2021 MLB Prospect Rankings 2.0 Update (Mid-Season)

With the 2021 MLB All-Star Break approaching and the 2nd half of the season coming soon, it is time for FTS’s Mid-Season Prospect Rankings update. With a huge number of names graduating in these past couple months, this list should look a bit weaker than the previous. Many players have shown great stuff the beginning of this year and those guys will see their ranking rise in this update. Others may have suffered injuries or put up bad numbers so far, many of these players will drop in the rankings or might not even make the top 100. These rankings will help determine FTS’s MLB Minor League Farm System Rankings, which should drop in July.

  1. Wander Franco, SS, TB
  2. Julio Rodriguez, OF, SEA
  3. Adley Rutschman, C, BAL
  4. Bobby Witt Jr., SS, KC
  5. Jared Kelenic, OF, SEA
  6. Marco Luciano, SS, SF
  7. CJ Abrams, SS, SD
  8. Jasson Dominguez, OF, NYY
  9. Joey Bart, C, SF
  10. Spencer Torkleson, 3B, DET
  11. Nate Pearson, P, TOR
  12. Royce Lewis, SS, MIN
  13. Riley Greene, OF, DET
  14. Sixto Sanchez, P, MIA
  15. Max Meyer, P, MIA
  16. MacKenzie Gore, P, SD
  17. Austin Martin, SS, TOR
  18. Greyson Rodriguez, P, BAL
  19. Jarren Duran, OF, BOS
  20. Kristian Robinson, OF, ARI
  21. Geraldo Perdomo, SS, ARI
  22. Jordan Groshans, SS, TOR
  23. JJ Bleday, OF, MIA
  24. Cristian Pache, OF, ATL
  25. Drew Waters, OF, ATL
  26. Sam Huff, C, TEX
  27. Nolan Gorman, 3B, STL
  28. Josh Jung, 3B, TEX
  29. Vidal Brujan, 2B, TB
  30. Jeter Downs, SS/2B, BOS
  31. Heliot Ramos, OF, SF
  32. Corbin Carroll, OF, ARI
  33. Alek Thomas, OF, ARI
  34. Alek Manoah, P, TOR
  35. Shane Baz, P, TB
  36. Josiah Gray, P, LAD
  37. Nick Lodolo, P, CIN
  38. Matthew Liberatore, P, STL
  39. Francisco Alvarez, C, NYM
  40. Triston Casas, 1B, BOS
  41. Clarke Schmidt, P, NYY
  42. Xavier Edwards, 2B, TB
  43. Hunter Bishop, OF, SF
  44. Brandon Marsh, OF, LAA
  45. Noelvi Marte, SS, SEA
  46. Jeremiah Jackson, SS, LAA
  47. Edward Cabrera, P, MIA
  48. Heston Kjerstad, OF, BAL
  49. Nolan Jones, 3B, CLE
  50. Hunter Greene, P, CIN
  51. Keibert Ruiz, C, LAD
  52. Orelvis Martinez, SS, TOR
  53. Jesus Sanchez, OF, MIA
  54. Zac Veen, OF, COL
  55. Tyler Freeman, SS, CLE
  56. Ronny Mauricio, SS, NYM
  57. Yoelqui Cespedes, OF, CHW
  58. Luis Campusano, C, SD
  59. Diego Cartaya, C, LAD
  60. Matthew Allen, P, NYM
  61. Emerson Hancock, P, SEA
  62. Asa Lacy, P, KC
  63. Matt Manning, P, DET
  64. Greg Jones, SS, TB
  65. Ethan Hankins, P, CLE
  66. Quinn Priester, P, PIT
  67. Brett Baty, 3B, NYM
  68. Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF, NYM
  69. Robert Hassell, OF, SD
  70. Austin Hendrick, OF, CIN
  71. Ryan Vilade, OF, COL
  72. DL Hall, P, BAL
  73. Brendan McKay, P, TB
  74. Mick Abel, P, PHI
  75. Bryson Stott, SS, PHI
  76. Cole Wilcox, P, TB
  77. Nick Pratto, 1B, KC
  78. Garrett Mitchell, OF, MIL
  79. Alexander Canario, OF, SF
  80. Brent Honeywell, P, TB
  81. Daniel Lynch, P, KC
  82. Forrest Whitley, P, HOU
  83. Ryan Rolison, P, COL
  84. Braxton Garrett, P, MIA
  85. Gavin Sheets, 1B, CHW
  86. Gunnar Henderson, SS, BAL
  87. Oniel Cruz, SS, PIT
  88. Peyton Burdick, OF, MIA
  89. Pedro Leon, OF, HOU
  90. Nick Gonzales, 2B, PIT
  91. Korey Lee, C, HOU
  92. MJ Melendez, C, KC
  93. Cole Winn, P, TEX
  94. Ethan Small, P, MIL
  95. Jordyn Adams, OF, LAA
  96. Shea Langeliers, C, ATL
  97. Freudis Nova, SS, HOU
  98. Robert Puason, SS, OAK
  99. Yolbert Sanchez, SS, CHW
  100. Jordan Westburg, SS, BAL

Overview

There is a lot to like about the players on this list even though many of the best from the last rankings lost eligibility because so many young guys have been called up already. The White Sox for example had all 4 of their top 100 prospects graduate to the majors in between this list and the previous one. Some of the biggest names that graduated are Randy Arozarena, Ian Anderson, Alex Kirilloff, Casey Mize, and Trevor Rogers. Even with names like these gone, there is a definite addition of talent this update including many recent draftees and international signees (discussed below). With the top 10 of this update very similar to the first rankings, it appears that the top 5-6 players on this list are surefire stars. Wander Franco and Jared Kelenic both made their highly anticipated debuts, Julio Rodriguez shined on the international stage during the Olympic qualifiers, and both Bobby Witt Jr. and Marco Luciano have been red-hot this season.

New Additions

  • #19 Jarren Duran, OF, BOS
  • #34 Alek Manoah, P, TOR
  • #57 Yoelqui Cespedes, OF, CHW
  • #67 Brett Baty, 3B, NYM
  • #68 Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF, NYM
  • #69 Robert Hassell, OF, SD
  • #75 Bryson Stott, SS, PHI
  • #76 Cole Wilcox, P, TB
  • #77 Nick Pratto, 1B, KC
  • #78 Garret Mitchell, OF, MIL
  • #83 Ryan Rolison, P, COL
  • #85 Gavin Sheets, 1B, CHW
  • #86 Gunnar Henderson, SS, BAL
  • #87 Oniel Cruz, SS, PIT
  • #88 Peyton Burdick, OF, MIA
  • #89 Pedro Leon, OF, HOU
  • #91 Corey Lee, C, HOU
  • #92 MJ Melendez, C, KC
  • #93 Cole Winn, P, TEX
  • #94 Ethan Small, P, MIL
  • #96 Shane Langeliers, C, ATL
  • #98 Robert Puason, SS, OAK
  • #99 Yolbert Sanchez, SS, CHW
  • #100 Jordan Westburg, SS, BAL

With a whopping 24 additions to the 2.0 Updated Rankings, this list looks a lot different than before. Many new additions were guys who made impressive professional debuts such as Pete Crow-Armstrong and Garret Mitchell. Others are players with more pro experience, like Cole Winn and MJ Melendez, whose great starts made them candidates to join this elite group. Robert Puason and Yoelqui Cesepedes are a couple additions who were signed internationally and made their pro debuts in 2021 as well. The two highest additions, Jaren Duran and Alek Manoah are guys who probably should have made it last time but are now represented as they should be. Manoah has been great in his first MLB starts and Duran should be joining him in the Show sometime soon.

The Next 20

  • Blaze Jordan, 3B, BOS
  • Jake Burger, 3B, CHW
  • Jose Rodriguez, SS, CHW
  • Jeremy Pena, SS/2B, HOU
  • Mark Vientos, 3B, NYM
  • Oswald Peraza, SS, NYY
  • Tyler Soderstrom, C, OAK
  • Cal Mitchell, OF, PIT
  • Travis Swaggerty, OF, PIT
  • George Kirby, P, SEA
  • Cal Raleigh, C, SEA
  • Luis Matos, OF, SF
  • Masyn Winn, SS, STL
  • Jordan Walker, 3B, STL
  • Osleivis Basabe, SS, TB
  • Luisangel Acuna, SS, TEX
  • Simeon Woods-Richardson, P, TOR
  • Gabriel Moreno, C, TOR
  • Cade Cavalli, P, WSH
  • Jackson Rutledge, P, WSH

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