2013 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.

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1. Clint Frazier, of, Indians 1. Austin Meadows, of, Pirates 1. Hunter Dozier, 3b, Idaho Falls (Royals) 1. Amed Rosario, ss, Kingsport (Mets)
2. Christian Arroyo, ss, Giants 2. Lucas Giolito, rhp, Nationals 2. Phillip Ervin, of, Billings (Reds) 2. D.J. Davis, of, Bluefield (Blue Jays)
3. Franchy Cordero, ss, Padres 3. Reese McGuire, c, Pirates 3. Raimel Tapia, of, Grand Junction (Rockies) 3. Victor Caratini, 3b, Danville (Braves)
4. Sergio Alcantara, ss, Diamondbacks 4. Dominic Smith, 1b, Mets 4. Ryan McMahon, 3b, Grand Junction (Rockies) 4. Mitch Nay, 3b, Bluefield (Blue Jays)
5. Jose Urena, of, Padres 5. Franklin Barreto, ss, Blue Jays 5. Emerson Jimenez, ss, Grand Junction (Rockies) 5. Dawel Lugo, ss, Bluefield (Blue Jays)
6. Akeem Bostick, rhp, Rangers 6. J.P. Crawford, ss, Phillies 6. Ben Lively, rhp, Billings (Reds) 6. Chase DeJong, rhp, Bluefield (Blue Jays)
7. Francisco Mejia, c, Indians 7. Lewis Thorpe, lhp, Twins 7. Zach Bird, rhp, Ogden (Dodgers) 7. Alex Reyes, rhp, Johnson City (Cardinals)
8. Billy McKinney, of, Athletics 8. Rob Kaminsky, lhp, Cardinals 8. Stryker Trahan, c, Missoula (Diamondbacks) 8. Alberto Tirado, rhp, Bluefield (Blue Jays)
9. Travis Demeritte, ss/3b, Rangers 9. Wendell Rijo, 2b, Red Sox 9. Jacob Scavuzzo, of, Ogden (Dodgers) 9. Edwin Diaz, rhp, Pulaski (Mariners)
10. Jairo Beras, of, Rangers 10. Luis Torrens, c, Yankees 10. Jose Briceno, c, Grand Junction (Rockies) 10. Tyler Danish, rhp, Bristol (White Sox)
11. Justin Williams, of, Diamondbacks 11. Miguel Andujar, 3b, Yankees 11. Elier Hernandez, of Idaho Falls (Royals) 11. Johan Camargo, ss, Danville (Braves)
12. Devin Williams, rhp, Brewers 12. Nick Ciuffo, c, Rays 12. Adam Engel, of, Great Falls (White Sox) 12. Jairo Labourt, lhp, Bluefield (Blue Jays)
13. Natanael Delgado, of, Angels 13. Abiatal Avelino, ss, Yankees 13. Zane Evans, c, Idaho Falls (Royals) 13. Wilton Martinez, of, Pulaski (Mariners)
14. Keury Mella, rhp, Giants 14. Victor Reyes, of, Braves 14. Cody Reed, lhp, Idaho Falls (Royals) 14. Felix Jorge, rhp, Elizabethton (Twins)
15. Dustin Peterson, 3b, Padres 15. Gosuke Katoh, 2b, Yankees 15. Jose Rondon, ss, Orem (Angels) 15. Rob Whalen, rhp, Kinsport (Mets)
16. Samir Duenez, 1b, Royals 16. Jose Mujica, rhp, Rays 16. Michael Ratterree, of, Helena (Brewers) 16. Adonys Cardona, rhp, Bluefield (Blue Jays)
17. Adrian De Horta, rhp, Padres 17. Luis Severino, rhp, Yankees 17. Barrett Astin, rhp, Helena (Brewers) 17. Kenny Peoples, ss, Johnson City (Cardinals)
18. Ryder Jones, 3b, Giants 18. Javier Betancourt, ss, Tigers 18. Geordy Parra, rhp, Missoula (Diamondbacks) 18. Stuart Turner, c, Elizabethton (Twins)
19. Brad Keller, rhp, Diamondbacks 19. Jose Castillo, lhp, Rays 19. Dustin Houle, c, Helena (Brewers) 19. Chris Flexen, rhp, Kingsport (Mets)
20. Cole Wiper, rhp, Rangers 20. Thairo Estrada, ss, Yankees 20. Scott Barlow, rhp, Ogden (Dodgers) 20. Steve Bean, c, Johnson City (Cardinals)
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1. Harold Ramirez, of, Jamestown (Pirates) 1. Kris Bryant, 3b, Boise (Cubs) 1. Byron Buxton, of, Cedar Rapids (Twins) 1. Eddie Butler, rhp, Asheville (Rockies)
2. Oscar Hernandez, c, Hudson Valley (Rays) 2. Hunter Renfroe, of, Eugene (Padres) 2. Carlos Correa, ss, Quad Cities (Astros) 2. Tyler Glasnow, rhp, West Virginia (Pirates)
3. Michael Feliz, rhp, Tri-City (Astros) 3. D.J. Peterson, 3b, Everett (Mariners) 3. Robert Stephenson, rhp, Dayton (Reds) 3. C.J. Edwards, rhp, Hickory (Rangers/Cubs)
4. Zach Green, 3b, Williamsport (Phillies) 4. Aaron Blair, rhp, Hillsboro (Diamondbacks) 4. Corey Seager, ss, Great Lakes (Dodgers) 4. Raul Adalberto Mondesi, ss, Lexington (Royals)
5. Carson Kelly, 3b, State College (Cardinals) 5. Austin Wilson, of, Everett (Mariners) 5. Lance McCullers Jr, rhp, Quad Cities (Astros) 5. Rosell Herrera, ss, Asheville (Rockies)
6. Eric Jagielo, 3b, Staten Island (Yankees) 6. Kelvin Vasquez, rhp, Spokane (Rangers) 6. Albert Almora, of, Kane County (Cubs) 6. Miguel Almonte, rhp, Lexington (Royals)
7. Manuel Margot, of, Lowell (Red Sox) 7. Paul Blackburn, rhp, Boise (Cubs) 7. Julio Urias, lhp, Great Lakes (Dodgers) 7. Colin Moran, 3b, Greensboro (Marlins)
8. Avery Romero, 2b, Batavia (Marlins) 8. Chase Johnson, rhp, Salem-Keizer (Giants) 8. Max Fried, lhp, Fort Wayne (Padres) 8. Mookie Betts, 2b, Greenville (Red Sox)
9. Dylan Cozens, of, Williamsport (Phillies) 9. Yasiel Balaguert, of, Boise (Cubs) 9. Jesse Winker, of, Dayton (Reds) 9. Lucas Sims, rhp, Rome (Braves)
10. Simon Mercedes, rhp, Lowell (Red Sox) 10. Dillon Maples, rhp, Boise (Cubs) 10. Pierce Johnson, rhp, Kane County (Cubs) 10. Mauricio Cabrera, rhp, Rome (Braves)
11. Gavin Cecchini, ss, Brooklyn (Mets) 11. David Ledbetter, rhp, Spokane (Rangers) 11. Zach Eflin, rhp, Fort Wayne (Padres) 11. Lewis Brinson, of, Hickory (Rangers)
12. B.J. Boyd, of, Vermont (Athletics) 12. Shawon Dunston Jr., of, Boise (Cubs) 12. Vince Velasquez, rhp, Quad Cities (Astros) 12. Joey Gallo, 3b, Hickory (Rangers)
13. Jake Johansen, rhp, Auburn (Nationals) 13. Tom Robson, rhp, Vancouver (Blue Jays) 13. Jose Berrios, rhp, Cedar Rapids (Twins) 13. Nick Williams, of, Hickory (Rangers)
14. Trevor Williams, rhp, Batavia (Marlins) 14. Jack Reinheimer, ss, Everett (Mariners) 14. Joe Ross, rhp, Fort Wayne (Padres) 14. Jorge Alfaro, c, Hickory (Rangers)
15. Jamie Callahan, rhp, Lowell (Red Sox) 15. Daniel Gibson, lhp, Hillsboro (Diamondbacks) 15. Adam Brett Walker, of, Cedar Rapids (Twins) 15. Nomar Mazara, of, Hickory (Rangers)
16. Steven Brault, lhp, Aberdeen (Orioles) 16. Ryan Warner, rhp, Tri-City (Rockies) 16. Brandon Drury, 3b, South Bend (Diamondbacks) 16. Jose Peraza, ss, Rome (Braves)
17. Zac Reininger, rhp, Connecticut (Tigers) 17. Kevin Encarnacion, of, Boise (Cubs) 17. Dan Vogelbach, 1b, Kane County (Cubs) 17. Rafael De Paula, rhp, Charleston (Yankees)
18. Robert Gsellman, rhp, Brooklyn (Mets) 18. Lars Huijer, rhp, Everett (Mariners) 18. Taylor Guerrieri, rhp, Bowling Green (Rays) 18. Carlos Tocci, of, Lakewood (Phillies)
19. Juan Herrera, ss, Mahoning Valley (Indians)/State College (Cardinals) 19. L.B. Dantzler, 1b, Vancouver (Blue Jays) 19. Andrew Toles, of, Bowling Green (Rays) 19. Bubba Starling, of, Lexington (Royals)
20. Miller Diaz, rhp, Brooklyn (Mets) 20. Jose Martinez, rhp, Hillsboro (Diamondbacks) 20. Jorge Polanco, 2b/ss, Cedar Rapids (Twins) 20. Steve Matz, lhp, Savannah (Mets)
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1. Addison Russell, ss, Stockton (Athletics) 1. Francisco Lindor, ss, Carolina (Indians) 1. Byron Buxton, of, Fort Myers (Twins) 1. Xander Bogaerts, ss, Portland (Red Sox)
2. Eddie Butler, rhp, Modesto (Rockies) 2. Kyle Zimmer, rhp, Wilmington (Royals) 2. Miguel Sano, 3b, Fort Myers (Twins) 2. Miguel Sano, 3b, New Britain (Twins)
3. Kyle Crick, rhp, San Jose (Giants) 3. Rougned Odor, 2b, Myrtle Beach (Rangers) 3. Javier Baez, ss, Daytona (Cubs) 3. Noah Syndergaard, rhp, Binghamton (Mets)
4. Delino DeShields Jr., 2b, Lancaster (Astros) 4. Henry Owens, lhp, Salem (Red Sox) 4. Gregory Polanco, of, Bradenton (Pirates) 4. Maikel Franco, 3b, Reading (Phillies)
5. Austin Hedges, c, Lake Elsinore (Padres) 5. Blake Swihart, c, Salem (Red Sox) 5. Maikel Franco, 3b, Clearwater (Phillies) 5. Alex Meyer, rhp, New Britain (Twins)
6. Edwin Escobar, lhp, San Jose (Giants) 6. Garin Cecchini, 3b, Salem (Red Sox) 6. Noah Syndergaard, rhp, St. Lucie (Mets) 6. Jameson Taillon, rhp, Altoona (Pirates)
7. Patrick Kivlehan, 3b, High Desert (Mariners) 7. Mookie Betts, 2b, Salem (Red Sox) 7. Gary Sanchez, c, Tampa (Yankees) 7. Gregory Polanco, of, Altoona (Pirates)
8. Jace Peterson, ss, Lake Elsinore (Padres) 8. Eduardo Rodriguez, lhp, Frederick (Orioles) 8. Jorge Soler, of, Daytona (Cubs) 8. Anthony Rendon, 3b, Harrisburg (Nationals)
9. Alex Yarbrough, 2b, Inland Empire (Angels) 9. Luke Jackson, rhp, Myrtle Beach (Rangers) 9. Andrew Heaney, lhp, Jupiter (Marlins) 9. Eduardo Rodriguez, lhp, Bowie (Orioles)
10. Adalberto Mejia, lhp, San Jose (Giants) 10. A.J. Cole, rhp, Potomac (Nationals) 10. Aaron Sanchez, rhp, Dunedin (Blue Jays) 10. Marcus Stroman, rhp, New Hampshire (Blue Jays)
11. Chris Taylor, ss, High Desert (Mariners) 11. Jorge Bonifacio, of, Wilmington (Royals) 11. Nick Kingham, rhp, Bradenton (Pirates) 11. Jesse Biddle, lhp, Reading (Phillies)
12. Travis Jankowski, of, Lake Elsinore (Padres) 12. Michael Taylor, of, Potomac (Nationals) 12. Eddie Rosario, 2b, Fort Myers (Twins) 12. Taylor Jordan, rhp, Harrisburg (Nationals)
13. Yorman Rodriguez, of, Bakersfield (Reds) 13. Deven Marrero, ss, Salem (Red Sox) 13. Alen Hanson, ss, Bradenton (Pirates) 13. Rafael Montero, rhp, Binghamton (Mets)
14. Max Muncy, 1b, Stockton (Athletics) 14. Luis Sardinas, ss, Myrtle Beach (Rangers) 14. Stephen Piscotty, of, Palm Beach (Cardinals) 14. Garin Cecchini, 3b, Portland (Red Sox)
15. Ty Blach, lhp, San Jose (Giants) 15. Courtney Hawkins, of, Winston-Salem (White Sox) 15. Pierce Johnson, rhp, Daytona (Cubs) 15. Nick Kingham, rhp, Altoona (Pirates)
16. Mark Sappington, rhp, Inland Empire (Angels) 16. Robbie Ray, lhp, Potomac (Nationals) 16. Justin Nicolino, lhp, Jupiter (Marlins) 16. Anthony Ranaudo, rhp, Portland (Red Sox)
17. R.J. Alvarez, rhp, Inland Empire (Angels) 17. Robby Hefflinger, of, Lynchburg (Braves) 17. Devon Travis, 2b, Lakeland (Tigers) 17. Jose Ramirez, 2b/ss, Akron (Indians)
18. Mac Williamson, of, San Jose (Giants) 18. Michael Ohlman, c, Frederick (Orioles) 18. Anthony DeSclafani, rhp, Jupiter (Marlins) 18. J.R. Murphy, c, Trenton (Yankees)
19. Trevor Story, ss, Modesto (Rockies) 19. Billy Burns, of, Potomac (Nationals) 19. Mason Williams, of, Tampa (Yankees) 19. Brandon Workman, rhp, Portland (Red Sox)
20. Clayton Blackburn, rhp, San Jose (Giants) 20. Cody Anderson, rhp, Carolina (Indians) 20. Aaron Altherr, of, Clearwater (Phillies) 20. Josmil Pinto, c, New Britain (Twins)
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1. Yasiel Puig, of, Chattanooga (Dodgers) 1. George Springer, of, Corpus Christi (Astros) 1. Xander Bogaerts, ss, Pawtucket (Red Sox) 1. Oscar Taveras, of, Memphis (Cardinals)
2. Archie Bradley, rhp, Mobile (Diamondbacks) 2. Mike Foltynewicz, rhp, Corpus Christi (Astros) 2. Wil Myers, of, Durham (Rays) 2. Jurickson Profar, ss, Round Rock (Rangers)
3. Javier Baez, ss, Tennessee (Cubs) 3. Yordano Ventura, rhp, Northwest Arkansas (Royals) 3. Gerrit Cole, rhp, Indianapolis (Pirates) 3. George Springer, of, Oklahoma City (Astros)
4. Taijuan Walker, rhp, Jackson (Mariners) 4. Rougned Odor, 2b, Frisco (Rangers) 4. Chris Archer, rhp, Durham (Rays) 4. Zack Wheeler, rhp, Las Vegas (Mets)
5. Christian Yelich, of, Jacksonville (Marlins) 5. Matt Wisler, rhp, San Antonio (Padres) 5. Nick Castellanos, of, Toledo (Tigers) 5. Michael Wacha, rhp, Memphis (Cardinals)
6. Alex Wood, lhp, Mississippi (Braves) 6. Domingo Santana, of, Corpus Christi (Astros) 6. Danny Salazar, rhp, Columbus (Indians) 6. Taijuan Walker, rhp, Tacoma (Mariners)
7. Joc Pederson, of, Chattanooga (Dodgers) 7. Keyvius Sampson, rhp, San Antonio (Padres) 7. Avisail Garcia, of, Toledo (Tigers)/Charlotte (White Sox) 7. Carlos Martinez, rhp, Memphis (Cardinals)
8. Christian Bethancourt, c, Mississippi (Braves) 8. Jason Adam, rhp, Northwest Arkansas (Royals) 8. Jackie Bradley, of, Pawtucket (Red Sox) 8. Chris Owings, ss, Reno (Diamondbacks)
9. Arismendy Alcantara, ss/2b, Tennessee (Cubs) 9. Stephen Piscotty, of, Springfield (Cardinals) 9. Cody Asche, 3b, Lehigh Valley (Phillies) 9. Nick Franklin, 2b/ss, Tacoma (Mariners)
10. Jake Marisnick, of, Jacksonville (Marlins) 10. Taylor Lindsey, 2b, Arkansas (Angels) 10. Billy Hamilton, of, Louisville (Reds) 10. Yordano Ventura, rhp, Omaha (Royals)
11. Erik Johnson, rhp, Birmingham (White Sox) 11. Luis Sardinas, ss, Frisco (Rangers) 11. Erik Johnson, rhp, Charlotte (White Sox) 11. Jarred Cosart, rhp, Oklahoma City (Astros)
12. Enny Romero, lhp, Montgomery (Rays) 12. Tim Cooney, lhp, Springfield (Cardinals) 12. Oswaldo Arcia, of, Rochester (Twins) 12. Sonny Gray, rhp, Sacramento (Athletics)
13. Brad Miller, ss, Jackson (Mariners) 13. Kyle Parker, of/1b, Tulsa (Rockies) 13. Allen Webster, rhp, Pawtucket (Red Sox) 13. Jonathan Singleton, 1b, Oklahoma City (Astros)
14. Marcus Semien, ss/2b, Birmingham (White Sox) 14. Chad Bettis, rhp, Tulsa (Rockies) 14. Jonathan Schoop, 2b/ss, Norfolk (Orioles) 14. Matt Davidson, 3b, Reno (Diamondbacks)
15. Zach Lee, rhp, Chattanooga (Dodgers) 15. Matt Andriese, rhp, San Antonio (Padres) 15. Jake Odorizzi, rhp, Durham (Rays) 15. Wilmer Flores, 2b/1b, Las Vegas (Mets)
16. Tommy La Stella, 2b, Mississippi (Braves) 16. Max Stassi, c, Corpus Christi (Astros) 16. Trevor Bauer, rhp, Columbus (Indians) 16. Kolten Wong, 2b, Memphis (Cardinals)
17. Julio Morban, of, Jackson (Mariners) 17. Randal Grichuk, of, Arkansas (Angels) 17. Darin Ruf, of/1b, Lehigh Valley (Phillies) 17. Tyler Skaggs, lhp, Reno (Diamondbacks)
18. Jimmy Nelson, rhp, Huntsville (Brewers) 18. Orlando Calixte, ss/3b, Northwest Arkansas (Royals) 18. Carlos Sanchez, 2b/ss, Charlotte (White Sox) 18. Rafael Montero, rhp, Las Vegas (Mets)
19. Edward Salcedo, 3b, Mississippi (Braves) 19. Reymond Fuentes, of, San Antonio (Padres) 19. Kevin Pillar, of, Buffalo (Blue Jays) 19. Jonathan Villar, ss, Oklahoma City (Astros)
20. Yorman Rodriguez, of, Pensacola (Reds) 20. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3b, Northwest Arkansas (Royals) 20. Joey Terdoslavich, of, Gwinnett (Braves) 20. Michael Choice, of, Sacramento (Athletics)
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1. K.C. Serna, ss, Amarillo (American Assoc.)
2. Pete Perez, rhp, Southern Illinois (Frontier)
3. Tim Adleman, rhp, New Jersey (Can-Am)
4. Jeff Shields, rhp, Trois-Rivieres (Can-Am)
5. Nathan Kilcrease, rhp, Fargo-Moorhead (American Assoc.)
6. Race Parmenter, rhp, Southern Illinois (Frontier)
7. Marquis Riley, 2b, Joliet (Frontier)
8. C.J. Ziegler, 1b, Wichita (American Association)
9. Junior Guerra, rhp, Wichita (American Association)
10. Lucas Irvine, rhp, Kansas City (American Assoc.)
11. Brian Ernst, rhp, Fargo-Moorhead (American Assoc.)
12. Travis Bradshaw, rhp, Southern Illinois (American Assoc.)
13. Wes Alsup, rhp, Southern Illinois/Fort Worth (United/Frontier)
14. Joe Weik, of/1b, Amarillo (American Assoc.)
15. Patrick Mincey, rhp, Grand Prairie (American Assoc.)
16. Eric Draxton, rhp, Amarillo (American Assoc.)
17. Kyle Regnault, lhp, Quebec (Can-Am)
18. Michael Schweiss, rhp, Normal (Frontier)
19. Cam Kneeland, 3b, Trois-Rivieres (Can-Am)
20. Jon Dziomba, 2b, San Angelo (United)
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