2014 Top 100 Prospects: By The Numbers

The definitive list of baseball’s up and coming talent celebrates its 25th edition this year.

George Springer is one of six Astros in the Top 100.

George Springer is one of six Astros in the Top 100.

It was prior to the 1990 season that the first group of Baseball America editors gathered to hammer out this new thing called the Top 100 Prospects list. Ranking players is part of Baseball America’s DNA, and the Top 100 has become the signature list of the BA year.

The first Top 100 meeting was a marathon, five-hour session that featured a group of editors gathered around a table, hammering out the list from No. 1 to No. 100. Over the years we have streamlined the process, starting with top 150 lists from all participating editors to develop a consensus list. We then get together to massage it, moving around players who look out of place, trying to maintain as much consistency as possible with our previous lists, and moving up players who are just off the list and choosing which players to squeeze out. It’s not five hours, but it’s still a meaty discussion.

Editor in chief John Manuel leads the process and wrote the capsules for each player. Other voters this year were J.J. Cooper, Matt Eddy, Vince Lara-Cinisomo, Will Lingo, Clint Longenecker and Josh Norris.

Top 100 Prospects By the Numbers
By Organization
8 Red Sox
7 Cubs, Pirates
6 Astros
5 Rangers
4 Cardinals, Dodgers, Mets, Padres, Rockies, Royals, Twins, White Sox
3 Diamondbacks, Indians, Mariners, Marlins, Orioles, Phillies
2 Blue Jays, Braves, Giants, Reds, Tigers, Yankees
1 Angels, Athletics, Brewers, Nationals, Rays
By Original Organization
7 Pirates, Red Sox
6 Cubs, Rangers
5 Astros, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Phillies
4 Blue Jays, Cardinals, Padres, Rockies, Royals
3 Mariners, Orioles, Twins, White Sox
2 Athletics, Braves, Brewers, Indians, Marlins, Mets, Nationals, Reds, Tigers, Yankees
1 Angels, Giants
0 Rays
By Primary Position
36 Righthanded pitchers
18 Outfielders
11 Shortstops
10 Third basemen
9 Lefthanded pitchers
7 Catchers
6 Second basemen
3 First basemen
By Nation Of Birth
73 United States
13 Dominican Republic
3 Puerto Rico, Venezuela
2 Cuba
1 Aruba, Canada, Colombia, Japan, Mexico, Panama
By Source
52 High school draft pick
24 College draft pick
23 International free agent
1 Independent league draft pick
By Draft Round
42 First
17 Supplemental first
5 Second
3 Fourth
2 Fifth
1 Third, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, 11th, 13th, 18th, 48th
By Age
27 players are 22 years old
23 players are 21 years old
13 players are 20 years old
12 players are 23 years old
10 players are 19 years old
7 players are 24 years old
3 players are 18 years old or 25 years old
1 player is 17 years old or 27 years old

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