We’re continuing coverage of our top 101 prospects this week with some that just missed and ten more candidates for the next iteration. It was my great pleasure to make a few visualizations of the top 101 list and since we subtitled that piece “Part One,” you might have guessed this was in the pipeline.
Tuesday’s were probably more aesthetically pleasing, but today we’re going to simplify the visuals while digging a little deeper in to the characteristics of the players in the 101.
2016 Opening Day Age vs 2015 Highest Level
A few thoughts in no particular order:
- Anderson Espinoza is young.
- The DNP category includes only players with no professional experience. Jameson Taillon and Hunter Harvey technically didn’t play in 2015 (or 2014 in Taillon’s case), but placing them both in the highest level they achieved last time each was healthy is more in spirit with what we’re trying to show here.
- Julio Urias is young.
- 100 percent of major leaguer Raul Mondesi’s career at-bats have come against Thor Syndergaard, which doesn’t sound like fun. A World Series ring is acceptable consolation
Rank versus Signing Bonus
I deselected bonuses above $15 million because, man, it’s hard to learn anything here when you have Moncada’s $31.5 million dollar bonus in the way, to say nothing of the $31.5 million fellow Cubans Yadier Alvarez and Yusniel Diaz combined for. On the opposite end of the spectrum, some of the bonuses handed out to international free agents who are now among the game’s elite prospects are laughable in comparison to their peers. I don’t know how many other $95,000 signings the Brewers had to make to find one Orlando Arcia, but it only takes the one to make the whole enterprise worth it.
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