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MLB 2014 Prospect Fantasy Rankings

MLB.com recently updated their newest top 100 prospect list.  I enjoyed reading about it, but felt that their was a lack of these lists for FANTASY purposes.  I have taken their list and re-calibrated it for fantasy purposes.  I eliminated all fielding and throwing grades for the players, and for pitchers I took their first 3 pitch ratings and control into account.  I should also mention that I did not put any emphasis on 2014 contributions.  At the bottom of my list I included a handful of international players that may be worth looking at, but I kept them separate from my rankings.  Also another name to be familiar with is Carlos Rodon, still pitching in college, he looks to be the obvious choice for the first overall selection in the upcoming draft.  Some scouts think he would be immediately placed into the elite group of prospects.  Would compare favorably to Appel. If you think these rankings need adjustment or are missing somebody, please leave a comment below. You may be able to talk me into changing my rankings.

1. Bryon Buxton OF – Buxton was given a 70, 60, 80 for hitting, power, and running tools.  For those that don’t know the scale peaks at 80.
12. Miguel Sano 3B- Has the highest power rating of the listed prospects.  55, 75, 40.  With that power, I don’t need you to have speed.
3. Oscar Taveras OF – His path looks blocked to the bigs right now, but profiles at 75, 60, 50.  Pure hitter.
4. George Springer OF – Almost went 40-40 in his 2013 minors season.  Still has some holes in his swing though.
5. Xander Bogaerts SS – Don’t expect to find him in a minors draft.  He will be drafted in standard drafts this year.  60, 70, 50.
6. Javier Baez SS – Big time power, Castro is blocking Baez at short but would still be valuable as a 2b.  60, 70, 50.
7. Carlos Correa SS – Still a few years away most likely.  Shows elite skills though, 60, 70, 50.
8. Jonathan Gray P – First pitching prospect in the rankings.  Best fastball in the minors, but is currently in the Rockies system.
9. Dylan Bundy P – Injures hurt Bundy’s rankings with mlb.com.  I’m not worried about 2014 however, and he is really good.
10. Austin Meadows OF – High school phenom at 60, 55, 60.
11. Clint Frazier OF – Another high school phenom most scouts group these two together.  55, 65, 60.
12. Gregory Polanco OF – Looks to be an all-around OF; 60, 60, 70.  I’d prefer higher marks and less balance in my fantasy lottery tickets however.
13. Addison Russell SS – Little bit of a shortstop bump, but a well rounded athlete.  60, 60 55.
14. Kyle Zimmer P – Highly athletic pitcher.  Good fastball and a 60 rating in control, which seems to be high for a lot of pitching prospects.
15. Lucas Giolito P – Like Gray he got an 80 on his fastball.  Everybody likes upper 90s fastballs.
16. Mark Appel P – Pretty seasoned coming out of college.  Won’t need long to break in.
17. Nick Castellanos 3B – Like Bogaerts he is also entering the season with a job in the bigs, and could be snagged in regular drafts.  70, 60, 40
18. Jorge Soler OF – Not as sure of a thing as the higher prospects.  Still shows great skills.  55, 65, 50.
19. Maikel Franco 3B – A power guy at 3b. 60, 70, 30.
20. Kris Bryant 3B – Big bodied corner infielder with power.  55, 70, 40
21. Robert Stephenson P – Has 2 top tier pitches so far.
22. Noah Syndergaard P – Good 70 fastball and 60 control.
23. Billy Hamilton OF – Will be drafted this year in redraft leagues, and may go relatively high in ROTO auctions.  He is all about speed. 50, 30, 80.
24. Corey Seager SS – Still young and developing.  Good hitting middle infielder, but won’t provide much speed.  60, 60, 40.
25. Eddie Butler P – High 90s fastball with a 75 ranking, still has work to do though.
26. Kohl Stewart P – Similar profile to Butler, still developing secondary pitchers.
27. Aaron Sanchez P – Good repertoire of pitches, needs to work on command.
28. Albert Almora OF – Projects as a better baseball player, than fantasy player.  65, 55, 50.
30. Adalberto Mondesi SS – Sometimes goes by Raul like his dad,and his brother.  Don’t draft the wrong one.  He’s young and talented. 55, 50, 60.
31. Jonathan Singleton 1B – Only 1B on the list.  Power guy in the Astros system.  60, 60, 30.
32. Andrew Heaney P – Probably better secondary pitches than his fastball at a 60.  Good command as well.
33. Kevin Gausman P – May break camp with a spot in the Orioles rotation.  70 fastball and good command (60).
34. Allen Webster P – Solid across his three pitches, could improve some with his command.
35. Archie Bradley P – Good one two punch, needs to develop his off-speed stuff more.
36. Jameson Taillon P – One of the better change-ups in the minors.  Pirates don’t move very quickly with their pitching prospects.
37. Joc Pederson OF – Buried in the Dodgers OF right now.  Good overall talent; 55, 55, 55.
38. Gary Sanchez C – Good hitting catchers are always interesting.  55, 65, 30.
39. Francisco Lindor SS – Another guy that may be a better baseball player than fantasy asset.  60, 40, 55.
40. Jorge Alfaro C – Some power from the catching position.  45, 65, 45.
41. Travis d’Arnaud C – The oldest guy on the list, and one with a starting gig to start the 2014 season.  55, 60, 30.
42. Alex Meyer P – Two plus pitches, like many other young pitchers still needs to develop better command.
43. Yordano Ventura P – He throws hard.  75 rating on his fastball, and has some compliment pitches to go with it.
44. Taijuan Walker P – Another guy that may be drafted before any prospect picks are made.  Could be in rotation in 2014.
45. C.J. Edwards P – Former 48th round pick, and with a skinny build.  Throws in the low 90s.
46. Henry Owens P – Has 3 solid pitches.
47. Kyle Crick P – Better fastball than some of the pitchers above him, but needs more work with his control.
48. Max Fried P – May lack a dominant fastball, but good secondary stuff could help compensate.
49. Tyler Glasnow P – Similar to Crick, has a good fastball but has room to develop better control.
50. Austin Hedges C – Decent with the stick, which is relevant from the catching position.  50, 50, 40.
51. Jackie Bradley – Should open with the Red Sox in 2014, a better baseball player than fantasy asset.  60, 45, 50.

At the top I mentioned some international players to keep an eye out for.  Suk-Min Yoon is a Korean pitcher who make look to follow Hyun-jin Ryu’s path to the majors.  Kenta Maeda is the best pitcher after Tanaka left in Japan, and his team should be more eager to post him than Tanaka’s club was.  Rusney Castillo is a talent out of Cuba.  If Chapman, Cespedes, and Puig are any indication I’d keep my eyes out for defecting Cubans.  Shohei Ohtani is an 18 year old pitching in Japan.  He initially wanted to go straight from high school to America, but was talked into play for Japan.  He pitches and starts in the field for his team in Japan.  Shintaro Jujinami is another 18 year old Japanese pitcher who has a lot of talent.

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