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2021 Top 100 Prospects, Brought To You By Rapsodo

With the start of the 2021 MLB season on our doorstep, Baseball America has updated the Top 100 for the first time this year.

Two players -- Nate Pearson and Royce Lewis -- move down due to injury and another, Astros RHP Forrest Whitley, falls off the list entirely.

You can find the full rankings, as well as Whitley's replacement, below.

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    Wanderfranco2020headshot
    Notes:

    Final 2020 Ranking: 1
    Tools: Hit: 80 | Power: 60 | Run: 50 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 50
    Skinny: The precocious switch-hitter has potential batting titles in his future and a chance to reach the majors by 20 years old.


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    Headshot 2021 Adley Rutschman 10072 Mlb
    Notes:

    Final 2020 Ranking: 3
    Tools: Hit: 70 | Power: 70 | Run: 40 | Fielding: 60 | Arm: 70

    Skinny: The face of the Orioles rebuild is primed to be the rare catcher who is an offensive force while providing Gold Glove-caliber defense.


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    Headshot 2021 Julio Rodriguez 98511 Mlb

    Julio Rodriguez

    Mariners OF
    Notes:

    Final 2020 Ranking: 6
    Tools: Hit: 60 | Power: 70 | Run: 45 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 70
    Skinny: The “man-child” has the physical traits of a middle-of-the-order masher and the effervescent personality to be the face of the Mariners franchise.


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    Headshot 2021 Jarred Kelenic 98681 Mlb

    Jarred Kelenic

    Mariners OF
    Notes:

    Final 2020 Ranking: 9
    Tools: Hit: 70 | Power: 60 | Run: 55 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 60
    Skinny: With a sweet swing, growing power and a ceaseless drive to win, Kelenic should join Rodriguez as a star in the Mariners outfield for years to come.


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    Spencer Torkelson 2021
    Notes:

    Final 2020 Ranking: 8
    Tools: Hit: 60 | Power: 80 | Run: 45 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 50
    Skinny: The No. 1 overall pick in 2020 draws comparisons to Paul Konerko and Paul Goldschmidt as a potential franchise icon who anchors the middle of the lineup.


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    Sixto Sanchez 2021

    Sixto Sanchez

    Marlins RHP
    Notes:

    Final 2020 Ranking: 14
    Tools: Fastball: 80 | Changeup: 70 | Slider: 55 | Curveball: 55 | Control: 60
    Skinny: With elite fastball velocity, a devastating changeup and rare control for a power pitcher, Sanchez is primed to build on his excellent MLB debut.


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    Cristian Pache 2021
    Notes:

    Final 2020 Ranking: 10
    Tools: Hit: 45 | Power: 55 | Run: 70 | Fielding: 80 | Arm: 70
    Skinny: Arguably the best defensive center fielder to come along since Andruw Jones, Pache also has growing power that bodes well for his offensive future.


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    Headshot 2021 Mackenzie Gore 99306 Mlb

    MacKenzie Gore

    Padres LHP
    Notes:

    Final 2020 Ranking: 4
    Tools: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 55 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 60 | Control: 60
    Skinny: Gore battled his delivery at the alternate training site, but at his best he’s a rare talent with four swing-and-miss pitches and immaculate control.


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    Headshot 2021 Cj Abrams 104289 Mlb

    CJ Abrams

    Padres SS
    Notes:

    Final 2020 Ranking: 19
    Tools: Hit: 70 | Power: 50 | Run: 80 | Fielding: 60 | Arm: 50
    Skinny: A dynamic athlete who hit .401 in the AZL in his pro debut, Abrams has the makings of a future star on both sides of the ball.


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    Marco Luciano

    Giants SS
    Notes:

    Final 2020 Ranking: 17
    Tools: Hit: 60 | Power: 70 | Run: 40 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 60
    Skinny: Whether Luciano sticks at shortstop or moves to third base is up for debate, but his bat should make him a standout regardless of his position.


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    Jo Adell 2021

    Jo Adell

    Angels OF
    Notes:

    Final 2020 Ranking: 2
    Tools: Hit: 50 | Power: 70 | Run: 70 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 60
    Skinny: Adell’s MLB debut was rough, but his physical talents, ability to adjust and elite makeup have him primed to rebound in a big way.


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    Headshot 2021 Ke'bryan Hayes 6508 Mlb

    Ke'Bryan Hayes

    Pirates 3B
    Notes:

    Final 2020 Ranking: 52
    Tools: Hit: 60 | Power: 50 | Run: 55 | Fielding: 70 | Arm: 60 >
    Skinny: Hayes won’t hit .376 or slug .682 over a full season, but his debut nonetheless showed he can be an impact hitter as well as an elite defender at third base.


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    Bobby_Witt_Headshot.jpg
    Notes:

    Final 2020 Ranking: 21
    Tools: Hit: 60 | Power: 60 | Run: 60 | Fielding: 60 | Arm: 60
    Skinny: The athletic, well-rounded shortstop drew raves for his work at the alternate training site. If he shows he can make consistent contact in actual games, he’ll be a star.


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    Alex Kirilloff 2021
    Notes:

    Final 2020 Ranking: 27
    Tools: Hit: 70 | Power: 60 | Run: 40 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 50
    Skinny: The sweet swinger became the first player to make his MLB debut by starting a playoff game. No matter his position, he should be an impact hitter.


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    Austin Martin 2021

    Austin Martin

    Blue Jays SS/OF
    Notes:

    Final 2020 Ranking: 13
    Tools: Hit: 70 | Power: 55 | Run: 55 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 50
    Skinny: The fifth overall pick in 2020 is an impressive young hitter, although his future position is up in the air.


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    Nate Pearson 2021

    Nate Pearson

    Blue Jays RHP
    Notes:

    Final 2020 Ranking: 5
    Tools: Fastball: 80 | Curveball: 50 | Slider: 70 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 55
    Skinny: Pearson has arguably the best pure stuff of any pitching prospect. Staying healthy and improving his control are his next steps to fulfilling his frontline potential. Pearson re-aggravated a strain of his right groin during spring training and may start the season on the injured list.


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    Headshot 2021 Andrew Vaughn 106171 Mlb

    Andrew Vaughn

    White Sox 1B
    Notes:

    Final 2020 Ranking: 26
    Tools: Hit: 60 | Power: 60 | Run: 30 | Fielding: 50 | Arm: 50
    Skinny: An advanced hitter who projects to hit for average and power, Vaughn is set to be the next impact youngster in the White Sox’s lineup.


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    Headshot 2021 Grayson Rodriguez 97560 Mlb
    Notes:

    Final 2020 Ranking: 31
    Tools: Fastball: 70 | Curveball: 50 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 60
    Skinny: With premium size, stuff and advanced command, Rodriguez is one of the few pitching prospects with true No. 1 starter potential.


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    Headshot 2021 Luis Patino 91946 Mlb

    Luis Patino

    Rays RHP
    Notes:

    Final 2020 Ranking: 16
    Tools: Fastball: 70 | Curveball: 45 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 50
    Skinny: Few players have arms as electric as Patino. His potential is enormous if he can harness his command and maintain a good pace on the mound.

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    Headshot 2021 Michael Kopech 97849 Mlb

    Michael Kopech

    White Sox RHP
    Notes:

    Final 2020 Ranking: 29
    Tools: Fastball: 80 | Curveball: 50 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50
    Skinny: Kopech is a bit of a question mark after two years away, but he has the talent to make an impact in the White Sox’s rotation if his stuff remains intact.


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    Headshot 2021 Daniel Lynch 8910 Milb

    Daniel Lynch

    Royals LHP
    Notes:

    Final 2020 Ranking: 36
    Tools: Fastball: 70 | Curveball: 50 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 55
    Skinny: Lynch has loud stuff with a mid-90s fastball and two swing-and-miss secondaries from the left side. He’s potentially the best of the Royals bevy of young pitchers.


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    Headshot 2021 Spencer Howard 99401 Mlb

    Spencer Howard

    Phillies RHP
    Notes:

    Final 2020 Ranking: 24
    Tools: Fastball: 65 | Curveball: 55 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 55
    Skinny: Howard’s stuff dropped during a difficult MLB debut, but at his best he has the power arm to slot into the middle of the Phillies rotation.


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    Headshot 2021 Matt Manning 9763 Milb

    Matt Manning

    Tigers RHP
    Notes:

    Final 2020 Ranking: 15
    Tools: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 55
    Skinny: Manning has the look and stuff of a potential frontline starter. His forearm strain late last year is reason for caution.


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    Riley Greene

    Tigers OF
    Notes:

    Final 2020 Ranking: 50
    Tools: Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Run: 50 | Fielding: 55 | Arm: 50
    Skinny: Greene doesn’t get the same hype as draft classmates Bobby Witt Jr. and CJ Abrams, but he may end up the best hitter of the three.


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    Headshot 2021 Drew Waters 99324 Mlb

    Drew Waters

    Braves OF
    Notes:

    Final 2020 Ranking: 32
    Tools: Hit: 55 | Power: 55 | Run: 60 | Fielding: 60 | Arm: 55
    Skinny: Waters' plate coverage and strike-zone discipline are causes for skepticism amongst evaluators, but there’s no denying he’s produced at every level so far.


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