Ranking Fantasy prospects is different than ranking MLB prospects for many reasons. For one, context matters: the organization a prospect plays for, who plays in that organization ahead of him and positional scarcity all play a major role in evaluations. Secondly, offensive players get the bump over comparable pitchers, thanks to attrition rates and overall ability. Thirdly, upside matters more: No. 4 starters and versatile fielders are plenty useful in the majors, but you don’t want many of them on your Fantasy team. And finally, playing time matters too, so don’t be surprised to see some MLB-ready names make these lists over higher-ceiling players who are eons away.
All rankings and evaluations are based off of a combination of mainstream prospect analysis, industry sources, video scouting and in-person game observations.