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101 is an arbitrary number. Every year, the Baseball Prospectus Fantasy Team puts out a top-101 prospects list, and then Bret Sayre and I follow suit with top-101 dynasty prospect lists of our own. It’s a slight deviation on the industry-standard “top-100” you see around the web, but the truth is it often makes little sense to stop (or to extend to) a nice round number.

Take this most recent year as an example. We could’ve ended at 83, capping our exercise with Albert Almora, and it would’ve made just as much if not more sense as stopping where we did, which was basically in the middle of a tier. No one wants a top-83, though. They want a top-100 or a top-101.

Well I refuse to play by society’s rules. I play by my own rules, nobody else’s, not even my own. I could’ve easily pared this “next” list down to 100 or 101 additional players, but a) that would’ve been arbitrary, like we talked about b) that would’ve taken more effort. So instead what you get is a collection of dudes who were briefly considered for the top-101, or who I just jotted down as potential sleepers while writing the fantasy comments for the individual top-10 lists.

Another point: I’m not going to do a straight ranking of these guys. So many of them are just fliers or only figure to be role players that it’d be borderline disingenuous. Instead I’ll just throw them into groupings and let you figure out who you should value more based on your competition window and league size.

There are some of you who play in leagues with 190-man MiLB rosters who’ll know all the names on this list. I can’t help you. But if you play in your more standard keeper/dynasty format that rosters 100-200 prospects, hopefully this will help you once the big dogs are gone. Enjoy, and as always, I eagerly await you telling me who I missed or which player/team matchup I forgot to swap after a trade. Love you guys <3.

Continuation of Tier Eight (Lottery Tickets, More 2017 Dudes, or Guys We Just Like)

If you prefer this set of players to the guys we listed in the back of the top-101, you won’t find much of an argument here. Buehler, Whitley, Allard, Morejon, and Hansen have high upsides but all come with a heaping portion of risk. Kaprielian, Paulino, and Ortiz lack big upside but should be ready soon, ditto Chapman, Candelario, and Bauers. Wade is one of the more fun names on this list, but we don’t know where he’ll play. Aquino, Ona and Trammell are fun outfield sleepers, with Aquino in particular turning into a TINO darling thanks to Craig Goldstein. It’s probably not gonna work for Dozier, but if it does you’ll love the power.

From here on out, it’s difficult to rank prospects altogether and easier to provide you with blockier segments.

The Next Glut of (Potential Mid-Fantasy Rotation) Arms

I really like all of these arms, but they all lack just a little something or come with just a little too much risk to flirt with the top-101. Fedde, Reid-Foley, Soroka, and Beede are safe, but have underwhelming upsides. Castillo and Romero offer big-time strikeout potential, but aren’t locks to start. Sheffield is probably a reliever in my eyes, but I acknowledge I’m the low man on him. If you prefer any of these dues to, I don’t know, Grant Holmes, I get it.

There’s no real theme here, though for the most part, ETA is the problem. Guys like Garrett, Anderson, and Medina could be really solid, but you’ll be waiting for a while. Others like Gonsalves, Abreu, and Clifton are closer but won’t wow you. Basically, we could view them like we view the Fedde tier this time next season. Feel the excitement!

Modest Ceilings, But Ready Soon: Position Players

A modest collection of infielders who’ll probably never be top-10 options at their positions, but who could sneak in some top-20 performances. Hoskins has good power but a questionable hit tool, Travis has a good hit tool but questionable power and Guzman is a little of column A, a little of column B. It’s tough to be a first-base prospect. Kingery could be useful for cheap steals, while Arroyo could be useful for an empty average. Nunez will probably see more playing time in Oakland than he would anywhere else and can sock some dongers on occasion.

Ah yes, the outfielders. Haniger, Tilson, and Toles could have value in daily lineup leagues right now, as they all project to get some playing time in 2017. Bonifacio has power but little else, while Ramirez has a hit tool but little else. Bader and Stewart will probably just end up being platoon bats, but good ones. Hernandez and Laureano won’t play unless the Astros suffer a lot of injuries, and each is only mildly interesting even if they do log PA.

Modest Ceilings, But Ready Soon: Pitchers

These are the types of pitchers I routinely told you to avoid during our top-10 series, but the truth is if you’re rostering 150-plus guys, they’re worth a look. Cotton is the best bet to produce 2017 value because he has the clearest shot to playing time and is in a great park. Jurado, Banda and Freeland all pitch in orgs short on pitching talent, so they could log some innings soon. Weaver and Adams are pure streamers. Woodruff and Faria have a little more upside, but neither profiles as better than an SP5/6 in their heydays.

The Sleepers – Bats

Hey now, this is whatchya came for. The next glut of shortstop wunderkinds has something for everybody, whether you like advanced hit tools (Mountcastle), uber athleticism (Yrizarri), bloodlines (Tatis, Bichette), or 80-grade names (Javier). If you told me any of these dudes were top-101 material next year, I wouldn’t bat an eye. Nor would I if they end up in “We Hardly Knew Ye” by 2019.

More infield bats for you to gamble on. Demeritte has power and Long has speed, but I’m really not sure either of them will hit. Lowe and Stubbs have big-time upside but come with plenty of risks. You probably shouldn’t gamble on catchers who are as far away as Viloria and Stephenson, but if you’re going to, at least bet on them.

Zomg tools. Sierra just missed the just missed section. It’s easy to envision him as a top-101 name next season. Heredia, Hernandez, Ortiz and Harrison are forever away but have OF2/3 upside. Lindsay is safer but is more of a future OF 4/5. Good luck knowing what to make of Gettys, but the power/speed combo is intriguing.

The Sleepers – Arms

Your guess is as good as mine with these guys. Perez, Toussaint, Albertos, Williams and Sanchez have big upside but are risky arms. Jay, Hearn, Santillan and Cease are probably relievers, but if not, look out. People have written Pint off because he’s a Rockie, but he can truly chuck it. May, White, and Franklin are pretty much all projection at this point. Hunter Harvey is the human manifestation of the shruggy emoji.

The Bounceback Candidates

All of these players had pretty rough 2016 campaigns, but each has enough upside remaining that you shouldn’t write them off if you roster around 200 guys. Nottingham is close to the majors, still has big time power and was young for his league last season. Speaking of young for his league, the Orioles might want to ease up a bit on Reyes, who’s routinely playing against much older competition. Martinez had an underwhelming debut but still has big tools. Pentecost looked overmatched at High-A, which isn’t great for a hitter his age. Randolph, Hayes and Zimmer missed a ton of time with injury. Aiken hasn’t shown great stuff consistently since his return, but he’ll flash it. Stewart finally stayed on the mound but was eminently hittable, which is strange given his stuff.

The Relievers (3)

I don’t want to talk about it.

Not My Guys, But Okay (11)

I am personally not really a fan of these dynasty assets, but there are fair arguments to be made in favor of each of them. Do what you will with that.

Not My Guys, Not Ok

There are some big names from rankings past here, but I advise just cutting bait. These guys are NOT part of the 112 referenced above, but I’m listing them here specifically so you don’t ask “what about 112” in the comments.

You may now proceed to ask me “what about” anyone not listed here in the comments, but if you double up, you owe me a drink. Them’s the rules.

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Flipai
3/15
Great list! What about.......Colin Moran? I can see he's not your guy, but is he OK or not OK? Haha, I'm just kidding. But for doubling up yourself, I think you owe me some tickets to the next BP baseball event in the Baltimore/DC area.
BenC22
3/15
I'm not owned, I'm not owned
heterodude
3/15
I'm going to assume that some older, recent imports didn't make your list due to their age and the lack of first-hand scouting. Is it okay to make the assumption that you're just not particularly high on Jae-Gyun Hwang, Randy Arozarena, Yanio Perez, or Luis Yander La O (fun name to write)?
BenC22
3/15
Don't believe in Hwang as anything more than UTIL. If you want to put Arozarena with the sleepers guys that's fine. I don't have a ton of intel on Perez or Yander, tbh. They'd be outside the scope of top-200 guys.
heterodude
3/15
I haven't gotten to watch too much of Spring Training, but I've caught a little bit of the Giants for some reason. I wouldn't be surprised if Hwang usurps the 3B job from Nunez this season, but his age makes it hard to really consider him a "prospect". I appreciate your writing, as always. I don't often single out how frequently you reply to people, but it's admirable how much you humor us (me).
BenC22
3/15
I agree that Nunez is kinda bad but even if Hwang grabs the 3B job I don't think he'll really do anything with it. And thanks! Interacting with you guys is half the fun :)
heterodude
3/15
I feel like people were similarly low on Jung Ho Kang when he came over, as well. I guess the assumption is that it won't translate. It didn't for Byun Ho Park, but I feel like there's an opportunity for Hwang to at least call dibs on third base.
uncasf1
3/15
Max Schrock? Future regular, future utility, or future blah? Thanks.
BenC22
3/15
Utility
cdgarosi
3/16
How did Carson Cistulli get in here?
markczarniecki
3/15
What makes you not a fan of Max Fried? Not a believer in the recent velo gains? Law and Longenhagen appear to be buying.
BenC22
3/15
I used to love him but the injuries, distance from majors and non-elite ETA put him behind some of the other guys on this list who only have two out of those three problems. But like I said, if you really like him I get it.
JohnnyFive
3/15
I know that some other sites have the feel-good prospect of the year candidate TJ Friedl ranked pretty highly in their org ranks, but I can't even seem to find a profile for him on here. Thoughts on Friedl? (And can we get a profile for him added so we can track the guy?)
BenC22
3/15
I honestly don't know a lot about him. The speed could be interesting but I want to see how the bat plays at a level more appropriate for his age before I get excited.
kjesanis
3/15
What do you think of Adam Engel? I know he has a lot of warts, but his fantasy upside is immense and in my amateur opinion deserves mention in a top 213 dynasty prospect list.
BenC22
3/15
I think he's a cut below the Toles/Tillson grouping but he's not a bad sleeper for some value soonish
briankopec
3/15
I'm looking forward to the updated mid-season top 213 rankings.
DeathSpeculum
3/15
(in one league with 240 man farm teams and a crazy one with full 40 man farm (800 total)) any thoughts on peter Alonso - nym, Edwin rios - lad, estevan florial - nyy, victor Garcia - stl
nyyanks6
3/15
Kaprielian lacks big upside? This is the first place I've ever read that.
akkratte
3/20
It won't be the last. He's not that big a fantasy asset. While in real life he may have a ceiling of a #3 SP, which is nothing to sneeze at, those pitchers usually aren't worth saving a dynasty roster spot for.
Gravybill1
3/16
Could Oakland OF Lazaro Armenteros be a candidate for that high upside list? How about Lewin Diaz? Derian Cruz? How about Norge Ruiz for that arms list? Thanks for the great info!
j1vrieze
3/17
Did anyone at BP have eyes on Tate during the AFL? I saw reports that he was at 94-95 and his slider was back. Apparently the Yankees stripped him of all mechanical adjustmemts made by the Rangers and only threw him in relief so they could better manage his outtings. As a dynasty owner, I want to cut bait based on the shotty 2016 outcome/stuff...but I can't force myself to give up on such a large investment from last year.
akkratte
3/20
I also have Tate, and drafted him with my first round pick last year. I'll likely be cutting him. Basing this season's decisions on last season's methods of obtaining players is illogical and hurts you in the long run. The ONLY thing that matters is "how will this guy perform?" It doesn't matter how he got on your team. Example. I have both Tate and Jacob deGrom on my roster. I drafted Tate with a first round pick. I picked up deGrom off waivers three years ago. If I was decided on which one to cut, is there any consideration remotely that I might cut deGrom because I didn't spend a first round pick on him? Nope. Completely irrelevant.
granbergt
3/17
Any idea when the top 101 dynasty list will be released?
jadams84
3/18
http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=31229
granbergt
3/19
Thanks for the link, I missed it somehow (obviously).