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The push toward the 2024 fantasy season is underway at Baseball America.
Today, we unveil brand new FYPD rankings, examining the top 150 players to know for upcoming first-year player drafts. This list includes fresh reports on the top 50 players and takes stock of tangible improvements or developments from debuts following the 2023 MLB Draft. Keep in mind this list is designed for fantasy purposes and is not necessarily a true prospect ranking. You can find Baseball America’s final Top 100 for the 2023 season here.
In addition to the FYPD rankings, Dylan White’s RoboScout tool is already identifying undervalued prospects for you to target in your drafts for next year here. You can also listen to Geoff Pontes and Dylan White discussed how they built the FYPD on a recent fantasy podcast.
1. Wyatt Langford, Rangers, OF
The former Florida standout vaulted to the top of the FYPD rankings with a dominant debut. Langford combines power, contact and on-base skills with a short ETA to the majors.
2. Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Japan, RHP
Yamamoto is coming to MLB after seven seasons with the Orix Buffaloes. At 25 years old, Yamamoto is a two-time NPB MVP and five-time All-Star. His fastball sits in the mid 90s and he mixes in a splitter, curveball and cutter, showing command for his entire arsenal.
Read full scouting reports on both Yamamoto and Jung-Hoo Lee (No. 12 FYPD prospect).
3. Dylan Crews, Nationals, OF
Crews has been a well-known name for some time following a historic college career. His combination of elite on-base skills, power and feel to hit provides one of the safest profiles in the class with potential for superstar upside.
4. Walker Jenkins, Twins, OF
One of two highly touted prep hitters at the top of the class, Jenkins enjoyed a strong debut, hitting .362/.417/.571 over 26 games across two levels. Jenkins showed advanced plate skills and plus power projection that hints at one of the top upsides in the class.
5. Matt Shaw, Cubs, SS
The former Cape Cod League MVP enjoyed one of the best post-draft debuts, hitting .357/.400/.618 across three levels and reaching Double-A. An exciting combination of hitting ability, power and speed, Shaw looks like a multi-category contributor.
6. Paul Skenes, Pirates, RHP
Skenes was one of the top college pitching prospects of the last decade, but his short pro debut was not ideal as questions about his fastball shape persist. He’s an exciting talent, but selecting him comes ripe with the assumed risk of drafting a pitcher high.
Geoff Pontes explains why the power of Skenes’ overall pitch mix should outweigh concerns about his fastball.
7. Colt Emerson, Mariners, SS
One of the better combinations of contact, approach and power in the class, Emerson hit .374/.496/.549 across two levels in his debut. No player raised his stock like Emerson after the draft, as he’s now viewed universally as a top-10 FYPD pick.
8. Max Clark, Tigers, OF
A long-time standout on the showcase circuit, Clark has advanced plate skills, speed and a high-motor approach to the game. Clark has the ability to grow into a multi-category asset who projects as a dynamic leadoff type.
9. Shota Imanaga, Japan, LHP
Mixing four pitches from an outlier release height, Imanaga is a lefty with eight seasons of professional experience in Japan. He looks like an immediate plug-and-play rotation option with strikeout upside.
10. Hurston Waldrep, Braves, RHP
The Braves fast-tracked Waldrep to Triple-A before the end of the season. He has bat-missing stuff, mixing a mid-90s fastball with heavy cut, a devastating splitter and an upper-80s slider. There is a fair amount of risk and reward due to Waldrep’s below-average control.
Waldrep was among 10 pitchers from the 2023 draft class that caught our eye.
11. Bryce Eldridge, Giants, OF
Eldridge was drafted as a two-way player and has starpower on both sides of the ball. His bat should garner the most fantasy interest because of his elite power. His 107.1 mph 90th percentile exit velocity is an elite marker for a teenager.
12. Jung-Hoo Lee, KBO, OF
One of the best young players in Korea, Lee won the KBO MVP in 2022 and has elite bat-to-ball skills and approach. He’s shown improved game power in recent seasons and could be an immediate top-100 hitter in fantasy
13. Tommy Troy, D-backs, 2B
Troy was one of the best hitters in college baseball the past few seasons. He has above-average contact skills and a short quick swing that allows him to own the inner-half of the plate. Troy has the upside of a top-10 second baseman for fantasy.
14. Nolan Schanuel, Angels, 1B
The first baseman jumped from college baseball to the major leagues in just a few short months. Schanuel is a low-risk pick with definitive MLB production in 2024. Plus contact and elite on-base skills drive the profile. Can he develop average game power?
15. Arjun Nimmala, Blue Jays, SS
Nimmala was young for the class as a prep shortstop with loads of power projection. He showed strong contact and approach on the complex and a swing that’s optimized for driving the ball.
16. Brayden Taylor, Rays, SS
Taylor was one of the most advanced hitters in a loaded college class, combining advanced plate skills with an above-average power ceiling.
17. Kyle Teel, Red Sox, C
An athletic catcher with advanced plate skills and power projection, Teel hit his way to Double-A right out of the draft and looks like a catching prospect worth rostering.
18. Brock Wilken, Brewers, 3B
Wilken has some of the best raw power in the class and was a record-setting power hitter at Wake Forest. His early exit velocity data at the professional level is plus and his on-base skills are backed by low-chase rates. Swing and miss limits his roto value, but Wilken gets a bump in OBP and OPS-slanted scoring formats.
19. Noble Meyer, Marlins, RHP
The top prep pitcher in the class, Meyer is a projectable righthander with a four-pitch mix and starterish traits. His fastball sat 93-95 mph in his pro debut, mixing an upper-70s curveball, a slider and changeup.
20. Walker Martin, Giants, SS
The Colorado high school standout dropped to the Giants in the second round but signed for well above slot. One of the best athletes in the class, Martin has plus power with tools to grow into an impact hitter.
21. Aidan Miller, Phillies, 3B
Miller is a highly-skilled prep infielder that likely sticks at third base. He’s fairly maxed out for a high school player, but his advanced bat-to-ball skills, approach and average power projection could make him a good everyday contributor.
22. Enrique Bradfield Jr., Orioles, OF
The former Vanderbilt star has true game-changing 80-grade speed. His plus bat-to-ball skills, approach and speed could translate to league-leading stolen base totals. There’s more raw power than meets the eye, it’s a matter of optimizing his swing on his best contact.
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23. Dillon Head, Padres, OF
The Padres have a strong track record when it comes to prep hitters and Head immediately impressed as a professional. An advanced hit tool, plate approach and better high-end exit velocities than expected provides real breakout potential.
24. Chase Davis, Cardinals, OF
The statline was underwhelming in Davis’ pro debut but his underlying contact and plate discipline data was strong. Davis possesses plus raw power and on-base skills, but his contact hitting has grown by leaps and bounds over the last year. Davis has a power-hitting corner outfield profile with on-base skills.
25. Tai Peete, Mariners, SS
One of the best athletes in the class, Peete was a two-way standout as an amateur. He’s focused on hitting as a professional and projects to grow into a power-hitting third baseman at peak.
26. Rhett Lowder, Reds, RHP
A deep arsenal of pitches and advanced pitchability, Lowder should ascend quickly to the big leagues where he projects as a steady mid-rotation starter. Lowder lacks the upside of other arms but has a refined profile that should return dividends quickly.
27. Ralphy Velazquez, Guardians, C
Velazquez is an advanced prep hitter with advanced plate skills and a swing optimized for power. He’s one of the best hitters in the high school class, but is a below-average athlete with long-term positional questions.
28. Brice Matthews, Astros, SS
The Nebraska product was a data darling this spring because of his advanced approach, above-average game power and knack for finding the barrel. Matthews feels like a classic Astros hitting prospect with approach and power, but fringe-average contact ability.
29. George Lombard Jr., Yankees, SS
The son of former big league player and coach George Lombard, the younger Lombard is a highly-skilled player with plus power projection and the skills to stick in the dirt. He showed a knack for the barrel in his debut with a patient approach at the plate.
30. Yohandy Morales, Nationals, 3B
A well-known talent throughout his amateur days, Morales is one of the top sluggers in the class with advanced feel to hit. He’s an aggressive swinger that looks to do damage in the mold of Christian Encarnacion-Strand.
31. Chase Dollander, Rockies, RHP
The former Tennessee ace entered the 2023 draft cycle as a potential option at No. 1 overall. An underwhelming draft spring coupled with a regression in fastball shape pushed Dollander down boards. Landing with the Rockies only further damaged his perceived fantasy value.
32. Mac Horvath, Orioles, 3B
The Orioles have done an excellent job of identifying hitters with good underlying skills in the draft. Horvath fits that description. He hit .321/.455/.603 in 22 games post-draft and has a nice pairing of power, approach and optimized launch angles.
33. Jonny Farmelo, Mariners, OF
Farmelo is a standout athlete with an advanced hit tool who should grow into power as he matures. He showed the ability to barrel up velocity and was rarely fooled by spin, hinting at above-average all-around tools at peak.
34. Josh Knoth, Brewers, RHP
Knoth is a projectable righthander that saw major velocity gains leading up to the draft. He sits 93-95 mph touching 98 mph at peak with a pair of 3000 rpm breaking balls in his low-to-mid 80s slider and power curveball. Knoth has huge potential and upside outside the top 20 picks.
35. Adrian Santana, Rays, SS
Santana was young for the class as a switch-hitter with 70-grade speed and blossoming physical projection. He’s an outstanding defender and a lock to stick in the infield. He has a high-energy offensive approach and what feels like untapped potential at the plate to come.
36. Blake Wolters, Royals, RHP
There’s some relief risk with Wolters, who is a physical prep righty with a plus fastball that touches the upper 90s, a sweeping low-to-mid-80s slider with high spin rates, plus a changeup. He has huge strikeout potential if he remains a starter.
37. Kendall George, Dodgers, OF
George was one of the surprise picks of day one, but he’s an 80-grade runner capable of wreaking havoc on the basepaths. He’s an adept contact hitter that utilizes bunts to get on base and challenge the defense with his speed.
38. Kevin McGonigle, Tigers, SS
One of the most advanced hitters in the class, McGonigle is an undersized infielder with a knack for the barrel and an advanced approach. What McGonigle lacks in size and impact he makes up for with advanced skills.
39. Jacob Wilson, Athletics, SS
Wilson is a solid real-life player with strong defensive abilities and a contact-driven approach. He’ll need to tap into his 6-foot-4 frame for more game power in order to be a fantasy asset.
40. Colin Houck, Mets, SS
Houck is a skilled shortstop with average or better power projection. He didn’t show much in the way of raw power during a very small pro sample, but he has a long history of hitting on the showcase circuit.
41. Ty Floyd, Reds, RHP
Floyd was the No. 2 starter on LSU’s national championship team. He pairs a mid-90s fastball that has ride and run with a low-80s sweeping slider. He also mixes in a changeup and curveball. Floyd showed the ability to miss bats over three seasons in the best conference in college baseball.
42. Brandon Winokur, Twins, OF
Winokur is a 6-foot-5 power-hitting athlete that split time between shortstop and centerfield. His huge power shows up in the exit velocity data, posting a max EV of 110 mph and an 89 mph average exit velocity. There’s swing and miss issues but the risk is worth the reward at this point in the draft.
43. Jacob Gonzalez, White Sox, SS
Gonzalez hit .319/.427/.561 with 40 home runs over three seasons at Ole Miss. After standout freshman and sophomore seasons, Gonzalez had a down junior year. Gonzalez has strong plate skills that drive his profile.
44. Gino Groover, D-backs, 3B
The third baseman enjoyed a breakout junior season with NC State hitting .332/.430/.546 with 13 home runs. He carried that into his pro debut, hitting .283 with nearly as many walks as strikeouts while reaching High-A following the draft. He’s a solid college bat with contact and average power.
45. Cooper Pratt, Brewers, SS
A projectable 6-foot-4 shortstop from the Mississippi prep ranks, Pratt enjoyed an impressive professional debut. He hit .356/.426/.444 over 54 plate appearances in the Arizona Complex League and is one of the buzzier names heading into first-year player drafts.
46. Thomas White, Marlins, LHP
White is a touted prep lefty featuring a mid-90s fastball with ride, a developing breaking ball and a changeup. He’s a cold-weather pick from Massachusetts with lots of projection left. There’s huge potential and great risk with this pick.
47. Colton Ledbetter, Rays, OF
Few college hitters pair advanced plate skills, power and optimized angles like Ledbetter. He hit .320/.452/.574 in the SEC and followed that up with a strong pro debut.
48. Sammy Stafura, Reds, SS
Twitchy athletic shortstops with projection and a track record of prep performance are typically excellent targets. Stafura checks all of those boxes. There’s a discount due to a poor professional debut.
49. Charlee Soto, Twins, RHP
Hard-throwing high school righthanders are a difficult demographic, but Soto is a unique case as a converted shortstop. He stands at 6-foot-5 with a 93-95 mph fastball that touches 98, a mid-80s changeup and mid-80s slider. There’s lots of risk and potential reward here.
50. Nazzan Zanetello, Red Sox, 3B
An impressive athlete with lots of twitch and projection. Zanetello is raw but possesses some of the highest upside should he turn his loud tools into game skills.
51. Jace Bohrofen, Blue Jays, OF
52. Jack Hurley, D-backs, OF
53. Trevor Werner, Royals, 3B
54. Aidan Smith, Mariners, OF
55. Blake Mitchell, Royals, C
56. Matthew Etzel, Orioles, OF
57. Jake Gelof, Dodgers, 3B
58. Alexander Clemmey, Guardians, LHP
59. Luke Keaschall, Twins, 2B
60. George Wolkow, White Sox, OF
61. Carson Roccaforte, Royals, OF
62. Nehomar Ochoa, Astros, OF
63. Spencer Nivens, Royals, OF
64. Cole Carrigg, Rockies, C
65. Devin Saltiban, Phillies, OF
66. Mike Boeve, Brewers, 3B
67. Mitch Jebb, Pirates, SS
68. Zach Levenson, Cardinals, OF
69. Charles McAdoo, Pirates, 2B
70. Quinn McDaniel, Giants, 2B
71. Kiefer Lord, Orioles, RHP
72. Kemp Alderman, Marlins, OF
73. Travis Honeyman, Cardinals, OF
74. Jackson Baumeister, Orioles, RHP
75. Joe Whitman, Giants, LHP
76. Cade Kuehler, Braves, RHP
77. Grant Taylor, White Sox, RHP
78. Scott Bandura, Giants, OF
79. Hyun-Seok Jang, Dodgers, RHP
80. Brady Smith, Dodgers, RHP
81. Brian Kalmer, Cubs, 3B
82. Zyhir Hope, Cubs, OF
83. Jake Cunningham, Orioles, OF
84. Tre’ Morgan, Rays, 1B
85. Brock Rodden, Mariners, 2B
86. Andrew Pinckney, Nationals, OF
87. Alejandro Rosario, Rangers, RHP
88. Max Anderson, Tigers, SS
89. Jonathon Long, Cubs, 1B
90. Ben Williamson, Mariners, 3B
91. Zander Mueth, Pirates, RHP
92. Homer Bush, Padres, OF
93. Coby Morales, Yankees, OF
94. Caden Grice, D-backs, LHP
95. Andrew Walters, Guardians, RHP
96. Cameron Fisher, Astros, OF
97. Juaron Watts-Brown, Blue Jays, RHP
98. Jake Bloss, Astros, RHP
99. Anthony Huezo, Astros, OF
100. T.J. Walton, Phillies, OF
101. Sabin Ceballos, Braves, 3B
102. Myles Naylor, Athletics, 3B
103. Cole Schoenwetter, Reds, RHP
104. Eric Bitonti, Brewers, SS
105. Antonio Anderson, Red Sox, SS
106. Nolan McLean, Mets, 3B
107. Will Simpson, Athletics, 1B
108. Will Sanders, Cubs, RHP
109. Hiro Wyatt, Royals, RHP
110. Christian Knapczyk, Guardians, SS
111. Joe Redfield, Angels, OF
112. Tavian Josenberger, Orioles, OF
113. Alonzo Tredwell, Astros, RHP
114. Paul Wilson, Tigers, LHP
115. Chase Jaworsky, Astros, SS
116. Landen Maroudis, Blue Jays, RHP
117. Kevin Sim, D-backs, 3B
118. A.J. Ewing, Mets, SS
119. Carlson Reed, Pirates, RHP
120. Drue Hackenberg, Braves, RHP
121. Ethan O’Donnell, Reds, OF
122. Patrick Copen, Dodgers, RHP
123. Brett Callahan, Tigers, OF
124. Kristian Campbell, Red Sox, SS
125. Teddy McGraw, Mariners, RHP
126. Roc Riggio, Yankees, 2B
127. Brock Vradenburg, Marlins, 1B
128. Jaxon Wiggins, Cubs, RHP
129. Ryan Lasko, Athletics, OF
130. Hunter Haas, Rays, SS
131. Hunter Owen, Royals, 3B
132. Joe Vetrano, Dodgers, 1B
133. Eriq Swan, Dodgers, RHP
134. Caden Scarborough, Rangers, RHP
135. Brandon Sproat, Mets, RHP
136. Sean Sullivan, Pirates, LHP
137. Maui Ahuna, Giants, SS
138. Michael Carico, Cubs, C
139. Boston Baro, Mets, SS
140. Levi Wells, Orioles, RHP
141. Josh Rivera, Cubs, SS
142. Dylan Campbell, Dodgers, SS
143. Garret Forrester, Pirates, 3B
144. C.J. Kayfus, Guardians, 1B
145. Cole Miller, Athletics, RHP
146. Cooper Ingle, Guardians, C
147. Seth Keener, White Sox, RHP
148. Skyler Hales, Rangers, RHP
149. Tanner Hall, Twins, RHP
150. Avery Owusu-Asiedu, Phillies, OF