Position-by-Position Rankings: Righthanders (VIDEO)


This issue celebrates Baseball America’s 25th Top 100 Prospects list, and we just published our 14th Prospect Handbook with 900 scouting reports. Ranking players is our business as well as our hobby, though, so we just can’t stop ourselves. Here’s a look at how prospects rank by position, covering 300 of the best prospects in the game.

The recent addition of Masahiro Tanaka not only added depth to an already deep group, but it also settled the argument of who was the best righthanded pitching prospect. After Tanaka, there’s a good case to be made for Archie Bradley, Taijuan Walker or Jonathan Gray, and Noah Syndergaard and Robert Stephenson aren’t out of the discussion either.

RIGHTHANDERS
GRADE A
Rank, Player, Team
1. Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees
2. Archie Bradley, Diamondbacks
3. Taijuan Walker, Mariners
4. Jonathan Gray, Rockies
5. Dylan Bundy, Orioles
6. Noah Syndergaard, Mets
7. Robert Stephenson, Reds
8. Kevin Gausman, Orioles
9. Lucas Giolito, Nationals
10. Jameson Taillon, Pirates
11. Kyle Zimmer, Royals
12. Eddie Butler, Rockies
13. Yordano Ventura, Royals
14. C.J. Edwards, Cubs
15. Aaron Sanchez, Blue Jays
16. Kyle Crick, Giants
17. Mark Appel, Astros
18. Matt Wisler, Padres
19. Alex Meyer, Twins
20. Tyler Glasnow, Pirates
21. Kohl Stewart, Twins
22. Marcus Stroman, Blue Jays
23. Lucas Sims, Braves
24. Mike Foltynewicz, Astros
25. Braden Shipley, Diamondbacks
26. Erik Johnson, White Sox
27. Nick Kingham, Pirates
28. Jake Odorizzi, Rays
29. Rafael Montero, Mets
30. Lance McCullers, Astros
31. Trevor Bauer, Indans
32. Pierce Johnson, Cubs
33. Allen Webster, Red Sox
34. Zach Lee, Dodgers
35. Jimmy Nelson, Brewers
36. Miguel Almonte, Royals
37. Hunter Harvey, Orioles
38. A.J. Cole, Nationals
39. Alex Gonzalez, Rangers
40. Alex Reyes, Cardinals
41. J.R. Graham, Braves
42. Matt Barnes, Red Sox
43. Jason Hursh, Braves
44. Mauricio Cabrera, Braves
45. Jose Berrios, Twins
46. Casey Kelly, Padres
47. Roberto Osuna, Blue Jays
48. Taylor Guerrieri, Rays
49. Alberto Tirado, Blue Jays
50. Vince Velasquez, Astros
51. Anthony Ranaudo, Red Sox
52. Miguel Gonzalez, Phillies
53. Michael Feliz, Astros
54. Raul Alcantara, Athletics
55. Michael Ynoa, Athletics
56. Luis Heredia, Pirates
57. Chris Anderson, Dodgers
58. Asher Wojciechowski, Astros
59. Trevor May, Twins
60. Carlos Contreras, Reds
61. Burch Smith, Padres
62. Keyvius Sampson, Padres
63. Joe Ross, Padres
64. Jake Thompson, Tigers
65. Ryne Stanek, Rays