2023 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (AL)
Expert Consensus Ranking (24 of 24 Experts) -
|Rank||Player (Team, Position)||Overall||Notes|
|1||Aaron Judge (NYY - CF,RF,DH)||1||2.0||+1.0||
A lot of 2023 draft boards will have Aaron Judge at the top of them, and there is no doubt he belongs there after his record-setting 2022. He famously broke the A.L. Home Run record with 62, scoring 133 runs, driving in 131, and stealing 16 bases to boot. His slash line was an other-worldly .311/.425/.686 with an xwOBA of .463 and wRC+ of 207. The reason he may fall out of the 1.1 slot on draft day is simply fantasy managers anticipating the regression that is likely to come. Steamer projections have him at 43/109/104 for the upcoming season, and his ratios should see a small decline as well. Other concerns include the fact that Judge will be 31 years old for the majority of the season and played in a career-high 157 games last year. What is not of concern are the 81 games he gets to play at Yankee Stadium this year and each one after until 2031, thanks to his 9-year, $360 million free-agent contract. Judge is the guy if fantasy managers want to shore up their slugging early. Just beware that his numbers might look much closer to 2021 than 2022.
|2||Jose Ramirez (CLE - 3B,DH)||2||1.0||-1.0||
Jose Ramirez remains criminally underrated, considering his productivity remains fantasy relevant across categories. Building on his outstanding 2021 season, he was one home run away from his third career 30/20 season (29/20). The list of third basemen capable of that feat stands at one unless Bobby Witt has 3B eligibility in your league. Ramirez ended up with 90 runs, 126 RBI, and slashed .280/.355/.514 while surrounded in the lineup by some young, inexperienced players who matured as the season progressed. The only statistical knock on the 30-year-old has been two straight years of decreasing wOBA, but that's splitting hairs with it sitting in the .360 range even after the "decline." Ramirez did have UCL repair in November, but there is no doubt he will be ready to go for Spring Training. While you shouldn't overlook him, you can certainly hope your league mates do.
|3||Julio Rodriguez (SEA - CF)||3||3.0||‐||
Julio Rodriguez led the 2022 youth movement throughout MLB, skipping Triple-A to win Rookie of the Year with 29 of 30 first-place votes and electrifying the crowd at the HR Derby in July. He contributed across all batting categories, slugging 28 HR with 75 RBI, 84 runs, and 25 stolen bases. His slash line was impressive at .284/.345/.509 with a wOBA of .366. He missed time in the middle of the season with a finger injury he incurred while stealing a base, or he would have probably joined the 30/30 Club. His K% (25.9) and BB% (7.1) need improvement, but at age 22, he has plenty of time to work on these numbers. Fantasy managers can deal with those considering he is above the 90th percentile in Avg EV, Max EV, HardHit%, barrel%, outs above avg, and sprint speed. Making a case for him to go 1.1 in 2023 drafts isn't difficult.
|4||Kyle Tucker (HOU - RF)||4||4.0||‐||
The "Free Kyle Tucker" movement didn't garner the momentum fantasy managers were hoping for as he continued to bat in the sixth spot way too often. However, the 25-year-old smashed 30 HR with 107 RBI, 71 runs, and 25 stolen bases in 2022 en route to another World Series win for the Astros. His ratios were down across the board, but he improved his K% and BB% and suffered from some bad luck with BABIP. These should correct to be nearer to his baseline, in which case fantasy managers are drafting a 30/20 guy with high on-base skills who bats smack in the middle of what is, essentially, an All-Star team. In traditional 5x5 leagues, he can anchor any fantasy outfield you put him in.
|5||Yordan Alvarez (HOU - LF,DH)||5||5.0||‐||
Some players have power, whereas Yordan Alvarez has POWER. The 25-year-old ranks in the 100th percentile in average EV, HardHit%, xwOBA, xBA, xSLG, and Barrel% while coming in the 99th percentile in MaxEV. He has power to all fields, bats in the middle of a World Champion lineup, and will protect your ratios in traditional 5x5 leagues and those with advanced categories. Really, unless you are playing in a stolen base premium league, Alvarez offers little downside heading into 2023. (Those downsides are only injury concerns (he played in 135 games last year), and his outfield eligibility will probably expire after this season.) The four-category stud is worth a first-round pick.
|6||Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR - 1B,DH)||6||6.0||‐||
Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., took a step back in 2022, which was expected once he got out of the bandbox parks of Dunedin and Buffalo. He continued to smash the ball, sitting in the 90th percentile in avgEV, MaxEV, and HardHit%. It is somewhat concerning that his K% went up while his BB% went down, but the slight drop in counting stats is projected to normalize back to his 35/100/100 levels. While the fifth-year player probably isn't going to gift fantasy managers with double-digit steals, Guerrero can keep four categories and all ratios afloat, allowing you to build around that foundation. Be prepared to grab him on the turn at the end of Round 1.
|7||Shohei Ohtani (LAA - SP,DH)||7||7.0||‐||
This is your annual reminder to ensure you know how Shohei Ohtani's pitcher/hitter eligibility is treated in your league(s), as it can make a world of difference in fantasy value. What it will not make a difference in, however, is his incredible talent on the field. His fifth season in MLB saw a slight decline in hitting stats (34 HR, 95 RBI, .273/.356/.519) (and yes, that was a decline). However, he threw 166 innings, struck out 219 batters, and maintained a 2.33 ERA and 1.01 WHIP to finish fourth in Cy Young voting. The Angels have stated they plan to pitch Ohtani every sixth day as regularly as possible, meaning he could conceivably get 28-30 starts in addition to 600 plate appearances. On top of all of that, he is in his walk year and will be auditioning for what will surely be a huge contract. Yes, he clogs your Utility spot, and it can be frustrating to manage him in weekly leagues where he can only start as one or the other. But if you play on a platform where he is counted as both at all times, he is the fantasy 1.1, no matter who they give the real-life MVP to.
|8||Mike Trout (LAA - CF)||8||11.0||+3.0||
Mike Trout may have had the quietest 40-homer season in 2022. Whether he was lost in the Aaron Judge hoopla or continues to squander an incredible career on a terrible team (hint: it's the latter), Trout went about his business as he always has. He only played in 119 games due to a rare and persistent back injury that will require more rest days going forward, even when healthy. On the other hand, those 40 HR and .347 ISO probably won some leagues last year for patient managers who could ride out the injuries. Steamer projections have him hitting another 40 and maybe crossing the century mark on runs and RBI if anyone aside from Shohei Ohtani shows up to play in L.A. He is a top OBP guy and his ratios have one of the highest floors in baseball. The stolen bases are most likely gone forever, but he could pair nicely with a speed guy from Round 1. At the end of the day, he is still Mike Trout, for better or worse. You know what you're getting.
|9||Bobby Witt Jr. (KC - 3B,SS)||10||8.0||-2.0||
There were a lot of arguments prior to the 2022 season about whether Witt was ready for the majors full time or if he would need some seasoning. The 22-year-old responded by getting 632 plate appearances, hitting 20 HR, stealing 30 bases, and scoring 82 runs while knocking in 80. Not a bad way to introduce yourself to the neighborhood. Witt struggled to get on base, walking away with an OBP of .294 and xwOBA of .313. He also struggled defensively, which could lead to more time at third base, depending on how Kansas City wants to play him. But he will play every day, and with the new base-stealing rules boosting that category, he may run every day, too. In dynasty leagues, he is already taken; for those in redraft, he is worth a high pick.
|10||Bo Bichette (TOR - SS)||11||10.0||-1.0||
Raise your hand if you cursed at and/or traded Bo Bichette prior to the All-Star Break last season! He ended the first half with 14 HR, five SB (out of 10 attempts), and a slash line of .259/.301/.430. He looked lost in a lineup that should have been a bastion of productivity, and fantasy managers everywhere panicked. The 24-year-old responded by slashing .329/.370/.521 with 10 HR and eight SB (out of 10 attempts). That second-half stat line was much closer to his career average, and he still bats in a high-octane lineup that should drive his counting stats back to the 25/15 range without harming your ratios. While he may not be a slam dunk high-round pick, his upside makes him worthy of his ADP.
|11||Rafael Devers (BOS - 3B)||12||12.0||‐||
Rafael Devers is one of the best players in baseball who seems consistently overlooked in fantasy circles. Perhaps that will change in 2023, though he will be playing in one of the least fearsome Boston lineups of his career. Gone are Xander Bogaerts and J.D. Martinez, so Devers will rely on Trevor Story, international signing Masataka Yoshida, Kike Hernandez, and others to boost his runs and RBI, which fell below 100 for the first time in 2022. As a fantasy player, Devers has all of the skills managers would ask for in a third baseman. He mashes the ball, gets on base, and is a four-category player in a friendly ballpark. He also now has the security of an 11-year, $331 million contract to stay with the only team he's been on, though whether or not that impacts his performance remains to be seen.
|12||Jose Altuve (HOU - 2B)||14||17.0||+3.0||
Jose Altuve's fantasy baseball demise has been prematurely predicted for a couple of years now. He will turn 33 in May, and we have been waiting for him to show signs of decline; instead, he just keeps on keeping on. After three years of single-digit steals, Altuve stole 18 bags while only being caught once in 2022. His BB% actually went up, and his K% stayed in the 90th percentile at 14.4. As long as he continues to bat at the top of that Houston lineup, he will score 100 runs and should smack 25+ homers. His RBI total of 57 should see a boost with improvement from the 7-8-9 hitters. Altuve somehow continues to have some upside while the most solid floor of the second basemen in fantasy drafts.
|13||Randy Arozarena (TB - LF,RF,DH)||17||18.0||+1.0||
In his fourth year in the league, Randy Arozarena hit 20 HR, knocking in 89 and scoring 72 while stealing 32 bases. The steals are why he goes so early in drafts because it is certainly not his patience at the plate. The 27-year-old struck out 156 times in 586 at-bats while drawing only 46 free passes; if you believe it, these were improved numbers from 2021. His slash line declined to .263/.327/.445, though that average is misleading as his expected was .234. When he makes contact, Arozarena's elite maxEV will allow good things to happen. Fantasy managers just need to decide if they can ride out the 0-for-4 streaks.
|14||Luis Robert (CWS - CF)||18||23.0||+5.0||
Whether or not you draft Luis Robert depends entirely on how risk-averse you are to injuries. The 25-year-old set a new career high in 2022 in games played and still didn't crack 100, finishing at 98 with a variety of ailments and injuries derailing any sort of rhythm he could get. In three seasons, he only has 924 plate appearances, and fantasy managers have been left to wonder what it would look like if he got 600 appearances in one season. The tools are all there: Robert has good speed, reduced his strikeout rate in 2022, and his expected slash numbers will be helpful to fantasy squads. If you can stomach the idea of spending a high-round draft pick on an injury risk with a high ceiling, Robert could be a steal. Or he could clog your IL for two-thirds of the season. Up to you.
|15||Marcus Semien (TEX - 2B,SS)||20||13.0||-7.0||
In 2022, everyone in fantasy baseball circles knew Marcus Semien would experience some serious regression in Texas after his career year in Toronto. The regression happened across the board everywhere but stolen bases, where he actually increased from 15 to 25 in 2022. The power decreased (45 HR to 26) but in exchange, his K% dropped, and he landed in the 95th percentile in outs above average. Beyond that, Semien has played in 155 games or more in six of the past seven seasons (excluding 2020). He bats at the top of an improved batting order, so 100 runs should be bankable. Semien is a great, reliable 2B option, which at this point, looks like a very shallow position heading into 2023.
|16||Cedric Mullins II (BAL - CF)||22||21.0||-1.0||
Cedric Mullins stole 3o+ bases for the second consecutive year in 2022, though the power disintegrated, lowering his home total to 16 from 30. It's understandable that fantasy managers who drafted him thinking they secured a 30/30 guy were disappointed at the end of the season. The Orioles seem dedicated to giving their prospects every opportunity to succeed, which boosts Mullins's value in the runs category. But at the end of the day, fantasy managers are drafting him for his elite speed and ability to steal bases, a skill that may get even better depending on how the new baserunning rules play out.
|17||Corey Seager (TEX - SS)||24||27.0||+3.0||
Corey Seager can hit. While most analysts thought there might be some regression after he signed his 10-year contract with Texas, Seager proved those fears unnecessary. He crushed a career-high 33 home runs while scoring 91 runs and driving in 83. One area that did prove disappointing was his .245 batting average, but this is misleading due to his extremely low .242 BABIP. While his OBP sat at .317, his xwOBA was .372, meaning that he should see a positive correction to this in 2023. The shortstop position feels deeper than in years past, but heading into his age-29 season, Seager remains at or near the top. Fantasy managers should hope he drops to the sixth or seventh round to maximize his value.
|18||Adolis Garcia (TEX - CF,RF,DH)||26||25.0||-1.0||
If strikeouts count against you in your league, then you might want to stay clear of Adolis Garcia. He is near the bottom of the league in K%, Whiff%, BB%, and chase rate. Before last season, the fantasy community almost unanimously labeled him a second-year bust, but the 29-year-old responded by improving his slash line across the board. His homers fell from 31 to 27 as a result, but he increased his runs and RBI by 11 each, and he stole 25 bases to boot. He hits in the middle of the order behind Marcus Semien, Corey Seager, and Nathaniel Lowe, all of whom like to get on base. In traditional 5x5 leagues, Garcia can provide value from the fifth round on.
|19||George Springer (TOR - CF,RF,DH)||29||35.0||+6.0||
George Springer continues to appear on the What Could Be All-Star Team after playing 133 games in 2022 while dealing with elbow and knee injuries that left him with many "DTD" tags. When healthy, he was productive atop the Toronto lineup, smacking 25 HR, scoring 89 runs, driving in 76, and even stole 14 bases for good measure. He hits the ball with great power, ranking in the 92nd percentile in maxEV. The talent is enormous but now, at age 33, the injury concerns continue to grow as well. Someone in your league will reach for him during the draft. Let them.
|20||Alex Bregman (HOU - 3B)||30||30.0||‐||
Alex Bregman started 2022 off slowly, but his bat came alive in the second half of the season. He hit 23 homers with 93 RBI and 93 runs scored while batting smack in the middle of one of the most dangerous lineups in baseball. His BABIP was slightly lower than his career average, meaning fantasy managers could see a small bump in batting average. Sure, he doesn't run anymore, but if you need to shore up your runs and RBI category, you can't really beat the guy in the on deck circle after Jose Altuve, Jeremy Pena, and Yordan Alvarez get on base. If you wait on third base, Bregman should be your target.
|21||Teoscar Hernandez (SEA - RF)||32||32.0||‐||
The Blue Jays traded Teoscar Hernandez to the Mariners this offseason, which should be a similar situation to the one he just left regarding young talent. The 30-year-old slashed .267/.316/.491 with 25 HR, 77 RBI, and 71 runs scored. He stole six bases in nine attempts, but his numbers declined from his best year in 2021. Fantasy managers can count on significant strikeouts and not many walks, but he is at or above the 90th percentile in five power-hitting categories that can be a salve for those burns. He should rack up the RBIs batting in the middle of that order, and he may creep back toward the 30-HR mark as well.
|22||Eloy Jimenez (CWS - LF,DH)||35||37.0||+2.0||
There is hope that the White Sox have realized that Eloy Jimenez is a designated hitter and will deploy him as such in an effort to keep the 26-year-old healthy. He played in 84 games last season, slashing .295/.358/.500 with 16 HR, 54 RBI, and 40 runs. Fantasy managers dream each spring of a full season of this production, and if he manages to get to 500 plate appearances, he could be a steal at his current ADP of 78. But it is best to exercise some caution and ensure you have outfield depth if you plan to roster him.
|23||Tim Anderson (CWS - SS)||38||52.0||+14.0||
Tim Anderson played in only 79 games in 2022, just another lost piece in an overall lost White Sox season. The issue for fantasy managers is that he hasn't been durable, crossing the 150-game mark only once in his entire career. Anderson hits for a high average and doesn't strike out much, which puts him on base and with great baserunning instinct (81% career success rate). Anderson and Xander Bogaerts are being drafted very closely together in NFBC drafts and appropriately so. If Chicago can become what everyone thought it might be last year, Tim Anderson will be a huge reason why. Just make sure to draft a durable second option later.
|24||Daulton Varsho (TOR - C,CF,RF)||36||26.0||-10.0||
Daulton Vasho has catcher eligibility, which is one of the primary draws to him being drafted in the 40-50 range. The other draws include his 27 homers and 16 stolen bases, something only J.T. Realmuto can top at the position. The Diamondbacks traded Varsho to the Blue Jays in the offseason; Rogers Centre should support another 25-HR, 15-SB season and he could see a bump in runs and RBI with the better lineup around him. This will probably be the 26-year-old's last season with catcher eligibility, but in non-keeper leagues, he is a good asset.
|25||Salvador Perez (KC - C,DH)||39||39.0||‐||
Everyone saw Salvador Perez's regression coming following his career year in 2021. The question was only how far the fall would be. In 2022, he appeared in only 114 games, a far cry from the 161 the year before. Injuries plagued him and led to UCL surgery in his left thumb in the first half of the season. Even with that, the 33-year-old hit 23 home runs with 76 RBI and 48 runs scored. The catcher position is notoriously shallow so drafting a guy capable of hitting 30+ homers still ranks as a solid move. He will also presumably get more time at DH with M.J. Melendez on the roster.
|26||Wander Franco (TB - SS)||41||43.0||+2.0||
Wander Franco will only be 22 years old when the first pitch of the MLB season is thrown. This is important to remember coming off a disappointing 2022 campaign in which he only played 83 games due to hamstring and hamate bone injuries. When he is healthy, Franco offers all the potential in the world, and if he can get 600 plate appearances in 2023, he could be a league winner with his current ADP of 92. He doesn't strike out, will always hit for average, is a smart baserunner, and has fantastic raw power. With only 153 MLB games under his belt, he has yet to show all he is capable of, and it is worth it to chase his upside.
|27||Adley Rutschman (BAL - C,DH)||42||31.0||-11.0||
Adley Rutschman saw three minor league levels before making his MLB debut on May 21 and subsequently played 113 games for Baltimore. The 24-year-old demonstrated patience at the plate with a 13.8% walk rate, which is in line with his minor league numbers. His K% was much higher (18.7) than at lower levels, but this should normalize as he becomes more comfortable. The Orioles seem dedicated to their youth movement, and Rutschman is a Top 3 defensive catcher by multiple metrics, so he will be in their lineup on a regular basis. You might have to draft him in the fifth or sixth round to get him, but he has the potential to make it worth your while.
|28||Andres Gimenez (CLE - 2B,SS)||45||40.0||-5.0||
Andres Gimenez became the Guardians' everyday shortstop in 2022, and the 24-year-old is locked into that role for the foreseeable future thanks to his defense and ability to get on base. His .353 BABIP is unsustainable, so he will bat closer to his xBA of .257 than his .297 line from last year. What Gimenez offers is speed and a little pop at a scarce position in 2023. A 20/20 season is well in play.
|29||Jose Abreu (HOU - 1B,DH)||43||57.0||+14.0||
Jose Abreu signed a 3-year, $58.5 million with the Astros to serve as their first baseman. Entering his age-36 season, Abreu's Statcast page suggests that he is still a solid hitter, though there was a significant decrease in home runs, dropping from 30 to 15. So now the primary question is how much is his age impacting his power. His counting stats should get a boost, batting in one of the best lineups in baseball, and if his home runs correct at all, he will serve as a nice corner infield piece on fantasy squads.
|30||Byron Buxton (MIN - CF,DH)||46||46.0||‐||
Byron Buxton staying healthy is the carrot dangling in front of fantasy managers every offseason. He is above the 90th percentile in all of the power categories and sprint speed, and when he is on the field, he is a dynamic player who contributes mightily to fantasy teams. Therein lies the problem, of course. Buxton played in only 92 games last year, 61 in 2021, 87 in 2019, and 28 in 2018. The volume just hasn't been there to truly be a fantasy stud. Yet every year on draft day, there he sits in the ninth or tenth round, and every year we all imagine what an absolute steal that would be if he were to play 140+ games. It's a risky proposition, but the payoff could be incredible. Just make sure you have enough IL slots.
|31||Nathaniel Lowe (TEX - 1B)||48||48.0||‐||
Nathaniel Lowe became something of an on-base machine in 2022. The 27-year-old slashed .302/.358/.492 with 27 HR, 76 RBI, and 74 runs scored in 157 games. That put him in the Top 10 first basemen at the end of the year and those who rode out his atrocious stretch at the beginning of the year were definitely rewarded. His .363 BABIP is due to regress so draft him with the knowledge that his batting average may drop 15-20 points. Short of that, though, he is a solid choice in the ninth round, particularly in OBP leagues.
|32||Vinnie Pasquantino (KC - 1B,DH)||50||49.0||-1.0||
Vinnie Pasquantino can hit. This wasn't really in question before his arrival in the big leagues last summer, but he slashed .295/.383/.450 in 72 games for the Royals when he finally got the call-up. His BB% was actually higher than his K%, though there is a good chance this won't hold in 2023. However, his xwOBA was .374, so you can believe in those on-base skills going forward. With a current ADP of 93, the 25-year-old should produce good value for fantasy managers who focus on position scarcity in the early rounds.
|33||Carlos Correa (MIN - SS)||51||58.0||+7.0||
Nobody signed with more teams in the offseason than Carlos Correa. The 28-year-old shortstop did the tango with the Giants (12-year, $315 million) and waltzed with the Mets (12-year, $315 million) before they rejected him, and he decided to take his ex back, signing a 6-year, $200 million contract with the Twins. Both San Francisco and New York balked at Correa following a physical that reportedly raised concerns about his ankle injury and how it would hold up in such long contracts. Fantasy managers shouldn't worry any more than they typically do about his injury risk. When he is healthy, he is a slash machine (career .279/.357/.479), and even though his running days are over, he will make an excellent SS2 or middle infielder on fantasy rosters.
|34||Steven Kwan (CLE - LF,RF)||54||62.0||+8.0||
Steven Kwan was hard for fantasy managers to believe in last season, but he ended up being the 16th-ranked outfielder in 5x5 leagues when it was all said and done. Kwan is in the 100th percentile of K% after striking out only 60 times in 638 plate appearances. He is a pure contact hitter who gets on base and isn't afraid to run (19-for-24 in SB attempts). Suppose he continues to bat atop the Cleveland order and takes advantage of the new baserunning rules. In that case, he is a perfect complement to whatever three true outcome player you draft for power.
|35||Gunnar Henderson (BAL - 3B,SS)||53||45.0||-8.0||
Gunnar Henderson's Double-A and Triple-A numbers were cheat-code level, so the Orioles brought him up for 34 games in 2022. The first overall pick of the 2019 MLB Draft responded with four homers, 12 runs, 18 RBI, and one stolen base while carrying an xwOBA of .338. His on-base skills and power to all fields will be a boon to fantasy teams, even while he gets the kinks out that every 21-year-old player experiences.
|36||Gleyber Torres (NYY - 2B)||55||65.0||+10.0||
Gleyber Torres hit 24 HR in 2022, 15 more than he managed in 2021 while using an increased launch angle and a 10.7% barrel rate. He attempted five fewer steals, though this could correct with the new baserunning rules in 2023. Torres played a much better second base than shortstop, and he should have a lock on the position. Batting in the middle of that Yankee lineup should result in a 24/75/75 season, which will suffice as a 2B1 given how shallow the position is.
|37||Anthony Santander (BAL - LF,RF,DH)||58||63.0||+5.0||
Anthony Santander answered the fantasy world's questions regarding his power by hitting 33 HR with 89 RBI and 78 runs in a Baltimore lineup that should be much improved in 2023. His xwOBA and xSLG are both near the 90th percentile, and he hit particularly well at Camden Yards in spite of the extended left field fence. With a seasoned Adley Rutschman and Gunnar Henderson in front of him, Santander will fill your power categories in the tenth round or so.
|38||Giancarlo Stanton (NYY - RF,DH)||60||68.0||+8.0||
A lot of things went wrong for Giancarlo Stanton in 2022. He missed 52 games due to injury, and his BABIP was a career-low (by a lot) .227. His strikeout rate crept above 30% for the first time since his rookie year. Fantasy managers are scared because of injury risk or age, but Stanton is going to mash. He hit 31 HR in 451 plate appearances with 78 RBI. These numbers and his BA/OBP should go up, assuming his BABIP recorrects somewhat closer to his .314 number. At his current ADP of 129, he is an absolute steal, even taking into account that he won't play 150 games.
|39||Alejandro Kirk (TOR - C,DH)||61||54.0||-7.0||
Alejandro Kirk played in 139 games, getting 541 plate appearances and showing improvement in almost every area. The 24-year-old slashed .285/.372/.415 and added 14 home runs. His Statcast page is filled with red in every area except barrel% and sprint speed. The Blue Jays heeded his offensive prowess by using him as DH on many days when he wasn't behind the plate. Toronto also helped sort out its overload of catchers by traded heralded prospect Gabriel Moreno to Arizona for Daulton Varsho. While Varsho has catcher eligibility, he will most likely play outfield or DH rather than take at-bats away from Kirk. Feel free to wait on catcher and snag Kirk in the eighth or ninth round. He'll make it worth your patience.
|40||Amed Rosario (CLE - SS,LF)||62||70.0||+8.0||
Amed Rosario's numbers in 2022 looked quite similar to the ones from 2021. He hit 11 homers, stole 18 bases, and slashed .283/.312/.403 in 153 games. He still has a microscopic walk rate, but he also took four points off his K%. A lot of his fantasy worth is tied up in whether or not he continues to bat at the top of the lineup. It's worth watching in Spring Training, and if he routinely bats behind Jose Ramirez, drop him in your rankings a bit as the counting stats will be affected. However, he can be a mid-round source of stolen bases either way.
|41||Jeremy Pena (HOU - SS)||63||64.0||+1.0||
Jeremy Pena arrived to Houston and promptly hit 22 HR and stole 11 bases. The 22 home runs came out of nowhere, as he had only 18 in his three-year minor league career. While he is projected to have double digits in those two categories again, unless he learns a great deal more patience at the plate and figures out how to get on base more, he could be a bust in 2023.
|42||Taylor Ward (LAA - CF,RF)||66||67.0||+1.0||
Taylor Ward's breakout in his fifth MLB season was interrupted by a nagging hamstring injury that cut into his ability to be a consistent fantasy asset. His Statcast suggests a propensity to strike out but every other metric is promising for Ward to be a solid roster add, especially in leagues with five outfielders.
|43||Ryan Mountcastle (BAL - 1B,DH)||67||80.0||+13.0|
|44||Jorge Polanco (MIN - 2B)||71||79.0||+8.0|
|45||Anthony Rizzo (NYY - 1B)||73||74.0||+1.0|
|46||Andrew Vaughn (CWS - 1B,LF,RF,DH)||74||73.0||-1.0|
|47||Ty France (SEA - 1B,3B)||78||84.0||+6.0|
|48||MJ Melendez (KC - C,LF,RF,DH)||80||60.0||-20.0||
M.J. Melendez debuted and appeared in 129 games in 2022, showing off his patience and power to the tune of 18 HR and a 12.4% BB rate. He batted leadoff 64 times, indicating the Royals are dedicated to getting him plate appearances in front of Bobby Witt Jr. and Salvador Perez. Melendez is not a good defensive catcher, but he should play enough to retain eligibility there. Unless you're in a quirky league where defense counts, Melendez fills a scarce position with decent skills.
|49||Hunter Renfroe (LAA - RF)||81||75.0||-6.0|
|50||Brandon Lowe (TB - 2B)||82||86.0||+4.0|
|51||Matt Chapman (TOR - 3B)||83||77.0||-6.0|
|52||Josh Bell (CLE - 1B,DH)||85||88.0||+3.0|
|53||Trevor Story (BOS - 2B)||87||51.0||-36.0|
|54||Jose Miranda (MIN - 1B,3B,DH)||86||85.0||-1.0|
|55||Eugenio Suarez (SEA - 3B)||88||71.0||-17.0|
|56||Oscar Gonzalez (CLE - RF)||90||92.0||+2.0|
|57||Alex Verdugo (BOS - LF,RF)||91||101.0||+10.0|
|58||Javier Baez (DET - SS)||95||98.0||+3.0|
|59||Harrison Bader (NYY - CF)||100||95.0||-5.0|
|60||Riley Greene (DET - CF)||101||99.0||-2.0|
|61||Cal Raleigh (SEA - C)||106||81.0||-25.0|
|62||Brandon Drury (LAA - 1B,2B,3B,DH)||107||93.0||-14.0|
|63||Josh Naylor (CLE - 1B,RF,DH)||104||116.0||+12.0|
|64||Whit Merrifield (TOR - 2B,CF,RF)||108||94.0||-14.0|
|65||Yandy Diaz (TB - 1B,3B)||114||134.0||+20.0|
|66||Jorge Mateo (BAL - SS)||116||104.0||-12.0|
|67||Masataka Yoshida (BOS - LF)||122||142.0||+20.0|
|68||Andrew Benintendi (CWS - LF)||118||121.0||+3.0|
|69||Ramon Laureano (OAK - CF,RF)||117||114.0||-3.0|
|70||Adalberto Mondesi (BOS - SS)||124||123.0||-1.0|
|71||Josh Jung (TEX - 3B)||121||118.0||-3.0|
|72||Justin Turner (BOS - 3B,DH)||123||132.0||+9.0|
|73||Seth Brown (OAK - 1B,LF,CF,RF)||119||109.0||-10.0|
|74||Danny Jansen (TOR - C)||127||107.0||-20.0|
|75||Anthony Rendon (LAA - 3B)||120||115.0||-5.0|
|76||Triston Casas (BOS - 1B)||128||119.0||-9.0|
|77||Austin Hays (BAL - LF,RF)||130||135.0||+5.0|
|78||Kolten Wong (SEA - 2B)||125||120.0||-5.0|
|79||Royce Lewis (MIN - SS)||133||212.0||+79.0|
|80||Christian Arroyo (BOS - 1B,2B,3B,SS,RF)||134||288.0||+154.0|
|81||DJ LeMahieu (NYY - 1B,2B,3B)||131||124.0||-7.0|
|82||Oswaldo Cabrera (NYY - LF,RF)||140||167.0||+27.0|
|83||Alex Kirilloff (MIN - 1B,LF)||147||156.0||+9.0|
|84||Esteury Ruiz (OAK - LF)||153||159.0||+6.0|
|85||Nick Gordon (MIN - 2B,SS,LF,CF)||154||166.0||+12.0|
|86||Akil Baddoo (DET - LF,CF)||151||216.0||+65.0|
|87||Jared Walsh (LAA - 1B)||158||153.0||-5.0|
|88||Jose Siri (TB - CF)||159||181.0||+22.0|
|89||Oscar Colas (CWS - CF) NRI||135||219.0||+84.0|
|90||Spencer Torkelson (DET - 1B)||160||147.0||-13.0|
|91||Bubba Thompson (TEX - LF,CF,RF)||162||185.0||+23.0|
|92||Yoan Moncada (CWS - 3B)||164||150.0||-14.0|
|93||Luis Rengifo (LAA - 2B,3B,SS)||167||143.0||-24.0|
|94||Jarred Kelenic (SEA - CF,RF)||165||152.0||-13.0|
|95||Austin Meadows (DET - LF,RF)||155||136.0||-19.0|
|96||Michael Brantley (HOU - LF,DH)||169||177.0||+8.0|
|97||Jonah Heim (TEX - C)||172||130.0||-42.0|
|98||Logan O'Hoppe (LAA - C)||173||146.0||-27.0|
|99||Oswald Peraza (NYY - SS)||175||191.0||+16.0|
|100||Bobby Dalbec (BOS - 1B,3B)||178||211.0||+33.0|
|101||Christian Vazquez (MIN - C,1B)||179||140.0||-39.0|
|102||Manuel Margot (TB - LF,CF,RF)||177||164.0||-13.0|
|103||Harold Ramirez (TB - 1B,RF,DH)||181|
|104||Kike Hernandez (BOS - 2B,SS,CF)||219||171.0||-48.0|
|105||AJ Pollock (SEA - LF,CF,RF)||185||236.0||+51.0|
|106||Yasmani Grandal (CWS - C,DH)||187||141.0||-46.0|
|107||Max Kepler (MIN - RF)||190||170.0||-20.0|
|108||Jo Adell (LAA - LF,RF)||191||258.0||+67.0|
|109||Josh Lowe (TB - LF,CF,RF)||193||272.0||+79.0|
|110||Eric Haase (DET - C,LF)||195||151.0||-44.0|
|111||Isaac Paredes (TB - 1B,2B,3B)||212||183.0||-29.0|
|112||Joey Gallo (MIN - LF,RF)||199||148.0||-51.0|
|113||Tony Kemp (OAK - 2B,LF)||200||238.0||+38.0|
|114||Jonathan Schoop (DET - 2B)||235||229.0||-6.0|
|115||Ramon Urias (BAL - 2B,3B)||222||209.0||-13.0|
|116||Leody Taveras (TEX - CF)||215||195.0||-20.0|
|117||Bo Naylor (CLE - C)||214||144.0||-70.0|
|118||Myles Straw (CLE - CF)||225||155.0||-70.0|
|119||Christian Bethancourt (TB - C,1B)||216||197.0||-19.0|
|120||J.P. Crawford (SEA - SS)||237||189.0||-48.0|
|121||Brandon Belt (TOR - 1B)||218||225.0||+7.0|
|122||Kerry Carpenter (DET - LF,RF)||243||224.0||-19.0|
|123||Gio Urshela (LAA - 3B)||233||158.0||-75.0|
|124||Adam Duvall (BOS - LF,CF,RF)||228||256.0||+28.0|
|125||Shea Langeliers (OAK - C,DH)||204||149.0||-55.0|
|126||Jose Trevino (NYY - C)||229||190.0||-39.0|
|127||Josh Donaldson (NYY - 3B,DH)||248||178.0||-70.0|
|128||Jarren Duran (BOS - CF,RF)||234||237.0||+3.0|
|129||Gavin Sheets (CWS - 1B,RF)||246||269.0||+23.0|
|130||Santiago Espinal (TOR - 2B,3B,SS)||253||265.0||+12.0|
|131||Kevin Kiermaier (TOR - CF)||256||319.0||+63.0|
|132||Chas McCormick (HOU - LF,CF,RF)||255||215.0||-40.0|
|133||David Fletcher (LAA - 2B,SS)||238||233.0||-5.0|
|134||Edward Olivares (KC - LF,RF)||239||192.0||-47.0|
|135||Mitch Garver (TEX - C,DH)||240||205.0||-35.0|
|136||Adam Frazier (BAL - 2B,LF,RF)||299||230.0||-69.0|
|137||Anthony Volpe (NYY - SS) MiLB||249||208.0||-41.0|
|138||Isiah Kiner-Falefa (NYY - SS)||254||196.0||-58.0|
|139||Ryan Jeffers (MIN - C)||257||255.0||-2.0|
|140||Aledmys Diaz (OAK - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF)||261||260.0||-1.0|
|141||Francisco Mejia (TB - C)||262||253.0||-9.0|
|142||Kyle Farmer (MIN - 3B,SS)||263||184.0||-79.0|
|143||Drew Waters (KC - CF,RF)||264||239.0||-25.0|
|144||Mike Zunino (CLE - C)||266||174.0||-92.0|
|145||Will Brennan (CLE - LF)||267||267.0||‐|
|146||Nick Pratto (KC - 1B,LF)||268||285.0||+17.0|
|147||Michael Massey (KC - 2B)||271||222.0||-49.0|
|148||Reese McGuire (BOS - C)||270||278.0||+8.0|
|149||Jace Peterson (OAK - 3B,RF)||269||293.0||+24.0|
|150||Jonathan Aranda (TB - 1B,2B,3B)||272||245.0||-27.0|
|151||Vidal Brujan (TB - 2B,RF)||280||281.0||+1.0|
|152||Kyle Stowers (BAL - LF,RF)||277||286.0||+9.0|
|153||Trevor Larnach (MIN - LF,RF)||289||274.0||-15.0|
|154||Hunter Dozier (KC - 1B,3B,LF,RF,DH)||291||231.0||-60.0|
|155||Nicky Lopez (KC - 2B,3B,SS)||292||202.0||-90.0|
|156||Jorge Alfaro (BOS - C) NRI||279||298.0||+19.0|
|157||Raimel Tapia (BOS - LF,CF,RF) NRI||298||261.0||-37.0|
|158||Jake Burger (CWS - 3B)||300||292.0||-8.0|
|159||Max Stassi (LAA - C)||285||300.0||+15.0|
|160||Dylan Moore (SEA - 2B,SS,LF,CF,RF)||286||263.0||-23.0|
|161||Cavan Biggio (TOR - 1B,2B,RF)||301||242.0||-59.0|
|162||Sam Huff (TEX - C)||305||330.0||+25.0|
|163||Ezequiel Duran (TEX - 2B,3B)||306||302.0||-4.0|
|164||Martin Maldonado (HOU - C)||310||331.0||+21.0|
|165||Kyle Isbel (KC - LF,CF,RF)||311||345.0||+34.0|
|166||Kyle Manzardo (TB - 1B) NRI||303||284.0||-19.0|
|167||Jordan Diaz (OAK - 2B)||309||290.0||-19.0|
|168||Nate Eaton (KC - 3B,RF)||312|
|169||Taylor Walls (TB - 2B,3B,SS)||316||311.0||-5.0|
|170||Conner Capel (OAK - RF)||314||352.0||+38.0|
|171||Curtis Mead (TB - 2B,3B)||318||315.0||-3.0|
|172||Connor Norby (BAL - 2B) MiLB||320||320.0||‐|
|173||Gabriel Arias (CLE - 3B)||324||346.0||+22.0|
|174||James McCann (BAL - C)||326||321.0||-5.0|
|175||Edouard Julien (MIN - 2B)||328||325.0||-3.0|
|176||Kyle Higashioka (NYY - C)||329||329.0||‐|
|177||Jesus Aguilar (OAK - 1B,DH)||332||220.0||-112.0|
|178||Michael A. Taylor (MIN - CF)||334|
|179||Joey Ortiz (BAL - SS)||335|
|180||Matt Vierling (DET - 3B,LF,CF,RF)||336||306.0||-30.0|
|181||Nick Allen (OAK - 2B,SS)||337||318.0||-19.0|
|182||Ryan Kreidler (DET - 3B,SS)||338|
|183||Connor Wong (BOS - C)||342||344.0||+2.0|
|184||Colton Cowser (BAL - CF) MiLB||340||316.0||-24.0|
|185||Rafael Ortega (NYY - LF,CF,RF,DH) NRI||347||357.0||+10.0|
|186||Matt Thaiss (LAA - C,1B)||341|
|187||Matt Wallner (MIN - RF)||343||376.0||+33.0|
|188||Seby Zavala (CWS - C)||344||370.0||+26.0|
|189||George Valera (CLE - CF,RF)||350||361.0||+11.0|
|190||Livan Soto (LAA - SS)||352||350.0||-2.0|
|191||Jordan Westburg (BAL - SS) MiLB||351||347.0||-4.0|
|192||Tom Murphy (SEA - C)||353||364.0||+11.0|
|193||Sam Haggerty (SEA - LF,RF)||355||368.0||+13.0|
|194||Tyler Gentry (KC - RF) NRI||354||403.0||+49.0|
|195||Lenyn Sosa (CWS - 2B,SS)||358|
|196||Addison Barger (TOR - 3B,SS)||359||351.0||-8.0|
|197||Korey Lee (HOU - C)||363||390.0||+27.0|
|198||Dustin Harris (TEX - 1B,3B,LF)||365||378.0||+13.0|
|199||Andrew Velazquez (LAA - SS)||366||410.0||+44.0|
|200||Cooper Hummel (SEA - C,LF)||367||373.0||+6.0|
|201||Jake Meyers (HOU - CF) MiLB||369||369.0||‐|
|202||Pedro Leon (HOU - CF) MiLB||368||387.0||+19.0|
|203||Franchy Cordero (BAL - 1B,LF,RF) MiLB||372||429.0||+57.0|
|204||Aaron Hicks (NYY - LF,CF)||370||297.0||-73.0|
|205||Enmanuel Valdez (BOS - 2B,3B)||373||365.0||-8.0|
|206||Will Benson (CLE - CF)||375||413.0||+38.0|
|207||Mauricio Dubon (HOU - 2B,SS,LF,CF)||376|
|208||Corey Julks (HOU - 3B,RF) NRI||378|
|209||Mickey Moniak (LAA - LF,CF)||377||337.0||-40.0|
|210||Romy Gonzalez (CWS - 2B)||379|
|211||Victor Reyes (CWS - LF,CF,RF) NRI||387||394.0||+7.0|
|212||Cristian Pache (OAK - CF)||386||339.0||-47.0|
|213||Tyler Soderstrom (OAK - C,1B) NRI||388||385.0||-3.0|
|214||Lewin Diaz (BAL - 1B) MiLB||394|
|215||Maikel Garcia (KC - SS)||391||408.0||+17.0|
|216||Brad Miller (TEX - 3B,LF,DH)||398||395.0||-3.0|
|217||Ceddanne Rafaela (BOS - 3B,CF)||401|