It all began on March 19. Of this year, that is. Not March 19, 1918, when Congress passed the first-ever law establishing daylight savings time. Fast-forward 102 years and we’re still acting like everyone’s a farmer. Nor are we talking about March 19, 1953, when the Academy Awards were televised for the first time. The Greatest Show on Earth was named best picture that year. On the same date in 1966, Texas Western won the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship — the inspiration for the film Glory Road.

But on March 19, 2020 — I made my Razzball debut and began analyzing the best college prospects to pursue in fantasy baseball, beginning with the Top 10 College Prospects to Target in Dynasty Leagues. From there, that list expanded to a top 25 and then a top 100, at which point we began looking into which underclassmen might also be relevant to dynasty leaguers.

In this Complete College Top 100, I not only included prospects from the 2021 and 2022 draft classes, but also reworked my previous top 100 list to illustrate some changes in opinion I have mulled through leading up to the 2020 MLB Draft. The most notable moves occurred within the top 11, as I reshuffled much of what I refer to as “The Magnificent Seven” and also gave Heston Kjerstad a bit of a boost after getting some new intel on how MLB teams are evaluating the Razorback slugger.

More on all that later. For now, let’s dive into the list and then I will make some additional comments at the end.

Future fantasy output rankings for non-draft eligible college players began with College Baseball Underclassmen Prospects: Part One and Part Two.

Rank Name Position School Draft Year Age Ht. Wt. B T
1 Spencer Torkelson 1B Arizona State 2020 21 6’1″ 205 R R
2 Austin Martin SS Vanderbilt 2020 21 6’0″ 170 R R
3 Nick Gonzales 2B New Mexico State 2020 21 5’10” 190 R R
4 Asa Lacy LHP Texas A&M 2020 21 6’4″ 180 L L
5 Reid Detmers LHP Louisville 2020 21 6’2″ 205 L L
6 Max Meyer RHP Minnesota 2020 21 6’0″ 165 R R
7 Emerson Hancock RHP Georgia 2020 21 6’4″ 200 R R
8 Heston Kjerstad OF Arkansas 2020 21 6’3″ 180 S R
9 Kumar Rocker RHP Vanderbilt 2021 20 6’4″ 255 R R
10 Garrett Mitchell OF UCLA 2020 22 6’3″ 200 L R
11 Garrett Crochet LHP Tennessee 2020 21 6’5″ 210 L L
12 Casey Martin SS Arkansas 2020 21 5’11” 180 R R
13 Cade Cavalli RHP Oklahoma 2020 22 6’4″ 224 R R
14 Daniel Cabrera OF LSU 2020 22 6’1″ 185 L L
15 Bryce Jarvis RHP Duke 2020 22 6’2″ 185 L R
16 Carmen Mlodzinski RHP South Carolina 2020 21 6’2″ 216 R R
17 Tanner Burns RHP Auburn 2020 21 6’0″ 215 R R
18 Patrick Bailey C NC State 2020 21 6’2″ 192 S R
19 Cole Wilcox RHP Georgia 2020 21 6’5″ 220 R R
20 CJ Van Eyk RHP Florida State 2020 22 6’1″ 185 R R
21 Austin Wells C Arizona 2020 21 6’1″ 200 L R
22 Jack Leiter RHP Vanderbilt 2021 20 6’1″ 195 R R
23 Gage Workman 3B Arizona State 2020 21 6’4″ 200 S R
24 Jordan Westburg SS Mississippi State 2020 21 6’3″ 191 R R
25 Chris McMahon RHP Miami 2020 21 6’2″ 205 R R
26 Aaron Sabato 1B North Carolina 2020 21 6’2″ 230 S R
27 JT Ginn RHP Mississippi State 2020 21 6’2″ 200 R R
28 Bobby Miller RHP Louisville 2020 21 6’5″ 220 L R
29 Slade Cecconi RHP Miami 2020 21 6’4″ 193 R R
30 Alika Williams SS Arizona State 2020 21 6’2″ 180 R R
31 Justin Foscue 2B Mississippi State 2020 21 6’0″ 201 R R
32 Cole Henry RHP LSU 2020 21 6’4″ 215 R R
33 Freddy Zamora SS Miami 2020 22 6’1″ 190 R R
34 Nick Loftin SS Baylor 2020 22 6’1″ 180 R R
35 Dillon Dingler C Ohio State 2020 22 6’3″ 210 R R
36 Tommy Mace RHP Florida 2020 22 6’6″ 200 R R
37 Kyle Nicolas RHP Ball State 2020 21 6’3″ 205 R R
38 Logan Allen LHP FIU 2020 22 6’0″ 180 R L
39 Jeff Criswell RHP Michigan 2020 21 6’3″ 210 R R
40 Casey Schmitt 3B/RHP San Diego State 2020 21 6’2″ 200 R R
41 Jared Shuster LHP Wake Forest 2020 22 6’3″ 210 L L
42 Clayton Beeter RHP Texas Tech 2020 22 6’1″ 205 R R
43 Jake Eder LHP Vanderbilt 2020 20 6’4″ 220 L L
44 Adrian Del Castillo C/OF Miami 2021 20 6’0″ 200 L R
45 Hayden Cantrelle 2B LA-Lafayette 2020 22 5’11” 175 S R
46 Christian Roa RHP Texas A&M 2020 21 6’4″ 220 R R
47 Seth Lonsway LHP Ohio State 2020 22 6’3″ 195 L L
48 Burl Carraway LHP Dallas Baptist 2020 21 6’0″ 173 L L
49 Joe Boyle RHP Notre Dame 2020 21 6’7″ 220 R R
50 Ian Bedell RHP Missouri 2020 21 6’2″ 198 R R
51 Kevin Abel RHP Oregon State 2020 21 6’2″ 195 R R
52 Anthony Servideo SS Ole Miss 2020 21 5’10” 175 L R
53 Jud Fabian OF Florida 2021 19 6’1″ 180 R L
54 Matt McClain SS/OF UCLA 2021 20 5’11” 175 R R
55 Nick Frasso RHP Loyola Marymount 2020 22 6’5″ 190 R R
56 Alerick Soularie OF Tennessee 2020 21 5’11” 185 R R
57 Zach DeLoach OF Texas A&M 2020 22 6’2″ 200 L R
58 Parker Chavers OF Coastal Carolina 2020 22 5’11” 185 L R
59 Sal Frelick OF Boston College 2021 20 5’10” 175 L R
60 Ethan Wilson OF South Alabama 2021 20 6’2″ 210 L L
61 Colton Cowser OF Sam Houston St. 2021 20 6’3″ 195 L R
62 Tyler Keenan 3B Ole Miss 2020 21 6’3″ 240 L R
63 Gavin Williams RHP East Carolina 2020 21 6’6″ 227 L R
64 Joey Wiemer OF Cincinnati 2020 21 6’5″ 215 R R
65 Trenton Denholm RHP UC Irvine 2020 21 5’11” 190 R R
66 Jack Leftwich RHP Florida 2020 22 6’2″ 210 R R
67 Nick Swiney LHP NC State 2020 21 6’3″ 181 R L
68 Hudson Haskin OF Tulane 2020 21 6’2″ 195 R R
69 R.J. Dabovich RHP Arizona State 2020 21 6’3″ 215 R R
70 Stephen Emanuels RHP Washington 2020 21 6’5″ 215 R R
71 Hugh Fisher LHP Vanderbilt 2020 21 6’5″ 185 R L
72 Michael Kirian LHP Louisville 2020 21 6’6″ 235 R L
73 Alec Burleson OF/LHP East Carolina 2020 22 6’2″ 214 L L
74 Alex Binelas 3B Louisville 2021 20 6’3″ 210 L R
75 Luke Waddell 2B Georgia Tech 2020 22 5’9″ 176 L R
76 Jimmy Glowenke SS Dallas Baptist 2020 21 5’10” 175 R R
77 Alex Toral 1B Miami 2020 21 6’1″ 220 L L
78 Hunter Barco LHP Florida 2022 19 6’4″ 210 L L
79 Casey Opitz C Arkansas 2020 22 5’11” 175 S R
80 Gunnar Hoglund RHP Ole Miss 2021 20 6’4″ 220 L R
81 Bryce Bonnin RHP Texas Tech 2020 22 6’1″ 190 R R
82 Zavier Warren 3B Central Michigan 2020 21 6’0″ 190 S R
83 Luke Little LHP San Jacinto JC 2020 20 6’8″ 225 L L
84 Sam Weatherly LHP Clemson 2020 21 6’3″ 205 L L
85 Zach McCambley RHP Coastal Carolina 2020 21 6’1″ 205 L R
86 Bryce Elder RHP Texas 2020 21 6’2″ 220 R R
87 Ian Seymour LHP Virginia Tech 2020 21 6’0″ 190 L L
88 Jesse Franklin OF Michigan 2020 22 6’1″ 215 L L
89 Elijah Cabell OF Florida State 2020 21 6’2″ 190 R R
90 Tyler Brown RHP Vanderbilt 2020 22 6’4″ 242 R R
91 Trei Cruz SS Rice 2020 22 6’2″ 200 S R
92 Robby Martin OF Florida State 2021 20 6’3′ 210 L R
93 Andrew Abbott LHP Virginia 2020 20 6’0″ 175 L L
94 Kyle Hurt RHP USC 2020 21 6’3″ 215 R R
95 Christian Chamberlain LHP Oregon State 2020 21 5’11” 172 L L
96 Shane Drohan LHP Florida State 2020 21 6’3″ 200 R L
97 Landon Knack RHP East Tennessee State 2020 23 6’2″ 220 L R
98 Jaden Hill RHP LSU 2021 20 6’3″ 210 R R
99 Carson Seymour RHP Kansas State 2020 21 6’5″ 250 R R
100 Levi Prater LHP Oklahoma 2020 21 6’2″ 175 S L

There it is. Taking a look at every player in college baseball, these are the top 100 for dynasty leaguers to target as seen by Hobbs. There are a handful of things I would like to explain or draw attention to in this list, beginning with the seven names at the top that I reshuffled from my initial top 10.

The Magnificent Seven

In college athletics, there are seven universities that have displayed a consistent ability to stay in the black year after year. These athletic departments are self-sustaining and don’t utilize any dollars from the university budget or student fees. Enter March 2020. Everyone is in the red. You, me, your hairdresser, the neighborhood dog walker — even The Magnificent Seven. But there is a new Magnificent Seven: the seven players at the top of my prospect list that are in the 2020 MLB Draft class and are in a tier of their own. They are: Torkelson, Detmers, Martin, Hancock, Meyer, Gonzales and Lacy. These are the cant-miss prospects that should be your top priority in dynasty leagues. As far as the college class is concerned, it’s these seven and then a moderate drop-off before we get to the Kjerstads of the world. I would put these guys alongside Jared Kelley, Zac Veen and Mick Abel as it relates to the overall draft class.

When I first ranked these seven, I had them in the order in which I listed them in the paragraph above. I was ultra-high on Detmers because I deemed him the most polished. That hasn’t changed. I was lowest (as a fantasy owner) on Lacy because his delivery is a bit wonky and he may spend more time tinkering in the Minor Leagues, thus more uncertainty. I took floor over ceiling. But as more time goes by, it’s obvious Lacy will be the first pitcher off the board and the only arm capable of going at No. 3 overall. Lacy: best ceiling among the four arms in The Mag 7. Detmers: safest floor.

As for the others, Austin Martin slid up one spot while Gonzales jumped three positions. We know Martin will likely be the No. 2 pick if Torkelson indeed goes No. 1, and my reassessment of Detmers and Lacy allowed me to reflect that in my rankings. I have also heard mention of Gonzales being in the conversation at No. 3 overall and the more people I bounced my opinions off of, the more it became clear that a high-upside college bat at a premium position had to move up.

Other Notables Risers and Fallers

As mentioned in the introduction, I moved Heston Kjerstad from No. 12 on my list (behind Arkansas teammate Casey Martin) to No. 8 in the complete college 100. As with Lacy, Kjerstad has emerged as a near-lock to go top 10 overall in the 2020 MLB Draft. On top of that, many MLB crosscheckers appear to be less concerned about the big loop in Kjerstad’s load, and truthfully, the pure power upside here is so enticing that he has to be the next college player off the board (both in the 2020 MLB Draft and in first-year player fantasy drafts) once members of The Magnificent Seven have all been plucked away.

One player Kjerstad leaped with this update was CJ Van Eyk, who was by far the biggest faller in the rankings. I moved him from No. 8 to No. 20, for the mere fact that I was a little too high on him the first time around. I’m still more bullish on him than the industry consensus, but he’s not in the same ballpark as the names around him. The more I hear about Van Eyk, we’re probably looking at a fringe first rounder that could fall into the second, meaning to value him where I previously had him would be unwise.

The Underclassmen

13 total college underclassmen cracked this list: Kumar Rocker (No. 9), Jack Leiter (No. 22), Adrian Del Castillo (No. 44), Jud Fabian (No. 53), Matt McClain (No. 54), Sal Frelick (No. 59), Ethan Wilson (No. 60), Colton Cowser (No. 61), Alex Binelas (No. 74), Hunter Barco (No. 78), Gunnar Hoglund (No. 80), Robby Martin (No. 92) and Jaden Hill (No. 98).

Rocker is a ridiculous talent that I have already broken down twice: a detailed profile here and then again when I tabbed him as the No. 1 college underclassman to target for fantasy two weeks back. Outside of The Magnificent Seven and Kjerstad, I believe he is the most valuable college prospect in the game right now.

Among those 13 names, Hoglund, Martin and Hill are the three making their first appearance on Razzball, as they did not crack my top 10 college underclassmen prospects. Still, all are highly intruiging prospects that stack up well against the 2020 draft-eligible crop.

Hoglund is a right-hander with the build to make it as a starter. Equipped with a plus-fastball that topped at 93 MPH in his 2018 high school draft year, he now works the mid-90s with an average (if not borderline-plus) curveball and changeup. As a freshman in 2019, his 5.29 ERA and 7.01 K/9 over 68 innings wasn’t very impressive. However, Hoglund was brilliant in 2020, firing 23 1/3 frames with a 1.16 ERA and 14.2 K/9 while walking just four batters. It’s common to see high-upside arms falter their first season of college baseball before beginning to harness their stuff in year two. Hoglund should be a first round pick next June if the 2020 version of him is legit. He was previously selected 36th overall by the Pirates back in 2018, but passed up the $1.34M offered to him to attend Ole Miss instead. I get it. Even as a lifetime baseball man and Pennsylvania native, I’d need more than that to join the Pittsburgh organization.

Martin is more of a puzzling case as the industry seems to be all over the place in terms of how he projects as a professional. He was a Freshman All-American in 2019 after hitting .315/.398/.449 with four home runs, 17 doubles, 34 runs, 54 RBI and two steals. But he hasn’t shown much in the SB department despite having at least average speed and the power is questionable, as he failed to go deep in 2019 Cape Cod League action en route to .167/.265/.233 slash line over 34 plate appearances. In 2020, Martin got back in the groove and batted .324/.439/.412 with one steal and five extra base hits, although he was once again unable to leave the yard. Martin holds a career 22.4 K% and 13.2 K% at the college level. He’s far from ready to excel as a professional but has a hit tool decent enough to fit into the top 100.

Hill was a 38th round courtesy selection by the Cardinals back in 2018, when he was already touching 95 MPH with his heater. With his 6’4,” 215 pound frame, there’s obvious potential for triple digit velo in Hill’s arm. Looking beyond the fastball, his secondary pitches are a plus-changeup and average curveball. Although he’s ranked near the bottom of the top 100, his ceiling is far higher than where he’s currently positioned. The reason for that? Hill threw just 10 innings as a freshman in 2019 and only 11 2/3 in 2020 before the season was cancelled. Across his first two college campaigns, he pitched to a 0.83 ERA/0.69 WHIP with an 11.6 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9. Hill is someone to keep your eye on heading into the 2021 season. His stock could potentially skyrocket.

One Final Note that I would like to stress is that these prospects are all ranked in regard to the respective potential they have built to this point as future MLB players. As you can see, this list is 2020-heavy in terms of draft class. Not only do the members of the 2020 MLB Draft represent more quantifiable commodities (scouting grades, performance data, velocity, spin rates, exit velocity — you name it), but they’re also more polished prospects and come with closer MLB ETAs. I did not give members of the 2021 and 2022 classes a boost in an attempt to anticipate where their stock may rise to with the addition of the 2021 college baseball season.

If you have any questions or disagree with where I have these players ranked, please comment below. I love to dive into the finer details of these players.

 
  1. NICHOLAS R DILL says:
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    Some of the best insight for my dynasty baseball league. I dont know what I would do without thorough analysis and rankings. Appreciate you Hobbs!

    • Hobbs

      Hobbs says:
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      Thanks for the read, Nicholas!

  2. The Itch

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    Great work, Hobbs!!

    Had a weird thought about, ya know, what if there’s no baseball . . . does nobody get the chance to Roll Over for Rocker?

    I mean would Detroit just get to pick 1st again????

    I suspect nobody knows, but maybe there’s a bylaw somewhere.

    • Hobbs

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      Appreciate it, Itch! Interesting question, too — something I haven’t given much thought. We could see that, or maybe some type of tiered lottery system like the NHL utilized in 2005. Either way, will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

      • The Itch

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        Good call. Lottery makes a lot of sense. (Not that such is required for or even relevant to MLB operations.)

  3. Andres says:
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    Always a great read, Hobbs! I need my baseball fix now more than ever.

    • Hobbs

      Hobbs says:
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      Same here, Andres! Thanks for reading.

  4. Harley Earl says:
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    Hobbs,

    I’m glad to see you guys coming around on Heston Kjerstad. I tried to tell you back in February. He’s the real deal. And I still think you’re too high on Casey Martin. He was awful this spring and had already fallen out of favor with Van Horn. Kjerstad is the real deal, and I would argue he’ belongs in your Magnificent Seven. Good work!!!

    • Hobbs

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      As always, thanks for the read, Harley. It was really only a matter of time — and I didn’t have him all that low to begin with. I think he’ll be the first college name off the board after the Mag 7, but he could potentially leap Detmers or Hancock depending on how the top shakes out. I would be surprised if he went ahead of Meyer, but you never know.

      Casey Martin continues to be a polarizing guy to rank. I know you think he should be lower, but I can’t get over just how high his ceiling could become for fantasy baseball. I think there’s another level for him altogether, but whether or not he reaches it, like you say, is a major question. Still, he’s a player who hit 13+ HR and swiped 8+ bags his first two college seasons before struggling in 2020 (still seven XBH and six steals) and striking out once every three trips to the plate. His ceiling has him at No. 12, but the floor is much, much lower than that.

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Good insight Hobbs!

        Honestly, I hope you’re right about Martin. He might drop to me in the draft, so you never know, he may be the best available and I’ll end up with him! LOL

        This is definitely not a science, but I appreciate your work and analysis, along with your replies to comments. I think you’ve got a really good handle on the subject matter, so don’t think I’m not listening. I am!

        Good work, as always, and looking forward to your next piece!!

        • Hobbs

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          Much appreciated, Harley. If I have to choose between taking C. Martin or someone like Westburg, Workman, or even a Nick Loftin type — it’s just an easy choice for me. Those other position players are much more refined with their tools, but they don’t have the potential to be the future fantasy weapon Martin does.

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