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2021 Fantasy Baseball Prospect Rankings

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Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Prospect Rankings –

Well, folks, we’ve finally made it. The long-awaited start of the 2021 Minor League Baseball season is set to kick off this week. Teams have announced their roster assignments for top prospects, and there are so many exciting players to see in action.

While we’ve been enjoying baseball since the MLB kicked off a month ago, we have yet to see all the top prospects hit the field. We’re finally going to get “The Martian” compete stateside. While there was some conflicting reports as to where he was being assigned, it is believed that he is starting the year in Low-A, and the prospect world is anxious to see how he fares.

I’m personally very pumped that Adley Rutschman is starting the season in AA Bowie, where I can head down the road 10 minutes and see him play in person. My No. 1 top prospect Jarred Kelenic, has been assigned to AAA in Tacoma and it will not be long before he is called up to Seattle.

There are SO many exciting players getting their first taste of professional baseball this week. We get to follow each of their progressions, see how the aggressive assignments play out and watch players rocket their way up the rankings list!

Let me know what you think of the rankings, my Twitter handle is @Allbrighty_then. Feel free to let me know how crazy I am for putting Kelenic above Wander Franco No. 1, or why I’ve ranked your favorite player too low on the list. I’m always up for talking prospects, and I’m really looking forward to adjusting these rankings throughout the year. Let’s play ball!

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Ranking Factors

There are several factors to consider when ranking prospects for Fantasy purposes.

The main ones I try to focus on are their recent performances, their ceiling (upside), the organization they find themselves in, their value in Dynasty leagues as well as their proximity to the majors.

Riser(s)

  • Garrett Mitchell (-39) – A major correction on my part as the dude can flat out play and is pretty close to MLB ready from what I saw in his approach during Spring Training. He is set to start the year in High-A with the Timber Rattlers. I expect him to fly through the system.
  • Robert Hassell III (-33) – Another correction from my pre-season rankings. I’ve always liked Hassell, but I loved what I saw in the brief Spring training action. He is starting the year in Low-A Lake Elsinore.
  • Tyler Stephenson (-16) – Tyler is off to a great start this year, slashing .364 – .444 – .477.  He’s always been a bat-first prospect, and I love that he’s getting regular starts this year.
  • Hedbert Perez (-7)
  • Ke’Bryan Hayes (-6) – Ke’Bryan was absolutely on fire coming into the season from Spring Training, and then he got hurt. One of the biggest injury bummers so far this season. He’s set to resume swinging soon and I expect him to continue raking once he gets his health back to 100%.

Faller(s)

  • Forrest Whitley (+10) – It was announced last month that Whitley underwent Tommy John surgery. He will now be out of game action for 2 straight years. Incredibly frustrating for the super talented pitching prospect.
  • Casey Mize (+7) – Small sample size for sure, but Mize is getting hit often and hard this year.
  • Royce Lewis (+6) – Lewis is out for the year with a torn ACL. The toolsy shortstop is going to miss at least the rest of the 2021 year of development.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Prospect Rankings

*Note ECR column is not how much the players rank has changed, it is the difference between my ranks and Fantasy Pros Expert Consensus Rankings

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