2012 Top 100 Prospects
This year's Top 100 Prospects list is a tribute to the power of three.
Our 23rd annual list features an amazing trio of prospects leading the way, with outfielders Bryce Harper and Mike Trout and lefthander Matt Moore. Any of the three could make a legitimate claim to the No. 1 spot this year, so in addition to our ranking of the players, we also turned to a cadre of industry professionals to see how they would line the trio up (see facing page). And we looked back at past power trios to find out how those players worked out.
Our Top 100 Prospects list is the definitive annual ranking of the best professional talent in baseball below the major league level and the culmination of our offseason prospect coverage. Eligibility for the list follows our standard prospect guidelines, which means any player who has not exceeded 130 at-bats, 50 innings or 30 appearances in the major leagues (without regard to service time) is eligible.
Eight people contributed to the voting this year: co-editors Will Lingo and John Manuel, executive editor Jim Callis, managing editor J.J. Cooper, associate editor Matt Eddy, assistant editors Conor Glassey and Nathan Rode, and contributor Matt Forman. Each person compiled a personal top 150, and we reviewed the composite numbers and made adjustments before locking down the final list.