Farm Futures: Ranking the Rookies
Farm Futures: Ranking the Rookies

This article is part of our Farm Futures series.

This article originally appeared in the 2019 RotoWire Fantasy Baseball Guide, but has been updated to reflect the most recent news and the author's shifting opinion on the redraft value of certain players.

The top 400 prospect rankings are for dynasty leagues. This resource is for owners who play in single-season leagues, or in keeper leagues where prospects are rarely kept. These tiers serve as a way to rank prospects based on their fantasy potential for 2019. The rankings are not perfect – there are players I would take over a player or two in the tier(s) above them – but the tiered system is a nice way to get a feel for the type of prospect you are investing in.

THE BEST HITTING PROSPECT OF HIS GENERATION

1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Blue Jays

Guerrero will debut in mid-to-late April. He is ready to compete for batting titles right away and has at least 70-grade power. My comp is Albert Pujols, and while the gap in age complicates the rookie-season comparison, Pujols was the No. 42 prospect in baseball (according to Baseball America) before he hit .329/.403/.610 as a rookie, while Vlad is the clear-cut best hitting prospect of his generation. I expected his ADP to settle in the late 20s or early 30s, but he is still typically going in the late 30s, which I believe is an exceptional bargain.

TOP-100 OVERALL PLAYERS

2. Victor Robles, OF, Nationals
3. Eloy Jimenez, OF, White Sox

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
James Anderson
James Anderson is RotoWire's Lead Prospect Analyst, Assistant Baseball Editor, and co-host of Farm Fridays on Sirius/XM radio and the RotoWire Prospect Podcast. FSWA Baseball Writer of the Year finalist in 2012.
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