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Q:Which players just missed ranking among the Top 100 Prospects this year?
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Between the seven Top 150s turned in before our staff-wide Top 100 Prospects meeting, 215 different players received at least one vote. Of that group, there were 15 players who came very close to making the Top 100, but were left out for one reason or another. As former Baseball America staffer Conor Glassey explained in our Oral History of the Top 100 Prospects list, the difference between the 95th best prospect in the game and the 150th best isn't all that much, so finishing up the back end of the list is always a difficult task.
The 15 just-missed list included a couple of different types of players.
Indians outfielder Clint Frazier and Twins righthander Kohl Stewart both just missed because too many scouts who saw them this year were a little disappointed with how these 2013 first-round picks looked in their full-season debuts.
Another Indians' outfielder, Bradley Zimmer, is a well-regarded 2014 first-round pick who could climb onto the list next year. The same could be said for Blue Jays catcher Max Pentecost. Unlike Zimmer or Pentecost, Brent Honeywell wasn't a 2014 first-round pick, but the supplemental second-round pick impressed enough in the Appalachian League to earn consideration.
Astros outfielder Brett Phillips had a great 2014 season between low Class A Quad Cities and high Class A Lancaster. With similar production in 2015, he'll be on next year's list.
There also were a number of more polished minor leaguers who just missed the list. Those included Braves righthander Mike Foltynewicz (is he a reliever long-term?), Pirates righthander Nick Kingham (scouts see him as more of a back-end starter) and Royals third baseman Hunter Dozier (concerns about his poor second half and his power).
Rays catcher Justin O'Conner (great arm, but still has work to do at the plate), Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco (how much impact will he make?), Padres catcher Austin Hedges (exceptional defense, but the bat has stagnated) and White Sox second baseman Micah Johnson (needs to show his speed has returned after hamstring issues) also ended up just on the outside looking in.
Those are the 15 who just missed, but there were nearly 100 more players who got at least some consideration:
Ozhaino Albies, Miguel Almonte, Albert Almora, Matt Barnes, Tyler Beede, Christian Bethancourt, Bobby Bradley, Nick Burdi, Ryan Castellani, Garin Cecchini, Yu-Cheng Chang, Matt Chapman, Michael Chavis, Tim Cooney, Clint Coulter, Kyle Crick, Tyler Danish, Jose De Leon, Wilmer Difo, Brandon Drury, Edwin Escobar, Buck Farmer, Michael Feliz, Jack Flaherty, Max Fried, Luiz Gohara, Kendall Graveman, Randal Grichuk, Josh Hader, Alen Hanson, Monte Harrison, Teoscar Hernandez, Derek Hill, Nick Howard, Jason Hursh, Pierce Johnson, Rob Kaminsky, Patrick Kivlehan, Michael Kopech, Gilbert Lara, Domingo Leyba, Rymer Liriano, Michael Lorenzen, Mikie Mahtook, Deven Marrero, Ketel Marte, Jorge Mateo, Lance McCullers, Kodi Medeiros, Francisco Mejia, Keury Mella, Marcos Molina, Francelis Montas, Rafael Montero, Colin Moran, Josh Morgan, Steven Moya, Justin Nicolino, Sean Nolin, Renato Nunez, Luis Ortiz, Dillon Overton, Mike Papi, Jace Peterson, Milton Ramos, James Ramsey, Rangel Ravelo, Rob Refsnyder, Matt Reynolds, Wendell Rijo, Avery Romero, Adrian Rondon, Ryan Rua, Rio Ruiz, Gary Sanchez, Ricardo Sanchez, Luis Sardinas, Scott Schebler, Magneuris Sierra, Lucas Sims, Chance Sisco, Blake Snell, Jake Stinnett, Raimel Tapia, Luis Torrens, Gleyber Torres, Devon Travis, Jen-Ho Tseng, Duane Underwood, Jose Urena, Richard Urena, Vince Velasquez, Andrew Velazquez, Alex Verdugo, Christian Walker, Forrest Wall, Justin Williams and Nick Williams.