Top 100 Prospect Lists from Around The Web

Prospect Ranking season is in full force. We produced a top 100 list and a top 50 consolidated list here at Fantasy Assembly. How many of these prospects will succeed and become fantasy top producers? Scott McKinney gave an excellent breakdown and came up with some interesting conclusions, chief among them that 70% of Top 100 Prospects fail. While this was a breakdown of Baseball America lists, surely the same can be said about fantasy lists.

What is the value then of all of these Top 100 Prospect Lists? For me, the value is in the knowledge. While your league mates are looking at the same lists as you, you want a better than 30% success rate from your minor league system. The more knowledge you can gain from as many good sources as you can, the better your odds will be.

My list was a labor of love. I am not a professional scout and am not near any minor league parks. I have seen Xander Bogaerts live but none of the others. Prospects, however, are what makes fantasy baseball great to me. I love following the draft, I love reading scouting reports and watching videos. More than half of my fantasy baseball time and effort is spent looking at and learning about prospects. For those that know me in my leagues, that is quite a substantial amount of time!  I have a crazy passion for young prospects that I don’t have for the Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano, Adrian Beltre type star players in baseball. I don’t believe that “Flags Fly Forever”, because I’d rather come in second and have Miguel Sano in my minors’ system then come in first without him. It’s a passion that drives me to learn more and more about as many prospects as I can.

This was my first published Top 100 list, but not my first list. I’ve been doing this for a few years, but for my own benefit only. So what of other fantasy top 100 lists? There are many out there that are fantastic. While I enjoy tremendously the lists the Keith Law, Baseball Prospectus, Baseball America and MLB.com come out with, it is their scouting reports and insight that provide the most beneficial information. They’ve got the teams of scouts that gather and share such great information, and they are the best at what they do. For fantasy purposes though, often the best lists come from the best fantasy sites. Jeff Quinton did an excellent piece looking at the differences between the two types of lists. If you missed it check it out here. I’ve taken 3 other lists that I respect greatly and compiled them with mine to give a consolidated Top 100 List. These lists, like mine, are not done in a few hours but rather are a net sum of 100s of hours of research.

Those sites are Fantasy Squads, RotoAnalysis and Top Prospect Alert. The point of this exercise is NOT to give you a new Top 100 to look at (although it is really cool). The point is to identify those players that are ranked uniquely and to get a better understanding of them. I’ve often done this exercise over the years on my own; fortunately this year Matt Cott of RotoAnalysis and David Kerr of FantasySquads have agreed to share some of their reasons. Thanks gentlemen!

Here’s the top 50. The second half will be on page 2 along with a look at lone inclusions and players left off lone lists. 

RANK PLAYER Fantasy Assembly Fantasy Squads RotoAnalysis Top Prospect Alert
1 Byron Buxton 3 1 1 1
2 Xander Bogaerts 1 4 7 2
3 Oscar Taveras 4 5 5 3
4 Taijuan Walker 8 2 3 6
5 Archie Bradley 11 3 6 4
6 Javier Baez 5 10 2 11
7 Miguel Sano 2 7 4 18
8 Addison Russell 6 12 11 8
9 Carlos Correa 7 6 16 12
10 Noah Syndergaard 15 15 13 9
11 George Springer 12 11 15 16
12 Kris Bryant 16 16 9 14
13 Francisco Lindor 9 14 19 15
14 Gregory Polanco 13 13 26 5
15 Robert Stephenson 17 9 12 22
16 Jameson Taillon 22 8 17 17
17 Lucas Giolito 14 18 20 13
18 Jonathan Gray 29 20 14 10
19 Kevin Gausman 19 17 10 30
20 Nick Castellanos 18 25 18 24
21 Dylan Bundy 28 38 8 19
22 Travis d’Arnaud 23 27 23 21
23 Clint Frazier 24 29 22 27
24 Kyle Zimmer 32 19 27 26
25 Mark Appel 33 30 29 20
26 Albert Almora 31 26 21 38
27 Aaron Sanchez 45 28 24 28
28 Jorge Soler 25 31 25 46
29 Carlos Martinez 21 23 66 31
30 Alex Meyer 43 33 34 34
31 Yordano Ventura 37 43 30 37
32 Austin Meadows 58 24 48 25
33 Tyler Glasnow 53 37 45 23
34 Eddie Butler 51 53 32 32
35 Andrew Heaney 40 50 38 45
36 Kohl Stewart 38 61 37 40
37 Billy Hamilton 20 22 N/A 33
38 Joc Pederson 81 21 36 44
39 Henry Owens 54 44 61 29
40 Raul Adalberto Mondesi 27 60 46 55
41 Julio Urias 34 51 28 75
42 Austin Hedges 57 49 42 41
43 Maikel Franco 52 47 56 35
44 Rougned Odor 46 52 33 59
45 Corey Seager 36 36 51 67
46 Garin Cecchini 41 34 31 84
47 Marcus Stroman 42 55 39 58
48 Kolten Wong 55 54 35 50
49 Kyle Crick 35 35 57 69
50 Matthew Wisler 63 41 40 53

There are some differences here, but everyone ranked in the Top 20 overall were ranked by each site in their top 30. Between 21-50, each player was ranked in every sites Top 70 with the exception of Joc Pederson, Billy Hamilton, Julio Urias and Garin Cecchini. I’ll hit on Pederson later and Matt discussed Hamilton here.

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