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All-Time Baseball America No. 1 Prospects

Kris Bryant (Photo by Tom DiPace)

Baseball America has been ranking the Top 100 prospects in the game since 1990, when Braves lefthander Steve Avery debuted as the first-ever No. 1 prospect.

In the years since, 27 different players have held the title of No. 1 prospect in baseball. They include future Hall of Famers (Chipper Jones), multiple-time MVPs (Alex Rodriguez), World Series MVPs (Josh Beckett), Rookies of the Year (Kris BryantRonald AcunaCorey SeagerBryce Harper, Ben Grieve) and, yes, the occasional disappointment (Brien Taylor, Todd Van Poppel).

A No. 1 ranking is no guarantee of future stardom. But more often than not, stardom does await the player crowned as the best up-and-coming prospect in the game.

Here are the all-time No. 1 Baseball America prospects. As an added bonus, we've included who was No. 2 each year as well.

YearPlayer, PosTeamNo. 2Team
2021Wander Franco, SSRaysAdley Rutschman, COrioles
2020Wander Franco, SSRaysLuis Robert, OFWhite Sox
2019Vladimir Guerrero Jr, 3BBlue JaysFernando Tatis Jr., SSPadres
2018Ronald Acuna, OFBravesShohei Ohtani, RHP/DHAngels
2017Andrew Benintendi, OFRed SoxYoan Moncada, 2BWhite Sox
2016Corey Seager, SSDodgersByron Buxton, OFTwins
2015Kris Bryant, 3BCubsByron Buxton, OFTwins
2014Byron Buxton, OFTwinsXander Bogaerts, SSRed Sox
2013Jurickson Profar, SSRangersDylan Bundy, RHPOrioles
2012Bryce Harper, OFNationalsMatt Moore, LHPRays
2011Bryce Harper, OFNationalsMike Trout, OFAngels
2010Jason Heyward, OFBravesStephen Strasburg, RHPNationals
2009Matt Wieters, COriolesDavid Price, LHPRays
2008Jay Bruce, OFRedsEvan Longoria, 3BRays
2007Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHPRed SoxAlex Gordon, 3BRoyals
2006Delmon Young, OFRaysJustin Upton, SS/OFD-backs
2005Joe Mauer, CTwinsFelix Hernandez, RHPMariners
2004Joe Mauer, CTwinsB.J. Upton, OFRays
2003Mark Teixeira, 3BRangersRocco Baldelli, OFRays
2002Josh Beckett, RHPMarlinsMark Prior, RHPCubs
2001Josh Hamilton, OFRaysCorey Patterson, OFCubs
2000Rick Ankiel, LHPCardinalsPat Burrell, OFPhillies
1999J.D. Drew, OFCardinalsRick Ankiel, LHPCardinals
1998Ben Grieve, OFAthleticsPaul Konerko, 1BDodgers
1997Andruw Jones, OFBravesVladimir Guerrero, OFExpos
1996Andruw Jones, OFBravesPaul Wilson, RHPMets
1995Alex Rodriguez, SSMarinersRuben Rivera, OFYankees
1994Cliff Floyd, OFExposChipper Jones, SSBraves
1993Chipper Jones, SSBravesBrien Taylor, LHPYankees
1992Brien Taylor, LHPYankeesTodd Van Poppel, RHPAthletics
1991Todd Van Poppel, RHPAthleticsAndujar Cedeno, SSAstros
1990Steve Avery, LHPBravesBen McDonald, RHPOrioles

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