The Top 150 Prospect Hitter List

Brennen Gorman and Adam Garland map out the top 150 hitting prospects in baseball to consider in your dynasty baseball league.

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Today marks the unveiling of Pitcherlist’s Prospect Hitter List it is designed to help get you all caught up and informed on MLB prospects for your fantasy baseball leagues. We do apologize for the delay between our positional rankings and the top 150 lists – we encountered some technical difficulties along the way. Although this table is static, we are working toward crafting a fluid Hitter/Pitcher Lists as our leader Nick uses in his Pitcher List. Our goal is now to have that ready by August to demonstrate the shift in rankings month-to-month.

Without further ado, my colleague Adam Garland and I have released our rankings for each position and now present our mid-season top 150 hitters. Tomorrow we will have our Prospect Pitcher List out, ranking the top 150 pitchers in the minor leagues. The rankings are geared toward fantasy baseball and take little consideration of a player’s defensive skillset. If you notice, we also made a slight departure from traditional rankings and kept our rankings separated by hitters and pitchers. We feel that such general comparisons between hitters and pitchers are, at the end of the day, impossible to create comparative values – particularly in the minor leagues. So, to mirror our MLB lists – we have opted to keep the general comparisons between respective positions. If you have a specific valuation you’d like advice on – drop us a line, after all, we’re here for your dynasty. Cheers!

Top 30 Catchers
Top 30 1st Basemen
Top 30 2nd Basemen
Top 30 3rd Basemen
Top 30 Shortstops
Top 25 Outfielders
Top 50 Outfielders
Top 150 Overall Hitters
Top 150 Overall Pitchers
Adam’s Disagreements – July 23rd
Brennen’s Disagreements – July 24th

RankPlayerPositionOrganizationLevelAge
1.Vlad Guerrero Jr.3BToronto Blue JaysAA19
2.Eloy JimenezOFChicago White SoxAAA21
3.Victor RoblesOFWashington NationalsAAA21
4.Nick Senzel2B/3BCincinnati RedsAAA23
5.Bo BichetteSSToronto Blue JaysAA20
6.Kyle TuckerOFHouston AstrosMLB/AAA21
7.Fernando Tatis Jr.SSSan Diego PadresAA19
8.Brendan Rodgers2B/SSColorado RockiesAA21
9.Royce LewisSSMinnesota TwinsA+19
10.Taylor TrammellOFCincinnati RedsA+20
11.Francisco MejiaCSan Diego PadresAAA/MLB22
12.Willie CalhounOFTexas RangersAAA23
13.Jo AdellOFLos Angeles AngelsA+19
14.Luis RobertOFChicago White SoxA+20
15.Garrett Hampson2B/SSColorado RockiesAAA23
16.Carter KieboomSSWashington NationalsAA20
17.Peter Alonso1BNew York MetsAAA23
18.Danny JansenCToronto Blue JaysAAA23
19.Yordan Alvarez1B/OFHouston AstrosAAA21
20.Jesus SanchezOFTampa Bay RaysA+20
21.Keibert RuizCLos Angeles DodgersAA19
22.Keston Hiura2BMilwaukee BrewersAA21
23.Nick Madrigal2B/SSChicago White SoxA21
24.Alex KirilloffOFMinnesota TwinsA+20
25.Jake Bauers1BTampa Bay RaysMLB/AAA21
26.Nick Solak2BTampa Bay RaysAA23
27.Alex VerdugoOFLos Angeles DodgersAAA/MLB22
28.Austin Riley3BAtlanta BravesAAA21
29.Colton Welker3BColorado RockiesA+20
30.Tyler O’NeillOFSt. Louis CardinalsMLB/AAA23
31.Myles StrawOFHouston AstrosAAA23
32.Christin StewartOFDetroit TigersAAA24
33.Luis Urias2B/SSSan Diego PadresAAA21
34.Daulton VarshoCArizona DiamondbacksA+22
35.Alec Bohm3BPhiladelphia PhilliesA-21
36.Nick Gordon2B/SSMinnesota TwinsAAA22
37.Willy AdamesSSTampa Bay RaysMLB/AAA22
38.Nolan Gorman3BSt. Louis CardinalsR18
39.Matt Thaiss1BLos Angeles AngelsAAA23
40.Brandon Lowe2BTampa Bay RaysAAA24
41.Jahmai Jones2B/OFLos Angeles AngelsAA20
42.Adam HaseleyOFPhiladelphia PhilliesAA20
43.Joey BartCSan Francisco GiantsA-21
44.Jorge MateoSSOakland AthleticsAAA23
45.Wander JavierSSMinnesota TwinsR19
46.Travis SwaggertyOFPittsburgh PiratesA-20
47.Akil BaddooOFMinnesota TwinsA19
48.Nolan Jones3BCleveland IndiansA20
49.Julio Pablo MartinezOFTexas RangersA-22
50.Ryan MountcastleSS/3BBaltimore OriolesAA21
51.Evan White1BSeattle MarinersAAA22
52.Buddy ReedOFSan Diego PadresAA23
53.Franklin BarretoSS/OFOakland AthleticsAAA/MLB22
54.Chad Spanberger1BColorado RockiesA22
55.Brandon MarshOFLos Angeles AngelsA+20
56.Heliot RamosOFSan Francisco GiantsA18
57.Ke’Bryan Hayes3BPittsburgh PiratesAA21
58.Max Schrock2BSt. Louis CardinalsAAA23
59.Estevan FlorialOFNew York YankeesA+20
60.Jake Burger3BChicago White SoxA22
61.Franmil ReyesOFSan Diego PadresMLB/AAA23
62.Blake RutherfordOFChicago White SoxA+21
63.Lewin Diaz1BMinnesota TwinsA+21
64.Michael Chavis3BBoston Red SoxAA22
65.Cole TuckerSSPittsburgh PiratesAA22
66.Cavan Biggio2B/3BToronto Blue JaysAA23
67.Nick Pratto1BKansas City RoyalsA19
68.Shed Long2BCincinnati RedsAA22
69.Nathaniel Lowe1BTampa Bay RaysAA23
70.Andres GimenezSSNew York MetsA+19
71.Anthony AlfordOFToronto Blue JaysAAA23
72.Oscar MercadoSS/OFSt. Louis CardinalsAAA23
73.Pavin Smith1BArizona DiamondbacksA+22
74.Josh Naylor1B/OFSan Diego PadresAA21
75.Frank Schwindel1BKansas City RoyalsAAA26
76.Oneil CruzSSPittsburgh PiratesA19
77.Lucius FoxSSTampa Bay RaysA+21
78.Jose SiriOFCincinnati RedsAA22
79.Kevin MaitanSS/3BLos Angeles AngelsR18
80.Brent Rooker1B/OFMinnesota TwinsAA23
81.Seuly MatiasOFKansas City RoyalsA19
82.Austin AllenCSan Diego PadresAA24
83.Edwin Rios1BLos Angeles DodgersAAA24
84.Kyle LewisOFSeattle MarinersA+23
85.Gavin LuxSSLos Angeles DodgersA+20
86.Bobby Bradley1BCleveland IndiansAA22
87.Rylan Bannon2B/3BBaltimore OriolesA+22
88.Zack CollinsCChicago White SoxAA23
89.Kevin SmithSSToronto Blue JaysA+22
90.Brendan McKay1B/OFTampa Bay RaysA+22
91.Jerrad KelenicOFNew York MetsR19
92.Andrew KnizerCSt. Louis CardinalsAAA23
93.Drew WatersOFAtlanta BravesA19
94.Jeisson RosarioOFSan Diego PadresA18
95.Brice TurangSSMilwaukee BrewersR18
96.Leody TavaresOFTexas RangersA19
97.Corey RayOFMilwaukee BrewersAA23
98.Trevor LarnachOFMinnesota TwinsR21
99.Hudson Potts3BSan Diego PadresA+19
100.Kevin Cron1BArizona DiamondbacksAAA25
101.Ronaldo HernandezCTampa Bay RaysA20
102.Luis Rengifo2BLos Angeles AngelsAA21
103.Brian MillerOFMiami MarlinsAA22
104.Elehuris Montero3BSt. Louis CardinalsA19
105.Jordan GroshansSS/3BToronto Blue JaysR18
106.Khalil LeeOFKansas City RoyalsAA20
107.Cedric MullinsOFBaltimore OriolesAAA23
108.Esteury Ruiz2BSan Diego PadresA19
109.Lucas Erceg3BMilwaukee BrewersAA23
110.Yusniel DiazOFBaltimore OriolesAA21
111.Taylor WardC/3BLos Angeles AngelsAAA24
112.Matt Beaty1BLos Angeles DodgersAAA25
113.Ryan Costello1BSeattle MarinersA22
114.Cristian PacheOFAtlanta BravesA+20
115.Mauricio DubonSSMilwaukee BrewersAAA24
116.Sean MurphyCOakland AthleticsAA23
117.Lazaro ArmenterosOFOakland AthleticsA19
118.Alexander CanarioOFSan Francisco GiantsR18
119.Xavier EdwardsSSSan Diego PadresR18
120.Triston Casas1B/3BBoston Red SoxR18
121.Monte HarrisonOFMiami MarlinsAA22
122.Austin BeckOFOakland AthleticsA19
123.Drew Ellis3BArizona DiamondbacksA+22
124.Jhaylin OrtizOFPhiladelphia PhilliesA19
125.Miguel HiraldoSSToronto Blue JaysR17
126.Roberto Ramos1BColorado RockiesAA23
127.Will SmithCLos Angeles DodgersAA23
128.D.J. PetersOFLos Angeles DodgersAA22
129.Austin HaysOFBaltimore OriolesAA23
130.Ronny MauricioSSNew York MetsR17
131.Taylor WallsSSTampa Bay RaysA22
132.Delvin PerezSSSt. Louis CardinalsA-19
133.Yu-Chen ChangSSCleveland IndiansAAA22
134.Danny Diaz3BBoston Red SoxR17
135.Darick Hall1BPhiladelphia PhilliesAA22
136.Jeter DownsSSCincinnati RedsA+19
137.Vidal Brujan2BTampa Bay RaysA20
138.Kevin Kramer2BPittsburgh PiratesAAA24
139.Tirso OrnelasOFSan Diego PadresA18
140.Dawel Lugo2BDetroit TigersAAA23
141.Daniel JohnsonOFWashington NationalsAA20
142.Tyler StephensonCCincinnati RedsA+21
143.Ramon Urias2BSt. Louis CardinalsAAA24
144.Sheldon Neuse3BOakland AthleticsAAA23
145.Ryan McKennaOFBaltimore OriolesAA21
146.Ibandel Isabel1BCincinnati RedsA+23
147.Seth BeerOFHouston AstrosA21
148.Freudis NovaSSHouston AstrosR18
149.James Nelson3BMiami MarlinsA+20
150.Antonio CabelloOFNew York YankeesR17

Missed the Cut:
Braden Bishop, C.J. Chatham, Garrett Cooper, Wander Franco, Victor Victor Mesa, Connor Scott, Jason Martin, Kyler Murray, Jordyn Adams, Brock Detherage, Luis Garcia, Grant Lavigne, Domingo Leyba, Esteban Quiroz, George Valera, Connor Wong, Kristian Robinson, Julio Rodriguez, Ezequiel Duran.

Brennen Gorman

A lifetime Tigers fan (oh boy) getting ready to watch some good minor league baseball for the next few years. Liquor lawyer by trade, consumed by baseball statistics for pleasure? Yep. Seems about right.

  • Andy Andy says:

    This is awesome guys, nice work! Curious what you guys think of Daz Cameron. He has eight HR and 16 SB on the year between A+/AA and is hitting .302/.362/.552 at AA in 28 games. Just 21 years old, I think he could be a true five-tool guy in a couple of years.

    • Avatar Brennen Gorman says:

      For me, in general, I avoid prospects with high strikeout rates in the low minors. Despite finding success in 2017, Cameron regressed this year. I know Adam views high-strikeout prospects differently than me (Monte Harrison was 50+ places different in our personal rankings) – I’m inclined to think that his batting average right now is inflated by his speed rather than his ability to make contact (27.1% K-rate between A+ and AA). Despite having speed and power – if he can’t make consistent contact, he’ll have an even tougher time as he rises through the majors. His ceililng does has him deserving of a place on this list and is an oversight on our part – but I would not have him too high on it as he fits into a category of high risk/high reward. If he can keep his strikeouts down like in 2017, I think he rises – I’m just skeptical.

      • Avatar TheKraken says:

        I dont shy away from high k guys too much and it works out pretty well. Most of these guys will fail for less predictable reasons but failure is failure. Not a huge fan of daz or anything…

  • Avatar Dan says:

    Have to think if you started this a couple weeks later, Wander Franco would be shooting up this. Small sample size but he seems to be the real deal. Also, glad to see Hampson so high. Big fan of his yet he gets no love on prospect lists.

    • Avatar Brennen Gorman says:

      I had Franco at 135 on my personal list. I’m a fan and with a bit more sample size expect him to rise pretty quick as well. The low rank relative to his talent is more relative to his age I would expect.

  • Avatar MDS says:

    What are your expectations for Brian Miller fantasy wise in the future? Does he have a position or will he be more utility 4th outfielder?

    • Avatar Brennen Gorman says:

      I have him tentatively as the leadoff hitter for the Marlins, but speed guys are hard to predict – he could just as easily be a fourth outfielder. His speed is among the best in the minors especially when coupled with his consistent .300 batting average. I’d like to see more of him in higher minors before making a more definitive statement. His OBP is only above average, which will limit his effectiveness as a base runner.

  • Avatar ABones says:

    66 on Cavan Biggio? Why are people not higher up on this guy? He’s raking in AA and has a very solid k/bb rate.

    • Avatar Adam Garland says:

      Biggio is definitely one of the more interesting breakout stories of the year to date! He’s currently slashing .261/.399/.539 with 20 HRs and 11 SBs, and he’s supporting that with a crazy 18.8 walk rate and 26.8% strikeout rate. Overall that’s been worth a 155 wRC+ which ranks 3rd best in the Eastern League among qualified hitters. Some people may not fully buy in due to patience being a skill that doesn’t always translate if there’s not quality contact or power skills along side it. Now I’m a believer in Biggio because his contact skills are actually pretty solid with a roughly average 10.4% swinging-strike rate which suggests that the high K rate is a consequence of the extreme patience. The power is surprisingly what I have some doubts on going forward, and it’s due to a lack of all fields power. His power is pull only, and he’s been selling out for it with a career-high 55.2% pull rate which for reference is higher than anyone in the majors (Jose Ramirez of the Cleveland Indians leads the league with a 54.3% Pull rate). He’s likely to be exposed somewhat at the major league level with a pull rate that high along with a flyball tendency. I think he’s showing enough that he can find success going forward and a career like Brian Dozier of the Minnesota Twins is not out of the question.

      • Avatar ABones says:

        His swing reminds me alot of Cody Bellinger and I sure would love to have a prospect of a Dozier caliber on my squad. Great write up Adam. Curious also, do you see Royce Lewis being the top prospect in baseball next year if Vlad and Eloy graduate. Dude is a beast!

    • Avatar Jon says:

      I feel like people aren’t higher on him because of the age and level. He is 24 in AA, but does produce some very very professional at bats. Usually for dynasty/keeper leagues, youth is a big factor.

  • Avatar Adrian says:

    Ryan McMahon isn’t considered a prospect anymore?

  • Avatar John says:

    You seem to have omitted the likely best fantasy position player from this year’s draft.

  • Avatar PAF says:

    What about Jonathan India?

    • Avatar Brennen Gorman says:

      I had India at #57 – he should have been on this list at #104. When we brought the ranks over from the worksite Adam and I were using, he must have slipped away. Consider him at #104 and next month should have that fixed.

      • Avatar John says:

        Having him lower than Bohm and Madrigal is pretty bad. Having him that much lower is just awful. Try again guys.

      • Avatar Jon says:

        Curious as to why you have Nolan Gorman so much higher than Madrigal, Bohm, and some others that were just drafted. 35 seems like a very aggressive ranking. Don’t get me wrong, I love the kid, but this is super aggressive.

        • Avatar Brennen Gorman says:

          We have Madrigal at #23 and Bohm is at #35 with Gorman at #38. Although I would personally have Gorman above Bohm as I think Gorman’s power will translate immediately.

  • Avatar Nick says:

    What are your thoughts on Isaac Paredes? He was promoted to AA Erie yesterday and is on of two teenagers in the league (Vlad Guerrero Jr.)

    Tigers fleeced the Cubbies on Justin Wilson :)

    • Avatar Brennen Gorman says:

      I think the Tigers are rushing Paredes and it may come back to bite them. Vlad got rushed because he was hitting the cover off of the ball and over .300 prior to coming to AA. Paredes has been on a hot streak since June 1, but I still think the Tigers should have given him more of the season in A+ before sending him to AA. No complaints on the Tigers-Cubs trade here :)

      • Avatar MJ says:

        Agree. Parades is 19, right! Not sure the promotion will hurt him, but I don’t think it was necessary. I’d rather him have finished the year at high A too.

  • Avatar Sam says:

    I like that you have McKay so low but would like to hear your reasoning. I have been growing doubts that he’ll be effective as both a hitter and pitcher, with him losing appeal as just a pitcher.

    • Avatar Brennen Gorman says:

      McKay is lower as a batter (and falling) – we will still have him relatively high as a pitcher (although optimistically). I think his future is that of a pitcher and splitting him is hurting his time developing as a pitcher.

      • Avatar TheKraken says:

        Exactly. Not only wont he be a two way impact player but he is using up bullets in that arm. Id be selling at a discount if I owned shares.

  • Avatar Pat says:

    Interested to get your take on my keeper situation, given I have Vlad Guerrero Jr in my NA slot. It’s an 8 team 8×8 with R, H, HR, RBI, SB, BB, AVG, OPS, so the batting categories favour power. I get to keep 6 and my players who I’m considering keeping are: Arenado, Freeman, Goldschmidt, Correa, Severino & Nola. I also have Trea Turner, Albies, Kershaw, Acuna and Vlad Guerrero in my NA slot. Would you propose any changes to my keepers?

    • Avatar Brennen Gorman says:

      Turner in for Goldschmidt would be the closest I would come to recommending a change, but with those extra categories, I think you’re right on track.

  • Avatar Joseph says:

    You’ve got Kevin Kramer listed as a Blue Jays prospect. I do believe he’s actually in the Pirates org. Barring some recent trade I haven’t heard about.

  • Avatar Joshua says:

    Like the list, just have a few questions. Why are you guys so low on Yusniel Diaz, most rankings have him in the top 40 or so hitting prospects, so 110 is shockingly low. Is it because he likely will not be incredible at one thing, and pretty good at everything? And why so high on Rylan Bannon? He’s putting up solid numbers this year, but the K rate is a bit high, and most outlets only value him as a future utility infielder. Thanks, Josh

    • Avatar Brennen Gorman says:

      I look at where Diaz’ value comes in play. I have him skeptically at #77, but I think most of his value will be from how often he gets on base. In Baltimore, I think his home runs will uptick slightly, but ultimately hit 10-15 home runs and 10 stolen bases. Despite 8 stolen bases on the year, he has been caught stealing 8 times. His upside is apparent, but his risk is higher than his countable numbers may suggest.

      • Avatar Brennen Gorman says:

        As for Bannon, I think few players offer as much power upside as he does. While his k-rate is high, it isn’t absurd like other one-dimensional power prospects (Seuly Matias). I think this will afford him a more palatable batting average and if he can work to improve it like Christin Stewart, could turn into a true power bat in the Majors. Perhaps we are a bit too high on him, but his upside is like few others.

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