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As promised, here are Baseball Prospectus’ rankings for players who play in draft leagues.

This is a list of the top 300 players as ranked by Bret Sayre and Mike Gianella. This list assumes standard 23-man rosters with two catchers, which is why the list is so catcher-heavy at the bottom. If you play in a league with one catcher, adjust accordingly.

ADP is from NFBC ADP, and is updated as of yesterday’s posted rankings at NESN’s website.

We might try to add more functionality to this list in the next update, but wanted to get something to our non-auction subscribers today.

BP Rank

Player

Pos

ADP

Diff

1

Mike Trout

OF

1

0

2

Andrew McCutchen

OF

2

0

3

Paul Goldschmidt

1B

5

2

4

Giancarlo Stanton

OF

4

0

5

Miguel Cabrera

1B

6

1

6

Carlos Gomez

OF

8

2

7

Clayton Kershaw

SP

3

-4

8

Jose Abreu

1B

7

-1

9

Jose Bautista

OF

9

0

10

Adam Jones

OF

14

4

11

Troy Tulowitzki

SS

16

5

12

Edwin Encarnacion

1B

10

-2

13

Anthony Rendon

2B/3B

11

-2

14

Felix Hernandez

SP

12

-2

15

Ian Desmond

SS

18

3

16

Jose Altuve

2B

13

-3

17

Ryan Braun

OF

28

11

18

Robinson Cano

2B

17

-1

19

Max Scherzer

SP

20

1

20

Jacoby Ellsbury

OF

19

-1

21

Yasiel Puig

OF

27

6

22

Anthony Rizzo

1B

15

-7

23

Josh Donaldson

3B

21

-2

24

Bryce Harper

OF

30

6

25

Michael Brantley

OF

22

-3

26

Buster Posey

C

23

-3

27

Chris Sale

SP

25

-2

28

Carlos Gonzalez

OF

45

17

29

Hanley Ramirez

SS

24

-5

30

Madison Bumgarner

SP

29

-1

31

Adrian Beltre

3B

32

1

32

George Springer

OF

36

4

33

Corey Kluber

SP

34

1

34

Justin Upton

OF

33

-1

35

Stephen Strasburg

SP

26

-9

36

David Price

SP

31

-5

37

Todd Frazier

3B/1B

37

0

38

Billy Hamilton

OF

44

6

39

Starling Marte

OF

35

-4

40

Albert Pujols

1B

52

12

41

Johnny Cueto

SP

38

-3

42

Matt Kemp

OF

42

0

43

Adrian Gonzalez

1B

49

6

44

Aroldis Chapman

RP

41

-3

45

Jose Reyes

SS

46

1

46

Zack Greinke

SP

47

1

47

Craig Kimbrel

RP

50

3

48

Evan Longoria

3B

59

11

49

Corey Dickerson

OF

43

-6

51

Adam Wainwright

SP

55

4

52

Ian Kinsler

2B

54

2

53

Kyle Seager

3B

61

8

54

Freddie Freeman

1B

39

-15

55

Jon Lester

SP

53

-2

56

Cole Hamels

SP

60

4

57

Nolan Arenado

3B

51

-6

58

Dee Gordon

2B

40

-18

59

Greg Holland

RP

56

-3

60

Charlie Blackmon

OF

74

14

61

Joey Votto

1B

72

11

62

Brian Dozier

2B

63

1

63

Jordan Zimmermann

SP

58

-5

64

Christian Yelich

OF

77

13

65

Nelson Cruz

OF

65

0

66

Jonathan Lucroy

C

68

2

67

Jason Heyward

OF

76

9

68

Devin Mesoraco

C

80

12

69

Carlos Santana

3B/1B

73

4

70

Victor Martinez

1B

48

-22

71

David Wright

3B

102

31

72

Yoenis Cespedes

OF

62

-10

73

Gerrit Cole

SP

83

10

74

Julio Teheran

SP

78

4

75

Jake Arrieta

SP

103

28

76

Prince Fielder

1B

57

-19

77

Jeff Samardzija

SP

71

-6

78

Kolten Wong

2B

101

23

79

Chris Davis

3B/1B

64

-15

80

David Ortiz

DH

92

12

81

Jay Bruce

OF

87

6

82

Matt Harvey

SP

66

-16

83

Mark Melancon

RP

84

1

84

James Shields

SP

93

9

85

Alex Gordon

OF

126

41

86

Dellin Betances

RP

81

-5

87

Starlin Castro

SS

107

20

88

Jason Kipnis

2B

69

-19

89

Dustin Pedroia

2B

96

7

90

Hisashi Iwakuma

SP

99

9

91

David Robertson

RP

70

-21

92

Tyson Ross

SP

97

5

93

Jacob deGrom

SP

112

19

94

Hunter Pence

OF

79

-15

95

Evan Gattis

C

85

-10

95

Lucas Duda

1B

138

43

96

Sonny Gray

SP

86

-10

97

Gio Gonzalez

SP

122

25

98

Ben Revere

OF

117

19

99

Kole Calhoun

OF

88

-11

100

Yan Gomes

C

91

-9

101

Matt Holliday

OF

89

-12

102

Ryan Zimmerman

3B

111

9

103

Alexei Ramirez

SS

90

-13

104

Manny Machado

3B

135

31

105

Neil Walker

2B

124

19

106

Matt Carpenter

3B

136

30

107

Alex Wood

SP

100

-7

108

Marcell Ozuna

OF

120

12

109

Trevor Rosenthal

RP

106

-3

110

Steve Cishek

RP

108

-2

111

Cody Allen

RP

94

-17

112

J.D. Martinez

OF

119

7

113

Lance Lynn

SP

146

33

114

Salvador Perez

C

109

-5

115

Kenley Jansen

RP

75

-40

116

Mookie Betts

OF

116

0

117

Pablo Sandoval

3B

123

6

118

Zach Britton

RP

125

7

119

Adam LaRoche

1B

143

24

120

Melky Cabrera

OF

161

41

121

Jonathan Papelbon

RP

133

12

122

Daniel Murphy

2B

154

32

123

Brett Gardner

OF

139

16

124

Carlos Carrasco

SP

113

-11

125

Ben Zobrist

SS/2B/OF

155

30

126

Brandon Belt

1B

172

46

127

Doug Fister

SP

147

20

128

Rusney Castillo

OF

120

-8

129

Jean Segura

SS

142

13

130

Chris Carter

DH

110

-20

131

Shin-Soo Choo

OF

168

37

132

Xander Bogaerts

SS

162

30

133

Mark Trumbo

1B/OF

95

-38

134

Huston Street

RP

118

-16

135

Drew Storen

RP

115

-20

136

Alcides Escobar

SS

178

42

137

Howie Kendrick

2B

166

29

138

Elvis Andrus

SS

127

-11

139

Brian McCann

C

104

-35

140

Wil Myers

OF

171

31

141

Josh Harrison

3B/OF

98

-43

142

Alex Cobb

SP

82

-60

143

Yadier Molina

C

131

-12

144

Koji Uehara

RP

128

-16

145

Justin Morneau

1B

176

31

146

Matt Adams

1B

169

23

147

Jayson Werth

OF

165

18

148

Yordano Ventura

SP

145

-3

149

Joaquin Benoit

RP

149

0

150

Kris Bryant

3B

105

-45

151

Wilin Rosario

C

152

1

152

Hyun-jin Ryu

SP

144

-8

153

Jhonny Peralta

SS

195

42

154

Jorge Soler

OF

114

-40

155

Chase Headley

3B

230

75

156

Mat Latos

SP

189

33

157

Jimmy Rollins

SS

163

6

158

Pedro Alvarez

3B

208

50

159

Fernando Rodney

RP

134

-25

160

Erick Aybar

SS

206

46

161

Brett Lawrie

2B/3B

216

55

162

Andrew Cashner

SP

170

8

163

A.J. Pollock

OF

180

17

164

Leonys Martin

OF

140

-24

165

Glen Perkins

RP

141

-24

166

Alex Rios

OF

187

21

167

Jered Weaver

SP

200

33

168

Matt Wieters

C

137

-31

169

Russell Martin

C

173

4

170

Martin Prado

2B/3B

205

35

171

Yasmany Tomas

OF

167

-4

172

Phil Hughes

SP

183

11

173

Francisco Rodriguez

RP

193

20

174

Collin McHugh

SP

198

24

175

Anibal Sanchez

SP

192

17

176

Jose Quintana

SP

204

28

177

Khris Davis

OF

203

26

178

Javier Baez

SS/2B

148

-30

179

Matt Shoemaker

SP

212

33

180

Hector Rondon

RP

153

-27

181

Gregory Polanco

OF

121

-60

182

Addison Reed

RP

181

-1

183

Eric Hosmer

1B

156

-27

184

Chase Utley

2B

220

36

185

Steven Souza

OF

215

30

186

Austin Jackson

OF

238

52

187

Lorenzo Cain

OF

199

12

188

Masahiro Tanaka

SP

130

-58

189

Michael Pineda

SP

160

-29

190

Neftali Feliz

RP

177

-13

191

Santiago Casilla

RP

191

0

192

Marlon Byrd

OF

222

30

193

Danny Santana

SS/OF

132

-61

194

Jacob McGee

RP

201

7

196

Joc Pederson

OF

196

0

197

Michael Wacha

SP

164

-33

198

Ian Kennedy

SP

175

-23

200

Michael Fiers

SP

194

-6

201

Matt Cain

SP

236

35

202

Brandon Moss

1B/OF

159

-43

203

Danny Duffy

SP

264

61

204

Denard Span

OF

174

-30

205

Curtis Granderson

OF

242

37

206

Steven Pearce

1B/OF

226

20

207

Dallas Keuchel

SP

240

33

208

Oswaldo Arcia

OF

221

13

209

Coco Crisp

OF

268

59

210

Sean Doolittle

RP

151

-59

211

Torii Hunter

OF

269

58

212

Garrett Richards

SP

157

-55

213

Yasmani Grandal

C

197

-16

214

Avisail Garcia

OF

185

-29

215

Luke Gregerson

RP

235

20

216

Drew Smyly

SP

182

-34

217

Desmond Jennings

OF

232

15

218

Travis D'Arnaud

C

179

-39

219

Wilson Ramos

C

189

-30

220

Aramis Ramirez

3B

211

-9

221

Chris Owings

SS

257

36

222

Chris Archer

SP

190

-32

223

Jedd Gyorko

2B

223

0

224

Dexter Fowler

OF

265

41

225

Asdrubal Cabrera

SS/2B

218

-7

226

Michael Saunders

OF

294

68

227

Francisco Liriano

SP

219

-8

228

Carl Crawford

OF

207

-21

229

Rougned Odor

2B

247

18

230

Shelby Miller

SP

241

11

231

Aaron Hill

2B

297

66

232

Justin Verlander

SP

186

-46

233

Derek Holland

SP

237

4

234

Rick Porcello

SP

281

47

235

Adam Lind

1B

279

44

236

Jose Fernandez

SP

209

-27

237

R.A. Dickey

SP

278

41

238

Scott Kazmir

SP

245

7

239

Mark Teixeira

1B

287

48

240

Joe Mauer

1B

234

-6

241

Jesse Hahn

SP

295

54

242

Homer Bailey

SP

217

-25

243

Nick Castellanos

3B

259

16

244

Mike Napoli

1B

250

6

245

Kevin Gausman

SP

253

8

246

Taijuan Walker

SP

260

14

247

Andrelton Simmons

SS

293

46

248

Kennys Vargas

DH

274

26

249

Dustin Ackley

OF

323

74

250

Jason Hammel

SP

302

52

251

Brad Miller

SS

374

123

252

Drew Hutchison

SP

248

-4

253

Alejandro De Aza

OF

310

57

254

Miguel Montero

C

210

-44

255

Derek Norris

C

229

-26

256

Adam Eaton

OF

202

-54

257

John Lackey

SP

275

18

258

Latroy Hawkins

RP

273

15

259

Brandon McCarthy

SP

243

-16

260

Danny Salazar

SP

224

-36

261

Brandon Phillips

2B

263

2

262

Logan Morrison

1B

377

115

263

C.J. Wilson

SP

367

104

264

Arismendy Alcantara

2B/OF

252

-12

265

Chris Tillman

SP

267

2

266

Jenrry Mejia

RP

214

-52

267

Scooter Gennett

2B

262

-5

268

Norichika Aoki

OF

312

44

269

Ervin Santana

SP

291

22

270

Jarred Cosart

SP

375

105

271

Michael Cuddyer

OF

246

-25

272

Drew Pomeranz

SP

315

43

273

Carlos Beltran

OF

255

-18

274

James Loney

1B

354

80

275

Joe Nathan

RP

227

-48

276

Michael Morse

1B/OF

256

-20

277

Jed Lowrie

SS

320

43

278

Mike Zunino

C

213

-65

279

Jake Odorizzi

SP

231

-48

280

Brett Cecil

RP

307

27

281

Mike Leake

SP

346

65

282

Ken Giles

RP

225

-57

283

Dioner Navarro

C

285

2

284

Jarrod Saltalamacchia

C

303

19

285

Wade Davis

RP

266

-19

286

CC Sabathia

SP

356

70

287

Jason Castro

C

261

-26

288

Rene Rivera

C

362

74

289

Joakim Soria

RP

286

-3

290

Chris Iannetta

C

350

60

291

Andrew Heaney

SP

344

53

292

Carlos Ruiz

C

347

55

293

John Jaso

C

271

-22

294

Robinson Chirinos

C

311

17

295

Alex Avila

C

364

69

296

Tyler Clippard

RP

270

-26

297

James Paxton

SP

233

-64

298

Matt Garza

SP

322

24

299

A.J. Burnett

SP

321

22

300

Henderson Alvarez

SP

299

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NightmareRec0n
3/20
I absolute love Christian Yelich in real life, but I'm not sure I get the gap between Yelich and Choo. Yelich is a young guy that you hope can be Choo with his skill set. They have similar K and BB rates, nearly identical plate discipline, and deliver a potential decent power speed combo. Choo is old and does have injury risk, but not enough to justify 60-70 picks until we know Yelich's power is coming around.
kvamlnk
3/20
There does not seem to be a lot of consistancy with the tiers (star counts). I assume that's because of various authors having differing views. It does make it harder to integrate the information.
SansRig
3/20
The differences in opinion contributes to the richness of the content. Easily integrated and uniform content makes for a passive approach. (I do realize that this sounds like a fantasy baseball fortune cookie.)
kvamlnk
3/25
This is just a list of players. The earlier tiered rankings and associated material had justifications for the decisions. That was rich content. Once I integrated the draft list for sorting with the PFM and tiered rankings, I could see the inconsistancies. There were not that many. Most were improvements on the original rankings. I adjusted the "stars" where I thought appropriate. In summary, thanks for the draft list, it proved quite helpful in finalizing my own draft guide.
sitdancer
3/20
Where would you rank Miggy in leagues where he has 3B eligibility? 3rd?
MikeGianella
3/20
If you believe he's completely healthy, sure. However, I'd probably leave him where he is due to the inherent risk.
modonnell
3/20
These rankings disagree with my PFM rankings with standard 5x5 categories. Am I using the wrong settings in the PFM or is this because I am in a snake, straight draft? Some of them are way off, especially the not so common choices, such as Souza ranked 34th overall in the PFM and 185 here.
woof755
3/20
Sort of along these same lines, I have always wondered why the PFM projections (like those seen in the depth charts link) and PECOTA are not the same.
jaybook
3/20
Can't speak for BP, but I believe it's because PFM is based off Pecota projections, while these are the authors' own analysis.
woof755
3/21
Right. My question is why are PFM and PECOTA different?
swarmee
3/23
Does one use weighted mean and one use the 50th %ile projection?
MikeGianella
3/23
Different how? I'm not sure I understand. Are you saying the statistics are different?
MikeGianella
3/23
The PFM goes off of PECOTA, which is a mechanical projection. These are staff rankings, which take other factors into account.
MikeGianella
3/23
we're going in part off of our instinct. For Souza to rank that high, he'd have to be a $25 player. He could get there, but paying that seems like folly.
TKD3rdDan
3/24
I have the same concern. The draft rankings in this article are way off the draft rankings produced by a standard-league PFM report. How can we have confidence in PFM when these rankings are so wildly different?
Anchovies
3/24
Nobody cares how much confidence you have in it. Different people have different projections. Deal with it.
jashnew
3/20
Just my two cents. I'm investing heavily in Jean Segura and Lorenzo Cain. Reason for Segura is that he has been in the league for 3 years and he is only 25. His personal issues sound like they are getting better. The dude is an amazing talent. I set him at .280, 20 HRs, 30 SBs, 60-70 RBI's, 90 runs. Lorenzo Cain is going on 29 but that's OK because he is a late bloomer. I see 15-17 HR's, .275, 40 SBs, 70 RBI(He'll be batting 3rd), 80 runs. Draft these guys late and enjoy the value.
Averym2
3/22
Neither of those guys will hit like that. Cain has barley any power. Maybe 5 homers for cain and 8 or 9 for segura. Don't know where you are getting these numbers from. The stolen bases are okay, but I think segura will stay a 260-270 hitter.
the4seamer
3/20
Im in a two catcher league. What are your thoughts on Nick Hundley as #2 in Colorado? He has to have some hidden value that is being missed. If he can hit HR in San Diego then.......
MikeGianella
3/23
If he plays he could be solid, but with Rosario and McKenry also in the picture it's muddled. He certainly could rank with some of the other catchers on this list toward the bottom.
the4seamer
3/20
Wong ahead of Pedroia, who woulda thought
anderson721
3/20
Considering that the Rusney Castillo projections and the Yelich projections are practically duplicates, the vast difference in ranking is a puzzle.
jcutiger
3/21
Rusney might be starting in the minors have something to do with it?
MikeGianella
3/23
yes
fnorce
3/21
12 team league , 5 x 5 , w OBP instead of BA -adam jones would drop in that case and others should be higher ie Rizzo - who else would you reshuffle?
LucasDad
3/22
Would like me some OBP info as well. Need more based on OBP leagues, other than just in passing about certain guys being higher or lower in these leagues. Would like an OBP ranking.
MikeGianella
3/23
It's a good idea, but the rankings at this point are kind of in beta mode. We'll be discussing integrating things like this at the next staff meeting later this month or in early April.
Dillon415
3/22
Goes from 49 to 51.
Dillon415
3/22
And there are two at 95
MikeGianella
3/23
i was away with this weekend but i should get to editing on this today.
kvamlnk
3/24
You have 298 players. The vacancies at 195 and 199 are never filled with duplicated ranks further down. The acutal numbering: | 191 | Santiago Casilla | RP | | 192 | Marlon Byrd | OF | | 193 | Danny Santana | OF | | 194 | Jake McGee | RP | | 195 | Joc Pederson | OF | | 196 | Michael Wacha | SP | | 197 | Ian Kennedy | SP | | 198 | Mike Fiers | SP | | 199 | Matt Cain | SP | | 200 | Brandon Moss | OF | shifting players up[ to fill the vacancies.
ronzorn
3/22
Would really appreciate NL only breakdown.
MikeGianella
3/23
The rankings were kind of a trial run thing this year. We are going to do in-season ranking updates, but the plan isn't to do customized rankings for every conceivable format. If your NL only is deep, the bid limits I generate should provide a pretty good approximation.
mattyjames1
3/23
Maybe #50 is billy butler?
MikeGianella
3/23
No.
tcfatone
3/24
Seriously bullish on Cole and Arrieta, eh?

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