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Farm Futures: MLB Draft Preview - Top 10 Pitchers

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.

Simply put, the thing that makes this an unappealing draft class from a fantasy perspective is that pitching prospects account for a higher percentage of the top fantasy talent than in typical years. It is early, but in my preliminary rankings, there are 10 pitchers in the top 20, eight pitchers in the top 16, five pitchers in the top 11 and three pitchers in the top seven. In last year’s class, for instance, the top five fantasy prospects and seven of the top 10 were hitters.

It is a good year to try to get an impact arm, but not a good year to get a high-upside bat with any semblance of a high floor, although I profiled the top 15 hitters in this class last week, nonetheless. Here is a breakdown of the top 10 pitching prospects in this class for dynasty league purposes. Each pitcher’s potentially plus-plus and plus pitches are noted, along with their projected draft range and likely placement in
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