Q:Each year, you guys usually release the list of all players receiving votes in the personal Top 150s … with how many votes they got, as well as their peak vote. I was hoping we can keep that tradition alive!
Thanks! Brian Koperski, Buffalo, New York
BA: There were 111 players who did not make the Top 100 Prospects list who made at least one Baseball America staffers Top 150 personal list. Eight players made all seven ballots—Brian Goodwin, A.J. Cole, Hak-Ju Lee, Phillip Ervin, Sean Manaea, Hunter Harvey, Taylor Guerrieri and Casey Kelly. Not coincidentally, seven came close to making the Top 100.
Here’s a look at everyone who didn’t make the Top 100 but did receive a vote, listed in alphabetical order. Peak ranking is the highest ranking the player received on any ballot.
|Player||No. of Ballots||Peak Ranking|
|Amed Rosario, ss||3||118|
|C.J. Cron, 1b||3||134|
Aaron Judge, Luis Severino and Dorssys Paulino all ended up with no votes above No. 150, but they all did get votes. All three could climb significantly in next year’s balloting with solid 2014 seasons as all three are still young enough to have significant upside.
Justin Perline, Armonk, NY
BA: They do have similarities but I also see some significant differences. In our Baseball America Prospect Handbook, Leyba (Tigers), Alcantara (Diamondbacks) and Avelino (Yankees) all ended up as 55 Extremes in the BA Grades while Marte was a 45 High, so there is some separation there between Marte and the other three.
Leyba and Marte are most likely to end up at second base. There are scouts who believe that either of them could handle shortstop, but a study I recently did shows that top prospects who face a question about playing shortstop or another position end up playing somewhere other than shortstop in the big leagues roughly 70 percent of the time. Leyba and Marte are two who have looked better at second base than shortstop so far.
Avelino and Alcantara are safer bets to stick, although Avelino’s build means he’d probably have quickly moved off the position 30 years ago. Nowadays, teams are willing to let a stockier shortstop stick at the position until he proves he can’t handle it, and the early indications are that Avelino can.
Forced to chose one of the four, I’d pick Alcantara because he has the best chance to combine plus defense at shortstop with potential above-average offensive tools as well. Avelino is right there with him. I’d say Leyba is a slight tick behind those two. His bat is pretty similar, but his defense is a little bit behind theirs. Then Marte is a rung behind Leyba with less upside and more questions about his hitting ability.