Here’s a look at the best prospects for fantasy baseball right now. It’s a fluid list, and you’ll see some big changes as well as some new faces from the preseason Top 50. I’m sticking to a cap of 130 at bats or 50 innings pitched in the major leagues when determining who is still eligible for this list. So while some of the names have already been promoted this year and are expected to graduate, I’m still going to rank them. If Miguel Sano drinks too much nerve tonic with only 100 MLB at bats, he’d still qualify for prospect lists heading into next year, so he’s included on this one. This list does not include any 2015 draftees or J2 signees. The +/- column on the right shows how much each prospect rose or fell from my preseason list. I wouldn’t sweat players who moved just a few slots. Instead, I’d focus on the double-digit changes and the new additions. For lengthier notes on some of the biggest movers, you should check out last week’s post. Personally I skew towards hitters and rank only a handful of pitchers that I really like. Keep in mind that I’m coming at you from the perspective of our fantasy game, so it may differ from a traditional prospect list when it comes to certain players. Now that the housekeeping is out of the way, here is this year’s midseason Top 50 prospects for fantasy baseball…

Rank Player Pos Team Age +/- ETA
1 Byron Buxton OF MIN 21
2 Miguel Sano 3B MIN 22 +3
3 Corey Seager SS LAD 21 +3 2015
4 Yoan Moncada 2B BOS 20 +6 2017
5 Lucas Giolito SP WAS 20 +4 2016
6 Joey Gallo 3B TEX 21 +2 2015
7 Kyle Schwarber C CHC 22 +27 2015
8 Nomar Mazara OF TEX 20 +13 2016
9 J.P. Crawford SS PHI 20 +7 2016
10 David Dahl OF COL 21 +2 2017
11 Aaron Judge OF NYY 23 +21 2016
12 Francisco Lindor SS CLE 21 +5
13 Jose Peraza 2B ATL 21 +12 2015
14 Julio Urias SP LAD 18 +5 2016
15 Rafael Devers 3B BOS 18 +20 2018
16 Raimel Tapia OF COL 21 +2 2017
17 Nick Williams OF TEX 21 NR 2017
18 Josh Bell 1B PIT 22 +4 2016
19 Manuel Margot OF BOS 20 +22 2017
20 Jesse Winker OF CIN 21 +3 2016
21 Bradley Zimmer OF CLE 22 NR 2016
22 Trea Turner SS WAS 22 NR 2016
23 Jose Berrios SP MIN 21 +26 2015
24 Tim Anderson SS CWS 22 +16 2016
25 Michael Conforto OF NYM 22 NR 2016
26 Rusney Castillo OF BOS 28 -2 2015
27 Lewis Brinson OF TEX 21 +6 2018
28 Steven Matz SP NYM 24 NR
29 Ryan McMahon 3B COL 20 +7 2018
30 Stephen Piscotty OF STL 24 +17 2015
31 Raul Mondesi SS KC 19 +12 2017
32 Dalton Pompey OF TOR 22 -6 2015
33 Robert Stephenson SP CIN 22 -5 2016
34 Alex Reyes SP STL 20 NR 2017
35 Jeff Hoffman SP TOR 22 NR 2016
36 Aaron Nola SP PHI 22 NR 2015
37 Trevor Story SS COL 22 NR 2016
38 Clint Frazier OF CLE 20 -7 2017
39 Austin Meadows OF PIT 20 +3 2017
40 Ozhaino Albies SS ATL 18 NR 2018
41 Amed Rosario SS NYM 19 -4 2018
42 Luis Severino SP NYY 21 NR 2015
43 Alex Jackson OF SEA 19 -14 2018
44 Orlando Arcia SS MIL 20 NR 2017
45 Tyler Glasnow SP PIT 21 -1 2016
46 Derek Fisher OF HOU 21 NR 2018
47 Hector Olivera INF LAD 30 NR 2015
48 Daniel Norris SP TOR 22 2015
49 A.J. Reed 1B HOU 22 NR 2017
50 Hunter Renfroe OF SD 23 -4 2016

Graduations: Carlos Correa, Joc Pederson, Maikel Franco, Kris Bryant, Noah Syndergaard, Blake Swihart, Jorge Soler, Yasmany Tomas, Carlos Rodon, Michael Taylor, and Addison Russell

The Bubble: D.J. Peterson, Jorge Alfaro, Dylan Bundy, Archie Bradley, Reynaldo Lopez, Wilmer Difo, Gleyber Torres, Jameson Taillon, Jorge Mateo, Franklin Barreto, and Willy Adames

 
  1. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    I’m definitely a big JP Crawford fan. Very Mookie Bettsy, but with a bigger frame that could lend itself to more power as he progresses. Thanks for putting together these rankings Mike.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nice…anytime Fred!

  2. apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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    I love AJ Reed. Something smells like Goldy about him to me.

    • apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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      @apoxonbothyourhouses: Also feeling that the Alex Reyes placement is too low. That kid’s stuff is on par with Gilolito’s (as a matter of fact, I’ve read some scouting reports that have Reyes’s FB as better than LG’s). He’s got the makings on an ace.

      • Yescheese says:
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        @apoxonbothyourhouses: he’s a cardinal, so of course you’re right. F-ing Cardinals…

  3. apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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    last ones….

    Gleyber Torres and Franklin Barretto? You’re VERY low on them. Care to explain why? I’ve seen some very very high rankings on them (Sickels comes to mind).

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d love to rank nothing but SS prospects. They’re on the bubble above and should be firmly in the top 50 heading into next season. If you put them in the forties on your list you wouldn’t get a big fight from me.

      • apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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        @Mike: coolio

  4. heisenberg says:
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    Henry Owens has given up only 68 hits in 104.1 innings for the Pawsox. I know his W/BB sucks, but whats the word on a possible callup? I read his changeup is wicked.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Seems like they just want to give him more time to cook.

  5. Joeg414 says:
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    Brian Johnson does not make the list ?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      not enough of a fantasy impact guy IMO

    • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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      @Joeg414: look for Grey’s account of that guy, it ain’t good.

  6. Fastpitch says:
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    What can we expect from Nola this year ROS? Is he just getting a shot because the Phils are so bad or could he be skilled enough for several teams? I’m thinking of adding him to a redraft NLpnly league and dropping a holds guy. Thanks, for all you do.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      no problem…sure, if you’re dropping a holds guy, I’d say go for the stash, especially in NL only format

  7. J-FOH says:
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    I was hoping judge would get the call this year but you’re saying it’s a no go?

    With the emergence of g-Chuck in St Louis does this delay piscotty til next year? I feel like the federalist is everyone’s most hated mlb prosblock.

    • The Harrow says:
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      @J-FOH: piscotty has been moved to 1B to take over for mini donkey, which Grey has mentioned lately. No team wants to continue to start mini donkey who at the same time think they are competing this year. STL should figure this out fairly soon, only reason they probably didn’t was they continued to win at a .666 or so clip. Not so much lately. Also, those numbers above showing movement is the way to do it, the colors aren’t even important if those are offputting somehow.

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      @J-FOH: federalist was finally disgraceful listed, with likely phantom injury (or really, hopefully it was real, but i doubt it). Even Matheny isn’t benching Grichuk anymore at CF (matheny loves Jay for some reason)

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Mike: @The Harrow: I knew Jay was on the DL, I was speaking of when everyone is healthy, possibly in august, what happens with that OF. I never caught Grey talking about Piscotty…great, now I’ve been outed, I dont read every word every writer on the site writes. Didn’t really need to know that a pro team would want to upgrade donkey, thats as obvious as your constant need to see movement in rankings with some kind of number. You really need to let that one go.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          *slowly backs out of the room*

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Mike: get back here Mike…Mike? Mike?why are you running? Don’t make me come after you.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              • J-FOH says:
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                @Mike: now this is starting to look like some dos video game

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  the brick wall I’m hiding behind turned into ? marks…d’oh

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Mike: uh oh, better get my cannonball bombs out

                  • Big W says:
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                    @Mike: Mike, answer his question about Judge… I’m stashing him so I’m curious to know your thoughts on when he might be called up. With the Beltran injury, I thought he’d be up sooner than later…especially because the yankees are in the mix somehow…Do you really think the ETA is 2016? Not even a September call up?

                    • Mike

                      Mike says:
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                      lol…yes sir!

                      September 2015/early 2016 would be my guess

        • The Harrow says:
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          @J-FOH: it certainly appears i don’t have a choice on that last part.

          • The Harrow says:
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            @The Harrow: what’s the obvious takeway as to why you don’t use them, when clearly the other rankers do (Mike and JB) and they they certainly make a list that moves from time to time more useful? This wasn’t asked assuming there’d be any kind of answer so don’t worry about any more effort on this than usual of course.

            • J-FOH says:
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              Yup

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      what Harrow said…recent move to 1B could get him up sooner

  8. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Mike, I have been holding onto Castillo in a deep 15 team roto keeper. .OPB and TB instead of .AVG and HR. He can be kept next year at a cost of $14. I could use some production from him this year but even with him taking up a roster spot on any given day I am between 2nd and 4th ( 1st seems too strong and too far ahead)…so I am competing. Top 3 get payouts. Not much at all to grab which is another reason I have held onto him.

    Anyways, is he worth holding onto at this point or would I be better served to grab someone like Judge or Peraza? I do own Peterson and Maybin…if that makes a difference on Peraza. But, I assume Maybin gets traded and or Peterson loses role when/if Peraza arrives. I could then keep either for $2 next year. Thanks and appreciate what you do!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      anytime Joe! that’s a tough on…it’s hard to recommend stashing prospects on a major league roster when you’re fighting for cash. That said, I think Judge is the best bet for giving you something at the end of this year as well as making an impact next year, if only because Castillo feels too high at $14 even if he’s “safer”

  9. Hi Mike — How big a gap is there between the top two? And do you think either would be a strong keeper choice at the expense of a 12th-round pick in a 14-team roto league? In my league we can keep two players from the lower rounds, and since Buxton and Sano were not drafted they’d cost a 12th-round pick.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      not a big gap, but different profiles and Buxton could impact more cats. More power from Sano, more steals/average from Buxton…so you’re talking about a potential 5-cat guy in Buxton while Sano could be just more big power/RBI impact

      • @Mike: Do you think Sano (since he’s the one I have now) is worth considering as a keeper at the expense of a 12th-round pick next year? I know there’s half a season to go and any number of things could happen to him. But if he finishes this season healthy and doesn’t go into a huge slump and looks like he’ll be on the opening day roster next year, more or less where will be be ranked? Does the 50-70 range sound about right?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          sounds about right…I think the 12th is a good round to keep him in

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              no problem

  10. MJ says:
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    Glasnow seems too low.
    No Brett Phillips? AJ Reed is dominating, but a toolsy Phillips is the better fantasy player.
    Bradley Zimmer justs seems like he will be a stud!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Both Reed and Phillips will get the Double-A test soon. It’s fair to say Phillips should be over Reed, so it’s just my preference. I actually had Reed much lower than Phillips in preseason.

      Agreed on Zimmer, and I hope you’re right since I’m going to see a lot of him in Akron soon!

      Re Glasnow…I like him and just don’t rank a lot of arms. You could argue he should be above the Hoffman group and that’s fair.

      • Baezaworldseries says:
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        @Mike: Be honest. You only put AJ on the list because he’s on my terrible RazzNasty team.
        Make me feel good BillyBob!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          lol…you’ve blown this thing wide open!

          • Baezaworldseries says:
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            @Mike: It’s always all about me!!

  11. E_Money says:
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    What to do with Lucroy? Would it be wise to drop him in favor of Cervelli?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      eh, I’d hold. But it depends how deep your league is. Catcher is one of those positions you either stream or set and forget depending on the format

  12. Grant says:
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    Who are the top prospects that will be coming up later this year that would have the biggest fantasy impact? I want to make a few smart stashes!

  13. Yescheese says:
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    Here’s a fun TBone for you: Rank Snell, Honeywell, Guerrieri by fantasy potential. Ah, to be the Rays…

    • Yescheese says:
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      @Yescheese: that was supposed to be “TB one” but “TBone” is equally applicable.