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Dynasty Hot 100: Your Fantasy Draft Guide To First-Year Players

Baseball America reports on the draft and international amateur market year round. With that in mind, we decided to focus our collective scouting intel and intuition into the first ever Dynasty Hot 100 ranking to help inform fantasy players during dynasty draft season.

Senior writer Ben Badler covers the July 2 international market for BA. National writer Carlos Collazo covers the draft. The two combined their expertise to create the basis for the Dynasty Hot 100, which ranks first-year prospects for dynasty leagues from a BA point of view.

The vast majority of players covered in the Dynasty Hot 100 were either 2019 draft picks or Latin American amateurs who signed during the 2019-20 international signing period. These talent sources supply the most coveted prospects in typical 2020 dynasty drafts.

Most dynasty leagues draft in February or March. That's why our Dynasty Hot 100 eligibility window encompasses all players who signed with a major league organization for the first time since last March 1.

H stands for batting/pitching hand, where an asterisk (*) denotes lefthanded, blank signifies righthanded and a pound sign (#) means switch-hitter.
— We omit signing bonuses for Venezuelan players for safety concerns.
BA Grades appear in the 2020 Prospect Handbook and estimate players' projected major league value on the 20-80 scouting scale.

1*CJ AbramsSSSD19HS224$5,200,00065V High2023
Shows feel for the barrel to go with game-changing speed and potential impact extra-base power
2Andrew Vaughn1BCWS224YR303$7,221,20060High2021
High-probability big leaguer thanks to lengthy hitting track record; excellent zone control and power
3Bobby Witt Jr.SSKC20HS242$7,787,40065V High2023
Close to a lock to stick at shortstop and overflowing with plus tools; if he hits, he's a superstar
4#Adley RutschmanCBAL224YR51$8,100,00070High2021
Potential franchise catcher has high offensive, defensive ceiling; plus abundance of leadership, pedigree
5#Jasson DominguezOFNYY17IFA381$5,100,00065Extreme2024
Explosive power/speed package, but also an advanced hitter for his age with high all-around baseball savvy
6*JJ BledayOFMIA224YR466$6,670,00060High2021
Hitting ability and recently developed power should allow him to profile in a corner; solid speed
7*Corbin CarrollOFARI19HS9012$3,745,50055V High2023
Patient, disciplined approach and routinely puts the barrel on the ball; fast and savvy baserunner
8*Riley GreeneOFDET19HS495$6,180,70060V High2023
Plus hitting potential with a smooth lefthanded swing; raw power now that could translate in the future
9Luis RodriguezOFLAD17IFA260Extreme2024
A sweet swing, big power and a track record of hitting well in games, both for average and power
10*Erick PenaOFKC17IFA3$3,897,50055Extreme2024
Outstanding blend of high physical upside to project for big power and an advanced bat
11Maximo AcostaSSTEX17IFA460Extreme2024
Draws comps to Gleyber Torres both physically and skill set; shortstop who can hit, hit with power
12#Greg JonesSSTB214YR51$3,024,50050High2022
Elite runner who will steal plenty of bags with impressive on-base skills; could wind up in center
13*Nick LodoloLHPCIN224YR788$5,432,40055High2022
Control and polish over pure stuff with a high likelihood of turning into a No. 4-type starter
14George KirbyRHPSEA224YR20$3,242,90055High2022
Advanced strike-thrower who works off a plus fastball and has shown flashes with secondaries
15*Brett Baty3BNYM20HS15$3,900,00055Extreme2023
Older, lefthanded prep bat with outstanding power to all fields and improved defense at third
16Josh Jung3BTEX224YR9317$4,400,00055High2022
Opposite-field approach has limited in-game power to this point, but should hit for a high average
17*Bryson StottSSPHI224YR10$3,900,00055High2022
Solid all-around player with some power and speed; good chance to stick in the middle infield
18*Hunter BishopOFSF224YR7$4,097,50055V High2022
High-risk, high-reward type with outstanding raw tools, but a limited track record of hitting
19*Braden ShewmakeSSATL224YR27$3,129,80055High2021
Athletic, lefthanded hitter who can play all over the field; frame suggests increased power is possible
20#Robert PuasonSSOAK17IFA5$5,100,00055Extreme2025
Excellent athlete with high-end tools at a premium position, though some risk in bat
21*Zack ThompsonLHPSTL224YR11$3,000,00055High2022
Swing-and-miss stuff in the zone with steadily improved control; medical history adds risk
22#Logan DavidsonSSOAK224YR19$2,424,60050High2022
Physical shortstop with power-speed combination; poor wood bat history introduces high risk
23*Yoshitomo TsutsugoOFTB28NPB50Medium2020
Counting numbers won't be as impressive in the U.S. but should be capable of 20+ HR in a platoon role
24*Gunnar HendersonSSBAL19HS30$2,300,00055Extreme2023
Offers defensive, offensive upside; plus arm and increasing power with added strength
25#Michael Toglia1BCOL214YR63$2,725,00055High2022
Younger for a college player with an exciting blend of power and on-base skills; limited to 1B
26*Blake WalstonLHPARI19HS40$2,450,00055Extreme2024
Lean, athletic and projectable lefthander; one of the best strike-throwers in the 2019 prep class
27Bayron LoraOFTEX17IFA6$3,900,00055Extreme2025
Swing and miss risk, yes, but a chance for 40-plus homers if everything clicks
28Jackson RutledgeRHPWAS21JC14$3,450,00055High2022
An 80-grade fastball and multiple plus secondary offerings give plenty of upside; some reliever risk
29Alek ManoahRHPTOR224YR13$4,547,50055High2022
High-octane fastball/slider combination gives him two plus pitches; lack of a third adds reliever risk
30#Adael AmadorSSCOL17IFA7$1,500,00055Extreme2025
Relatively polished for his age, good bat from both sides of the plate with chance for power as well
31Matt AllanRHPNYM19HS16$2,500,00055Extreme2023
Physically mature prep righty with power fastball/curveball combination and No. 3 upside
32*Hudson HeadOFSD18HS128$3,000,00050Extreme2023
High upside with raw tools, but limited prep track record; has plenty of speed and raw power
33*Hedbert PerezOFMIL17IFA855Extreme2025
Chance for plus speed-power combination with a sweet swing and high baseball IQ
34*Michael Busch2BLAD224YR24$2,312,00055High2022
Strong lefthanded bat with power potential and some defensive versatility; undersized for first base
35Will WilsonSSSF214YR22$3,397,50050High2022
Lacks the speed of a typical shortstop but brings a high-level bat and solid-average power
36*Brandon WilliamsonLHPSEA224YR86$925,00055High2022
Under-the-radar lefthander with big upside thanks to pure stuff; excellent K and BB rates
37#Arol VeraSSLAA17IFA955Extreme2025
Physical shortstop may end up at third base, but hitting ability and power jump out
38*Jhon DiazOFTB17IFA10$1,500,00050Extreme2025
Little, but one of the top pure hitters in the 2019 IFA class with good speed and sneaky pop
39#Reggie PreciadoSSSD17IFA12$1,300,00050Extreme2025
6-foot-4 shortstop has performed well in games, high physical upside for power spike once he adds weight
40Aaron Schunk3BCOL224YR117$1,102,70050High2022
Two-way player in college without any standout tool, but solid hit/power combo and impressive debut
41Quinn PriesterRHPPIT19HS23$3,400,00055Extreme2024
Checks plenty of boxes with clean delivery, solid frame, good strikes and solid stuff with room for more
42Brennan MaloneRHPPIT19HS18$2,202,20055Extreme2024
Elite frame with a fastball regularly into upper 90s; needs more consistent secondaries to start
43Daniel EspinoRHPCLE19HS25$2,500,00055Extreme2024
Exceptional upside potential thanks to potential 80-grade fastball; size and arm action add reliever risk
44Matt CanterinoRHPMIN224YR34$1,100,00050High2023
Solid three-pitch mix plays up with deception; long track record of starting success at Rice
45Seth JohnsonRHPTB214YR28$1,722,50050High2023
Athletic, converted righthander has the raw tools to succeed but needs plenty of refinement; plus fastball
46Kody Hoese3BLAD224YR29$2,740,30055High2022
A breakout junior campaign at Tulane led to a first-round selection; big power but limited track record
47*Kameron MisnerOFMIA224YR26$2,115,00050High2022
Above-average tools across the board with 70-grade raw power; overly passive approach hurts him
48JJ GossRHPTB19HS33$2,042,90055Extreme2024
Polished prep strike-thrower who improved stuff as a senior to increase upside; strong fastball, slider
49Shea LangeliersCATL224YR9$3,997,50055High2022
Standout catch-and-throw skills make him a high-probability big leaguer; average bat and solid power
50Josh WolfRHPNYM19HS54$2,150,00055Extreme2024
Added strength in senior year pushed fastball velocity to 97 mph; natural feel to spin an easy plus curveball
51Jimmy LewisRHPLAD19HS56$1,097,50055Extreme2024
Tantalizing upside with a 6-foot-6 frame, pro bloodlines, clean delivery; has plenty of starter traits
52Robert DominguezRHPNYM18IFA1155Extreme2025
Huge pop-up arm; a lot of unknowns still, but starter traits and up to 99 mph
53#Jose SalasSSMIA17IFA1350Extreme2025
Power-speed potential, plus runner now with physicality to impact ball; OF move is possible
54*Bryant PackardOFDET224YR118$386,60045High2022
Plus hit potential with extensive collegiate track record to go with plus raw power; limited defensively
55Keoni CavacoSSMIN19HS31$4,050,00055Extreme2024
Biggest pop-up player in the 2019 class thanks to plus raw power and arm strength; epic struggle in debut
56Peyton BurdickOFMIA234YR183$397,50050High2022
Undersized, right-right corner outfielder brings massive power and solid speed; impressive pro debut
57Brenton DoyleOFCOL224YR199$500,00045High2023
Plus runner with above-average arm strength and power; outstanding debut in Pioneer League
58*Ismael MenaOFSD17IFA15$2,200,00050Extreme2025
70-grade runner; high contact bat from 6-foot-2 frame; projectable body, sweet swing
59Benyamin BaileyOFCWS18IFA$35,00050Extreme2024
Physical monster led the DSL in OBP; above-average run and power, though will likely slow down
60Alexander RamirezOFNYM17IFA16$2,050,00050Extreme2025
Bat risk is there, but power-speed combo, excellent athlete with high physical upside
61Roberto CamposOFDET17IFA17$2,850,00050Extreme2024
Short stroke and big power from Detroit's big-dollar IFA signing
62#Jose PastranoSSCLE17IFA1850Extreme2025
Quick, compact swing from both sides with above-average speed as well
63Kevin MadeSSCHC17IFA20$1,500,00050Extreme2025
Fast hands, surpsing pop for wiry build and a knack for contact in games
64Matthew ThompsonRHPCWS19HS48$2,100,00055Extreme2024
Long track record of prep dominance with mid-90s fastball, potential plus slider; needs to improve control
65Chase Strumpf2BCHC224YR42$1,050,30050High2023
Offensive-minded 2B with solid hit tool and good walk rate; below-average arm and fringy glove
66Davis Wendzel3BTEX234YR55$1,600,00050V High2023
Well-rounded, hit-over-power college 3B and impressive athlete who can play SS in a pinch
67*Ethan SmallLHPMIL234YR45$1,800,00050High2021
Potential fast-mover who led D-I in strikeouts; average stuff plays up with deception and excellent control
68*Tyler Callihan2BCIN20HS37$1,497,50050Extreme2023
Advanced prep bat with above-average hit, power potential; defensive home uncertain, likely 3B or 2B
69#Dauris LorenzoSSHOU16IFA23$1,800,00050Extreme2025
Not at toolsy as other IFA shortstops, but sweet swing from both sides with good bat control
70#Estiven MachadoSSTOR17IFA2455Extreme2025
Quick-twitch athlete with a short, efficient swing from both sides to hit in games
71Aeverson ArteagaSSSF17IFA2550Extreme2025
Well-rounded SS with plus speed, good bat-to-ball skills, high baseball IQ
72*Shogo AkiyamaOFCIN32NPB45Low2020
Must battle for ABs in crowded outfield, but has a chance to be a Nori Aoki type with less steals, more power
73*Logan Wyatt1BSF224YR36$997,50050High2023
Physical 1B who loves to walk and knows the zone better than most; needs to tap into power
74Brady McConnellSSKC224YR59$2,222,50050High2023
Exciting power-speed combination comes with plenty of strikeouts; likely to move off of SS
75#Nasim NunezSSMIA19HS43$2,200,00055Extreme2024
70-grade runner with a chance to be disruptive on the bases, but very light bat; gifted defender
76*Ronnier QuinteroCCHC17IFA14$2,900,00050Extreme2025
Defensive questions, but huge raw power for a catcher, drives ball with ease to all fields
77Nick Quintana3BDET224YR81$1,580,20045High2023
Elite prep prospect out of Las Vegas; hit for power in college but strikes out at a high clip; solid defender
78#Michael HarrisOFATL18HS248$547,50055Extreme2023
Two-way prep player with upside as a hitter thanks to power-speed combo; pushed aggressively in debut
79*Antoine KellyLHPMIL20JC242$1,025,10050High2023
Upper-90s fastball from big-framed lefty; potential above-average slider but inconsistent control
80*Emmanuel RodriguezOFMIN17IFA19$2,500,00050Extreme2025
Likely corner OF with a simple, quiet LH swing who drives ball well to all fields
81*Sammy SianiOFPIT19HS44$2,150,00055Extreme2023
Smooth, consistent swing from the left side; above-average hitting potential but lacks standout tools
82Jasiah DixonOFPIT18HS189$225,00045Extreme2024
Exciting athlete with 70-grade speed, raw power and arm strength; could fit in CF or RF; strong pro debut
83*Luis MedinaOFMIL17IFA21$1,300,00050Extreme2025
Raw power among the best in the IFA class; power-over-hit profile
84Anthony VolpeSSNYY19HS52$2,740,30055Extreme2023
Bulldog mentality and natural leader with solid tools and polished defense; greater than the sum of parts
85Kendall WilliamsRHPTOR19HS58$1,547,50055Extreme2024
Tall, lanky RHP has shown feel for five pitches and good strikes despite size; creates good angle
86Drey JamesonRHPARI224YR50$1,400,00050High2023
Electric arm speed out of an undersized frame; up to 97 mph with average slider; below-average control
87Matthew LugoSSBOS19HS74$1,100,00055Extreme2024
Potential for five above-average tools, but plenty of refinement needed on both sides; projectable frame
88James BeardOFCWS19HS100$350,00050Extreme2024
One of baseball's fastest players; began hitting for surprising power as a senior but faces hit tool questions
89Joshua MearsOFSD19HS93$1,000,00050Extreme2023
Physically mature, right-right corner outfield type with now power and more to come in the future
90Brandon Lewis3BLAD214YR215$372,50045High2023
70-grade raw power out of an easy swing and strong frame; limited history against high-quality pitching
91Brayan MedinaRHPSD17IFA22$700,00050Extreme2025
Athletic power arm up to 95 mph, chance to throw 100; SP components with three-pitch mix
92*John DoxakisLHPTB214YR53$1,127,20050High2023
Lefty with a fringy fastball; he gets by with funk, deception and command
93*Tommy HenryLHPARI224YR46$750,00045High2023
Consistent, polished LHP with above-average three-pitch mix; trending in the right direction stuff-wise
94Cameron Cannon2BBOS224YR94$1,300,00050V High2023
A solid college hitter with fringe power; utility potential thanks to defensive versatility
95#Ivan Johnson2BCIN21JC110$397,50045Extreme2023
Plus raw power from both sides, but some holes in the swing that could be exploited; average runner
96Andrew DalquistRHPCWS19HS67$2,000,00055Extreme2024
Standout athleticism and strike-throwing with a solid, if unspectacular, three-pitch mix
97Trejyn FletcherOFSTL19HS64$1,500,00050Extreme2024
Ultra-athletic with plus arm, plus raw power and plus speed; very limited prep track record of hitting
98Jack KochanowiczRHPLAA19HS61$1,247,50050Extreme2024
Big prep righty with current physicallity and more room to add velocity; stuff plays up thanks to extension
99Kyren ParisSSLAA18HS70$1,400,00050Extreme2024
One of the youngest players in the 2019 class with excellent speed and defensive skill; limited power
100*Matt WallnerOFMIN224YR49$1,800,00050High2023
Two-way collegian with plus arm strength; prefers hitting and could play RF with plus power potential

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