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This week, Baseball Prospectus 2001 will be released to
bookstores nationwide. As always, the book will contain our list of the top
40 prospects in baseball, as compiled by Rany Jazayerli, along with
Jazayerli’s commentary on each player.

To celebrate the release of the book, for the first time ever we are
announcing our Top 40 Prospects here at the Web site. For more on these
prospects, and more than 1,500 other players, check out
Baseball
Prospectus 2001
, available at a bookstore near you beginning February
7.

Here are the Baseball Prospectus Top 40 Prospects for 2001:

  1. Ryan Anderson, LHP, Mariners
  2. Sean Burroughs, 3B, Padres
  3. Corey Patterson, CF, Cubs
  4. Ben Sheets, RHP, Brewers
  5. Roy Oswalt, RHP, Astros
  6. Vernon Wells, CF, Blue Jays
  7. Jose Ortiz, 2B, A’s
  8. Ichiro Suzuki, RF, Mariners
  9. Jimmy Rollins, SS, Phillies
  10. Jon Rauch, RHP, White Sox
  11. Antonio Perez, SS, Mariners
  12. Bobby Bradley, RHP, Pirates
  13. Nick Johnson, 1B, Yankees
  14. Josh Hamilton, RF, Devil Rays
  15. Chris George, LHP, Royals
  16. Carlos Pena, 1B, Rangers
  17. Joe Crede, 3B, White Sox
  18. C.C. Sabathia, LHP, Indians
  19. Hee Seop Choi, 1B, Cubs
  20. J.R. House, C, Pirates
  21. Alex Escobar, CF, Mets
  22. Bud Smith, LHP, Cardinals
  23. Kevin Mench, OF, Rangers
  24. Adam Dunn, OF, Reds
  25. Austin Kearns, OF, Reds
  26. Brad Wilkerson, OF, Expos
  27. D’Angelo Jimenez, SS, Yankees
  28. Albert Pujols, 3B, Cardinals
  29. Keith Ginter, 2B/3B, Astros
  30. Luke Prokopec, RHP, Dodgers
  31. Adrian Hernandez, RHP, Yankees
  32. Craig Wilson, C/1B, Pirates
  33. Luis Rivas, SS/2B, Twins
  34. Mike Bynum, LHP, Padres
  35. Wilson Betemit, SS/3B, Braves
  36. Nick Neugebauer, RHP, Brewers
  37. Jack Cust, LF, Diamondbacks
  38. Marcus Giles, 2B, Braves
  39. Michael Cuddyer, 3B, Twins
  40. Brian Lawrence, RHP, Padres

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