Well, the MLB season in 2021 has definitely flown by. July is coming to an end, which means I’m late with a massive update on my top 100 fantasy baseball prospects. The full list is below, but I have a good amount of notes to add to these guys, so I tried to fit in as many as I could in this article. Towards the end of the piece you will see the completely updated rankings.
Also note that I started adding this year’s MLB Draft picks to the rankings. I tend to try to be conservative in stopping these players early in my pro career. If you want more ideas about the 2021 class, read my preliminary draft by clicking here.
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Wander Franco (SS – VG)
Like many potential player prospects this year, Franco has not hit the ground running. Until Tuesday, he hit just 216 with a .667 OPS, three homers and two stolen bases through 80 record appearances. The expected statistics are no better, but in dynastic leagues there is no need to panic. He’s still my No. 1 prospect, and it was not a difficult decision.
Spencer Torkelson (1B / 3B – DET)
Last year, Tork reportedly had a show during the batting exercise at Futures Game last weekend. The 21-year-old has left the gate a little slow to start the second half, but he was in a complete tear on his way into the break. Torkelson competes with Julio Rodriguez to become number 1 in baseball once Franco and Jarred Kelenic both educated.
Noelvi Marte (SS – SEA)
Through 61 games in High-A, the 19-year-old hits .279 / .364 / .848 with 12 homers and 10 stolen bases. Marte does not rank this high on traditional prospect lists since he came in at 21 without any history and there are questions about his defense, but he is one who is out early in dynasty leagues. I expect him to shoot up in the rankings over the season.
Grayson Rodriguez (SP – BAL)
Baseball America anointed “G-Rod” as the No. 1 pitching prospect in baseball earlier this season, and it deserved it. Baltimore’s first round pick from 2018, Rodriguez has thrived since he was promoted to Double-A. In total, he has started 13 games this year – a total of 1.86 ERA, a 0.75 WHIP and 97 strikes in 63 rounds. Now is the time to “sell high” if you do not believe in developing starting jugs in your dynasty. Otherwise, just sit back and enjoy the potential profits that come.
Jasson Dominguez (OF – NYY)
We finally have boxing scores to track for “The Martian,” who played in seven games in the Florida Complex League before the Yankees promoted him to Low-A. Dominguez recently beat his first professional homer, and scout reports of his legendary plate discipline live up to the hype so far. Still only 18 years old (!), The value of the Dominguez dynasty could see a meteoric increase if he ended 2021 on a tear.
Austin Martin (SS / OF – TOR)
The 22-year-old was given an aggressive task in his first season as a professional, and started with Double-A New Hampshire just outside of college. He has produced as a hitter overall, setting up a .402 OBP through 47 games. However, he only has two homers, and when I see him play, I question his upside as a power hitter. Martin’s attitude does not seem to give him much of a chance to damage his plate. There’s something I’m monitoring down the stretch.
Cade Cavalli (SP – WAS)
One of the stars of the ’21 Futures Game, Cavalli, has combined triple digits with a devastating upbringing to become one of the best pitching prospects for minors this season. The 22-year-old flat dominated High-A, but he has recently struggled a bit in Double-A. He absolutely needs to work with control, as his dirty repertoire will not cover a poor migration rate in the upper minors. He’s a game of talent right now.
This change from Cade Cavalli was completely dirty pic.twitter.com/nZVjPwyntV
– Ben Brown (@BenBrownPL) July 11, 2021
Hunter Greene (SP – CIN)
A bit of a forgotten man after undergoing Tommy John surgery early in his pro career, the former No. 2 pick of the red light has emerged as a starter this season. Greene has struggled a bit since the promotion to Triple-A, and I’m starting to wonder if any of these young pitchers have anything to do with fatigue after the lost 2020 campaign. Regardless, Greene has reminded us of the potential this season.
Marcelo Mayer (SS – BIM)
Without a doubt, the best player in this year’s draft Red Sox fell to No. 4 overall. Red Sox! Fenway Park may one day be the perfect setting for Mayer’s floating left turn. He is far from reaching the majors, but I put him in at No. 31 after the draft. He is my choice to go 1.01 in the first year playing draft this offseason.
Marcelo Mayer (SS – Eastlake, California HS)
My 1.01 in this year’s MLB Draft class, kid has a beautiful + effortless turn that allows him to hit tons of frozen ropes. Reminds me a bit of Corey Seager
– Brendan Tuma (@toomuchtuma) June 23, 2021
Brett Baty (3B – NYM)
One of the biggest risers in this mid-season update, Baty is one of several exciting prospects that the Mets have in the minor minors. One of Brooklyn’s Big Three, The 21-year-old was recently promoted to Double-A and is trending towards becoming one of the best third-place prospects in our sport.
Nate Pearson (SP – TOR)
It was revealed on Tuesday that Pearson is dealing with a sports hernia, and the Blue Jays are relieved to finally have “clarity” in the situation. It sounds like the 24-year-old is back on a bunch next week, and the plan is for him to end the season as a reliever. I have long thought that Pearson would thrive out of the bullpen, so it will be interesting to see how this goes. His results on the field have not been particularly encouraging this year.
Tyler Soderstrom (C – OAK)
The question is whether the 19-year-old sticks to catching (probably not), but the bat looks like it will play anywhere. Soderstrom beats .313 / .399 / .573 with 11 homers in his first taste of pro ball in Low-A. He was the first round of Athletics in 2020.
Oswald Peraza (SS – NYY)
Although he has not hit too much power since he was promoted to Double-A, the 21-year-old still flashes a strong hit tool with improved disc discipline. Oh, and he also has 24 steals in 63 minor league games this season. Peraza can blossom into a top-25 perspective if he is able to unlock a little more power as he gets stronger. Personally, my favorite type of leads is to buy one that already has the hit tool and disc discipline. Power is easier to develop in the modern game. See: Lindor, Francisco.
Edward Cabrera (SP – MIA)
It’s starting to look like Cabrera will be up with the Marlins later this season. The 23-year-old was derailed by a biceps injury to start the season, but it could end up helping him with his workload management down the stretch. Cabrera has looked good since returning to minor league action, recording a 3.09 ERA with 46 strikes in 35 innings.
Nick Pratto (1B – KC)
The 22-year-old is a former first-round of the Royals who got off to a very slow start to begin his pro career. Pratto has returned roaring in 2021. His 159 wRC + ranks seventh among all hitters in the upper minors this season. Bobby witt Jr. recently got all the attention for the promotion to Triple-A, but Pratto also got the call. If he continues to beat in Triple-A, he will once again rise in the rankings.