Top 50 Fantasy Prospect Ranking Update

Earlier this season I introduced the Prospect Scorecard as a way of better comparing and identifying the best fit prospect value for your specific fantasy league.  Today I’ll get a head start on my own 2017 prospect rankings by using the Scorecard methodology to rank the current top 50 prospects for Ottoneu. Even if you don’t play Ottoneu specifically, the 4 x 4 and FGPTS prospect rankings can serve as a good proxy for most OPS or wOBA-centric fantasy leagues, and the traditional 5 x 5 prospect rankings should cover a large portion of the rest.

Prospect Scorecard Evaluation Scale

A few notes before we get to the rankings:

  • 2016 MLB draftees were not included/considered.
  • Since “Cost” is league-dependent (salary, keeper round, etc.), I’ve essentially ignored it here for simplicity by keeping it constant for every prospect.  Feel free to use the Scorecard to make changes that reflect true player costs for your league.
  • I recognize that some of these players may not be “rookie” eligible come 2017, but we’ll deal with that in later versions.  These rankings below are intended to represent the 50 most valuable prospects for fantasy leagues (depending on format).
  • It’s quite possible I’m missing an obvious player that should be ranked, so let me know.  If you want to see the full list of players I considered, you can view it here.
FanGraphs Points Top 50 Prospects Update (August 2016)
Player Team Age POS Scouting Scoring Impact Hype Cost Score
1 Alex Bregman Astros 22 SS 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 1.0 21.0
2 Andrew Benintendi Red Sox 22 OF 5.0 4.5 5.0 5.0 1.0 20.5
3 Yoan Moncada Red Sox 21 2B 5.0 5.0 4.5 5.0 1.0 20.5
4 Alex Reyes Cardinals 21 RHP 5.0 4.5 5.0 4.5 1.0 20.0
5 Joey Gallo Rangers 22 3B 4.5 5.0 4.5 4.0 1.0 19.0
6 Austin Meadows Pirates 21 OF 5.0 4.0 4.5 4.5 1.0 19.0
7 Lucas Giolito Nationals 22 RHP 5.0 4.0 4.5 4.5 1.0 19.0
8 J.P. Crawford Phillies 21 SS 5.0 4.0 4.0 4.5 1.0 18.5
9 Blake Snell Rays 23 LHP 4.5 4.0 4.5 4.5 1.0 18.5
10 David Dahl Rockies 22 OF 4.0 4.0 4.5 4.5 1.0 18.0
11 A.J. Reed Astros 23 1B 4.5 4.5 4.0 4.0 1.0 18.0
12 Willson Contreras Cubs 24 C 3.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 1.0 18.0
13 Tyler Glasnow Pirates 22 RHP 4.5 4.0 4.0 4.0 1.0 17.5
14 Trea Turner Nationals 23 SS 4.5 3.0 4.0 4.5 1.0 17.0
15 Josh Bell Pirates 23 1B 3.5 4.5 4.0 4.0 1.0 17.0
16 Dansby Swanson Braves 22 SS 4.5 3.5 3.5 4.0 1.0 16.5
17 Clint Frazier Indians 21 OF 3.5 4.0 4.0 4.0 1.0 16.5
18 Rafael Devers Red Sox 19 3B 4.5 4.0 3.5 3.5 1.0 16.5
19 Cody Reed Reds 23 LHP 3.5 3.5 4.0 3.5 1.0 15.5
20 Jameson Taillon Pirates 24 RHP 4.0 3.5 3.5 3.5 1.0 15.5
21 Victor Robles Nationals 19 OF 4.0 3.5 3.0 4.0 1.0 15.5
22 Brendan Rodgers Rockies 19 SS 4.5 4.0 2.5 3.5 1.0 15.5
23 Jose Berrios Twins 22 RHP 4.0 3.5 4.0 3.0 1.0 15.5
24 Hunter Renfroe Padres 24 OF 3.0 3.5 4.0 3.5 1.0 15.0
25 Yadier Alvarez Dodgers 20 SP 4.0 4.0 2.5 3.5 1.0 15.0
26 Willy Adames Rays 20 SS 3.5 4.0 3.5 3.0 1.0 15.0
27 Dan Vogelbach Mariners 23 1B 3.0 4.0 4.0 3.0 1.0 15.0
28 Cody Bellinger Dodgers 21 1B 3.5 4.0 3.5 3.0 1.0 15.0
29 Aaron Judge Yankees 24 OF 3.5 4.0 3.0 3.5 1.0 15.0
30 Reynaldo Lopez Nationals 22 RHP 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 1.0 15.0
31 Jose De Leon Dodgers 24 RHP 3.5 3.5 3.0 3.5 1.0 14.5
32 Josh Hader Brewers 22 LHP 3.0 3.5 4.0 3.0 1.0 14.5
33 Lewis Brinson Rangers 22 OF 4.0 3.5 3.0 3.0 1.0 14.5
34 Ian Happ Cubs 21 2B 3.0 3.5 3.5 3.5 1.0 14.5
35 Jeff Hoffman Rockies 23 RHP 3.5 3.5 3.0 3.5 1.0 14.5
36 Anderson Espinoza Red Sox 18 RHP 4.0 3.5 2.0 4.0 1.0 14.5
37 Sean Newcomb Braves 23 SP 3.5 3.5 3.0 3.5 1.0 14.5
38 Orlando Arcia Brewers 22 SS 4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 1.0 14.0
39 Manuel Margot Padres 21 OF 4.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 1.0 14.0
40 Bradley Zimmer Indians 23 OF 3.5 3.5 3.0 3.0 1.0 14.0
41 Nick Williams Phillies 22 OF 3.5 3.0 3.5 3.0 1.0 14.0
42 Gleyber Torres Yankees 19 SS 3.5 3.5 2.5 3.5 1.0 14.0
43 Eloy Jimenez Cubs 19 OF 3.5 3.5 2.5 3.5 1.0 14.0
44 Amed Rosario Mets 20 SS 3.5 3.0 2.5 3.5 1.0 13.5
45 Gary Sanchez Yankees 23 C 3.0 3.0 3.5 3.0 1.0 13.5
46 Alex Verdugo Dodgers 20 OF 3.5 3.0 3.0 3.0 1.0 13.5
47 Jake Bauers Rays 20 OF 3.0 3.5 3.0 3.0 1.0 13.5
48 Jorge Mateo Yankees 21 SS 3.5 3.0 2.5 3.5 1.0 13.5
49 Francis Martes Astros 20 RHP 3.5 3.5 3.0 2.5 1.0 13.5
50 Franklin Barreto Athletics 20 SS 3.5 3.0 3.0 3.0 1.0 13.5

5 x 5 Top 50 Prospects Update (August 2016)
Player Team Age POS Scouting Scoring Impact Hype Cost Score
1 Yoan Moncada Red Sox 21 2B 5.0 5.0 4.5 5.0 1.0 20.5
2 Alex Bregman Astros 22 SS 5.0 4.5 5.0 5.0 1.0 20.5
3 Andrew Benintendi Red Sox 22 OF 5.0 4.5 5.0 5.0 1.0 20.5
4 Alex Reyes Cardinals 21 RHP 5.0 5.0 5.0 4.5 1.0 20.5
5 Austin Meadows Pirates 21 OF 5.0 4.0 4.5 4.5 1.0 19.0
6 Blake Snell Rays 23 LHP 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5 1.0 19.0
7 Trea Turner Nationals 23 SS 4.5 5.0 4.0 4.5 1.0 19.0
8 Lucas Giolito Nationals 22 RHP 5.0 4.0 4.5 4.5 1.0 19.0
9 David Dahl Rockies 22 OF 4.0 4.5 4.5 4.5 1.0 18.5
10 Joey Gallo Rangers 22 3B 4.5 4.0 4.5 4.0 1.0 18.0
11 J.P. Crawford Phillies 21 SS 5.0 3.5 4.0 4.5 1.0 18.0
12 Tyler Glasnow Pirates 22 RHP 4.5 4.0 4.0 4.0 1.0 17.5
13 A.J. Reed Astros 23 1B 4.5 3.5 4.0 4.0 1.0 17.0
14 Clint Frazier Indians 21 OF 3.5 4.0 4.0 4.0 1.0 16.5
15 Victor Robles Nationals 19 OF 4.0 4.5 3.0 4.0 1.0 16.5
16 Willson Contreras Cubs 24 C 3.5 3.0 4.5 4.5 1.0 16.5
17 Rafael Devers Red Sox 19 3B 4.5 3.5 3.5 3.5 1.0 16.0
18 Dansby Swanson Braves 22 SS 4.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 1.0 16.0
19 Josh Bell Pirates 23 1B 3.5 3.5 4.0 4.0 1.0 16.0
20 Cody Reed Reds 23 LHP 3.5 3.5 4.0 3.5 1.0 15.5
21 Brendan Rodgers Rockies 19 SS 4.5 4.0 2.5 3.5 1.0 15.5
22 Jameson Taillon Pirates 24 RHP 4.0 3.5 3.5 3.5 1.0 15.5
23 Jose Berrios Twins 22 RHP 4.0 3.5 4.0 3.0 1.0 15.5
24 Manuel Margot Padres 21 OF 4.0 4.0 3.0 3.0 1.0 15.0
25 Lewis Brinson Rangers 22 OF 4.0 4.0 3.0 3.0 1.0 15.0
26 Orlando Arcia Brewers 22 SS 4.0 3.5 3.0 3.0 1.0 14.5
27 Yadier Alvarez Dodgers 20 SP 4.0 3.5 2.5 3.5 1.0 14.5
28 Hunter Renfroe Padres 24 OF 3.0 3.0 4.0 3.5 1.0 14.5
29 Aaron Judge Yankees 24 OF 3.5 3.5 3.0 3.5 1.0 14.5
30 Reynaldo Lopez Nationals 22 RHP 3.5 3.0 3.5 3.5 1.0 14.5
31 Nick Williams Phillies 22 OF 3.5 3.5 3.5 3.0 1.0 14.5
32 Anderson Espinoza Red Sox 18 RHP 4.0 3.5 2.0 4.0 1.0 14.5
33 Ian Happ Cubs 21 2B 3.0 3.5 3.5 3.5 1.0 14.5
34 Jorge Mateo Yankees 21 SS 3.5 4.0 2.5 3.5 1.0 14.5
35 Gleyber Torres Yankees 19 SS 3.5 3.5 2.5 3.5 1.0 14.0
36 Willy Adames Rays 20 SS 3.5 3.0 3.5 3.0 1.0 14.0
37 Franklin Barreto Athletics 20 SS 3.5 3.5 3.0 3.0 1.0 14.0
38 Cody Bellinger Dodgers 21 1B 3.5 3.0 3.5 3.0 1.0 14.0
39 Eloy Jimenez Cubs 19 OF 3.5 3.5 2.5 3.5 1.0 14.0
40 Alex Verdugo Dodgers 20 OF 3.5 3.5 3.0 3.0 1.0 14.0
41 Amed Rosario Mets 20 SS 3.5 3.5 2.5 3.5 1.0 14.0
42 Jose De Leon Dodgers 24 RHP 3.5 3.0 3.0 3.5 1.0 14.0
43 Josh Hader Brewers 22 LHP 3.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 1.0 14.0
44 Bradley Zimmer Indians 23 OF 3.5 3.5 3.0 3.0 1.0 14.0
45 Jeff Hoffman Rockies 23 RHP 3.5 3.0 3.0 3.5 1.0 14.0
46 Sean Newcomb Braves 23 SP 3.5 3.0 3.0 3.5 1.0 14.0
47 Dan Vogelbach Mariners 23 1B 3.0 3.0 4.0 3.0 1.0 14.0
48 Gary Sanchez Yankees 23 C 3.0 3.0 3.5 3.0 1.0 13.5
49 Francis Martes Astros 20 RHP 3.5 3.5 3.0 2.5 1.0 13.5
50 Brett Phillips Brewers 22 OF 3.0 3.5 3.0 3.0 1.0 13.5

As always, your comments are welcome.





Trey is a 20+ year fantasy veteran and an early adopter of Ottoneu fantasy sports. He currently administers the Ottoneu community, a network of ~1,200 fantasy baseball and football fans talking sports daily. More resources here: http://community.ottoneu.com

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Where would Julio Urias fit into these lists?

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