Top 100 Prospects: We’re Betting On The Bat

As you eye our latest Top 100 Prospect rankings, you may be a little surprised at who sits at No. 1.

Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna stands at the top of this year's rankings. Shohei Ohtani, the Angels' star acquisition from Japan, ranks second.

As we began working on our Top 100, I was relatively certain Ohtani would be sit in the top spot when we released this list. He's a big league starter with a 100 mph fastball and a devastating forkball who will immediately step to the front of the Angels' rotation.

One pro scouting director told me he would not trade Ohtani for less than the top four prospects in a relatively stacked farm system.

But we have a process at Baseball America, one perfected over more than 25 years of putting together Top 100 lists. Our writers each submit a top 150, we add up the points, see what it spits out and then we hash out the ranking.

Those combined 150s showed we had one of the toughest decisions at No. 1 we've ever had. Among the five members of our prospect team (Ben Badler, Matt Eddy, Kyle Glaser, Josh Norris and myself) the ballots led to a tie at No. 1 with Ronald Acuna and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. each receiving 745 points (out of a possible 750). Ohtani was one point behind at 744. Ohtani was first on two ballots, Acuna was first on two ballots and Guerrero was first on one.

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