2020 Top 100 Prospects By The Numbers
Each year in conjunction with our annual preseason Top 100 release, we examine several key demographic areas, which you can find below.
You can also find a list of all-time No. 1 prospects here.
- The Rays are at least tied for the most Top 100 prospects for the second straight season. They had nine Top 100 prospects entering 2019, tied with the Padres for the most in baseball.
- The Brewers are the only team without a Top 100 prospect, a year after three teams (the Cubs, Red Sox and Yankees) had none. This is the first time the Brewers have not had a Top 100 prospect since 2011.
- The Dodgers have at least four Top 100 prospects for the seventh straight year. Their seven Top 100 prospects this year are their most since 2016, when they also had a class of seven that included Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger, Julio Urias, Alex Verdugo and Kenta Maeda.
- The nine catchers in the Top 100 this year are the most since 2011, when there were also nine (Jesus Montero, Gary Sanchez, Travis d'Arnaud, Tony Sanchez, Wilin Rosario, Devin Mesoraco, Derek Norris, Austin Romine and Wilson Ramos.)
- Nine of the 40 pitchers in the Top 100 (22.5 percent) have had Tommy John surgery. Another 10 pitchers (25 percent) have had seasons shortened by arm, shoulder, oblique or hand injuries.
- While there is an increase in the number of Top 100 shortstops from last year, many project to move off the position. They are currently counted as shortstops because it remains their primary position.
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- Luis Garcia was born in New York, but signed as an international free agent from the Dominican Republic and is counted as a Dominican here.
- Wander Franco is the second straight Dominican to be Baseball America's No. 1 prospect, following Vladimir Guerrero Jr. last year. The previous international No. 1 prospects were Ronald Acuna (2018, Venezuela), Andruw Jones (1996 and 1997, Curacao), Jurickson Profar (Curacao, 2013) and Daisuke Matsuzaka (Japan, 2007).
- There are four sons of former major leaguers in the Top 100. Bobby Witt Jr. is the son of former pitcher Bobby Witt, who ranked as the Rangers No. 1 prospect in 1986; Daulton Varsho is the son of former outfielder Gary Varsho; Ke'Bryan Hayes is the son of former third baseman Charlie Hayes, who ranked as the Giants No. 9 prospect in 1986; and Garcia is the son of Luis Garcia, who appeared in eight games as an infielder with the Tigers in 1999.