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The Great Debate

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Each Top 100 Prospects list takes on characteristics all its own, and one of the most notable features about this year's list is that Rays lefthander David Price and Orioles catcher Matt Wieters were a cut above everyone else. They were the top two prospects in the 2007 draft, and after their spectacular pro debuts in 2008, they're now the top two prospects in baseball. But who is guilty of being the game's No. 1 prospect? To answer that question, we assembled a jury of 12 eminent talent evaluators and asked them which player they'd choose if they were starting a team from scratch. Executive editor Jim Callis selected and interviewed the jurors, and we present their responses here.

Minors | #2009#Rankings#Top 100 Prospects

Top 100 Prospects Update

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With three months of the season expired, we have a pretty good idea what the top quarter of the Top 100 Prospects list would look like. To qualify for this list, a player must be rookie-eligible; he must to be in the minor leagues at the time of the Futures Game; and he must have been under contract prior to 2008.

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Split Decisions: First Basemen

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As part of our 19th annual Top 100 Prospects list, we present Split Decisions, where our prospect experts explain why they favored certain players over others. Editors in chief Will Lingo and John Manuel, executive editor Jim Callis and national writer Chris Kline put together the Top 100 and defend their thinking. Here's a look at some first base prospects: Lars Anderson, Daric Barton and Joey Votto.

Minors | #2008#Rankings#Top 100 Prospects

Split Decisions: Future Closers

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As part of our 19th annual Top 100 Prospects list, we present Split Decisions, where our prospect experts explain why they favored certain players over others. Editors in chief Will Lingo and John Manuel, executive editor Jim Callis and national writer Chris Kline put together the Top 100 and defend their thinking. Here's a look at a pair of likely future closers: Max Scherzer and Chris Perez.

Minors | #2008#Rankings#Top 100 Prospects

Split Decisions: Low K Rate Pitchers

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As part of our 19th annual Top 100 Prospects list, we present Split Decisions, where our prospect experts explain why they favored certain players over others. Editors in chief Will Lingo and John Manuel, executive editor Jim Callis and national writer Chris Kline put together the Top 100 and defend their thinking. Here's a look at three righthanders who are bunched together in the rankings: Carlos Carrasco, Chris Volstad and Nick Blackburn.

Minors | #2008#Rankings#Top 100 Prospects

Split Decisions: Apples And Oranges

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As part of our 19th annual Top 100 Prospects list, we present Split Decisions, where our prospect experts explain why they favored certain players over others. Editors in chief Will Lingo and John Manuel, executive editor Jim Callis and national writer Chris Kline put together the Top 100 and defend their thinking. Here they compare two outfielders with dramatically different resumes: Kosuke Fukudome and Jason Heyward.

Minors | #2008#Rankings#Top 100 Prospects

Split Decisions: Future AL East Aces

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As part of our 19th annual Top 100 Prospects list, we present Split Decisions, where our prospect experts explain why they favored certain players over others. Editors in chief Will Lingo and John Manuel, executive editor Jim Callis and national writer Chris Kline put together the Top 100 and defend their thinking. First up is a discussion of the game's top two pitching prospects: Clay Buchholz and Joba Chamberlain.

Minors | #2008#Rankings#Top 100 Prospects

Top 100 Prospects: Best Of The Rest

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In the first step of our Top 100 process, each voter compiles a personal top 150, and then we tabulate them and let the arguments begin. They couldn't crack the official Top 100, but 92 additional prospects received votes in the top 150s. Here they are in alphabetical order, with the number of votes they received and their highest ranking on any list.

Minors | #2008#Rankings#Top 100 Prospects