MLB.com releases 2014 Top Prospect list

Aug 20, 2013; Ft Myers, FL, USA; Fort Myers Miracle center fielder Byron Buxton (7) singles during the first inning against the Charlotte Stone Crabs at Hammond Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

This evening, the list of top prospects in minor league baseball was released in a live, televised event.

Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis, MLB.com’s draft and prospect experts, compile the list each year based on scouting reports and front-office executives. The list is published by MLBPipeline.com and is frequently looked forward to each year to predict who will have large impacts on their team, either on the field or via trade.

Last year, Texas Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar was listed as the game’s number one prospect. He will no longer be on the list this year as he was called up in June to replace the then-injured Ian Kinsler. Profar then spent the remainder of the year on the 25-man roster, making 2013 his Rookie Year.

Profar grossly underperformed for the Rangers, batting only at a .234/.308/.336 clip with 6 home runs over 85 games, although many attributed that to his lack of regular playing time and being used as a utility infielder. In his second season for Texas, he looks to be the primary candidate to be the team’s starting second baseman (Kinsler was traded to Detroit in the off season), and has the potential to perform up to the expectations set on him.

This year, the prospect class looks like this. These are the top 50 candidates as outlined by MLBPipeline.com, Jim Callis, and Jon Mayo.

50. Jonathan Singleton – First Baseman – Astros

49. Jorge Soler – Outfield – Cubs

48. Clint Frazier – Outfield – Indians

47. Gary Sanchez  - Catcher – Yankees

46. Allen Webster – Pitcher – Red Sox

45. Austin Meadows – Outfield – Pirates

44. Lucas Giolito – Pitcher – Nationals

43. Max Fried – Pitcher – Padres

42. CJ Edwards – Pitcher – Cubs

41. Eddie Butler – Pitcher – Rockies

40. Kohl Stewart – Pitcher – Twins

39 – Jorge Alfaro – Catcher – Rangers

38. Raul Mondesi – Shortstop – Royals

37. Billy Hamilton – Outfield – Reds

36. Joc Pederson – Outfield – Dodgers

35. Yordano Ventura – Pitcher – Royals

34. Corey Seager – Shortstop – Dodgers

33. Jackie Bradley, Jr. – Outfield – Red Sox

32. Kyle Crick – Pitcher – Giants

31. Kevin Gausman – Pitcher – Orioles

30. Henry Owens – Pitcher – Red Sox

29. Andrew Heaney – Pitcher – Marlins

28. Alex Meyer – Pitcher – Twins

27. Tyler Glasnow – Pitcher – Pirates

26. Maikel Franco – Third Base – Phillies

25. Kyle Zimmer – Pitcher – Royals

24. Austin Hedges – Catcher – Padres

23. Aaron Sanchez – Pitcher – Blue Jays

22. Travis d’Arnaud – Catcher – Mets

21. George Springer – Outfield – Astros

20. Dylan Bundy – Pitcher – Orioles

19. Robert Stephenson – Pitcher – Red Sox

18. Albert Almora – Outfield – Cubs

17. Mark Appel – Pitcher – Astros

16. Jameson Taillon – Pitcher – Pirates

15. Nick Castellanos – Third Base – Tigers

14. Jonathan Gray – Pitcher – Rockies

13. Gregory Polanco – Outfield – Pirates

12. Addison Russell – Shortstop – Athletics

11. Noah Syndergaard – Pitcher – Mets

10. Francisco Lindor – Shortstop – Indians

9. Kris Bryant – Third Base – Cubs

8. Carlos Correa – Shortstop – Astros

7. Javier Baez – Shortstop – Cubs

6. Taijuan Walker – Pitcher – Mariners

5. Archie Bradley – Pitcher – Diamondbacks

4. Miguel Sano – Third Base – Twins

3. Oscar Taveras – Outfield – Cardinals

2. Xander Bogaerts – Shortstop – Red Sox

1. Byron Buxton – Outfield – Twins

Below, we have a different breakdown.

By Position:

Pitchers – 23

Catchers – 4

First Base – 1

Second Base – 0

Shortstop – 6

Third Base – 5

Outfield – 11

And By Team: 

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - ZERO

Texas Rangers - 1

Oakland Athletics - 1

Seattle Mariners - 1

Houston Astros - 4

Detroit Tigers - 1

Minnesota Twins – 4

Kansas City Royals - 3

Cleveland Indians - 2

Chicago White Sox - ZERO

Tampa Bay Rays - ZERO

New York Yankees - 1

Toronto Blue Jays - 1

Boston Red Sox - 5

Baltimore Orioles - 2

San Francisco Giants - 1

San Diego Padres - 2

Los Angeles Dodgers - 2

Arizona Diamondbacks - 1

Colorado Rockies - 1

St. Louis Cardinals - 1

Milwaukee Brewers - ZERO

Pittsburgh Pirates - 4

Cincinnati Reds - 1

Chicago Cubs - 5

Atlanta Braves - ZERO

Philadelphia Phillies - 1

Washington Nationals - 1

Miami Marlins - 1

New York Mets - 2

 

The position breakdown shows that pitching is still the hottest, most sought after commodity in Major League Baseball, whether to use as a playing piece or as a trade chip.

The team breakdown lends itself to the idea of parity when it comes to playoff contention. Also, the teams that have ZERO prospects in the top 50 tell two different stories. For the Yankees and Angels, it shows that they still do not have enough depth and foundation to build an adequate future ‘from scratch.’ For the Rays and Braves (and even the Rangers and Cardinals, who have one each) it shows that the farm systems are likely depleted of Major League ready talent and that their window of contention is now.

The full list of the Top 100 Prospects in the game are available now on MLBPipeline.com

Topics: MiLB, MLB, MLB Prospects

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