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Fantasy Baseball Top 100 Prospects for 2024 First-Year Player Drafts (January 2024 Update)

Wyatt Langford - Fantasy Baseball Prospects, Draft Sleepers, MLB Rookies Rankings

A number of the top international players that are being posted this offseason have signed, with a few more yet to come. Rankings for players have adjusted, some due to their destination, and a few MLB draft prospects are moving due to some additional viewing of tape and underlying metrics on those players. Otherwise, there isn't a ton of movement this time, more an update on where players are going to be in 2024 in the MLB.

The next big update for this piece will come next month, when those who have been signed during the January 15 international signing period can be added in. Right now, there may only be 2-3 that make this list from that group, as international prospects tend to have a lot more variance in outcomes.

That should give everyone a complete list as fantasy baseball FYPD drafts hit their peak in February/March heading into the 2024 MLB fantasy baseball season!

Be sure to check all of our fantasy baseball waiver wire pickups and weekly lineup resources:

 

MLB Prospect Rankings for First-Year Player Drafts

Proximity will rank highly in these rankings as a player that can return value immediately in a FYPD is always a benefit. Of course, this year's class offers both elite talent and proximity! Make sure to check out all of RotoBaller's fantasy baseball dynasty articles and fantasy baseball prospects coverage!

Rank Player Position Team Age ETA
1 Wyatt Langford OF TEX 22 2024
2 Yoshinobu Yamamoto SP LAD 25 2024
3 Dylan Crews OF WAS 22 2024
4 Walker Jenkins OF MIN 19 2026
5 Paul Skenes SP PIT 21 2024
6 Matt Shaw SS CHC 22 2024
7 Max Clark OF DET 19 2026
8 Shota Imanaga SP None 30 2024
9 Jung-Hoo Lee OF SF 25 2024
10 Tommy Troy SS ARI 22 2025
11 Brock WIlken 3B MIL 21 2024
12 Colt Emerson SS SEA 18 2026
13 Hurston Waldrep SP ATL 22 2025
14 Nolan Schanuel 1B LAA 22 2023
15 Brayden Taylor 3B TB 21 2025
16 Rhett Lowder SP CIN 22 2025
17 Chase Davis OF STL 22 2025
18 Enrique Bradfield Jr. OF BAL 22 2025
19 Bryce Eldridge OF SF 19 2026
20 Kyle Teel C BOS 22 2025
21 Aidan Miller SS PHI 19 2026
22 Arjun Nimmala SS TOR 18 2026
23 Walker Martin SS SF 20 2026
24 Noble Meyer SP MIA 19 2026
25 Tai Peete 3B SEA 18 2026
26 Kevin McGonigle SS DET 19 2026
27 Jacob Gonzalez SS CHW 21 2025
28 Thomas White SP MIA 19 2026
29 Sammy Stafura SS CIN 19 2026
30 Dillon Head OF SD 19 2026
31 Colin Houck SS NYM 19 2026
32 Brice Matthews SS HOU 22 2026
33 Ralphy Velazquez C CLE 18 2027
34 Yohandy Morales 3B WAS 22 2025
35 Chase Dollander SP COL 22 2025
36 Jake Gelof 3B LAD 22 2025
37 Jonny Farmelo OF SEA 19 2027
38 Charlee Soto SP MIN 18 2027
39 George Lombard Jr. SS NYY 18 2027
40 Yuki Matsui RP SD 28 2024
41 Jacob Wilson SS OAK 22 2025
42 Mac Horvath 2B BAL 22 2026
43 Kendall George OF LAD 19 2027
44 Gino Groover 3B ARI 21 2025
45 Brandon Winokur SS MIN 19 2027
46 Josh Knoth SP MIL 18 2027
47 Yariel Rodriguez RP None 27 2024
48 Blake Wolters SP KC 19 2027
49 Adrian Santana SS TB 18 2027
50 Blake Mitchell C KC 19 2027
51 Ty Floyd SP CIN 22 2025
52 Colton Ledbetter OF TB 22 2025
53 Jack Hurley OF ARI 22 2025
54 Myles Naylor SS OAK 18 2027
55 Maui Ahuna SS SF 22 2025
56 Nazzan Zanetello SS BOS 18 2027
57 George Wolkow OF CHW 18 2027
58 Kevin Sim 3B ARI 22 2026
59 Alex Clemmey SP CLE 18 2027
60 Aidan Smith OF SEA 19 2027
61 Carson Roccaforte OF KC 22 2026
62 Cole Carrigg OF COL 21 2025
63 Kemp Alderman OF MIA 21 2026
64 Jace Bohrofen OF TOR 22 2025
65 Jackson Baumeister SP BAL 21 2025
66 Hyun-Seok Jang SP LAD 20 2026
67 Grant Taylor SP CHW 21 2026
68 Ben Williamson 3B SEA 23 2025
69 Zach Levenson OF STL 22 2025
70 Kiefer Lord SP BAL 21 2026
71 Alex Mooney SS CLE 21 2026
72 Matthew Etzel OF BAL 21 2026
73 Cooper Pratt SS MIL 19 2026
74 Luke Keaschall 2B MIN 21 2025
75 Brandon Sproat SP NYM 23 2025
76 Max Anderson 2B DET 22 2025
77 Ryan Lasko OF OAK 21 2026
78 Jaxon Wiggins SP CHC 22 2026
79 Mitch Jebb SS PIT 21 2026
80 Antonio Anderson 3B BOS 18 2027
81 Eric Bitonti 3B MIL 18 2027
82 Nehomar Ochoa OF HOU 18 2027
83 Cade Kuehler SP ATL 21 2025
84 Steven Echavarria SP OAK 18 2027
85 Zyhir Hope OF CHC 19 2027
86 Zander Mueth SP PIT 18 2027
87 Homer Bush OF SD 22 2026
88 Andrew Pinckney OF WAS 23 2025
89 Teddy McGraw SP SEA 22 2025
90 Sabin Ceballos 3B ATL 21 2026
91 Juaron Watts-Brown SP TOR 22 2026
92 Cam Fisher OF HOU 22 2026
93 Cole Schoenwetter SP CIN 19 2027
94 Carson Rucker SS DET 19 2027
95 Josh Rivera SS CHC 23 2025
96 Quinn Mathews SP STL 23 2025
97 J.D. Gonzalez C SD 18 2027
98 AJ Ewing 2B NYM 19 2026
99 Spencer Nivens OF KC 22 2026
100 Joe Whitman SP SF 22 2026

 

Breaking Down The FYPD Rankings

While Yoshinobu Yamamoto's signing with the Dodgers really doesn't add much to his upside for me, it definitely does raise his floor compared to a number of locations he could have ended up, as he should have a strong source of wins and a strong pitching park to work in.

Jung-Hoo Lee ended up in just about the most perfect location for his skill set in San Francisco, where the deep alleys in the outfield should allow Lee to have high double and triple totals with his line drive power. He's likely not a 20-homer guy, but in that park, he should definitely provide a high average and good R/RBI totals for fantasy owners immediately to open 2024.

One landing spot that caused a drop in rankings just a touch was Yuki Matsui landing in San Diego. While the Padres have no issue with putting a lefty as closer, as they did the last two years with Josh Hader, the diminutive Matsui had his contract with the Padres structured in such a way that San Diego will owe him more money depending on the amount of games finished. That stipulation on a team that's struggling financially could lead to Matsui's role being artificially manipulated throughout the year.

The biggest jump in this ranking is Cooper Pratt, who I had received some negative reviews on despite strong performance. I have had the chance to review tape on Pratt since the first ranking came out and was impressed by his physicality, with comparisons to Colson Montgomery and Corey Seager fairly apt. He jumps from the first few off the list previously to No. 73. I still have some reservations with the swing, but he should have a chance to stick at short while he adjusts to pro pitching and learns to attack pitches he can damage, allowing his raw power to play more in-game.



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