The Baseball Prospectus 2013 Top 101 Prospects, by Position, by Organization, and by Age
Yesterday, Jason Parks and the Baseball Prospectus prospect crew released our Top 101 Prospects of 2013, also newly available in printed form in the now-shipping Baseball Prospectus 2013 annual. The festivities were wild and raucous for all, perhaps tempered slightly for fans of the Chicago White Sox. Here is the Top 101 list displayed by position, by organization, and by prospect age. Enjoy!
Things to do in Delaware: scout Royals and Orioles pitching prospects.
“Baseball is my stereo, and I get hit looking for a miss, and I never thought it would come to this.” –A guy who dresses up like Elvis Costello
I arrived in Delaware on Saturday afternoon, and I stuffed all the stories and observations from my journey into the parts of my mind that are tasked with storing rambling tales from the road. For example: I saw a girl on the Greyhound bus with plastic pink shoes and a sundress made from a shiny synthetic fabric that looked like plastic, and I think I was in love with her because she looked so imaginary and plastic and dreamlike, and she blew exaggerated bubbles with her gum and her lips were painted with a waxy, pink gloss, which only added to the illusion and excitement of the situation.
Fresh off his five-week stay in Arizona, Jason transcribes some notes on prospects he saw in the Royals system.
“Baseball is my stereo, and out past the cornfields where the woods got heavy, and out in the back seat of my ’60 Chevy, and workin’ on mysteries without any clues, and workin’ on our night moves.” –A friend of a friend of Bob Seger
The only thing better than watching prospects is watching prospects with high ceilings, and the only thing better than watching prospects with high ceilings is watching prospects with high ceilings who actually start playing like prospects with high ceilings. During my five-week stay in Arizona, I was fortunate enough to spend a lot of time watching the talent in the Kansas City Royals system, and with each subsequent viewing, I walked away from the fields with the another high-end prospect tattooed on my sunburned brain. It’s a pleasing pain. It’s a good hurt.
The Royals aren't just stacked with talent at the upper levels of their system; the lower tiers also offer plenty of promise.
These are sad times for me. I’m back from my 35-day odyssey to Arizona: Back from watching baseball for seven hours per day (~245 total hours of baseball?), back from eating in chain restaurants, back from wearing shirts that I bought in Target because I didn’t mind if they spoiled from exposure, back from a reality that was part fantasy and part nightmare. I’ll produce a day-in-the-life article at some point in the not-so-distant future about the utter banality of my day-to-day existence during spring training, but first I’d like to express what makes today a sad day. (Before that, I’d just like to point out that I used seven hyphens in the previous sentence.) I’m sad because this will probably be my last article that focuses on the Kansas City Royals system, at least for a few months. I feel like a crack addict whose dealer just got busted. Sure, I can make it through the tough times by turning to other systems (Rangers, Yankees, Braves, etc.), but the Royals are the premium designer drug of choice, and I already have the shakes just thinking about the withdrawal. Have you noticed that I make an unhealthy amount of drug references in my articles? Moving on.
As promised, here is Part Two of the “Embarrassment of Riches” saga that I started last week. I wanted to make this a 10-part series that went 40 players deep, but the people who run Baseball Prospectus are smarter than I am, and they rightfully denied my request to turn the site into a Royals prospect blog. I still think “Royals Prospectus starring Jason Parks” would be a great site, but what do I know? Without further delay, here is a casual 300-word breakdown of prospect Brett Eibner, and snapshots of three additional low-level prospects to keep an eye on in the upcoming year. I’ll update their progress after the season, but until then, you will have to get your Royals fix from another source. These are sad days.