Top 100 Prospects: No. 1-20


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This is Baseball America’s 21st annual Top 100 Prospects list, our definitive annual ranking of the best professional talent in baseball below the major league level. And this year, we’re turning the focus in the list to the best tool for each player. We’ll highlight that tool, as well as giving it a grade on the 20-80 scouting scale—where 20 is the worst, 80 the best, and 50 major league average.

The Top 100 Prospects list is the culmination of our offseason prospect coverage, which begins with our reviews of the top talent in each minor league and proceeds with ranking the talent in each major league farm system. Our staffers and correspondents talk to general managers, managers, scouting directors, farm directors, scouts, coaches and other people in the game. Four people contributed to the voting this year: Co-Editors Will Lingo and John Manuel, executive editor Jim Callis and assistant editor Conor Glassey. Each person compiled a top 150 list, and we then reviewed the composite numbers and made adjustments before locking down the final list.

The rankings follow our standard prospect guidelines, which means any player who has not exceeded 130 at-bats, 50 innings or 30 pitching appearances in the major leagues (without regard to service time) is eligible. As always, our view is not necessarily to what a player will do this season, but what his ultimate major league ceiling is, weighed against the likelihood that he will reach that ceiling.

01 JASON

HEYWARD

OF, BRAVES
Best Tool: Bat.

BA Grade: 80.

Opening

Day Age: 20

ETA: 2010
 
11 DUSTIN

ACKLEY

OF/1B/2B, MARINERS
Best Tool: Bat.

BA Grade: 80.

Opening

Day Age: 22

ETA: 2011
02 STEPHEN

STRASBURG

RHP, NATIONALS
Best Tool: Fastball.

BA Grade: 80.

Opening

Day Age: 21

ETA: Mid-2010
 
12 ALCIDES

ESCOBAR

SS, BREWERS
Best Tool: Defense.

BA Grade: 70.

Opening

Day Age: 23

ETA: 2010
03 MIKE

STANTON

OF, MARLINS
Best Tool: Power.

BA Grade: 80.

Opening

Day Age: 20

ETA: Mid-2010
 
13 JUSTIN

SMOAK

1B, RANGERS
Best Tool: Bat.

BA Grade: 70.

Opening

Day Age: 23

ETA: Mid-2010
04 JESUS

MONTERO

C,

YANKEES

Best Tool: Power.

BA Grade: 80.

Opening

Day Age: 20

ETA: 2011
 
14 MADISON

BUMGARNER

LHP, GIANTS
Best Tool: Fastball.

BA Grade: 65.

Opening

Day Age: 20

ETA: Mid-2010
05 BRIAN

MATUSZ

LHP, ORIOLES
Best Tool: Changeup.

BA Grade: 70.

Opening

Day Age: 23

ETA: 2010
 
15 DOMONIC

BROWN

OF, PHILLIES
Best Tool: Arm.

BA Grade: 70.

Opening

Day Age: 22

ETA: 2011
06 DESMOND

JENNINGS

OF, RAYS
Best Tool: Speed.

BA Grade: 80.

Opening

Day Age: 23

ETA: Mid-2010
 
16 STARLIN

CASTRO

SS, CUBS
Best Tool: Bat.

BA Grade: 65.

Opening

Day Age: 20

ETA: 2011
07 BUSTER

POSEY

C, GIANTS
Best Tool: Bat.

BA Grade: 70.

Opening

Day Age: 23

ETA: Mid-2010
 
17 MARTIN

PEREZ

LHP,

RANGERS

Best Tool: Curveball.

BA Grade: 65.

Opening

Day Age: 19

ETA: Mid-2011
08 PEDRO

ALVAREZ

3B, PIRATES
Best Tool: Power.

BA Grade: 80.

Opening

Day Age: 23

ETA: Mid-2010
 
18 JEREMY

HELLICKSON

RHP, RAYS
Best Tool: Command.

BA Grade: 65.

Opening

Day Age: 22

ETA: Mid-2010
09 NEFTALI

FELIZ

RHP, RANGERS
Best Tool: Fastball.

BA Grade: 80.

Opening

Day Age: 21

ETA: 2010
 
19 AARON

HICKS

OF, TWINS
Best Tool: Arm.

BA Grade: 75.

Opening

Day Age: 20

ETA: Mid-2011
10 CARLOS

SANTANA

C, INDIANS
Best Tool: Power.

BA Grade: 65.

Opening

Day Age: 23

ETA: 2010
 
20 LOGAN

MORRISON

1B, MARLINS
Best Tool: Bat.

BA Grade: 65.

Opening

Day Age: 22

ETA: 2010

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