2021 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (AL)
Expert Consensus Ranking (51 of 51 Experts) -
|Rank||Player (Team, Position)||Overall||Notes|
|1||Mike Trout (LAA - CF) IL60||1||1.0||‐||
For one of the first times since he took the league by storm, Trout is not the consensus top pick this year. It's hardly his fault, though it's fair to point out some of the negatives with his 2020 season. He batted a career-low .281, and posted his worst walk- and strikeout-rates since 2015. He also stole only one base. But Trout's move down the overall baseball rankings is due more to his competition for the top spot, rather than his numbers. He was still among the league leaders in quality of contact and every expected statcast metric, and was on pace to hit 50 home runs over the course of a full season. Trout is entering his age-30 season, so although we've seen him rebound from poor stolen base years before, it now seems unlikely that he'll ever get back to much past low-double digits. That keeps him out of the top spot in rotisserie rankings, but his incredibly high floor makes him a top-five overall draft pick.
|2||Jose Ramirez (CLE - 3B,DH)||3||4.0||+1.0||
If you throw out the first half of his 2019 season, then Ramirez has been a dominant force in fantasy baseball for the last five years. He was as good as ever in 2020, setting career highs in slugging percentage (.607), wOBA (.415) and wRC+ (164). To the extent there are question marks about Ramirez, they're about his supporting cast, as Cleveland's lineup should be one of the weaker ones in the league now that the team has jettisoned Francisco Lindor. But a hitter's lineup is often overvalued by fantasy managers, particularly with a player like Ramirez who adds in value with stolen bases. He comes with little to no risk, and should be the first third baseman drafted, and a first round pick, in all formats.
|3||Bo Bichette (TOR - DH,SS)||5||6.0||+1.0||
Bichette missed about half the season with a knee injury last year, but was productive when he was on the field, batting .301 with an .840 OPS. His 162-game pace was 28 home runs, 100 runs, 128 RBI, and 22 steals, so he was well on his way to earning his lofty draft price. If there was a wart to Bichette's season it was that his walk rate dropped to just 3.9%, one of the worst in the league. But, given that he had just 128 plate appearances, that's likely just the product of a small sample size, since he never walked at less than a 6.6% clip in his career. Batting in a stacked lineup, Bichette should once again put up strong five-category numbers, and should be one of the first shortstops drafted in fantasy leagues again in 2020.
|4||Xander Bogaerts (BOS - SS)||7||10.0||+3.0||
Bogaerts largely backed up his excellent 2019 season with a strong 2020 campaign. He didn't hit the ball quite as hard and his launch angle dropped, but he did manage to maintain his .300 average and put up a similar home run pace. Two things from last year stand out and probably shouldn't be written off entirely: first, Bogaerts' RBI pace dropped significantly, and considering that the Red Sox lineup went from a relative strength to a weakness, it seems unlikely he'll approach 100 RBI in 2021. Second, after dropping for three consecutive seasons, Bogaerts' steal pace increased to the highest of his career. The drop in RBI and increase in steals may be related, as Bogaerts likely looked to manufacture runs with less help around him. Both trends are worth projecting going forward, and while Bogaerts' value doesn't change much, fantasy managers will likely take the increase in steals going forward.
|5||Anthony Rendon (LAA - 3B) IL10||8||8.0||‐||
Rendon's stock feels like it has dropped dramatically, but there's really nothing in the small sample size of the 2020 season that should alter your outlook much on him. Yes, he didn't hit the ball as hard consistently, but he walked more than ever, maintained his elite strikeout rate, and still put up a roughly 30-homer, 100-RBI pace. Still just 31 years old, there should be plenty left in the tank this season for the veteran, and he should once again be a strong four-category contributor, with a small bit of speed thrown in for good measure.
|6||Rafael Devers (BOS - 3B)||9||15.0||+6.0||
Devers' 2020 season was . . . fine. That's about the best you can say about it. He still hit the ball hard, ranking in the 96th percentile in average exit velocity, and he increased his barrel rate significantly. His counting stat paces from his breakout 2019 season went down, but not dramatically so (other than his batting average), and fantasy managers never felt like Devers was a drain on their teams. But, at the same time, his already poor walk rate declined, his strikeout rate jumped to a career worst, and he didn't even attempt a single stolen base. Devers is just 24 years old, so there is plenty of upside for him. The safest course of action is to build in some natural regression from Devers' strong 2019 season, and pencil him in for roughly 30 home runs and 200 combined runs and RBI. That still makes him an asset to any fantasy team.
|7||Jose Abreu (CWS - 1B,DH)||10||13.0||+3.0||
For most players, fantasy managers need to consider whether to discount a highly out-of-character dip in their numbers given the shortened season. For Abreu, it's the opposite - whether fantasy managers should give credence to an outstanding MVP season, during which Abreu vastly outperformed his numbers from every other season of his career. Everything was good for Abreu in 2020, everything. He hit the ball harder than ever and consistently. He got on base more. He had career-high paces in every category. Abreu will be entering his age-34 season, so there's no way you should expect a repeat performance, but it's worth noting that he has increased his average exit velocity and hard-hit percentage in each of the last five seasons. Abreu's cost doesn't match his numbers last year, of course, but you'll still have to pay a hefty price in drafts. Given his safety and and his newly-discovered upside, however, it's worth it.
|8||Kyle Tucker (HOU - LF,RF,DH)||11||12.0||+1.0||
Tucker finally got regular playing time last year and it was mostly what fantasy owners had hoped for. Tucker didn't quite put up his gaudy numbers that he averaged in the minors, but he was on roughly a 25-20 pace while helping out in the other statistical categories. Tucker's batted ball profile didn't completely wow anyone last year, but given his performance, his prospect pedigree and minor-league track record, and his guaranteed spot in a strong lineup, fantasy managers should feel little concern about having Tucker be their first outfielder in fantasy.
|9||DJ LeMahieu (NYY - 1B,2B,3B)||12||7.0||-5.0||
LeMahieu will return to the Yankees on a six-year deal, and that is great news for fantasy managers. Since he's been New York, he's provided elite all-around production, most notably in batting average, where he has batted .336. He's blossomed into a 25-home run hitter with plenty of runs and RBI, and a handful of steals that chip in with the category. Add to that LeMahieu's multi-position eligibility and he is a huge asset to every fantasy team. With nothing in his profile to suggest a skills decline, he should be drafted before the third round is out in every fantasy league.
|10||Alex Bregman (HOU - 3B,SS) IL10||13||11.0||-2.0||
2020 was just a bad season for Bregman, plain and simple. He missed time with a hamstring injury, and generally regressed in every major statistical category. Considering that Bregman will be just 27 years old on Opening Day and had batted .291 with 72 home runs combined over the previous two seasons, fantasy managers can probably just throw out most of what they saw from him in 2020. He'll continue to be an upper echelon option at third base and considering his strong walk and strikeout rates, an even better one in points leagues. He's been battling a hamstring issue for most of camp, but as of now, he doesn't look like he'll miss much, if any, time, so draft him accordingly.
|11||Luis Robert (CWS - CF) IL60||14||14.0||‐||
Robert's production was pretty much what it was cracked up to be in terms of his power and speed, but his .233 batting average was a little hard to stomach. He struck out way too much (32.2% of the time, bottom 6% of the league), and just didn't make hard enough contact consistently to keep his average above water. But Robert will be just 24 years old this season, so there's plenty of room for growth in that area. That's particularly true given that Robert was a career .312 hitter in the minors and .314 in Cuba. Even if he was a batting average drain, which you shouldn't expect, given that he was on a roughly 30-25 full-season pace last year, fantasy managers should be able to stomach it. Draft him as a borderline first outfielder in fantasy leagues and reap the rewards.
|12||Tim Anderson (CWS - SS)||15||18.0||+3.0||
Anderson doesn't seem like he should be that valuable in fantasy. He doesn't have a ton of power, he rarely walks, and his quality of contact is nothing to write home about. But he's hit .335 and .322 the last two seasons, and although both numbers significantly surpass his xBA, it's clear that Anderson is going to be a plus value in that category. He won't excel in any other area, but he will chip in about 20 homers and 15-20 steals which, along with his batting average, makes him an excellent value given that his ADP is always in check.
|13||Starling Marte (OAK - CF) MiLB||16||24.0||+8.0||
Marte's getting a little old for a player to rely on for stolen bases, and although fantasy managers need to start lowering their expectations as he enters his age-32 season, there should be enough left in the tank for him to be productive. He ranked in the top 11% in sprint speed last year and was caught stealing just twice in 10 attempts. The quality of his contact declined fairly significantly, however, and considering he now plays in Miami, anything more than 15 home runs should be considered gravy. But he'll likely continue to chip in for all five rotisserie categories and be an asset in both stolen bases and batting average, two difficult categories to fill. Again, temper expectations a bit against his historical production, but fantasy managers can still draft him with confidence.
|14||Whit Merrifield (KC - 2B,CF,RF)||17||16.0||-1.0||
Merrifield has established an extremely strong floor, as he'll almost always be an asset in batting average, steals, and runs scored, and chip in for the remaining categories. There were some concern after his steals dropped to just 20 in 2019, but he bounced back to a 32-steal pace last year while also seeing a power spike. Merrifield is 32 years old and does not hit the ball particularly hard, but that's really irrelevant at this point. He is what he is, and with multi-position eligibility, what he is a major asset in fantasy and one of the top second basemen in fantasy.
|15||Adalberto Mondesi (KC - SS) IL10||18||9.0||-9.0||
Mondesi will begin the year on the 10-day IL with a strained oblique. When healthy, however, there's no reason to doubt his performance. Even in a shortened year, it was a tale of two seasons for Mondesi. In 35 games in July and August, he batted just .186 with 11 runs, two RBI, no home runs, and eight steals. In his final 24 games, he batted .356 with six home runs, 22 runs scored, 20 RBI, and 16 steals. In the end, Mondesi delivered exactly the type of season that fantasy managers have come to expect, and his 24 steals were eight more than the next highest total. Mondesi won't help in batting average and offers minimal power, but he's an unmatched source of steals. And given that much of his lackluster first month can probably be written off to offseason shoulder surgery, fantasy managers should be able to expect closer to the second-half version of Mondesi rather than the first this year.
|16||Aaron Judge (NYY - CF,DH,RF)||19||17.0||-2.0||
Judge missed about half of the regular season last year with a calf strain, though he still hit for plenty of power when he was in the lineup. He walked and struck out a bit less than usual, but trying to glean anything from a 28-game sample, given Judge's history, is silly. When he's in the lineup, you know you'll get a ton of power and runs scored with a passable average. The key is "when he's in the lineup," however, as injuries have forced Judge to miss significant time over the last three seasons. So long as you factor that into your draft price and select him as an OF2, you'll be happy with the production.
|17||Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR - 1B,3B,DH)||20||22.0||+2.0||
Guerrero Jr. comes into 2021 with fantasy managers asking the same question they asked the year before: can he stop hitting the ball on the ground so much? A 49.6% ground-ball rate was bad in 2019, but a 54.6% ground ball rate in 2020 was downright egregious. Guerrero Jr. hits the ball really, really hard. He was in the top seven percent of MLB in average exit velocity (92.5 MPH) and hard hit rate (50.8%). But until he learns to stop pounding the ball into the dirt, his power upside will be limited. There will be some fantasy manager in your league willing to bet on the upside, so if you want Guerrero Jr., you're going to have to draft him before his numbers say you should. This may indeed be the year that everything clicks. But you'll have to pay to find out.
|18||George Springer (TOR - CF,DH,RF)||21||21.0||‐||
Springer is dealing with a grade-2 oblique strain, and his status is in doubt for Opening Day, though the injury is not expected to keep him out for very long. When healthy, he's a dynamic player. Springer's batting average fell off a tad last year, but once he was past his wrist injury, he was explosive, batting .316 with a 1.033 OPS over the final month of the season. His expected statistics were excellent, as he ranked in the top eight percent of the league in xBA, xSLG, and xWOBA. Now with the Blue Jays and an extreme hitter's park (wherever the Blue Jay play this year), he should once again be in line for a stellar year. Home runs and runs scored should again be plentiful, making Springer a rock solid second outfielder in mixed leagues.
|19||Gleyber Torres (NYY - 2B,SS)||23||26.0||+3.0||
Torres missed some time with quad and hamstring strains last season, but his year was an absolute disaster even without it. He batted just .243 and hit a mere three home runs in 160 plate appearances. The culprit was that he was reportedly out of shape, a byproduct of the long layoff between the original spring training and when baseball resumed months later. There's every reason to buy into the excuse given Torres' track record, especially since he bounced back a bit in September and October with an .842 OPS. Expect more typical numbers from Torres this year, meaning around a .270 average, 30 home runs, and plenty of counting stats. Given his ADP, he's likely to be a bargain this year.
|20||Randy Arozarena (TB - DH,LF,RF)||24||27.0||+3.0||
Fantasy managers will likely remember Arozarena's remarkable postseason, when he slashed .377/.442/.831. But his regular season (.281/.382/.641) would make him a strong fantasy asset if he could repeat hit. Arozarena wasn't looked at as a high impact prospect, but he put on significant muscle before last year and it manifested itself in his power production. There's a 25-homer bat in his skill set, and the fact that he'll likely throw in 15-20 steals should give him a high floor regardless. Don't pay for the postseason, of course, but Arozarena should be a rock solid fantasy outfielder in 2021.
|21||Yordan Alvarez (HOU - LF,DH)||25||35.0||+10.0||
Alvarez missed almost all of last season and had surgery on both of his knees, which is obviously worrisome for his 2021 outlook. His 2019 performance was incredibly impressive on every level (50 homers, 149 RBI in 143 games between the majors and minors), and he offers a high batting average floor to boot. It's all about health with Alvarez, so monitor his performance this spring. If he shows he's remotely healthy, his ADP is going to skyrocket.
|22||Nelson Cruz (TB - DH)||28||40.0||+12.0||
If you ascribe to the "I'd rather jump off a year too early than too late" philosophy, then you probably haven't been drafting Cruz for the last several years. But if not, then you've not only drafted one of the most underrated fantasy bats in recent memory, but you're probably going to do so again this year. Cruz is back on a one-year deal with the Twins, and he's coming off another utterly dominant season. Fine, his strikeout rate rose again a bit, he didn't hit the ball quite as hard, and he's eligible at utility only. But other than the fact that he will be 41 years old this season, there's nothing in his profile that should cause you to expect significant decline. Prepare to be having the same debate next year, after Crus puts up another 35-homer season this year.
|23||J.D. Martinez (BOS - LF,RF,DH)||29||43.0||+14.0||
Martinez had a disastrous 2020 season, during which he slashed just .213/.291/.389 and hit seven home runs. Martinez simply didn't hit the ball nearly as hard as he used to, and hit a ton of fly balls, the combination of which helped to drain his batting average significantly. There's a ton to dislike about last year, but given that Martinez has talked about how much he relies on watching video in-game, and his inability to do so last year because of COVID-19 protocols, it seems likely that you can write off last year to a slump that didn't have time to end. He'll be eligible at utility only, but there's a massive opportunity for profit if you are willing to largely look past 2020.
|24||Jose Altuve (HOU - 2B)||31||41.0||+10.0||
Altuve had a rough 2020 season (like most Astros offensive players), but it was particularly drastic for him. After batting .298 (which was low for him) with 31 home runs in 2019, he batted just .219 with five home runs last year, and he struck out more than he ever had before. But, like his counterpart in the middle infield, Carlos Correa, Altuve had a strong postseason, slashing .375/.500/.720 with five home runs. It's reasonable to write off Altuve's regular season as a slump that he would have broken out of in light of his postseason, though with just eight steals combined over his previous two seasons, stolen bases may not be a big part of his game going forward (though his sprint speed is still excellent). Expect a bounce-back campaign in most categories, and take the undervalued Altuve as a solid starting second baseman.
|25||Austin Meadows (TB - DH,LF,RF)||33||38.0||+5.0||
Meadows missed time with an oblique injury last year, and, more importantly, because of complications from COVID-19. Meadows's strikeout rate ballooned to 32.9% and his average fell to just .205 in 2020. Even if you expected regression from his 2019 season, he's just much better than a player who put up the 87 wRC+ and .292 wOBA we saw last year. Though it's absolutely fair to write off Meadows's season entirely, it's a bit worrisome that he struggled so much against lefties (.143 batting average), as that could potentially open him up to a platoon situation if he struggles against them out of the gate. The best course of action is to discount him from his numbers in 2019 for certain, but still buy him as a strong third outfielder, which should bake in the risk of any continued struggles against his upside.
|26||Yoan Moncada (CWS - 3B)||34||46.0||+12.0||
If you're looking for reasons to throw out a player's 2020 season, Moncada's battle with COVID-19 offers you just that for him. His quality of contact dropped like a stone, he struck out a ton, and he went back to his old passive approach, rather than the aggressive one that had led to such gains in 2019. Moncada detailed his struggles after suffering from the virus, so it's a legitimate excuse and surely led to his struggles. Moncada is likely to hit about 25 home runs, and help you everywhere except perhaps batting average (though his .315 mark in 2019 shows his upside). Although he won't be a superstar, at a third base position that gets shallow quicker than expected, he makes a fine option you can wait on but who will offer plenty of production.
|27||Brandon Lowe (TB - 1B,2B,LF,RF)||36||30.0||-6.0||
Lowe actually lost a point on his batting average from 2019 (.269 from .270), but his profile looked far better in 2020. He cut his strikeout rate from 34.6% to 25.9%, and his swinging strike rate from 19.1% to 15.4%. Despite barreling the ball a whopping 17.5% of the time (top 2 percent in baseball), his average dropped a point because, well, he just didn't have an outrageously lucky BABIP like he did in 2019 (.377). Lowe improved his ISO and HR/FB rate, and was generally the best version of himself in 2020. Even mashing together his 2019 and 2020 seasons, Lowe has hit 31 homers and stole eight bases over 138 games. Batting near the top of a strong lineup, he should deliver another solid season at the thin second base position.
|28||Matt Olson (OAK - 1B)||37||37.0||‐||
Olson again hit for a ton of power last year, and ranked in the top nine percent of the league in average exit velocity for the third straight season. But he struck out 31.4% of the time, which contributed to a massive average drop to just .195. Olson had a bit of bad luck, as his xBA was .224, but still, it was by far his worst career mark. Although he'll never be a high average hitter, it's a good bet that he'll return something this year closer to his .245 career mark. Combine that with his likely near-40 home run season, and he'll make a fine mid-round selection and starting first baseman for any fantasy team.
|29||Teoscar Hernandez (TOR - CF,DH,LF,RF)||38||36.0||-2.0||
Hernandez missed 10 games due to injury and still put up an impressive 16 home runs in his mere 50 games. The statcast leaderboard is peppered with Hernandez's name, as he hit the ball hard consistently throughout the year. He also upped his line drive rate significantly, which his why the underlying statistics supported his massive jump in batting average. But it's hard to tell if Hernandez's 2020 season was real or just a very hot 50-game stretch. After all, he still struck out more than 30 percent of the time, and his walk rate dropped by about two points. In the end, given his home park and his supporting case, you can buy Hernandez as a 35-homer bat who will chip in steals and help with the remaining counting stats. But assume he hits closer to his .245 batting average, and don't count on the 50 homer pace you saw last year.
|30||Giancarlo Stanton (NYY - LF,DH)||40||50.0||+10.0||
It's all about the injuries with Stanton, as after two healthy seasons, he's been limited to just 41 games over the last two. There's little to analyze with the slugger other than his health. He still hits the ball as hard as anyone and walks and strikes out a ton. There's been little decline in his batted ball data over the last two years, but even if there had been, the sample size would be too small to draw any conclusions. Stanton is likely eligible at utility only in your league, but that limitation should let him come as a discount in drafts. Have power on your bench ready to fill in if you draft Stanton, but there's no reason to run from him.
|31||Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (TOR - 2B,LF)||41||42.0||+1.0||
Gurriel Jr. has developed into an extremely strong major league hitter, showing far more power than he did in the minors. He makes consistently strong (though not elite) contact, and although he swings a ton, his strikeout rate isn't prohibitive. Gurriel isn't going to be elite in any category, but he's going to provide some value in all five. Batting in an excellent lineup and hitter's park (whichever one it may be), Gurriel should be a fine pick in drafts in all formats.
|32||Eddie Rosario (CLE - DH,LF,RF) IL10||42||53.0||+11.0||
Rosario stays in the AL Central, signing a one-year deal with the Indians after a successful tenure with the Twins. He's established a fairly reliable power baseline at this point, and he usually offers some batting average to go with it. Last year, however, his batting average dipped to just .257, in part because he became much more passive (8.2% walk rate, 51.2% Swing%, both far out of character for his career). The bigger issue was that Rosario largely cut down on his swing percentage on pitches in the strike zone, but continued to swing at pitches out of the zone at a 41.2% clip. That likely explains his lower than usual average exit velocity and barrel rate, and it's something that's easily correctable if he just goes back to his previous approach. At the very least, Rosario should chip in 25 home runs at least, while helping out in runs and RBI, and he's a fine third outfielder in mixed leagues.
|33||Matt Chapman (OAK - 3B)||43||47.0||+4.0||
Chapman lost a significant chunk of his 2020 season to a torn labrum in his hip, and had surgery to repair the injury. It seems obvious that the injury was bothering him all year, as evidenced by his massive jump in strikeout rate (35.5%) and corresponding drop in walk rate. There's little reason to give Chapman's 2020 season any credence given what he'd shown the previous two years. Expect him to bounce back to the 30-homer bat with decent all-around production that we had come to expect, and enjoy the discount that his numbers from last year provide.
|34||Cavan Biggio (TOR - 2B,3B,RF)||44||28.0||-16.0||
Biggio doesn't hit the ball particularly well and is passive almost to a fault. He swung at just 36% of the pitches he saw last year, third-fewest in MLB, and that represents a continued trend. That passivity leads to increased strikeouts, but also plenty of walks, as Biggio took a free pass 15.5% of the time last season, which ranked in the top 8 percent of baseball. Despite not making consistently strong contact, Biggio has hit 24 home runs in his 159 major league games, and he's added on 107 runs and 20 steals. Those numbers play extremely well for fantasy, particularly at the weak second base position. Biggio is likely to add third base eligibility with the Blue Jays' addition of Marcus Semien, which should only add to his value, and he makes a fine pick if you can nab him in the fifth round or so where his ADP generally lands.
|35||Carlos Correa (HOU - SS)||47||55.0||+8.0||
There's still plenty of upside with Correa, as he showed when he hit 21 home runs and drove in 59 runs in just 75 games in 2019 and went on a postseason tear last year. But he's also one of the bigger injury risks in the game, given that he hasn't topped 109 games played since 2016. The steal potential that he showed early in his career is gone after he struggled with back issues, as he hasn't stolen more than three bases in any of his last four seasons. That leaves Correa as someone who will likely contribute, but not excel, in four areas. With his upside, there's still a lot to like about his fantasy outlook. But realistically, with a different name on the back of his jersey, he'd probably go several picks later than he does.
|36||Salvador Perez (KC - C,DH)||48||39.0||-9.0||
Perez returned from missing all of the 2019 season to put up monstrous numbers. He batted .333 with 11 home runs in just 37 games. Sure, his meager walk rate became even worst and he struck out more than ever, but his strong numbers were absolutely earned. He had an expected batting average of .325, an expected slugging percentage of .624, and barreled baseballs at a significantly higher rate than he ever had before. Perez will be 31 years old this year this year but considering that he's had just 156 plate appearances combined over the past two years (after having one of the heaviest workloads for a catcher over the previous six seasons), he should have some gas left in the tank. Draft him as a top-three catcher without hesitation.
|37||Marcus Semien (TOR - 2B,SS)||50||61.0||+11.0||
Semien looked like he had made some major and sustainable gains in 2019, cutting his strikeout rate way down and being far more selective, which led to better contact. Unfortunately, Semien looked a lot like the old version of himself in 2020, with a strikeout rate over 20% and similar mediocre contact to that which he had made consistently prior to 2019. He signed a one-year deal with the Blue Jays, which is a great landing spot for him, as he'll likely bat near the top of a strong lineup, see an upgrade in home park, and earn second base eligibility. That makes Semien far more enticing as a potential draft-day target, but he should still be considered only a middle infield option in mixed leagues.
|38||Byron Buxton (MIN - CF) IL10||51||59.0||+8.0||
Buxton has immense talent and upside, and it feel like he could be a fantasy superstar if he stays healthy. Limited to just 39 games last year, he hit 13 home runs, greatly increasing his barrel rate (13.5%), average exit velocity (91.2 MPH) and hard hit rate (47.9%). Although he only stole two base, his sprint speed ranked in the 99th percentile. The two things holding Buxton back are his health concerns - he has played more than 92 games just once in his career, and his .238 career batting average, which won't improve until he stops swinging so much, particularly at pitches outside of the zone. But he's still just 27 years old, and has the power and speed to deliver a 30-30 season in a perfect world. Just bake in some missed time into the draft capital you're willing to spend.
|39||Alex Verdugo (BOS - LF,CF,RF)||53||60.0||+7.0||
Verdugo's first season in Boston went about as well as you would have expected. He hit for a high average, scored plenty of runs, and added just a bit of power and speed. But under the hood, there were some concerning signs. Specifically, his quality of contact was generally below the MLB average in every notable measure, and his expected batting average was just .238, a full 70 points below his actual batting average. And his strikeout rate rose to 20.4%, a career worst. But, in the end, Verdugo is going to continue to lead off for the Red Sox and contribute in both batting average and runs scored even on his worst day, and he'll offer at least some production in the remaining categories. Nitpick if you must, but he'll be a valuable contributor overall, regardless of the Statcast data.
|40||Franmil Reyes (CLE - RF,DH)||55||69.0||+14.0||
Reyes didn't quite live up to his power potential last year with just nine home runs in 59 games, and his 50.3% ground ball rate certainly didn't help. His Statcast data waned a bit from his monstrous 2019 season, but his 92.4 mile per hour average exit velocity was in the top two percent in baseball. There's just not a ton to dislike about Reyes, other than he offers nothing in the way of speed. On his absolute worst day, he's a 30-homer bat with a batting average that won't kill you. On his best day, he's a lite version of a healthy Aaron Judge. Expect at least three-category production, and make it four if he can maintain the 10% walk rate he showed in 2020.
|41||Jorge Soler (KC - RF,DH)||56||62.0||+6.0||
Soler's injury-shortened 2020 season didn't live up to his massive 2019 campaign, but he did show that a lot of his gains were legitimate. Yes, it was more of a 30-homer pace, but his barrel rate, average exit velocity, and hard hit rate were all elite, as they were the prior year. Soler struck out way too much (34.5% of the time), and if he can't fix that, then his average will suffer as it did last year. But, his walk rate remains high and the power is going to be there with how hard he hits the ball. He's a source of cheap power you can grab later than other similarly-profiled bats going several rounds earlier.
|42||Michael Brantley (HOU - LF,RF,DH)||58||64.0||+6.0||
After a few hours where it looked like Brantley was heading to the Blue Jays, he'll instead return to the Astros on a two-year contract. Despite his advancing age, Brantley remains one of the safest players in all of fantasy, batting at least .299 in each of the last six seasons in which he played at least 11 games. He both walked and struck out more than usual last season, but given that he played in just 46 games, there's little reason to draw any firm conclusions from that data. The bigger issue is that Brantley excels in only batting average, and although he'll offer something in each of the other four rotisserie categories, he won't be a difference-maker. Draft Brantley in the middle-to-later rounds if you need an average boost, but there's little upside.
|43||Ramon Laureano (OAK - CF,RF)||59||67.0||+8.0||
Laureano had a down 2020, which included a .213 batting average and a sharp decline in his Statcast data, as well as his steal attempts. But he had provided a fairly solid baseline over the two prior seasons, with a .288 batting average, 29 home runs, and 20 steals while being caught just three times over 171 games. Laureano doesn't excel anywhere, but he'll chip in almost everywhere, and you can get him beyond the 12th round in most drafts. He's an ideal fourth outfielder in mixed leagues.
|44||Luke Voit (NYY - 1B) IL10||60||32.0||-28.0||
Voit suffered a partial meniscus tear in his knee this spring and is going to be precluded from participating in baseball activity for at least three weeks after surgery. It's almost certainly going to take Voit at least a couple of weeks after returning to baseball activity to return to game action, meaning you should bank on him being out until May 15th or so. When healthy, he's going to produce, however. He has always had a ton of power but last year he left the yard at a ridiculous pace last year, with a 34.9% HR/FB rate, third best in the league. The thing is, nothing about his profile really changed all that much. Indeed, his hard hit rate, barrel percentage, and average exit velocity actually were career lows. The biggest difference was that Voit simply swung more than ever, 52.1% of the time, and correspondingly made more contact, at a 73.8% rate, and actually struck out less than ever before. If Voit keeps the same approach, there's every reason to expect him to put up massive power numbers when he's healthy. That's always been his bugaboo, of course, and since he is already dealing with a significant injury, you can't draft him as a starting first baseman in mixed leagues at this point.
|45||Joey Gallo (TEX - CF,DH,LF,RF)||61||58.0||-3.0||
Gallo went from a big-time power hitter who would drain your batting average in 2017-2018, to a big-time power hitter who wouldn't crush your average in 2019, to a complete disaster in 2020. Gallo has actually been consistent against righties over the last several years, and the difference in his performance has been that he somehow destroyed lefties in 2019 (.333/.427/.747) and was worse than ever in 2020 (.143/.241/.386). The best bet is he's more like the 2017-2018 version of himself, and he'll likely put up a season where he hits around 40 home runs and bats in the low .200s. That's plenty valuable, and his ADP seems to be giving a ton of credit to his 2020 season. That leaves a lot of room for Gallo to outperform his draft position.
|46||Gio Urshela (NYY - 3B,SS)||63||73.0||+10.0||
Urshela isn't the most exciting player, and perhaps that's why he largely gets ignored by fantasy managers despite his quality production. Over his last two seasons (175 games), he's slashed .310/.358/.523 with 27 home runs and 104 RBI. He won't contribute in steals, but he's an incredibly safe source of batting average, particularly because of his excellent strikeout rate, and he should have plenty of opportunities to contribute counting stats. The only question was his health, but he seems fully recovered from his elbow injury. Draft him with confidence.
|47||Anthony Santander (BAL - CF,DH,LF,RF) IL10||64||74.0||+10.0||
Santander has quietly turned into a strong power bat, but few fantasy managers seem to give him credit. A .476 slugging percentage with 20 home runs in 93 games in 2019, followed by a .575 slugging percentage and 11 home runs in 37 games in 2020. There's nothing particularly fluky about his power output - it's just a young hitter coming into his own and making better contact. He did seem to sell out a bit for power last year, upping his launch angle and fly ball rate significantly. And yet he hit .261, the same mark as in 2019, and his xBA was .286. In other words, there's plenty to like about Santander, who is going well behind other hitters who offer similar production. He should be a value in drafts this year.
|48||Yasmani Grandal (CWS - C,1B) IL10||66||57.0||-9.0||
Grandal is getting up there in age for a catcher, and there were a few warning signs for the veteran. He struck out nearly 30% of the time last season, well above his typical rate, and his expected batting average, slugging percentage, and wOBA were some of the worst of his career. At the same time, he continued to walk at a near-elite clip, and again provided plenty of power from a position where pop is hard to find. The good news for Grandal is that both his large contract and his elite pitch framing skills should keep him in the lineup as often as possible, which will help to pad his counting stats, though his recovery from a knee injury may cause Chicago to take it easy with him at the outset. He's just a tad outside of the elite range at the position, but he's a locked in fantasy starter.
|49||Max Kepler (MIN - CF,RF)||69||81.0||+12.0||
Kepler isn't a fancy player, but he's the kind of depth piece that fantasy managers need to survive a long season. The 36-homer season in 2019 is likely a mirage, as his barrel rate and hard-hit percentage were way out of line with his typical production. But he should be a fairly reliable 25-homer bat who will put up 150-160 combined runs and RBI with the occasional steal thrown in. His career batting average is just .237 but his xBA over the last two years is .257, so he shouldn't actively hurt you. Shrug your shoulders, draft him late, and take the reliable production.
|50||Ryan Mountcastle (BAL - 1B,DH,LF)||68||72.0||+4.0||
Mountcastle followed up a successful minor-league career with a strong 35-game stint in the majors last year. Not only did he bat .333 with an .878 OPS and a 139 wRC+, but he also walked 7.9% of the time, far above what he showed in the minors. The batting average is unsustainable - he was a .295 hitter in the minors and last year he relied on a .398 BABIP despite sub-par average exit velocity and a middling line drive rate. But playing in Camden Yards should certainly keep his production high, and batting in the middle of the Orioles lineup should lead to enough RBI chances to make him a rosterable, if not startable, fantasy option.
|51||Josh Donaldson (MIN - 3B,DH)||70||85.0||+15.0||
Donaldson again missed significant time with a calf strain last year, and was limited to just 28 games. He hit for power and walked plenty when he was in the lineup, and both his average exit velocity and hard hit rate were at or near his career highs. In other words, there doesn't seem to be much of a decline in his performance over recent seasons. Now in his age-35 season, it sounds like the Twins are going to give Donaldson plenty of rest this year in an effort to keep him healthy. Bank on the power, but assume a maximum of 130 games or so. There's a lot of value in that so long as you factor it in appropriately.
|52||Kyle Lewis (SEA - CF,RF) IL60||72||66.0||-6.0||
Even in a shortened year, Lewis managed to have two distinctively different seasons en route to the AL Rookie of the Year Award. In the first half, he hit .368 with seven home runs. In the second half, he hit just .150 with four home runs. Lewis has plenty of tools but needs to cut back on his strikeouts if he's going to avoid the ups and downs he saw last year. His average is likely to hurt you, but he has 25-homer pop, and can throw in a handful of steals. Despite his rookie of the year award, there's not a ton of buzz on Lewis after his late-season slide, so he'll likely come at a discount.
|53||Trey Mancini (BAL - 1B,DH,LF,RF)||73||68.0||-5.0||
Mancini missed all of the 2020 season after being diagnosed with cancer, but appears to be healthy as we head into 2021. He had a breakout 2019 season during which he hit 35 home runs and slashed .291/.364/.535, and there's every reason to think that production is sustainable. Mancini had hit 24 home runs in each of the two previous seasons, and other than being a bit more selective at the plate, made few changes that suggest his 2019 production was fluky. Instead, it appeared to be the natural progression of a hitter improving on his already strong foundation. Batting in a great home park, Mancini should again be a four-category producer, and his ADP should rise if he shows he's fully healthy throughout the spring.
|54||Miguel Sano (MIN - 1B,3B,DH)||74||86.0||+12.0||
Sano has always had one of the worst strikeout rates in the majors, but his 43.9% mark in 2020 was awful even by his standards. That's always the risk with Sano - that his strikeout rate is going to bring his batting average down to close to .200, where he'll almost single-handedly tank you in that category. The upside of course is that he absolutely crushes the ball, as evident by the fact that he was no worse than second in baseball in average exit velocity, hard-hit rate, and barrel rate last year. Sano's contract with the Twins shows they're committed to him, so he should hopefully be beyond concerns of getting sent down to the minors if he struggles. That puts Sano in the high-power, low-average bucket of sluggers, but one who goes much later in drafts than others who will provide similar production.
|55||Dylan Moore (SEA - 2B,3B,SS,LF,RF)||75||70.0||-5.0||
Moore hit .255 with eight home runs and 12 stolen bases in just 38 games last year. Despite not having an abundance of speed, Moore's stolen base prowess is real, as he stole 96 bases over 447 minor league games at a 77% clip and ranked in the 71st percentile in sprint speed last year. And he cut his strikeout rate to a high but manageable 27% last year, and his barrel rate, hard hit percentage, and average exit velocity were all well above average. But Moore has struggled against righties for much of his time in the majors, and despite his success last year, is unlikely to have a long leash with Shed Long waiting in the wings. Moore has upside and multi-position eligibility to go along with his power and speed. Just have a backup plan ready to go.
|56||Nick Solak (TEX - 2B,3B,LF,CF) MiLB||80||87.0||+7.0||
Solak hasn't shown a ton of power in the majors so far (just seven home runs in 91 career games), but he makes consistently strong contact and always had pop in the minors. His more than reasonable strikeout rate should generally keep his batting average in check, and his stolen base acuity (nine stolen bases in the majors, 91% in sprint speed) makes him a potential five-category player. Add to that multi-position eligibility, especially at the thin second base position, and he's an excellent mid-to-late round draft pick that should fill up the stat sheet without costing you as much as his numbers say he should.
|57||Clint Frazier (NYY - LF,RF) IL10||81||77.0||-4.0||
There's little reason to doubt Frazier's ability to contribute from a fantasy perspective at this point. Over the last two seasons, he has a 162-game pace of a .267 average, 30 home runs, 83 runs scored, 96 RBI, and 6 steals. He upped his walk rate significantly in 2020 (15.6%, top seven percent in the league) and hits the ball hard consistently. The only issue for Frazier is his playing time with Giancarlo Stanton healthy and Brett Gardner back in the fold. But Frazier has done enough to hold the left field job and, regardless, Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Aaron Hicks are not the product of health. Draft Frazier as a starting outfielder and don't worry about the playing time.
|58||Nick Madrigal (CWS - 2B) IL60||82||91.0||+9.0||
Madrigal had a successful 2020 debut season with the White Sox, doing what he has done best throughout his minor league career: hitting for a high average with no power and never striking out. His main assets are his speed and and ability to hit for a high batting average, and though the power may eventually come, considering he hit four home runs total in the minor leagues, it's a good bet that it won't be this year. He's slated to bat at the bottom of Chicago's order, so downgrade his plate appearances a bit, but he will be a plus contributor in the two most difficult to fill rotisserie categories.
|59||Gary Sanchez (NYY - C)||85||63.0||-22.0||
If you want to credit last season's numbers, then you're going to avoid Sanchez like the plague. He batted a ridiculous .147 and struck out 36% of the time. When Sanchez did hit the ball, he still hit it really, really hard, like he always has. But he just simply can't stop himself from swinging (13.8% swinging strike rate), and especially from swinging outside the zone (31.5% O-Swing%, which was actually better than his career rate). It wasn't that long ago that Sanchez was one of the top catchers drafted, and he's still just 28 years old. If he can just cut down on his whiffs, he can easily be a top-five catcher, so buy him for his upside, while also making sure to focus on batting average elsewhere.
|60||Jorge Polanco (MIN - 2B,SS)||86||118.0||+32.0||
Polanco has generally been a bit underrated in his career, but the fantasy community seems to have abandoned him in full after 2020. But there's little reason to do so. Polanco should gain second base eligibility quickly this year, as he moves over to accommodate Andrelton Simmons at shortstop. Polanco's quality of contact isn't great, but he rarely strikes out, doesn't hurt you in batting average, and has enough speed to throw in a handful of steals. With soon-to-be multi-position eligibility, he's an ideal bench candidate.
|61||Andres Gimenez (CLE - 2B,3B,SS) MiLB||87||84.0||-3.0||
Gimenez was one of the main pieces in the Francisco Lindor/Carlos Carrasco trade, and he looks like he'll be the starting shortstop for Cleveland on Opening Day. There's not a ton of power in his bat, but he has a ton of speed. He ranked in the 94th percentile in sprint speed last season, and stole eight bases in 49 games in 2020 and 28 in 117 games in Triple-A the year before. His ADP is rising as his job security grows, but it's worth it for the steals he will provide.
|62||Christian Vazquez (BOS - C,1B)||89||78.0||-11.0||
Vazquez was a late bloomer, but he's developed into one of the more reliable catchers in the game. Not only does he provide 20-homer power, but he's one of the best assets at catcher in both batting average and stolen bases. Entering his age-31 season, there's certainly the possibility for a major decline in his numbers, but there is little in his underlying metrics to suggest it is imminent. Draft Vazquez as a strong starter in single-catcher formats, and you won't need to do so before the double-digit rounds.
|63||Carlos Santana (KC - 1B,DH)||92||105.0||+13.0|
|64||Mitch Haniger (SEA - CF,DH,RF)||95||113.0||+18.0||
Haniger hasn't played since June of 2019, and his career has been riddled with injuries. But he's shown his potential in his lone healthy season, and he certainly has 25-homer pop in his bat. The question, as usual, is health, and for now, he remains ready to go for the season. If things remain that way, draft him as a bench player with upside.
|65||Andrew Benintendi (KC - LF,CF)||94||117.0||+23.0||
Benintendi will get a fresh start with the Royals in 2021, and if any player ever needed a change of scenery, it's him. After looking like a perennial 20-20 player with a solid batting average, Benintendi has fallen off a cliff the last two years. To the extent you could boil his struggles down to something simple, it was that he appeared to get too homer-happy in 2019. Despite making better contact when he did hit the ball, his swinging strike rate jumped by four points to 11.6%, and his fly ball percentage and launch angle skyrocketed. Things didn't look much better in his brief 2020 season, which was cut short by a rib injury. Benintendi is still young, and out of the spotlight of the Boston media, might be able to return to what made him an impact player prior to 2019. You won't need to spend a ton to find out, thankfully, and he's worth a late-round pick in all formats.
|66||Mark Canha (OAK - 1B,LF,CF,RF,DH)||101||120.0||+19.0||
Fantasy managers seem to have declared Canha's 2019 season as a fluke after he hit just five home run last year, but much of his 2020 seems to suggest 2019 was fairly legitimate. Canha built on his massive gains in walk rate in 2019 (13.5%) and increased it to 15.2%, and his quality of contact largely remained the same. He's got 20-homer power still, and he'll likely lead off or bat second for the A's. You won't need to pay much for him and given his average draft position, there's a high probability of a profit.
|67||Aaron Hicks (NYY - CF) IL60||100||112.0||+12.0||
Hicks is reportedly going to bat third for the Yankees this year, and the lineup spot is so valuable that it largely covers a player's warts. Those warts are plentiful with Hicks, including that he's probably going to bat about .240, his power is declining, and he's a huge injury risk. He still walks a ton (including last year's 19.4%), and he'll have decent counting stats if he sticks in the three-hole all year. But there's little upside and he has topped 97 games played just twice in his career. He's best suited as a bench option or a fifth outfielder in deeper mixed leagues.
|68||Hunter Dozier (KC - 1B,3B,LF,RF)||102||111.0||+9.0||
Dozier is almost entirely off the fantasy radar this year, but that feels like an overreaction to 2020. Yes, his poor performance last year makes his breakout 2019 performance seem like an outlier, but really, it seems like 2020, rather than 2019, should be discounted. Dozier's quality of contact was awful last year, but it was out of character for him over the previous two seasons, and was more likely the result of him having tested positive for COVID-19 rather than from a sudden loss of skills. The Royals' lineup is sneaky deep, and Dozier will start at third base this season, giving him eligibility at three positions. Considering he's free in drafts, there is every reason to scoop him up with a late-round pick.
|69||Sean Murphy (OAK - C)||104||95.0||-9.0||
Murphy has pretty quietly put together two quality seasons in a row, albeit in limited samples. Over his past 63 games, he's put up 11 home runs, 35 runs scored, and 22 RBI, a pace that is more than respectable, even if it comes with a sub-par batting average. Murphy is dealing with a collapsed lung and may not be ready for the start of the season, but it doesn't sound like it will keep him out of action for long. He's a borderline starter in most mixed leagues, but he offers a decent floor if you miss our on more quality options.
|70||Kyle Seager (SEA - 3B)||106||121.0||+15.0|
|71||Andrew Vaughn (CWS - 1B,LF)||109||108.0||-1.0||
Vaughn's minor league numbers from 2019 don't jump off the page, but make no mistake, he has the talent to become an instant quality hitter in the majors. He raked all throughout his college career, and not only carries plenty of thump in his bat, but also has an excellent approach that should keep his batting average and OBP well above the league average. He looks more and more likely to win the everyday DH job for the White Sox, in which case, he'd be an absolute steal if you can get him outside the top 160 or so, which you should be able to do everywhere.
|72||Jarred Kelenic (SEA - CF,LF)||113||96.0||-17.0||
Kelenic was assigned to the Mariners' Minor League camp on March 26th, which wasn't much of a surprise after he suffered a knee injury that cost him time this spring. He looked more than ready for the big club in his 23 plate appearances, however, hitting two home runs with a 1.256 OPS. Kelenic likely won't be down for too long (perhaps just long enough for the team to gain an extra year of control), so fantasy managers can still draft him late and wait a bit to reap the rewards.
|73||Jared Walsh (LAA - 1B,RF) IL10||110||107.0||-3.0|
|74||Eloy Jimenez (CWS - LF)||118||52.0||-66.0||
Jimenez is going to miss 5-6 months with a ruptured pectoral tendon, an absolutely brutal blow to a player who was being drafted as a borderline top-10 outfielder. You can draft him with your last pick and hope to be able to stash him on your IL all season long, but for the most part, you can ignore him in redraft formats.
|75||Leody Taveras (TEX - CF) MiLB||114||123.0||+9.0||
Taveras should be a cheap source of speed for fantasy managers this year, as he's set to lead off for the Rangers. He stole 32 bases across 131 minor league games in 2019 and eight last year in 33 games. He won't do a ton else for your fantasy team, but given that he ranked in the 96th percentile in sprint speed last year, his contributions in the stolen base category should more than make up for his lack of production in others.
|76||David Fletcher (LAA - 2B,3B,SS,LF)||116||103.0||-13.0|
|77||Yuli Gurriel (HOU - 1B,3B)||120||132.0||+12.0|
|78||Mitch Garver (MIN - C)||121||101.0||-20.0||
As quickly as Garver exploded onto the scene in 2019 with 31 home runs in just 93 games, he disappeared last year, to the tune of a .167 batting average and two home runs with a 45.7% strikeout rate. An intercostal strain led to his shortened season and almost certainly affected his performance. He's been red hot in the spring thus far, and should be slowly moving up your draft board. If you're looking for a catcher who has the potential to finish within the top-5 but is being drafted only as a low-end starter, this is your guy.
|79||Randal Grichuk (TOR - CF,DH,RF)||125||122.0||-3.0|
|80||Willi Castro (DET - 2B,3B,SS)||128||124.0||-4.0|
|81||Bobby Dalbec (BOS - 1B)||131||127.0||-4.0||
If you like Miguel Sano, you'll absolutely love Dalbec. He crushes the ball routinely (it was a small sample, but he had a 22%(!) barrel rate last year in 23 games), strikes out a ton (42.4% rate last year), and is equally likely to look like the best player in baseball at times as he is to look like the worst. He'll be the everyday first baseman for the Red Sox this year which means plenty of counting stats with perhaps 30 home runs if he stays healthy the whole year. Just have batting average help elsewhere if you draft him, as he'll almost certainly provide negative value in that category.
|82||Austin Hays (BAL - CF,LF,RF)||129||130.0||+1.0|
|83||Ty France (SEA - 1B,2B,3B,DH)||132||126.0||-6.0|
|84||Victor Reyes (DET - LF,CF,RF)||134||142.0||+8.0|
|85||Shohei Ohtani (LAA - DH)||142|
|86||Jeimer Candelario (DET - 1B,3B)||136||143.0||+7.0||
Candelario isn't going to wow you with his numbers, but he'll bat in the middle of the Tigers' order, has eligibility at first and third base, and improved his quality of contact greatly last year. You can try to write off his 2020 production as a product of the shortened season, but given his solid 2018 campaign, it looks more like 2019, and not 2020, was the outlier. Candelario probably tops out at 20 homers, but he should provide a decent average and be a fine bench player for most fantasy leagues.
|87||Elvis Andrus (OAK - SS)||141||174.0||+33.0|
|88||Cesar Hernandez (CLE - 2B,DH)||144||144.0||‐|
|89||Justin Upton (LAA - LF)||147||154.0||+7.0|
|90||Isiah Kiner-Falefa (TEX - C,3B,SS)||146||145.0||-1.0|
|91||Manuel Margot (TB - LF,CF,RF)||143||133.0||-10.0|
|92||Wander Franco (TB - 3B,SS)||149||138.0||-11.0||
The consensus No. 1 prospect in all of baseball, Franco received one of the first ever 80-grade hit tools from MLB Pipeline this offseason. A leveled, compact swing combined with "controlled aggression" gives him exceptional control of the strike zone. Franco has a career 83:54 BB:K rate in his minor league career, which is downright absurd. Already a top-30 player in dynasty leagues, the only concern with Franco's redraft value is that he has yet to play above High-A. It's tough to know how much progress he made at the Rays' alternate site last summer but there isn't another prospect who can match his probability of being a productive big league hitter.
|93||Jonathan Schoop (DET - 1B,2B,DH)||150||170.0||+20.0|
|94||Alex Kirilloff (MIN - 1B,LF,RF) IL10||148||140.0||-8.0||
Kirilloff's bat is probably major-league ready, but since he hasn't yet played above Double-A and his fielding is iffy at best, he's going to begin the year at the Twins' alternate site. But his .317/.365/.498 slash line in his minor league career suggests he'll hit upon his promotion, which will likely be in late-April once the Twins gain a year of control. Even though he won't begin the year with the big club, draft him for your bench. He'll be an expensive waiver wire pickup if you don't.
|95||Shohei Ohtani (LAA - SP,DH)||71||71.0||‐||
Depending on your league settings, Ohtani has the potential to be a dominant force in 2021. There has never been any doubt about his talent, and he looks fantastic in the spring, hitting home runs at will and pumping in high-90s fastballs when on the mound. He's been batting on days he pitches, and Joe Maddon has suggested that he's going to throw out the old rules that led to Ohtani's decreased playing time. If you can move him between hitter and pitcher on a daily basis, then move him up your board significantly. Even if not, he should provide plenty of value when healthy as either a hitter or a pitcher, so make sure he's on your radar as you move into the double-digit rounds.
|96||Myles Straw (HOU - SS,CF)||157||146.0||-11.0|
|97||David Dahl (TEX - CF,DH,LF,RF)||159||173.0||+14.0|
|98||Wilson Ramos (CLE - C,DH) MiLB||164||139.0||-25.0|
|99||Corey Dickerson (TOR - LF) IL10||154||177.0||+23.0|
|100||Amed Rosario (CLE - CF,SS)||155||190.0||+35.0|
|101||Evan White (SEA - 1B) IL60||158||226.0||+68.0|
|102||Maikel Franco (BAL - 3B)||166||197.0||+31.0|
|103||Hunter Renfroe (BOS - LF,RF)||161||176.0||+15.0|
|104||Luis Arraez (MIN - 2B,3B,LF) IL10||167||184.0||+17.0|
|105||Jo Adell (LAA - RF) MiLB||169||207.0||+38.0|
|106||Kike Hernandez (BOS - 2B,SS,LF,CF,RF)||172||169.0||-3.0|
|107||Adam Eaton (LAA - LF,RF)||165||158.0||-7.0|
|108||Alejandro Kirk (TOR - C)||173||152.0||-21.0||
Kirk has the bat to to be a fantasy asset if he can stay in the lineup, particularly with catcher eligibility. He is a career .315 hitter with a .918 OPS in the minors, and had a strong, albeit short, stint in the majors last year during when he had a .983 OPS in nine games. The biggest obstacle for Kirk is that the Blue Jays have two solid defensive catchers in Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire, and although they could put Kirk at DH, they have plenty of other options for that position. In other words, Kirk needs to hit and hit early to cement a lineup spot. If he does, he's got top-10 catcher potential pretty easily.
|109||Andrelton Simmons (MIN - SS)||171||252.0||+81.0|
|110||Robbie Grossman (DET - DH,LF,RF)||175||224.0||+49.0|
|111||Willie Calhoun (TEX - LF,DH) IL10||177||213.0||+36.0||
Calhoun was set to build on his breakout 2019 season when an errant pitch fractured his jaw in spring training. Even with the delayed season, he was never able to fully recover, at least not mentally, and he had a lost campaign. He's now back and focused, particularly after working with a hitting coach in the offseason. He will likely earn everyday at-bats splitting time between DH and the outfield, but a low grade groin strain is going to keep him out of action for a couple of weeks. His draft price is negligible, so feel free to stash him with one of your last picks, and hopefully reap the rewards after the first week or two of the season.
|112||Nathaniel Lowe (TEX - 1B)||174||208.0||+34.0|
|113||Josh Naylor (CLE - 1B,LF,RF) IL60||180||242.0||+62.0|
|114||Renato Nunez (BAL - 1B,3B,DH)||179||230.0||+51.0|
|115||Danny Jansen (TOR - C) IL10||184||163.0||-21.0||
Jansen's playing time is uncertain this year with the presence of both Reese McGuire and Alejandro Kirk, but his defense is likely to keep him in the mix as a starter most games. He hasn't developed into the offensive force most thought he would become, and his average has been downright dreadful. But he's put up 19 home runs and 59 RBI over 150 games in the last two seasons, and the Toronto lineup is incredibly strong. If he wins the job outright out of spring training, he should be considered a fairly strong second catcher.
|116||Christin Stewart (DET - LF) MiLB||236||430.0||+194.0|
|117||Jose Iglesias (LAA - SS,DH)||203||178.0||-25.0|
|118||Kurt Suzuki (LAA - C)||211||193.0||-18.0|
|119||Franchy Cordero (BOS - LF,RF)||202||235.0||+33.0|
|120||Hanser Alberto (KC - 2B,3B,SS)||212||211.0||-1.0|
|121||Stephen Piscotty (OAK - RF)||185||276.0||+91.0|
|122||Tim Locastro (NYY - LF,CF,RF) IL60||217||258.0||+41.0|
|123||Dexter Fowler (LAA - CF,RF) IL60||216||320.0||+104.0|
|124||Joey Wendle (TB - 2B,3B,SS)||197||167.0||-30.0|
|125||Martin Maldonado (HOU - C)||219||202.0||-17.0|
|126||Spencer Torkelson (DET - 1B,3B) MiLB||200||236.0||+36.0|
|127||Max Stassi (LAA - C)||234||209.0||-25.0|
|128||J.P. Crawford (SEA - SS)||205||241.0||+36.0|
|129||Kevin Kiermaier (TB - CF)||191||280.0||+89.0|
|130||Tom Murphy (SEA - C)||206||179.0||-27.0|
|131||Miguel Cabrera (DET - 1B,DH)||204||210.0||+6.0|
|132||Oscar Mercado (CLE - LF,CF,RF)||218||254.0||+36.0|
|133||Ryan Jeffers (MIN - C)||231||220.0||-11.0|
|134||Ronald Guzman (TEX - 1B) IL60||249||324.0||+75.0|
|135||Leury Garcia (CWS - 2B,3B,CF,LF,RF,SS)||232||334.0||+102.0|
|136||Bobby Witt Jr. (KC - SS) MiLB||245||181.0||-64.0|
|137||Taylor Trammell (SEA - CF,LF) MiLB||244||234.0||-10.0|
|138||Rougned Odor (NYY - 2B)||214||172.0||-42.0|
|139||Yandy Diaz (TB - 1B,3B,DH)||237||281.0||+44.0|
|140||Pedro Severino (BAL - C,DH)||257||164.0||-93.0|
|141||Mitch Moreland (OAK - 1B,DH)||230||222.0||-8.0|
|142||Cedric Mullins II (BAL - CF)||265||251.0||-14.0|
|143||Roberto Perez (CLE - C)||256||249.0||-7.0|
|144||JaCoby Jones (DET - CF) MiLB||224||266.0||+42.0|
|145||Freddy Galvis (BAL - 2B,SS) IL10||263||287.0||+24.0|
|146||Francisco Mejia (TB - C)||259||255.0||-4.0|
|147||Mike Zunino (TB - C)||260||304.0||+44.0|
|148||Niko Goodrum (DET - 1B,2B,SS,LF,CF,RF) IL10||253||231.0||-22.0|
|149||Chad Pinder (OAK - 2B,3B,LF,RF) IL10||273||308.0||+35.0|
|150||Adam Engel (CWS - CF,RF)||275||347.0||+72.0|
|151||DJ Stewart (BAL - LF,RF)||272||310.0||+38.0|
|152||Luis Torrens (SEA - C,DH)||281||259.0||-22.0|
|153||Akil Baddoo (DET - CF,DH,LF,RF)||288||283.0||-5.0|
|154||Jose Trevino (TEX - C)||312||282.0||-30.0|
|155||Michael A. Taylor (KC - LF,CF,RF)||327||288.0||-39.0|
|156||Sam Huff (TEX - C) MiLB||296||205.0||-91.0|
|157||Jordan Luplow (CLE - CF,LF,RF) IL60||291||427.0||+136.0|
|158||Jake Bauers (SEA - 1B,LF,RF)||317||319.0||+2.0|
|159||Ji-Man Choi (TB - 1B)||250||229.0||-21.0|
|160||Michael Chavis (BOS - 1B,2B,LF)||300||268.0||-32.0|
|161||Marwin Gonzalez (BOS - 1B,2B,3B,LF,RF,SS) IL10||289||246.0||-43.0|
|162||Abraham Toro (SEA - 3B,DH)||372||365.0||-7.0|
|163||Mike Brosseau (TB - 1B,2B,3B) MiLB||328||233.0||-95.0|
|164||Brandon Marsh (LAA - CF,RF)||311||318.0||+7.0|
|165||Jason Castro (HOU - C)||336||306.0||-30.0|
|166||Austin Hedges (CLE - C)||320||370.0||+50.0|
|167||Bobby Bradley (CLE - 1B,DH)||440||357.0||-83.0|
|168||Taylor Ward (LAA - CF,LF,RF) MiLB||338||363.0||+25.0|
|169||Nolan Jones (CLE - 3B) MiLB||470||317.0||-153.0|
|170||Miguel Andujar (NYY - 3B,LF) IL10||357||303.0||-54.0|
|171||Tony Kemp (OAK - 2B,LF,CF)||349||372.0||+23.0|
|172||Jonah Heim (TEX - C)||353||336.0||-17.0|
|173||Isaac Paredes (DET - 3B) IL10||339||312.0||-27.0|
|174||Julio Rodriguez (SEA - RF) MiLB||363||188.0||-175.0|
|175||Edward Olivares (KC - LF,CF,RF) MiLB||343||309.0||-34.0|
|176||Jake Lamb (CWS - 1B,3B,LF,RF) IL10||371||269.0||-102.0|
|177||Kyle Higashioka (NYY - C)||389||245.0||-144.0|
|178||Jake Cave (MIN - LF,CF,RF)||404||362.0||-42.0|
|179||Franklin Barreto (LAA - 2B) IL60||391||424.0||+33.0|
|180||Kevin Plawecki (BOS - C)||406||339.0||-67.0|
|181||Jose Marmolejos (SEA - 1B,DH,LF) MiLB||359||380.0||+21.0|
|182||Aledmys Diaz (HOU - 1B,2B,3B,LF)||402||351.0||-51.0|
|183||Pat Valaika (BAL - 1B,2B,SS)||409||301.0||-108.0|
|184||Adley Rutschman (BAL - C) MiLB||370||183.0||-187.0|
|185||Aramis Garcia (OAK - C)||421|
|186||Jeter Downs (BOS - SS) MiLB||380||307.0||-73.0|
|187||Vidal Brujan (TB - 2B) MiLB||434||313.0||-121.0|
|188||Brian Goodwin (CWS - LF,CF,RF)||459||377.0||-82.0|
|189||Grayson Greiner (DET - C)||441|
|190||Nicky Lopez (KC - 2B,SS)||385||348.0||-37.0|
|191||Jed Lowrie (OAK - 2B,DH)||420||397.0||-23.0|
|192||Brett Gardner (NYY - LF,CF)||405||218.0||-187.0|
|193||Danny Santana (BOS - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,CF,RF) IL10||439||338.0||-101.0|
|194||Jacob Nottingham (SEA - C) MiLB||458||378.0||-80.0|
|195||Anderson Tejeda (TEX - 3B,SS) MiLB||408||321.0||-87.0|
|196||Harold Ramirez (CLE - LF,CF,RF)||392|
|197||Royce Lewis (MIN - SS) MiLB||356.0|
|198||Billy Hamilton (CWS - CF,LF)||445||270.0||-175.0|
|199||Cam Gallagher (KC - C)||468||384.0||-84.0|
|200||Brent Rooker (MIN - LF,RF)||399||340.0||-59.0|
|201||Triston Casas (BOS - 1B,3B) MiLB||419.0|
|202||Zack Collins (CWS - C,DH)||473||279.0||-194.0|
|203||Trevor Larnach (MIN - LF,RF)||342.0|
|204||Reese McGuire (TOR - C)||474|
|205||Jarren Duran (BOS - CF)||418||315.0||-103.0|
|206||Jake Rogers (DET - C) IL10||475|
|207||Shed Long Jr. (SEA - 2B,LF)||476||337.0||-139.0|
|208||Bradley Zimmer (CLE - LF,CF)||422||360.0||-62.0|
|209||Chas McCormick (HOU - CF,LF,RF)||427||394.0||-33.0|
|210||Daniel Johnson (CLE - RF)||424||350.0||-74.0|
|211||Christian Arroyo (BOS - 2B,3B) IL10||479||390.0||-89.0|
|212||Willians Astudillo (MIN - C,1B,3B)||466||214.0||-252.0|
|213||Greg Allen (NYY - LF,CF,RF)||497|
|214||Josh Jung (TEX - 3B) MiLB||511||316.0||-195.0|
|215||Mike Ford (TB - 1B) MiLB||448||247.0||-201.0|
|216||Austin Allen (OAK - C) MiLB||488||404.0||-84.0|
|217||Sam Haggerty (SEA - LF) IL60||430||386.0||-44.0|
|218||Meibrys Viloria (KC - C) MiLB||489|
|219||Chris Davis (BAL - 1B) IL60||490||238.0||-252.0|
|220||Seth Brown (OAK - 1B,LF,RF)||464||385.0||-79.0|
|221||Ryan O'Hearn (KC - 1B,DH,RF)||456||414.0||-42.0|
|222||Jahmai Jones (BAL - 2B) MiLB||457||426.0||-31.0|
|223||Tyler Freeman (CLE - SS) MiLB||410.0|
|224||Delino DeShields (TEX - CF) MiLB||486||396.0||-90.0|
|225||Jarrod Dyson (KC - CF,DH,LF,RF)||487|
|226||Josh Lowe (TB - 3B,CF) MiLB||352.0|
|227||Jake Fraley (SEA - CF,LF,RF) IL10||477||374.0||-103.0|
|228||Tyler Wade (NYY - 2B,3B,CF,DH,LF,RF,SS)||478||257.0||-221.0|
|229||Brock Holt (TEX - 1B,2B,3B,LF,RF)||506||278.0||-228.0|
|230||Yairo Munoz (BOS - 3B,SS,LF,RF) MiLB||480|
|231||Yusniel Diaz (BAL - CF,RF) MiLB||500||403.0||-97.0|
|232||Sherten Apostel (TEX - 1B) MiLB||296.0|
|233||Daz Cameron (DET - CF,RF) IL10||482||392.0||-90.0|
|234||Ryan McBroom (KC - 1B,RF) MiLB||483||401.0||-82.0|
|235||Richie Martin (BAL - SS) IL60||491|
|236||Brett Phillips (TB - CF,LF,RF)||494|
|237||Luis Rengifo (LAA - 2B,3B,RF,SS)||495||444.0||-51.0|
|238||Charlie Culberson (TEX - 1B,3B,LF,RF,SS)||502|
|239||Bubba Starling (KC - CF,RF) MiLB||496|
|240||Eli White (TEX - CF,LF,RF)||503||411.0||-92.0|
|241||Danny Mendick (CWS - 2B,RF,SS)||507|
|242||Rylan Bannon (BAL - 3B) MiLB||504|
|243||Juan Lagares (LAA - CF,LF)||505|
|244||Vimael Machin (OAK - 3B,SS) MiLB||508|
|245||Harold Castro (DET - 1B,2B,3B,CF,LF,RF,SS)||509|
|246||Phil Gosselin (LAA - 1B,3B,DH,LF,RF)||510|
|247||Josh Palacios (TOR - CF,RF) MiLB||512||433.0||-79.0|
|248||Wyatt Mathisen (SEA - 1B,3B) MiLB||513|
|249||Tim Beckham (CWS - 2B,3B,SS,LF) MiLB||514|
|250||Luis Barrera (OAK - CF) MiLB||515|
|251||Lucius Fox (KC - SS) MiLB||516|
|252||Jonathan Davis (TOR - CF,RF) MiLB||517|
|253||Robel Garcia (HOU - 2B,3B,LF,SS)||518|
|254||Jose Siri (HOU - CF) MiLB||519|
|255||Keon Broxton (MIN - LF,CF) MiLB||520|