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Top 50 MLB Prospects Rankings - 2023 Fantasy Baseball Redraft Leagues

Miguel Vargas - Fantasy Baseball Rankings, Draft Sleepers, MLB Prospects

The 2023 MLB season is nearly here, and with that comes new prospects, rookies and call-ups. Prospects are exciting for MLB teams, their fans, and fantasy baseball managers. Prospects can emerge to become superstars, and help propel an MLB franchise or fantasy baseball team to a championship.

Below in this article you will find my updated 2023 fantasy baseball prospects rankings for redraft leagues (non-keeper), along with an analysis of the prospects. A few weeks ago, I had released my top 25 fantasy baseball prospects rankings. Now, I'm back with an expanded list, adding in even more prospects to have on your mind as you complete your drafts before the season begins!

Be sure to also check out all our other fantasy baseball prospects articles and breakdowns. Now without any further ado, our top 50 fantasy baseball prospects for 2023.

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Top MLB Prospect Rankings for Fantasy Baseball

The list below is for 2023 fantasy baseball redraft leagues. These are MLB prospects, rookies, and call-ups to potentially make a fantasy baseball impact in 2023. You can also see our top 250 fantasy baseball dynasty prospects for longer-term outlooks.

Ranking Player Pos Team Age ETA
1 Corbin Carroll OF ARI 22 April
2 Gunnar Henderson 3B/SS BAL 21 April
3 Jordan Walker OF STL 20 April
4 Miguel Vargas 1B/OF LAD 23 April
5 Josh Jung 3B TEX 25 April
6 Triston Casas 1B BOS 23 April
7 Ezequiel Tovar SS COL 21 April
8 Grayson Rodriguez SP BAL 23 April
9 Hunter Brown SP HOU 24 April
10 Garrett Mitchell OF MIL 24 April
11 Oscar Colas OF CHW 24 April
12 Spencer Steer 3B CIN 25 April
13 Francisco Alvarez C NYM 21 April/May
14 Logan O'Hoppe C LAA 23 April
15 Brett Baty 3B NYM 23 April/May
16 Oswald Peraza SS NYY 22 April/May
17 Matthew Liberatore SP STL 23 April
18 Kyle Manzardo 1B TB 22 May
19 Hayden Wesneski SP CHC 25 April
20 Curtis Mead 2B/3B TB 22 April/May
21 Anthony Volpe 2B/SS NYY 21 May
22 Ben Joyce RP LAA 22 May/June
23 Ryan Pepiot SP LAD 25 April/May
24 Eury Perez SP MIA 19 May/June
25 Jared Shuster SP ATL 24 April/May
26 Ryne Nelson SP ARI 25 April
27 Ricky Tiedemann SP TOR 20 May/June
28 Brice Turang SS MIL 23 April/May
29 Andrew Painter SP PHI 19 June/July
30 Dylan Dodd SP ATL 24 April/May
31 Drey Jameson SP ARI 25 April/May
32 DL Hall SP BAL 24 April
33 Will Brennan OF CLE 25 April/May
34 Drew Waters OF KC 24 May/June
35 Ken Waldichuk SP OAK 25 April/May
36 Luis Ortiz SP PIT 24 April/May
37 Matt Mervis 1B CHC 24 May/June
38 Brandon Pfaadt SP ARI 24 May/June
39 Jonathan Aranda 1B/2B/3B TB 24 April/May
40 Joey Wentz SP DET 25 April/May
41 Sal Frelick OF MIL 22 May
42 Endy Rodriguez C PIT 22 May/June
43 Taj Bradley SP TB 21 May/June
44 Bo Naylor C CLE 23 May/June
45 Christian Encarnacion-Strand 3B CIN 23 April/May
46 Kyle Harrison SP SF 21 May/June
47 Jackson Chourio OF MIL 19 June/July
48 Bobby Miller SP LAD 23 May
49 Elly De La Cruz SS CIN 21 June/July


Fantasy Baseball Prospects Rankings #1-7

Many top MLB prospects may be missing on this list, but understand in a redraft league that some players aren't going to impact until September – if they do at all. Those types of players are deducted from these redraft rankings due to that.

Corbin Carroll should open the season atop the Arizona Diamondbacks lineup, and he will grow into power in his home park while immediately offering steals and R/RBI. Gunnar Henderson will open on the left side of the Baltimore infield and will offer a strong batting average while he works to develop power at the big-league level.

Behind those is one of the biggest stories of spring training, the incredible performance of 20-year-old slugger Jordan Walker, who has assured himself of an early-season role with the St. Louis Cardinals. He may not break camp with the team, but he will certainly be up quickly, offering power and just a bit of speed as well.

After that are a quartet of hitters with Opening Day jobs in lineups that should allow them to produce strong fantasy stats. Vargas' versatility will be valued, with power at second base and eligibility at multiple positions in most formats. Jung and Casas should offer offensive value in their respective lineups, and injury has opened the door for Tovar to open the season in Colorado, where his gap power and speed should allow him to offer double-digit home runs and speed production.


Fantasy Baseball Prospects Rankings #8-15

While Grayson Rodriguez will certainly be up early for the Baltimore Orioles, his innings could be managed, and with his previous injury history, that's why he is here. Hunter Brown is in the same boat as Rodriguez as his raw stuff may be as good as any pitcher out there, but the Astros may ease him into the rotation by managing his innings, which could limit his impact.

Garrett Mitchell is one of the most athletic players in all of baseball, but he struggles with constant tinkering to his swing, limiting his ability to access power with consistency. Getting to power won't be the problem for Oscar Colas, though he may not be friendly to your batting average in your fantasy lineups, at least initially. Spencer Steer has been handed a starting job at third in Cincinnati, and his power should play very well in that park.

If Francisco Alvarez was assured a starting job with the New York Mets to open the season, he'd be worthy of bumping up a couple of spots as he has the potential to hit 30+ home runs this year once he is up, but he's going to open in AAA, so watch for his call up. After being acquired by the Angels last year, Logan O'Hoppe had his road to a starting job cleared, and he's got a strong offensive profile for a catcher.

Brett Baty has been a tremendous story this spring, only perhaps behind Walker in impressive displays by a prospect. He may not open the season in New York, but his bat will earn him time very quickly with the Mets.


Fantasy Baseball Prospects Rankings #16-24

Oswald Peraza could offer offensive value once his defense earns him a starting role in the Yankees infield. Anthony Volpe will join Peraza in the Yankees infield at some point, likely after getting some reps at second or third base.

While Matthew Liberatore may not be "sexy", he's a consistent starter that should fit well at the back of a rotation. He's going to be the first man up for a rotation that has multiple major injury risks and age concerns. Kyle Manzardo will begin the season in the minor leagues, but with his rare bat in the Rays' system, he will be up soon.

Hayden Wesneski had tremendous data numbers in his time with the Cubs last season and should open at the back of the rotation.

While Curtis Mead and Ben Joyce may not open the season for their respective teams in the major leagues but should be up and provide an important spark before midseason. Mead has versatility between second and third base for the Rays and has a high-hitting aptitude while Joyce offers a blistering fastball that could immediately put him in the closer's role for the Angels.

The Dodgers will open with a prospect in the rotation, and Ryan Pepiot will most likely be the guy to take that role. He tossed 36 1/3 innings with 42 strikeouts last season in his MLB debut. The Miami Marlins will have a full rotation to open the season, but Eury Perez will likely be the top option when they need someone to fill in, and the teen righty has as much raw upside on the mound as any pitcher in the game.


Fantasy Baseball Prospects Rankings #25-39

Lefties Jared Shuster and Dylan Dodd are finalists for the fifth spot in the Braves rotation. Regardless of which one wins the job, both have shown that they are capable of eating innings in front of a good Braves lineup, which should give them streaming value in fantasy leagues. Similarly, Arizona has three options competing for a rotation spot, and each would be a viable streaming option with upside, as Ryne Nelson, Drew Jamesen, and Brandon Pfaadt each have some strikeout upside with the job.

The two biggest impressions by prospect pitchers have been by Ricky Tiedemann and Andrew Painter. While both young and without any time in Triple-A, both ended their strong spring run with injury. If the injury concerns are not serious as the season pushes forward, either could impact his team's regular rotation sooner rather than later.

The Milwaukee infield is still unsettled, but Brice Turang could benefit, with strong defense up the middle and excellent speed that will play for fantasy owners were he to work his way into a starting role. Will Brennan would offer a similar high average, high-speed value in the Cleveland outfield if he can break through with a role?

DL Hall has struggled with his velocity in the spring, but as he regains his top-end stuff, the Orioles could use him in a similar way to how the Twins utilized Jhoan Duran in 2022. That has fantasy value for ratios and strikeouts in most formats. Drew Waters was supposed to open the season with the center field role in Kansas City, but a spring injury will slow the start of his season. His power/speed combination will be a very welcome addition once he joins the team.

Ken Waldichuk is likely going to find himself among many options in Oakland, and his spring has not been great, but his stuff is the most fantasy-friendly of the A's options. Similarly, the Pirates will have multiple backend options for the rotation with prospect pedigree, but Luis Ortiz's blazing fastball and wicked breaking stuff offer strikeout upside that other options don't provide for fantasy owners. Bobby Miller is competing for a rotation job in Los Angeles now due to injuries, but the Dodgers are likely going to have him in Triple-A if he does not make the big league rotation rather than have him spend time in the bullpen.

The Cubs signed multiple options to seemingly block Matt Mervis from the major leagues over the offseason, but if Mervis hits the way he did last season, he'll ascend to Chicago, and the cozy confines of Wrigley won't hold many of his hits.


Rest Of The Bunch

Jonathan Aranda and Joey Wentz may each end up leaving spring with a job, but even if they don't, they'll be called on early in the season as part of a deep position group that their respective team will likely be working through multiple options looking for the right mix early on in the season.

Sal Frelick is a very high-floor hitter with an excellent batting average and speed if he were to get a job in Milwaukee, but no clear opening right now.

Endy Rodriguez and Bo Naylor are both athletic backstops that have placeholder options in place for their respective clubs, but they will be up at some point in 2023 and will be intriguing fantasy options at catcher immediately when they have full-time jobs.

Taj Bradley and Kyle Harrison are part of excellent pitching development systems but are on the outside looking in currently for rotation spots. That said, both are in the upper minors and have high pedigree, so either could push forward and provide an excellent option for fantasy owners.

Christian Encarnacion-Strand had a big spring showing to get on the radar in Cincinnati, but he has contact concerns. His big power should play if he is brought up for the Reds, however. Casey Schmitt is a defensive stalwart that took big steps forward offensively last year and has continued to show that offensive improvement at the plate this spring. With injuries for the Giants, he could get a shot early in the season on the left side of the infield.

Finally, Chourio and De La Cruz are two of the most exciting young players the game has seen in many years, and both spent time in Double-A in 2022, so they cannot be discounted to potentially continue a rapid ascent to the majors by midseason.

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