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Welcome to the final dynasty rankings release of the season. Over the last several months, Baseball America fantasy experts Geoff Pontes and Dylan White covered each positional group culminating in the release of our Dynasty Top 700 last week. As a supplement, we broke out the Top 100 Prospects for fantasy baseball below.
Baseball America subscribers will notice these rankings can conflict with our standard Top 100 Prospects list. Below, we highlighted some philosophical differences to help explain why.
How Fantasy Values Defense: Baseball America’s goal with its Top 100 Prospects ranking is to identify the 100 most valuable professional players currently under 130 at-bats and 50 innings pitched in the major leagues. Our fantasy Top 100 hopes to identify the top 100 future major leaguers in a similar fashion. But the difference lies in how that value is measured.
On a standard prospect ranking, the difference between a 70-grade defender and a 50 or 55-grade defender at shortstop is often significant from a future value perspective.
For fantasy lists, that perspective shifts. A prospects’ ability to earn playing time based on defensive ability is important – up to a point.
Fantasy managers want to know if a player’s defensive abilities (or lack thereof) will cut into playing time. There’s little difference between the best defensive shortstop in baseball and a 60-grade defender.
Baserunning: The value of stolen bases in fantasy can often skew the difference between what WAR or wRC+ value as above-average offensive seasons versus how its valued in fantasy. The standard scoring in fantasy typically consists of some combination of runs, RBIs, home runs, stolen bases and batting average (or on-base percentage). So the combination of runs, RBIs, home runs and stolen bases are the real target. In this frame of mind, players with the ability to hit 20 or more home runs with 20 or more stolen bases are of greater importance.
Catching: Strong defensive catchers with above-average or better hitting ability are often valued among the best players in the game on our Top 100 Prospects list. Catcher is arguably the most important defensive position on the field. Those that can reach the bar of above-average major league hitter are valued highly and rightfully so.
It’s the opposite in fantasy baseball. Catchers tend to deal with a few unique challenges other position players do not. They tend to deal with more wear and tear over the course of the season, which in turn leads to more days off than say an outfielder. This combination of factors influences our value of catchers in fantasy. They not only have more limited plate appearances than other position players, they’re often dealing with more wear and tear on their hands which impacts their hitting. Most standard fantasy formats roster one catcher per team, meaning they’re often in lower demand.
Proximity: The value of prospects in fantasy is often set into a two or three-year window. Meaning prospects who are three or more years away see their value deflated somewhat versus their true potential. In the same regard players with opportunities for major league playing time in the upcoming year see a value bump. Depending on the depth of your league (depth equials the number of players or prospects rostered) prospects with ETAs beyond 2025 may sit on the waiver wire outside the most elite of talents. So unlike the standard Top 100 list, we value the ability to contribute in the short term more.
Below, find the Top 100 Prospects to target in fantasy in 2024.
1. 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.
2. 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
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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.
26. 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.
27. 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.
28. 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.
29. 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.
30. 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.
31. 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.
32. 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.
33. Chase DeLauter, OF, Guardians — DeLauter could be one solution in the Guardians’ quest to add impact hitters. Drafted No. 16 overall in 2022, he rocketed to Double-A late in 2023 and showed the type of production and batted-ball metrics that point to a bright future.
34. Jett Williams, SS/OF, Mets — The Mets’ minor league player of the year—and their No. 1 Prospect entering 2024—had over 100 walks in his first full minor league season, hitting .263/.425/.451 with 13 home runs and 45 stolen bases across three levels as a teenager. Receiving glowing remarks for his maturity and swing decisions, don’t be surprised if the 5-foot-6-inch Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex product is potentially hitting at the top of the Mets batting order as soon as 2025 and putting up 20/20-type seasons.
35. Curtis Mead, 3B, Rays — Mead was viewed as one of the top hitting prospects for fantasy entering 2023. After dealing with a left wrist injury that cost Mead two months of the season he returned to Triple-A Durham on June 30 and hit .336/.439/.604 over 39 games with an equal number of strikeouts and walks. Mead debuted for the Rays on Aug. 4 but did very little over 43 plate appearances. Mead boasts excellent bat-to-ball skills and approach with strong underlying power data. Despite the underwhelming MLB debut, Mead should not be written off.
36. Hurston Waldrep, RHP, Braves — The Braves expedited Waldrep’s promotion to Triple-A before the season concluded. He possesses a repertoire of bat-missing pitches, combining a mid-90s fastball with heavy cut, a formidable splitter, and an upper-80s slider. However, Waldrep’s below-average control introduces a considerable amount of both risk and reward.
37. Jackson Merrill, SS, Padres — Merrill is one of the more refined hitters in the minor leagues. He shows excellent bat-to-ball skills, solid approach, projectable power and one of the more picturesque lefthanded swings you’ll see outside of the major leagues. Merrill will need to develop into above-average game power in order to reach his lofty ceiling of all-star shortstop with contact, approach and power.
38. Colton Cowser, OF, Orioles — The No. 5 pick in the 2021 draft made his MLB debut in 2023, but struggled over 26 games. Despite the struggles Cowser showcased plate discipline, contact and power throughout 2023 and looks like a major part of the Orioles future.
39. Ronny Mauricio, 2B/SS, Mets — An unfortunate injury will likely rob us of most, if not all, of Mauricio’s 2024. He tore the ACL in his right knee and will undergo surgery while playing winter ball. Mauricio .248/.296/.347 over 108 plate appearances after making his major league debut in 2023. He has huge raw power that he’s still learning to tap into with speed and baserunning ability. Mauricio has always been an aggressive hitter, but he has the bat-to-ball skills and long levers to make it work. He’s a good stash for rebuilding teams.
40. Heston Kjerstad, 1B/OF, Orioles — Kjerstad’s career had a near-tragic beginning, but he reached the major leagues in his first fully healthy season in 2023. Kjerstad has a strong combination of power and contact skills. His approach is fairly aggressive, limiting his upside in OBP-style scoring formats, but the power and contact is worth gambling on.
41. Marcelo Mayer, SS, Red Sox — Mayer bought into Boston’s bat speed training entering 2023 and added significant impact to his underlying power metrics. Unfortunately, Mayer’s plate skills took a hit as he struggled with bat-to-ball skills and approach. A shoulder injury ended Mayer’s season after reaching Double-A. Mayer could make his major league debut late in 2024 and provides a contact and power-based profile at shortstop not dissimilar to Corey Seager.
42. Victor Scott II, OF, Cardinals — Scott announced his presence in a big way in 2023, hitting .303/.369/.425 with a minor-league leading 95 stolen bases. Scott is an outstanding center-field defender with double-plus speed, strong bat-to-ball skills and sneaky power against righthanded pitching. Scott’s skills are tailor made for the modern game and new rules.
43. Emmanuel Rodriguez, OF, Twins — Rodriguez’s profile is driven by outlier power and on-base skills. After struggling over the first two months of the season with High-A Cedar Rapids, Rodriguez found his stride in June, hitting .270/.429/.504 over the final 72 games of the season. Rodriguez has double-plus power with the ability to stick in an outfield corner.
44. Ethan Salas, C, Padres — Salas played in Low-A as a 16-year-old and ultimately finished the season in Double-A as a 17-year-old. It’s not impossible that he reaches San Diego in 2024 at — checks notes — 18 years old. Whether it happens this year or not, Salas will undoubtedly be the Padres’ catcher well into the 2030s.
45. AJ Smith-Shawver, RHP, Braves — Smith-Shawver was the first prep pitching prospect from the 2021 class to make the majors. His electric fastball and feel to spin multiple breaking balls give him midrotation upside if he can sharpen his command. He has the athleticism to make that happen.
46. Bryce Eldridge, 1B/OF, Giants — Eldridge was drafted as a two-way player and has starpower on both sides of the ball. His bat should garner the most fantasy interest because of his elite power. His 107.1 mph 90th percentile exit velocity is an elite marker for a teenager.
47. Orelvis Martinez, SS, Blue Jays — Martinez rebounded big in 2023 after a difficult 2022 season that saw him hit just above the Mendoza line. Martinez refined his swing decisions and showed maturity at the plate, forcing pitchers to work. He possesses some of the best quality of contact in the minors, as he shows the ability to consistently backspin flyballs to his pullside. Martinez has seen time at both second and third base and is likely to move off shortstop.
48. Robby Snelling, LHP, Padres — Few organizations navigate the draft better than the Padres, who snagged Snelling with the 39th pick in the 2022 draft. He climbed to Double-A with ease as an 18-year-old in his pro debut and now stands as one of the top lefthanded prospects in the game. The scary thing is that he has room to become even more effective if he sharpens his changeup.
49. Owen Caissie, OF, Cubs — The big Canadian has enormous power and is capable of launching towering home runs at any time. He is still working to cut down on the holes his long levers create in his swing, but he is rapidly progressing and has a chance to be a middle-of-the-order masher.
50. Spencer Jones, OF, Yankees — Jones is one of the most athletic prospects in the minors and has an extremely high upside both at the plate and in center field. To reach his full potential, he’ll need to show much better plate discipline and cut down on his strikeouts.
51. Chase Hampton, RHP, Yankees — Hampton is the Yankees’ top starting pitching prospect and has the size, stuff and projection that could lead to a future in a big league rotation. He was one of the system’s biggest breakouts in 2023 and could be even better in 2024 as he gains strength and holds his stuff throughout the course of the long minor league season.
52. Jace Jung, 2B, Tigers — Like his older brother, Rangers third baseman Josh Jung, Jace is a very promising hitter. There are still a lot of questions about where he’ll end up defensively. If he can just be a fringe-average defender, his bat will help the Tigers quickly.
53. Termarr Johnson, 2B, Pirates — It’s been a slower burn than expected for the Pirates’ first-round selection in 2022. He has elite bat speed and gifted hands, but he needs to refine his approach to find the ideal combination of hittability and power that made him so attractive as an amateur.
54. Thomas Saggese, 2B/SS, Cardinals — Saggese just hits, plain and simple. The Cardinals acquired Saggese in the Jordan Montgomery trade and he went on to win Texas League MVP, hitting .318/.385/.551. Saggese is a bat-first second baseman with a knack for finding the barrel and getting the most out of his best contact.
55. Bryan Ramos, 3B, White Sox — Ramos finds himself in a great position entering 2024 after a breakout season a year ago. The White Sox added him to the 40-man roster as they lean into a rebuild. The third baseman hit .271/.369/.457 with 14 home runs over 77 games. Ramos was up to 111 mph on his max exit velocity and his 105.7 mph 90th percentile EV is above MLB average.
56. Brooks Lee, SS, Twins — Scouts see Lee as more likely to be good than great, but that’s not a criticism as much as an appreciation for how likely he is to be a solid big leaguer. Lee can hit, he’ll be fine at second or third base and he seems destined to log many years in the big leagues.
57. Roderick Arias, SS, Yankees — After a fairly nondescript first pro season, Arias exploded in 2023 and starred on an Florida Complex League squad bursting with talent. Scouts raved about Arias’ upside both at the plate and in the field, and gave him a real chance to be a player who sticks at shortstop and hits in the middle of an order.
58. Jacob Melton, OF, Astros — Melton won the Pac-12 player of the year award in 2022, culminating a climb that started three years earlier at Linn-Benton JC. Melton is an explosive player with the ability to handle center field and enough power to drive his mishits out of the yard. He is a well-rounded player with on-base skills and power.
59. Drew Thorpe, RHP, Padres — Drafted by the Yankees in the second round in 2022 and traded to San Diego in the December Juan Soto deal, Thorpe made High-A hitters look foolish with his double-plus changeup. His success continued at Double-A late in 2023, and if that trend holds, he could be in line to make his MLB debut in short order. Thorpe gets results more with pitch variety and precision, but his feel for offspeed is a separator.
60. Cole Young, SS, Mariners — Young showed impressive plate discipline and contact skills from the left side in his first full season across the Class A levels. He’s a pure hitter who projects to remain in the middle of the diamond and has the instincts to surpass more physically gifted players.
61. Marco Luciano, SS, Giants — Luciano is the top position-player prospect in San Francisco’s system and reached the big leagues in 2023. He still has some polish left to apply, but he could be an offensive force at his peak. Where he’ll play in the field is less certain, and his profile will likely always be offensive-driven.
62. Brayan Rocchio, SS, Guardians — A heady player and standout defensive shortstop, Rocchio will buy himself time to develop his offensive profile. His Triple-A production was mediocre, and he fell flat during his MLB debut, but a big winter in the hitter-friendly Venezuelan League may help him build momentum. Signs point to more of a glove-first outcome.
63. Leodalis De Vries, SS, Padres — The top player in the international class, De Vries signed with the Padres. De Vries’ profile is driven by his advanced hit tool and above-average power projection. He rarely swings and misses, maintains a tight strike zone and shows advanced hitting tendencies for his age.
64. Tommy Troy, SS, D-backs — Troy was one of the best hitters in college baseball the past few seasons. He has above-average contact skills and a short quick swing that allows him to own the inner-half of the plate. Troy has the upside of a top-10 fantasy second baseman.
65. Nolan Schanuel, 1B, Angels — The first baseman jumped from college baseball to the major leagues in just a few short months. Schanuel is a low-risk pick with definitive MLB production in 2024. Plus contact and elite on-base skills drive the profile. Can he develop average game power?
66. Davis Schneider, 2B, Blue Jays — Schneider hit his way to the big leagues and caught the attention of the baseball world with a “god-mode” stretch to begin his big league career. Schneider has strong plate skills driven by his excellent on-base ability. He has average raw power but gets the most out of his power due to his barrel control.
67. Michael Busch, 1B, Cubs — The trade to the Cubs allows Busch to finally get an opportunity to shine in the major leagues. Busch has the ability to be an immediate star in OBP-style scoring formats with his combination of on-base skills and power.
68. Brady House, 3B, Nationals — A member of the highly-touted prep shortstop class of 2021, House has been a well-known player since he was 15. After dealing with a back injury that cost him most of 2022, House returned in 2023 to hit .312/.365/.497 over 88 games. House has multiple plus tools in his power and throwing arm, and has taken to his new position at third base.
69. Austin Wells, C, Yankees — The Yankees batted Wells in the middle of the order in the final weeks of the season. Although perhaps more a testament to a decimated lineup, it signaled the confidence that Aaron Boone and management has in Wells’ bat.
70. Justyn-Henry Malloy, 3B, Tigers — Acquired from the Braves, Malloy could be among the first wave of the Tigers’ strong group of positional prospects to star in the major leagues. Malloy pairs on-base skills, average contact and average power to create a well-rounded profile that could return value in a wide range of formats.
71. Xavier Isaac, 1B, Rays — High school first basemen rarely leap onto the Top 100 in short order, but Isaac is proving to be an advanced hitter with massive power potential. He slimmed down in 2023, which helped everything play up. Isaac has outlier raw power and some of the best 90th percentile exit velocities in the minor leagues.
72. Ryan Clifford, 1B, Mets — Clifford broke out early in the 2023 season while still with the Astros. A trade deadline deal shipped him to the Mets where he ranks as one of their top position prospects. A touted prep since his early days on the circuit, Clifford is polished hitter with plus power upside.
73. Sebastian Walcott, SS, Rangers — Walcott ping-ponged from the Dominican Summer League to High-A during his first professional season. He’s an excellent athlete with huge power but considerable rawness remaining before he can reach his ceiling. At his best, he could be a cornerstone in an increasingly excellent Rangers lineup.
74. Parker Meadows, OF, Tigers — Meadows made his major league debut late last season after hitting .256/.337/.474 with 19 home runs and 19 stolen bases over 113 Triple-A games. He enters 2024 with a leg-up for the center field job and the leadoff spot in the Tigers lineup. He’s a 6-foot-5 center fielder with average home run and stolen base potential.
75. Everson Pereira, OF, Yankees — Pereira reached the big leagues for the first time in 2023 and should get plenty of chances there in 2024. He has plenty of raw talent and the ability to stick in center field, but his first Bronx cameo showed a need to considerably rein in his approach at the plate.
76. Drew Gilbert, OF, Mets — The focal point of the Justin Verlander trade with the Astros, Gilbert has solid average-to-above tools across the board and a strong competitive makeup. He could be an MLB contributor in the second half of 2024, with his value keyed by his mature hitting approach and on-base skills.
77. Ceddanne Rafaela, OF, Red Sox — Rafaela is a wizard in center field, and good enough that the Red Sox have had him focus on playing there even though he’s also a capable shortstop. There are more worries about Rafaela’s bat, which may limit him to hitting lower in the batting order.
78. Sterlin Thompson, 2B/3B, Rockies — Thompson demolished the High-A Northwest League over his first 60 games hitting .323/.399/.520 before seeing promotion to Double-A Hartford. Thompson has an advanced hit tool and is likely to hit for a high average with above-average on-base skills, his power likely maxes out at 16-20 home runs a season.
79. Jared Jones, RHP, Pirates — The Pirates’ system is built around high-upside pitching, and Jones fits nicely in an upper group that also includes Paul Skenes, Bubba Chandler and Anthony Solometo. Jones showed increased maturity in 2023 and made some tweaks to his mix that allowed him to mostly thrive at the upper levels.
80. Hunter Goodman, 1B/C, Rockies — One of the top power hitters in the minor leagues over the last two seasons, Goodman made his major league debut in late August after slugging 70 home runs over the last two seasons. Goodman showed more refined plate skills in 2023, but there is still a healthy amount of swing and miss in his game.
81. Carson Williams, SS, Rays — Williams is a wizard defensively at shortstop, which has become a position of need for the Rays. He has present productive power as well. His ultimate ceiling will depend on how much further he can develop as a hitter.
82. Andy Pages, OF, Dodgers — Pages has long had impressive power and plate discipline, and slimmed down to erase concerns about his long-term athleticism. His season was limited by a torn labrum in his shoulder last year, but he’s set to return in 2024 and shouldn’t have to wait long for his major league debut.
83. Tyler Locklear, 1B/3B, Mariners — Locklear is a power hitter with polished plate skills that offers a well-rounded offensive profile. Over 61 games with High-A Everett, Locklear hit .305/.422/.549 with 12 home runs over 61 games. He reached Double-A by year’s end and looks to return there next season with a late 2024 or early 2025 ETA.
84. Max Meyer, RHP, Marlins — Meyer made his major league debut in July 2022 and made just two starts before tearing his UCL and subsequently undergoing Tommy John surgery. He was sidelined for the entirety of the 2023 season, but is on track to be ready for spring training. Meyer has two plus or better pitches in his mid-90s fastball and high-80s electric power slider. He is on track to earn a spot in Miami’s opening day rotation.
85. Graham Pauley, OF, Padres — Pauley was an underrated college hitter at Duke who enjoyed a loud breakout in 2023, hitting .308/.393/.539 with 23 home runs over 127 games split between three levels. He continued to show power in the Arizona Fall League hitting five homers over 21 games. Pauley has outlier barrel control with excellent bat-to-ball skills, on-base ability and angles on contact allowing his numbers to play above his fringy raw power.
86. Josue De Paula, OF, Dodgers — One of the most exciting young players in the minor leagues, De Paula is a polished hitter with strong plate skills and projectable power he’s still learning to actualize in game. He’s a below-average fielder and still years away from impact, but De Paula has tremendous upside.
87. Kevin Alcantara, OF, Cubs — Alcantara boasts some of the best quality of contact in the minor leagues. His 90.7 mph average exit velocity and 106.7 mph 90th percentile EV are both well above major league average. Alcantara is a excellent defender in center and has big power and speed upside. It’s taken a few years for Alcantara to add polish, but the sky is the limit.
88. Kyle Teel, C, Red Sox — An athletic catcher with advanced plate skills and power projection, Teel hit his way to Double-A right out of the draft and looks like a catching prospect worth rostering.
89. Lazaro Montes, OF, Mariners — A hulking Cuban masher, Montes hit .303 with 13 home runs and 61 RBIs in only 70 games in his stateside debut last year. He’s shown better contact skills than expected and the power to change games, helping him project to be an impact player despite poor defense in the outfield.
90. Addison Barger, SS, Blue Jays — After a breakout 2022, Barger fell back to the pack in 2023 despite underlying data that says his early-season elbow injury was the culprit behind his average line. Barger still possesses above-average power (106.3 mph 90th percentile EV) and plus bat-to-ball skills (14.4% in-zone whiff) and could see time in Toronto in 2024.
91. Zach Dezenzo, INF, Astros — A late-round steal by the Astros, Dezenzo set High-A on fire before earning promotion to Double-A Corpus Christi where he spent most of his season. Dezenzo possesses easy plus-plus power and showed significant improvements to his bat-to-ball skills as a professional.
92. Connor Phillips, RHP, Reds — Phillips mixed moments of dominance and times of extreme wildness in a 2023 season that saw him reach the majors. He has the arsenal to be a midrotation starter if his control and command can catch up.
93. Dalton Rushing, C, Dodgers — Rushing replaced 2021 No. 1 overall pick Henry Davis as Louisville’s catcher in 2022, hitting 23 home runs before the Dodgers drafted Rushing with the 40th pick in the 2022 draft. Rushing is a standout offensive catcher with bat speed, approach and impact. Behind the plate, he’s still refining his technique but has the above-average arm needed to quell the modern running game.
94. Aidan Miller, 3B, Phillies — Miller is a highly-skilled prep infielder that likely sticks at third base. He’s fairly maxed out for a high school player, but his advanced bat-to-ball skills, approach and average power projection could make him a good everyday contributor.
95. Harry Ford, C, Mariners — Ford is a standout athlete, unusual for the catcher position, but the 12th overall pick in the 2021 draft can do a little bit of everything on the field. Ford projects to be an average hitter with average power whose on-base skills and running ability are his greatest assets. He’s a fringe-average defender behind the plate with an above-average arm.
96. Gavin Stone, RHP, Dodgers — Stone got knocked around in his major league debut but returned to his dominant form at the end of the season in Triple-A. His mid-90s fastball, swing-and-miss changeup and impressive durability and toughness will have him in a better position to succeed when he returns to the majors in 2024.
97. Dylan Lesko, RHP, Padres — The way scouts talked about Lesko in the 2022 draft indicated special potential for a high school righthander. Tommy John surgery pushed back his pro debut by a year, but Lesko emerged with his velocity and otherworldly changeup intact. His curveball also had its moments, and if his feel and command take the expected steps forward post-surgery, he could be a prime breakout candidate.
98. DL Hall, LHP, Brewers — Hall boasts some of the best lefthanded stuff in baseball with the potential for four plus pitches. His fastball has plus velocity and movement while his slider, curveball and changeup can all flash plus for stretches. Throwing strikes has been a major bugaboo for Hall and looked to be headed to the bullpen for the long term. The trade to the Brewers has added some intrigue, as the organization has successfully converted several relievers to starters with success.
99. Jacob Misiorowski, RHP, Brewers — Misiorowski is one of the most electrifying pitching prospects in baseball, reliever risk be damned. He possesses a filthy fastball and slider combination that would get outs in a major league bullpen now. Strike-throwing is an issue for Misiorowski and he’s raw on pitchability and starter’s traits. His upside is front of the rotation starter with a high-leverage floor.
100. Jeferson Quero, C, Brewers — One of the most talented all-around prospects in the game, Quero ranks higher on real-life style lists (like our Top 100) due to his defensive prowess. Despite the catcher risk in fantasy, Quero’s combination of power and bat-to-ball skills is valuable. Quero will likely take a hit in OBP-style formats due to his swing-happy approach at the plate.