Ranking the Rookies: 2018 Tiers
Ranking the Rookies: 2018 Tiers

This article is part of our Farm Futures series.

This article originally appeared in the Fantasy Baseball magazine, but the order and makeup of the list has been altered and expanded to reflect the most recent news and list some extra prospects who missed the magazine cut.

The top 400 prospect rankings are for dynasty leagues. This resource is for owners who play in single-season leagues, or in keeper leagues where prospects are rarely kept. The following tiers serve as a way to rank 100 prospects based strictly on their fantasy potential for the 2018 season. The rankings are not perfect, as there are certain players who I would take over a player or two in the tier(s) above them, but the tiered system is a nice way to get a feel for the type of prospect you are investing in.

GENERATIONAL TALENTS

1. Shohei Ohtani, RHP/DH, Angels
2. Ronald Acuna, OF, Braves

Yeah, you've heard of these guys. Ohtani could be an SP1 on a per-start basis right away. Depending on your league rules, you may be able to extract five-category offensive value from him when he's not pitching. Acuna is the best fantasy prospect to come along in five years and likely will debut in mid-to-late April when the Braves have secured a seventh year of control. His plus speed and aggression on the bases gives him a high floor, and his power potential gives him a ridiculously high ceiling in year one. A 20-homer, 30-steal season isn't out of the question.

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James Anderson
James Anderson is RotoWire's Lead Prospect Analyst, Assistant Baseball Editor, and co-host of Farm Fridays on Sirius/XM radio and the RotoWire Prospect Podcast. FSWA Baseball Writer of the Year finalist in 2012.
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