Welcome to dynasty baseball! Well, if you’re an owner of a dynasty team, you’ve probably been playing fantasy baseball all year. You’ve been researching prospects, trying to swindle other owners via trades, following injures, breaking down your competition’s rosters, analyzing MLB trades, and trying to fill that final roster hole keeping you from fantasy glory! And with the smell of pine tar, the sound of bats cracking in Spring Training batting practice, and fans filing into Florida and Arizona ballparks, it’s unmistakable…Baseball is upon us. But for dynasty owners who want a no nonsense, straight-forward visual of who is worth keeping, trading for, or ditching altogether, then we’ve got a list for you. And if there’s one thing here at Pitcher List that we love, it’s lists! So without further ado, here is Pitcher List’s Top 150 Dynasty Bats for 2017. Come get it.
Tier 1: The Beasts!
The Beasts tier is basically a group of men from which you can build a dynasty around. These guys offer both incredible athleticism and strength, as well as a high baseball IQ. Their relative long-term career horizon gives them increased value in dynasty.
Tier 2: The Lesser Elite.
Tier 2 is difficult because a few of these names could well be in The Beast tier, but age and ceiling potential has to drop these names from the elite above. Don’t get me wrong, I am fully confident that a few of these names will be in tier 1 come 2018 rankings. If you are not fortunate enough to have a name in tier one, a handful of these guys could be just as good or even better.
19. Francisco Lindor (23, SS, Cleveland Indians)
22. Joey Votto (33, 1B, Cincinnati Reds)
26. Charlie Blackmon (30, OF, Colorado Rockies)
28. Robinson Cano (34, 2B, Seattle Mariners)
30. Miguel Sano (23, OF, Minnesota Twins)
31. Yoan Moncada (21, 3B, Chicago White Sox)
36. A.J. Pollock (29, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks)
38. Yoenis Cespedes (31, OF, New York Mets)
39. Ryan Braun (33, OF, Milwaukee Brewers)
41. Byron Buxton (23, OF, Minnesota Twins)
43. David Dahl (22, OF, Colorado Rockies)
45. Gary Sanchez (24, C, New York Yankees)
46. Carlos Gonzalez (31, OF, Colorado Rockies)
Tier 3: Solid Output + Prospects
Though tier 2 had a prospect (Yoan Moncada), whose hype basically demanded a tier 2 slot, I personally don’t put a ton of stock in prospects. It’s such a crapshoot. Don’t get me wrong, drafting a teenage phenom and watching him become a MLB superstar is dynasty nirvana. But unless you have large rosters dedicated for prospects, or have a chance to draft a once-in-a-generational talent, you should probably play the prospect game somewhat conservatively. Don’t believe me? Look at the past 10 year’s top-10 prospect lists. You will only recognize a few names. The vast majority on those lists become career minor leaguers or MLB role-players. There’s a decent amount of prospects on this next tier, but take their placement with a grain of salt. Youth and potential is why they are here. The rest in tier 3 are solid players who will most likely put up good counting stats for your squad. The reason why they are on tier 3 is because they are not 5-category contributors. Most will be 2-3 category contributors. Understand that you will get a stat hole or 2 with these guys.
49. Billy Hamilton (26, OF, Cincinnati Reds)
51. Jose Abreu (30, 1B, Chicago White Sox)
55. Javier Baez (24, 2B/SS/3B, Chicago Cubs)
58.Dee Gordon (28, 2B, Miami Marlins)
63. Hanley Ramirez (33, 1B, Boston Red Sox)
64. Jonathan Lucroy (30, C, Milwaukee Brewers)
66. Edwin Encarnacion (34, 1B, Cleveland Indians)
67. Trevor Story (24, SS, Colorado Rockies)
72. Jason Kipnis 29, 2B, Cleveland Indians)
75. Maikel Franco (24, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies)
77. DJ LeMahieu (28, 2B, Colorado Rockies)
78. Clint Frazier (22, OF, New York Yankees)
79. Odubel Herrera (25, OF, Philadelphia Phillies)
80. Chris Davis (30, 1B, Baltimore Orioles)
83. Eloy Jimenez (20, OF, Chicago Cubs)
84. J.P. Crawford (22, SS, Philadelphia Phillies)
85. Adrian Beltre (37, 3B, Texas Rangers)
89. Carlos Santana (30, 1B, Cleveland Indians)
90. Nick Senzel (21, 3B, Cincinnati Reds)
97. Brandon Belt (28, 1B, San Francisco Giants)
100. Jose Bautista (36, OF, Toronto Blue Jays)
108. Nick Williams (23, OF, Philadelphia Phillies)
109. Lewis Brinson (22, OF, Milwaukee Brewers)
110. Jose Peraza (21, SS/OF , Cincinnati Reds)
Tier 4: The Remains!
Kind of a joke name for tier 4. These “remains” will put up some decent numbers for your squad, and I highly doubt that many of them will hurt your squad. I’m also highly confident that there are a handful of future all-stars in the form of prospects in this tier too. They are just too young and unproven for me to try to get you to overspend for them. A few of these names are great players, they are just at the end of their careers and have much less value in dynasty.
114. Joey Gallo (23, 3B, Rangers)
115. Jose Ramirez (24, 3B/OF, Cleveland Indians)
120. Michael Brantley (29, OF, Cleveland Indians)
125. Corey Ray (22, OF, Milwaukee Brewers)
127. Aledmys Diaz (26, SS, St. Louis Cardinals)
128. Devon Travis (26, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays)
133. Adrian Gonzalez (34, 1B, Los Angeles Dodgers)
136. Jung-ho Kang (29, 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates)
137. Ronald Acuna (19, OF, Atlanta Braves)
140. Yulieski Gurriel (32, 3B, Houston Astros)
141. Keon Broxton (26, OF, Milwaukee Brewers)
142. Raul Mondesi (21, 2B, Kansas City Royals)
143. JT Realmuto (25, C, Miami Marlins)
148. Yasmany Tomas (26, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks)