Top 100 Prospects: No. 1-20

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Jason Heyward, Stephen Strasburg
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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