Rookie Rankings: Top 30

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Updated: March 16, 2015
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With the Cubs calling up prospect Kris Bryant, we thought it would be good to give fantasy baseball readers some ceilings and projections for this year’s top rookies. Here is how we have them ranked as we have Steven Souza and Bryant picked to win the AL and NL Rookie of the Year awards, respectively.

1. Kris Bryant, 3B, Cubs

Preseason projection: .263-75-30-85-9 in 586 PA

Ceiling: .300-90-40-110-15

2. Jorge Soler, OF, Cubs

Preseason projection: .271-70-23-79-3 in 585 PA

Ceiling: .300-90-30-100-10

3. Steven Souza, OF, Rays

Preseason projection: .257 average, 63 runs, 18 homers, 67 RBIs, 18 steals, 528 PA

Ceiling: .290-90-25-90-30

4. Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers

Preseason projection: .248-65-20-67-21 in 572 PA

Ceiling: .275-80-30-90-30

5. Anthony DeSclafani, SP, Reds

Preseason projection: 10 wins, 4.03 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 129 K in 159 IP

Ceiling: 15 wins, 3.25 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 180 K

6. Rusney Castillo, OF, Red Sox

Preseason projection: .271-69-12-60-27 in 490 PA

Ceiling: .290-90-20-80-40

7. Dalton Pompey, OF, Blue Jays

Preseason projection: .249-54-7-50-24 in 501 PA

Ceiling: .280-80-12-70-35

8. Devon Travis, 2B, Blue Jays

Preseason projection: .262-44-8-45-12 in 414 PA

Ceiling: .280-75-15-60-20

9. Micah Johnson, 2B, White Sox

Preseason projection: .253-47-6-40-20 in 429 PA

Ceiling: .280-90-12-60-50

10. Addison Russell, 2B/SS, Cubs

Preseason projection: .238-10-3-11-3 in 112 PA

Ceiling: .280-70-20-75-15

11. Daniel Norris, SP, Blue Jays

Preseason projection: 9 wins, 3.95 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 123 K in 129 IP

Ceiling: 15 wins, 3.35 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 200 K

12. Aaron Sanchez, SP/RP, Blue Jays

Preseason projection: 9 wins, 1 save, 3.89 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 120 strikeouts in 142IP

Ceiling: 14 wins, 3.50 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 170 K as starter

13. Carlos Rodon, SP, White Sox

Preseason projection: 7 wins, 3.97 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 108 strikeouts in 101 IP

Ceiling: 15 wins, 3.25 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 200 K

14. Jimmy Nelson, SP, Brewers

Preseason projection: 10 wins, 3.95 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 114 K in 132 IP

Ceiling: 15 wins, 3.25 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 180 K

15. Jake Lamb, 3B, Diamondbacks

Preseason projection: .250-53-13-55-1 in 492 PA

Ceiling: .270-80-25-80-5

16. Hector Olivera, 2B/3B, Dodgers

Preseason projection: .275-50-12-60-3 in 450 PA

Ceiling: .300-75-18-80-5

17. Jace Peterson, 2B, Braves

Preseason projection: .254-32-2-30-20 in 362 PA

Ceiling: .280-80-5-50-35

18. Noah Syndergaard, SP, Mets

Preseason projection: 6 wins, 3.71 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 85 strikeouts in 89IP

Ceiling: 15 wins, 3.25 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 180 K

19. Yasmany Tomas, 3B/OF, Diamondbacks

Preseason projection: .242-42-13-51-1 in 385 PA

Ceiling: .270-60-25-80-5

20. Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians

Preseason projection: .259-36-4-32-16 in 361 PA

Ceiling: .290-75-10-60-30

21. Jung-Ho Kang, SS, Pirates

Preseason projection: .249-38-11-40-3 in 345 PA

Ceiling: .280-80-25-90-10

22. Maikel Franco, 3B, Phillies

Preseason projection: .252-35-10-37-2 in 342 PA

Ceiling: .270-75-25-85-5

23. Dilson Herrera, 2B, Mets

Preseason projection: .264-28-6-32-7 in 285 PA

Ceiling: .290-70-15-75-25

24. Miguel Sano, 3B, Twins

Preseason projection: .238-23-9-25-3 in 180 AB

Ceiling: .275-75-35-100-8

25. Steven Matz, SP, Mets

Preseason projection: 3 wins, 3.43 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 57 K in 60 IP

Ceiling: 12 wins, 3.00 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 150 K

26. Nate Karns, SP, Rays

Preseason projection: 6 wins, 3.95 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 109 K in 118 IP

Ceiling: 12 wins, 3.50 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 160 K

27. Kendall Graveman, SP, Athletics

Preseason projection: 10 wins, 3.98 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 86 K in 144 IP

Ceiling: 12 wins, 3.50 ERA, 1.22 WHIP,  125 K

28. Marco Gonzales, SP, Cardinals

Preseason projection: 5 wins, 3.78 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 80 K in 95 IP

Ceiling: 12 wins, 3.50 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 160 K

29. Dylan Bundy, SP, Orioles

Preseason projection: 4 wins, 3.98 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 58 strikeouts in 68 IP

Ceiling: 10 wins, 3.50 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 120 K

30. Mark Appel, SP, Astros

Preseason projection: 3 wins, 4.29 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 51 K in 55 IP

Ceiling: 10 wins, 3.50 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 120 K

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