The Top 150 Prospect Hitter List

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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

Rank Player Position Organization Level Age
1. Vlad Guerrero Jr. 3B Toronto Blue Jays AA 19
2. Eloy Jimenez OF Chicago White Sox AAA 21
3. Victor Robles OF Washington Nationals AAA 21
4. Nick Senzel 2B/3B Cincinnati Reds AAA 23
5. Bo Bichette SS Toronto Blue Jays AA 20
6. Kyle Tucker OF Houston Astros MLB/AAA 21
7. Fernando Tatis Jr. SS San Diego Padres AA 19
8. Brendan Rodgers 2B/SS Colorado Rockies AA 21
9. Royce Lewis SS Minnesota Twins A+ 19
10. Taylor Trammell OF Cincinnati Reds A+ 20
11. Francisco Mejia C San Diego Padres AAA/MLB 22
12. Willie Calhoun OF Texas Rangers AAA 23
13. Jo Adell OF Los Angeles Angels A+ 19
14. Luis Robert OF Chicago White Sox A+ 20
15. Garrett Hampson 2B/SS Colorado Rockies AAA 23
16. Carter Kieboom SS Washington Nationals AA 20
17. Peter Alonso 1B New York Mets AAA 23
18. Danny Jansen C Toronto Blue Jays AAA 23
19. Yordan Alvarez 1B/OF Houston Astros AAA 21
20. Jesus Sanchez OF Tampa Bay Rays A+ 20
21. Keibert Ruiz C Los Angeles Dodgers AA 19
22. Keston Hiura 2B Milwaukee Brewers AA 21
23. Nick Madrigal 2B/SS Chicago White Sox A 21
24. Alex Kirilloff OF Minnesota Twins A+ 20
25. Jake Bauers 1B Tampa Bay Rays MLB/AAA 21
26. Nick Solak 2B Tampa Bay Rays AA 23
27. Alex Verdugo OF Los Angeles Dodgers AAA/MLB 22
28. Austin Riley 3B Atlanta Braves AAA 21
29. Colton Welker 3B Colorado Rockies A+ 20
30. Tyler O’Neill OF St. Louis Cardinals MLB/AAA 23
31. Myles Straw OF Houston Astros AAA 23
32. Christin Stewart OF Detroit Tigers AAA 24
33. Luis Urias 2B/SS San Diego Padres AAA 21
34. Daulton Varsho C Arizona Diamondbacks A+ 22
35. Alec Bohm 3B Philadelphia Phillies A- 21
36. Nick Gordon 2B/SS Minnesota Twins AAA 22
37. Willy Adames SS Tampa Bay Rays MLB/AAA 22
38. Nolan Gorman 3B St. Louis Cardinals R 18
39. Matt Thaiss 1B Los Angeles Angels AAA 23
40. Brandon Lowe 2B Tampa Bay Rays AAA 24
41. Jahmai Jones 2B/OF Los Angeles Angels AA 20
42. Adam Haseley OF Philadelphia Phillies AA 20
43. Joey Bart C San Francisco Giants A- 21
44. Jorge Mateo SS Oakland Athletics AAA 23
45. Wander Javier SS Minnesota Twins R 19
46. Travis Swaggerty OF Pittsburgh Pirates A- 20
47. Akil Baddoo OF Minnesota Twins A 19
48. Nolan Jones 3B Cleveland Indians A 20
49. Julio Pablo Martinez OF Texas Rangers A- 22
50. Ryan Mountcastle SS/3B Baltimore Orioles AA 21
51. Evan White 1B Seattle Mariners AAA 22
52. Buddy Reed OF San Diego Padres AA 23
53. Franklin Barreto SS/OF Oakland Athletics AAA/MLB 22
54. Chad Spanberger 1B Colorado Rockies A 22
55. Brandon Marsh OF Los Angeles Angels A+ 20
56. Heliot Ramos OF San Francisco Giants A 18
57. Ke’Bryan Hayes 3B Pittsburgh Pirates AA 21
58. Max Schrock 2B St. Louis Cardinals AAA 23
59. Estevan Florial OF New York Yankees A+ 20
60. Jake Burger 3B Chicago White Sox A 22
61. Franmil Reyes OF San Diego Padres MLB/AAA 23
62. Blake Rutherford OF Chicago White Sox A+ 21
63. Lewin Diaz 1B Minnesota Twins A+ 21
64. Michael Chavis 3B Boston Red Sox AA 22
65. Cole Tucker SS Pittsburgh Pirates AA 22
66. Cavan Biggio 2B/3B Toronto Blue Jays AA 23
67. Nick Pratto 1B Kansas City Royals A 19
68. Shed Long 2B Cincinnati Reds AA 22
69. Nathaniel Lowe 1B Tampa Bay Rays AA 23
70. Andres Gimenez SS New York Mets A+ 19
71. Anthony Alford OF Toronto Blue Jays AAA 23
72. Oscar Mercado SS/OF St. Louis Cardinals AAA 23
73. Pavin Smith 1B Arizona Diamondbacks A+ 22
74. Josh Naylor 1B/OF San Diego Padres AA 21
75. Frank Schwindel 1B Kansas City Royals AAA 26
76. Oneil Cruz SS Pittsburgh Pirates A 19
77. Lucius Fox SS Tampa Bay Rays A+ 21
78. Jose Siri OF Cincinnati Reds AA 22
79. Kevin Maitan SS/3B Los Angeles Angels R 18
80. Brent Rooker 1B/OF Minnesota Twins AA 23
81. Seuly Matias OF Kansas City Royals A 19
82. Austin Allen C San Diego Padres AA 24
83. Edwin Rios 1B Los Angeles Dodgers AAA 24
84. Kyle Lewis OF Seattle Mariners A+ 23
85. Gavin Lux SS Los Angeles Dodgers A+ 20
86. Bobby Bradley 1B Cleveland Indians AA 22
87. Rylan Bannon 2B/3B Baltimore Orioles A+ 22
88. Zack Collins C Chicago White Sox AA 23
89. Kevin Smith SS Toronto Blue Jays A+ 22
90. Brendan McKay 1B/OF Tampa Bay Rays A+ 22
91. Jerrad Kelenic OF New York Mets R 19
92. Andrew Knizer C St. Louis Cardinals AAA 23
93. Drew Waters OF Atlanta Braves A 19
94. Jeisson Rosario OF San Diego Padres A 18
95. Brice Turang SS Milwaukee Brewers R 18
96. Leody Tavares OF Texas Rangers A 19
97. Corey Ray OF Milwaukee Brewers AA 23
98. Trevor Larnach OF Minnesota Twins R 21
99. Hudson Potts 3B San Diego Padres A+ 19
100. Kevin Cron 1B Arizona Diamondbacks AAA 25
101. Ronaldo Hernandez C Tampa Bay Rays A 20
102. Luis Rengifo 2B Los Angeles Angels AA 21
103. Brian Miller OF Miami Marlins AA 22
104. Elehuris Montero 3B St. Louis Cardinals A 19
105. Jordan Groshans SS/3B Toronto Blue Jays R 18
106. Khalil Lee OF Kansas City Royals AA 20
107. Cedric Mullins OF Baltimore Orioles AAA 23
108. Esteury Ruiz 2B San Diego Padres A 19
109. Lucas Erceg 3B Milwaukee Brewers AA 23
110. Yusniel Diaz OF Baltimore Orioles AA 21
111. Taylor Ward C/3B Los Angeles Angels AAA 24
112. Matt Beaty 1B Los Angeles Dodgers AAA 25
113. Ryan Costello 1B Seattle Mariners A 22
114. Cristian Pache OF Atlanta Braves A+ 20
115. Mauricio Dubon SS Milwaukee Brewers AAA 24
116. Sean Murphy C Oakland Athletics AA 23
117. Lazaro Armenteros OF Oakland Athletics A 19
118. Alexander Canario OF San Francisco Giants R 18
119. Xavier Edwards SS San Diego Padres R 18
120. Triston Casas 1B/3B Boston Red Sox R 18
121. Monte Harrison OF Miami Marlins AA 22
122. Austin Beck OF Oakland Athletics A 19
123. Drew Ellis 3B Arizona Diamondbacks A+ 22
124. Jhaylin Ortiz OF Philadelphia Phillies A 19
125. Miguel Hiraldo SS Toronto Blue Jays R 17
126. Roberto Ramos 1B Colorado Rockies AA 23
127. Will Smith C Los Angeles Dodgers AA 23
128. D.J. Peters OF Los Angeles Dodgers AA 22
129. Austin Hays OF Baltimore Orioles AA 23
130. Ronny Mauricio SS New York Mets R 17
131. Taylor Walls SS Tampa Bay Rays A 22
132. Delvin Perez SS St. Louis Cardinals A- 19
133. Yu-Chen Chang SS Cleveland Indians AAA 22
134. Danny Diaz 3B Boston Red Sox R 17
135. Darick Hall 1B Philadelphia Phillies AA 22
136. Jeter Downs SS Cincinnati Reds A+ 19
137. Vidal Brujan 2B Tampa Bay Rays A 20
138. Kevin Kramer 2B Pittsburgh Pirates AAA 24
139. Tirso Ornelas OF San Diego Padres A 18
140. Dawel Lugo 2B Detroit Tigers AAA 23
141. Daniel Johnson OF Washington Nationals AA 20
142. Tyler Stephenson C Cincinnati Reds A+ 21
143. Ramon Urias 2B St. Louis Cardinals AAA 24
144. Sheldon Neuse 3B Oakland Athletics AAA 23
145. Ryan McKenna OF Baltimore Orioles AA 21
146. Ibandel Isabel 1B Cincinnati Reds A+ 23
147. Seth Beer OF Houston Astros A 21
148. Freudis Nova SS Houston Astros R 18
149. James Nelson 3B Miami Marlins A+ 20
150. Antonio Cabello OF New York Yankees R 17

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.

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Comments


Andy

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.

Brennen Gorman

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.

TheKraken

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…

Dan

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.

Brennen Gorman

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.

MDS

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?

Brennen Gorman

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.

ABones

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.

Adam Garland

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.

ABones

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!

Jon

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.

Brian T

Everything I see has him with 114 at bats too. He does have 15 walks, so they must mean plate appearances.

John

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

Brennen Gorman

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.

John

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

Jon

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.

Brennen Gorman

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.

Nick

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 🙂

Brennen Gorman

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 🙂

MJ

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.

Sam

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.

Brennen Gorman

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.

TheKraken

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.

Pat

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?

Brennen Gorman

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.

Joseph

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.

Joshua

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

Brennen Gorman

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.

Brennen Gorman

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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