2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (NL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (59 of 62 Experts) -
Rank Player (Team, Position) Notes
1 Nolan Arenado (COL - 3B) 2.0 +1.0
Drafters know what they're getting in Arenado, who has batted no lower than .287 with at least 37 homers and 110 RBI in the last four years. He has played all but 16 games in those four seasons, making him a durable beacon of consistency worthy of a first-round selection. He signed an extension during the offseason, so investors no longer need to worry about a midseason trade removing him from Coors Field. A lack of steals is an unfortunate, but acceptable tradeoff for locking in bankable production at every other category.
2 Max Scherzer (WSH - SP) 1.0 -1.0
Looking for 18 wins, 220 innings and nearly 300 strikeouts? You can virtually lock it in with Scherzer. Not only that, be he has a 0.975 WHIP over the past six seasons. That is downright unfair. Don't hesitate to grab him late in the 1st round this year.
3 Trea Turner (WSH - SS) 4.0 +1.0
Fantasy owners may have been disappointed with Turner's performance last year, but he still averages 20 HR, 56 SB and 106 runs with a .289 average per 162 games. Only Rickey Henderson and Joe Morgan have matched those totals over a full season. Turner is an extraordinary fantasy baseball asset and well worth a top 15 pick
4 Christian Yelich (MIL - LF,CF,RF) 3.0 -1.0
There is no denying that Yelich was a first round value in 2018 and perhaps even the #1 fantasy asset thanks to a .326 average with 36 homers, 22 steals and 110+ runs and RBIs. These numbers blew away his career marks, however, so projection models all have him regressing to a high-end second round value this year
5 Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL - LF,CF) 5.0
Acuna met the seismic hype, and then some, by hitting .293/.366/.552 with 26 homers and 16 steals in 111 sizzling rookie games. He flaunted his MVP ceiling by posting a .429 wOBA and 19 of those long balls after the All-Star break. Challenging Mike Trout as baseball's best player is a real ceiling he could reach as soon as 2019. Before drafting him accordingly, beware a 25.3 K% and 74.6% contact rate sending his average backyard in his age-21 season. He may also run less often in the leadoff role.
6 Jacob deGrom (NYM - SP) 6.0
deGrom was magical in 2018 and while there is a chance that continues into this season, we have to remember that the two prior seasons, he carried a 3.32 ERA with just 382 Ks and 22 wins. While that makes for a useful pitcher, the risk of him returning to that leaves him below Sale and Scherzer's tier
7 Bryce Harper (PHI - CF,RF) 7.0
Harper may have posted just a .249 batting average in 2018, but the rest of his fantasy production was tremendous, plus his underlying metrics indicate the average returning closer to the .270 mark in 2019. His fantasy value improved when he signed with Philly because their ballpark is great for lefties, but he is still just a 2nd round pick.
8 Manny Machado (SD - 3B,SS) 8.0
Regardless of what you think about Machado, he has been a reliable force of nature the last few years and likely hasn't even come into his prime yet. The landing spot in San Diego isn't quite what you would think, as it has actually been a top half of the league ballpark for right-handed hitters since they moved their fences in. So don't hesitate to snag him at the end of the first round, as he seems destined for another 35+ homer, 90+ RBI, 90+ run season
9 Trevor Story (COL - SS) 11.0 +2.0
You can snag Story in the late second, or even third round despite the fact that he outproduced top-five pick, Francisco Lindor in BA, SB, RBI and was just one behind him in homers. There is more risk with Story, but his 2018 campaign was among the all-time greats for fantasy shortstops
10 Paul Goldschmidt (STL - 1B) 10.0
Goldschmidt was incredible over his last 100 games, posting a .334/.424/.608 line. You may think his stats will take a big hit moving out of Chase Field, but with the humidor in place, it was actually among the worst park for hitters last season. In St. Louis, he should continue his run of 30+ homers, 95+ runs and a .290+ batting average
11 Freddie Freeman (ATL - 1B) 12.0 +1.0
First basemen isn't as deep as it once was so commodities like Freeman are well worth investing in toward the middle of the third round. He is a lock for 90 runs, 90 RBIs and a .300 batting average each year and that type of player doesn't grow on trees
12 Charlie Blackmon (COL - CF) 14.0 +2.0
While Blackmon wasn't the number one fantasy asset like in 2017, he still knocked 29 homers, led the league in runs and batted .291, and don't forget, that was a down year. If that is his floor, fantasy owners are getting a steal in the late 2nd round.
13 Javier Baez (CHC - 2B,3B,SS) DTD 9.0 -4.0
Baez was excellent last year, hitting 34 homers with 21 steals, 101 runs and a league-leading 111 RBIs. While he is surely a star, every projection model sees those numbers regressing in 2019, especially his batting average which was propped up by a .347 BABIP
14 Kris Bryant (CHC - 3B,RF) 17.0 +3.0
Bryant missed 60 games last year and had his least efficient season of his career by quite a bit. There is some risk in drafting Bryant in the 3rd round, but he also comes with 40 homer upside, a batting average near .300 and both 100+ runs and RBIs
15 Juan Soto (WSH - LF) 15.0
Soto was every bit as good as top-ten pick, Alex Bregman per plate appearance last season, but is going 20 picks later. Keep in mind, he accomplished that as a teenager. Don't hesitate to reach an entire round to grab him before he progresses even more
16 Aaron Nola (PHI - SP) 13.0 -3.0
Nola took another major leap forward last year, and while he may never be a 300 or even 250 strikeout guy like the handful of pitchers being drafted above him, 220+ with a sub 1.00 WHIP and 2.50 ERA will certainly warrant a third round pick
17 Anthony Rizzo (CHC - 1B) 18.0 +1.0
Rizzo took a major step backwards in the first half last year, but his final line of 25 homers, 101 RBIs and a .283 batting average ended up being about as good as his average season. We were drafting him in the 3rd round last year so don't hesitate to scoop him up for a discount this season
18 Starling Marte (PIT - CF) DTD 20.0 +2.0
Marte bounced back from his 2017 suspension season with another big year. He stolen 33 bases, knocked 20 homers and batted a quality .277. While he may not swipe 45 bags anymore, that power/speed combo makes him well worth a fourth round pick in standard leagues
19 Trevor Bauer (CIN - SP) 16.0 -3.0
Prior to an injury in the second half, Bauer was among the top pitchers in baseball. He still struck out 221 batters in 175 innings, but with health, those numbers could easily climb to 270 in 215 innings
20 Rhys Hoskins (PHI - 1B,LF) 21.0 +1.0
Although his slugging percentage dropped from .618 to .496, Hoskins still popped 34 homers in his first full season. Boasting MLB's highest fly-ball rate (51.7%) and launch angle (22.6°) of all qualified hitters, drafters can expect more of the same. Yet it will come at the cost of batting average, and he'll only offer a handful of steals when pitchers aren't looking. Last year's 48th-ranked hitter on ESPN's Player Rater probably needs 40-plus homers to validate his hefty cost. At least he'll get plenty of RBI opportunities hitting alongside Bryce Harper.
21 Anthony Rendon (WSH - 3B) 24.0 +3.0
Every single season, fantasy owners draft Rendon in the fourth or fifth round and every single year he outproduces that draft value. 2018 was no different, as he hit .308 with 24 homers, 92 RBIs and 88 runs scored in just 136 games. Don't make the mistake of letting him slip by you in the fourth again this season
22 Noah Syndergaard (NYM - SP) 19.0 -3.0
Thor has elite stuff without a doubt, but the numbers haven't quite made it to the top tier of pitchers. Rather, he has just one season with 170 strikeouts and has yet to win 15 games. You may argue that a Cy Young is right around the corner, but we've been saying that for three years now and it is starting to look like we have another Strasburg on our hands
23 Cody Bellinger (LAD - 1B,CF) 22.0 -1.0
Last year was a major disappointment for Bellinger owners after he hit 39 homers in just 132 rookie games in 2017. He still managed to hit 25 bombs with 14 steals, however, so the floor is plenty high. At just 23 years old, we clearly haven't seen the best of Bellinger so don't be surprised if he breaks out for 50 bombs this year or next
24 Walker Buehler (LAD - SP) 23.0 -1.0
After tearing through the minors, Buehler pitcher pretty well for the Dodgers in the first half. Then a flip switched and he proceeded to become one of the top pitchers in baseball over the second half, posting a 2.03 ERA with 92 Ks and just a .165 BA allowed in 80 innings. Draft him accordingly
25 Joey Votto (CIN - 1B) 28.0 +3.0
Votto did not return second round value or even close to it last year, but his ADP should be around the fifth this year. You can expect his batting average to bounceback above .300, and don't forget that he had 94 HRs in the previous three years before his 12 in 2018
26 Eugenio Suarez (CIN - 3B) 30.0 +4.0
In the first half last year, Suarez was sensational, hitting 19 homers with 71 RBIs while batting .312. The second half wasn't as pretty, so we may see him take a step back in 2019, but you can still bank on 30+ homers and around 100 RBIs with a decent batting average
27 Ozzie Albies (ATL - 2B) 31.0 +4.0
Albies got off to a torrid start in his first full season in the Big Leagues, hitting nine home runs in April and heading into the All Star break with 20 HRs and nine steals. He struggled mightily in the second half of the season, but still finished as a top-three second basemen in standard 5x5 formats. There are some concerns that the Braves' acquisition of Josh Donaldson could push Albies down towards the bottom half of the lineup, hurting his counting stats and ability to steal bases, but it's also possible he'll stick in one of the first two lineup spots. Regardless, Albies has already proven he has 20-20 potential and should even be able to improve a bit on last season's .261 batting average.
28 Jean Segura (PHI - SS) DTD 35.0 +7.0
It might not feel sexy drafting Segura, but you can expect a .300+ batting average and 20+ steals for the fourth consecutive season from him. If he finally plays a full season, we may be looking at a 20/30 year with a .310 batting average which would make Segura a top 25 fantasy asset
29 Lorenzo Cain (MIL - CF) DTD 34.0 +5.0
Cain didn't experience the power growth that many were expecting when he moved from Kansas City to Milwaukee, and his fantasy value was somewhat lessened by an absurdly low RBI count (38). But he did hit north of .300 for the fourth time in five seasons and collected a career-high 30 stolen bases. It's probably time to accept that he is not going to be a 20 HR guy, but he doesn't need to be one to be a top-50 hitter in standard 5x5 leagues. And he could be even better than that if everything clicks and he goes .300-15-30 with over 100 runs scored.
30 Edwin Diaz (NYM - RP) 27.0 -3.0
The Mets acquired Diaz to serve as their new closer, and he should be one of the first two closers off the board in all fantasy leagues following his dominant 2018 in Seattle.
31 Daniel Murphy (COL - 1B,2B) 38.0 +7.0
Murphy's overall stat line wasn't all that impressive last year, but once he was healthy in the second half, he returned to hittin .315 with a 25 HR pace. Move that to Coors Field and we may be looking at the NL Batting Champion with plenty of homers, RBI and runs. Be mindful that he rarely plays a full season, but when he is on the field we are looking at a top 30 fantasy asset
32 Stephen Strasburg (WSH - SP) 32.0
There is a lot of appeal in drafting an upside pitcher like Strasburg, but keep in mind that he averages just 145 innings over the last four years. Even with an excellent strikeout rate, that comes to just 174 Ks per season. The ratios will likely be golden again, but know that there is plenty of risk in spending a 5th or 6th round pick on him this year
33 Patrick Corbin (WSH - SP) 26.0 -7.0
Corbin was an absolute monster last season, striking out 246 batters with a 1.05 WHIP and 3.15 ERA. Granted, those ratios are likely to jump, perhaps even half a run in ERA, but he should also add considerably to his 11 wins from 2018 now that he is in Washington
34 Marcell Ozuna (STL - LF) 41.0 +7.0
Ozuna's massive 2017 season seemed destined to go down as an outlier, and that's exactly what happened as he experienced a major drop-off in every offensive category last season. A shoulder injury reportedly impacted his performance last year, but the fact remains that Ozuna now has three full seasons where he has hit exactly 23 home runs with a batting average between .265 and .280 and 75-90 RBIs. That's the player we should expect in 2019, not the one that went .312-37-124 in 2017.
35 Corey Seager (LAD - SS) 39.0 +4.0
It can be easy to forget that as a rookie in 2016, Seager was not only the rookie of the year, but an MVP finalist. He was plenty useful in 2017 fantasy baseball too, but missed most of 2018 with Tommy John surgery and hip surgery. He should be ready to roll by opening day so while there is some risk, consider that he is still just 24 so we may not have seen his best yet
36 Jack Flaherty (STL - SP) 33.0 -3.0
Flaherty was absurdly good last season as a rookie and seemed to improve as the year went on, striking out 95 in 76 second half innings. With that said, his walk rate climbed to a dangerous 3.52 per nine innings by seasons end. He has the upside to strike out 240 batters, but there is some risk here as well
37 Jameson Taillon (PIT - SP) IL60 37.0
If you look at Taillon's second half, it may seem as though he broke out into an ace, but the underlying metrics tell a different story. Rather, he was propped up by a great deal of BABIP and HR/FB ratio luck. Most likely, he will continue to pitch like a good #3 this season for Pittsburgh.
38 J.T. Realmuto (PHI - C,1B) 25.0 -13.0
Realmuto's .277 batting average with 21 homers and 74 RBIs doesn't seem all that impressive, but the fact of the matter is that he blew the rest of the catcher scene away with those numbers. Realmuto is as safe as it comes at the position and should produce far above the lousy replacement level once again. This is especially true now that he has been traded to a great hitter's ballpark in Philly. Don't hesitate to reach for him so you don't get stuck with an awful catcher
39 Matt Carpenter (STL - 1B,2B,3B) 36.0 -3.0
Over the last five years, Carpenter has a remarkable 468 walks, which obviously has contributed to his 483 runs. In that time, his power has steadily improved, all the way to 36 homers last year, and while that total may not be repeatable, 30 homers with 100 runs makes him well worth a sixth round pick in 2019 fantasy leagues
40 Kenley Jansen (LAD - RP) 40.0
Jansen has been so good for so long that you might automatically assume him to be the top closer once again in 2019, but last year, he was nowhere close to it. Rather, his ERA plummeted to 3.01 with "just" 82 Ks. You can still grab him among the top tier, but you shouldn't even be considering taking him in the first five or six rounds.
41 Nicholas Castellanos (CHC - RF) 47.0 +6.0
There's no doubt that Castellanos is a solid fantasy option, but last season's .298 batting average looks due for quite a bit of regression, he doesn't run, and his run production numbers could also take a hit as the Tigers enter into a full-on rebuild. There are better outfielders available at his late-seventh round ADP.
42 Clayton Kershaw (LAD - SP) 29.0 -13.0
For the first time in a decade, there is quite a bit of risk with drafting Kershaw. He hasn't pitched 180 innings since 2015 and saw his strikeout rate plummet from 10.4 to 8.6 per nine innings. You can bank on top-notch ratios, but because of the innings a low strikeout totals and a potential shoulder injury, Kershaw has fallen into the third-tier of fantasy pitchers this year.
43 David Dahl (COL - LF,CF,RF) IL10 50.0 +7.0
There is plenty of reason to be excited about David Dahl, as his upside is a true five-category contributor. With that said, he has been among the most injury-prone players in baseball so even 400 plate appearances is no guarantee.
44 Michael Conforto (NYM - LF,CF,RF) 58.0 +14.0
We've seen enough of Conforto by now to know that the hype was overblown. Sure, he has had some extremely promising stretches, but over a full year of health in 2018, he wasn't as good as Randal Grichuk who is going over 100 picks later because of the difference in name value.
45 Justin Turner (LAD - 3B) 45.0
Turner has played more than 130 games just once in his eight-year career, but he's been consistently excellent when he's on the field. If you pro-rate his stats over a full season, you are typically looking at 25 home runs and 90 RBIs. Most importantly, with a batting average of at least .312 in three of the last five seasons, Turner is on the very short list of players who are capable of winning the batting title. His value gets a big boost in leagues with daily lineups and/or multiple DL spots -- he is highly underrated in those formats.
46 A.J. Pollock (LAD - CF) 48.0 +2.0
Pollock was a fantasy monster in 2015, but then an elbow injury cost him almost the entire 2016 season and he hasn't been quite the same player since. A 20-20 season is in the realm of possibility here, and Pollock should score plenty of runs atop the Dodgers lineup as long as he can stay healthy. Just don't reach too early while dreaming of 2015.
47 Travis Shaw (MIL - 1B,3B,2B) 52.0 +5.0
Shaw has back to back seasons with 30 homers, and while his batting average may linger in the .240's again, that type of power is difficult to come by after pick 100, especially for someone who qualifies as a second basemen in most leagues.
48 Andrew McCutchen (PHI - LF,RF) IL60 74.0 +26.0
McCutchen's strikeout rate has grown and his batting averaged has dipped over the last few seasons, but he has continued to be a very reliable source of 20+ homers, 10+ SBs, and solid run and RBI totals. Now, at age 32, he is finally set to play a full season in a hitter's park while surrounded by a potent lineup. McCutchen's numbers may fluctuate a bit based on where he ends up hitting in the lineup, but it's not unreasonable to expect his power and run production numbers to trend upward a bit in the best hitting environment of his long career.
49 Wil Myers (SD - 3B,LF,RF) 54.0 +5.0
Myers will play the outfield in San Diego this year, but will carry over third base eligibility from last season, making him one of the very few options for speed at 3B. He averaged 29 home runs and 24 stolen bases between 2016 and 2017, and was on pace to again go 20-20 last year if not for missing nearly half the season due to a host of different injuries. You can't expect Myers to do much better than his .253 career batting average, but his combination of power and speed makes him a sneaky contender to finish as a top-12 third baseman in roto/categories leagues if he can stay healthy.
50 Zack Wheeler (NYM - SP) 43.0 -7.0
Wheeler has had struggles staying on the field but even if we can get 120 innings of the way he pitched to close the season, he would prove well worth a mid-round pick's investment. He may be the breakout ace that no one in the industry seems to be talking about this year.
51 Josh Donaldson (ATL - 3B,DH) 46.0 -5.0
Donaldson was one of the very best hitters in fantasy in 2015 and 2016. A calf injury cost him a big chunk of the 2017 season, but he still hit 33 home runs in 113 games. Then, in 2018, calf and shoulder injuries limited Donaldson to 52 games -- and had a huge impact on his performance while on the field. It's possible that Donaldson's body is falling apart and he'll never be the same, but it's also possible that he has one or two more big years left in the tank. That makes Donaldson a boom-or-bust pick, but the potential reward far outweighs the risk at his current ADP of 98.7.
52 Felipe Vazquez (PIT - RP) RST 44.0 -8.0
Vazquez's surface numbers weren't quite as dominant last year as they were in 2017, but his FIP and xFIP were nearly identical, and his overall numbers as the Pirates' closer were still quite good. He should have plenty of job security after signing a four-year contract extension last year and is easily a top-10 fantasy closer this season.
53 Robinson Cano (NYM - 2B) 56.0 +3.0
Cano isn't nearly the player he once was, but he's proven over the last several seasons that he is still fully capable of hitting 20-25 HRs with a batting average north of .280. He is 36 years old and coming off of a PED suspension, so the risk for a collapse exists, but it's worth noting that he was actually better following the suspension last season. The move from Seattle to the Mets should be fairly neutral in terms of both ballpark and lineup.
54 German Marquez (COL - SP) IL10 42.0 -12.0
Marquez had a terrific strikeout-to-walk ratio last season, but still finished with an ERA of 3.77, which feels like a best-case scenario for a pitcher who calls Coors Field home. Marquez should provide plenty of innings and strikeouts and his fair share of wins, but he's not likely to be of much help when it comes to ERA and WHIP.
55 Jose Peraza (CIN - SS) 60.0 +5.0
Peraza broke out last season with 13 homers, 23 steals and a .288 batting average. Whether or not the power stays is a question, but he seems to be a safe source for runs, steals and batting average in the middle of drafts.
56 David Peralta (ARI - LF) IL10 73.0 +17.0
Peralta is a .293 career hitter, so it wasn't exactly a surprise that he hit .293 last year. What was shocking, however, was that he hit 30 home runs after never hitting more than 17 in any of his previous four Major League seasons. The power spike was backed up by a ton of hard contact, but his ground ball rate remained high, making a repeat quite unlikely. Buy Peralta for the batting average, and consider anything more than 20 home runs to be a bonus.
57 Miles Mikolas (STL - SP) 53.0 -4.0
Mikolas had an incredible season in his first year back from pitching in Japan, posting a 2.83 ERA and 1.07 WHIP while winning 18 games for the Cardinals. His weak strikeout rate is a bit of a detriment in roto leagues with low innings caps, but it isn't too big a deal in points leagues. That said, he's due for a bit of a correction in his BABIP and HRs allowed, which should cause his ERA to rise at least into the mid-3.00s. He can still be a useful fantasy pitcher in most formats, but could be overvalued.
58 Victor Robles (WSH - RF) 65.0 +7.0
Robles has been somewhat overshadowed by Juan Soto in Washington, but he had success in a brief stint with the Nationals last year and looks poised to break out in 2019. The projection systems generally expect Robles to steal at least 25 bases with low-double digit home runs and a batting average in the .275 range, which would probably be enough to make Robles worth deploying immediately, even in three outfielder leagues.
59 Mike Moustakas (MIL - 3B,DH) 79.0 +20.0
Moustakas has been an excellent source of power for several years running now and doesn't have as much swing and miss in his game as you might imagine. Now that he qualifies at second base and is back in Milwaukee, there is a strong case for drafting him within the top 100 overall.
60 Sean Doolittle (WSH - RP) 55.0 -5.0
Doolittle is firmly established as the Nationals' closer heading into 2019, and he's proven to be an elite one when healthy. Unfortunately, injuries have been a frequent concern for Doolittle, which helps explain why the Nationals acquired two other relievers with closing experience in Trever Rosenthal and Kyle Barraclough.
61 Craig Kimbrel (CHC - RP) 49.0 -12.0
Although still unsigned, it's safe to assume Kimbrel won't settle for a setup role. After all, no reliever in MLB history holsters a lower career FIP than his 1.96. Despite a concerning walk uptick (4.48 BB/9), he posted a 2.74 ERA with 96 strikeouts and 42 saves in 2018. Somewhat surprisingly, his ADP hasn't suffered from a disastrous postseason and drawn-out free agency. That should change now that he remains a free agent in mid-March. Drafters must now consider the higher the likelihood of a delayed or rusty start to the season. Or worse, maybe he actually follows through on his threat to sit out 2019.
62 Madison Bumgarner (SF - SP) 51.0 -11.0
Bumgarner was one of the best fantasy starters out there until a couple of years ago, but he hasn't been quite the same since his 2017 dirt bike accident. He has remained a help in ERA thanks to his ability to limit base hits, but his strikeout rate has plummeted and last year his walk rate rose as well. Bumgarner's peripherals suggest he is playing with fire, even in a very pitcher-friendly environment in San Francisco. Still just 29 years old, a big bounce back season cannot be completely discounted, but there is no question that Bumgarner is a risk-reward choice on draft day.
63 Robbie Ray (ARI - SP) 64.0 +1.0
Ray took a big step backward last year in the ratios but still racked up 165 Ks in just over 120 innings pitcher. There is still upside for an ace pitcher here and the floor may be about what we got last year which didn't kill anyone's championship hopes. He makes for a quality mid-round pick.
64 Max Muncy (LAD - 1B,2B,3B) 61.0 -3.0
Muncy was 2nd in HR-rate among all MLB hitters last season. Granted, he slowed down toward the end of the year and his batting average wasn't ideal, but that type of power certainly warrants a top 100 pick. This is especially the case when he qualifies at second base and third base too.
65 Luis Castillo (CIN - SP) 72.0 +7.0
Castillo quickly became a darling of the analytics community last season but failed to meet the expectations of those who reached for him in fantasy. He is still plenty young and talented, however, so don't give up on him less the breakout comes a year later than everyone planned for.
66 Kirby Yates (SD - RP) 59.0 -7.0
Yates took over as the Padres' closer following the Brad Hand trade last July, and the team didn't skip a beat. Yates finished with an impressive 2.14 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 12.86 K/9, so he should return as the unquestioned 2019 closer barring a surprise acquisition. Yates' fantasy value also gets a bit of a boost from the Padres signing Manny Machado, as it decreases the likelihood of Yates getting dealt to a contender at the trade deadline.
67 Brian Dozier (WSH - 2B) 77.0 +10.0
Dozier may not have had the best season last year, but he still hit 21 homers with 12 steals. The batting average is expected to rise in 2019 and let's not forget that he has 40 homer, 20 steal upside.
68 Chris Archer (PIT - SP) IL60 68.0
Archer has proven to be a pitcher who consistently posts a higher ERA than his advanced metrics suggest he deserves. At this point, we should no longer be expecting that to suddenly change. Until we see otherwise, expect Archer to post an ERA around 4.00, a WHIP in the 1.20s, and a fairly strong strikeout rate.
69 Josh Hader (MIL - RP) 57.0 -12.0
Hader registered three fewer strikeouts (143) than Miles Mikolas last season and eight more than Kenley Jansen and Ken Giles combined. Although not Milwaukee's full-time closer, he notched 12 saves and six wins with a 2.43 ERA and 0.81 WHIP. He led all relievers in strikeout % (46.7) and swinging-strike rate (19.0%). As a result, he's an anomaly who should get drafted above middling closers even in standard five-by-five leagues. Despite his clear dominance, it's awfully tough paying such a steep price for a middle reliever who's no guarantee to vulture as many saves and wins. With a consensus ADP above Sean Doolittle, Kirby Yates, and Jose Leclerc, drafters should instead try to find the next Hader in the final rounds or on the waiver wire. This could all change, however, if injuries to Jeremy Jeffress and Corey Knebel clear a path to saves. (The Brewers have also been linked to Craig Kimbrel.) Hader is a top-five stud in saves-plus-holds format who'd garner that same elite status in all leagues if given the closer's role.
70 Kyle Hendricks (CHC - SP) 70.0
His success defies common convention, but how many times does Hendricks have to prove himself as a sustainable anomaly? He boasts a 3.07 career ERA in 789 innings, only once going over 3.45 (3.95 in 2015). He has made at least 30 starts in three of the last four seasons, and a stellar 5.4% walk rate led to a 1.15 WHIP in 2018. Despite his lacking velocity, The Professor typically records 160-170 strikeouts over a full season of work. He's a boring, but effective SP3 to pair with high-upside strikeout pitchers.
71 Yu Darvish (CHC - SP) 80.0 +9.0
Darvish missed most of the 2018 season due to elbow and triceps injuries, and he was clearly not himself for the 40 innings he was able to pitch. Health has been a constant concern for Darvish, but he's been a consistently dominant strikeout pitcher, and last year was the first time in his Major League career that he's had an ERA over 3.90 or WHIP above 1.28. His team context in Chicago remains great, so the chance of a big bounce back season is there if he can just stay off of the DL.
72 Ender Inciarte (ATL - CF) IL10 78.0 +6.0
Inciarte is not the kind of player that fantasy managers drool over, but he is a strong bet to steal 20 bases and hit 10 home runs while batting close to .300. If he does that again, he'll be well worth starting in standard 12-team mixed leagues.
73 Raisel Iglesias (CIN - RP) 69.0 -4.0
New Reds manager David Bell has indicated that Iglesias is "going to pitch in the most important spots in the game," whether it is the ninth inning or earlier. Bell added that "[a] lot of times it's going to be in that closing role." In actuality, that may not be much of a change from past seasons for Iglesias, who has entered in the eighth inning in 43 of his 129 appearances (33 percent) over the last two seasons. He didn't amass more than 30 saves either year, but still finished as a top-12 reliever in standard 5
74 Eric Hosmer (SD - 1B) 89.0 +15.0
Hosmer was a wreck in the second half, posting a negative average launch angle. While that is no guarantee to be fixed, he is still a career .280 hitter with excellent durability and sufficient power. Eventually every player becomes a value and Hosmer's ADP may have fallen enough that it has become the case.
75 Wade Davis (COL - RP) 66.0 -9.0
You may feel comfortable with the fact that Wade Davis is incredible, but beware of Coors. The saves will come, but chances are high that his ratios will lag behind what you are looking for in a closer. At his current ADP, you will almost certainly be able to wait and snag a better option.
76 Ryan Braun (MIL - 1B,LF) 103.0 +27.0
Braun isn't often healthy, but when he is on the field, he has continued to rake over the last three years. In that time, his per 162 game average is 30 homers, 18 steals and a .279 batting average. If he can finally stay on the field, fantasy owners will hit the jackpot this year.
77 Yasmani Grandal (MIL - C) 63.0 -14.0
Grandal's batting average may not seem all that appealing in the .240s range, but that is actually at replacement-level for the position so he won't hurt you there. He will definitely help in HRs, RBIs and runs, though. Over the last three seasons, he trails only (the injured) Salvador Perez in homers, and that was before he moved from an awful park for hitters in L.A. to a hitter's have in Milwaukee.
78 Nick Pivetta (PHI - SP) 84.0 +6.0
Pivetta's peripherals say that his ERA should have been much better than 4.77 last year, but he was victimized by a high BABIP, low strand rate, and lots and lots of home runs. This is an elite bat misser who has thrown fewer than 300 innings at the Major League level, so there is some breakout potential here. We'll learn this season whether Pivetta is ready to take a step forward or if he's the next in a line of pitchers who don't quite live up to their peripherals.
79 Rich Hill (LAD - SP) 94.0 +15.0
It's a bit surprising how much the ECR favors Hill over Kenta Maeda, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Ross Stripling. All are superb options when healthy, but none should be trusted to work any more than 135 innings. So why such a heavy preference for Hill? The unlikely reclamation project turns 39 before starting the season, and he wasn't as elite (3.66 ERA, 3.97 FIP, 3.57 SIERA) in 2018's 132.2 innings. Drafters must exude patience, as he has struggled out of the gate in each of the last two seasons. In what should come as a surprise to nobody, he's already dealing with a short-term MCL injury that will delay his scheduled Opening Day start. He's a strong SP2 or 3 in the starts he makes, but it wouldn't be shocking to see him run out of steam. Just don't drop him much for this injury; such issues were already expected and factored into his draft cost.
80 Mike Foltynewicz (ATL - SP) 62.0 -18.0
A relative afterthought in many 2018 drafts, Foltynewicz fastened a 2.85 ERA and 202 strikeouts in 183 frames. Deploying fewer sinkers and more sliders helped unlock his upside, but beware paying full freight for an encore. A substandard 3.34 BB/9 could cause more trouble if a .253 BABIP rises near his .303 career norm. This was a case of not paying for the career year before elbow soreness threatened his wipe out multiple April starts.
81 David Robertson (PHI - RP) IL60 81.0
Phillies manager Gabe Kapler refused to commit to a single closer in 2018, and that will reportedly happen again in 2019, even after Philadelphia spent $23 million this offseason to bring in Robertson on a two-year contract. Robertson and Seranthony Dominguez are the two logical candidates to share the closer's role, but further late-inning shenanigans simply can't be ruled out from Kapler.
82 Cole Hamels (CHC - SP) 82.0
Hamels displayed all the signs of a pitcher in decline during his three seasons in Texas, but he rebounded nicely upon joining the Cubs at midseason last year. It's hard to know exactly what version of Hamels we'll get at this point, but being in the National League should help. It's not unreasonable to hope for a sub-4.00 ERA, a WHIP in the low 1.20s, and close to a strikeout per inning in 2019.
83 Ian Desmond (COL - 1B,LF) 83.0
Desmond has now gone 20/20 in five of his last six healthy seasons. His .236 batting average isn't what you'd hope for, but keep in mind that he batted .285 and .274 the previous two seasons so he should jump back in 2019.
84 Paul DeJong (STL - SS) 91.0 +7.0
DeJong is one of the better power options at shortstop, but he doesn't project to be of any help in batting average or stolen bases, meaning he'll need a big boost in runs and RBIs to become interesting in standard 5x5 leagues.
85 Willson Contreras (CHC - C) 67.0 -18.0
Contreras was a major disappointment for fantasy owners in 2018 after starting off his career with 33 HRs, 109 RBIs and a .278 batting average through 629 at-bats in his first two years. He is still young, however, and expected to improve from last season.
86 Amed Rosario (NYM - SS) 92.0 +6.0
Rosario is a former top prospect but that doesn't mean he has much more upside with the bat that we have already seen early in his career. A dozen homers and a .260 batting average is likely his cap, but with 25 stolen bases, that makes for a decent depth piece.
87 Kenta Maeda (LAD - SP) 95.0 +8.0
Over his first three seasons with the Dodgers, Maeda has finished as the SP19, SP33, and SP49 in standard 5x5 rotisserie leagues, despite averaging just 145 innings pitched per season. He is a good bet to again produce an ERA around 3.80, WHIP around 1.20, and better than a strikeout per inning. While it would be unwise to expect more than around 130 innings from Maeda this season, given how the Dodgers have handled Maeda and the rest of their pitching staff over the last couple years, he's proven he can be a solid mixed league asset even with a limited workload. He's particularly valuable in shallower leagues (10/12 team leagues with short benches) and leagues with multiple DL spots, since there will be decent fill-ins available for the starts he misses in those formats.
88 Adam Eaton (WSH - LF,RF) 110.0 +22.0
If he stays healthy, Eaton could go down as one of 2018's biggest steals. Pun somewhat intended, as he swiped nine of 10 opportunities in just 95 games when not sidelined by an ankle injury. Probably more important to his stock, he hit .301 with a .394 OBP, giving him an average and OBP above .280 and .360, respectively, in each of the last five seasons. That could give him an opportunity to bat ahead of Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto atop Washington's lineup. If his body cooperates, he'd become 2019's Michael Brantley.
89 Brandon Nimmo (NYM - LF,CF,RF) 90.0 +1.0
The Mets finally found playing time for Nimmo, who responded in kind with 17 homers, nine steals, and the sixth-highest wRC+ (149) among all qualified hitters. Because of his stellar 15.0% walk rate, the Mets are likely to deploy him in the leadoff role (at least against righties) ahead of a refurbished lineup. He should deposit plenty of runs with 20-homer, 10-steal potential, but beware a low batting average because of his precise pickiness at the plate. A solid mid-draft investment in five-by-leagues, Nimmo's gold in OBP formats.
90 Jose Quintana (CHC - SP) 88.0 -2.0
91 Kyle Schwarber (CHC - LF) 97.0 +6.0
The experts (146) and ADP (179) are still dreaming of what Schwarber could be rather than accepting who he is: a left-handed Evan Gattis with more walks and strikeouts. Both burly sluggers, unfortunately, no longer have catcher eligibility. While Schwarber can contribute in OBP or OPS leagues, the career .228 hitter is an average liability who won't make up for the glaring liability if the Cubs keep limiting his playing time. If lucky, drafters will get a .240, 30-homer outfielder with more intriguing power bats (Hunter Renfroe, Justin Smoak, Jake Lamb, a much cheaper Jay Bruce or Randal Grichuk) still on the board. Drafters could stay in Chicago and take the same power gambit on Daniel Palka over 100 picks later.
92 Wilson Ramos (NYM - C,DH) 76.0 -16.0
Ramos missed most of 2017 and struggled while he was healthy, but that seems to be the outlier, as he was tremendous in both 2016 and 2018, batting over .300 both seasons with plenty of power. Ramos is one of the safest fantasy catchers and may have as much upside as anyone besides Sanchez and Realmuto.
93 Cesar Hernandez (PHI - 2B) 93.0
Hernandez may be about as boring as it gets, but you should be glad to welcome 15 homers, 20 steals and 90 runs onto your roster. That is the production he gave fantasy owners last year and you may want to keep in mind that he had a .294 batting average the two previous seasons.
94 Buster Posey (SF - C,1B) 71.0 -23.0
Although Posey isn't likely a .300 hitter anymore, his .280s batting average is the equivilant of a .310 hitter when compared to the replacement-level at his position. Add in a dozen homers, if he can stay healthy this year, and you've got yourself a boring, yet extremely useful top 8 fantasy catcher.
95 Yadier Molina (STL - C) 75.0 -20.0
Catcher's don't often get 450 trips to the plate, but Tadi has done it every year since 2008. As you can imagine, the runs and RBIs pile up with extra playing time, and it certainly helps that he increases your team's batting average and may add another 20 homers this season.
96 Corey Dickerson (PHI - LF,DH) IL60 116.0 +20.0
97 Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD - SP) 99.0 +2.0
Ryu was terrific when healthy last season, posting a 1.97 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 9.73 K/9 across 15 starts. You can never expect more than around 100 innings from Ryu, but they'll be good innings -- think a 3.50 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 9+ K/9.
98 Will Smith (SF - RP) 130.0 +32.0
Smith doesn't have much competition for saves at this point, but he hasn't exactly been the most durable reliever. More importantly, he will be a valuable trade chip mid-season as a lefty setup man, so take the saves while you can with Smith, but know they might not stick around all year.
99 Joey Lucchesi (SD - SP) 111.0 +12.0
100 Jesse Winker (CIN - LF,RF) IL10 104.0 +4.0
101 Jon Gray (COL - SP) IL60 105.0 +4.0
Drafters would be forgiven for giving up on Gray, who continually fails to transfer his FIP (3.68) to a strong ERA (4.65). Coors can't take the full blame; he posted a 5.34 ERA on the road last season. Demoted during the season, he threw out a triumphant July return (1.66) by yielding 35 runs in his final 58.2 frames. With a four-seamer rocked to a career .326/.401/.512 slash line, Gray might never escape this purgatory, at least not with the Rockies. Then again, at least he's cheap now. Given the elite strikeout stuff, he might be worth a dart throw in shallower leagues. Investors, however, must be willing to pull the cord if his Jekyll and Hyde profile persists.
102 Harrison Bader (STL - LF,CF,RF) 98.0 -4.0
The latest byproduct of Cardinal Devil Magic, Bader broke out with 12 homers, 15 steals, and a 3.5 fWAR in 138 games. The WAR doesn't directly help fantasy investors, but stellar defense in center field should preserve a starting job on a crowded Cardinals roster with one corner-outfield spot left for Dexter Fowler, Tyler O'Neill, and Jose Martinez. A 29.3 K% and .220 xBA threaten his passable .264 batting average and said security, but there's also a high steals ceiling with last year's ninth-highest Statcast Sprint Speed Score (29.9 feet/second). Don't go overboard on his rookie success.
103 Jake Arrieta (PHI - SP) IL60 106.0 +3.0
104 Ross Stripling (LAD - SP,RP) 107.0 +3.0
Let's not forget how awesome Stripling was to start the season. He posted a 2.39 ERA with an MLB-high 11.38 BB/K ratio before the All-Star break. Despite finishing with a 3.02 ERA, he underperformed a .266 xwOBA that finished ninth among all starters. A potential top-25 starter if provided a secure job, he's instead a dicey top-50 choice with the Dodgers likely to give Kenta Maeda the fifth spot after Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Rich Hill, and Hyun-Jin Ryu. He'll earn some starts eventually, potentially to start the season if Kershaw (shoulder inflammation) and/or Buehler (arm) aren't ready, but Stripling may not significantly exceed last year's 122 innings. The skills make him worth a plunge at the right spot, especially with injuries already beginning to pile up for the NL champs.
105 Chris Paddack (SD - SP) 128.0 +23.0
One of this spring's trendiest risers, Paddack has turned heads with 20 strikeouts and two walks in 12.2 frames. This type of dominance is nothing new for the 6'4" righty, who registered an absurd 120 strikeouts to eight walks in 90 innings between Single-A and Double-A last season. After signing Manny Machado, the Padres may call up their prized prospect early in the season to prove they mean business. Yet Paddack assumed a limited workload last season after undergoing Tommy John in 2016, so he still may not toss more than 145 major league innings despite making the Opening Day roster. That's a problem to worry about later; the rookie needs to be owned in all leagues.
106 Jordan Hicks (STL - RP) IL60 102.0 -4.0
Spring stats often get overblown, but how do you ignore someone throwing 103 mph and collecting eight strikeouts in his first 16 batters faced? Armed with what pitching coach Mike Maddux called "the best fastball I've ever seen," Hicks brandishes elite upside despite posting a middling 3.59 ERA and 7.4 K-BB% in his rookie season. Remember, the Cardinals bumped him up straight from Single-A, so the 22-year-old is still developing. He just may ascend into a top-shelf reliever as soon as this season, and it's possible that dominance would land him save opportunities. If opening 2019 as the Cardinals' closer, Hicks wields league-winning upside.
107 Billy Hamilton (ATL - CF) 85.0 -22.0
Hamilton is going to give you no power, of course, and his batting average will almost certainly drag you down, but 50 steals will more than make up for both of those problem spots. If you are low on steals in the middle of your draft, Hamilton can quickly solve that problem.
108 Eduardo Escobar (ARI - 3B,SS) 96.0 -12.0
109 Joe Musgrove (PIT - SP) 119.0 +10.0
Despite his career 21.0% strikeout rate, Musgrove offers upside potential as a late-round flier. An 11.5% swinging-strike rate suggests he could fan more batters, especially if he maintains last summer's uptick in slider usage. He also wields excellent control, as shown by issuing just seven walks in 10 second-half starts. His .281 xwOBA matched that of Patrick Corbin, narrowly besting James Paxton and Pirates teammate Jameson Taillon. He has the makings of a sneaky SP3 who will only cost a bench pick.
110 Josh Bell (PIT - 1B) DTD 139.0 +29.0
Bell has shown us a .273 batting average before and another year he swatted 26 homers with 90 RBIs. Last year was a little bit in between, but he has the potential to do both one day and perhaps this year.
111 Jon Lester (CHC - SP) 87.0 -24.0
Jon Lester had 18 wins with a 3.32 ERA in 2018, so everyone seems to just assume he is still an ace. That couldn't be further from the truth, however. His skill-indicative ERA was 47th out of 57 qualified pitchers and he was a disaster in the second half. Like his former teammate, Jake Arrieta, things can fall apart quickly even for those who were once at the top of the game. He shouldn't be touched until at least the 13th round in a standard sized redraft league this year.
112 Odubel Herrera (PHI - CF) SUS 124.0 +12.0
113 Kyle Freeland (COL - SP) IL10 86.0 -27.0
114 Dallas Keuchel (ATL - SP) 101.0 -13.0
Keuchel will open 2019 without a team. Even if he signs, don't get too excited. Remember how a prolonged free agency worked out for Alex Cobb, Lance Lynn, and Greg Holland last year? After posting a 3.74 ERA and 1.31 WHIP with an underwhelming 153 strikeouts in 204.2 innings, the 31-year-old lefty isn't particularly alluring in shallow mixed leagues anyway. Drafters shouldn't feel too guilty about dropping him in a 10- or 12-team mixed league with limited bench slots.
115 Alex Wood (CIN - SP) 131.0 +16.0
Wood will open 2019 on the IL with a back injury, but don't forget about him. Even before getting hurt, he was overlooked in drafts despite carrying a career 3.29 ERA and 3.36 FIP and gaining job security with a move from the Dodgers to the Reds. The park change and diminished velocity have caused valid concerns, but the 28-year-old righty should remain a solid No. 4 or 5 starter when healthy.
116 Andrew Miller (STL - RP) 123.0 +7.0
Some are under the impression that Miller was signed to close in St. Louis, but the Cardinals have made it clear that Miller will be a multi-inning middle of the game type of beast like we saw in his Cleveland days. Rather, Jordan Hicks or potentially even Carlos Martinez will close. Regardless, Miller should be able to pile up the Ks and keep his ratios down enough to warrant a late-round pick.
117 Arodys Vizcaino (ATL - RP) IL60 100.0 -17.0
Reports were suggesting that Vizcaino was in a closer battle with A.J. Minter, but now that Minter is banged up, it seems as though Vizcaino will open the season as the closer for a playoff contending team. That should make him worthwhile to draft, but that doesn't exactly mean he will hang onto the job for long if he slips up.
118 Pete Alonso (NYM - 1B,DH) 133.0 +15.0
While Jed Lowrie and Todd Frazier both starting 2019 on the IL, Alonso forced the Mets' hand and won an Opening Day by displayed his Herculean power throughout spring training. The rookie could promptly crush 30 long balls if locked into the starting role all year. Their infield, however, could get crowded when Lowrie and Frazier return, so he may need to hit out of the gate to preserve a big league role.
119 Tyler White (LAD - 1B) IL60 149.0 +30.0
White closed out the season on a terror for Houston, finishing with an .888 OPS. He likely will open the season as their DH and has a chance at breaking out, but may be pushed out of the lineup by Kyle Tucker if he slips up.
120 Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD - SS) IL60 138.0 +18.0
The Padres presented a pleasant surprise by including Tatis on their Opening Day roster. Arguably MLB's best prospect behind Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the 20-year-old shortstop batted .286/.355/.507 with 16 homers and steals apiece in 88 Double-A games last season. He also recorded a 27.7% strikeout rate, so expect some growing pains in his debut. An early slump could send him back to the minors, where Luis Urias will wait for another call-up. Like Yoan Moncada, Tatis could offer double-digit homers and steals with a low batting average, but he's certainly worth rostering just in case he breaks out sooner than expected.
121 Hunter Renfroe (SD - LF,RF) 112.0 -9.0
Looking like no more than a short-end platoon bat, Renfroe unearthed his raw power to rake 19 home runs in 60 second-half games. That late surge helped secure some fantasy titles, but the price isn't rising since he must compete with Wil Myers, Manuel Margot, Franmil Reyes, and Franchy Cordero for playing time in San Diego's outfield. A 112 wRC+ against righties should give him a shot to avoid a small-portioned timeshare, but any slump could promptly cost the 27-year-old playing time. He's also a solid bet to pop 30 long balls if given just 500 plate appearances, so don't sleep on him if competitors are avoiding a crowded outfield.
122 Garrett Hampson (COL - 2B,SS) 115.0 -7.0
Entrenched in a heated battle for Colorado's second-base gig, Hampson has teased immense fantasy upside with three homers and five steals in his first 13 spring games. The career .315/.389/.457 minor league hitter has swiped 125 bases in three professional seasons, so he could be a major difference-maker if given the opportunity to start regularly while calling Coors Field home. Drafters still must be careful, as Ryan McMahon and Pat Valakia are also making compelling cases for playing time this spring. Hampson, however, would help fantasy investors the most, and thus warrants a late-round gamble.
123 Ketel Marte (ARI - 2B,SS) 137.0 +14.0
We have seen enough from Marte to know he will never produce useful batting averages or the speed he teased as a prospect. There is something to be said for an everyday player in terms of counting stats, but outside of that, he is replacement-level.
124 Gregory Polanco (PIT - RF) IL60 132.0 +8.0
125 Jake Lamb (ARI - 3B) 147.0 +22.0
You may not feel great about drafting Lamb after his trainwreck 2018 season, but he is just one year removed from 30 homers and 105 RBIs so don't sleep on him bouncing back. With that said, the move to the humidor in Arizona makes it seem as though his ceiling is a bit lower than what we saw from him in 2017.
126 Kevin Gausman (CIN - SP) 120.0 -6.0
Gausman will begin 2019 on the IL with a minor shoulder injury, but he could return as soon as April 5. He's still a sneaky post-hype sleeper whose strikeout rate dipped to 19.1% despite a career-high 11.3% swinging-strike rate. Once freed from Baltimore, he boasted a 2.87 ERA in 10 starts with the Braves.
127 Steven Matz (NYM - SP) 142.0 +15.0
128 Pedro Strop (CHC - RP) 127.0 -1.0
Brandon Morrow is technically the Cubs' closer, but it seems as though he will miss at least a month to open the season. That makes Strop the likely replacement and for one of the best teams in baseball. Don't be surprised if Morrow misses longer or even losses the job to Strop while he is on the IL.
129 Maikel Franco (PHI - 3B) 141.0 +12.0
Franco has always had plenty of potential, but has yet to put it together for a full season. Over his final 350 at-bats last year, he was excellent and now that the Phillies bulked up their lineup, it is possible that Franco could break out for a .280, 25 homer, 100 RBI season.
130 Corey Knebel (MIL - RP) IL60 108.0 -22.0
An intriguing bounce-back selection, Knebel is dealing with a UCL injury that has Brewers manager Craig Counsell concerned. Although one of the game's elite strikeout artists over the last two seasons, late drafters should avoid him in case the worst scenario is confirmed. Josh Hader could see more save opportunities, but the Brewers could still sign Craig Kimbrel or put someone else into the ninth-inning role so their best reliever can keep working in high-leverage spots.
131 Archie Bradley (ARI - RP) 118.0 -13.0
Bradley looked like the overwhelming favorite to close in the desert, but the situation became considerably cloudier when the Diamondbacks signed Greg Holland in January. Manager Torey Lovullo now expects to have "a nice little competition" for the job. Bradley's ERA ballooned to 3.64 last season, but his xFIP and SIERA suggest he was pretty much the same pitcher as he was in 2017. He just stranded fewer baserunners and surrendered more home runs. Although unlikely to be nearly as dominant as he was in 2017, he should certainly be better than Holland.
132 Sean Newcomb (ATL - SP) 122.0 -10.0
133 Matt Strahm (SD - SP,RP) 144.0 +11.0
Strahm is the ultimate sleeper, as he is a great bet to post killer numbers if he beats out the odds and makes the Padres rotation. He has been a stud in the bullpen when healthy but may end up there once again.
134 Nick Senzel (CIN - 2B,3B,CF) 117.0 -17.0
Senzel can't catch a break. Shortly after getting optioned to Triple-A, he suffered a sprained ankle that will sideline him for a few weeks to start the season. That derails his chances of replacing the injured Scooter Gennett (groin) at second base. Most scouts believe the 23-year-old can make an immediate mark, but injuries and a crowded Reds lineup could continue to delay his anticipated debut. The latest setback makes it tougher to stash him in standard mixed leagues.
135 Carlos Martinez (STL - SP,RP) 109.0 -26.0
Although prone to waning command on a start-to-start basis, Martinez had offered year-to-year consistency for three durable seasons before a shoulder injury limited him to 119.2 innings last season. He allowed three runs in 18.1 innings as a reliever down the stretch, which reportedly had the Cardinals considering a bullpen role even before shutting him down with a shoulder setback. The 27-year-old righty, who owns a career 3.37 ERA and 8.82 K/9, may no longer be available to open 2019 in the rotation. Daring drafters could snag him at an even cheaper price, but the health and usage risks alongside last year's 11.5% walk rate make him far from a lock to rebound.
136 Seranthony Dominguez (PHI - SP,RP) IL60 140.0 +4.0
The majority of Dominguez' appeal was ruined when the Phillies signed David Robertson, who will almost certainly be their closer. With that said, Dominguez should be a three-category monster and well worth owning even without the saves.
137 Asdrubal Cabrera (WSH - 2B,3B,SS) 113.0 -24.0
Now that Cabrera is with the Rangers and expected to play every day, we can feel comfortable grabbing him late in drafts as a reliable source of power to go with a decent batting average.
138 Ryan Zimmerman (WSH - 1B) 188.0 +50.0
You may not feel sexy drafting Ryan Zimmerman, but he is just one year removed from hitting 36 homers with a .303 batting average and 108 RBIs. Last year wasn't bad either with an .824 OPS, but he caught the injury bug again. He is a classic boom or bust late-round pick.
139 Chris Taylor (LAD - 2B,SS,LF,CF) 121.0 -18.0
The Dodgers will oddly relegate Taylor to a super-utility role after recording 7.9 fWAR over the last two years combined. Although he didn't fully repeat a breakout 2017, he was still a productive starter (113 wRC+, 3.1 WAR) in 2018. He's versatile enough to still play more often than not, and an injury (or poor performance from Enrique Hernandez as the full-time second baseman) could propel him right back into an everyday role. He's droppable in shallow mixed leagues with three starting outfielders and no corner/middle infielders, but everyone else should stand pat.
140 Jimmy Nelson (MIL - SP) 168.0 +28.0
141 Hunter Strickland (WSH - RP) 125.0 -16.0
Strickland recorded two saves before any other MLB team could win a game. Guess he's the 2019 fantasy MVP, right? Not quite, but this is a case that demands swift attention, as the Tokyo games confirmed his status as Seattle's closer. He also started 2018 strong in the same role for San Francisco before winding up with a 3.97 ERA and 1.41 WHIP, so don't get too carried away.
142 Nick Markakis (ATL - RF) 135.0 -7.0
143 Jose Martinez (STL - 1B,RF) 114.0 -29.0
Martinez rakes, there is no doubt about that, but he also lost his path to playing time when Paul Goldschmidt was acquired this off-season. Now, he requires an injury to either Marcell Ozuna or Dexter Fowler/Tyler O'Neill to see more than 300 at-bats.
144 Alex Reyes (STL - SP) MiLB 143.0 -1.0
Reyes threw all of four innings in his return from Tommy John surgery before suffering a shoulder injury that knocked him out for the rest of the 2018 season. He enters 2019 as a total wildcard who isn't likely to be in the Opening Day rotation, but the talent is obvious. He could easily be a huge difference-maker for fantasy owners in the season's second half, if not earlier.
145 Starlin Castro (MIA - 2B) 194.0 +49.0
Castro went from one of the best ballparks to the worst possible offensive ballpark last season and it showed in his stats as he dropped from a .300 batting average and 20 homer pace to 12 homers and just a .278 average. More than likely, that is the mediocre type of production fantasy owners will get this year.
146 A.J. Minter (ATL - RP) IL60 152.0 +6.0
Minter was supposed to be in the heat of the competition for saves in Atlanta, and while that may happen down the road, an injury setback for him has handed the job over to Vizcaino. Unless you play in a deeper league, this should make Minter undraftable, but worth keeping an eye on in free agency.
147 Brandon Morrow (CHC - RP) IL60 155.0 +8.0
Morrow is working his way back from an elbow injury that should cost him the first month of the season. He was very good last season and will earn $9 million this year, so it's certainly possible he regains the closer job even if Pedro Strop is handling it well in his absence. He's a smart DL stash.
148 Adam Jones (ARI - CF,DH) 175.0 +27.0
Steven Souza's season-ending knee surgery will likely clear up a starting spot for Jones, who still hit .281 with 15 homers in a down 2018. The durable veteran has averaged 151 games played over the past nine seasons, and he had gone seven straight seasons with at least 25 long balls before last year's decline. He's a boring depth piece who can help fill an injury void in deep leagues.
149 Julio Urias (LAD - SP) 148.0 -1.0
150 Shane Greene (ATL - RP) 136.0 -14.0
Although Greene had a rough 2018 season, he comes into this year as the expected closer for Detroit. Joe Jimenez might take over before long, but as long as Greene continues to offer saves and strikeouts, he deserves a roster spot.
151 Sonny Gray (CIN - SP) 150.0 -1.0
152 Wilmer Flores (ARI - 1B,2B,3B) 202.0 +50.0
Over the last four seasons, Flores has been a useful fantasy player when he gets at-bats, posting 21 homers, 72 RBIs and a .267 batting average per 162 games. He should see plenty of playing time in Arizona this year and qualifies at second base, driving up his value.
153 Ryan McMahon (COL - 1B,2B,3B) 172.0 +19.0
After hitting .424 with nine doubles and three homers in spring, McMahon made the Rockies' roster and Opening Day lineup. Also heavily hyped entering 2018, he managed a meager .232/.307/.683 slash line in 202 plate appearances. He'll also still have to compete with Garrett Hampson for playing time at second base, but all managers need to pay attention to a promising 24-year-old hitter who gets to play in Coors Field. The breakout may be coming a year later than anticipated.
154 Brandon Belt (SF - 1B,LF) 184.0 +30.0
Belt still hasn't surpassed 20 homers in any season and over the last two seasons, his batting average has dropped down below .255. If he can stay healthy for once, however, Belt may reach 25 homers if he keeps up his HR-rate.
155 Luke Weaver (ARI - SP) IL60 174.0 +19.0
156 Yonder Alonso (COL - 1B) 190.0 +34.0
Alonso wasn't especially impressive last year with a .250 batting average and just 23 homers, but he is just one year removed from posting an .866 OPS with Oakland and Seattle so don't discount a big bounce-back campaign.
157 Jeff McNeil (NYM - 2B) 157.0
158 Manuel Margot (SD - CF) 208.0 +50.0
159 Evan Longoria (SF - 3B) 196.0 +37.0
Longoria had a rough season for fantasy owners in 2018, but the batting average was held back by an abnormally low BABIP and his power was right on track for another 20 to 25 homers had he been healthy for the full season. In deeper leagues, his reliability is exactly what you should be targeting.
160 Jed Lowrie (NYM - 2B,3B) 156.0 -4.0
Lowrie gave fantasy owners a surprising boost in power last season in Oakland and always offers a decent batting average. He might start the season on the DL with a knee injury, but once he returns, Lowrie should be owned in every league.
161 Kike Hernandez (LAD - 1B,2B,SS,LF,CF,RF) 160.0 -1.0
Hernandez's production has risen (67, 92, and 118 wRC+) along with playing time (244, 342, 462 PAs) over the past three seasons. The latter trend will at least continue, as he will open 2019 as the Dodgers' starting second baseman. He no longer needs to hide in a platoon after popping 12 homers and a 123 wRC+ against righties last season. His strikeouts also continue to decline, so the featured role could lead to a solid average with 20-25 homers. The 27-year-old is also eligible at least three positions (2B, SS, and OF), making him a useful spark plug to pluck off the waiver wire.
162 Brian Anderson (MIA - 3B,RF) IL60 181.0 +19.0
163 Greg Holland (WSH - RP) MiLB 161.0 -2.0
Despite posting a 4.66 ERA last season and struggling to reach 90 mph in spring, Holland will open 2019 as Arizona's closer. Best-case scenario: He keeps the job and records 30 saves with an ugly ERA like Brad Boxberger last season. He could just as easily lose the job to Archie Bradley or Yoshihisa Hirano in April, so he's best deployed in deeper leagues.
164 Anibal Sanchez (WSH - SP) 164.0
165 Brandon Woodruff (MIL - SP,RP) 153.0 -12.0
166 Joc Pederson (LAD - LF,CF) 173.0 +7.0
167 Drew Steckenrider (MIA - RP) IL60 171.0 +4.0
The Marlins likely won't win 70 games, but even so, there will be saves to be found on the roster and Steckenrider is the early favorite to get the job done. How long the role stays his is anyone's guess, but saves are saves so add him late if you are desperate.
168 Kevin Pillar (SF - CF) 176.0 +8.0
169 Jung Ho Kang (MIL - 3B) MiLB 191.0 +22.0
Kang may not open the season as the starter in Pittsburgh, but with the way he is playing this spring, you'll want to keep a close eye on him. After all, we've seen Kang be a useful fantasy piece in years prior.
170 Freddy Peralta (MIL - SP) 167.0 -3.0
Despite finishing top 10 in both strikeouts per nine innings and batting average against, Peralta is somehow not a lock to make the Brewers' rotation. If he pitches well enough in spring training, we've got one of the favorite candidates to break out this season. He'll have to earn his shot first.
171 Blake Parker (PHI - RP) 200.0 +29.0
After Parker signed with the Twins, many assumed he will be the closer, but it seems as though Trevor May is the favorite. In fact, Parker is likely the third-best reliever in this bullpen behind May and Rogers so beware on draft day.
172 Adam Frazier (PIT - 2B,LF,RF) 182.0 +10.0
173 Francisco Cervelli (ATL - C) 129.0 -44.0
Among all catchers with 200 plate appearances, Cervelli corralled the second-highest wOBA (.355) behind Wilson Ramos. His modest 12 homers comfortably cleared his previous high of seven, but concussions limited him to 404 plate appearances. He's unlikely to turn into a big bopper during his age-33 season, but Cervelli is a fine placeholder while healthy.
174 Francisco Mejia (SD - C,DH) 126.0 -48.0
Catcher is so bad that prospect pedigree has kept Mejia in top-10 consideration despite batting .176 (12-for-69) in the majors. Even his Triple-A production dipped (.279/.328/.426) after getting traded from Cleveland to San Diego, where Austin Hedges is still clamoring for reps behind the plate. Contact and power upside still makes the 23-year-old Mejia a viable dart throw for anyone who missed out on the big names. Those in one-catcher leagues, however, should move on quickly if he's not playing much in April.
175 Tyler O'Neill (STL - LF,RF) 187.0 +12.0
176 Matt Kemp (NYM - LF,RF) FA 162.0 -14.0
177 Corbin Burnes (MIL - RP) 166.0 -11.0
178 Michael Wacha (STL - SP) 151.0 -27.0
179 Marcus Stroman (NYM - SP) 154.0 -25.0
180 Ian Happ (CHC - 3B,LF,CF,RF) 180.0
Surprisingly demoted to Triple-A, Happ will open 2019 on many waiver wires while working his way back to the majors. Despite his strikeout woes, the 24-year-old has displayed a strong batting eye and solid pop for the Cubs. There's a good chance he'll quickly work his way back to the bigs, so monitor closely in shallow leagues and keep him stashed in deeper formats.
181 Derek Holland (CHC - SP) 209.0 +28.0
182 Jeremy Jeffress (MIL - RP) FA 159.0 -23.0
Jeffress could again see save opportunities in Milwaukee this season, but Corey Knebel is the favorite to lead the closer committee. Regardless, Jeffress can help enough in other areas (Ks, ERA, WHIP) to be worth rostering in many formats even if he isn't closing. If you're skeptical, consider this: Josh Hader and Jeffress finished as the third and fourth most-valuable relievers in standard 5
183 Vince Velasquez (PHI - SP) 204.0 +21.0
184 Julio Teheran (ATL - SP) 134.0 -50.0
185 Trevor Williams (PIT - SP) 163.0 -22.0
186 Steven Souza Jr. (ARI - RF) IL60 205.0 +19.0
Souza will miss the entire season recovering from knee surgery to repair multiple tears. The outfielder, who tallied 30 homers and 16 steals in 2017, won't get a chance to bounce back from an injury-derailed 2018.
187 Jeff Samardzija (SF - SP) 229.0 +42.0
188 Caleb Smith (MIA - SP) 213.0 +25.0
189 Tucker Barnhart (CIN - C) 158.0 -31.0
Barnhart doesn't have the best bat, but his elite defense will keep him on the field for nearly 500 at-bats again. In a killer Red's lineup, that should be plenty to get him the counting stats he needs to be draftable.
190 Jorge Alfaro (MIA - C) 145.0 -45.0
Alfaro is dealing with a knee issue that may keep him out at the start of the season, but he has so little competition in Miami that fantasy owners may still get 350 to 400 at-bats and the counting stats that go with it. Don't be surprised if he hits near his career .270 average once again either.
191 Jay Bruce (PHI - 1B,RF) 177.0 -14.0
192 Franchy Cordero (SD - LF,CF) IL60 224.0 +32.0
193 Zach Eflin (PHI - SP,RP) 170.0 -23.0
194 Yan Gomes (WSH - C) 146.0 -48.0
Gomes was one of only two catchers last year to bat .266 with 50+ runs scored. That may not feel like much, but the catching position is rough. He'll add 15 homers too, making him a top 10 fantasy catching option this year.
195 Scott Schebler (CIN - CF,RF) MiLB 210.0 +15.0
196 Ian Kinsler (SD - 2B) IL60 197.0 +1.0
197 Lewis Brinson (MIA - OF) 226.0 +29.0
198 Pablo Lopez (MIA - SP,RP) 277.0 +79.0
199 Yoenis Cespedes (NYM - LF) IL60 223.0 +24.0
200 Kyle Wright (ATL - SP) 237.0 +37.0
201 Mike Soroka (ATL - SP) 220.0 +19.0
With five, yes FIVE, talented starting pitchers ready to make a rookie splash in Atlanta, projection models aren't too sure what to make of Soroka, but he is the most polished and we expect him to come out of Spring Training with a spot in the rotation. Soroka has premier command of his pitches, and while he isn't a big strikeout guy, we could be looking at a Kyle Hendricks like fantasy asset. That is someone you'll want to get your hands on if he emerges as the Braves #5 starter.
202 Luis Urias (SD - 2B) 211.0 +9.0
Urias will open in Triple-A after the Padres surprisingly gave his spot to uber-prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. As a contact-orientated hitter, Urias doesn't elicit as much excitement from a fantasy perspective. He's not a necessary stash in re-draft mixed leagues, but dynasty players should try to use the demotion as a buy-low opportunity.
203 Chase Anderson (MIL - SP) 201.0 -2.0
204 Dereck Rodriguez (SF - SP) 165.0 -39.0
205 Brandon Crawford (SF - SS) 192.0 -13.0
Crawford is never going to steal bases or hit for a great average, but you can count on him to play 150 games which will add up in the RBIs and runs department, plus he is good for a dozen homers every year.
206 Touki Toussaint (ATL - SP) 185.0 -21.0
207 J.D. Davis (NYM - 1B,3B) 329.0 +122.0
208 Bryse Wilson (ATL - SP) 276.0 +68.0
209 Jeurys Familia (NYM - RP) 193.0 -16.0
The Mets added the best closer in baseball this off-season so Familia takes a step back, but if anything happens to Diaz, Familia is the clear closer-in-waiting and would be top 20 at the position right away.
210 Mark Melancon (ATL - RP) 228.0 +18.0
Will Smith is the closer for now in San Francisco but he hasn't been all that durable, plus he may be on the trade market before long as a coveted lefty setup man. Don't sleep on Melancon getting saves again within a few months.
211 Tyler Anderson (COL - SP) IL60 249.0 +38.0
212 Keone Kela (PIT - RP) 219.0 +7.0
Vasquez is the closer in Pittsburgh for now, but Kela has immense upside if he slips up or is injured so be sure to keep him on waiver wire speed dial.
213 Raimel Tapia (COL - CF) 288.0 +75.0
214 Jonathan Lucroy (CHC - C) 169.0 -45.0
215 Orlando Arcia (MIL - SS) 241.0 +26.0
216 Kurt Suzuki (WSH - C) 189.0 -27.0
Suzuki has been useful the last two seasons with a .276 batting average, 31 HRs and 100 RBIs in 623 at-bats, but his playing time is expected to take a hit as he likely backs up Yan Gomes in Washington. Even so, he is better than punting the position altogether.
217 Jose Urena (MIA - SP) 240.0 +23.0
218 Dansby Swanson (ATL - SS) 183.0 -35.0
Swanson had another rough season for fantasy owners in 2018, batting .238, but he did manage 14 homers and 10 stolen bases in a shortened season and let's not forget that there is untapped potential here as well. He isn't the worst late-round flier.
219 Johnny Cueto (SF - SP) 203.0 -16.0
220 Merrill Kelly (ARI - P) 247.0 +27.0
Kelly is a real player, believe it or not. The reason you haven't heard of him is because he has been playing in South Korea the last few years. You might not know it from looking, but his 3.60 ERA and 9.0 K/9 actually made him the most impressive pitcher in the KBO. The reason, of course, is that virtually every game in that league is played in a Coors Field like offensive environment. Kelly doesn't quite have the control of a Miles Mikolas, but he has better strikeout stuff and could be every bit the surprise off the waiver wire in April if he makes the rotation.
221 Eric Lauer (SD - SP) 253.0 +32.0
222 Anthony DeSclafani (CIN - SP) 218.0 -4.0
223 Pablo Reyes (PIT - RF) 413.0 +190.0
224 Austin Hedges (SD - C) 179.0 -45.0
Hedges is no help in the batting average department, but he has enough power (32 homers in his last 700 at-bats) that he warrants a late-round pick if you still need a catcher. If he gets traded mid-season to clear up room for Mejia, Hedges could see a bump in his offensive production away from San Diego's ballpark.
225 Seth Lugo (NYM - SP,RP) 230.0 +5.0
Lugo is one of those rare assets who qualifies as both a starting pitcher and reliever. Most likely, he will be used exclusively in the bullpen where he may pile up another 100 innings of stellar ratios.
226 Eric Thames (MIL - 1B,LF,RF) 217.0 -9.0
227 Carson Kelly (ARI - C) 261.0 +34.0
228 Austin Barnes (LAD - C,2B) 178.0 -50.0
229 Brian McCann (ATL - C) 199.0 -30.0
If you are desperate at catcher, Brian McCann may be better than punting the position altogether. He does still have serviceable power, but he won't play often as the backup in Atlanta and his batting average will likely drag your team back.
230 Tyler Flowers (ATL - C) 231.0 +1.0
231 Sandy Alcantara (MIA - SP) 257.0 +26.0
232 Anthony Swarzak (ATL - RP) 245.0 +13.0
233 Jeremy Hellickson (WSH - SP) 310.0 +77.0
234 Nick Ahmed (ARI - SS) 282.0 +48.0
235 Freddy Galvis (CIN - SS) 323.0 +88.0
236 Mauricio Dubon (SF - SS) 428.0 +192.0
237 Colin Moran (PIT - 1B,3B) 279.0 +42.0
238 Todd Frazier (NYM - 3B) 274.0 +36.0
Frazier is already a little banged up and has Peter Alonso breathing down his neck, but as long as he is in the lineup, you can expect a 25 homer, 10 stolen base pace, but with a lousy batting average that will bring your team down. Even still, he is a worthwhile depth piece in deeper leagues.
239 Joe Kelly (LAD - RP) 244.0 +5.0
240 Steven Duggar (SF - CF,RF,DH) IL60 272.0 +32.0
241 Johan Camargo (ATL - 3B,SS) IL10 198.0 -43.0
Camargo flew under the radar last season and somehow swatted 19 homers and batted .272 in a utility role. He should get back to those 450 at-bats this year thanks to all the positions he plays, and we know his bat can be trusted while he is in the lineup.
242 Steve Cishek (CHC - RP) 222.0 -20.0
With Brandon Morrow out, the Cubs' closer job will likely end up in Strop or Edwards' hands, but keep an eye on Cishek just in case he takes the coveted role for a month or two to start the season.
243 Tyler Austin (MIL - 1B,DH) 324.0 +81.0
244 Phillip Ervin (CIN - LF,RF) 352.0 +108.0
245 Craig Stammen (SD - RP) 341.0 +96.0
246 Scott Kingery (PHI - 3B,SS) 215.0 -31.0
Kingery was dreadful last year. No one can deny that, but he is still young and offers 20/20 upside if his bat finds a way into the lineup at any number of positions. The is minimal risk at taking a chance on him late in drafts.
247 Adam Duvall (ATL - 1B,LF) 235.0 -12.0
248 Yoshihisa Hirano (ARI - RP) 207.0 -41.0
249 Drew Anderson (PHI - SP,RP) FA 363.0 +114.0
250 Dexter Fowler (STL - RF) 269.0 +19.0
251 Jesus Reyes (CIN - SP,RP) MiLB    
252 Caleb Ferguson (LAD - SP,RP) 384.0 +132.0
253 Alex Verdugo (LAD - LF,CF) IL10 195.0 -58.0
Now that the Dodgers signed A.J. Pollock, it seems unlikely that Verdugo will make an impact in the majors until June. When he does, we are looking at a startable fantasy outfielder, but he isn't quite worth drafting in standard leagues as a stash and hold.
254 Elias Diaz (PIT - C) 255.0 +1.0
255 Tony Watson (SF - RP) IL60 256.0 +1.0
256 Christian Walker (ARI - 1B) 303.0 +47.0
257 Joe Panik (NYM - 2B) 263.0 +6.0
258 Hernan Perez (MIL - 2B,3B,SS,LF,RF) 232.0 -26.0
Although Perez likely won't steal 34 bases like we saw in 2016, he is a sufficient source of speed late into drafts with enough at-bats that he'll add counting stats. There won't be much in the way of power, but his batting average won't kill you either.
259 Mike Leake (ARI - SP) 242.0 -17.0
260 Nick Williams (PHI - LF,RF) 281.0 +21.0
261 Curtis Granderson (MIA - LF,RF,DH) 368.0 +107.0
262 Albert Almora Jr. (CHC - CF) 254.0 -8.0
263 Adam Conley (MIA - RP) 314.0 +51.0
264 Peter O'Brien (MIA - 1B) MiLB 322.0 +58.0
265 Carl Edwards Jr. (SD - RP) IL10 212.0 -53.0
It seems as though Pedro Strop will be the closer to open the season and eventually Brandon Morrow will get the job back. There is a chance Edwards slips in as the closer, however, but he has plenty of upside regardless of saves.
266 Ryne Stanek (MIA - SP,RP) 369.0 +103.0
267 Ben Zobrist (CHC - 2B,LF,RF) 186.0 -81.0
Zobrist isn't going to see 500 at-bats, nor does he offer much in the way of power or speed, but he is a reliable source of batting average late in drafts and that should be enough to warrant owning him as a depth piece.
268 Jedd Gyorko (LAD - 2B,3B) 326.0 +58.0
269 Jason Heyward (CHC - CF,RF) 251.0 -18.0
270 Brendan Rodgers (COL - SS) 262.0 -8.0
With the Rockies signing Daniel Murphy, Ryan McMahon shifted over to second base. This puts Rodgers even further away from the bigs, which is saying something because Garrett Hampson was already ahead of him. As it is now, Rodgers doesn't even make sense as a stash and hold in standard sized leagues.
271 Dakota Hudson (STL - RP) 206.0 -65.0
Hudson has quality stuff and produced for the Redbirds last season, but he is going to have a difficult time beating out both Alex Wainwright and Alex Reyes for the final spot in St. Louis' rotation. If it happens, he will be worth owning, but don't bank on it until we get more info.
272 Robbie Erlin (SD - SP,RP) 296.0 +24.0
Erlin may not be a household name and you'll never feel sexy about drafting him, but if you want quality ratios, especially WHIP, he will answer the call late into drafts as your 6th starting pitcher.
273 Reyes Moronta (SF - RP) IL60 385.0 +112.0
274 Jason Vargas (PHI - SP) 312.0 +38.0
275 Seunghwan Oh (COL - RP) FA 234.0 -41.0
276 Darren O'Day (ATL - RP) 475.0 +199.0
277 Dan Straily (PHI - SP) MiLB 353.0 +76.0
278 Drew Pomeranz (MIL - SP) 214.0 -64.0
279 Tyler Mahle (CIN - SP) 344.0 +65.0
280 Lonnie Chisenhall (PIT - RF) IL60 347.0 +67.0
281 Hector Neris (PHI - RP) 304.0 +23.0
282 Gerardo Parra (WSH - LF,RF) 273.0 -9.0
283 Gio Gonzalez (MIL - SP) 221.0 -62.0
284 Brad Brach (NYM - RP) 327.0 +43.0
285 Michael A. Taylor (WSH - CF) 286.0 +1.0
286 Taijuan Walker (ARI - SP) IL60 338.0 +52.0
287 Francisco Pena (SF - C) MiLB    
288 Wei-Yin Chen (MIA - SP) 337.0 +49.0
289 Yangervis Solarte (MIA - 2B,3B,SS) MiLB 308.0 +19.0
290 Kolten Wong (STL - 2B) DTD 259.0 -31.0
291 Blake Swihart (ARI - C,1B,LF,RF,DH) MiLB 227.0 -64.0
292 Neil Walker (MIA - 1B,2B,3B) 275.0 -17.0
293 Drew Smyly (PHI - SP) 248.0 -45.0
294 Addison Russell (CHC - SS) 258.0 -36.0
Russell is starting the season on the DL and although he is a former top prospect, has never shown enough with the bat to warrant a draft and stash in standard-sized leagues. With that said, you can make a case for owning him in deeper formats.
295 John Brebbia (STL - RP) 370.0 +75.0
296 Adolis Garcia (STL - RF) MiLB    
297 Keston Hiura (MIL - 2B) 243.0 -54.0
298 Max Fried (ATL - SP,RP) 299.0 +1.0
299 Andrew Suarez (SF - SP) 290.0 -9.0
300 Andrew Knapp (PHI - C) 448.0 +148.0
301 Luke Gregerson (STL - RP) FA 411.0 +110.0
302 Zach Davies (MIL - SP) 346.0 +44.0
303 Jared Hughes (PHI - RP) 354.0 +51.0
304 Mark Reynolds (COL - 1B) FA 397.0 +93.0
305 Antonio Senzatela (COL - SP,RP) 305.0
306 Nick Martini (SD - LF) 388.0 +82.0
307 Russell Martin (LAD - C,3B) 216.0 -91.0
308 Pedro Baez (LAD - RP) 283.0 -25.0
309 Richard Rodriguez (PIT - P)    
310 Jon Duplantier (ARI - SP) 348.0 +38.0
311 Aaron Altherr (NYM - CF,RF) MiLB 333.0 +22.0
312 Michael Lorenzen (CIN - RP) 278.0 -34.0
313 Magneuris Sierra (MIA - CF,RF) 400.0 +87.0
314 Fernando Rodney (WSH - RP) 225.0 -89.0
315 Alex Claudio (MIL - RP)    
316 Tyler Saladino (MIL - SS) MiLB 432.0 +116.0
317 Erik Gonzalez (PIT - 1B,2B,3B,SS) 367.0 +50.0
318 Matt Adams (WSH - 1B,LF) 246.0 -72.0
319 Curt Casali (CIN - C) 403.0 +84.0
320 Derek Dietrich (CIN - 1B,LF) 328.0 +8.0
321 Matt Andriese (ARI - SP,RP) 330.0 +9.0
322 Chad Bettis (COL - SP,RP) IL60 480.0 +158.0
323 Jake Faria (MIL - SP) 325.0 +2.0
324 Travis Jankowski (SD - LF,CF,RF) 266.0 -58.0
325 Jose Castillo (SD - RP) IL60 316.0 -9.0
Castillo is out for the first two months, but if the Padres fall behind early and dangle Kirby Yates in trades like they've done with closers in the past, don't be surprised if Castillo takes over as a dominant second-half closer.
326 Spencer Kieboom (WSH - C) IL60 394.0 +68.0
327 Dinelson Lamet (SD - SP) 287.0 -40.0
328 Carlos Gomez (NYM - RF) MiLB 293.0 -35.0
329 Yairo Munoz (STL - 3B,SS,CF) 270.0 -59.0
330 Jose Osuna (PIT - 1B,3B,RF) 355.0 +25.0
331 Garrett Cooper (MIA - LF) 396.0 +65.0
332 Juan Lagares (NYM - CF) 433.0 +101.0
333 Manny Pina (MIL - C) 236.0 -97.0
334 Tony Wolters (COL - C) 443.0 +109.0
335 David Bote (CHC - 2B,3B) 265.0 -70.0
336 Martin Prado (MIA - 3B) 334.0 -2.0
337 Junior Guerra (MIL - SP,RP) 239.0 -98.0
338 David Freese (LAD - 1B,3B) 264.0 -74.0
339 Chris Stratton (PIT - SP) 380.0 +41.0
340 Wilmer Difo (WSH - 2B,3B) 318.0 -22.0
341 Melky Cabrera (PIT - RF) 306.0 -35.0
342 JT Riddle (MIA - SS) IL60 390.0 +48.0
343 Justin Wilson (NYM - RP)    
344 Victor Caratini (CHC - C,1B) 298.0 -46.0
345 Adam Warren (SD - RP) IL60    
346 Pat Neshek (PHI - RP) IL60 233.0 -113.0
347 Jerad Eickhoff (PHI - SP) IL60 331.0 -16.0
348 Jose Pirela (PHI - 1B,2B,LF,RF) 309.0 -39.0
349 Joey Rickard (SF - LF,CF,RF) 362.0 +13.0
350 Erick Fedde (WSH - SP) 379.0 +29.0
351 Kyle Crick (PIT - RP) IL60 418.0 +67.0
352 Ray Black (MIL - RP) 412.0 +60.0
353 Adam Wainwright (STL - SP) 252.0 -101.0
354 Charlie Culberson (ATL - 3B,SS,LF) IL60 260.0 -94.0
355 John Gant (STL - SP,RP) 350.0 -5.0
356 Tommy Hunter (PHI - RP) IL60 493.0 +137.0
357 Scott Alexander (LAD - RP) IL60    
358 John Ryan Murphy (ATL - C) 457.0 +99.0
359 Kyle Barraclough (SF - RP) 371.0 +12.0
360 Cody Reed (CIN - RP) MiLB 401.0 +41.0
361 Aramis Garcia (SF - C) 416.0 +55.0
362 Brett Kennedy (SD - SP) IL60    
363 Jarrod Dyson (ARI - CF,RF) 317.0 -46.0
364 Logan Morrison (PHI - 1B,DH) 435.0 +71.0
365 Caleb Joseph (ARI - C) 499.0 +134.0
366 Austin Slater (SF - LF) 393.0 +27.0
367 Mitch Keller (PIT - SP) 294.0 -73.0
368 Amir Garrett (CIN - RP) 387.0 +19.0
369 Tony Kemp (CHC - LF,CF) 302.0 -67.0
370 Austin Dean (MIA - LF) 358.0 -12.0
371 Joe Ross (WSH - SP) 285.0 -86.0
372 Dylan Floro (LAD - SP,RP)    
373 Roenis Elias (WSH - RP) DTD 313.0 -60.0
374 Cory Spangenberg (MIL - 2B,3B,LF) 372.0 -2.0
375 Dan Winkler (SF - RP) MiLB 420.0 +45.0
376 Alex Avila (ARI - C) 398.0 +22.0
377 Andrew Toles (LAD - CF) RST 300.0 -77.0
378 Trey Wingenter (SD - RP) 467.0 +89.0
379 Dominic Smith (NYM - 1B,LF) IL60 335.0 -44.0
380 Carter Kieboom (WSH - SS) MiLB 378.0 -2.0
381 Matt Wieters (STL - C) 349.0 -32.0
382 Bryan Mitchell (SD - SP,RP) MiLB    
383 Jose Iglesias (CIN - SS) 289.0 -94.0
384 Alex Blandino (CIN - 2B,3B,SS) MiLB    
385 Chris Shaw (SF - LF) 405.0 +20.0
386 Francisco Liriano (PIT - SP) 361.0 -25.0
387 Shelby Miller (MIL - SP) MiLB 374.0 -13.0
388 Luis Perdomo (SD - SP)    
389 Scott Oberg (COL - RP) IL60 375.0 -14.0
390 Justin Miller (WSH - RP) MiLB 485.0 +95.0
391 Andrew Chafin (ARI - RP)    
392 Jose Alvarez (PHI - RP) 377.0 -15.0
393 Williams Perez (STL - SP,RP) MiLB    
394 Pat Valaika (COL - 1B,2B)    
395 Juan Nicasio (PHI - RP) IL10 414.0 +19.0
396 Kevin Newman (PIT - SS) 364.0 -32.0
397 Brad Miller (PHI - 1B,2B,SS,DH) 297.0 -100.0
398 Enyel De Los Santos (PHI - SP) MiLB 336.0 -62.0
399 Victor Victor Mesa (MIA - OF) NRI 357.0 -42.0
400 Robert Gsellman (NYM - RP) IL10 315.0 -85.0
401 Jordan Lyles (MIL - SP,RP) 382.0 -19.0
402 Walker Lockett (NYM - SP,RP)    
403 Rafael Ortega (ATL - LF,CF)    
404 Tayron Guerrero (MIA - RP) 430.0 +26.0
405 Alex Wilson (CHC - RP) MiLB    
406 Chasen Shreve (STL - RP) MiLB    
407 Yasmany Tomas (ARI - LF,RF) MiLB 321.0 -86.0
408 Jose Quijada (MIA - P)    
409 Kyle Keller (MIA - P)    
410 Austin Riley (ATL - 3B) 295.0 -115.0
411 Jimmie Sherfy (ARI - RP) 483.0 +72.0
412 Ben Gamel (MIL - LF,RF) 291.0 -121.0
413 Daniel Ponce de Leon (STL - SP,RP) 356.0 -57.0
414 Robert Stephenson (CIN - SP) 332.0 -82.0
415 Alex McRae (PIT - SP,RP)    
416 David Phelps (CHC - SP,RP)    
417 Corbin Martin (ARI - SP,RP) MiLB 488.0 +71.0
418 Jarlin Garcia (MIA - SP,RP)    
419 Victor Arano (PHI - RP) IL60 491.0 +72.0
420 Tyler Chatwood (CHC - SP) 409.0 -11.0
421 Dennis Santana (LAD - SP,RP) MiLB 381.0 -40.0
422 Jordan Yamamoto (MIA - SP) IL10 503.0 +81.0
423 Drew Gagnon (NYM - SP)    
424 Luis Avilan (NYM - RP)    
425 Tony Cingrani (STL - RP) IL60 301.0 -124.0
426 Corey Oswalt (NYM - SP,RP) MiLB 421.0 -5.0
427 Dominic Leone (STL - RP) 319.0 -108.0
428 Austin Voth (WSH - SP)    
429 Sam Coonrod (SF - SP,RP)    
430 J.B. Bukauskas (ARI - SP) MiLB 473.0 +43.0
431 Edubray Ramos (PHI - RP)    
432 Ranger Suarez (PHI - SP,RP) 497.0 +65.0
433 R.J. Alaniz (CIN - RP)    
434 Logan Webb (SF - P)    
435 Robert Stock (SD - SP,RP) IL60    
436 Jeff Brigham (MIA - SP)    
437 Giovanny Gallegos (STL - RP)    
438 Taylor Widener (ARI - SP) MiLB 399.0 -39.0
439 Matt Albers (MIL - RP)    
440 Sal Romano (CIN - SP,RP) 342.0 -98.0
441 Taylor Clarke (ARI - SP)    
442 Nick Vincent (PHI - RP)    
443 Chris Martin (ATL - RP) 339.0 -104.0
444 Zach Lee (SD - RP) DFA    
445 Daniel Descalso (CHC - 1B,2B,3B) 292.0 -153.0
446 Grant Dayton (ATL - RP)    
447 Matt Grace (WSH - RP) MiLB    
448 Duane Underwood Jr. (CHC - SP)    
449 Brandon Finnegan (CIN - SP) MiLB    
450 Esteban Quiroz (SD - SS) MiLB    
451 J.T. Chargois (LAD - RP) MiLB    
452 Troy Scribner (ARI - SP) MiLB    
453 T.J. McFarland (ARI - RP)    
454 James Pazos (COL - RP)    
455 Keibert Ruiz (LAD - C) MiLB 386.0 -69.0
456 Daniel Zamora (NYM - P)    
457 Howie Kendrick (WSH - 2B,LF) 343.0 -114.0
458 P.J. Conlon (NYM - SP,RP) FA    
459 Austin Gomber (STL - SP,RP) MiLB 389.0 -70.0
460 Yoan Lopez (ARI - RP) 429.0 -31.0
461 Tony Barnette (CHC - RP) RST    
462 Brad Wieck (CHC - SP,RP)    
463 Tyler Beede (SF - SP) 444.0 -19.0
464 Adam Kolarek (LAD - RP)    
465 Yefry Ramirez (PIT - SP,RP)    
466 Brett Graves (MIA - SP,RP) MiLB    
467 Adrian Houser (MIL - RP)    
468 Jonny Venters (WSH - SP,RP) IL60    
469 Taylor Williams (MIL - RP)    
470 Adam Morgan (PHI - RP) IL60    
471 Kyle McGrath (SD - RP) MiLB    
472 Brandon Kintzler (CHC - RP) DTD    
473 Jeff Hoffman (COL - SP,RP) 484.0 +11.0
474 Jaime Schultz (LAD - RP) MiLB    
475 Tony Sipp (WSH - RP) FA 366.0 -109.0
476 Steven Brault (PIT - SP,RP)    
477 Elieser Hernandez (MIA - SP,RP)    
478 Koda Glover (WSH - RP) IL60 311.0 -167.0
479 Paul Sewald (NYM - RP)    
480 Zac Rosscup (LAD - RP) MiLB 267.0 -213.0
481 Ryan Meisinger (STL - RP) MiLB    
482 Tim Peterson (NYM - P) MiLB    
483 Chad Sobotka (ATL - P) 469.0 -14.0
484 Jacob Rhame (NYM - RP) IL60    
485 Daniel Hudson (WSH - RP)    
486 Michael Feliz (PIT - RP) 436.0 -50.0
487 George Kontos (WSH - RP) MiLB    
488 Joe McCarthy (SF - 1B,LF) MiLB    
489 Jerry Blevins (ATL - RP)    
490 Austen Williams (WSH - P) IL60    
491 Jacob Nix (SD - SP) IL60 452.0 -39.0
492 Kevin Kramer (PIT - 3B)    
493 Roman Quinn (PHI - LF,CF) IL10 268.0 -225.0
494 Carlos Estevez (COL - RP)    
495 Austin Davis (PHI - RP)    
496 Alex Dickerson (SF - LF,RF)    
497 Jason Martin (PIT - LF,CF) IL60    
498 Wander Suero (WSH - SP,RP)    
499 Aaron Loup (SD - RP) IL60    
500 Tyler Bashlor (NYM - RP)    
501 Justin Grimm (CIN - RP) MiLB    
502 Austin Brice (MIA - RP) IL10    
503 Matt Koch (ARI - SP,RP) MiLB 487.0 -16.0
504 Tim Locastro (ARI - CF)    
505 Sam Howard (COL - SP,RP)    
506 A.J. Schugel (PIT - RP) MiLB    
507 Austin Listi (PHI - OF) MiLB    
508 Chih-Wei Hu (CHC - RP) MiLB 419.0 -89.0
509 Tyler Webb (STL - RP) 395.0 -114.0
510 Cole Tucker (PIT - SS) 438.0 -72.0
511 Tyler Kinley (MIA - RP)    
512 Lane Thomas (STL - OF) IL60 490.0 -22.0
513 Yonathan Daza (COL - CF,RF)    
514 Chase Whitley (ATL - RP) MiLB    
515 Merandy Gonzalez (STL - SP,RP) MiLB    
516 Chris Rusin (COL - RP) MiLB    
517 Edmundo Sosa (STL - SS) 501.0 -16.0
518 Williams Jerez (PIT - RP)    
519 Clay Holmes (PIT - SP,RP)    
520 Luke Jackson (ATL - RP)    
521 Xavier Cedeno (CHC - RP) IL60    
522 John Curtiss (PHI - RP) FA    
523 Donnie Hart (NYM - RP)    
524 Brett Cecil (STL - RP) IL60 505.0 -19.0
525 Pat Venditte (SF - RP) MiLB    
526 Nick Rumbelow (NYM - RP) MiLB    
527 Wes Parsons (COL - P)    
528 Allen Webster (CHC - SP) IL60 307.0 -221.0
529 Kazuhisa Makita (SD - RP) MiLB    
530 Ben Meyer (MIA - P) MiLB    
531 Alec Mills (CHC - SP,RP) 486.0 -45.0
532 Steven Okert (SF - RP) MiLB    
533 Yimi Garcia (LAD - RP)    
534 Aaron Wilkerson (MIL - SP,RP) MiLB    
535 Edward Paredes (PHI - RP) FA    
536 Eric Stout (CIN - RP) MiLB    
537 Matt Bowman (CIN - RP)    
538 Kyle McGowin (WSH - SP,RP) MiLB    
539 Nick Burdi (PIT - RP) IL60 492.0 -47.0
540 Miguel Diaz (SD - RP) IL60    
541 Joey Krehbiel (ARI - RP) MiLB    
542 D.J. Snelten (SF - RP) MiLB    
543 Robby Scott (ARI - RP)    
544 Keury Mella (CIN - RP)    
545 Bryan Shaw (COL - RP) 410.0 -135.0
546 Braden Shipley (ARI - RP) MiLB    
547 Javy Guerra (WSH - RP)    
548 James Norwood (CHC - RP)    
549 Pierce Johnson (SF - RP)    
550 Trevor Gott (SF - RP) IL60    
551 Mike Morin (PHI - RP)    
552 Kyle Ryan (CHC - SP,RP)    
553 Joe Harvey (COL - P)    
554 Brian Duensing (CHC - RP) MiLB    
555 Harrison Musgrave (COL - SP,RP) MiLB    
556 Josh Lucas (WSH - RP) MiLB    
557 Jackson Stephens (CIN - RP) MiLB    
558 Chris Flexen (NYM - SP,RP) MiLB    
559 Alec Asher (COL - SP,RP) MiLB    
560 Wandy Peralta (SF - RP)    
561 Anthony Garcia (SF - RF) MiLB    
562 Miguel Rojas (MIA - 1B,3B,SS) 340.0 -222.0
563 David Freitas (MIL - C) 345.0 -218.0
564 Jose Siri (CIN - CF) MiLB    
565 Justin Williams (STL - RF) MiLB    
566 Ryan Lavarnway (CIN - C,1B) MiLB    
567 Cristhian Adames (SF - 2B,3B,SS)    
568 Noel Cuevas (COL - LF,RF) MiLB 446.0 -122.0
569 Braxton Lee (NYM - RF) MiLB    
570 Chad Wallach (MIA - C) IL60    
571 Rene Rivera (NYM - C) 391.0 -180.0
572 Andrew Knizner (STL - C) 415.0 -157.0
573 Lane Adams (PHI - RF) MiLB    
574 Ildemaro Vargas (ARI - 2B)    
575 Johnny Field (CHC - LF,CF,RF) MiLB 498.0 -77.0
576 Stephen Vogt (SF - C,1B) 365.0 -211.0
577 Devin Mesoraco (NYM - C) 383.0 -194.0
578 Pedro Alvarez (MIA - 3B,DH) NRI    
579 Bryan Holaday (MIA - C) 462.0 -117.0
580 Jacob Stallings (PIT - C) 425.0 -155.0
581 Raffy Lopez (ATL - C) MiLB    
582 Pablo Sandoval (SF - 1B,3B) IL60 280.0 -302.0
583 Ezequiel Carrera (LAD - LF,CF,RF) FA    
584 Tomas Nido (NYM - C) 474.0 -110.0
585 Jose Lobaton (LAD - C) MiLB    
586 Jacob Nottingham (MIL - C) 360.0 -226.0
587 Joe Hudson (STL - C)    
588 Taylor Davis (CHC - 1B,3B) MiLB 461.0 -127.0
589 Nick Ciuffo (CIN - C) MiLB    
590 Ty France (SD - 3B) 271.0 -319.0
591 Austin Allen (SD - C) 504.0 -87.0
592 Raudy Read (WSH - C)    
593 Luis Torrens (SD - C)    
594 Adrian Gonzalez (NYM - 1B) FA 465.0 -129.0
595 Juan Graterol (CIN - C)    
596 Alex Jackson (ATL - C,RF) IL60    
597 Kyle Farmer (CIN - 3B) 434.0 -163.0
598 Josh Fuentes (COL - IF)    
599 Chris Stewart (SD - C) MiLB    
600 Greg Garcia (SD - 2B,3B,SS)    
601 Matt Joyce (ATL - LF) 408.0 -193.0
602 Kevin Cron (ARI - 1B) 392.0 -210.0
603 Blake Trahan (CIN - IF) MiLB    
604 Mark Zagunis (CHC - RF) MiLB 407.0 -197.0
605 Tyrone Taylor (MIL - LF,CF,RF)    
606 Rosell Herrera (MIA - 2B,3B,CF,RF) MiLB 489.0 -117.0
607 Rajai Davis (NYM - LF,CF,DH) 359.0 -248.0
608 Gregor Blanco (NYM - LF,CF) NRI    
609 Jim Adduci (CHC - 1B,RF) MiLB    
610 Drew Ferguson (SF - CF) MiLB    
611 Drew Robinson (STL - 2B,CF) FA 351.0 -260.0
612 Michael Reed (SF - LF,CF) MiLB 426.0 -186.0
613 Mitch Walding (PHI - 3B) MiLB 482.0 -131.0
614 Andrew Stevenson (WSH - LF,RF) 481.0 -133.0
615 Isaac Galloway (MIA - CF,DH) MiLB    
616 Adrian Sanchez (WSH - 2B)    
617 Shane Robinson (PHI - RF) NRI    
618 Abiatal Avelino (SF - IF) MiLB    
619 Ryder Jones (SF - 1B,3B) MiLB 447.0 -172.0
620 Corban Joseph (PIT - 1B,2B)    
621 Connor Joe (SF - LF) MiLB    
622 Mike Gerber (SF - LF)    
623 Luis Guillorme (NYM - 3B) 472.0 -151.0
624 Edwin Rios (LAD - 1B) 466.0 -158.0
625 Ramon Urias (STL - IF) MiLB    
626 Matthew Szczur (ARI - LF,RF) MiLB    
627 Gregorio Petit (PHI - 2B,SS) NRI    
628 Sean Rodriguez (PHI - 2B,SS,LF,CF) 423.0 -205.0
629 Andy Young (ARI - 2B) MiLB    
630 JB Shuck (PIT - LF,CF,RF) MiLB    
631 Pedro Florimon (PHI - SS) MiLB    
632 Ke'Bryan Hayes (PIT - 3B) MiLB 406.0 -226.0
633 Bryan Reynolds (PIT - CF)