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Top 30 MLB prospects for fantasy baseball in 2020

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The Fake Teams writers rank MLB prospects based on probable 2020 impact—aka redraft value.

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It’s a strange time to be a baseball fan. Heck, it’s a strange time, period. Who knows when the season will begin? Who knows how long it will be? Will there be expanded (28-man) rosters? Expanded rosters could mean a shorter second Spring Training event, as more bodies would mean less of a need for pitchers to pitch deep into games from the onset—perhaps preventing injuries. This is just speculation on my part. Point is, a lot is up in the air.

One thing seems certain—whatever does happen, it won’t be business as usual. The MLB season is almost assured to be shortened, and with that comes a host of problems. Service time is a prickly issue, and I won’t pretend that I have an answer to that debacle. But I am currently leaning towards prospects who have a clearer pathway to playing time, and towards those who play for contenders. Maybe there’s a better process. If so, I don’t know it.

With all that in mind, I asked the stable of Fake Teams writers to give me their respective top prospects for 2020. That is, which prospects will produce the most for the coming season. We’re talking redraft value for 2020. This is not a typical “top prospect” list. If you want something more similar to that, Jonathan gave you his top 600 players for dynasty formats last week:

Okay, no further preamble. Here are our top 30 prospects for 2020. Be sure to yell at us in the comments. How else will we know who we are too high or low on?

Top 30 Prospects for Redraft

RANK PLAYER TEAM HEATH GARRETT JONATHAN MARK AVG RANK
RANK PLAYER TEAM HEATH GARRETT JONATHAN MARK AVG RANK
1 Luis Robert CWS 1 1 1 1 1
2 Jesus Luzardo OAK 2 2 2 2 2
3 Gavin Lux LAD 3 3 3 3 3
4 Carter Kieboom WAS 6 4 4 7 5.25
5 Jo Adell LAA 12 5 5 4 6.5
6 Mitch Keller PIT 8 8 7 5 7
7 Jose Urquidy HOU 7 9 6 10 8
8 A.J. Puk OAK 4 13 8 16 10.25
9 Austin Hays BAL 5 22 10 6 10.75
10 Nick Solak TEX 15 11 9 8 10.75
11 Michael Kopech CWS 13 7 11 15 11.5
12 Dylan Carlson STL 20 6 13 19 14.5
13 Sean Murphy OAK 19 10 20 11 15
14 Nate Pearson TOR 10 12 22 26 17.5
15 Evan White SEA 14 20 12 25 17.75
16 Spencer Howard PHI 9 30 14 20 18.25
17 Alec Bohm PHI 16 16 23 18.33333333
18 Sam Hilliard COL 11 15 21 27 18.5
19 MacKenzie Gore SD 18 23 18 17 19
20 Ryan Mountcastle BAL 22 21 24 9 19
21 Brendan McKay TB 17 14 19 28 19.5
22 Dustin May LAD 21 17 17 25 20
23 Nick Madrigal CWS 23 19 16 23 20.25
24 James Karinchak CLE 26 28 15 12 20.25
25 Mauricio Dubon SF 24 25 26 14 22.25
26 Casey Mize DET 28 26 21 25
27 Kyle Lewis SEA 27 18 27 29 25.25
28 Forrest Whitley HOU 25 32 30 22 27.25
29 Justus Sheffield SEA 29 29 28 24 27.5
30 Brendan Rodgers COL 36 33 29 13 27.75