2021 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (AL)
Expert Consensus Ranking (56 of 56 Experts) -
|Rank||Player (Team, Position)||Overall||Notes|
|1||Mike Trout (LAA - CF) IL10||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||Kyle Tucker (HOU - LF,RF,DH) IL10||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.
|3||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.
|4||Whit Merrifield (KC - 2B,CF,RF)||16||16.0||‐||
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.
|5||Aaron Judge (NYY - DH,RF)||18||17.0||-1.0||
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.
|6||George Springer (TOR - CF,RF) IL10||19||21.0||+2.0||
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.
|7||Randy Arozarena (TB - DH,LF,RF)||22||26.0||+4.0||
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.
|8||Yordan Alvarez (HOU - LF,DH)||25||34.0||+9.0||
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.
|9||J.D. Martinez (BOS - LF,RF,DH)||28||42.0||+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.
|10||Austin Meadows (TB - DH,LF,RF)||31||37.0||+6.0||
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.
|11||Teoscar Hernandez (TOR - LF,CF,RF)||37||35.0||-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.
|12||Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (TOR - 2B,LF)||40||41.0||+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.
|13||Brandon Lowe (TB - 1B,2B,RF)||36||29.0||-7.0||
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.
|14||Eddie Rosario (CLE - LF,RF)||41||53.0||+12.0||
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.
|15||Cavan Biggio (TOR - 2B,3B,RF)||42||27.0||-15.0||
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.
|16||Giancarlo Stanton (NYY - LF,DH)||38||50.0||+12.0||
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.
|17||Byron Buxton (MIN - CF)||50||59.0||+9.0||
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.
|18||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.
|19||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.
|20||Franmil Reyes (CLE - RF,DH) IL10||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.
|21||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.
|22||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.
|23||Joey Gallo (TEX - LF,CF,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.
|24||Anthony Santander (BAL - CF,DH,LF,RF)||65||74.0||+9.0||
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.
|25||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.
|26||Ryan Mountcastle (BAL - 1B,DH,LF)||67||72.0||+5.0||
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.
|27||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.
|28||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.
|29||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.
|30||Clint Frazier (NYY - LF,RF)||80||77.0||-3.0||
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.
|31||Nick Solak (TEX - 2B,3B,LF,CF)||82||87.0||+5.0||
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.
|32||Mitch Haniger (SEA - CF,DH,RF)||97||113.0||+16.0||
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.
|33||Andrew Benintendi (KC - LF,CF) IL10||96||117.0||+21.0||
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.
|34||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.
|35||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.
|36||Hunter Dozier (KC - 1B,3B,RF)||103||111.0||+8.0||
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.
|37||Jarred Kelenic (SEA - CF,LF) MiLB||110||96.0||-14.0||
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.
|38||Leody Taveras (TEX - CF) MiLB||111||123.0||+12.0||
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.
|39||David Fletcher (LAA - 2B,3B,SS,LF)||115||103.0||-12.0|
|40||Eloy Jimenez (CWS - LF) IL60||117||52.0||-65.0||
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.
|41||Randal Grichuk (TOR - CF,RF)||126||122.0||-4.0|
|42||Austin Hays (BAL - CF,LF,RF)||129||130.0||+1.0|
|43||Victor Reyes (DET - LF,CF,RF) IL10||132||141.0||+9.0|
|44||Manuel Margot (TB - LF,CF,RF)||145||133.0||-12.0|
|45||Justin Upton (LAA - LF)||141||153.0||+12.0|
|46||Alex Kirilloff (MIN - 1B,LF,RF)||147||139.0||-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.
|47||Myles Straw (HOU - SS,CF)||156||145.0||-11.0|
|48||Adam Eaton (CWS - LF,RF) IL10||164||158.0||-6.0|
|49||David Dahl (TEX - CF,DH,LF,RF) IL10||163||172.0||+9.0|
|50||Hunter Renfroe (BOS - LF,RF)||162||175.0||+13.0|
|51||Jo Adell (LAA - RF) MiLB||166||205.0||+39.0|
|52||Kike Hernandez (BOS - 2B,SS,LF,CF,RF)||172||169.0||-3.0|
|53||Robbie Grossman (DET - DH,LF,RF)||173||222.0||+49.0|
|54||Luis Arraez (MIN - 2B,3B,LF)||167||182.0||+15.0|
|55||Josh Naylor (CLE - 1B,LF,RF)||180||241.0||+61.0|
|56||Willie Calhoun (TEX - LF,DH)||178||212.0||+34.0||
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.
|57||Franchy Cordero (BOS - LF,RF) MiLB||184||234.0||+50.0|
|58||Kevin Kiermaier (TB - CF)||198||278.0||+80.0|
|59||Stephen Piscotty (OAK - RF) IL10||187||274.0||+87.0|
|60||Dexter Fowler (LAA - CF,RF) IL60||214||321.0||+107.0|
|61||Akil Baddoo (DET - CF,LF,RF)||290||281.0||-9.0|
|62||Leury Garcia (CWS - 2B,SS,LF,CF,RF)||234||335.0||+101.0|
|63||Taylor Trammell (SEA - CF,LF)||246||233.0||-13.0|
|64||Oscar Mercado (CLE - LF,CF,RF) MiLB||217||254.0||+37.0|
|65||Nomar Mazara (DET - DH,RF)||249||286.0||+37.0|
|66||Michael A. Taylor (KC - LF,CF,RF)||327||287.0||-40.0|
|67||Christin Stewart (DET - LF) MiLB||237||430.0||+193.0|
|68||Niko Goodrum (DET - 1B,2B,SS,LF,CF,RF) IL10||256||230.0||-26.0|
|69||JaCoby Jones (DET - CF) MiLB||225||265.0||+40.0|
|70||Miguel Andujar (NYY - 3B,LF)||356||304.0||-52.0|
|71||Chad Pinder (OAK - 2B,3B,LF,RF)||275||309.0||+34.0|
|72||Cedric Mullins II (BAL - CF)||267||251.0||-16.0|
|73||Adam Engel (CWS - CF,RF)||277||348.0||+71.0|
|74||Danny Santana (BOS - 1B,2B,3B,SS,LF,CF,RF)||439||339.0||-100.0|
|75||Julio Rodriguez (SEA - RF) MiLB||364||186.0||-178.0|
|76||Jake Bauers (SEA - 1B,LF,RF)||317||320.0||+3.0|
|77||DJ Stewart (BAL - LF,RF)||274||311.0||+37.0|
|78||Jordan Luplow (CLE - CF,LF,RF) IL60||293||427.0||+134.0|
|79||Edward Olivares (KC - LF,CF,RF) MiLB||342||310.0||-32.0|
|80||Michael Chavis (BOS - 1B,2B,LF) MiLB||301||267.0||-34.0|
|81||Taylor Ward (LAA - CF,LF,RF)||337||364.0||+27.0|
|82||Brandon Marsh (LAA - CF,RF) MiLB||311||319.0||+8.0|
|83||Josh Lowe (TB - 3B,CF) MiLB||353.0|
|84||Tony Kemp (OAK - 2B,LF,CF)||348||372.0||+24.0|
|85||Marwin Gonzalez (BOS - 1B,2B,3B,LF,RF,SS)||291||245.0||-46.0|
|86||Brett Gardner (NYY - LF,CF)||404||216.0||-188.0|
|87||Jose Marmolejos (SEA - 1B,DH,LF) MiLB||360||380.0||+20.0|
|88||Shed Long Jr. (SEA - 2B,LF)||472||338.0||-134.0|
|89||Jake Cave (MIN - LF,CF,RF) IL60||403||363.0||-40.0|
|90||Trevor Larnach (MIN - LF,RF)||343.0|
|91||Billy Hamilton (CWS - CF,LF) IL10||444||269.0||-175.0|
|92||Brian Goodwin (CWS - LF,CF,RF)||456||377.0||-79.0|
|93||Harold Ramirez (CLE - LF,CF,RF)||392|
|94||Bradley Zimmer (CLE - LF,CF)||422||361.0||-61.0|
|95||Daniel Johnson (CLE - RF) MiLB||424||351.0||-73.0|
|96||Jarren Duran (BOS - CF) MiLB||418||316.0||-102.0|
|97||Brent Rooker (MIN - RF) MiLB||398||341.0||-57.0|
|98||Chas McCormick (HOU - CF,LF,RF)||426||394.0||-32.0|
|99||Jarrod Dyson (KC - CF,DH,LF,RF)||484|
|100||Adolis Garcia (TEX - CF,LF)|
|101||Pedro Leon (HOU - CF,LF) MiLB||406.0|
|102||Sam Haggerty (SEA - LF) IL60||429||386.0||-43.0|
|103||Greg Allen (NYY - LF,CF,RF) MiLB||495|
|104||Seth Brown (OAK - 1B,LF,RF)||460||385.0||-75.0|
|105||Brock Holt (TEX - 1B,2B,3B,LF,RF)||504||276.0||-228.0|
|106||Tyler Wade (NYY - 2B,3B,CF,LF,SS)||474||257.0||-217.0|
|107||Yusniel Diaz (BAL - CF,RF) MiLB||498||403.0||-95.0|
|108||Jake Fraley (SEA - CF,LF,RF)||473||374.0||-99.0|
|109||Delino DeShields (TEX - CF) MiLB||483||396.0||-87.0|
|110||Yairo Munoz (BOS - 3B,SS,LF,RF) MiLB||476|
|111||Daz Cameron (DET - CF,RF)||478||392.0||-86.0|
|112||Ryan McBroom (KC - 1B,RF) MiLB||479||401.0||-78.0|
|113||Charlie Culberson (TEX - 1B,3B,LF,RF,SS)||500|
|114||Eli White (TEX - CF,LF,RF)||501||411.0||-90.0|
|115||Brett Phillips (TB - CF,RF)||492|
|116||Harold Castro (DET - 1B,2B,3B,CF,LF,RF,SS)||507|
|117||Juan Lagares (LAA - CF,LF)||503|
|118||Bubba Starling (KC - CF,RF) MiLB||494|
|119||Jonathan Davis (TOR - CF,RF) RST||515|
|120||Robel Garcia (HOU - 2B,LF)||516|
|121||Phil Gosselin (LAA - 1B,3B,DH,LF,RF)||508|
|122||Josh Palacios (TOR - CF,RF) MiLB||510||433.0||-77.0|
|123||Tim Beckham (CWS - 2B,3B,SS,LF) MiLB||512|
|124||Luis Barrera (OAK - CF) MiLB||513|
|125||Jose Siri (HOU - CF) MiLB||517|
|126||Keon Broxton (MIN - LF,CF) MiLB||518|