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We here at Baseball America are excited to culminate a full offseason of dynasty baseball rankings with an expansion of our dynasty list to 700 players.
It’s important to note that these rankings are not measuring 2023 value or projected 2024 value. Conversely, these rankings look at a three-to-five-year window and look to balance a variety of scoring types.
Looking to go even deeper? Here are our Preseason Top 30s for every organization.
Within each writeup we make reference to players who might be worth moving up in your rankings if you’re in an OBP or points style scoring format. All 2023 rankings referenced within these rankings are based on Razzball’s player rater, a free tool that measures each player’s fantasy value per season.
We’ve also ranked players by position and also outlined which players to target or fade, as well as potential sleepers. You can find all of our 2024 fantasy coverage here.
In closing, this was the handwork of the entire team at Baseball America but was curated by Geoff Pontes and Dylan White. Baseball America subscribers can access the full list and a downloadable file at the bottom of this post.
Let the fantasy season begin!
1. Ronald Acuna Jr., OF, Braves — The reigning NL MVP is fresh off hitting 41 home runs and stealing 73 bases in 2023. He’s still just 26 years old in 2024 and is at the forefront of an elite group of players with power-speed combinations at the top.
2. Julio Rodriguez, OF, Mariners — At age 22, Rodriguez produced his first 30 home run and 30 stolen base season while scoring 102 runs and driving in 103 RBIs. He is a slam dunk top-three pick in all dynasty formats.
3. Corbin Carroll, OF, D-backs — The NL Rookie of the Year and Baseball America’s Rookie of the Year led the D-Backs to the World Series and is fresh off a rookie season where he hit .285/.362/.506 with 25 home runs and 54 stolen bases. Carroll is blessed with an outlier combination of plate skills, power and speed.
4. Fernando Tatis Jr., OF, Padres — Despite missing all of 2022 and the beginning of 2023 with a wrist injury and an 80-game PED suspension, Tatis returned to his classic form hitting 25 home runs and stealing 29 bases. His overall slashline numbers were down but his strikeout rate was the lowest of his career.
5. Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Royals — After a strong rookie campaign in 2022, Witt took it to another level in 2023 hitting 30 home runs with 49 stolen bases and a .276 batting average. Witt takes a slight hit in OBP leagues due to his low walk rate, but is still a slam dunk top 5-10 pick in all formats.
6. Kyle Tucker, OF, Astros — Tucker is heading into his age-27 season in 2024. He came up one homer short of his first 30-homer, 30-steal season in 2023. Tucker has averaged 30 home runs a year over the last three seasons and has stolen 69 bases since 2021.
7. Juan Soto, OF, Yankees — Soto’s elite on-base ability makes him a potential category winner in OBP leagues, but his combination of hitting ability and 30+ home run power places him among the elite. Soto lacks the stolen base numbers of the names ahead of him, but he’s capable of being the No. 1 player in dynasty heading into his peak seasons.
8. Yordan Alvarez, OF, Astros — Alvarez joins Soto as the two players with the best combination of hitting skills and power – and it can be argued he’s the better of the two. At age 26, Alvarez is coming off his third consecutive 30-homer season and provides a high batting average floor for a premium slugger.
9. Shohei Ohtani, UTIL/SP, Dodgers — When healthy, Ohtani is arguably the top player in any daily roster format because he can be toggled between hitter and pitcher. Regardless of what pitcher Ohtani provides in 2024, Ohtani the hitter slugged 44 home runs, stole 20 bases and hit .304/.412/.654 in 135 games.
10. Aaron Judge, OF, Yankees — Judge was held to just 106 games in 2023 after slugging 62 homers in 2022. Injuries have plagued Judge’s career, but his combination of elite power and on-base skills are enough to produce a top-five fantasy season in any given year. Judge’s health and age – he’ll be 32 for most of next season – are potential risks.
11. Mookie Betts, 2B/OF, Dodgers — Had it not been for Acuña’s spectacular 2023, Betts may have run away with the NL MVP. Betts set a career high in home runs for a second consecutive season, while scoring 120+ runs for the fourth time in his career. Betts shows no signs of slowing down heading into his age-31 season and has gained positional eligibility at second base this season.
12. Spencer Strider, RHP, Braves — Pitchers are risky choices in dynasty, but Strider is the best of the bunch. While his ERA of 3.85 in 2023 was heavily driven by luck, he’s viewed much more favorably by estimators like xFIP and FIP. Strider’s league-leading 281 strikeouts were the most by a starter since 2019.
13. Matt Olson, 1B, Braves — Olson led MLB in homers (54) while topping the 50-homer mark for the first time in his career in 2023. Beyond his 80-grade power, Olson’s strikeout rate has improved each of the last two seasons and he hit a career-best .283 at 29 years old. Olson is squarely in his peak and the type of elite power hitter that ages well.
14. Gunnar Henderson, SS/3B, Orioles — Henderson hit 28 home runs and scored 100 runs en route to an AL Rookie of the Year award. Henderson has some improvements to make against lefthanded pitching, but heads into his age-22 season in 2024 with the ability to return top-two round fantasy value for the next decade.
15. Corey Seager, SS, Rangers — The Rangers superstar is fresh off a historic playoff run, but it’s his top-20 finish among positional players in 2023 that pushes him inside the top 15 overall. Seager hit .327/.390/.623 with 33 home runs in 2023 and returns as the catalyst of a loaded lineup.
16. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B, Blue Jays — Guerrero’s power numbers have trended down in consecutive seasons since his elite 2021 campaign, lending credence to the boost minor league parks provided that season. Despite those concerns, Guerrero is still just 25 years old in 2024 and has a high power and batting average floor with an MVP-caliber ceiling.
17. Junior Caminero, 3B, Rays — Caminero hit his way to the majors at 20 years old and is the top prospect in our rankings. He’ll still be 20 for most of 2024 and has the potential to be among the best combinations of elite power and batting average.
18. Wyatt Langford, OF, Rangers — Langford is neck and neck with Caminero as the top dynasty prospect. He offers a strong combination of fantasy relevant tools with plus-plus power, excellent plate skills and a potential plush landing spot in the world champion Rangers lineup.
19. Austin Riley, 3B, Braves — The Braves lineup in 2023 was among the most deadly in MLB history and Riley was among four Braves hitters that ranked within the top-15 position players for fantasy. Riley hit .281/.345/.516 with 37 home runs in his age-26 season and has provided that level of production in three consecutive seasons.
20. Jose Ramirez, 3B, Guardians — Ramirez hit 24 home runs and stole 28 bases in his age-30 season, surpassing the 20 home run and 20 stolen base mark for the fifth time in his career. Ramirez’s numbers were down a little in 2023 from his previous two seasons, but he still returned top-25 positional value and should continue to do so in the coming seasons.
21. Bryce Harper, 1B, Phillies — A long-time superstar in all formats, Harper always gets a slight bump in OBP style. After missing the beginning of 2023 recovering from elbow surgery, Harper returned and hit .293/.401/.499 with 21 home runs and 11 steals over 126 games. With the move to first base, Harper at 31 years old has plenty of runway to remain a top fantasy producer for years to come.
22. Freddie Freeman, 1B, Dodgers — Freeman is an older but still an elite producer in fantasy baseball at age 34. He hit .331/.410/.567 with 29 home runs and over 100 runs and 100 RBIs for the second consecutive season. Freeman still has plenty of years left of upper-echelon production with elite plate skills and 25+ home run power.
23. Gerrit Cole, SP, Yankees — Fresh off his first Cy Young Award, Cole is still an elite pitcher at age 33. The strikeouts were down in 2023 but the production was excellent and he’s a plug-and-play 200-inning starter. He may have three to four (or more) years left of elite production.
24. Michael Harris II, OF, Braves — Harris can get lost in the fold because there are so many standouts in the Braves lineup. In his age-22 season, Harris nearly replicated his rookie performance despite producing a .725 OPS in this first half. Harris takes a hit in OBP leagues but his combination of power, speed and batting average provide a high floor with projection for more.
25. Rafael Devers, 3B, Red Sox — One of the premier power hitters in the game, Devers reached the 30 home run plateau for the third time at age 26. Devers provides a high batting average and power floor with improving on-base skills. He’s the last of the top tier of third baseman still available.
26. Eury Perez, RHP, Marlins — Perez debuted on May 12 a little less than a month after his 20th birthday, He made 19 starts for the Marlins producing a 3.15 ERA and a 28.9% strikeout rate. Perez shows a good combination of stuff, command and poise at such a young age that should provide a decade plus of production.
27. Pete Alonso, 1B, Mets — Despite hitting .217 in 2023, Alonso hit 46 home runs and drove in 118 RBIs finishing inside the top-25 of positional players. One of the premier power hitters in the game heading into his age-29 season in 2024, Alonso should have another five plus seasons of elite power production.
28. Luis Robert Jr., OF, White Sox — Robert provided the elite fantasy season in 2023 that many had anticipated would surface as he hit .264/.315/.542 with 38 home runs and 20 stolen bases. There’s still a highwire act Robert needs to walk with his low walk rate and high strikeout rate, but his combination of power and speed is extremely valuable.
29. Ozzie Albies, 2B, Braves — In his age-26 season Albies hit new highs in home runs and RBIs while hitting .280/.336/.513. He takes a slight hit in OBP, but Albies finished in the top three at the second base position and has arguably the best long-term outlook among elite options at the position.
30. Jackson Chourio, OF, Brewers — The Brewers committed $82 million over the next eight years to lock Chourio up, giving a good indication of their plans for the 19-year-old outfielder. Chourio has an explosive combination of power and speed with good underlying skills. He could rank in the top 10 a year from now.
31. Jackson Holliday, SS, Orioles — Holliday burst onto the scene in 2023 with a loud first full professional season, hitting .323/.442/.499 with 12 home runs and 24 stolen bases. Holliday played at all four full-season levels and finished the season with 18 games at Triple-A. Holliday could be up early in 2024. His elite plate skills and on-base ability make him valuable regardless of scoring style or format.
32. Bo Bichette, SS, Blue Jays — Bichette’s stolen bases dropped for the second consecutive season as he dealt with injury. Whether the 20-20 seasons for Bichette are gone is a matter of debate. Still, he’s a career .299 hitter with 20+ home run upside entering his age 26 season.
33. Elly De La Cruz, SS, Reds — De La Cruz is a good measure of your risk tolerance. Few players can match his explosive skills, especially his easy plus-plus power and speed. But De La Cruz needs to cut his strikeout rate and improve his plate discipline to reach his first-round potential. He’s a highly volatile investment.
34. Evan Carter, OF, Rangers — The Rangers showed supreme confidence in Carter throughout their championship run and for good reason. Carter has an extremely refined set of plate skills with 20+ stolen base speed and more power to come. Carter is 21 years old and could be a difference maker in OBP and points formats for the next decade.
35. Adley Rutschman, C, Orioles — The top catcher in dynasty baseball, the switch-hitting Rutschman hit .277/.374/.435 with 20 home runs in his first full major league season. Rutschman enters 2024 at 26 years old heading into his prime years with a rapidly improving Orioles lineup and core. Rutschman is the only catcher in consideration among the top 50 dynasty players.
36. Corbin Burnes, RHP, Brewers — 2023 was a down year for Burnes. He ranked 20th among pitchers as his strikeout rate dropped, walk rate rose and his ERA jumped nearly half a run. Despite the down season, Burnes still possesses an elite pitch in his cut fastball with a deep arsenal of average or better secondaries. Burnes could bounce back in 2024 at age 29 with plenty of good years remaining.
37. Royce Lewis, 3B, Twins — A string of injuries robbed Lewis of much of the last three seasons, but 2023 gave us a glimpse of what he can be when in the field. Lewis hit .309/.372/.548 with 15 home runs over 58 games. Lewis is 24 years old entering 2024 and is poised for a breakout with a full healthy season.
38. Triston Casas, 1B, Red Sox — Despite dark days at Fenway in 2023, Casas was a true bright spot hitting .263/.367/.490 with 24 home runs as a rookie. Casas will be 24 for all of 2024 and has the skills to develop into one of the top batting average and power hitters in fantasy.
39. Jordan Walker, OF, Cardinals — Walker hit .276/.342/.445 with 16 home runs and seven stolen bases over 117 games as a rookie despite taking a month-long detour in Triple-A. Walker has a high batting average floor, improving approach and plus-plus power he’s still learning to get to consistently in games. Walker could develop into one of the top hitters in fantasy if he takes another step forward in the coming years.
40. George Kirby, RHP, Mariners — The 25-year-old Kirby may have the best command of any pitcher in baseball. He showed the ability to handle a heavy workload, throwing more than 190 innings in 2023. Kirby has an excellent fastball and his slider and curveball took big steps forward last season. Kirby ranked 11th overall among starters for fantasy in 2023.
41. Trea Turner, SS, Phillies — After a down first half that saw Turner hit .247/.299/.389 over the first 88 games of the season, Turner returned to form in the second half hitting .292/.348/.554. Turner seemed to settle into his new surroundings and finished with his third consecutive 20 home run and 20 stolen base season.
42. Randy Arozarena, OF, Rays — After starring in the World Baseball Classic for Mexico, Arozarena set career highs in 2023 in home runs, runs and walk rate on his way to finishing as the 48th overall player in fantasy. Arozarena will be 29 entering 2024 and the late bloomer has shown no signs of slowing down as he enters his 30s.
43. Mike Trout, OF, Angels — Once the universal top pick in dynasty drafts for the better part of a decade, Trout is now 32 years old and hasn’t played more than 140 games in a season since 2016. Trout doesn’t run any longer but his power and hitting ability should allow him to be productive into his 30s if his health permits.
44. Yoshinobu Yamamoto, RHP, Dodgers — 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.
45. Kevin Gausman, RHP, Blue Jays — Gausman threw 175+ innings with an ERA under 3.40 and notched over 200 strikeouts for the third consecutive year. He turns 33 years old before the 2024 season, but Gausman should still be counted on for top-10 starting pitcher production for 2024 and sub-4.00 ERAs through 2026.
46. Pablo Lopez, RHP, Twins — Lopez posted a career-high 194 innings and 4.5 fWAR at age 27 after the Twins acquired him from the Marlins for Luis Arraez. All of Lopez’s ERA estimators (xERA, FIP, xFIP, SIERA) were even lower than his 3.66 ERA. As long as he’s healthy, Lopez should have a low ERA, low WHIP and 9+ K/9 for the next three years. A model of consistency, he has never had an ERA, xFIP, FIP, SIERA, or xERA above 4.00 in the 2020s.
47. Grayson Rodriguez, RHP, Orioles — While his debut wasn’t what Orioles fans hoped, Gray-Rod returned in July with a vengeance after a reclamation at Triple-A and pitched to a 2.58 ERA with a 24% strikeout rate in 13 starts.
48. Luis Castillo, RHP, Mariners — The Mariners ace put together another standout season finishing as the sixth-best pitcher in fantasy in 2023. Castillo has transformed from a groundball-heavy fireballer to one of the best strikeout pitchers in the game. At age 31, Castillo still has several more seasons of top-10 fantasy starter production remaining.
49. CJ Abrams, SS, Padres — Abrams ranked as the No. 8 shortstop in fantasy on the strength of 18 homers and 47 steals, even despite posting a 90 wRC+ in 2023. He’s still young and has many more years to grow as a hitter while already providing elite stolen base numbers and power.
50. Francisco Lindor, SS, Mets — At age 29, Lindor had his first 30 home run and 30 stolen base season in 2023. It’d be foolish to expect Lindor to continue to put up 30-30 seasons as he ages, but he hasn’t stopped running yet. Lindor is on the wrong side of 30 years old but is still one of the best hitters in the game.
51. Oneil Cruz, SS, Pirates — Few players push fantasy managers’ imaginations into hyperdrive the way Oneil Cruz does. His combination of top of the scale power, plate skills and speed provide glimpses of superstar upside. An ankle injury that required surgery robbed managers of his 2023 season, but he’s fully recovered and ready for 2024. Cruz is a risk/reward pick in dynasty that could pay dividends.
52. Tarik Skubal, LHP, Tigers — When Skubal returned from flexor tendon surgery in July, he gained nearly two mph on his fastball and subsequently finished the season with a 0.90 WHIP, 2.80 ERA and was arguably one of the best pitchers in the second half of 2023. Heading into his age-27 season and calling the most home run-suppressing stadium in Comerica Park home, projection systems generally expect him to be a top-five pitcher in 2024 and for the next three years.
53. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Dodgers — A career 3.89 ERA and 1.21 WHIP pitcher, Glasnow will call Dodger Stadium home for the next four years after the Dodgers acquired him from the Rays and signed him to a new four-year, $110 million extension. He missed all of 2022 due to Tommy John surgery and his 2023 debut was delayed two months while tending to a preseason oblique injury. Still, Glasnow managed to throw the most innings of his career in 2023. Never having an xFIP or FIP over 4.00 since 2017, Glasnow’s primary issue has been staying on the field. One word of caution: Glasnow has consistently given up barrels and hard hits at a higher rate than expected and Dodger Stadium is second only to Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park for home run propensity. Assuming that suppressing hard contact isn’t something a pitcher significantly controls, expect a top-10 starting pitcher for the next three years.
54. Riley Greene, OF, Tigers — There were high hopes for the No. 5 pick in the 2019 draft entering his first full season in 2023. Disappointingly, a broken fibula and later Tommy John surgery in his non-throwing arm led to fewer plate appearances than he had in 2022. Still, over two partial MLB seasons, Greene has a 108 wRC+ with few holes in his game. As he heads into his age-23 season, expect solid, if not spectacular, numbers across five categories in 2024 as he hits at the top of an improved Tigers lineup.
55. Manny Machado, 3B, Padres — Machado has averaged more than 600 plate appearances and 30 homers over the last three seasons, but his .258 average and 114 wRC+ in 2023 were his lowest marks since 2019. He underwent right elbow surgery after the season, which may explain the drop in production. Machado still offers offensive production 25% above league average — and should remain above-average for at least five more years — but he may not be a top-10 third baseman after 2024.
56. Marcus Semien, 2B, Rangers –Semien leads all second basemen in home runs, runs and RBIs over the last three seasons. He is a pillar of durability, making 700 or more plate appearances in each of his last five full seasons. At age 33, Semien still has five years left on his contract and finds himself at the top of a strong lineup with a talented core. He hit .276/.348/.478 scoring 122 runs with 100 RBI in 2023. Semien is one of the top names at the position, but he could start to regress as he ages into his mid 30s.
57. Matt McLain, 2B, Reds — McLain’s prospect status tumbled heading into 2023, but a scorching hot 40 games to open the season with Triple-A Louisville led to a mid-May callup. McLain hit .290/.357/.507 with 16 home runs over 89 games. His 128 wRC+ ranked fifth among all rookies and second basemen with a minimum of 400 plate appearances. McLain qualifies as both a second baseman and shortstop entering 2023, giving him a slight value bump for his flexibility.
58. Zac Gallen, RHP, D-backs — The D-backs ace built on his breakout 2022, ranking as the fourth-best pitcher in fantasy baseball in 2023. Gallen has shown the ability to go 200+ innings and has the swing and miss stuff and command to rank among the top starters in the game for years to come.
59. Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros –Altuve fractured his thumb in the World Baseball Classic and missed more than a month to begin the 2023 season. He returned in mid May and played 32 games before an oblique injury forced Altuve back onto the IL for most of July. In the 58 games following his return on July 26, we saw vintage Altuve, as he hit .335/.404/.544 with 11 home runs. The high stolen base totals are gone, but Altuve provides an extremely high batting average floor with an opportunity to score 90+ runs with 70+ RBIs over the next few seasons even as he ages into his mid 30s.
60. Zack Wheeler, RHP, Phillies –Now 33, Wheeler has made good on his once highly-rated prospect status and developed into one of the more consistent top-of-the-rotation starters in the game. Wheeler has averaged 30 starts and 186 innings per year over the last three seasons, posting a 3.08 ERA, 3.14 xFIP with 10.0 K/9 and 1.92 BB/9. Wheeler still has a few more high-level seasons remaining, health permitting.
61. Bobby Miller, RHP, Dodgers — Miller’s excellent rookie season was lost in the haze of a historic rookie class. The fireballing righthander showcased a strong combination of stuff and pitchability in his debut. Over 22 starts, Miller walked just 6.3% of batters faced while driving groundballs at a rate of 47.7% and an 11.3% swinging strike rate. Miller shows a balance of power stuff, strike-throwing and flyball suppression that should help him develop into a frontline starter.
62. Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Tigers –In his first full season with the Tigers, the former Arizona State star hit 31 home runs with 16 of them coming in the final two months. Even with Riley Greene missing a large part of the season, Torkelson managed 94 RBIs. Heading into his age-24 season, you can count on 30 home run seasons for a while in a Detroit lineup that should be getting better.
63. Gleyber Torres, 2B, Yankees — After mediocre results in 2020 and 2021, Torres’ resurgence in 2022 gathered further steam as he took another step forward in his age-26 season in 2023. He produced a career-low strikeout rate (14.6%) while his walk rate (10%) climbed to double digits for the first time over a full season. With improved contact and on-base ability, Torres now has value for across a variety of formats, and at age 27 he’s entering his prime in a Yankees lineup that now boasts Juan Soto.
64. Francisco Alvarez, C, Mets — Prior to the 2023 season, we projected Alvarez to have a wRC+ at peak of around 130. After putting together a 97 wRC+ in his 423 plate appearance major league debut at age 21, that prime projection remains the same. If anything, his improved defense and ability to handle a rotation makes him an even more desirable target.
65. Jazz Chisholm Jr., OF, Marlins — In his first full season as an outfielder, the toolsy Bahamian performed well defensively but unfortunately had a hard time staying on the field, dealing with turf toe, an oblique injury, knee and hamstring issues. When he’s on the field, he is an electrifying blend of power and speed. Over his major league career, he’s averaged 25+ home runs and 30 stolen bases per 600 plate appearances. The 26-year-old’s aggressive approach though leads to below-average batting average and OBP.
66. Freddy Peralta, RHP, Brewers — As good as Tarik Skubal was in the second half, Peralta’s strikeout-to-walk percentage (30.6% to 2.8%) was even better and he won just as many games (seven). Peralta seemingly put his 2022 shoulder woes behind him and gained two mph on his fastball, subsequently throwing a career-high 165 innings with a 1.12 WHIP and 3.86 ERA. Heading into his age-28 season, Peralta is easily a top-15 arm if he stays healthy.
67. Noelvi Marte, 3B, Reds — Marte had a .280 batting average across the upper levels in 2023. His .316/.366/.456 debut in the majors over 123 plate appearances showed he could be a power/speed combo. Even with regression, the 22-year-old projects as a nearly 20-homer, 20-steal threat as soon as 2024, with his biggest obstacle being fighting for playing time in a crowded Reds infield.
68. Josh Lowe, OF, Rays –Putting up a 20-homer, 30-steal season in your major league debut at 25 years old, let alone doing it over only 501 plate appearances, will cause your dynasty stock to skyrocket. The Rays will probably platoon him, at least in the near future, but his home run and stolen base rates per plate appearance—without hurting your batting average or OBP—should keep Lowe’s value sky high.
69. Jasson Dominguez, OF, Yankees — He’ll miss a large bulk of 2024 recovering from Tommy John surgery, but after hitting four home runs in his first eight major league games—and adding a stolen base to boot—Yankee fans and his dynasty owners will be dreaming of what he can do hitting in a lineup beside Judge and Soto. Dominguez isn’t quite projected to be a 20/20 bat yet, but considering he will only be 21 years old, it won’t be long before he’s contributing at that rate yearly—and for a long time.
70. Cody Bellinger, 1B/OF, Free Agent — After two down seasons with the Dodgers saw Bellinger drop from one of the top picks in dynasty startups to a later round afterthought, he signed a one-year challenge deal with the Cubs prior to 2023. He responded by hitting .307/.356/.525 with 26 home runs and 20 stolen bases. Despite the loud rebound season for Bellinger, there’s healthy skepticism around him heading into 2024 and beyond. Under the hood, Bellinger’s 87.9 mph average exit velocity is nearly a 2 mph drop from his career average. Bellinger’s barrel and hard-hit rates in 2023 were the lowest of his career. There were skill improvements from a bat-to-ball perspective that give some hope for only slight regression.
71. Vinnie Pasquantino, 1B, Royals — After a 2022 season during which he had a scorching 138 wRC+ over just shy of 300 plate appearances, expectations were high for 2023. Unfortunately, a labrum injury—and later, season-ending surgery on the shoulder—felled the Royals’ first baseman. Expected to be ready for 2024, his plus hit tool, great approach and above-average game power should lead to a .270 to .290 batting average with double-digit walks and about 25 home run power. He will be 26 years old for the entire 2024 season and just entering his prime.
72. Josh Jung, 3B, Rangers — After multiple injury-riddled seasons, Jung finally stayed healthy in 2023 and delivered the rookie campaign many had anticipated. Jung hit .266/.315/.467 with 23 home runs and a combined 145 RBIs and runs. Jung’s once-refined approach and above-average contact skills have given way to a power-first mentality. It’s worked as Jung boasts good underlying power data, including a 11.9% barrel rate, tying him with Julio Rodriguez and Paul Goldschmidt.
73. Aaron Nola, RHP, Phillies –Nola lacks the power of other frontline starters and instead rides the quality of his fastball and curveball to great success. But his fastball lost effectiveness in 2023 and his numbers suffered. Suppressing hard contact is essential to Nola’s success. Similarly to his 2021 season, Nola was penalized for hard contact allowed in 2023. Nola’s barrel rates and hard-hit rates jumped in 2023, leading to a jump in home runs allowed. It’s tough to know if these are signs of Nola regressing or simply an unlucky season.
74. Anthony Volpe, SS, Yankees — It’s a testament to the depth at the position that after being the first Yankees rookie to win a Gold Glove and have a 20/20 season, Volpe doesn’t crack the top 10 at the position for dynasty. Despite the excellent glove, baserunning value and counting stats, the jury is still out on the hit tool—especially against non-fastballs—but he should be a contributor in the Bronx for a long time.
75. Jesus Luzardo, LHP, Marlins — In his first season exceeding 18 starts, Luzardo had 205 strikeouts, a 3.58 ERA and a solid 1.21 WHIP. He averaged roughly one mph more in velocity on his four-seamer, slider and changeup compared to 2022. The 25-year-old lefty sustained the velocity gains throughout the entire season, and his average fastball velocity dipped to 96 mph just once during a start in September. Luzardo showed he has the stamina to take on the rigors of a full season. Roster him with confidence.
76. Dylan Crews, OF, Nationals — 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.
77. Logan Gilbert, RHP, Mariners — Gilbert’s xFIP has improved each of the last three seasons, pointing to a strong underlying mix of skills. He showed the best command of his career in 2023, walking just 4.7% of batters he faced. He finished 2023 with the highest groundball rate of his career as well as a career high in called + looking strikes rate (27.1%). Gilbert sits 95-96 mph on his fastball with a plus slider and two additional secondaries that finished with positive run values in 2023.
78. Josh Naylor, 1B, Guardians — The burly Canadian cemented himself as an everyday player in 2022 and took a step forward in 2023, hitting .308/.354/.489. Naylor has a balance of plus bat-to-ball skills and power. He is limited by his hyper-aggressive approach, limiting his value in OBP formats. Naylor saw a climb in both his line-drive and fly-ball rates in 2023, hinting toward potential for further power growth.
79. Will Smith, C, Dodgers — Although Smith hit fewer than 20 homers and his wRC+ dropped 10 points from the previous two years, there is a compelling rationale that he deserves a mulligan, and the downturn can be acutely attributed to nagging injuries. He is still only 28 years old and hits in the middle of a dangerous Dodger lineup, which will probably be even more dangerous in 2024 and beyond.
80. Nolan Jones, OF, Rockies — It’s not really a breakout when it’s your debut, but the 25-year-old enjoyed an unexpected 20/20 season for the Rockies. Jones’ patient approach in the minors was always expected to lead to a high OBP in the majors and it carried over to the majors. He had one of the 30 lowest swing rates among players with at least 400 plate appearances in 2023. But Jones’ .401 BABIP also led to a .297 batting average. Expect something in the .260 area in 2024, but considering his barrel rate was higher than Corey Seager and Bryce Harper, 25/20 production in a full season shouldn’t be out of the question.
81. William Contreras, C, Brewers — Getting 600 plate appearances from the catcher position by also getting 150 plate appearances as the team’s designated hitter translates to huge fantasy value. Contreras has no real holes in his game and is only 26 years old. He has Top 100 dynasty talent.
82. Alex Bregman, 3B, Astros — Bregman has produced nearly identical hitting lines over the last two seasons, averaging 24 homers, a .260 average, .360 OBP and around 200 runs and RBIs. With his elite pitch recognition, he rarely chases and nearly always has a competitive at bat — skills that typically prolong a hitter’s career. Bregman is a consistent contributor who is even better in OBP leagues and is only now entering his age-30 season.
83. Xander Bogaerts, SS, Padres — Bogaerts is a remarkably consistent workhorse. In the last 10 years not including the shortened 2020 season, Bogaerts’ lowest plate appearance total was 580. He also took advantage of the new baserunning rules to steal a career-high 19 bases in 2023. Bogaerts is on the other side of 30 years old now and his decline phase is likely beginning, but he should age reasonably gracefully, and over the last two years has improved his shortstop defense to be in the upper half of the league. He’s a solid set-it-and-forget-it piece of your roster.
84. Christian Yelich, OF, Brewers — Yelich’s 2023 campaign wasn’t on par with his MVP-level production in 2018 and 2019, but the Brewers left fielder turned in his best season since 2020 with a line of .278/.370/.447 and 19 homers to go along with 28 steals. Don’t interpret this as the beginning of positive regression back to his lofty heights of the pre-COVID era; this past season’s production was most likely driven by the rule changes. Yelich’s batting average on pulled groundballs improved by 0.070—and not due to a change in his true talent. In 2023, his groundball rate was yet again above 50%, his barrel rate was still in the single digits, and his maximum exit velocity actually dropped over three mph from 2022. As such, expect a similar 2024: above average rate stats—even better in OBP leagues—with 20/20 power/speed production.
85. Nico Hoerner, 2B, Cubs — Hoerner moved to second base in 2023 following the addition of Dansby Swanson last offseason, but he played enough games at shortstop (20) to retain eligibility for another season. Hoerner lacks impact, but his combination of positive contributions in batting average, stolen bases and counting stats float his fantasy profile. He is 26 entering 2024 and should have three to four more years of premium stolen base contributions.
86. Max Fried, LHP, Braves — Fried enters a contract year in 2024 looking to stay healthy after he was limited to just 14 starts last season. The lefthander has produced excellent numbers when on the mound but has yet to exceed 185 innings in a season as a professional. Despite holding his velocity consistently over the last three seasons, Fried’s fastball performance took a hit in 2023. He’s a solid performer with injury risk and some cracks beginning to show.
87. Blake Snell, LHP, Free Agent — Snell won his second Cy Young award last year with a 2.25 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 234 strikeouts over 180 innings. That marked his first time reaching 175 strikeouts and 130 innings since 2018 when he won his previous Cy Young award with the Rays. Still unsigned as of publication, the 31-year-old can be counted on for high strikeouts and a good ERA for at least four more years. His high pitch counts often prevent him from going deep into games and could cap his potential win totals. Snell had the second-lowest innings-per-start among the 25 pitchers who accumulated 180 innings or more in 2023, ahead of only Lucas Giolito.
88. Seiya Suzuki, OF, Cubs — Fantasy tends to underrate players like Suzuki and Riley Greene (above) because they don’t excel in any one area despite providing a high floor across all roto categories. But being average in all statistical columns is not commonplace. Suzuki built off of his 2022 season in nearly every metric across the board, and actually has a better projection than Greene in 2024, though is six years older. Suzuki has shown some difficulty in holding up to the rigors of playing a full season and his fringy defense may lead to playing time concerns down the road, but he’s a solid fantasy piece.
89. Logan Webb, RHP, Giants — Webb enters his age-27 season as the preeminent groundball pitcher in baseball. He surpassed the 200-inning threshold in 2023 and finished tied with Gerrit Cole for the most quality starts in MLB. Webb sees a value jump in points and quality start formats, as his innings totals and ability to go six or more innings each start is of the utmost value.
90. Jordan Lawlar, SS, D-backs — In his second professional season, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2021 draft took a big step forward with the bat. Lawlar cut his strikeout rate by nearly 10 percentage points while improving his contact rate, chase rate, and exit velocities. Still only 21 years old, though his MLB debut was less than auspicious, his glove should give him a high floor and he should be able to string together multiple 20/20 seasons with solid batting average and OBP.
91. Kyle Schwarber, OF, Phillies –For three straight years, the stocky outfielder has averaged 600 plate appearances and 40 home runs. One of the most consistent home run bats in the game, Schwarber is a batting average sink—closer to average in OBP—and offers no base running value. Despite this, because of the counting stats he gives your team, he has been the No. 17 and No. 8 most valuable outfielder the last two years (in 15-team batting average league configurations).
92. Framber Valdez, LHP, Astros — Valdez has cemented himself as Houston’s most reliable starter over the last two seasons. He consistently goes deep into games, drives groundballs and generates strikeouts at an above-average rate. Valdez enters his age-30 season with the expectation of providing fantasy No. 2 style numbers for the next few seasons.
93. Lars Nootbaar, OF, Cardinals With the trade of Tyler O’Neill, the Cardinals indirectly showed their faith in Nootbaar. With an extremely similar profile to Seiya Suzuki—but three years younger—Nootbaar should be a solid contributor to any fantasy team, with a boost in OBP leagues.
94. Bryan Reynolds, OF, Pirates — Like Riley Greene and Seiya Suzuki, Reynolds is another solid-average performer at outfield across all categories. He’s now two years removed from his six-WAR season in 2021. Nearly 30 years old, Reynolds’ ceiling and upside is likely capped, but his production profile is solid and should decline relatively gracefully over the next few years, especially if he stays in the middle of an improving Pirates lineup.
95. Adolis Garcia, OF, Rangers — Garcia burst onto the scene in 2021 hitting 31 homers and stealing 16 bases in his age-28 season. Skeptics wondered whether his production was sustainable on account of his 31% strikeout rate and sub-.300 OBP. Proving the skeptics wrong, Garcia has improved his wRC+, OBP, barrel rate, wOBA, xwOBA, SLG, xSLG, and WAR each of the next two seasons, culminating in a 39-home run season in 2023. Garcia was also a huge postseason contributor for the Rangers’ World Series championship. Turning 31 years old just before 2024 begins, the electrifying Cuban should be a 30- home run, 15-steal contributor for at least a few more years—but might moved to DH sooner rather than later to accommodate the arrival of Wyatt Langford.
96. Hunter Greene, RHP, Reds — Greene was a trendy breakout pick heading into 2023, but he struggled to keep hitters off his fastball and the pitch continues to return negative run value. Despite triple-digit fastball velocity, Greene’s upper-80s slider remains his bread and butter. His lack of a third pitch complicates matters, as opposing hitters slugged .518 his fastball, making Greene far too predictable.
97. Coby Mayo, 3B, Orioles — In his age-21 season, Coby Mayo had a slash line in Double-A of .307/.424/.603 with 17 home runs over 347 plate appearances. Paired with his 90th percentile exit velocity of 107 mph, better-than-league-average contact rate and chase rate, RoboScout had him as the No.1 prospect at the level. After his promotion to Triple-A Norfolk, the 6-foot-5 third baseman hit another 12 home runs and continued to show a keen eye and ability to drive the ball. After his fantastic 2023 in the upper levels, Mayo looks like he could hit .260 with a .340 OBP and 25 homers. He should be plugged into the middle of Baltimore’s formidable batting order for years to come, most likely starting in 2024.
98. Zack Gelof, 2B, Athletics — Gelof was a revelation for those that rostered the A’s infielder in 2023. He hit .267/.337/.504 with 14 home runs and 14 stolen bases over 69 games. Gelof frequently hits the ball hard, often at good angles. His 11.1% barrel rate was tied for 10th among rookies and his .443 xSLUG ranked sixth. Gelof’s aggressive approach and below-average contact skills are red flags. The good news is those are both areas that typically improve with age and experience.
99. Ketel Marte, 2B, D-Backs — Marte returned to prime form in 2023, recapturing the 2019 production that vaulted him near to the top of second base rankings entering 2020. He struggled with health and production from 2020-2022, but finished third among second basemen in wRC+ (127) in 2023. Marte finished fifth among second basemen for overall fantasy value per the Razzball player rater, and just outside the top 50 in overall value. Marte enters his age-30 season with a talented lineup around him and a prime spot hitting behind Corbin Carroll.
100. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Cardinals — For the first time since 2017 (not including the COVID year), Goldy hit fewer than 30 home runs. It was also his lowest wRC+ since 2019. Whether this is the beginning of his decline or not, he should still be an above-average hitter for at least four more years, but he is likely no longer a top-100 dynasty asset.
101. Kodai Senga, RHP, Mets — At the end of April, Senga had a 4.15 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP. From that point forward, the Japanese import had a 2.76 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over 140 innings. The “ghost fork” was as hellacious as advertised, earning a 98th percentile run value on the pitch, with a .182 xwOBA against and 60% whiffs. A league-average splitter is hit at a roughly .250 wOBA clip and generates around 35% whiffs. Heading into his age-31 season, expect an ERA below 4.00 but with a higher-than-average WHIP due to his suboptimal command.
102. Tanner Bibee, RHP, Guardians — Hip inflammation ended Bibee’s standout rookie campaign, but the righthander impressed over his previous 25 starts. Bibee showed above-average bat-missing ability and command. His fastball, slider and changeup all graded as above-average pitches per run values. Health permitting, Bibee looks like a fantasy No. 2 in the making.
103. Colt Keith, 3B, Tigers — Keith showed signs of elite hitting ability in the minors in 2022, but injuries limited his time on the field. Assigned to Double-A Erie out of spring training in 2023, Keith hit .325/.391/.585 across 59 games, earning a promotion to Triple-A. He then hit .289/.369/.521 over 67 games at the highest level of the minors to finish his season. Keith enters 2024 at 22 years old with exit velocity data above the major league average with above-average bat-to-ball skills and approach. He also appears in line to contribute in the majors quite soon after inking a six-year extension with the Tigers in late January.
104. Ha-Seong Kim, 2B/3B/SS, Padres — Kim enjoyed his best year to date in his third season with the Padres, hitting 17 home runs with 38 stolen bases while seeing time at second base, shortstop and third base. He showed balanced plate skills, with increased on-base skills allowing him to get the most out of his skills at the plate. Kim doesn’t hit the ball particularly hard but he shows the ability to elevate enough to run into 13-18 home runs a season.
105. Yandy Diaz, 1B, Rays — Having a career wRC+ of 131 means his bat will be in the lineup as much as possible. Always a batting average and OBP asset, Diaz also hit 22 home runs in 2023. As long as he can stay healthy, he should be a top-10 first baseman for the next two years.
106. Andres Gimenez, 2B, Guardians — After a 2022 season that saw Gimenez finish second in wRC+ (142) for the second base position, he slid back to a league-average performer in 2023. While Gimenez’s home runs, stolen bases, runs and RBIs were stable, his batting average dropped by 46 points. Gimenez’s contact-first profile leaves him susceptible to large swings in production based on BABIP luck. Gimenez will be 25 years old for almost all of 2024 and better luck on balls in play could be coming.
107. Zach Eflin, RHP, Rays — The Rays made tangible changes to Eflin’s pitch mix in his first season in the AL East. The righthander threw his cutter and curve more while using his fastball less—to both-handed batters—and the result was a career high in innings pitched and a career-best ERA, FIP and xFIP. Projections see some regression, but the 29-year-old should still have a low-to-mid-3s ERA with a better-than-average WHIP.
108. Shane Baz, RHP, Rays — Baz was trending toward becoming one of the top young pitchers in baseball prior to undergoing Tommy John surgery. He has the pitch mix and stuff to navigate big league lineups consistently, deploying an easily plus fastball with whiff-inducing qualities, a plus slider and an average changeup. His ceiling in the coming seasons will be dictated by how quickly he returns to form from injury.
109. Nolan Arenado, 3B, Cardinals — For the naysayers, 2023 was the season where the wheels came off for Arenado after finishing inside the top 4-6 at the position in each of the last three full seasons, Arenado ranked 15th among third baseman in 2023 per the Razzball player rater. Arenado hit under 30 home runs for the first time since 2014, while also producing under 100 RBIs for the first time since 2014. With the counting stats drying up, Arenado presents a solid floor option, but his days of top 5-10 third base seasons might be over.
110. Joe Ryan, RHP, Twins — There was a lot of optimism Ryan would take a large step forward last season after posting a 3.55 ERA and 1.10 WHIP across 147 innings in 2022. Indeed, he increased his strikeout rate from 25.0% to 29.3% and lowered his walk rate from 7.8% to 5.1% while throwing 161 innings for the playoff-bound Twins. But those gains were diminished by allowing the seventh-most home runs in the league. As a flyball pitcher who has been in the bottom percentiles in groundball rate in both 2022 and 2023, he will be susceptible to the long ball and HR/9 variance. Assuming regression to league average in 2024, though, ERA estimators project around a 4.00 ERA with a better-than-average WHIP for the 27-year-old. That’s a solid midrotation starter.
111. Jorge Soler, OF, Free Agent — Still unsigned as of publication, the Cuban slugger is one of the rare free agents where his landing spot likely won’t impact his power projection too much. Assuming health, count on him for at least 30 home runs over the next two to three years. He could easily reach 40 or more, but it’s likely he loses outfield eligibility somewhere along the way.
112. Roman Anthony, OF, Red Sox — Anthony ranks as the No. 2 prospect in the Red Sox organization entering 2024. The teenager had a .272/.403/.466 slash line across three levels in 2023. We expect him to be a middle of the order bat who could hit 20 or more homers a year, with even more value in OBP leagues.
113. Kyle Bradish, RHP, Orioles — After an unspectacular rookie campaign in 2022, Bradish took a giant step forward in 2023, ranking as the 10th-best pitcher in fantasy in 2023. His mix of two above-average breaking balls, a sinker and cut-fastball helped Bradish cruise to a 2.83 ERA and around a strikeout per inning. Bradish is 27 years old entering 2024 and showed the ability to provide quality innings for a playoff-caliber team.
114. Nolan Gorman, 2B, Cardinals –The 2023 season was one of disappointment for the Cardinals, but Gorman’s play was a bright spot as he hit 27 home runs with an .805 OPS. Gorman finished 10th among second basemen in wRC+ (118) and was fourth in home runs. Gorman turns 24 during the 2024 season, and it’s reasonable to expect slight skill gains in the coming seasons.
115. Gavin Williams, RHP, Guardians — Williams showed his high-powered arsenal can be effective against major league hitters over 16 starts in 2023. His fastball and slider both graded out as above-average pitchers per run value. His command was shaky at times (10.7% walk rate), but he showed swing-and-miss ability (12.1% swinging strike rate) and pitched to a 2.98 ERA and 25.1% strikeout rate post all-star break.
116. Christian Encarnacion-Strand, 1B, Reds — Although the future is a bit murkier with the signing of Jeimer Candelario, CES’s prodigious power—likely a perennial 30 home run bat provided he gets the plate appearances—won’t be held down for long. Although he chases at a high clip, his contact quality more than makes up for it. The crowded Reds infield is what’s keeping him out of the top 100, as the playing time uncertainty unfortunately needs to be factored in.
117. Isaac Paredes, 3B, Rays — Paredes faced playing time questions entering 2023 with the Rays, but he enjoyed one of the year’s biggest breakout campaigns. He hit 31 homers and drove in 98 runs, mostly on the strength of his pulled flyball rate, despite seeing a decline in average exit velocity, max exit velocity, barrel rate and hard-hit rate. Expect some regression in 2024, but considering he is only entering his age-25 season and his contact rates are world class, he should still be expected to be a 25-home run threat with multi-positional eligibility.
118. George Springer, OF, Blue Jays –Springer had the worst year of his career in 2023 despite achieving a 20/20 season, posting a slugging percentage below .430 and an OBP below .330 for the first time. Don’t expect too much of a resurgence entering his age-34 season considering his sprint speed has declined for three straight years. Still, hitting at the top of a potent Blue Jays lineup should allow him to rank as a top-30 outfielder for at least two of his final three years of his remaining contract.
119. Gabriel Moreno, C, D-backs –After a big NLCS and WS where he batted third, restricted the running game and generally showed impressive composure at 23 years old, Moreno’s dynasty value skyrocketed. Already a good hitter who will bring batting average and OBP, Moreno showed that there is thump in his bat, too.
120. Carlos Rodon, LHP, Yankees –Rodon dealt with injuries that limited him to just 14 starts in his first season in New York. There’s concern the back injury he dealt with last year could be a chronic issue, which isn’t great news for managers of the 31-year-old lefty in fantasy. Rodon has the ability to be one of the bigger bounceback players of 2024 if he can remain healthy and approach his production from 2021 and 2022. Rodon is a classic risk versus reward proposition in fantasy.
121. Edwin Diaz, RHP, Mets — Mets fans were ready to cancel the World Baseball Classic after Diaz suffered a season-ending injury celebrating a team Puerto Rico victory. The closer is poised to return to full strength in 2024. At 29 years old, Diaz is one of the elite relievers in the game and should have several more years of relevance.
122. Christian Walker, 1B, D-backs — Walker has been underrated his entire career. His 69 more home runs over the last two years are more than Yordan Alvarez, Manny Machado, Paul Goldschmidt and Rafael Devers. Although he will be 33 years old heading into 2024, Walker should be good for about 30 home runs and 100 RBIs in a D-backs lineup looking to be World Series bound again.
123. Eloy Jimenez, OF, White Sox — Jimenez played 14 games in the outfield last year, so he may still be eligible to play in the grass depending on your league settings. With his litany of lower body, soft-tissue injuries, don’t be surprised if he is a full-time DH for the rest of his career. That might be in his best interest though, as it should protect his plate appearance totals. Still only 27 years old, he is a valuable contributor with above-average numbers in four categories and arguably underrated.
124. Max Muncy, 3B, Dodgers — In many ways, Muncy has been underrated for years by the consensus. After a down season in 2022 that saw Muncy finish outside the top 10 at the position for the first time since 2017, the slugger bounced back in 2023 with 36 home runs, 95 runs and 105 RBIs. Due to the nature of Muncy’s approach, he loses value in batting average 5×5 roto leagues. For those in OBP or points-based scoring formats, Muncy is a very productive option heading into his age-33 season.
125. Bryson Stott, 2B, Phillies –Stott was a below league-average performer as a rookie hitting .234/.295/.358 over 127 games. He returned strong in his sophomore campaign, hitting .280/.329/.419 with 15 home runs and 31 stolen bases in 2023. Stott shows strong underlying skills with solid-average exit velocity data. It’s not unreasonable to expect slight power gains in the coming years with slight tweaks. Stott’s contact skills provide a high floor of production outside the top names at the position.
126. Edouard Julien, 2B, Twins — The Canadian infielder made a difference for those that rostered him in OBP-style scoring formats in 2023. His 15.7% walk rate was the fifth highest in the major leagues among players with a minimum of 400 plate appearances. Julien struggles to hit lefthanders, giving him some platoon risk, but he offers moderate power to go along with his elite on-base skills.
127. Cole Ragans, LHP, Royals — To say that Ragans was a revelation for the Royals after they acquired him from the Rangers is an understatement. He racked up 89 strikeouts over 71.2 innings with a 2.64 ERA supported by a 3.28 xFIP in a dozen starts for the Royals after the all-star break. Ragans went six or more innings in nine of those 12 starts, mixing three breaking ball shapes, a changeup and a fastball that sits 94-97 mph. All of Ragans pitches graded as average to plus per run values and they missed bats, generating a 15% swinging strike rate as a starter. The biggest question is how many innings will Ragans pitch in 2024 and can he maintain health?
128. Cedric Mullins, OF, Orioles — After stealing 30 or more bases in 2021 and 2022, Mullins’ 19 steals in 2023 were disappointing considering the new rules. We can most likely attribute the decline to two groin-related injuries rather than a sign he is past his prime years. Mullins will still only be 29 years old for the entire 2024 season, and assuming health, should bounce back to a 20/25 season in the midst of a championship-caliber lineup.
129. Walker Jenkins, OF, Twins — 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.
130. Ricky Tiedemann, LHP, Blue Jays — An early May biceps injury robbed Tiedemann of the majority of his 2023, but he returned late in the season and impressed in the Arizona Fall League. He’s a low-slot lefthander with a chance to develop three plus pitches with above-average command. Health is the biggest question mark facing the Blue Jays top prospect.
131. Nathaniel Lowe, 1B, Rangers — Despite the overall success of the Rangers lineup in 2023, Lowe had a down year. His hard-hit rate, barrel rate and expected numbers all dropped. Lowe showed improved skills, but his calling card power regressed as he hit just 17 home runs. Lowe did see a bump in on-base percentage, and it’s not outrageous to anticipate some positive power regression back to his 2022 numbers. He’s an ideal fit in most 12-team leagues as a corner infielder or utility player.
132. Joe Musgrove, RHP, Padres — Musgrove was a top-20 pitcher in 2021 and a top-30 pitcher in 2022. But he made just 17 starts in 2023 and his value took a tumble. Musgrove enters his age-31 season with a good setup to return to value, as he missed time early with a freak toe injury (he dropped a weight on it) and late-season shoulder soreness. The latter injury is certainly a wart, but the production was there when Musgrove was healthy in 2023. Musgrove could have a few more top-30 starting pitcher seasons remaining if he can stay healthy.
133. Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF, Cubs — Crow-Armstrong’s elite center field defense will provide a high playing time floor. He should also produce 20 or more steals annually. The hit tool is the question mark, as he put up a higher strikeout rate in Triple-A than fellow 21 year-old Elly De La Cruz. Crow-Armstrong has surprising pop, with 90th percentile exit velocities and barrel rates that suggest 20 home runs at peak. But don’t expect batting averages further north than .250.
134. Luis Arraez, 2B, Marlins — In standard 5×5 batting average leagues, Arraez is a category stuffer. His .354 batting average in 2023 was the first time a hitter qualified for the batting title hitting above .350 since Josh Hamilton in 2010. Arraez hit a career high 10 home runs while reaching new career highs in hits, RBIs and isolated slugging. His profile is heavily slanted toward batting average and point- style scoring where strikeouts are a negative. His lack of all-around skills makes Arraez less attractive than his batting average lets on.
135. Brandon Lowe, 2B, Rays — Chronic back issues have impacted Lowe’s production in each of the last two seasons and hasn’t recaptured his 2021 form. Lowe has power and on-base skills, and his 117 wRC+ ranked 11th among second basemen with 400 or more plate appearances. If Lowe can put together a full healthy season, he could return good value in OBP-style scoring formats in 2024. Lowe has ability, it’s just a matter of him maintaining health after two injury-plagued campaigns.
136. Ian Happ, OF, Cubs — Another outfielder who should hit roughly 20 home runs with around 10 steals, Happ is a solid contributor, especially in OBP leagues. He should be in the middle of the Cubs’ lineup for the next three years and doesn’t turn 30 until the 2024 season is almost over.
137. Dylan Cease, RHP, White Sox — After finishing as the sixth-best pitcher in fantasy in 2022, the bottom fell out for Cease in 2023 en route to finishing as starting pitcher No. 127. Cease’s command backed up and he was hit hard. There’s some bad batted ball luck at play with Cease and a potential change of scenery might do him some good. Cease has elite bat-missing ability (13.6% swinging strike rate) and the stuff to back it. At 28 years old, Cease isn’t a bad bounceback candidate in dynasty.
138. James Wood, OF, Nationals — The hulking outfielder had 26 home runs and 18 stolen bases across two minor league levels in 2023. There is little doubt that he will hit 30+ homers for the Nationals for years and contribute double-digit steals. But he needs to cut back on the strikeouts, especially against secondaries, if he wants to become a top-tier fantasy contributor.
139. Adael Amador, SS, Rockies — Amador has shown some of the best plate skills in the minor leagues over the last three seasons. In 2023, Amador was one of four players in the minor leagues with a contact rate of 87% or above, an in-zone contact rate of 88% or above, a chase rate of 21% or less and an average exit velocity above 85 mph. While Amador lacks above-average power, his combination of barrel control with fringy raw power allows him to be one of the most complete hitters in the minors.
140. Alec Bohm, 3B, Phillies — Bohm has been a consistent performer for his managers over the last few seasons. He produced the 12th-best season by a third baseman in 2022 and ranked 14th per the Razzball player rater in 2023. Bohm set new career highs in home runs (20) and RBIs (97), while striking out just 15.4% of the time in 2023. Bohm hits the ball on the ground more than you’d like, and his power hitting is capped by his more level swing, but he provides a solid floor of production for standard 5×5 roto scoring.
141. Brandon Nimmo, OF, Mets — Nimmo’s playing time shouldn’t change despite the Mets signing Harrison Bader, although Nimmo will likely slide over to left field. His elite OBP—he has a career .380 mark—means he is the table-setter for Francisco Lindor, Pete Alonso and Francisco Alvarez. Nimmo fits the same archetype as Bryan Reynolds, Ian Happ, et al, but is already in his 30s.
142. Bryce Miller, RHP, Mariners — Entering 2023, Miller was viewed as a strong pitching prospect with some relief risk. After struggling over four starts at Double-A to begin 2023, Miller was promoted to majors and made 25 starts. He racked up 131 innings, striking out 22.2% of batters he faced while walking just 4.8%. Miller sits 94-96 mph with excellent fastball movement, and he leans into its quality throwing 66.1% fastballs in 2023. Miller’s slider showed well in spurts and his changeup graded as a fringe-average pitch.
143. Anthony Santander, OF, Orioles — The last two years have been remarkably consistent for Santander and 2024 looks to be the same: .250/.320 with 30 home runs. The 29-year-old will be a free agent after the season, and the resultant uncertainty of what his future home will be, paired with the fact that he may be signed as a DH only, lowers his value slightly from what his performance projections should imply.
144. Emmanuel Clase, RHP, Guardians — A year after finishing as the top reliever in fantasy in 2022, Clase slipped back to eighth overall. Clase put up nearly identical totals in innings and saves year over year, but saw his strikeouts drop 25% year over year. Both his cut-fastball and slider took a step back. Clase did lose a half a mph on his fastball velocity and it’s uncertain if that was the difference, or if it was merely just bad luck.
145. Jordan Westburg, 2B/3B, Orioles — Westburg began his 2023 season with Triple-A Norfolk hitting .295/.372/.567 with 18 home runs over the first half of the season. He was promoted to the major leagues in late June and hit .260/.311/.404 over 68 games. While his underlying stats are pedestrian, Westburg shows a collection of skills that will make him relevant in fantasy in the coming years. His average plate skills complement above-average exit velocity data (90.2 mph average) and hard-hit rate (44.5%) while showing the ability to pull the ball in the air. But as a righthander, his home ballpark in Baltimore isn’t ideal.
146. Justin Steele, LHP, Cubs — After a standout second half in 2022, Steele rode that momentum into 2023 finishing 10th overall among pitchers. Steele is unique, as he’s a two-pitch lefthander that sits low 90s on his fastball. He does a great job of generating whiffs against his fastball and slider particularly out of the zone. Steele proved late 2022 was no fluke, but whether or not he can hold this level of production remains to be seen.
147. Matt Shaw, SS, Cubs — 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.
148. Jackson Jobe, RHP, Tigers — Jobe missed the first half of the 2023 season with a back injury, but once he returned, he was every bit as dominant as the Tigers had hoped for when they picked him third overall in 2021. Jobe has multiple ways to get hitters out, as well as some of the best pure stuff in the minors.
149. Chas McCormick, OF, Astros — McCormick managed 22 home runs and 19 stolen bases in only 457 plate appearances and provided above average defensive value in all three outfield spots. On the positive side, McCormick should get full-time at-bats with Dusty Baker no longer at the helm for the Astros. The counterpoint is that McCormick’s offensive track record is extremely short and, out of prudence, is a step down from Ian Happ and Brandon Nimmo.
150. Ezequiel Tovar, SS, Rockies — Tovar is an excellent defender, which sets a high floor for playing time, and hit near the top of the order for most of 2023. But the ascendance of Nolan Jones and (hopefully) full seasons from Kris Bryant and Brendan Rodgers may drop Tovar down the batting order unless he increases his production. Tovar posted a .695 OPS last year–and that’s with the Coors BABIP bump. On the positive side of the ledger, he had 15 home runs, 11 stolen bases and is only 22 years old. Expect something like 20 home runs and 15 stolen bases in 2024.
151. Hunter Brown, RHP, Astros — The fireballing Brown dealt with tricky luck over 29 starts during his rookie campaign. Brown showed the ability to generate groundballs (52.4% groundball rate) and strikeouts (10.29 K/9), but was crushed by bad luck on balls in play (.330 BABIP). With three pitches that feature outlier power, it’s not unreasonable to expect Brown to take a step forward in 2024.
152. J.T. Realmuto, C, Phillies — Since 2021, JTR has been the No. 2, No. 1 and No. 4 catcher, respectively, in 15-team batting average formats, and was by far the biggest contributor to the stolen base category of any catcher. The bad news is that he will be entering his age-33 season and produced his lowest fWAR season since 2017 (along with his lowest walk rate and highest strikeout rate over that same period). The end is not necessarily near, but this may be his last season in the top 10 for dynasty.
153. Yainer Diaz, C, Astros –If you hit 20+ home runs in fewer than 400 plate appearances and are not yet 25 years old, it generally implies that you will be a 30-homer hitter at some point in the next few years. Translation: dynasty asset. If you’re doing all that while a catcher? Even more valuable.
154. Bryan Woo, RHP, Mariners — After a dominant showing with Double-A Arkansas to begin the season, Woo was promoted to the major leagues where he impressed over 18 starts. Woo mixes a mid-90s fastball from a low release and it accounts for 70% of his usage. He shares similar concerns as fellow Mariners righty Bryce Miller, as his fastball usage is unusually high. Woo throws a cutter and slider, and increased usage of either could welcome more sustainable production.
155. Paul Skenes, RHP, Pirates –The No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 draft was an easy choice for the top spot in the Pirates’ system and has one of the highest ceilings of any pitching prospect in the sport. There might be a few tweaks required, but he has the stuff and pedigree to lead Pittsburgh’s next generation.
156. Jacob deGrom, RHP, Rangers — DeGrom was discounted in drafts heading into 2023 because of his poor health the previous two seasons. Worst fears were confirmed when DeGrom went down with an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery in late April. Whether or not he can return to his pre-2021 form is a major question, but it’s a worthy gamble if you’re a year away from competing.
157. Steven Kwan, OF, Guardians — Elite contact skills and baserunning ability—not to mention above-average defense—means that Kwan’s fantasy floor is as high as it comes: .280/.360 with 20 stolen bases. His barrel rates and exit velocities don’t get much lower. Despite the single-digit home runs, he was still a top-15 outfielder as recently as 2022 in 15-team batting average leagues.
158. Colson Montgomery, SS, White Sox — Despite dealing with injuries in 2023, Montgomery’s underlying data was excellent. The shortstop has a knack for optimizing his best contact, leading to some of the best expected numbers in the minor leagues. Montgomery’s .408 xWOBA, 104.7 mph 90th percentile exit velocity and .433 xWOBAcon showcase his combination of plate skills, hard contact and optimal launch angles. If Montgomery can stay healthy he has an opportunity to see a heavy chunk of his time in 2024 and beyond as the White Sox starting shortstop.
159. Bo Naylor, C, Guardians –Although it was only 230 plate appearances, Naylor had little fanfare considering he had a higher wRC+ in 2023 than Will Smith, Jonah Heim and Cal Raleigh. He is better in OBP leagues than batting average leagues. Naylor is only entering his age-24 season and is a legitimate threat for double-digit steals, so his dynasty arrow is way up.
160. Samuel Basallo, C, Orioles –RoboScout’s favorite catcher, Basallo projects to be a 30–home run bat at peak. Unfortunately for him—and fortunately for the Orioles—Adley Rutschman won’t be relinquishing his position any time soon. That’s okay, though, because Basallo’s bat is so good it would play at DH or 1B.
161. Shane McClanahan, LHP, Rays — McClanahan looked poised to perform as one of the 10 best fantasy starters in baseball in 2023 after finishing as the 11th-best pitcher in 2022. Instead, he underwent Tommy John surgery and is on the shelf for all of 2024. McClanahan will be 28 years old when he returns and it’s a question as to whether or not he retains his upper-90s fastball long term.
162. Nick Lodolo, LHP, Reds — After a standout rookie campaign in 2022, Lodolo entered 2023 with significant buzz. Unfortunately, the hype didn’t match the production, as Lodolo was limited to just seven starts total. When healthy, the 6-foot-6 lefty mixes an unusual fastball shape with a nasty slider and a changeup. It’s never been a matter of stuff or execution with Lodolo, but simply whether or not he can maintain health.
163. Zach Neto, SS, Angels — Neto acquitted himself well enough in his big league debut to validate the Angels’ decision to call him up after just 201 minor league plate appearances. An oblique and back injury essentially cut his debut short in August, before which he had a 99 wRC+ with eight home runs and five stolen bases in 252 plate appearances. Heading into the season at age 23, he is projected as a league-average bat with 20 home runs and 10 stolen bases.
164. Andrew Painter, RHP, Phillies — Before having Tommy John surgery, Painter ranked as one of the sport’s elite pitching prospects. Even after the surgery, little has changed. If his stuff returns intact, he could give Philly its next homegrown ace.
165. Jhoan Duran, RHP, Twins — One of the premier power relievers in the game, Duran took over closer duties for the Twins in 2023 and saved 27 games. His power mix is noteworthy, as his splinker sits 97-98 mph and is the first secondary to touch 100 mph in MLB history. A power reliever through and through, a top-five closer season for Duran in 2024 isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
166. Jack Suwinski, OF, Pirates — Considering he will be only 25 years old, Suwinski’s expected production of approximately 25 home runs and 10 stolen bases should give him robust dynasty value. Unfortunately, his batting average in the low .200s on account of his strikeout rate, perhaps unfairly, provides a sink to his dynasty value. The Pirates have cycled through options in the outfield in recent years, but with his above-average defense, Suwinski has a leg up to emerge as a full-time regular for the next few years.
167. Colt Emerson, SS, Mariners — 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.
168. Spencer Steer, 1B/OF, Reds — Acquired alongside Christian Encarnacion-Strand in the Tyler Mahle trade, Steer had a standout rookie campaign in 2023. He hit .271/.356/.464 with 23 home runs and 15 steals, while striking out 20.9% of the time. Steer has an exciting mix of contact skills, approach, power and speed. There doesn’t seem to be any area of Steer’s profile that points toward coming regression in 2024.
169. Kyle Manzardo, 1B, Guardians — The nagging question with Manzardo is whether he will show enough power at first base. After being traded to the Guardians in the second half of 2023, Manzardo hit well and carried over the momentum to the Arizona Fall League. Expect him to debut in 2024 and be a first baseman in the mold of Vinnie Pasquantino and Nathaniel Lowe: hit over power, but with enough pop to be rostered confidently at the corner.
170. Emmet Sheehan, RHP, Dodgers — After dominating with Double-A Tulsa over the first two months of the season (53.1 IP, 1.86 ERA, 88 strikeouts), Sheehan was promoted directly to the major leagues on June 16th. Sheehan tossed six innings of no-hit ball against the Giants and caught the baseball world’s attention. Sheehan was often inconsistent over his ensuing 10 starts. He has an excellent fastball with mid-90s velocity from a low release height with a slider and changeup that both grade as average or better per pitch values. Sheehan enters the season as the Dodgers next man up in a crowded rotation, but could see 15 or more starts throughout the season.
171. Andrew Vaughn, 1B, White Sox — The expectations for Vaughn coming out of college have never fully materialized. After a detour to the outfield, Vaughn played his first full season at his natural home of first base. Vaughn hit .258/.314/.429 with a career high of 21 home runs. Vaughn is the best fit in a corner infield or utility spot. He saw a climb in line-drive rate and fly-ball rate due to a positive improvement in launch angle. Further improvements could lead to a jump in production in 2024.
172. Kyle Harrison, LHP, Giants — Harrison quieted critics when he pitched well over seven starts for the Giants over the final month of 2023. Harrison’s three pitch mix is led by his unique four-seam fastball that plays well above its average velocity of 93.6 mph due to his outlier low release height and the approach angle on the pitch. He reworked his slider to a better bat-missing shape entering 2023 and deploys a changeup that has flashed average or better for stretches. If Harrison’s continues to refine his command he could develop into a mid rotation arm with strikeout upside.
173. Mason Miller, RHP, Athletics — Miller enters the season ranked as Oakland’s No. 1 Prospect. He impressed when healthy in 2023, striking out 27.3% of batters in the majors with a 98.3 mph average four-seam fastball that ranked in the 97th percentile among pitchers. Health, though, is the bugaboo for Miller, who has missed significant time each of the last two seasons with injury. The A’s said this winter they’re likely to limit Miller to a relief role in 2024, potentially putting him in line for saves (which may be few and far between) but limiting his short-term value. He has frontline starter stuff if he can manage to stay healthy in the long run.
174. Walker Buehler, RHP, Dodgers — The two-time all-star hasn’t pitched in a major league game since June 2022 as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. He enters 2024 in the middle of a star-studded Dodgers rotation. He’s likely to have a late start and quite a few skipped turns throughout the season. This limits some of Buehler’s immediate value in fantasy as he’s unlikely to surpass the 130 inning threshold in 2024. Between 2018 and 2021 Buehler was one of the 10 best pitchers in baseball and at 29 years old still has runway for several top-30 fantasy seasons, but it’s unlikely to be in 2024.
175. Masyn Winn, SS, Cardinals — Long billed for his all-world throwing arm, Winn has developed into one of the more refined hitters in the minor leagues. Despite fringe-average power, Winn has excellent bat-to-ball skills and solid approach. His speed allows him to get the most out of his contact and he has enough power to project for 15-to-18 home runs annually.
176. Cade Horton, RHP, Cubs — Horton bounced back from Tommy John surgery to carry Oklahoma to the College World Series finals in 2022 and was drafted seventh overall by the Cubs. He raced to Double-A in his pro debut and projects to be a frontline starter with a mid-90s fastball, devastating slider and rapidly improving curveball and changeup. Horton could debut later in 2024 and has the ability to develop into a top-30 fantasy pitcher with high strikeout totals.
177. Brandon Pfaadt, RHP, D-backs — In his final 10 regular season starts, Pfaadt had a 1.26 WHIP and 4.14 ERA, looking more like the pitching prospect who racked up 218 strikeouts in the minor leagues the previous year. In the postseason, Pfaadt’s success carried over with 22 more innings of a 1.09 WHIP and 3.27 ERA and 26 strikeouts. Pfaadt will be 25 years old for the entire season and looks to be a solid midrotation starter.
178. Tyler Black, 2B, Brewers — Also eligible at second base, Black is three prospects ranked among the top 25 players on that list. Black has the best chance of contributing in the majors in 2024. He hit .284/.417/.513 with 18 home runs, 55 stolen bases and 105 runs across Double-A and Triple-A in 2023. With 39 games of experience at Triple-A, Black has an opportunity to play his way to the majors in the first half. He possesses pristine plate skills with an in-zone whiff rate (16.5%), chase rate (18.6%) and swing-chase rate (25.4%) that all rate well above-average. Black’s raw power is just average, but his ability to get the most of his hard contact allows him to project for 16-22 home runs per season at peak.
179. Andres Munoz, RHP, Mariners — Munoz essentially assumed the Mariners closer role after they traded Paul Sewald to the D-backs and is the presumptive favorite to retain the role heading into 2024. Although he missed the first two months of the season with a shoulder injury, his fastball/slider combo was nearly as dominant as 2022. He is not a lock for 30 saves with Matt Brash on the team, but he should bring great ratios and a strikeout rate of around 12 K/9.
180. Max Clark, OF, Tigers — 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.
181. Josh Hader, LHP, Astros — Hader signed a five-year deal with the Astros entering his age-30 season, creating a formidable three-headed bullpen beast with Ryan Pressley and Bryan Abreu. Although presumed to be the closer, Hader provides incredible value with his rate stats and strikeout rate, though he hasn’t topped 60 innings in a season since 2019.
182. Taj Bradley, RHP, Rays — Bradley was the Rays’ No. 3 Prospect entering 2023. He endured a rocky major league debut, finishing with a 1.39 WHIP and 5.59 ERA over 104.2 innings. His proclivity for giving up the long ball was his main issue and he finished the year with a HR/9 near 2.0 including Triple-A Durham. Still, the stuff is above-average and he had an 80th percentile strikeout rate in the majors, even despite more than 70% of his starts coming against teams with an above-average wRC+ including the Braves, plus the Rangers, Astros and Blue Jays twice.
183. Esteury Ruiz, OF, Athletics — Ruiz is one of the most divisive players in fantasy baseball. He can win the stolen base category nearly by himself—the question is whether he will get enough plate appearances to contribute. With anemic power and an overly aggressive approach, Ruiz was barely above replacement level in 2023 despite 497 plate appearances and is not assured of a long-term major league role. On the other hand, Ruiz does have upside considering he’s just 24 years old and faces little competition in Oakland.
184. Sal Frelick, OF, Brewers — Frelick’s plus defense, outstanding hit tool, and above-average baserunning ability puts him squarely in the Steven Kwan phylum. With seven stolen bases and zero times caught, don’t be surprised if he pilfers 20 bags in his first full season.
185. Logan O’Hoppe, C, Angels — Offensively, O’Hoppe is an above-average slugger who should annually hit 20+ home runs. Behind the dish, though, the Angels catcher struggled to control the running game and was in the lower percentile of defensive metrics. That may ultimately move him off the position (where he will still be an asset).
186. Jake Burger, 3B, Marlins — Burger broke out in 2023, making good on his promise as an amateur after a difficult stretch of injuries. Over 141 games split between the White Sox and the Marlins, Burger slugged 34 home runs, good enough for 14th in all of MLB. Burger lacks refined on-base skills and will run higher strikeout rates, but he’s a very strong option for a corner infield spot in 15 to 20-team dynasty leagues with standard 5×5 scoring.
187. Daulton Varsho, OF, Blue Jays — Varsho enters 2024 with low perceived value after losing catcher eligibility. He should gain roughly 600 plate appearances this season considering he’s a Gold Glove-worthy outfielder. That could be both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it should allow him to accrue the valuable combination of approximately25 home runs and 15 steals. But on the other hand, that will more negatively impact your roster’s batting average or OBP. Heading into his age-27 season as part of a solid Blue Jays offense, the math suggests the tradeoff is worth it.
188. James Outman, OF, Dodgers — Outman experienced a late-stage breakout as a 26-year-old rookie in 2023. Outman gains a bump in value in OBP formats, as his 12% walk rate in 2023 ranked 20th among all qualified hitters.
189. Chris Sale, LHP, Braves — The lefthander has struggled with health dating back to the 2019 season as he’s had Tommy John surgery as well as a litany of other issues. Sale logged more than 100 innings for the first time since 2019 and pitched to a 3.72 xFIP, 29.4% strikeout rate and a 6.8% walk rate. He pitched well after returning in August and now finds himself in a much better situation with the Braves after they acquired him from the Red Sox. Sale has an opportunity to return to fantasy relevancy with a full healthy season with the Braves.
190. Dansby Swanson, SS, Cubs — For the second consecutive season, the No. 1 overall pick in 2015 essentially produced 5 WAR or better. Unfortunately for us in fantasy, the bulk of Swanson’s value comes from the defensive side of the ball after winning two consecutive Gold Gloves. After putting up 18 stolen bases in 2022, his nine last year were a disappointment with the new rules. He is in the same cluster as other 20-homer, 10-steal shortstops with average batting average and OBP. He’s incredibly safe, but he’s on the wrong side of 30 years old.
191. Rhys Hoskins, 1B, Brewers — Averaging 30 home runs per 600 plate appearances over his career, Hoskins missed all of 2023 after tearing his ACL in spring training. He should be fully ready to go in 2024 and should also be expected to continue where he left off with 25 to 30 home runs and good OBPs for a few more years.
192. Cal Raleigh, C, Mariners — In the last two years, Raleigh hit the most home runs of any catcher, averaging 30 per season. Now 27, this fan favorite should easily be counted on to average 25 homers for the next four years assuming health.
193. Matt Wallner, OF, Twins — Wallner fits neatly into the three-true-outcome hitter archetype with plus-plus power, a patient approach bordering on passive and lots of strikeouts. Wallner got his first extended run in the major leagues over the second half of 2023 and hit .237/.354/.500 with 13 home runs and 10.9% walk rate. Wallner caught fire over the final 29 games hitting .280/.422/.524. There will be peaks and values in Wallner’s value based on how much contact he makes, but he gets a big boost in OBP-based scoring formats due to his high walk rates.
194. Brett Baty, 3B, Mets — Baty debuted in 2022 at age 22 and spent the majority of 2023 with the big league club. He hit .212/.275/.323 over 108 games and very much under-delivered on expectations. Baty has similar struggles to Alec Bohm, as he hits the ball hard and with frequency but lacks the angles on contact to optimize his underlying raw power in games. Baty has areas he’ll need to improve heading into 2024, but in the minors he’s shown a solid combination of contact, approach and power.
195. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Pirates — As a prospect, Hayes was hyped for his Gold Glove caliber defense, on-base ability and running ability. While his defense has been as advertised, his base running and on-base skills have not been impactful. After two seasons of below-league average production, Hayes took a step forward in 2023, hitting .271/.309/.453 with 15 home runs. A significant jump in flyball rate year over year and improvements in underlying exit velocity data and steeper launch angles led to power growth for Hayes in 2023. Hayes is a player on the upswing heading into 2024.
196. Jonathan India, 2B, Reds — India has combined to hit just .246/.333/.394 over his last two seasons since a standout rookie campaign in 2021 where he hit .269/.376/.459 with 21 homers. He possesses strong on-base skills, average or better bat-to-ball skills and solid underlying power, but he hasn’t put it all together since 2021. Injuries have certainly played a role. India played through plantar fasciitis last season and it may have played a role in his down season. India is a solid bounceback candidate in 2024 if he can remain healthy.
197. Thairo Estrada, 2B, Giants — Estrada has been one of the sneakiest performers in fantasy, ranking eighth among second basemen in 2022 and 22nd in 2023. Estrada’s drop in value in 2023 was heavily rooted in a drop in counting stats and the abundance of stolen bases with the new rules. Entering his age-28 season, Estrada has a good floor of mid-teens power, 25-30 stolen bases and a .260 to .270 average. He’s a perfect fit for a middle infield spot in your lineup and a complementary piece to the top names at the position.
198. Jarred Kelenic, OF, Braves — After never quite delivering on his promise with the Mariners, Kelenic was traded to the Braves where he joins one of the most potent lineups in baseball. With regular at-bats at the bottom of the Braves lineup, Kelenic is in-line for a potential boost to his counting stats in 2024. Further improvement could push him into the top 150 players entering 2025.
199. Brendan Donovan, 2B/OF, Cardinals — Injuries robbed Donovan of a potential breakout 2023 season. He showed increased power in spring training and over the first half of 2023. An elbow injury ended his 2023 in late July after 95 games. Healthy this offseason, Donovan has made adjustments to his swing and looks like he could take another step forward in 2024. After hitting .284/.365/.422 with improved exit velocity data Donovan could be in-line for a breakout healthy season in 2024.
200. Michael King, RHP, Padres — After cutting his teeth as one of the better multi-inning relief pitchers over his three and a half years, King got an opportunity to start over the last month of the season. The righthander impressed making seven starts and pitching to a 2.02 ERA, 2.99 xFIP, 31.9% strikeout rate and a 5% walk rate over 35.2 innings. Traded to the Padres in the Juan Soto deal, King is in line for his first real opportunity to start and a breakout could be coming in 2024.
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