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Welcome to the Top 109 Prospects in 2016. Last years list was a success, and I hope helped many of those who read it in the terms of Fantasy. This year we will go back to the well and stick with 109. Why you may ask? Well, it is unique and nothing can be more frustrating than trying to select which player gets the sacred 100th spot. Now instead the question lies with who ended up being number 110.

League format is critical when it comes to drafting prospects in your drafts. If you are in a redraft league you really shouldn’t need to worry about them too much. If you are in a deep league though you may want to focus on players who are very close and will play in 2016. There is no point in drafting Julio Urias for example. Will he be good and an impact? Absolutely. Heck if he gets the call this year late in the season he will make an impact. That doesn’t mean you need to draft him. Tyler Glasnow on the other hand is someone who may be worth a late round flyer, or at least a watch closely on your waiver wire.

Keeper leagues and Dynasty leagues however leave owners looking at prospects from a different perspective. Owners may want the best available and overall prospects period. Other owners may be thinking “I am a few years away so I am going to draft more prospects than veterans this season. This needs to be done in these leagues, but with reasonable expectations too.

In fact most prospects aren’t successful, or consistent when they get the call, at least for a few seasons. Being a step ahead of your fellow owners, especially in Keeper and Dynasty formats is critical.

So, essentially you need to find the balance of tempered expectations while also being knowledgeable and ready for the next youngster to get the call. If you are hoping for more breakdown and profiles, please rest assured that you will see more Prospect content going forward.  I look forward to delving in to this season’s crop of future stars, or perhaps disappointments with all of you throughout the 2016 season.

Top 109 Prospects in 2016

There are plenty of new faces in the top 30 and throughout the list in general. So many players got the call in 2015, but the list replenishes just fine with talent ready to make an impact in a few years.

As much as I do watch MiLB games, read, research and engulf myself with prospect passion, I can’t take the credit for everything. I get an awful lot of data and information from sources such as Baseball Prospectus, Baseball America, Ron Shandler’s Baseball Forecaster, MLB.com, and thedynastyguru.com. My rankings are my own, and I stand behind them, but I don’t make the decisions without the above mentioned for research and help.

2016 Rank2015 RankPlayerAGEPOS.TeamETA
17Corey Seager22SSDODGERS2015
22Byron Buxton22OFTWINS2015
35Lucas Giolito21RHPNATIONALS2017
413Yoan Moncada20IFRED SOX2017
533J.P. Crawford21SSPHILLIES2016
685Trea Turner23SSNATIONALS2016
769Steven Matz25LHPMETS2016
89Joey Gallo223BRANGERS2015
912Julio Urias19LHPDODGERS2017
10NRBlake Snell23LHPRAYS2016
11105Orlando Arcia21SSBREWERS2016
12NRNomar Mazarra21OFRANGERS2016
1353Alex Reyes21RHPCARDINALS2017
14NRManuel Margot21OFPADRES2016
1532Jose Berrios22RHPTWINS2016
1616Tyler Glasnow22RHPPIRATES2016
1726Raul Mondesi20SSROYALS2017
18NRLewis Brinson21OFRANGERS2017
1983Tim Anderson23SSWHITE SOX2016
2068Aaron Judge24OFYANKEES2016
2154Bradley Zimmer23OFINDIANS2016
2239Austin Meadows21OFPIRATES2017
23NRBrendan Rodgers20SSROCKIES2017
24NRNick Williams22OFPHILLIES2017
2563Jeff Hoffman22RHPROCKIES2017
26NRDansby Swanson20SSBRAVES2017
2731Robert Stephenson23RHPREDS2016
28NRJose De Leon21RHPDODGERS2017
2978Sean Newcomb23LHPBRAVES2016
3036David Dahl22OFROCKIES2016
31NRJavier Guerra20SSPADRES2017
3275Franklin Barreto20SSATHLETICS2018
33NRVictor Robles19OFNATIONALS2019
3489Jake Thompson22RHPPHILLIES2016
3523Jon Gray25RHPROCKIES2016
3682Ryan McMahon213BROCKIES2017
3749Braden Shipley24RHPDIAMONDBACKS2016
3879Grant Holmes20RHPDODGERS2017
3957Raimel Tapia22OFROCKIES2017
4055Sean Manaea24LHPROYALS2015
41NRAlex Bregman20SSASTROS2017
4223Dylan Bundy23RHPORIOLES2015
4398Aaron Blair24RHPBRAVES2015
44NRGleyber Torres20SSCUBS2017
45NRA.J. Reed1BASTROS2016
4614Archie Bradley23RHPDIAMONDBACKS2016
47NRAnthony Alford22OFBLUE JAYS2017
48NRAndrew Benintendi21OFRED SOX2017
4947Josh Bell23RFPIRATES2016
5028Jameson Taillon25RHPPIRATES2015
5138Jesse Winker22LFREDS2016
5248Clint Frazier21OFINDIANS2017
53NRCody Reed23LHPREDS2016
54NROzhaino Albies19SSBRAVES2017
55NRMax Kepler221BTWINS2017
5630Hunter Harvey21RHPORIOLES2017
57NRDillon Tate21RHPRANGERS2018
58109Willy Adames20SSRAYS2017
5934Jorge Alfaro23CPHILLIES2016
60NRRafael Devers193BRED SOX2018
61NRWilson Contreras24CCUBS2017
6246Mark Appel24RHPASTROS2015
63NRBrent Honeywell20RHPRAYS2017
64102Jorge Mateo20SSYANKEES2018
65NRBrett Phillips21OFBREWERS2017
66NRNick Gordon20SSTWINS2018
6752Jose Peraza222BBRAVES2016
68NRFrancis Martes20RHPASTROS2017
69NRJorge Lopez23RHPBREWERS2016
70NRBrandon Drury232BDIAMONDBACKS2016
71NRIan Happ21OF/2BCUBS2017
7297Reynaldo Lopez22RHPNATIONALS2017
73107Reese McGuire21CPIRATES2017
74NRJacob Nottingham20CATHLETICS2018
75NRAnderson Espinoza17RHPRED SOX2019
7695Billy McKinney21OFCUBS2016
77NRYadier Alvarez19RHPDODGERS2018
7842Albert Almora22CFCUBS2015
7943Kohl Stewart21RHPTWINS2017
8045Kyle Crick23RHPGIANTS2015
8150Kyle Zimmer24RHPROYALS2016
8259Hunter Renfroe24OFPADRES2016
83NRDazmon Cameron19OFASTROS2018
84NRYusniel Diaz19OFDODGERS2018
85NRKolby Allard18LHPBRAVES2019
86NRDominic Smith201BMETS2017
8761Hunter Dozier243BROYALS2015
8870Kyle Freeland23LHPROCKIES2017
8937Alex Meyer26RHPTWINS2015
9071Lucas Sims22RHPBRAVES2016
9177NIck Kingham24RHPPIRATES2015
92NRMichael Fulmer22RHPTIGERS2016
9384Alan Hanson23SSPIRATES2015
9486Tyler Beede23RHPGIANTS2016
9592Tyrone Taylor22OFBREWERS2016
9693Touki Toussaint19RHPDIAMONDBACKS2018
9796Brian Johnson25LHPRED SOX2015
9899Max Pentecost23CBLUE JAYS2016
99NRLuis Ortiz21RHPRANGERS2018
100NRAlex Jackson20OFMARINERS2017
101101Roman Quinn23OFPHILLIES2016
102NRConner Greene21RHPBLUE JAYS2017
103NRRob Refsnyder242BYANKEES2016
104NRJohn Lamb25LHPREDS2016
105NRMikie Mahtook26OFRAYS2016
106NRRichie Shaffer243BRAYS2016
107NRFrankie Montas22RHPWHITE SOX2016
108NRPete O' Brien25C/OFDIAMONDBACKS2016
109NREddy Julio Martinez20OFCUBS2017

There will be plenty more coming, and I hope these rankings are both entertaining and helpful. Any glaring issues? Objections? Want to laud me with praise feel free to let me know in the comments or on twitter @fantsychillpony

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