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2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (AL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (56 of 59 Experts) -
Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 Mike Trout (LAA - CF,DH) 1 1.0
Congratulations on landing the first pick. Your reward is Trout, a super-duper-star who is somehow getting better. The Angels stud set career highs in walk rate (20.1%), OBP (.460), wOBA (.447), and wRC+ (191) during his seventh season. He has cleared a .300 batting average in each of the last three years and averaged 33.6 homers per season after popping 39 in 2018. The floor and ceiling remain sky-high despite missing time over the past two years.
2 Mookie Betts (BOS - CF,RF) 2 2.0
It may be tempting to snag Betts with the 1st pick over Trout, after the ridiculous season he just put together, but remember that he is just one year removed from batting .264 with 24 homers. There is a chance Betts outproduces Trout, but that isn't a risk you should gamble on.
3 J.D. Martinez (BOS - LF,RF,DH) 3 4.0 +1.0
Martinez is a rare first-round hitter who rarely runs, but he'll make up for it in every other spot. While the 31-year-old probably won't win another batting title at .330, he's a .307 hitter since 2014's breakout who has exceeded .300 in three straight years. He boasts an MLB-high .655 slugging percentage in the past two seasons with 88 long balls. Last season, he placed within the 97th percentile or better in exit velocity, hard-hit%, xAVG, xSLG, and xWOBA. Hitting in the middle of Boston's lineup also makes him a strong bet to drive in and score over 100 runs. Limited fielding reps helped him stay healthy, but he played enough OF (25 games) to maintain fantasy eligibility, making him a strong four-category star.
4 Jose Ramirez (CLE - 2B,3B) 4 3.0 -1.0
A second-half slump removed Ramirez from the AL MVP and No. 1 pick conversations. Don't punish him too severely for the .218 batting average after the All-Star break, as the 26-year-old infielder still tallied 39 homers, 34 steals and 26 more walks (106) than strikeouts (80). Given his excellent plate approach and career 88.0% contact rate, his average should improve from .270 closer to his .285 career norm if he curtails last year's pop-up woes (13.0%). After giving everyone a late scare in spring with a knee injury, he's expected to be ready for Opening Day.
5 Aaron Judge (NYY - RF,DH) 6 9.0 +3.0
Judge had a down year in 2018 which means his OPS was merely .919. If he can get back to playing 150 games this year, fantasy owners can bank on 45 homers, 110 runs and 100 RBIs. That may have you ready to grab him in the first round, but he comes with more injury risk than anyone else in the top 20
6 Jose Altuve (HOU - 2B) 7 8.0 +1.0
It can be easy to be discouraged by Altuve "only" batting .316 with limited power and steals, but the injury seemed to influence his performance much more than most realize. You can expect a return to his 20 homer, 30 steal, 110 runs season with a batting average north of .330
7 Alex Bregman (HOU - 3B,SS) 8 7.0 -1.0
Bregman had 83 extra-base hits last season to go with 105 runs and 103 RBIs despite being just 24 years old. Chances are high that his fantasy value continues to trend north. With that said, he is currently recovering from elbow surgery so be sure to keep an eye on his progress before picking him up in the 1st round this spring.
8 Giancarlo Stanton (NYY - LF,RF,DH) 9 11.0 +2.0
After obliterating pitchers in 2017, Stanton cooled off in a big way last year, striking out 211 times and hitting just .266 with 38 homers. There is upside for 60+ bombs this year, but believe it or not, he has only hit 40 or more once his entire career
9 Francisco Lindor (CLE - SS) 11 6.0 -5.0
Originally expected to return from a calf injury in early April, Lindor suffered an ankle ailment while rehabbing. There's now no timetable for his recovery, and it's increasingly hard to see Cleveland letting him run once back on the diamond. Investors have little choice but to wait and hope for the best, but they shouldn't expect him to return first-round value.
10 Andrew Benintendi (BOS - LF,CF) 12 14.0 +2.0
Benintendi is a spectacular real life player, but in fantasy, he was extremely similar to Jean Segura who happens to be going five rounds later. The arrow is pointing up for Benintendi, but not enough to warrant a top 30 draft pick
11 Khris Davis (OAK - LF,DH) 16 17.0 +1.0
Looking for 40 homers? Draft Davis and write it in ink. He has knocked 133 over the last three seasons with 335 RBIs in that time. The floor is as high as you'll find in the first five rounds but the batting average is almost certainly going to be around .250 again
12 Whit Merrifield (KC - 1B,2B,CF,RF,DH) 17 15.0 -2.0
With the Royals not expected to compete in 2019, there is little doubt that Merrifield will surpass 40 stolen bases again. He doesn't have much in the way of power, nor will he score a load of runs in this offense, but the batting average should end up around .300 once again
13 Xander Bogaerts (BOS - SS) 18 20.0 +2.0
Xander has been around for so long that it is easy to forget he is still just 26 years old. Although there have been periods of disappointment in the past, Bogaerts still has averaged 15 homers, 91 runs, 84 RBIs and a .295 BA over the last four seasons. Add in that 2018 was his best yet and we may be looking at another big step forward this season
14 George Springer (HOU - CF,RF,DH) 19 21.0 +2.0
Springer is one of a handful of stars who started off their season with a rough patch. He started to turn in around in the second half before his injury, but only enough to get his final line to 22 homers and a .265 batting average. If he can stay healthy, Springer might lead the AL in runs scored along with plenty of homers and RBIs, but the speed has essentially disappeared
15 Carlos Correa (HOU - SS) 20 19.0 -1.0
Correa has missed a significant chunk of time in each of the past two seasons, and while he struggled in 2018, don't forget that he is still just 24 years old and one year removed from being the MVP front-runner prior to his injury. There is major upside here and he may prove to be a league winner
16 Adalberto Mondesi (KC - 2B,SS) 21 18.0 -3.0
Few people could have foreseen the impact Mondesi would make down the stretch last season, finishing as a top-five overall hitter in standard roto/categories leagues from August 1 on. His plate discipline left a lot to be desired, but his 14 HRs and 32 SBs in 75 games led a lot of fantasy managers to the championship circle. If you believe most of the projection systems, he's due for a 20-40 kind of season in 2019, production that would again place him right alongside the very best roto options in the game. His limited track record makes him a risk-reward pick, but his skills are very real and his current sixth-round draft cost is very reasonable.
17 Nelson Cruz (MIN - DH) 22 42.0 +20.0
Forget the groundhog seeing his shadow; there's no better sign of spring's arrival than seeing Cruz get drafted criminally late. After merely clobbering 37 homers-his lowest tally since 2013-the stud DH has a consensus ADP outside of the top 100. That's an absurdly low price for a dependably elite slugger who finished in the 98th percentile of hard-hit rate, exit velocity, xwOBA, and xSLG. Despite logging a .282 xBA for the third straight year, his actual average dropped from .287 and .288 to .256. Even if he merely splits the difference and reverts to .270, he'd be a better version of Rhys Hoskins going multiple rounds later. So what if he doesn't have a position? Were you planning on leaving a utility spot empty?
18 Jose Abreu (CWS - 1B,DH) 23 33.0 +10.0
Since Abreu joined the league, he is fifth in the majors with 288 RBIs and #1 among that group with a .295 batting average. As you know, he provides plenty of homers and runs as well. It may not feel interesting to draft Abreu, but with first base more shallow than years past, he is an excellent 6th round pick
19 Tommy Pham (TB - LF,CF) 25 31.0 +6.0
Despite playing 34 fewer games than Andrew Benintendi over the last two seasons, Pham has outplayed him from a fantasy perspective. Pham is being drafted four rounds later and is coming off one of the best second-halfs in the MLB
20 Eddie Rosario (MIN - LF) 26 37.0 +11.0
Rosario produced nearly identical stat lines in 2017 and 2018, suggesting he is a pretty safe bet to produce around 25 HRs, 10 SBs, and a batting average in the .290 range. He may lack the upside of some of the other names coming off the board around pick 80, but if you're looking for a steady across-the-board contributor, don't hesitate to call Rosario's name.
21 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR - 3B) 27 24.0 -3.0
Nobody is doubting Guerrero's skills. Especially not Steamer, as the typically pessimistic projection system has the 19-year-old batting .306/.368/.511 with 22 homers in 550 plate appearances. Toronto's teenage prodigy has nothing left to prove in the minors after collectively batting .381/.437/.636 in Double-A and Triple-A. The problem is opportunity, with the Blue Jays almost certain to hold baseball's top prospect back for service-time manipulation. Since he was never going to make the Opening Day roster, supporters shouldn't get cold feet because of an oblique injury that guarantees a delay to his anticipated arrival. With Ronald Acuna's sensational debut fresh in everyone's mind, there's still little chance of snagging Vlad Jr. at a discount. Don't bite so soon in re-drafts, but it'll get tougher to resist if he lasts to the late fifth or sixth round.
22 Gleyber Torres (NYY - 2B,SS) 30 27.0 -3.0
Torres is a former elite prospect who is coming off an excellent rookie season in New York. He strikes out a bit too much at this stage of his career to be a reliable asset in batting average, but he won't kill you there and should be able to match or exceed last season's 24 home runs while also chipping in 5-10 steals and solid run and RBI totals. At just 22 years old, there's also a chance that Torres takes a big step forward this year and jumps into the upper echelon at the position, but his fifth-round ADP means you'll be paying for that upside if you draft him.
23 Mitch Haniger (SEA - CF,RF) 31 39.0 +8.0
Haniger built on his impressive 2017 debut with the Mariners in 2018, producing a .285/90/26/93/8 roto line that ranked 10th among outfielders. The power and speed numbers look completely sustainable for Haniger, but his batting average could be due for a bit of regression and it may be challenging to produce 90+ runs and RBIs again in a rebuilding Mariners lineup. Haniger is unlikely to be a bust, but last season's numbers are probably closer to his ceiling than his floor.
24 Gary Sanchez (NYY - C,DH) 36 23.0 -13.0
How why are you willing to take a guy who batted .186 last season? Turns out the answer is pretty high for Sanchez, who's challenging J.T. Realmuto as the top catcher off the board. He did, after all, hit .284/.354/.568 in 754 prior MLB plate appearances. A groin injury also hampered his production, and he additionally underwent offseason shoulder surgery. He struggled mightily against breaking balls, but actually deposited more walks without significant contact declines. The average could easily rise back to .250 with around 30 long balls, but is that enough to justify an investment around pick 60? Catcher is worse than usual, but that's still too steep in one-catcher formats.
25 Jesus Aguilar (TB - 1B) 34 35.0 +1.0
After hitting .265 with 16 HRs in 279 at-bats in 2017, Aguilar got the chance to be a full-time player in 2018, and took advantage to the sweet tune of a .274/80/35/108 line that made him a top-three first baseman in standard 5x5 roto leagues. Aguilar is a zero on the base paths and he strikes out too much to be of much help in batting average, either, but the power is very real and his run production numbers should continue to be excellent in a loaded lineup and great home park. Call Aguilar a HR/RBI specialist if you must, but at least recognize that he is one of the better HR/RBI specialists in the game.
26 Joey Gallo (TEX - 1B,LF,CF,RF) 37 44.0 +7.0
Gallo has reached 40 HRs in each of his two full Major League seasons, and will enter 2019 as one of the best pure power hitters in the game. Unfortunately, that power comes attached to a .203 career batting average, meaning that fantasy owners who draft Gallo in standard 5x5 formats will need to either punt batting average or make a concerted effort to offset the damage he'll do there. Whether you draft Gallo or not is largely a matter of roster construction, but expect him to finish right around the top-100 players in terms of overall fantasy value. He does walk quite a bit, giving him a major boost in OBP formats.
27 Justin Upton (LAA - LF,DH) 39 43.0 +4.0
Erratic over the course of a season, Upton is consistent on a year-to-year basis. Even if he never lived out Ken Griffey Jr. comparisons, the outfielder has logged over 600 plate appearances in each of the last eight seasons with at least 30 homers in the last three. A rise in ground balls and fall in fly balls, however, puts that streak in jeopardy. So does a toe injury that will likely send him to the IL to start 2019. That's a big blow since stability was a major driving force in drafting Upton.
28 Miguel Andujar (NYY - 3B,DH) 40 36.0 -4.0
Andujar flew under the radar until his major breakout last season. We've seen players like that face major challenges in their sophomore campaign so beware of the risk associated with picking him, but as we've seen, the upside is tantalizing and may prove well worth a mid-round pick.
29 Matt Chapman (OAK - 3B) 42 46.0 +4.0
While it may be appealing to draft incredible real-life players, there is a major difference between fringe AL MVP candidate and top 80 fantasy baseball player. Chapman's defensive prowess doesn't transfer over, unfortunately, so rather, we are looking at a mediocre power hitter with some batting average concerns.
30 Eloy Jimenez (CWS - LF,RF) 44 50.0 +6.0
For all the hype bestowed upon Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Jimenez is oddly getting a bit lost in the shuffle. He has nothing left to prove in the minors after hitting .355/.399/.597 with 12 homers in 55 Triple-A games, so the White Sox can't justify keeping him down too much longer. He should now start the season in Chicago after signing a six-year extension that eliminates any need to manipulate his service time. Jimenez could brandish top-shelf power from the start. Steamer agrees, projecting .293/.341/.502 with 25 homers in 130 games. Often available beyond the top-100 picks before the signing, the hype hadn't gotten out of hand yet. Barring a substantial uptick, he's especially an intriguing upside pick in shallower mixed leagues with three starting outfielders.
31 Rougned Odor (TEX - 2B,DH) 45 55.0 +10.0
After back-to-back 30 HR campaigns, Odor managed to hit just 18 in 129 games last year, but there is little in his batted ball profile to suggest the power drop-off will be permanent. Of greater concern is the fact that Odor's strikeout rate has increased significantly over the last two seasons, and his stolen base success rate plummeted last season. Odor is certainly capable of producing a .250-30-15 season, but that outcome feels a little closer to his ceiling than his floor at this point. Still, unless he gets the red light on the base paths, Odor is a solid bet to again finish among the top-12 second basemen in standard 5x5 leagues.
32 Jonathan Villar (BAL - 2B,SS) 47 41.0 -6.0
Villar was Adalberto Mondesi version 1.0, posting an unreal .285-19 HRs-62 SBs line in 2016 before falling back to .241-11-23 in 2017. He split the difference last year, and with regular playing time ahead of him in Baltimore, he seems likely to post another .250-15-30 season. It's rarely pretty with Villar, but he could be a solid roto/categories league value going outside the top-100 picks in fantasy drafts.
33 Michael Brantley (HOU - LF,DH) 48 47.0 -1.0
Batting average tends to be an underrated ability in fantasy baseball, and that is an area in which Brantley excels. But durability is also an underrated commodity, and that has been Brantley downfall for big chunks of his career. If Brantley can just manage to stay healthy, he should be able to contribute enough balanced production across all five roto categories to be a valuable third outfielder in mixed leagues.
34 Rafael Devers (BOS - 3B) 52 59.0 +7.0
Devers was somewhat disappointing in his first full Major League season, hitting just .240 and missing some time with a hamstring strain. But the low batting average was largely due to an unusually low .281 BABIP -- his batted ball profile was nearly identical to his promising 2017 debut. He also managed to produce 21 homers and five steals in just 121 games, not too shabby for a guy who was just 21-years old. The full breakout could be coming this year.
35 Dee Gordon (SEA - 2B,CF) 51 45.0 -6.0
Gordon is going to absolutely destroy you in two categories and his batting average isn't anything to write home about. With that said, the potential of 60 stolen bases makes him worth the price of admission toward the middle of drafts.
36 Aaron Hicks (NYY - CF) 53 54.0 +1.0
For a guy who just tallied 27 homers and 11 steals in 137 games, Hicks isn't getting much love. He also scored 90 runs thanks to sporting a 15.5% walk rate in a stacked Yankees lineup. Even without adding in the stats gleaned by his lineup replacement, the outfielder still performed well enough to demand top-100 consideration. A rise in contact (78.0%) and hard-hit rate (39.5%) should lead to a higher average and sustained power, and his cost more than bakes in the substantial injury risk. He's an especially wise choice in shallower three-outfielder mixed leagues, where it's easier to fill in the gaps when he misses some time. That will happen early, as a back injury will keep him out to start 2019.
37 Nomar Mazara (TEX - RF) 54 64.0 +10.0
Having hit 20 homers in each of his first three MLB seasons, Mazara has yet to validate his high prospect pedigree as an above-average hitter. Drafters paying for upside instead keep receiving a boring compiler with a career .258/.320/.425 slash line. Last year, he needed a career-high 20.0% HR/FB rate on a career-low 26.6% FB rate just to reach his usual 20, half of which he notched in May. All of this points to a steady hand rather than an upside play, but Mazara only turns 24 in April. His upside hasn't expired just yet, but don't overpay for unfulfilled hype.
38 Mallex Smith (SEA - LF,CF,RF) 57 48.0 -9.0
Smith had a very impressive first full season in the Big Leagues, nabbing 40 stolen bases while hitting .296. He may not be able to quite duplicate that batting average again, but he won't kill you there and another 40 steals seems very possible.
39 Miguel Cabrera (DET - 1B,DH) 56 63.0 +7.0
You may be inclined to believe Cabrera is done since he has had two subpar seasons in a row, but he is apparently in the best shape of his life. Add in the fact that he will be spending most of his time as the Tigers DH and we might just have the biggest bounceback player on our hands.
40 Tim Anderson (CWS - SS) 58 56.0 -2.0
Anderson was remarkable in the first half but really slowed down to close the season. Even still, he managed 20 homers and 26 steals. While he may be hard pressed to repeat that this year, 15 and 15 would make him a useful mid-round pick so long as his batting average doesn't plummet further.
41 Stephen Piscotty (OAK - RF) 60 65.0 +5.0
Piscotty waited to get dropped in most leagues before delivering a bounce-back season. After batting .160 in May, he hit .286 with 24 homers and a .386 wOBA (.365 wOBA) from June 1 onward. Given his down 2017 (.235, 9 HRs), drafters should seek a near repeat of 2018 rather than extrapolating his late surge to a full season. Last year's 27 homers already set a career high, so aim for 25 from a solid, mid-tier option.
42 Yoan Moncada (CWS - 2B) 61 66.0 +5.0
Moncada has both double-digit power and speed, but the batting average is lackluster. You can make the case that he has more potential as a former #1 overall prospect, but more likely, the holes in his game will prove too much for a big breakout to be a possibility.
43 Jurickson Profar (OAK - 1B,2B,3B,SS) 65 57.0 -8.0
Profar finally got a full chance last year for Texas and posted 20 homers and 10 stolen bases. He takes a hit in projections moving from Texas to Oakland's ballpark, but keep in mind that he just turned 26 years old and very likely hasn't hit his prime yet.
44 Elvis Andrus (TEX - SS) 66 71.0 +5.0
Andrus was downright awful in the 97 games he played last year, batting .256 with 6 homers and 5 steals. With full health, however, don't be surprised if he returns to the .300 hitting, 20 homer, 25 steal player that finished 2017 as a top fantasy shortstop.
45 Carlos Santana (CLE - 1B,3B) 67 75.0 +8.0
Santana had some of the worst BABIP luck in baseball last year so you can expect his batting average to jump back into the .250s this year to go with his usual 20+ homers and 80+ runs. That makes him a quality late-round corner infielder as always.
46 Domingo Santana (SEA - RF) 69 89.0 +20.0
Santana, who submitted 30 homers and 15 steals in 2017, once again has a regular role after getting shipped from Milwaukee to Seattle. He also struggled in scarce playing time last year, settling for five homers and 77 strikeouts in 235 plate appearances. Don't expect a full bounce-back to 2017; he was never going to sustain a 30.9% HR/FB rate. As a late pick for those who drafted before his two home runs in Tokyo, 20-25 long balls and a handful of steals would get the job done. But consider selling high if he stays hot in the U.S. in early April.
47 Austin Meadows (TB - LF,CF,RF) 70 80.0 +10.0
Because he stalled in Triple-A and was blocked by a crowded Pirates outfield, Meadows' arrival came later than anticipated. Yet he promptly made up for lost time, storming out of the gate with a 1.221 OPS, four homers, and three steals in May. He then struggled and lost playing time before and after a midseason trade to Tampa Bay. This time, however, he clobbered Triple-A pitchers to 10 dingers in 27 games after offering 12 in 636 prior Triple-A plate appearances for the Pirates. Don't forget that Meadows, once considered an elite prospect, still boasts an enticing power and speed profile. Plus, he only turns 24 in May. He could go 20/15 in an untethered starting role.
48 Jonathan Schoop (MIN - 2B) FA 68 76.0 +8.0
Schoop takes a hit this season in home ballpark factor, but even still, has been a consistent enough source of power that fantasy owners can accept his .233 batting average from last year. Keep in mind, also, he carried a .293 mark in 2017 so the upside is there for a big season again.
49 Matt Olson (OAK - 1B) 72 58.0 -14.0
Before most of the majors even started the season, Olson got hit on his right hand by a pitch in Tokyo. He underwent hamate surgery, which will keep him out of action for at least a month. A tricky injury from which to recover, he may also need some time to rediscover his power upon returning. Just like that, a popular breakout pick throughout the offseason becomes someone to ignore -- unless given a sizable discount -- in drafts right before the league-wide Opening Day.
50 Jorge Polanco (MIN - SS) 75 92.0 +17.0
Polanco batted .288 for fantasy owners in a shortened season last year and offers respectable power and speed. Don't be surprised if he knocks 15 homers with 15 steals this season.
51 Byron Buxton (MIN - CF) 78 68.0 -10.0
Once deemed a future superstar, Buxton spent most of 2018 in Triple-A after batting .156 with a -3 wRC+ in 94 dreadful big league plate appearances. It's understandable to write him off, but he remains an elite defender who posted Statcast's highest sprint speed. While his 20-homer, 40-steal hasn't vanished, it's an increasingly less likely dream that would get accompanied by a minuscule batting average. He should have to fall beyond the top-200 picks before taking the high-risk plunge.
52 Luke Voit (NYY - 1B) 77 73.0 -4.0
Voit was extraordinary for the Yankees once they acquired him from St. Louis last year. In fact, he may have been one of the best hitters in baseball. Don't expect that for all of 2019, but don't be shocked if he puts up a Jesus Aguilar type of season either.
53 Andrelton Simmons (LAA - SS) 80 87.0 +7.0
It is too bad we can't track web gems for fantasy baseball because Simmons just isn't as valuable in fantasy. Despite the lack of power, he doesn't offer some value in the fact that he should hit in the .280s with double-digit steals and near 70 runs scored.
54 Marcus Semien (OAK - SS) 81 86.0 +5.0
You won't get much help from Semien in terms of batting average, but he is a good bet for 15 homers and 15 steals, plus last season he provided fantasy owners with 89 runs scored. Expect more of the same from this durable and reliable depth piece.
55 Ramon Laureano (OAK - RF) 82 85.0 +3.0
A quiet difference-maker down the stretch, Laureano batted .288/.358/.474 with five homers and seven steals in 48 games with the A's. He's unlikely to sustain that average with a 28.4% strikeout rate, and his .388 BABIP is likely to fall in a larger sample. He also had no answer for major league breaking balls (.188 wOBA), a weakness pitchers should attack after getting a better scouting report. Yet the 24-year-old outfielder, who offered 14 homers and 11 steals in Triple-A before last summer's promotion, offers an intriguing power-speed repertoire as an OF4 or 5. His glove should also keep him on the field. He hits the ball hard enough to reasonably draft for a .260, 15/15 output while hoping for more.
56 Max Kepler (MIN - CF,RF) 85 95.0 +10.0
Kepler's incremental raises in home runs (17, 19, 20) and wOBA (.313, .315, .316) suggest he's still a boring player not progressing nearly rapidly enough to target in most mixed leagues. Yet he made some significant gains in 2018 that point to more significant development. The outfielder improved his walk (11.6%) and strikeout (15.7%) rates to personal bests while also making notable leaps in fly balls (46.2%) and hard hits (37.1%). These gains should yield a higher batting average than last year's .224 with the potential for 25 homers if given another 611 plate appearances. Most drafters have already closed the book on Kepler as a meddling depth piece after three full seasons, but the 26-year-old could finally expedite his growth with a full-fledged breakout.
57 Jackie Bradley Jr. (BOS - CF,RF) 83 100.0 +17.0
58 Jake Bauers (CLE - 1B,LF) 87 102.0 +15.0
Although Bauers was awful last year with a .201 batting average, there is plenty of reason for optimism. Bauers should provide 15 to 20 homers with double-digit steals and a significantly better batting average in 2019.
59 Shin-Soo Choo (TEX - LF,RF,DH) 86 105.0 +19.0
60 Franmil Reyes (CLE - LF,RF) 88 93.0 +5.0
61 Yuli Gurriel (HOU - 1B,3B,DH) 89 77.0 -12.0
Gurriel isn't going to mash 25 homers like many of the others going in his late-round range, but he is a sure-bet to boost your batting average which is difficult to find as the draft comes to a close.
62 Randal Grichuk (TOR - CF,RF) 90 98.0 +8.0
63 Trey Mancini (BAL - 1B,LF) 91 108.0 +17.0
Mancini's batting average dropped 50 points last year, but much of that was due to a rough BABIP. While he likely won't bounce-back up to the .290's his batting average likely won't kill you while he provides another 25 homers for fantasy owners.
64 C.J. Cron (MIN - 1B,DH) 94 99.0 +5.0
While he won't help much in batting average, Cron did hit 30 homers in just 140 games last season. He may see a further bump with full playing time and a ballpark upgrade from Tampa to Minnesota.
65 Danny Jansen (TOR - C) 96 78.0 -18.0
After batting .323 across three minor league levels in 2017, Jansen hit .275 with 12 homers and five steals through 88 games in AAA in 2018 before earning an August call-up to the Blue Jays. He hit .247 with three homers over 31 games in Toronto, and it's reasonable to expect him to maintain a similar pace over his first full Big League season with the potential for more. Given the sorry state of the catcher position, it could make sense to take a chance on Jansen's unknown upside once the seven or eight surefire starters at the position are off the board.
66 DJ LeMahieu (NYY - 2B) 97 83.0 -14.0
With LeMahieu now away from Coors, you can't expect him to hit .348 again, or even .300. His stolen bases have essentially disappeared over the past few seasons and we aren't likely to get double-digit homers either. At this point, LeMahieu is a replacement level fantasy asset.
67 Willy Adames (TB - 2B,SS) 101 109.0 +8.0
Adames broke onto the scene last year as a 22-year-old posting a 19-homer, 11 stolen base pace with a .278 batting average. It was a limited sample size, however, and there are still some holes in his swing. Think of him on the same terms as Dansby Swanson who also had a nice rookie campaign before everyone realized he had quite a bit to go offensively.
68 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (TOR - 2B,SS) 99 97.0 -2.0
On a 162-game pace, Gurriel was a 27 homer hitter with a .281 batting average and 87 RBIs. He may not keep up that pace with a full season's worth of at bats, but you can argue that is his upside which would make for an exceptional value late in drafts.
69 Miguel Sano (MIN - 1B,3B,DH) 103 106.0 +3.0
Sano is out until at least May with a heel injury so he may not be worth drafting unless your league has DL spots available. If not, he is a great waiver wire pickup a few weeks into the season as his career per-162 profile is near identical to fifth round pick, Rhys Hoskins.
70 Cedric Mullins (BAL - CF) 104 143.0 +39.0
71 Ryan O'Hearn (KC - 1B) 110 138.0 +28.0
72 Jorge Soler (KC - RF,DH) 109 121.0 +12.0
73 Kyle Seager (SEA - 3B) 118 107.0 -11.0
Seager is starting the season on the DL after hand surgery and may miss the first six weeks. As a result, you may not want to draft him, but he should be in the back of your mind as a waiver wire pickup within a couple of weeks. He is a reliable source of power and shouldn't hurt you in batting average as much as we saw last year.
74 Kevin Kiermaier (TB - CF) 113 125.0 +12.0
75 Joey Wendle (TB - 2B,LF) 111 94.0 -17.0
It is easy to look at a .300 batting average and assume a rookie will only get better. Wendle likely played over his head last year, though, and was a 28-year-old rookie. There is no power to his game, and while he may offer 15 to 20 steals, it won't be enough to make him anything more than a late-round pick.
76 Marwin Gonzalez (MIN - 1B,2B,SS,LF) 112 91.0 -21.0
Outside of Marwin's huge 2017 season, he hasn't offered much from an offensive perspective. There is some power, but his batting average will hurt fantasy teams and the depth chart doesn't guarantee even 450 at-bats for him.
77 Teoscar Hernandez (TOR - LF,RF) 120 131.0 +11.0
78 Justin Bour (LAA - 1B) FA 119 150.0 +31.0
79 Mike Zunino (TB - C) 128 84.0 -44.0
Zunino killed his fantasy teams in batting average last year, but he was up at .251 the year before so you'd have to think he will settle somewhere in between this year. When it comes with 20 homers and 50 RBIs at the catcher position, the batting average is much easier to swallow.
80 Christin Stewart (DET - LF) 121 128.0 +7.0
Stewart is expected to start for the Tigers, but their offense is so barren that he can't be relied on for many RBIs or runs. His batting average might be ok, but more likely, his power would be the calling card. He is one worth keeping an eye on, but shouldn't be on your draft radar in standard-sized mixed leagues.
81 Jeimer Candelario (DET - 3B) 116 140.0 +24.0
There is nothing sexy about drafting Candelario, but you can anticipate his batting average coming up 20 points this year, as he was among the most unlucky hitters in that department last year. Along with that, fantasy owners should get around 20 homers from him.
82 Kyle Tucker (HOU - LF) 115 124.0 +9.0
The Astros don't currently have a spot for Tucker with Michael Brantley now joining George Springer and Josh Reddick in the outfield. With prospects like Tucker, however, there is no need for a spot. He is good enough that they will make room. When he gets the call, expect him to be a top 35 fantasy outfielder right away, and perhaps even more. Tucker may be the top draft and stash prospect this year if you've got room on your bench.
83 Greg Allen (CLE - CF,RF) 138 122.0 -16.0
84 Daniel Palka (CWS - LF,RF,DH) 114 135.0 +21.0
85 Ronald Guzman (TEX - 1B) 134 182.0 +48.0
86 Brandon Lowe (TB - 2B) 141 162.0 +21.0
87 Zack Cozart (LAA - 2B,3B,SS) 153 170.0 +17.0
Cozart may miss time at the start of the season with a mild calf strain, and after his 2018 performance, it is fair to forget about him, but don't be so quick to forget how excellent he was in 2017 with the Reds, knocking 24 homers with a .297 batting average in just 122 games.
88 Delino DeShields (TEX - CF) 143 149.0 +6.0
89 Josh Harrison (DET - 2B) FA 135 185.0 +50.0
90 Willians Astudillo (MIN - C,3B) 165 113.0 -52.0
It is tempting to draft everyone's favorite short chubby catcher, but the fact of the matter is that he likely won't even open the season on the big league club. There is some intrigue here if/when he gets called up, but until then, he belongs on the waivers.
91 Ji-Man Choi (TB - DH) 152 152.0
92 Albert Pujols (LAA - 1B,DH) 161 146.0 -15.0
93 Omar Narvaez (SEA - C) 158 118.0 -40.0
94 Chad Pinder (OAK - 2B,3B,LF,RF) 159 183.0 +24.0
95 Chris Davis (BAL - 1B) 148 133.0 -15.0
96 Yandy Diaz (TB - 3B) 154 145.0 -9.0
97 Bradley Zimmer (CLE - CF) 145 218.0 +73.0
98 Niko Goodrum (DET - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,RF) 142 116.0 -26.0
99 Yolmer Sanchez (CWS - 2B,3B) 164 194.0 +30.0
100 David Fletcher (LAA - 2B,3B) 166 210.0 +44.0
101 Renato Nunez (BAL - 3B) 149 212.0 +63.0
102 Tim Beckham (SEA - 3B,SS) SUS 172 144.0 -28.0
103 Dylan Moore (SEA - SS) 171 398.0 +227.0
104 Daniel Vogelbach (SEA - 1B,DH) 173 238.0 +65.0
105 Greg Bird (NYY - 1B) 179 157.0 -22.0
106 Jake Cave (MIN - CF,RF) 162 171.0 +9.0
107 Austin Hays (BAL - CF,RF) 176 202.0 +26.0
108 Matt Duffy (TB - 3B) 181 181.0
109 Willie Calhoun (TEX - LF) 146 167.0 +21.0
Initially an intriguing post-hype flier, Calhoun lost a roster spot to Hunter Pence following a dreadful spring. After getting held in the minors because of his glove, his bat (.602 OPS) didn't keep him in the majors last season. The 24-year-old still carries considerable contact and power upside, but managers can't afford to wait on him in smaller mixed leagues.
110 Dwight Smith Jr. (BAL - LF) 511 368.0 -143.0
111 Franklin Barreto (OAK - 2B) 168 151.0 -17.0
112 Grayson Greiner (DET - C) 197 178.0 -19.0
113 Josh Reddick (HOU - LF,RF) 147 142.0 -5.0
114 Josh Phegley (OAK - C) 202 204.0 +2.0
115 Christian Vazquez (BOS - C) 206 168.0 -38.0
116 Isiah Kiner-Falefa (TEX - C,2B,3B) 186 134.0 -52.0
117 Patrick Wisdom (TEX - 3B) MiLB 174 277.0 +103.0
118 Mitch Garver (MIN - C) 207 164.0 -43.0
119 Nate Lowe (TB - 1B) 192 207.0 +15.0
120 Bo Bichette (TOR - SS) 205 166.0 -39.0
Bichette is an excellent prospect and has a polished bat with plenty of speed. With that said, Bichette has never played above Double-A and the Blue Jays have no need to rush him (see Vlad Jr. last year) so don't be surprised if he doesn't sniff the bigs until September.
121 Brandon Drury (TOR - 2B,3B) 185 214.0 +29.0
122 James McCann (CWS - C) 178 223.0 +45.0
123 Dustin Pedroia (BOS - 2B) 221 137.0 -84.0
124 Dustin Fowler (OAK - CF) 214 191.0 -23.0
125 Hunter Dozier (KC - 1B,3B,RF) 199 213.0 +14.0
126 Robbie Grossman (OAK - LF,RF,DH) 189 308.0 +119.0
127 Sandy Leon (BOS - C) 194 192.0 -2.0
128 DJ Stewart (BAL - LF) 195 260.0 +65.0
129 JaCoby Jones (DET - LF,CF) 196 262.0 +66.0
130 Rowdy Tellez (TOR - 1B) 201 188.0 -13.0
131 Anthony Alford (TOR - LF) 227 330.0 +103.0
132 Alen Hanson (TOR - 2B,3B,SS,LF) MiLB 212 248.0 +36.0
133 Meibrys Viloria (KC - C) 209    
134 Billy McKinney (TOR - LF,RF) 220 215.0 -5.0
135 Christian Arroyo (CLE - 2B,3B) 215 234.0 +19.0
136 Aledmys Diaz (HOU - 3B,SS) 226 186.0 -40.0
137 Mac Williamson (SEA - LF) MiLB 246 245.0 -1.0
138 Hanley Ramirez (CLE - 1B,DH) FA 292 201.0 -91.0
139 Kevin Plawecki (CLE - C) 251 229.0 -22.0
140 Derek Fisher (TOR - LF,CF) 204 343.0 +139.0
141 Tyler Naquin (CLE - LF,CF,RF) 240 241.0 +1.0
142 Brett Phillips (KC - CF) 222 259.0 +37.0
143 Kevan Smith (LAA - C) 298 266.0 -32.0
144 Tom Murphy (SEA - C) 219 247.0 +28.0
145 Jo Adell (LAA - OF) MiLB 224 272.0 +48.0
146 J.P. Crawford (SEA - 3B,SS) 239 222.0 -17.0
147 Clint Frazier (NYY - LF) 216 196.0 -20.0
148 Chance Sisco (BAL - C) 225 190.0 -35.0
149 Yordan Alvarez (HOU - LF) 303 297.0 -6.0
150 Mikie Mahtook (DET - LF,RF) MiLB 250 300.0 +50.0
151 Matt Davidson (TEX - 1B,3B,DH) MiLB 233 287.0 +54.0
152 Max Stassi (LAA - C) 248 226.0 -22.0
153 Adam Engel (CWS - CF) 265 264.0 -1.0
154 Jordan Luplow (CLE - LF,RF) 281 306.0 +25.0
155 Austin Wynns (BAL - C) 230 276.0 +46.0
156 Jorge Bonifacio (KC - LF,RF) 255 310.0 +55.0
157 Oscar Mercado (CLE - CF) 256 268.0 +12.0
158 Roberto Perez (CLE - C) 231 173.0 -58.0
159 Brian Goodwin (LAA - LF,CF,RF) 273 292.0 +19.0
160 Jordan Patterson (TOR - 1B,RF) MiLB 327    
161 Jeff Mathis (TEX - C) 257    
162 Michael Perez (TB - C) 270 331.0 +61.0
163 Pedro Severino (BAL - C) 259 400.0 +141.0
164 Mike Tauchman (NYY - CF,RF) 417 345.0 -72.0
165 Alex Kirilloff (MIN - RF) MiLB   206.0  
166 Mark Canha (OAK - 1B,LF,CF,RF) 282 279.0 -3.0
167 Taylor Ward (LAA - 3B) 286 301.0 +15.0
168 Daniel Robertson (TB - 2B,3B,SS) 291 200.0 -91.0
169 Richie Martin (BAL - SS) 288 261.0 -27.0
170 Stevie Wilkerson (BAL - IF) 302    
171 Rio Ruiz (BAL - 3B) 460    
172 Nicky Delmonico (CWS - LF) FA 264 216.0 -48.0
173 Ehire Adrianza (MIN - 1B,3B,SS) 258 303.0 +45.0
174 Brandon Barnes (MIN - LF,CF,RF) MiLB 477    
175 Cavan Biggio (TOR - 2B) 296 298.0 +2.0
176 Jake Marisnick (HOU - CF) 312 209.0 -103.0
177 Leury Garcia (CWS - 2B,LF,CF,RF) 261 282.0 +21.0
178 Daz Cameron (DET - CF) MiLB 316 293.0 -23.0
179 Nick Gordon (MIN - SS) 263 176.0 -87.0
180 Preston Tucker (CWS - LF,RF) MiLB 332 334.0 +2.0
181 Cam Gallagher (KC - C) 439 295.0 -144.0
182 Myles Straw (HOU - RF) 297 274.0 -23.0
183 Pat Valaika (BAL - 1B,2B) 308    
184 Royce Lewis (MIN - SS) MiLB   240.0  
185 Brent Rooker (MIN - 1B,LF) MiLB 387 416.0 +29.0
186 Luke Maile (TOR - C) 341 290.0 -51.0
187 Jonathan Davis (TOR - OF) 350    
188 AJ Reed (CWS - 1B) MiLB 318 316.0 -2.0
189 Tyler Wade (NYY - 2B) 356 221.0 -135.0
190 Dawel Lugo (DET - 2B) 365 410.0 +45.0
191 Yusniel Diaz (BAL - CF,RF) MiLB 379 285.0 -94.0
192 Reese McGuire (TOR - C) 474    
193 Harold Castro (DET - 2B,CF) 469    
194 Jorge Mateo (OAK - SS) 533 341.0 -192.0
195 Paulo Orlando (CWS - CF) MiLB 384    
196 Michael Chavis (BOS - 1B,2B,3B) 508 250.0 -258.0
197 Michael Hermosillo (LAA - LF,CF,RF) 397 278.0 -119.0
198 Max Moroff (CLE - 2B) MiLB 470 253.0 -217.0
199 Zack Collins (CWS - C) 497 315.0 -182.0
200 Sam Travis (BOS - LF) 402 392.0 -10.0
201 Jett Bandy (TEX - C) MiLB 485    
202 Tony Renda (BOS - 2B,3B,LF) 471    
203 Victor Reyes (DET - LF,RF,DH) 407    
204 Zack Granite (TEX - CF) MiLB 408    
205 Jose Trevino (TEX - C) 486 376.0 -110.0
206 Sean Murphy (OAK - C)   271.0  
207 Jarrett Parker (LAA - LF,RF) MiLB 472    
208 Ryan Mountcastle (BAL - SS) MiLB   307.0  
209 Kyle Higashioka (NYY - C) 489 340.0 -149.0
210 Drew Jackson (BAL - 2B,3B,SS) MiLB 473 362.0 -111.0
211 Eric Haase (CLE - C) 492    
212 Seby Zavala (CWS - C) 494    
213 Cameron Rupp (OAK - C) MiLB 488 239.0 -249.0
214 Garrett Stubbs (HOU - C) 495    
215 Dylan Cozens (TB - LF) MiLB 422 325.0 -97.0
216 Scott Heineman (TEX - OF) 475    
217 Rocky Gale (TB - C) MiLB 499    
218 Beau Taylor (OAK - C) FA 500    
219 Brett Nicholas (CWS - C) RET 483 415.0 -68.0
220 Tommy La Stella (LAA - 2B,3B) 476    
221 Andrew Susac (BAL - C) MiLB 501 320.0 -181.0
222 Jose Rondon (BAL - 2B,SS,DH) MiLB 478    
223 Ramon Torres (KC - 3B) FA 479    
224 Gorkys Hernandez (BOS - LF,CF) FA 480 281.0 -199.0
225 Tim Federowicz (TEX - C) MiLB 504    
226 Billy Burns (NYY - CF) NRI 481 243.0 -238.0
227 John Andreoli (SEA - LF) MiLB 482    
228 Troy Stokes Jr. (DET - OF) 484    
229 Ronny Rodriguez (DET - 2B,3B,SS) 490 336.0 -154.0
230 Guillermo Heredia (TB - LF,CF) 509 258.0 -251.0
231 Socrates Brito (TOR - RF) MiLB 491 386.0 -105.0
232 Zach Vincej (BAL - SS) MiLB 487    
233 Brandon Dixon (DET - 1B,RF) 502    
234 Jacoby Ellsbury (NYY - CF) 493 193.0 -300.0
235 Pete Kozma (DET - 3B,SS) NRI      
236 Mike Freeman (CLE - SS) 496    
237 Bobby Bradley (CLE - 1B) 498    
238 Anthony Santander (BAL - LF,RF) 516    
239 Hanser Alberto (BAL - SS) 519    
240 Carlos Tocci (TEX - CF) FA 503    
241 Mason Williams (BAL - CF) MiLB 505 412.0 -93.0
242 Luis Basabe (CWS - CF) 506    
243 Ben Revere (TEX - LF,CF) MiLB 507 321.0 -186.0
244 Terrance Gore (NYY - LF,DH) MiLB 526 233.0 -293.0
245 Ronald Torreyes (MIN - 2B,3B,SS) MiLB 527 225.0 -302.0
246 Willi Castro (DET - 2B,SS) 510 411.0 -99.0
247 Boog Powell (OAK - CF) MiLB 512    
248 Breyvic Valera (TOR - 2B) 530 327.0 -203.0
249 Andrew Velazquez (CLE - SS) 513    
250 Luis Rengifo (LAA - IF) 514 299.0 -215.0
251 Patrick Kivlehan (TOR - LF) MiLB 521    
252 Nolan Fontana (TEX - 2B) NRI 515    
253 Chris Bostick (BAL - 2B,LF) MiLB 534    
254 Dalton Pompey (TOR - LF) MiLB 522 211.0 -311.0
255 Nick Solak (TEX - 2B) 517 391.0 -126.0
256 Richard Urena (TOR - SS) 518    
257 Jack Reinheimer (BAL - LF) MiLB 520 314.0 -206.0
258 Shed Long (SEA - 2B) 524 363.0 -161.0
259 Tzu-Wei Lin (BOS - SS) 525 230.0 -295.0
260 Joey Curletta (BOS - RF) MiLB 532    
261 Braden Bishop (SEA - CF) 529    
262 Cheslor Cuthbert (KC - 1B,3B,DH) 523    
263 Kelvin Gutierrez (KC - 3B) 528    
264 Gio Urshela (NYY - 3B,SS) 531    
265 Matt Thaiss (LAA - 1B) 538 342.0 -196.0
266 Sergio Alcantara (DET - SS) 539    
267 Jake Smolinski (TB - CF) NRI 535    
268 Marco Hernandez (BOS - 2B,3B) IL10 536    
269 Dustin Peterson (DET - 3B,LF) MiLB 537    
270 Yu Chang (CLE - SS)   267.0  
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