Top 100 Prospects Position Rankings: Center Fielders

Now that we've wrapped up the Top 10 Prospects lists and The Top 100, we turn our attention to how the best of the best stack up against each other with our position rankings.


Quality of the Class: This is a solid group, with a mix of near-big league ready talents (Byron Buxton, Bradley Zimmer and Brett Phillips) and high-ceiling potential stars who are further away (Andrew Benintendi, Victor Robles and Alex Verdugo).

Highest Ceiling: If Buxton lives up to scouts' ultimate projections, he's a perennial all-star for the Twins. Buxton should play Gold Glove defense in center field and cause havoc on the bases. He just needs to make consistent contact and hit for average.

Lowest Risk: Cleveland's Zimmer has cheap five-tool potential and a track record of success, making him a safe bet to be a productive big league center fielder. He may not end up being a star, but he should be a solid contributor for the Indians before long.

Bursting On The Scene: A year ago, the Brewers knew that their young high school draftees (Monte Harrison and Jake Gatewood) may be in over their heads in the Midwest League. There should be no such problem with 2015 first-rounder Trent Clark. Clark has an advanced understanding of what he wants to do in the batter's box.

Center Fielders
1. Byron Buxton, Twins
2. Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox
3. Lewis Brinson, Rangers
4. Anthony Alford, Blue Jays
5. Bradley Zimmer, Indians
6. Victor Robles, Nationals
7. David Dahl, Rockies
8. Trent Clark, Brewers
9. Manuel Margot, Padres
10. Brett Phillips, Brewers
11. Daz Cameron, Astros
12. Alex Verdugo, Dodgers
13. Garrett Whitley, Rays
14. Mikie Mahtook, Rays
15. Mallex Smith, Braves
16. Albert Almora, Cubs
17. Brandon Nimmo, Mets
18. Bubba Starling, Royals
19. Tyler Naquin, Indians
20. Travis Jankowski, Padres
21. Magneuris Sierra, Cardinals
22. Luis Alexander Basabe, Red Sox
23. Tyrone Taylor, Brewers
24. Desmond Lindsay, Mets
25. Socrates Brito, Dbacks
26. Trayce Thompson, Dodgers
27. D.J. Wilson, Cubs
28. Yusniel Diaz, Dodgers
29. Jacob May, White Sox
30. Andrew Stevenson, Nationals
31. Adam Engel, White Sox
32. Dustin Fowler, Yankees
33. Jahmai Jones, Angels
34. Guillermo Heredia, Mariners
35. Monte Harrison, Brewers
36. Eric Jenkins, Rangers
37. Roman Quinn, Phillies
38. Derek Hill, Tigers
39. Leodys Taveras, Rangers
40. Michael Gettys, Padres