Fantasy vs. Real Life in Prospect Rankings (by Enoch Tang)

Fantasy vs. Real Life in Prospect Rankings (by Enoch Tang)

It is helpful to look at rankings of prospects from as many sources as possible. Prospect rankings are a subjective thing. Everyone will have a different viewpoint in what they like in a prospect. It is up to you to piece them together and understand why you would draft one player over another.

Keep in mind that there are real-life prospect rankings and fantasy prospect rankings. This was a mistake I made when I first started playing dynasty leagues that included minor leaguers. I was relying on real-life rankings and not realizing what I should be looking for.

MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 and organizational rankings are structured for real-life baseball. This means that they will rank a player much higher because of their elite defense. They will rank pitching much higher because pitching is extremely valuable in baseball. However, defense is much less important in fantasy baseball and pitching is extremely volatile, so they will get ranked differently. For example, MLB Pipeline has Keston Hiura as the 30th overall prospect. This is likely because his defense is only decent and many pitchers got ranked before him. In the fantasy world, he is ranked somewhere between 10-15 on most lists. There is a lot of value in the real-life rankings as they usually would have good scouting notes attached to them. But just remember that it serves a different purpose than a fantasy draft.