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January 27, 2014

Prospects Will Break Your Heart

Top 101 Prospects

by Jason Parks


Previous Rankings: 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

2014 Top 101 Prospects Breakdown by Position, Organization, Age, and Tools: Link

Chat with Jason Parks About the Top 101 (1:00 PM ET) | Read the list with full commentary in Baseball Prospectus 2014

With a successful debut season notched on our collective belts, the Baseball Prospectus Prospect Staff entered the offseason rankings process with the arrogance of kings and virility of after-hours thespians; that is, until we started our first prospect debates and discussions and realized the enormity of the task at hand and responsibilities on our plate to produce at the highest possible level. Our process has been detailed several times on this site and is as vital to the finished product as the physical characteristics of the players we evaluate. Our prospect-based Socratic method is the tool that sculpts our results, a lengthy internal debate that weighs the merits and tool-based misfortunes of those we are tasked with studying and sorting. The names are chiseled down into an appealing form, and then outside-the-organization sources are brought into the mix, where their opinions and reports are added to the representational body. Only after the fact are the relevant teams contacted for their thoughts on the list; an opportunity to extract developmental progressions and check the accuracy of the tool-based grades. The finished product is a combination of art and science, a fluid and evolving subject matter that is captured and frozen in the snapshot of a given moment and put on display.

The process for the individual team lists is the same process used to compile the Baseball Prospectus 101, a team of hands shaping a work that I am fortunate enough to put my name on. While I get to reap the rewards of all the hard work, the wealth of scouting talent I get to feed from deserves due credit, and before we get to the meat of the meal, I’d like to shine some light on those who often live in the shadows.

From the original prospect team assembled before the ink on Kevin Goldstein’s Astros contract was dry, Nick J. Faleris, Mark Anderson, and Chris Mellen. Their voices carry substantial weight, and when their fingerprints are found on the work, the finished product is significantly better as a result. Over the last year, the prospect staff has grown, and it will continue to grow as long as teams like the Rays, Cardinals, and Diamondbacks don't stop hiring away our evaluators. We’ve added Jeff Moore, a former college coach who has taken over the Minor League Update and produces quality work for the site on a daily basis. We’ve added several new interns to our already strong stable of up-and-coming young talent, including Ryan Parker and Steffan Segui, two sharp talent evaluators who will eventually make some team stronger when they are hired on as scouts. But please don’t hire them yet.

Finally, our relationship with Perfect Game grants us an invaluable resource when it comes to the evaluation of prospects, as they can provide us with glimpses of what the applicable player looked like before entering the professional fold, the genesis of the developmental process and skeleton of the prospect profile.

Simply put, all the personnel involved elevate the product to a level it would fail to achieve without their influence. We don’t always [read: often] agree, and consensus isn’t the goal. But the information tug-of-war we engage in creates the necessary tension to support the decisions we make and players we choose to stand behind. The following is a byproduct of that collective scouting tension: The Baseball Prospectus 101.

1. Byron Buxton, OF, Minnesota Twins
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 8

2. Xander Bogaerts, SS, Boston Red Sox
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 12

3. Oscar Taveras, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 2

4. Javier Baez, SS, Chicago Cubs
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 20

5. Carlos Correa, SS, Houston Astros
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 26

6. Francisco Lindor, SS, Cleveland Indians
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 10

7. Addison Russell, SS, Oakland Athletics
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 22

8. Taijuan Walker, RHP, Seattle Mariners
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 9

9. Archie Bradley, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks
Scouting Report (most recent) link
2013 Ranking: 31

10. Kevin Gausman, RHP, Baltimore Orioles
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 13

11. Noah Syndergaard, RHP, New York Mets
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 28

12. Yordano Ventura, RHP, Kansas City Royals
Scouting Report (most recent) link
2013 Ranking: 62

13. Lucas Giolito, RHP, Washington Nationals
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 70

14. Miguel Sano, 3B, Minnesota Twins
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 21

15. Dylan Bundy, RHP, Baltimore Orioles
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 4

16. Jonathan Gray, RHP, Colorado Rockies
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

17. Kris Bryant, 3B, Chicago Cubs
Scouting Report (most recent) link
2013 Ranking: N/A

18. Austin Hedges, C, San Diego Padres
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 19

19. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 11

20. George Springer, OF, Houston Astros
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 55

21. Mark Appel, RHP, Houston Astros
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

22. Robert Stephenson, RHP, Cincinnati Reds
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 78

23. Jackie Bradley, CF, Boston Red Sox
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 27

24. Gregory Polanco, CF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 44

25. Albert Almora, CF, Chicago Cubs
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 18

26. Eddie Butler, RHP, Colorado Rockies
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

27. Marcus Stroman, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

28. Chris Owings, SS, Arizona Diamondbacks
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 81

29. Raul Mondesi, SS, Kansas City Royals
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 58

30. Andrew Heaney, LHP, Miami Marlins
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

31. Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 32

32. Alex Meyer, RHP, Minnesota Twins
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 88

33. Kolten Wong, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 90

34. Kyle Zimmer, RHP, Kansas City Royals
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 41

35. Julio Urias, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

36. Clint Frazier, CF, Cleveland Indians
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

37. Nick Castellanos, 3B, Detroit Tigers
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 37

38. Kyle Crick, RHP, San Francisco Giants
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 65

39. Rougned Odor, 2B, Texas Rangers
Scouting Report (most recent) link
2013 Ranking: N/A

40. Lucas Sims, RHP, Atlanta Braves
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

41. Jorge Alfaro, C, Texas Rangers
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking:76

42. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

43. Mike Foltynewicz, RHP, Houston Astros
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

44. Corey Seager, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

45. Jorge Soler, RF, Chicago Cubs
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 36

46. Miguel Almonte, RHP, Kansas City Royals
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

47. Matt Wisler, RHP, San Diego Padres
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

48. Travis d’Arnaud, C, New York Mets
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 15

49. Billy Hamilton, CF, Cincinnati Reds
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: 14

50. Joc Pederson, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

51. Garin Cecchini, 3B, Boston Red Sox
Scouting Report (most recent) Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

52. Maikel Franco, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

53. A.J. Cole, RHP, Washington Nationals
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

54. Kohl Stewart, RHP, Minnesota Twins
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

55. Max Fried, LHP, San Diego Padres
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: 61

56. Josmil Pinto, C, Minnesota Twins
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

57. Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Houston Astros
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: 25

58. Hunter Harvey, RHP, Baltimore Orioles
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

59. Reese McGuire, C, Pittsburgh Pirates
Scouting Report (most recent): link
2013 Ranking: N/A

60. Eddie Rosario, 2B, Minnesota Twins
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

61. Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP, Baltimore Orioles
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

62. Braden Shipley, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

63. Phillip Ervin, OF, Cincinnati Reds
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

64. Matt Barnes, RHP, Boston Red Sox
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: 38

65. D.J. Peterson, 3B, Seattle Mariners
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

66. Stephen Piscotty, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

67. Erik Johnson, RHP, Chicago White Sox
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

68. James Paxton, LHP, Seattle Mariners
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: 92

69. Henry Owens, LHP, Boston Red Sox
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

70. Chi Chi Gonzalez, RHP, Texas Rangers
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

71. Wilmer Flores, 2B/3B, New York Mets
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

72. Luis Sardinas, SS, Texas Rangers
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: 86

73. Blake Swihart, C, Boston Red Sox
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

74. Colin Moran, 3B, Miami Marlins
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

75. Jose Berrios, RHP, Minnesota Twins
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

76. Alberto Tirado, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

77. Josh Bell, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

78. Sean Manaea, LHP, Kansas City Royals
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

79. Michael Choice, OF, Texas Rangers
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: 82

80. Nick Kingham, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

81. C.J. Edwards, RHP, Chicago Cubs
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

82. Jonathan Schoop, 2B, Baltimore Orioles
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: 80

83. Arismendy Alcantara, 2B, Chicago Cubs
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

84. Zach Lee, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: 87

85. Gary Sanchez, C, New York Yankees
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: 47

86. Brian Goodwin, OF, Washington Nationals
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: 74

87. Christian Bethancourt, C, Atlanta Braves
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: 93

88. Nick Williams, OF, Texas Rangers
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

89. Austin Meadows, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

90. Enny Romero, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

91. Pierce Johnson, RHP, Chicago Cubs
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

92. Jake Odorizzi, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: 83

93. Matt Davidson, 3B, Chicago White Sox
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: 89

94. Jesse Biddle, LHP, Philadelphia Phillies
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: 67

95. Joey Gallo, 3B, Texas Rangers
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

96. Hunter Dozier, SS, Kansas City Royals
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

97. Raimel Tapia, OF, Colorado Rockies
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

98. Alexander Reyes, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

99. Jorge Bonifacio, OF, Kansas City Royals
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

100. David Dahl, OF, Colorado Rockies
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: 40

101. Lewis Thorpe, LHP, Minnesota Twins
Scouting Report (most recent): Link
2013 Ranking: N/A

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