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Looking Back: How We Ranked The 2013 All-Stars

Now that the all-star rosters have been announced, we thought it would be interesting to look back at where those players ranked when they were still minor leaguers and what we said about them at that time. The snippets from scouting reports below are all pulled from material that is available to any Baseball America subscriber on our player pages.

Looking at the rankings, it’s clear that while ranking among the BA Top 100 Prospects does not guarantee future all-star appearances, most all-stars were at one time Top 100 Prospects. Of the 68 players named to the teams, 50 (74 percent) made at least one Top 100 Prospects list, while 16 (24 percent) once ranked as one of the top 10 prospects in all of baseball. Twenty-eight (40 percent) of the all-stars ranked among baseball’s top 25 prospects at some point, and 31 (47 percent) ranked as their organization’s No. 1 prospect at some point during their minor league career. Just eight (12 percent) did not crack their organization’s Top 10 list at some point.

All but two of the players (3 percent) on this year’s all-star teams were ranked at some point in the Prospect Handbook, which ranks the top 30 for each organization. One of those two, Mariners righthander Hisashi Iwakuma, signed too late to officially be eligible for the Handbook in the one year he was eligible. The other, second baseman Marco Scutaro, never cracked the Indians Top 10. Yu Darvish signed too late to be part of the official Rangers’ top 10 list in his one year of eligibility, but he did sign in time to rank fourth on the Top 100 list that year, and his writeup in the Prospect Handbook indicated that he would supersede Jurickson Profar as the Rangers’ No. 1 prospect when he signed.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Pos. Starters Top 100 Team Top 10 Scouting Report
C Joe Mauer, Twins 1 1 There’s no reason he shouldn’t develop into a perennial all-star.
1B Chris Davis, Orioles 65 2 Davis could be an impact middle-of-the-lineup bat in the big leagues even if he is limited to first base.
2B Robinson Cano, Yankees NR 2 Cano can hit. He has good bat speed and a fluid swing, allowing him to catch up to good fastballs.
SS J.J. Hardy, Orioles 19 3 (Hardy) is expected to be Milwaukee’s starting shortstop for a long time.
3B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers 12 1 (Cabrera) projects to hit for both average and power, with annual totals of 35-40 homers not out of the question down the road.
OF Mike Trout, Angels 2 1 Trout’s offensive potential makes him a future all-star at any position.
OF Adam Jones, Orioles 28 1 (Jones) has the tools to emulate Mike Cameron and become a Gold Glove outfielder.
OF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays NR 5 Bautista has a quick bat and began to show plus power in 2005.
DH David Ortiz, Red Sox 84 2 Ortiz is a lefthanded power hitter who should flourish in the Metrodome.
Pos. Pitchers Top 100 Team Top 10 Scouting Report
RHP Clay Buchholz, Red Sox 4 1 Buchholz is Boston’s best pitching prospect since Roger Clemens and has everything he needs to become a No. 1 starter.
LHP Brett Cecil, Blue Jays 72 2 (Cecil’s) frontline stuff and bulldog demeanor should make him at least a No. 3 starter.
RHP Bartolo Colon, A’s 14 1 (Colon) eventually should become an impact pitcher, either a No. 1 starter or a dominant closer, at the major league level.
RHP Jesse Crain, White Sox 63 3 Crain has two plus-plus pitches and uses them both to great effect.
RHP Yu Darvish, Rangers 4 1* Darvish has everything a team looks for in a frontline starter: stuff, aggressiveness and durability
RHP Felix Hernandez, Mariners 2 1 Regardless of where he starts the year, Hernandez will get to Seattle and become the No. 1 starter soon enough.
RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners NR NR (Iwakuma) would step into any rotation in the majors right now; he might be the No. 1 for half the teams in the majors(&)
RHP Justin Masterson, Indians 64 4 With its combination of low-90s velocity and heavy movement, batters feel like they’re trying to hit a bowling ball.
RHP Joe Nathan, Rangers NR 6 Of all the organization’s pitching prospects, Nathan’s ceiling is perhaps the highest.
LHP Glen Perkins, Twins 66 2 Perkins has above-average stuff and throws strikes.
RHP Mariano Rivera, Yankees NR 9 Rivera throws a consistent 90-92 mph fastball with movement, a cut fastball that acts like a slider and an average changeup and curveball.
LHP Chris Sale, White Sox 20 1 If he stays healthy, he has the stuff to be a frontline starter or a closer.
RHP Max Scherzer, Tigers 66 4 Scherzer’s fastball can overmatch batters, arriving in the mid-90s with sinking action at its best.
RHP Justin Verlander, Tigers 8 1 Tall, lithe and athletic, he generates tremendous arm speed that gives him an electric fastball with both above-average velocity and life.
Pos. Reserves Top 100 Team Top 10 Scouting Report
C Jason Castro, Astros 41 1 Castro is solid behind the plate in every regard. He has a solid-average arm and makes accurate throws, recording 2.0-second pop times thanks to his athleticism, quick release and footwork.
C Salvador Perez, Royals NR 17 Perez already was the best defensive catcher in the system, and he now shows as much offensive potential as any Royals backstop prospect besides Wil Myers
1B Prince Fielder, Tigers 10 1 (Fielder) has as much raw power as any hitter in the minors due to tremendous bat speed and brute strength.
2B Jason Kipnis, Indians 54 3 Kipnis is an advanced, aggressive hitter who takes advantage of mistakes with a simple, balanced stroke.
2B Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox 77 5 (Pedroia) has extraordinary hand-eye coordination. He’s able to swing from his heels yet make consistent contact with gap power.
2B Ben Zobrist, Rays NR 16 Managers rated him as having the best strike-zone discipline in the South Atlantic League last year, and no one controls the zone better in the Houston system.
SS Jhonny Peralta: Tigers NR 17 Peralta can hit any fastball. He’s steady defensively, with excellent hands and plenty of arm for shortstop or third base.
3B Manny Machado, Orioles 11 1 Machado has all the tools to be an all-star shortstop. He’s an above-average hitter with a knack for making solid contact, and he has the bat speed and strength to generate average power
OF Nelson Cruz, Rangers NR 8 Cruz’ calling card is well above average raw power. He uses an aggressive swing, strong wrists and quick hands to generate a buggy-whip swing with violent bat speed.
OF Alex Gordon, Royals 2 1 There’s little that Gordon can’t do offensively. He has a smooth stroke with impressive bat speed and is able to generate power to all fields.
OF Torii Hunter, Tigers 79 2 Hunter has the tools to be an everyday big league center fielder and the arm strength to play right field. He has untapped power potential and the speed to be an above-average basestealer
DH Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays 56 2 His improved willingness to go the other way and good bat speed have scouts projecting him to hit .280-.300 with 20-25 homers annually.
* Did not officially sign until after Rangers’ Top 10 had been released, but scouting report said he would be No. 1 when signing became official.& Report comes from 2009 World Baseball Classic Top 10 Prospects list
National League
Pos. Starters Top 100 Team Top 10 Scouting Report
C Yadier Molina, Cardinals NR 4 As with his brothers, defense is Molina’s calling card. He has a plus arm and soft hands.
1B Joey Votto, Reds 43 3 Votto has turned himself into a tough out. He uses the entire field, has natural power to both power alleys and has developed a feel for the strike zone that allows him to lay off pitches off the plate.
2B Brandon Phillips, Reds 7 1 Phillips is a premier athlete who projects as an all-star at either middle-infield position.
SS Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies 15 1 Tulowitzki has the stroke, strength and bat speed to hit 25-30 homers annually.
3B David Wright, Mets 21 3 At his best, Wright is a scout’s dream. He flashes the potential to be a .300 hitter with 25-30 homers and 80-plus walks.
OF Carlos Beltran, Cardinals 14 1 The Royals hope that Beltran’s learning curve is higher than Johnny Damon’s and his ceiling higher.
OF Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies 18 1 Gonzalez lacks nothing in the way of physical tools. He has tremendous bat speed, with a pure easiness to his swing that generates plus raw power to all fields.
OF Bryce Harper, Nationals 1 1 Harper looks like a sure-fire superstar in the making, and he has a very real chance to develop into the best all-around player in baseball.
Pos. Pitchers Top 100 Team Top 10 Scouting Report
LHP Madison Bumgarner, Giants 9 1 Bumgarner has No. 1 starter potential, and his stuff would play against big leaguers now.
LHP Aroldis Chapman, Reds 7 1 Any discussion about Chapman begins with his fastball. It’s a freak of nature, arguably the hottest heater ever seen.
LHP Pat Corbin, D-backs NR 9 Corbin throws with terrific angle to the plate and his three-quarters delivery also creates nice downward plane.
RHP Jose Fernandez, Marlins 5 1 Fernandez’s confidence–or cockiness–earns him comparisons to Roger Clemens. Hehas the stuff and mindset to become a true No. 1 starter.
RHP Jason Grilli, Pirates 44 1 Grilli throws an above-average fastball that tops out at 94 mph and has excellent late-moving life.
RHP Matt Harvey, Mets 54 2 Harvey holds his velocity deep into starts but has below-average command and presently lacks a reliable changeup, so evaluators project him as anywhere from a No. 2 starter to a high-leverage reliever.
LHP Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers 7 1 Kershaw offers a promising combination of front-of-the-rotation stuff and the work ethic to reach his ceiling as an ace.
RHP Craig Kimbrel, Braves 86 5 Reminiscent of a righthanded Billy Wagner, he has the stuff and makeup to finish games
LHP Cliff Lee, Phillies 30 3 Lee is so smooth that hitters don’t get a good read on his pitches until they’re halfway to the plate.
LHP Jeff Locke, Pirates NR 7 The best pitching prospect from New Hampshire since Chris Carpenter, Locke could be a workhorse in the middle of a major league rotation.
RHP Adam Wainwright, Cardinals 18 1 Wainwright has the ingredients to be a top-of-the-rotation starter
LHP Travis Wood, Cubs NR 3 Woods’ fastball regained its previous 88-91 mph velocity, making it easier to set up his plus-plus changeup with fade.
RHP Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals 41 1 Zimmermann profiles as a frontline starter-probably a solid No. 2 on a first-division club.
Pos. Reserves Top 100 Team Top 10 Scouting Report
C Buster Posey, Giants 7 1 Eventually, Posey should be a perennial all-star and another high-average hitter to pair with Pablo Sandoval in the middle of their lineup.
1B Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs NR 11 There’s no denying Goldschmidt’s legitimate power to all fields, and his supporters believe he has a swing path that will allow him to improve as a hitter.
1B Allen Craig, Cardinals NR 5 A seasoned hitter, Craig has improved his feel for the strike zone and his ability to turn on pitches. He has power to all fields and is learning the areas of the zone where he can drive pitches.
2B Matt Carpenter, Cardinals NR 11 With his smooth lefthanded swing and feel for the strike zone, Carpenter has the tools to hit for a high average and get on base at a high clip.
2B Marco Scutaro, Giants NR NR Was never ranked among the Indians’ Top 10 Prospects during his time of eligibility
SS Everth Cabrera, Padres NR 24 Managers rated him the fastest and best baserunner in the low Class A South Atlantic League
SS Jean Segura, Brewers 55 2 (Segura’s) bat is lightning-quick, and he could consistently bat .290 with as many as 20 homers at his peak because he hits all types of pitches.
3B Pedro Alvarez, Pirates 8 1 Alvarez has tremendous raw power to all fields. He has good pitch-recognition skills and is usually willing to take a walk.
OF Domonic Brown, Phillies 4 1 Brown creates incredible bat speed with his whip-like, uppercut swing and has eliminated previous questions about his power …Brown’s a future all-star, but he’s not a finished product.
OF Michael Cuddyer, Rockies 17 1 (Cuddyer) has the juice to be a potent middle-of-the-order force. He generates well-above-average bat speed and rakes to all fields because he can drive even the best fastballs and keep his hands back on offspeed stuff.
OF Carlos Gomez, Brewers 52 3 A true five-tool athlete, Gomez has game-changing speed and a well above-average arm, tools that help make him a premium defender in center field.
OF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates 13 1 He already drives the ball to all fields, and scouts project him as a .300 hitter with 20-25 homers per season in the major leagues.

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