Alright, readers! Prepare yourself for the most highly-anticipated expansion project since the Florida Marlins were awarded a bid to join Major League Baseball in the June of 1991! Oh, what a glorious two years it was, as new GM Dave Dombrowski quickly got to work assembling what he hoped would soon become a career trademark project. By Opening Day 1993, the Marlins were all systems go with the likes of Gary Sheffield, Walt Weiss, Benito Santiago, Bret Barberie, Orestes Destrade, Chuck Carr and bright young rookie, Jeff Conine. Simply tantalizing, wouldn’t you say?
Yes, yes. I know what you’re thinking. One, the 1993 expansion season also featured the Colorado Rockies. Two, no one cares about the Marlins. Three, I failed to mention the fact that the Florida franchise was purchased for $95 million by the former owner of Blockbuster Video. And finally four, no one cares about the Marlins. Take it from a me, a guy who can unfortunately say that he has been to both Sun Life Stadium and Marlins Park on two separate cross-country ballpark trips. Remember how many names the old stadium had? I can think of like six just off the top of my head.
That being said, I would like to announce an even greater undertaking, as I will be expanding from my Top 25 College Prospects to Target in Dynasty Leagues to an even 100 in this piece. Although the painstaking effort I have put into this list will likely never live up to what Dombrowski and the Marlins accomplished throughout the nineties, I can do my best to fill that void.
Before we get started, remember that these are rankings for college players to target in dynasty leagues. These are not standalone MLB Draft rankings or a projection of who might get drafted before whom this upcoming July. For example, I do not expect Reid Detmers (No. 2) to be drafted before Emerson Hancock (No. 4) or Asa Lacy (No. 7). I would, however, recommend Detmers over the latter two for anyone eyeing this trio up in a keeper or dynasty league. Side note: if you’re wondering why that is, you can find the answer in my breakdown of the Top 10 College Prospects.
Am I opening up a can of worms by electing to rank 100 college prospects in this manner? Surely. But I’ve always been the worm-can-opening, call-out-your-best-friend’s-girlfriend-at-the-beginning-of-the-party-kind-of-guy. Truth be told, I had a lot of fun with this project and even broadened my college prospect database by nearly 50 names in the process.
Enough already. It’s time for 23-year MLB veteran Charlie Hough to get this expansion officially underway as he takes the mound for the 1993 Florida Marlins on Opening Day. By 1997, this franchise will be World Champions, and again in 2003. As we proceed, my only wish is to establish a track record a fraction as unblemished as Florida’s all-time playoff history. Six series won, zero lost. By the end of this post, hopefully you will find my advice is far more helpful than any Marlins ownership group ever was. Suck it, Jeffrey Loria.
|1||Spencer Torkelson||1B||Arizona State||21||6′ 1″||205||R||R|
|2||Reid Detmers||LHP||Louisville||21||6′ 2″||205||L||L|
|3||Austin Martin||SS||Vanderbilt||21||6′ 0″||170||R||R|
|4||Emerson Hancock||RHP||Georgia||21||6′ 4″||200||R||R|
|5||Max Meyer||RHP||Minnesota||21||6′ 0″||180||R||R|
|6||Nick Gonzales||2B||New Mexico State||21||5′ 10″||190||R||R|
|7||Asa Lacy||LHP||Texas A&M||21||6′ 4″||180||L||L|
|8||CJ Van Eyk||RHP||Florida State||22||6′ 1″||185||R||R|
|9||Garrett Mitchell||OF||UCLA||22||6′ 3″||200||L||R|
|10||Garrett Crochet||LHP||Tennessee||21||6′ 5″||210||L||L|
|11||Casey Martin||SS||Arkansas||21||5′ 11″||180||R||R|
|12||Heston Kjerstad||OF||Arkansas||21||6′ 3″||180||S||R|
|13||Cade Cavalli||RHP||Oklahoma||22||6′ 4″||224||R||R|
|14||Daniel Cabrera||OF||LSU||22||6′ 1″||185||L||L|
|15||Bryce Jarvis||RHP||Duke||22||6′ 2″||185||L||R|
|16||Carmen Mlodzinski||RHP||South Carolina||21||6′ 2″||216||R||R|
|17||Tanner Burns||RHP||Auburn||21||6′ 0″||215||R||R|
|18||Patrick Bailey||C||North Carolina State||21||6′ 2″||192||S||R|
|19||Cole Wilcox||RHP||Georgia||21||6′ 5″||220||R||R|
|20||Austin Wells||C||Arizona||21||6′ 1″||200||L||R|
|21||Gage Workman||3B||Arizona State||21||6′ 4″||200||S||R|
|22||Jordan Westburg||SS||Mississippi State||21||6′ 3″||191||R||R|
|23||Chris McMahon||RHP||Miami||21||6′ 2″||205||R||R|
|24||Aaron Sabato||1B||North Carolina||21||6′ 2″||230||S||R|
|25||JT Ginn||RHP||Mississippi State||21||6′ 2″||200||R||R|
|26||Bobby Miller||RHP||Louisville||21||6′ 5″||220||L||R|
|27||Slade Cecconi||RHP||Miami||21||6′ 4″||193||R||R|
|28||Alika Williams||SS||Arizona State||21||6′ 2″||180||R||R|
|29||Justin Foscue||2B||Mississippi State||21||6′ 0″||201||R||R|
|30||Cole Henry||RHP||LSU||21||6′ 4″||215||R||R|
|31||Freddy Zamora||SS||Miami||22||6′ 1″||190||R||R|
|32||Nick Loftin||SS||Baylor||22||6′ 1″||180||R||R|
|33||Dillon Dingler||C||Ohio State||22||6′ 3″||210||R||R|
|34||Tommy Mace||RHP||Florida||22||6′ 6″||200||R||R|
|35||Kyle Nicolas||RHP||Ball State||21||6′ 3″||205||R||R|
|36||Logan Allen||LHP||Florida International||22||6′ 0″||180||R||L|
|37||Jeff Criswell||RHP||Michigan||21||6′ 3″||210||R||R|
|38||Casey Schmitt||3B/RHP||San Diego State||21||6′ 2″||200||R||R|
|39||Jared Shuster||LHP||Wake Forest||22||6′ 3″||210||L||L|
|40||Clayton Beeter||RHP||Texas Tech||22||6′ 1″||205||R||R|
|41||Jake Eder||LHP||Vanderbilt||20||6′ 4″||220||L||L|
|42||Hayden Cantrelle||2B||Louisiana Lafayette||22||5′ 11″||175||S||R|
|43||Christian Roa||RHP||Texas A&M||21||6′ 4″||220||R||R|
|44||Seth Lonsway||LHP||Ohio State||22||6′ 3″||195||L||L|
|45||Burl Carraway||LHP||Dallas Baptist||21||6′ 0″||173||L||L|
|46||Joe Boyle||RHP||Notre Dame||21||6′ 7″||220||R||R|
|47||Ian Bedell||RHP||Missouri||21||6′ 2″||198||R||R|
|48||Kevin Abel||RHP||Oregon State||21||6′ 2″||195||R||R|
|49||Anthony Servideo||SS||Ole Miss||21||5′ 10″||175||L||R|
|50||Nick Frasso||RHP||Loyola Marymount||22||6′ 5″||190||R||R|
|51||Alerick Soularie||OF||Tennessee||21||5′ 11″||185||R||R|
|52||Zach DeLoach||OF||Texas A&M||22||6′ 2″||200||L||R|
|53||Parker Chavers||OF||Coastal Carolina||22||5′ 11″||185||L||R|
|54||Tyler Keenan||3B||Ole Miss||21||6′ 3″||240||L||R|
|55||Gavin Williams||RHP||East Carolina||21||6′ 6″||227||L||R|
|56||Joey Wiemer||OF||Cincinnati||21||6′ 5″||215||R||R|
|57||Trenton Denholm||RHP||UC Irvine||21||5′ 11″||190||R||R|
|58||Jack Leftwich||RHP||Florida||22||6′ 2″||210||R||R|
|59||Nick Swiney||LHP||North Carolina State||21||6′ 3″||181||R||L|
|60||Hudson Haskin||OF||Tulane||21||6′ 2″||195||R||R|
|61||R.J. Dabovich||RHP||Arizona State||21||6′ 3″||215||R||R|
|62||Stephen Emanuels||RHP||Washington||21||6′ 5″||215||R||R|
|63||Hugh Fisher||LHP||Vanderbilt||21||6′ 5″||185||R||L|
|64||Michael Kirian||LHP||Louisville||21||6′ 6″||235||R||L|
|65||Alec Burleson||OF/LHP||East Carolina||22||6′ 2″||214||L||L|
|66||Luke Waddell||2B||Georgia Tech||22||5′ 9″||176||L||R|
|67||Jimmy Glowenke||SS||Dallas Baptist||21||5′ 10″||175||R||R|
|68||Alex Toral||1B||Miami||21||6′ 1″||220||L||L|
|69||Casey Opitz||C||Arkansas||22||5′ 11″||175||S||R|
|70||Bryce Bonnin||RHP||Texas Tech||22||6′ 1″||190||R||R|
|71||Zavier Warren||3B||Central Michigan||21||6′ 0″||190||S||R|
|72||Luke Little||LHP||San Jacinto JC TX||20||6′ 8″||225||L||L|
|73||Sam Weatherly||LHP||Clemson||21||6′ 3″||205||L||L|
|74||Zach McCambley||RHP||Coastal Carolina||21||6′ 1″||205||L||R|
|75||Bryce Elder||RHP||Texas||21||6′ 2″||220||R||R|
|76||Ian Seymour||LHP||Virginia Tech||21||6′ 0″||190||L||L|
|77||Jesse Franklin||OF||Michigan||22||6′ 1″||215||L||L|
|78||Elijah Cabell||OF||Florida State||21||6′ 2″||190||R||R|
|79||Tyler Brown||RHP||Vanderbilt||22||6′ 4″||242||R||R|
|80||Trei Cruz||SS||Rice||22||6′ 2″||200||S||R|
|81||Andrew Abbott||LHP||Virginia||20||6′ 0″||175||L||L|
|82||Kyle Hurt||RHP||Southern California||21||6′ 3″||215||R||R|
|83||Christian Chamberlain||LHP||Oregon State||21||5′ 11″||172||L||L|
|84||Shane Drohan||LHP||Florida State||21||6′ 3″||200||R||L|
|85||Landon Knack||RHP||East Tennessee State||23||6′ 2″||220||L||R|
|86||Carson Seymour||RHP||Kansas State||21||6′ 5″||250||R||R|
|87||Levi Prater||LHP||Oklahoma||21||6′ 2″||175||S||L|
|88||Jamal O’Guinn||3B||Southern California||21||6′ 4″||220||R||R|
|89||Jordan Nwogu||OF||Michigan||21||6′ 3″||235||R||R|
|90||Dane Acker||RHP||Oklahoma||21||6′ 2″||189||R||R|
|91||Gabe Shepard||RHP||Southern Mississippi||21||5′ 10″||180||R||R|
|92||Nander De Sedas||SS||Florida State||21||6′ 1″||190||S||R|
|93||Will Klein||RHP||Eastern Illinois||21||6′ 5″||225||R||R|
|94||Blake Dunn||OF||Western Michigan||22||6′ 0″||205||R||R|
|95||Reese Albert||OF||Florida State||21||6′ 2″||197||L||L|
|96||Jeremy Wu-Yelland||LHP||Hawaii||21||6′ 2″||205||L||L|
|97||Shay Whitcomb||SS||UC San Diego||22||6′ 3″||200||R||R|
|98||Trent Palmer||RHP||Jacksonville||21||6′ 1″||230||R||R|
|99||Niko Kavadas||1B||Notre Dame||22||6′ 1″||235||L||R|
|100||Mason Erla||RHP||Michigan State||22||6′ 4″||217||R||R|
There you have it: all 100 – an expansion of 75 players from my original top 25. Although this list features only 100 players, my prospect database includes in-depth data on over 200 draft hopefuls from the college circuit. That being said, please chime in with questions about guys who you hoped might be on this list but failed to make the cut, as well as names you believe should be ranked a bit higher. And, if you may be so bold, feel free to begin a dialogue about the Florida Marlins of old.
First, just want to say I love the list. It’s great help with future drafting/scouting/prospecting. So thanks for the hard work. I can’t imagine trying to put 100 together and rank them. Like that you have Martin and Kjerstad at #11 and #12. I’d move Kjerstad over Martin, personally. Martin was getting exposed this season for the weak bat he really has. Van Horn had dropped him in the order, benched him a couple games and was considering moving him to 3B or 2B because his glove was not performing at shortstop either. I hope you’re right but I fear he may be more hype than substance.
Also, one other thing. I noticed you don’t really have any underclassmen ranked. I know they can’t get drafted for a couple years depending on their classification but being this is a dynasty top 100, I thought underclassmen should be included. Anyway, if you’re looking for one to consider, you might want to remember the name Robert Moore.
Moore is the son of the Kansas City General Manager. Plays second base at Arkansas and may be the best pure hitter on the team already as a freshman. He was tearing it up before the season shut down. He passed on the draft out of high school to get some work with Van Horn at Arkansas. Otherwise he’d have gone in the top 5-10 rounds of last year’s draft. This kid is special. Put him on your radar!
Love your top six. Solid group!
As always, thanks for the read, Harley.
Here’s what I will say about the two bright, young Razorbacks: Kjerstad is definitely further along with the bat and will provide more from a pure hitting standpoint in his MLB career, although he still has some work to do on the hit tool. I will not argue with that. However, I love Martin’s raw tools as it relates to fantasy. Martin has the potential to be a five-category fantasy star, while Kjerstad does not. The bat speed and quick-twitch swing that Martin possesses also has me very optimistic. Still, if these were pure MLB Draft rankings, I’d have Kjerstad over Martin, no question.
Fun fact: the industry consensus rankings I have built in my database have Martin as the No. 10 college prospect and Kjerstad at No. 14.
Only draft-eligible college players were considered for several reasons, although I will take your suggestion into consideration. One, intel on the underclassmen can be harder to come by. Two, it’s an attempt to keep this content relevant to as many readers as possible by focusing on the players who will be ownable in the next calendar year.
As always, love the back-and-forth, so please keep chiming in! And I will keep Moore on my radar — I remember you telling me about him previously.
Good stuff, Hobbs.
Yeah, seems to be the consensus that Martin has the potential to project just as you say, a 5-tool player. I know his speed is what separates him and I’m well aware of Kjerstad’s swing and miss tendency. Having watched them both pretty closely the pat two years, I really like Kjerstad better. But I get where you’re coming from. I hope you’re right because I’d love to see Martin be an MLB star as some project he could be.
You guys do great work on your prospect analysis and I trust your judgment. I’m sure you know more about this than me. Like I said, I wouldn’t come close to ranking 100 college prospects.
Also want to say I love Reid Detmers, Louisville. Just curious, who’s MLB curveball would you compare his to right now? Or is it even an MLB pitch right now? Looks like its MLB worthy to me.
The jury seems to be out on Detmers’ curve. I’ve seen it graded anywhere from 55-65 and topping out at a future value of 70. For reference, Max Meyer’s slider sits at a present day value of 70. I don’t know who I’d comp it to, but I’d say I’m higher than most, as evidenced by my rankings.
As a side note, since you’ve commented on both my top six and Detmers — I’ve heard rumblings that the first two arms off the board this July could be Lacy and Meyer, with Hancock coming thereafter. Personally, I expect to see it go Hancock, Lacy, Meyer, Detmers — another reason I think Detmers could be a bargain in next year’s first-year player fantasy drafts.