1) You are dead to me Riley Pint. Pint was my top fantasy pitching prospect coming into the draft, but after being picked by the Colorado Rockies 4th overall, I wouldn’t touch him. Just check out his face after finding out he was going to Colorado. I feel for the kid, but he still falls completely out of my top 30.

2) I guess it wasn’t enough that my top pitching prospect got drafted by Colorado. My top hitting prospect, Kyle Lewis, got drafted by the Seattle Mariners, a team who has left a graveyard full of failed hitting prospects in their wake. My boy Tyler O’Neill has taken a step forward this year in Double-A, and the Mariners were smart enough to jump on Lewis when he fell to #11, so maybe they are actually starting to figure things out. Lewis remains my top overall prospect.

3) I was not the biggest fan of Blake Rutherford, a 19-year-old high school player, so of course my beloved Yankees were the team to pick him. When I was 19 years old, I was a junior in college at Penn State, and I would have ripped up high school baseball then too 😉 I’m still not a huge fan of Rutherford for fantasy, but I’m all aboard the hype train in real life. Sometimes you just gotta buy in when it is your favorite team.

4) I was already relatively high on Ian Anderson (#9) before the draft, but I was tempted to rank him even higher, and I should have. Anderson was drafted #3 overall to the Atlanta Braves, which is obviously a great situation for pitchers. He jumps Jason Groome, who got drafted 12th overall by the Boston Red Sox, and he is neck and neck with A.J. Puk, who went 6th overall to the Oakland Athletics. Braxton Garrett (#22) also moves up in the rankings after being scooped by the Miami Marlins at #7.

5) I’m still concerned about Mickey Moniak’s ultimate power potential, but I can’t deny that being the #1 overall pick puts some extra shine on him. At the very least, his trade value will be very high right from the start. I bumped him from #11 to #6.

6) As expected, my top 30 looks nothing like how the draft actually played out. Drafting for fantasy is obviously much different than drafting for real life, and in some cases, I just straight disagreed with the pick. Anfernee Grier (#10) went 39th overall to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Nolan Jones (#12) went 55th overall to the Cleveland Indians, Taylor Trammell (#13) went 35th overall to the Cincinnati Reds, Bryan Reynolds (#17) went 59th overall to the San Francisco Giants, Chris Okey (#19) went 43rd overall to the Cincinnati Reds, Ronnie Dawson (#25) went 61st overall to the Houston Astros, and Heath Quinn (#14) went 95th overall to the San Francisco Giants. These are my favorite sleepers right now before we learn a lot more about all of these guys in pro ball.

Post-Draft 2016 Top 30 MLB Draft Fantasy Baseball Prospect Rankings:
(You can click here for a more detailed analysis of each player)

1) Kyle Lewis SEA, OF
2) Corey Ray MIL, OF
3) Will Craig PIT, 1B/3B
4) Zack Collins CHW, C
5) Nick Senzel CIN, 3B
6) Mickey Moniak PHI, OF
7) A.J. Puk OAK, LHP
8) Ian Anderson ATL, RHP
9) Jason Groome BOS, LHP
10) Anfernee Grier ARI, OF
11) Nolan Jones CLE, SS/3B
12) Taylor Trammell CIN, OF
13) Eric Lauer SD, LHP
14) Braxton Garrett MIA, LHP
15) Matt Thaiss LAA, C
16) Heath Quinn SFG, OF
17) Dakota Hudson STL, RHP
18) Chris Okey CIN, C
19) Bryan Reynolds SFG, OF
20) Cal Quantrill SD, RHP
21) Justin Dunn NYM, RHP
22) Blake Rutherford NYY, OF
23) Jordan Sheffield LAD, RHP
24) Delvin Perez STL, SS
25) Matt Manning DET, RHP
26) William Benson CLE, OF
27) Ronnie Dawson HOU, OF
28) Alex Kirilloff MIN, OF
29) Forrest Whitley HOU, RHP
30) Josh Lowe TB, 3B/OF
31) Joey Wentz ATL, LHP

By Michael Halpern
Email: michaelhalpern@imaginarybrickwall.com
Twitter: Imaginary Brick Wall (@ImaginaryBrickW)

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