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July 7, 2014

The BP Top 50

The Best Midseason Prospects

by Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

With as many eyes as we can possibly put on the prize, we seek to provide the prospect temperature of the given moment, as we take to the fields night after night armed with our stopwatches, radar guns, and in my case, thermometers. As in previous top 50 updates, we will not be including prospects recently promoted to the majors, nor will we be including prospects recently selected in the amateur draft (further explanation provided below the Top 50 courtesy of Nick Faleris). This is a list of the top prospects currently in the minors, and we use a scouting-heavy approach to support the work, either in the form of our own eyewitness accounts or via our industry sources, although in most cases the rankings are indicative of the blissful marriage between the two.

When putting together this list, I wasn’t interested in where players had been ranked before—although we will document this for the sake of interest—or where they are ranked elsewhere in the prospect world, or how a dramatic rise or fall would be viewed in the name of consistency. As is often the case, we were either too high or too low on a player coming into the season, and I have no fear of adjusting our work to reflect such discrepancies based on developmental progress or regression. As the developmental plan is not always linear, we need to adapt to this and remain fluid in our evaluations in order to stay in rhythm with the shifting climate of the minors.

This is a subjective exercise that saw countless waves of change on the list, particularly in the 35-50 range, where we had about 40 qualified candidates in the mix, each with a strong case for inclusion based on the merits of the profile. But you eventually have to pour the concrete and walk away, leaving the doubts hanging in the air above the work as if moving prospect number #44 to #43 or #52 to #50 really offers anything of significance and will help me sleep better at night. I wanted to change parts of the list yesterday, just as I would likely want to change parts of it tomorrow, but for today, these are the top 50 prospects based on the parameters we set. I hope you enjoy. —Jason Parks

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