2019 Top 100 Prospects By The Numbers
-The Padres and Rays each have nine Top 100 Prospects, tying the record held by the 2011 Royals record the for most Top 100 prospects in a year.
-This is the the first time since Top 100 rankings began in 1990 that neither the Red Sox nor the Yankees have a Top 100 prospect. This is the second time the Cubs don't have one after recording zero at the start of 2018 as well.
-The Mariners' four Top 100 Prospects are their most since 2013, when they had five. Only one (Evan White) was with the organization when the offseason started.
-The seven catchers on the Top 100 are the most since 2012, when there were also seven - Jesus Montero, Devin Mesoraco, Travis D'Arnaud, Yasmani Grandal, Blake Swihart, Gary Sanchez and Willin Rosario.
- Nine of the 42 pitchers on the Top 100 (21.4 percent) have either had Tommy John surgery or sustained UCL damage. Another nine missed significant time last year with injuries to their arms, shoulders, obliques or hands.
-There are more corner outfielders (nine) than center fielders (seven) on the Top 100, a reversal from the norm with the growing importance of power in today's game.
Top 10 MLB International Signing Classes Since 1989
While international players have a long, rich history in the major leagues, their prominence has never been greater.
- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was born in Canada and Alex Reyes and Luis Garcia (Nationals) were born in the United States, but they signed as international amateurs out of the Dominican Republic and are counted as Dominicans here.
- Guerrero is the first Dominican to be named BA's No. 1 prospect. The previous international No. 1 prospects were Ronald Acuna (2017, Venezuela), Andruw Jones (1996 and 1997, Curacao), Jurickson Profar (Curacao, 2012) and Daisuke Matsuzaka (Japan, 2007).
-Guerrero, Fernando Tatis Jr., Bo Bichette and Ke'Bryan Hayes are the four sons of ex-big leaguers to make the Top 100. Vladimir Guerrero Sr. ranked No. 2 in the BA Top 100 in 1997 before embarking on his Hall of Fame career. Tatis Sr. never ranked in a Top 100 but ranked as the Rangers No. 6 prospect in 1996 and No. 2 prospect in 1997. Dante Bichette and Charlie Hayes made their MLB debuts before the advent of the BA Top 100 in 1990, but ranked among their team's Top 10s. Bichette peaked as the Angels No. 4 prospect in 1987 and 1988, while Hayes checked in as the Giants No. 9 prospect in 1986.