2014 League Top 20 Prospects Index

Baseball America has been ranking the top prospects in each minor league since 1982. Every year, we talk to managers and scouts to determine the players in each league who project to be future big league contributors.

Consider this the start of prospect season, which will continue as we will rank the Top 10 Prospects for every organization in print and online, followed by the Top 30 Prospect lists in the Baseball America Prospect Handbook. We’ll wrap up prospect season with our Top 100 Prospects list in February.

To qualify for a league list, starting pitchers need to have 1/3 of an inning for each team game; relievers must have 20 appearances for full-season leagues or 10 appearances in short-season leagues. Hitters must have one plate appearance per team game. Players may qualify for more than one league list, and anyone who was rookie-eligible to begin the season can make a list, even if they exhaust their rookie eligibility during the season.

Subscribers can click the league name to see scouting reports for all 20 ranked prospects and are also able to ask questions about the top 20 in a chat.

League Top 20 Prospects Archive

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1. Alex Jackson, of Mariners 1. Rafael Devers, 3b, Red Sox 1. Aristides Aquino, of, Reds 1. Ozhaino Albies, s, Braves
2. Grant Holmes, rhp, Dodgers 2. Tyler Kolek, rhp, Marlins 2. Forrest Wall, 2b, Rockies 2. Nick Gordon, ss, Twins
3. Bobby Bradley, 1b, Indians 3. Ozhaino Albies, ss, Braves 3. Jose De Leon, rhp, Dodgers 3. Richard Urena, ss, Blue Jays
4. Justus Sheffield, lhp, Indians 4. Jorge Mateo, ss, Yankees 4. Alex Blandino, ss, Reds 4. Foster Griffin, lhp, Royals
5. Spencer Adams, rhp, White Sox 5. Jack Flaherty, rhp, Cardinals 5. Ryan O’Hearn, 1b, Royals 5. Brent Honeywell, rhp, Rays
6. Alex Verdugo, of, Dodgers 6. Derek Hill, of, Tigers 6. Julian Leon, c, Dodgers 6. Scott Blewett, rhp, Royals
7. Monte Harrison, of, Brewers 7. Javier Guerra, ss, Red Sox 7. Justin Williams, of, Diamondbacks 7. Matt Smoral, rhp, Blue Jays
8. Michael Gettys, of, Padres 8. Sean Reid-Foley, rhp, Blue Jays 8. Wyatt Strahan, rhp, Reds 8. Alec Grosser, rhp, Braves
9. Carson Sands, lhp, Cubs 9. Michael Chavis, ss/3b, Red Sox 9. Sergio Alcantara, ss, Diamondbacks 9. Nick Ciuffo, ss, Rays
10. Michael Santos, rhp, Giants 10. Edmundo Sosa, ss, Cardinals 10. Cody Bellinger, 1b, Dodgers 10. Angel Moreno, of, Rays
11. Cody Reed, lhp, Diamondbacks 11. Cole Tucker, ss, Pirates 11. Kevin Padlo, 3b, Rockies 11. Chase Vallot, c, Royals
12. Yu-Cheng Chang, ss/3b, Indians 12. Braxton Davidson, of, Braves 12. Taylor Sparks, 3b, Reds 12. Ryan Borucki, lhp, Blue Jays
13. Eloy Jimenez, of, Cubs 13. Mitch Keller, rhp, Pirates 13. Jeff Brigham, rhp, Dodgers 13. Riley Unroe, 2b/ss, Rays
14. Gleyber Torres, ss, Cubs 14. Jakson Reetz, c, Nationals 14. Dom Nunez, c, Rockies 14. Marten Gasparini, ss, Royals
15. Jose Herrera, c, Diamondbacks 15. Angel Aguilar, ss, Yankees 15. Tyler Mahle, rhp, Reds 15. Tanner Murphy, c, Braves
16. Ricardo Sanchez, lhp, Angels 16. Magneuris Sierra, of, Cardinals 16. Devin Williams, rhp, Brewers 16. Dan Jansen, c, Blue Jays
17. Dillon Overton, lhp, Athletics 17. Jose Alvarado, lhp, Rays 17. Samir Duenez, 1b, Royals 17. Oscar Mercado, ss, Cardinals
18. Miguel Diaz, rhp, Brewers 18. Jomar Reyes, 3b, Orioles 18. Wes Rogers, of, Rockies 18. Wuilmer Becerra, of, Mets
19. Josh Morgan, ss/2b, Rangers 19. Francis Martes, rhp, Marlins/Astros 19. Natanael Delgado, of, Angels 19. Michael Cederoth, rhp, Twins
20.Yeyson Yrizarri, ss, Rangers 20. Isael Soto, of, Marlins 20.  Luis Jean, ss/2b, Rockies 20.Niklas Stephenson, rhp, Royals
AZL Top 20 Prospects Chat
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1. Marcos Molina, rhp, Mets 1. Franklin Barreto, ss, Blue Jays 1. Alex Reyes, rhp, Cardinals 1. Lucas Giolito, rhp, Nationals
2. Reynaldo Lopez, rhp, Nationals 2. Christian Arroyo, ss, Giants 2. Trea Turner, ss, Padres 2. J.P. Crawford, ss, Phillies
3. Amed Rosario, ss, Mets 3. Jairo Labourt, lhp, Blue Jays 3. Braden Shipley, rhp, Diamondbacks 3. Reynaldo Lopez, rhp, Nationals
4. Luis Torrens, c, Yankees 4. Miguel Castro, rhp, Blue Jays 4. Michael Feliz, rhp, Astros 4. Luis Severino, rhp, Yankees
5. Bradley Zimmer, of, Indians 5. Trea Turner, ss, Padres 5. Willy Adames, ss, Tigers/Rays 5. Reese McGuire, c, Pirates
6. Yairo Munez, ss, Athletics 6. Jeffrey Baez, of, Cubs 6. Kohl Stewart, rhp, Twins 6. Austin Meadows, of, Pirates
7. Michael Conforto, of, Mets 7. Franchy Cordero, ss, Padres 7. Clint Coulter, c, Brewers 7. David Dahl, of, Rockies
8. Derek Fisher, of, Astros 8. Max Pentecost, c, Blue Jays 8. Brett Phillips, of, Astros 8. Aaron Judge, of, Yankees
9. Francisco Mejia, c, Indians 9. Mark Zagunis, c/of, Cubs 9. Clint Frazier, of, Indians 9. Manuel Margot, of, Red Sox
10. Jhoan Urena, 3b, Mets 10. Josh Morgan, 2b/ss/ Rangers 10. Buck Farmer, rhp, Tigers 10. Hunter Harvey, rhp, Orioles
11. A.J. Reed, 1b, Astros 11. Ryan Castellani, rhp, Rockies 11. Amir Garrett, lhp, Reds 11. Ryan McMahon, 3b, Rockies
12. Casey Gillaspie, 1b, Rays 12. Ryan Yarbrough, lhp, Mariners 12. Jesmuel Valentin, 2b, Dodgers 12. Raimel Tapia, of, Rockies
13. Raudy Read, c, Nationals 13. Richelson Pena, rhp, Rangers 13. Carson Kelly, c, Cardinals 13. Nomar Mazara, of, Rangers
14. Enderson Franco, rhp, Rays 14. Erick Leal, rhp, Cubs 14. Austin Kubitza, rhp, Tigers 14. Wilmer Difo, 2b/ss/ Nationals
15. Sam Travis, 1b, Red Sox 15. Jose Trevino, c/3b/2b, Rangers 15. Zach Bird, rhp, Dodgers 15. Ian Clarkin, lhp, Yankees
16. Joe Musgrove, rhp, Astros 16. Austin Cousino, of, Mariners 16. Andrew Velazquez, ss/2b, Diamondbacks 16. Domingo German, rhp, Marlins
17. Rowan Wick, of, Cardinals 17. Helmis Rodriguez, lhp, Rockies 17. Kyle Farmer, c, Dodgers 17. Wendell Rijo, 2b, Red Sox
18. Aaron Brown, of, Phillies 18. Rashad Crawford, of, Cubs 18. Duane Underwood, rhp, Cubs 18. Chance Sisco, c, Orioles
19. Joe Jimenez, rhp, Tigers 19. Zac Curtis, lhp, Diamondbacks 19. Mitch Brown, rhp, Indians 19. Mike Yastrzemski, of, Orioles
20. Kevin McAvoy, rhp, Red Sox 20. Roemon Fields, of, Blue Jays 20. Jake Bauers, 1b, Padres 20. Lewis Brinson, of, Rangers
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California League Top 20 Prospects ($)
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1. Carlos Correa, ss, Astros 1. Joey Gallo, 3b, Rangers 1. Tyler Glasnow, rhp, Pirates 1. Michael Taylor, of, Nationals
2. Corey Seager, ss, Dodgers 2. Jorge Alfaro, c, Rangers 2. J.P. Crawford, ss, Phillies 2. Mookie Betts, 2b/of, Red Sox
3. Julio Urias, lhp, Dodgers 3. Jose Peraza, 2b, Braves 3. Daniel Norris, lhp, Blue Jays 3. Francisco Lindor, ss, Indians
4. Braden Shipley, rhp, Diamondbacks 4. Raul A. Mondesi, ss, Royals 4. Kyle Schwarber, c/of, Cubs 4. Steve Matz, lhp, Mets
5. Aaron Blair, rhp, Diamondbacks 5. Sean Manaea, lhp, Royals 5. Dalton Pompey, of, Blue Jays 5. Aaron Sanchez, rhp, Blue Jays
6. Joe Ross, rhp, Padres 6. Hunter Dozier, 3b, Royals 6. Jose Berrios, rhp, Twins 6. Henry Owens, lhp, Red Sox
7. Daniel Robertson, ss/2b, Athletics 7. Lucas Sims, rhp, Braves 7. Steve Matz, lhp, Mets 7. Eduardo Rodriguez, lhp, Orioles/Red Sox
8. Vince Velasquez, rhp, Astros 8. Tim Anderson, ss, White Sox 8. Josh Bell, of, Pirates 8. Blake Swihart, c, Red Sox
9. Hunter Renfroe, of, Padres 9. Courtney Hawkins, of, White Sox 9. Orlando Arcia, ss/2b, Brewers 9. Brian Johnson, lhp, Red Sox
10. D.J. Peterson, 1b/3b, Mariners 10. Alex Gonzalez, rhp, Rangers 10. Justin O’Conner, c, Rays 10. Elias Diaz, c, Pirates
11. Chris Anderson, rhp, Dodgers 11. Nick Williams, of, Rangers 11. Albert Almora, of, Cubs 11. Gary Sanchez, c, Yankees
12. Jesse Winker, of, Reds 12. Tyler Danish, rhp, White Sox 12. Dilson Herrera, 2b/ss, Mets 12. Dilson Herrera, 2b/ss, Mets
13. Matt Olson, 1b, Athletics 13. Christian Binford, rhp, Royals 13. Jake Thompson, rhp, Tigers 13. Rob Refsnyder, 2b, Yankees
14. Gabby Guerrero, of, Mariners 14. Francellis Montas, rhp, White Sox 14. Jorge Polanco, 2b/ss, Twins 14. Kevin Plawecki, c, Mets
15. Renato Nunez, 3b, Athletics 15. Lewis Brinson, of, Rangers 15. Aaron Judge, of, Yankees 15. A.J. Cole, rhp, Nationals
16. Ben Lively, rhp, Reds 16. Miguel Almonte, rhp, Royals 16. Tyrone Taylor, of, Brewers 16. Kennys Vargas, 1b, Twins
17. Billy McKinney, of, Athletics 17. Andrew Faulkner, lhp, Rangers 17. Brandon Nimmo, of, Mets 17. Willy Garcia, of, Pirates
18. Brandon Drury, 3b, Diamondbacks 18. Pedro Severino, c, Nationals 18. Billy McKinney, of, Cubs 18. Steven Moya, of, Tigers
19. Teoscar Hernandez, of, Astros 19. Jose Leclerc, rhp, Rangers 19. Dwight Smith Jr., of, Blue Jays 19. Deven Marrero, ss, Red Sox
20. Lance McCullers Jr., rhp, Astros 20. Alex Claudio, lhp, Rangers 20. Colin Moran, 3b, Marlins 20. Nick Kingham, rhp, Pirates
California League Top 20 Prospects Chat ($)
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Southern League Top 20 Prospects ($) Texas League Top 20 Prospects ($) International League Top 20 Prospects ($) Pacific Coast League Top 20 Prospects ($)
1. Kris Bryant, 3b, Cubs 1. Joey Gallo, 3b, Rangers 1. Gregory Polanco, of, Pirates 1. Kris Bryant, 3b, Cubs
2. Addison Russell, ss, Cubs 2. Jon Gray, rhp, Rockies 2. Mookie Betts, 2b/of, Red Sox 2. Joc Pederson, of, Dodgers
3. Corey Seager, ss, Dodgers 3. Eddie Butler, rhp, Rockies 3. Francisco Lindor, ss, Indians 3. Javier Baez, ss/2b, Cubs
4. Robert Stephenson, rhp, Reds 4. Austin Hedges, c, Padres 4. Maikel Franco, 3b/1b, Phillies 4. Oscar Taveras, of, Cardinals
5. C.J. Edwards, rhp, Cubs 5. Alex Gonzalez, rhp, Rangers 5. Steven Souza, of, Nationals 5. Noah Syndergaard, rhp, Mets
6. Jose Peraza, 2b, Braves 6. Hunter Dozier, 3b, Royals 6. Anthony Ranaudo, rhp, Red Sox 6. Andrew Heaney, lhp, Marlins
7. J.T. Realmuto, c, Marlins 7. Luke Jackson, rhp, Rangers 7. A.J. Cole, rhp, Nationals 7. Jon Singleton, 1b, Astros
8. D.J. Peterson, 1b/3b, Mariners 8. Rymer Liriano, of, Padres 8. Alex Meyer, rhp, Twins 8. Jimmy Nelson, rhp, Brewers
9. Jake Lamb, 3b, Diamondbacks 9. Ryan Rua, 3b, Rangers 9. Robbie Ray, lhp, Tigers 9. Taijuan Walker, rhp, Mariners
10. Archie Bradley, rhp, Diamondbacks 10. Jorge Bonifacio, of, Royals 10. Christian Bethancourt, c, Braves 10. Arismendy Alcantara, of/2b, Cubs
11. Aaron Blair, rhp, Diamondbacks 11. Tyler Anderson, lhp, Rockies 11. Casey Sadler, rhp, Pirates 11. Andrew Susac, c, Giants
12. Michael Lorenzen, rhp, Reds 12. Alec Asher, rhp, Rangers 12. Giovanny Urshela, 3b, Indians 12. Mike Foltynewicz, rhp, Astros
13. Andrew Heaney, lhp, Marlins 13. James Ramsey, of, Cardinals 13. Rob Refsnyder, 2b/of, Yankees 13. Stephen Piscotty, of, Cardinals
14. Chris Reed, lhp, Dodgers 14. Alex Yarbrough, 2b, Angels 14. Micah Johnson, 2b, White Sox 14. Rafael Montero, rhp, Mets
15. Ketel Marte, ss/2b, Mariners 15. Tony Kemp, 2b, Astros 15. Alex Colome, rhp, Rays 15. Tim Cooney, lhp, Cardinals
16. Micah Johnson, 2b, White Sox 16. Dan Winkler, rhp, Rockies 16. Christian Vazquez, c, Red Sox 16. Kevin Plawecki, c, Mets
17.Scott Schebler, of, Dodgers 17. Cam Bedrosian, rhp, Angels 17. Trevor May, rhp, Twins 17. Kyle Hendricks, rhp, Cubs
18. Albert Almora, of, Cubs 18. Jason Adam, rhp, Royals 18. Hernan Perez, ss/2b, Tigers 18. Matt Wisler, rhp, Padres
19. Justin Nicolino, lhp, Marlins 19. R.J. Alvarez, rhp, Angels/Padres 19. Allen Webster, rhp, Red Sox 19. Nick Ahmed, ss, Diamondbacks
20. Ben Lively, rhp, Reds 20. Delino DeShields, of, Astros 20. Nick Kingham, rhp, Pirates 20. Luis Sardinas, ss, Rangers
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Independent League Top Prospects
Top five unsigned prospects
1. Eric Anderson, rhp
2. Chris Sweeney, of
3. Balbino Fuenmayor, of/1b
4. Tanner Witt, 2b
5. Chris Peacock, rhp
Top five signed prospects
1. John Holdzkom, rhp, Pirates
2. Nick Sarianides, rhp, Diamondbacks
3. Matt Nevarez, rhp, Pirates
4. Danny Carela, rhp, Braves
5. Alfonso Yevoli, lhp, Diamondbacks
Independent League Top 20 Prospects Chat