October 28, 2020

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Updated: 99 Dynasty Prospects for 2020 (Battle-Tested Version)

A couple of months ago, I published my original 99 Dynasty Prospects for 2020 (this includes a summary of my approach to dynasty prospect valuation). But things change. And in this case, the world changed more than we could imagine over that time. As I write this in late May, we still don’t know if we’ll even have a 2020 season, let alone what the rules of engagement are. But dynasty leagues are very much still in play. So I thought I’d take the time to update the list. There are three primary reasons for changes in rankings.

1. The primary reason you’ll see changes is that I took my original list into two battles: an industry dynasty league draft that Ray Butler of Prospects 365 and I put together, and a dynasty mock draft that Eric Cross and Nathan Dokken at FantraxHQ were kind enough to invite me to join. It’s one thing to put together a list, however well-researched it may be. It’s another to put it through the battle of drafts and see how it plays out. It makes you put your money where your mouth is.

2. The second reason for changes is around the uncertainty of baseball in 2020. As things stand, it seems impossible to imagine a minor league season of any kind this year. If MLB returns, there may be complexes of minor leaguers that teams run, but that set-up isn’t clear either yet. And then we have the culling of minor league franchises by MLB.

The changes in season length, roster size, and service time rules will all impact the opportunities that prospects get in 2020. Currently, it’s all speculation so I tried to limit the changes I made on this front. But it did move a few players up and down.

3. The third reason for prospect movement in my rankings over the last two months is that I know more than I did two months ago. We should always be trying to learn more and get better in this game. On a daily basis, I am listening/reading/watching/consuming prospect content, increasing my knowledge of the player pool and their skills. I’ve also been lucky enough to have conversations with analysts and experts that have changed my opinions on some players.

I hope this list challenges some of your existing thoughts on players. And if you want to chat about it, leave a comment or find me @baseballpods on Twitter.

ProspectRankTeamPos
Wander Franco1
TBSS
Julio Rodríguez2SEAOF
Dylan Carlson3STLOF
Gavin Lux4LAD2B
Jo Adell5LAAOF
Andrew Vaughn6CHW1B
Luis Robert7CHWOF
Marco Luciano8SFSS
Jarred Kelenic9SEAOF
Kristian Robinson10ARIOF
Bobby Witt, Jr.11KCSS
Corbin Carroll12ARIOF
CJ Abrams13SDSS
Jeter Downs14BOS2B
Jazz Chisholm15MIASS
Noelvi Marte16SEASS
Oneil Cruz17PIT3B
Adley Rutschman18BALC
Jasson Dominguez19NYYOF
Joey Bart20SFC
Carter Kieboom21WASSS
Alex Kiriloff22MIN1B
Royce Lewis23MINSS
Drew Waters24ATLOF
Brandon Marsh25LAAOF
MacKenzie Gore26SDP
Forrest Whitley27HOUP
Jesús Luzardo28OAKP
Matt Manning29DETP
Nate Pearson30TORP
A.J. Puk31OAKP
Spencer Howard32PHIP
Dustin May33LADP
Hunter Bishop34SFOF
Alek Thomas35ARIOF
Luis Matos36SFOF
Nick Madrigal37CHW2B
Geraldo Perdomo38ARISS
Heliot Ramos39SFOF
Nick Lodolo40CINP
Luis Patiño41SDP
Brendan McKay42TBP
Michael Kopech43CHWP
Mitch Keller44PITP
Casey Mize45DETP
José Urquidy46HOUP
Deivi García47NYYP
Clarke Schmidt48NYYP
Sam Hilliard49COLOF
Trevor Larnach50MINOF
Evan White51SEA1B
Vidal Bruján52TB2B
Alexander Canario53SFOF
George Valera54CLEOF
Jared Oliva55PITOF
Tyler Freeman56CLESS
Ronny Mauricio57NYMSS
Nolan Jones58CLE3B
Alec Bohm59PHI3B
Ryan Mountcastle60BAL1B
Nick Solak61TEXDH
Brennen Davis62CHCOF
Sean Murphy63OAKC
Austin Hays64BALOF
Brendan Rodgers65COL2B
Daniel Lynch66KCP
Riley Greene67DETOF
Robert Puason68OAKSS
Erick Peña69KCOF
Luisangel Acuña70TEXSS
Edward Cabrera71MIAP
Sixto Sánchez72MIAP
Josiah Gray73LADP
Simeon Woods Richardson74TORP
Jordan Groshans75TOR3B
Nolan Gorman76STL3B
Monte Harrison77MIAOF
Tony Gonsolin78LADP
Travis Swaggerty79PITOF
Taylor Trammell80SDOF
Josh Lowe81TBOF
Maximo Acosta82TEXSS
José García83CINSS
Hudson Head84SDOF
Jordyn Adams85LAAOF
Daulton Jefferies86OAKP
Grayson Rodriguez87BALP
Daulton Varsho88ARIC
Nico Hoerner89CHC2B
Will Wilson90SF2B
Luis García91WAS2B
Cristian Pache92ATLOF
Tarik Skubal93DETP
Canaan Smith94NYYOF
Brett Baty95NYM3B
Orelvis Martinez96TORSS
Logan Gilbert97SEAP
Luis Toribio98SF3B
Hunter Greene99CINSP

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