July 6, 2017
Midseason Top 50: What Does It Take To Be Number One
It’s a fun time in baseball, with a lot of elite talent floating around, much of it close to the majors. We discussed seven of those elite talents as potential top overall prospects for this midseason list—not surprisingly, the top seven guys on the list. I’d suggest that the top eight or nine prospects (depending on your feelings about Tommy John recovery with regard to Alex Reyes) form a top tier, and they could be jumbled in nearly any order without being abjectly wrong. But part of the job here is to find an order in the mayhem, and after some great internal debate, we came up with a list. Here’s how that top prospect debate developed...
Candidate: Gleyber Torres
Gleyber Torres very well might’ve ended up being the top prospect on this list, and in all of our early iterations ranked no worse than third. Then he needed Tommy John surgery...on his glove elbow?