B)
  6. Michael Busch (2B)
  7. Michael Grove (RHP)
  8. Andre Jackson (RHP)
  9. Andy Pages (OF)
  10. Bobby Miller (3B)

The remaining five can be found here.

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2021 Colorado Rockies Top 15 Prospects

I don’t like the Colorado Rockies Major League team.  Sure, they have two bonafide offensive stars in Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado, but average to below-average complementary players.  It’s a shame as a slew of prospects have recently been given their shot, but because of lack of consistent playing time, none of them have had a chance to establish themselves. The pitching…well, it’s not very good.  But that’s always been the case.

I also don’t like their minor league system.  It’s surprisingly light on potential impact players.  Instead, there are a lot of complementary players that once promoted will compete with the Hampson’s, Tapia’s, and McMahon’s of the World.

That said, I do really like Zac Veen.  He’s everything you want in a prospect.  Athletic with good bat speed and a chance to hit.  Can the Rockies develop him?  Five years ago, I would have said yes.  Now, I’m not sure. 

I’m just underwhelmed with what the Rockies are doing.

  1. Zac Veen (OF)
  2. Ryan Rolison (RHP)
  3. Colton Welker (3B/1B)
  4. Ryan Vilade (3B/SS)
  5. Michael Toglia (1B)
  6. Grant Lavigne (1B)
  7. Aaron Schunk (3B)
  8. Ben Bowden (LHP)
  9. Helcris Olivarez (LHP)
  10. Brenton Doyle (OF)

You can find the remaining five here.

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Fantasy Ranking of First Base

  1. Freddie Freeman (ATL) – It was only 214 at-bats, but a .462 OBP and .640 SLG is bordering on insane. The NL MVP voters, got it right!
  2. Cody Bellinger (LAD) –  Twelve homers, 30 RBI, and six thefts isn’t all that bad for an off year. Toss in the outfield eligibility and hopefully a return to better than the .233 BA, and Bellinger is worth every penny you’ll pay on Draft Day. OF-40
  3. Jose Abreu (CWS) – Abreu compiled a 19 homer, 60 RBI monster season on his way to capturing the AL MVP Award. He has reached the 100 RBI level five teams in his six seasons in the League. Consistency counts!
  4. DJ LeMahieu (FA) –  In all likelihood you won’t be using LeMahieu as your cornerman, but if you should take that route, he’ll get the job done in spectacular fashion. 2B-37, 3B-11 
  5. Pete Alonso (NYM) – He struggled a bit out-of-the-gate last year but that ten homer September was a great reminder of Alonso’s massive power potential.
  6. Matt Olson (OAK) – 36 home runs in 2019, followed up by 14 homers in the shortened 2020 season are a pretty good indicator that he can hit the ball out of any park at any time. There will be a 40 homer campaign in his future and we’re not betting against it in 2021.
  7. Luke Voit (NYY) – Voit broke out in a big way, leading all of baseball with 22 homers in 2020. Can he repeat that strong effort in 2021?
  8. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR) – Rumors are that he has taken his off-season conditioning program very seriously. A slimmed down Vladdy Jr. has the potential to be an offensive force in the Jays and your Fantasy lineup.
  9. Paul Goldschmidt (STL) – The power was off a bit in 2020, but the on-base skills were never stronger. Long gone are the days of double-digit stolen bases, but with a bounceback in the power numbers, “Goldy” is still a strong option at first.
  10. Anthony Rizzo (CHC) –The walk rate was solid and he continued to hit for power. Five more hits in 2020 and he would have met his career BA of .271. Let’s give Rizzo a mulligan for that .222 BA and attribute it to a small sample size.
  11. Dominic Smith (NYM) – Smith enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2020 that saw him hit ten homers and drive in 42 runs with an outstanding .993 OPS. For those that exercised patience, the rewards were huge. OF-22
  12. Max Muncy (LAD) – Muncy slugged 35 HR in both 2018 and 2019 and was on pace to replicate that feat in 2020. You more than likely won’t be using Muncy at first base….but the fact that you can does make a difference. 2B-12, 3B-16
  13. Josh Bell (WAS) – Josh Bell woke up to the news on Christmas eve that he had been traded to the Nationals. The only two players happier than Bell, were Trea Turner and Juan Soto.
  14. Eric Hosmer (SD) – When you have Trent Grisham, Fernando Tatis Jr., and Manny Machado batting in front of you, the RBI opportunities will be there. 
  15. Rhys Hoskins (PHI) – Hoskins chose the internal brace repair option instead of TJS to repair his ailing non-throwing elbow. He seems to be well on his road to recovery, but pay close attention to his progress heading into Spring Training.
  16. Mike Moustakas (CIN) – “Moose” was nicked up for a good portion of 2020, first dealing with a left quad contusion and then a left foot contusion. We’re prepared to give him a mulligan for last year. 2B-32
  17. Trey Mancini (BAL) – After undergoing surgery for colon cancer in the Spring, Mancini recently finished chemotherapy and his three-month checkup scans all came back clean. Great news. He’s feeling great and ready to pick up where he left off in that great 35 HR, 97 RBI 2019 season.
  18. Christian Walker (ARZ) – 25-90 potential hitting from the three-hole shouldn’t be ignored.
  19. Alec Bohm (PHI) – 2020 was the beginning of what should prove to be a long run of success for Bohm. The power will come. Enjoy the 1B eligibility as it’s most likely a one-and-done scenario. 3B-38
  20. Joey Votto (CIN) – Votto struggled with 12 homers in 2018, 15 in 2019, and followed that up with 11 homers last year in only 186 at-bats. Our expectations have been elevated.
  21. Ryan Mountcastle (BAL) – The revamped swing and emphasis on getting on base appears to have sunk in with the youngster. He’s still very much a work in progress, but definitely trending in the right direction. OF-25
  22. Andrew Vaughn (CWS) – The South Siders currently have a void at DH. They also have the talents of young Andrew Vaughn chomping at the bit to break into that strong starting lineup. It’s a good bet that we see Vaughn getting everyday at-bats very early in the 2021 season.
  23. Jared Walsh (LAA) – The late-bloomer had a September worthy of our attention. Nine homers and 26 RBI in 22 games down the stretch, makes Walsh an intriguing option heading into 2021.
  24. Jeimer Candelario (DET) – We saw a huge jump in the BA in 2020, fueled by a 32-for-90 hot streak in August. Is this uptick sustainable? Probably not, but the positive growth in 2020 is worthy of our attention. 3B-10
  25. Miguel Sano (MIN) – Finding your power elsewhere with not such a huge hit to your BA (90 strikeouts in 186 at-bats) is worth exploring.
  26. Brandon Belt (SFG) – The nine homers and 30 RBI for Belt in 2020 were solid. The 1.016 OPS was nothing short of outstanding. It will be nice to see what Belt can accomplish in 2022 when he’s freed from the horrors of Oracle Park.
  27. Jesus Aguilar (MIA) –  After a disappointing 2019 campaign, 2020 saw a bounceback with the reward being a one-year $4.3 million contract in 2021 for Jesus Aguilar. Lewin Diaz is still clearly in the rear-view mirror, but another year honing his craft appears to be in the cards.  
  28. Garrett Cooper (MIA) – 20-80 potential with a solid BA works as a corner-infielder.
  29. Bobby Dalbec (BOS) – The good news, first. In 80 at-bats last year he launched eight homers. The bad news. He also found a way to strike out 39 times.
  30. Evan White (SEA) – The 2020 Gold Glove winner managed to surprise and hit eight homers in 182 at-bats. He also found a way to strike out 84 times. The combination of that great glove and some patience from the Mariners brass will lead to better days ahead.
  31. Nate Lowe (TEX)
  32. Carlos Santana (KCR)
  33. Ryan McMahon (COL) 2B-33, 3B-14
  34. Hunter Dozier (KCR) – OF-20  
  35. Ji-Man Choi (TBR)
  36. Yuli Guerriel (HOU) 
  37. Colin Moran (PIT)
  38. Jake Cronenworth (SDP) – 2B-38, SS-11
  39. Rowdy Tellez (TOR)
  40. Albert Pujols (LAA)
  41. Wilmer Flores (SFG) – 2B-14
  42. Josh Fuentes (COL)
  43. Renato Nunez (FA)
  44. Michael Chavis (BOS) – 2B-8, OF-12
  45. Asdrubal Cabrera (FA) – 3B-17
  46. Tommy La Stella (FA) – 2B-33
  47. Marwin Gonzalez (FA) – 2B-21, 3B-23, OF-8
  48. Lewin Diaz (MIA)
  49. Ronald Guzman (TEX)
  50. Ryan O’Hearn (KCR)
  51. C.J. Cron (FA)
  52. Mike Brosseau (TBR) – 2B-9, 3B-11
  53. Triston Casas (BOS)
  54. Bobby Bradley (CLE)
  55. Mike Ford (NYY)
  56. Ryan McBroom (KCR)
  57. Jedd Gyorko (MIL) – 3B-11
  58. Jake Lamb (FA) – 3B-14
  59. Matt Beaty (LAD)
  60. Pavin Smith (ARZ)
  61. Todd Frazier (FA) – 3B-15
  62. Phil Gosselin (FA) – OF-14
  63. Danny Santana (FA)
  64. Travis Shaw (FA) 3B-37
  65. Daniel Murphy (FA)
  66. Mitch Moreland (FA)
  67. Pat Valaika (BAL) 2B-13, SS-24
  68. Pablo Sandoval (FA)
  69. Ryan Zimmerman (FA)
  70. Chris Davis (BAL)