Much has changed since last we met to hash out the snapshot of prospect tower.

Today’s the day we’re on our way to Mortal Kombat, Dynasty Edition.

It’s more than a game of either or in a lot of ways but not more ways than it’s not.

You’ll skip all this if I risk any more sentences here, I fear, unless you’ve skipped it already, which is honestly fine by me. You’re gone by now, so I might as well say the work is in the spreadsheet. And perhaps in the comments section once we get rolling. Hours upon hours of happy hustle.

Rank Player Position Age 4/1/21 Team ETA
1 Wander Franco SS 20 TB 2021
2 Bobby Witt Jr. SS 20 KC 2022
3 Julio Rodriguez OF 20 SEA 2022
4 Vidal Brujan 2B 23 TB 2021
5 CJ Abrams SS 20 SD 2022
6 Spencer Torkelson 1B 21 DET 2022
7 Brennen Davis OF 21 CHC 2022
8 Corbin Carroll OF 20 ARI 2023
9 Marco Luciano SS 19 SF 2023
10 Adley Rutschman C 23 BAL 2022
11 Alek Manoah RHP 23 TOR 2021
12 Jarren Duran OF 24 BOS 2021
13 Francisco Alvarez C 19 NYM 2023
14 Riley Greene OF 20 DET 2022
15 Luis Matos OF 19 SF 2022
16 Noelvi Marte SS 19 SEA 2022
17 Gabriel Moreno C 21 TOR 2021
18 Orelvis Martinez 3B 19 TOR 2023
19 Hedbert Perez OF 19 MIL 2024
20 Jarred Kelenic OF 21 SEA 2021
21 Jasson Dominguez OF 18 NYY 2025
22 Triston Casas 3B 21 BOS 2022
23 Reid Detmers LHP 21 LAA 2022
24 Grayson Rodriguez RHP 21 BAL 2022
25 Greg Jones SS 23 TB 2023
26 Nick Lodolo LHP 23 CIN 2021
27 Hunter Greene RHP 21 CIN 2022
28 Nick Pratto 1B 22 KC 2022
29 Pedro Leon SS/OF 22 HOU 2022
30 Tyler Soderstrom C/OF 19 OAK 2023
31 Jordan Walker 3B 18 STL 2024
32 Gunnar Henderson SS 19 BAL 2023
33 Zac Veen OF 19 COL 2025
34 Jose Miranda 3B 23 MIN 2022
35 Oneil Cruz SS 22 PIT 2021
36 Kahlil Watson SS 17 MIA 2025
37 Nolan Gorman 3B 21 STL 2022
38 Liover Peguero SS 20 PIT 2022
39 Diego Cartaya C 19 LAD 2025
40 Josh Jung 3B 23 TEX 2021
41 Wilman Diaz SS 17 LAD 2025
42 Shane Baz RHP 21 TB 2022
43 George Kirby RHP 23 SEA 2022
44 Robert Hassell III OF 19 SD 2024
45 Josiah Gray RHP 23 LAD 2021
46 Oswald Peraza SS 20 NYY 2022
47 Anthony Volpe SS 20 NYY 2023
48 Marcelo Mayer SS 18 BOS 2025
49 Luis Patiño RHP 21 TB 2020
50 Cade Cavalli RHP 22 WSH 2022
51 Jack Leiter RHP 20 TEX 2022
52 Kumar Rocker RHP 21 NYM 2023
53 Heriberto Hernandez OF 21 TB 2022
54 Nick Gonzales 2B 21 PIT 2022
55 Gilberto Jimenez OF 20 BOS 2023
56 Michael Harris II OF 20 ATL 2023
57 Miguel Vargas 3B 21 LAD 2022
58 Kristian Robinson OF 20 ARI 2024
59 Cal Raleigh C 24 SEA 2021
60 Tyler Freeman SS 21 CLE 2022
61 Alek Thomas OF 20 ARI 2022
62 Jeter Downs SS 22 BOS 2021
63 Henry Davis C 21 PIT 2023
64 MacKenzie Gore LHP 22 SD 2022
65 Brett Baty 3B 21 NYM 2022
66 Korry Howell SS/OF 22 MIL 2022
67 Garrett Mitchell OF 22 MIL 2022
68 Jose Barrero SS 23 CIN 2020
69 Brandon Marsh OF 23 LAA 2021
70 Edward Cabrera RHP 22 MIA 2021
71 Royce Lewis SS 21 MIN 2022
72 Austin Martin 3B/OF 22 TOR 2022
73 Sixto Sanchez RHP 22 MIA 2020
74 Ronny Mauricio SS 20 NYM 2023
75 Max Meyer RHP 22 MIA 2022
76 Reggie Preciado SS 17 CHC 2024
77 Simeon Woods-Richardson RHP 20 TOR 2021
78 Roansy Contreras RHP 21 PIT 2022
79 Alec Burleson 1B 22 STL 2022
80 Aeverson Arteaga SS 18 SF 2024
81 Curtis Terry 1B 24 TEX 2021
82 DL Hall LHP 22 BAL 2022
83 Joe Ryan RHP 24 MIN 2021
84 Jake Eder LHP 22 MIA 2022
85 Asa Lacy LHP 21 KC 2022
86 Blake Walston LHP 19 ARI 2023
87 Daniel Espino RHP 20 CLE 2023
88 Cole Winn RHP 21 TEX 2023
89 Jose Rodriguez SS 19 CHW 2023
90 Mark Vientos SS 21 NYM 2023
91 George Valera OF 20 CLE 2023
92 Joe Gray Jr. OF 21 MIL 2023
93 Angel Martinez SS 19 CLE 2024
94 Luisangel Acuña SS 19 TEX 2023
95 Matthew Fraizer OF 22 PIT 2023
96 Bubba Thompson OF 22 TEX 2022
97 Zach DeLoach OF 22 SEA 2022
98 Quinn Priester RHP 20 PIT 2023
99 Eddys Leonard SS 20 LAD 2024
100 Matthew Liberatore LHP 21 STL 2022

I’m @theprospectitch on Twitter.Thanks for reading!

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Michael b
Michael b
1 year ago

I notice kelenic is a lot lower than he used to be (widely considered a top 2 or 3 prospect before his first callup) I’ll be honest of course he should be lower than that due to his horrible flop, but he got called up again and hes a bit better lately, you know who wasnt re called up and isnt better lately? Vidal brujan! How come brujan is so high? Jarren duran too, duran and brujan are crushing kelenic according to this list and brujan was batting well under .100 and got sent down, duran was good but got cooled down and seems to strike out a lot (average well under 200)
1. if you were to update this list as of their performances right now, would you move any of these 3 around? And out of kelenic and duran who would be better to roster (solely based on offensive production in the remainder of the second half this year)
2. Bobby witt jr. Promoted to triple A, do you think he could be promoted to mlb anytime soon (or this year at all for that matter?)

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Michael b
1 year ago

1. this was posted 5 days after his list came out, what chance you think you think he’s changing stuff in that 5 days simply since he found out you are aware of “brujan’s hitting .100” (in less than 30 at bats, barely allowed to start) and “duran seems to strike out a lot”. he was aware of duran’s K numbers and that brujan in less than 30 at bats hit .100 so far before he made this post.

2. next year

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  goodfold2
1 year ago

sorry, “what chance you think he’ll change stuff” bad typing there

Dude
Dude
1 year ago

Soler or Toro ROS? Is Soler going to be more productive in the Atlanta lineup? Toro looks good but can he keep it up?

Dude
Dude
1 year ago

Is Detmers a grab and see? How do you feel he is going to do? And is he going to stick in the rotation ROS?

rocket
rocket
1 year ago

How do you feel about Luis Robert moving forward? Think he will be a top 10-20 fantasy player within the next couple years?

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  rocket
1 year ago

months back he liked arozarena more. this much is certain. doesn’t help much here without knowing where he’d slot arozarena for possible up to 2 years rankings of course. my guess is he’s at least a bit lower than that, possibly much more.

dolfan1385
dolfan1385
Reply to  rocket
1 year ago

Emailed Rudy asking when a post draft updated prospect list would come out and here it is. Amazing stuff. I’m in a bind and have my 3 Rd minor league draft coming up Monday. I pick 2nd. Loaded with hitters in my system (Abrams, Tork, Carroll, Matos, H Perez, Cruz, G Jimenez, Marsh and then guys off the list like H Ramos and E Pena. Had Kopech and Skubal but they were promoted this year. Do I dump Ramos or Pena and draft one of the young hitters from draft (Henderson or Watson) or just go with either Lieter or Rocker? Was surprised not to see Frelick on list. Ty so much for what you do. Best prospect site in business.

Dan
Dan
1 year ago

In 30 team dynasty, I trade Jose Barrero for Francisco Alvarez. Looks good based on your list. Go ahead and pull the trigger?

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Dan
1 year ago

yeppers.

Fat Mack
Fat Mack
1 year ago

Hey hey – what are your thoughts on Wander vs Witt for next season only? Is there a clear difference between them? Seems like wander likely has secure ABs whereas I don’t really know for Witt. Any thoughts on them for next season would be greatly appreciated!

BigBun
BigBun
1 year ago

Why the 2025 ETA for Veen? Is he that far behind other 19 yo like Marte, Orelvis and matos?

Eli Man Penguin Boy
Eli Man Penguin Boy
1 year ago

same 16 teamer with tons of extra stats dynasty (OPS, total bases, hits, steals %, OBP over AVG) where i traded groshans + t.freeman for heriberto + 2 different 2022 2nd rounders (now with 4 picks in the first 32 next year), partially just for value but also to clear space (more of that needed later with those picks). now have these in stash slots:
r.castro, d.jefferies, d.espino, b.miller (LAD), hedbert, heriberto, w.diaz, j.walker, k-rob, n.marte, c.terry.

i see castro should be around howell (mid 60’s) from comment. these are available, being somewhat loath to have 2/11ths catchers though: soderstrom, cartaya, volpe, peguero (we’re not open universe so these just drafted in real life guys are 1st obtainable in our next year’s draft, unless called up first, in which case they’d go to waivers first). any moves here?

this is main roster outside of stashed guys:
C torrens
1B mancini (LF/RF)
2B semien (SS)
SS jp craw
3B jose ram
MI mcmahon (1B-3B)
CI chapman (3B)
LF meadows (RF)
CF amed rosario (SS)
RF arozarena (LF)
OF jd mart (LF/RF)
OF aquino
util larnach (LF/RF), odor (2B, just added)
BN: t.taylor (all OF, just added)
DL: mookie, daz cameron, kirilloff, gomes, e.white

SP: pineda, watkins (likely streamer, we got 1750 max innings here), mize, wood, morton, mahle, sandoval
RP: t.rogers (MIN), treinen (holds/saves sold separately, and K/9, K/BB), pomeranz, reyes, lugo
DL: verlander, yates, carrasco, e.hernandez

Eli Man Penguin Boy
Eli Man Penguin Boy
Reply to  Eli Man Penguin Boy
1 year ago

and paddack too.

Eli Man Penguin Boy
Eli Man Penguin Boy
Reply to  Eli Man Penguin Boy
1 year ago

ok, from that:
– 2nd game in last 3 times started gets 2 HR’s in 2 at bats
– 5 HR’s in 23 at bats
– only hits he’s gotten are HR’s

getting more loath to drop obv

Oddball Herrera
Oddball Herrera
1 year ago

Jose Miranda randomly playing 1B today for STP. One of my key indicators for callups is sudden position changes.

I keep trying to find an offensive comp – maybe Andujar + walks?

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
1 year ago

Hey Itch,

Just wondered, what do you make of Brujan’s first taste of the Big Leagues? Obviously he was overmatched, which is true for most prospects. But was there anything at all that stood out that concerns you or gives you confidence? I don’t know if he’s really as good as some of the hype on him suggests.

Also, I see you’ve dropped Kelenic to #20. I always wondered why he bolted up so many prospect rankings so quickly. His leap up the rankings came like the week after the Mariners traded Edwin Diaz for him. I’ve always wondered if this had something to do with his rank because Diaz was so highly thought of at the time. Truth is, he hasn’t really had that much time to develop in the minors. Go look at his seasons as a whole. Not much time at any level and the 2020 pandemic year sure didn’t help. I just wonder if he’s one of these guys that might be totally in over his head for the rankings he’s received. You seem to be subscribing to this opinion to, but I’m not sure you’ve fully committed to it.

Also, Hedbert is now in Rookie ball and showing some elite skills. Is he a future #1 prospect?

Anyway, curious what you think about both these guys now. Thanks.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  The Itch
1 year ago

Great stuff on that thread. Thanks for sharing. Appreciate the insight.

I hope Kelenic figures it out but he may need significant time before that happens. Lastly, I’m looking forward to the rise of Hedbert!!!

Philip
Philip
1 year ago

Awesome, Itch. Thank you.

Peguero over Volpe? Same age. Same position. Same league. One is doing everything right, one is getting dropped in the order. I’m curious about your thoughts.

Thanks!

Philip
Philip
Reply to  Philip
1 year ago

And throw Jones in there, too. He’s three years older in the same league. Volpe looks like the best one to me (but what do I know).

JB
JB
1 year ago

Itch: Thoughts on a few trade offers I received.

10 team dynasty: 31 man roster with additional 10 minor spots:
6×6 with OBP
Im out of the money…..

Id get K Bryant/B Marsh for Springer. ( I get younger, but is it worth it?)

Id get India/F Reyes for W Merrifield (Id offer this, not sure if he would counter, but looking for thoughts on deal…. I would get younger but lose steals)

Thanks

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  JB
1 year ago

i’d move whit for those depending on who’d be dropped. i don’t know on the first, as it appears bryant’s healthy for the first time in like 4 or so years. the issue is, was he ever healthy before this? if so his next year stats might be pretty bad after he gets paid, the only trope more true than the “he’ll play good in contract year” is “guy gets paid then sucks” (the 2nd is more statistically true, research for that supplied by shandler’s yearly tome (albeit it wasn’t a large data set, and for some reason it hasn’t been done all that lately)). kinda hard to just assume a guy suddenly gets healthy just in time for payday contract. looks a lot more like a dude who just doesn’t give a shit often enough (or who’s shoulder never got fixed till lately). obv if he’s hitting at least as well as this year next year i’ll just be wrong in this case, it’s possible somebody does in fact get healthy (after 4 years of not being) just in time for playing for contract. before vladito’s minor league asendance bryant was the “generational hitter” from that 10ish year group of hitters. and he looked like it for the first few years too. then took off prime career years not getting his shoulder fixed, then did that but still appeared injured for another 2ish years after.

JB
JB
Reply to  Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
1 year ago

Im not high on Brynat…. was wondering if Marsh made up the difference.

The other trade makes more sense: Two solid young bats! Id prob drop a RP(holds), so that wouldn’t matter!

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  JB
1 year ago

that’s the thing, if he’s finally healthy i’d rather have bryant than springer in dynasty, but i’m also betting we don’t get to know/see that till next year. if he’s BEEN healthy part of these 4 years and been this bad till this year clearly i’m low on him too. the amount of DL slots could be a thing here too with springer. i doubt that stuff gets better at his age.

JB
JB
Reply to  Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
1 year ago

How about Freeman or Olsen for Max Scherzer and Springer. I could use Whit somewhere too.

I get Olsen for Max/Springer? Think Im giving too much….. The other managers value age. Would I be better off just keeping Whit Max and Springer for next season?

Thanks guys

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  JB
1 year ago

wondering if you could get a bit more on the freeman/olson for scherzer + springer, as i like getting either of those.

JB
JB
Reply to  Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
1 year ago

How about George Kirby or Biggio

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  JB
1 year ago

kirby + one of freeman/olson for scherzer + springer, yep, me likey. see what itch thinks but i’m doing that.

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
1 year ago

i thought preciado was part (the only even worthwhile part i thought) of the darvish to SD deal, so now on CUBS

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  The Itch
1 year ago

and i figured r.castro would be here somewhere from lately comments.

Steamin Beamen
Steamin Beamen
1 year ago

Itch awesome list, thanks for all the hard work!

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

Vashon or Haase in a keeper?

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  scoboticus
1 year ago

*Varsho

Art Vandelay
Art Vandelay
1 year ago

Where would Jo Adell be on this list?

Kcc26
Kcc26
1 year ago

Any hope that that Varsho is turning a corner?

Thanks!

junior56
junior56
Reply to  The Itch
1 year ago

Yes you talked out of dropping him a few week back after he had such a slow start. Dbacks have nothing left to play for but the future.

holala
holala
1 year ago

Holà !

What are your thoughts on Nate Pearson? Still believe in him as a top starter? Wondering if it makes sense to trade him and Dylan Cease for Grisham in a deep league.

Gracias!

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

Are you worried about O’Neil Cruz’s forearm?

ivthoughts
ivthoughts
1 year ago

Hey Itch,

Appreciate your work on prospects and the sharing of your thought process for evaluating players.

I know in the comments above, you mention Olivares just missed the top 100.
How far off was Andres Giménez? General thoughts on him?

In a 15 team AL only, would you deal Nick Pivetta (SP 4 behind a Lynn, Manaea and Kikuchi) for either Olivares or Giménez?

ivthoughts
ivthoughts
Reply to  The Itch
1 year ago

Duh… wasn’t thinking this morning.

Appreciate the advice!

Screwballs
Screwballs
1 year ago

Thanks for the update, these are always very useful.

A couple of questions-

20 team H2H keeper league using both AVE and OBP. Looking for some help ROS with potential for the future. Estevan Florial is available. Any further thoughts now that he has been up for a bit? Who do you like between him and Hillard, Kole Calhoun, and Raphael Ortega?

We also get to carry 3 NA. I currently have Baz, Josh Jung, and Josh Lowe. Would you drop any of them for Oneil Cruz or Taylor Ward?

Thanks in advance!

Screwballs
Screwballs
Reply to  The Itch
1 year ago

Thanks again. I should be able to trade Lowe; hadn’t thought about that.

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

First I’ve heard of Francisco Alvarez. Why do you have him over Moreno?

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  The Itch
1 year ago

Thanks!

James
James
1 year ago

Preciate the post!! Always look forward to your input.

where do you stand on dudes like: Hedbert, Andy Pages, Yoelkis, and Luis Medina??

Thanks!!

James
James
Reply to  James
1 year ago

I mean, I see Hedbert’s ranking…just mean, what do you project??

James
James
Reply to  James
1 year ago

also, sorry, referring to Medina the young Brewers OFer.

molina bros bbq
molina bros bbq
1 year ago

Love love love this list. Thanks so much for the work. So helpful! Feeling pretty good about acquiring Pratto in a 14 team dynasty for Alex Wood. Looking forward to him coming up.

Couple questions for you.

Bailey Ober. I know you liked him coming up as a sneaky guy who could have some modest success in MLB. I’m holding him in my minors in the same league I mentioned above. What have you seen so far? Worth a hold? I like his unique skill set and I feel like things could click and he could be a solid 4/5/6 SP, but I could use the minors slot for something else too. Would love to get your thoughts.

Also, in a different dynasty league, Tyler Megill worth a pick up? Surprised he is still out there. Drop would either be Yarbrough or Amir Garrett. I have Garrett, Hembree and Sims so I’ve been holding all three. It’s a weekly line up league though so I can’t really start more than one of them.

Thanks in advance. Really appreciate the work you put into these posts!

Dude at Dude’s
Dude at Dude’s
1 year ago

Looks like you are lower than most on Garrett Mitchell, thoughts on him long term? Where do you see him rank next year

Jr
Jr
1 year ago

Love the update! I’ve got quite a few of your top guys in my dynasty rebuild.

One of the teams in my league is aggressively going after my Burnes. Given my lineup, would you consider this offer? 10 team h2h with HR, TB, BB, OBP, SLG, SB for hitters and ERA, WHIP, K, BB/9, QS and Saves.

Give Burnes
Get Winker, Framber, Orelvis and Pratto

C: Perez
1b: Cron
2b: Gurriel jr (of only next year)
3b: Devers
SS: Bogaerts
CI: Bohm
MI: Franco
Of: Franmil (util only next year)
Of: d. Smith
Of: Blackmon
Of: renfroe
Ut: Rodgers

IL: Santander, belt, fraley
NA: Brujan, Abrams, Carroll, rutschman, Matos, marte, Cruz, Peraza,

SP: Burnes, Lopez, Rogers, S. Gray, Mize, L. Garcia, Marquez, Ynoa, Lamet.

NA: Grayson, Greene, DL Hall, Priester

Could my pitching handle losing Burnes? My outfield is weak so I like getting winker, but idk if I want to move my only ace.

Thanks for all you do! My prospects have really improved because of your lists.

Jr
Jr
Reply to  The Itch
1 year ago

Thanks Itch! Would it change anything if I was completely out of the playoff race for this year? Or is it good long term?

Wenger
Wenger
1 year ago

Hi Itch!

Missing guys like Olivares(at your previous 100, and still mashing at AAA), MJ Melendez(2nd Overall Milb HRs ), Samad Taylor, P Battenfield…
And intrigued why Arteaga jumps to 80s…

Thanks!

toolshed
toolshed
1 year ago

Jackson Kowar had a rough debut. I see his is no longer in the top 100. Did you see enough of him to tarnish your outlook or do you still see him a someone who could be fantasy relevant within the next two years? Thx

Jake
Jake
1 year ago

How concerned should we be with Corbin Carroll’s injury? I have to decide between him, Noevil Marte and Austin Martin. Leaning toward Carroll (my league uses on base), but the injury scares me.

Thanks!

JK

Jake
Jake
1 year ago

Is Austin Martin so low due to his current power outage? Onbase seems solid if not spectacular! Just curious about your thoughts on him.

Thanks

JK

jbona3
jbona3
1 year ago

Thanks for this Itch! Curious why Austin Martin is so low in your rankings? Goes counter to many other dynasty lists I’ve seen.

Prawn Lord
Prawn Lord
Reply to  The Itch
1 year ago

Awesome list, Itch!

I see you have Gilberto Jimenez pretty high still, which is encouraging. Do you have any concerns about his walk and strikeout numbers or lack of power so far?
Thanks!

Prawn Lord
Prawn Lord
Reply to  Prawn Lord
1 year ago

Posted in the wrong place. Ugh. My bad

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
1 year ago

Itch! Awesome write up as always.

I recently acquired Witt and J-Rod so the future is bright. I have a good team and currently in first but lost Acuna.

I have Duran and wondering how good you think he can be? Should I hold tight or trade for some OF depth for this years run? If you think he can be a top 50 guy I have the depth to hold otherwise there is interest in him from some of the rebuilding teams in my league.

Thanks!
LG

Kcc26
Kcc26
1 year ago

What kind of dynasty asset do you see Jonathan India as at this point? Do you think he is someone who can be a top 50 or top 100 overall hitter? In short, do you believe in the gains he’s made this year?

I’m rebuilding and wondering if he’s a guy you’d target

Thanks!

Kevin
Kevin
1 year ago

Drew Waters off the list due to the swing and miss issues? Oswald Peraza is available. Looks like you’d drop Waters for Peraza.

Ben W
Ben W
1 year ago

Great list! You must be feeling strong about Pedro Leon’s bat to move him up on your list? Noticed that Erick Pena from KC dropped off completely?

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 year ago

Great stuff…wow! Did I miss Keibert Ruiz…? What are your thoughts on him? Thank you

Emmy
Emmy
1 year ago

Where is Keibert Ruiz?

Emmy
Emmy
Reply to  The Itch
1 year ago

Thanks for responding. I just think that the bat will be too hard to ignore for much longer, whether he plays for the Dodgers (looks unlikely) or someone else (looks likely).