Q:I enjoyed the Just Missed the Top 100 list but this junkie wants more. Can you share the roster of names that made at least two Top 150 lists compiled by individual BA experts? -Joseph Grundle, Milwaukee
BA:Our process to compile the Top 100 Prospects remains the same year after year. Staffers put together their own personsal Top 150 and then we combine the ballots (this year there were five). At that point, we gather in a room and talk through the list from No. 1 to No. 100. We agonize over each and every spot, with special emphasis placed on how we line up the top and who gets on and who gets left off the back of the list. This year Anderson Espinoza, Pavin Smith and Kevin Maitan were the last players dropped from the Top 100. If you're looking for the next group, here are the rest of the 25 players who came closest overall on the "just-missed list:" Ke'Bryan Hayes (Pirates), Carter Kieboom (Nationals), Anthony Banda (D-backs), Yusniel Diaz (Dodgers), JoJo Romero (Phillies), Hunter Harvey (Orioles), Hans Crouse (Rangers), Luis Ortiz (Brewers), Evan White (Mariners), Chris Shaw (Giants), Erick Fedde (Nationals), Yadier Alvarez (Dodgers), Jesus Luzardo (Athletics), Bobby Bradley (Indians), Jake Burger (White Sox), Zack Collins (White Sox), Tanner Scott (Orioles), Cristian Pache (Braves), Christian Arroyo (Rays), Brusdar Graterol (Twins), Fernando Romero (Twins), Aramis Ademan (Cubs).
The Orioles, Padres and Pirates each lead the way with eight players who cracked the “almost Top 100” list.
The complete list of players who landed on at least one writer's personal Top 150 included: A.J. Reed (Astros), Adbert Alzolay (Cubs), Akil Baddoo (Twins), Alex Jackson (Braves), Alex Kirilloff (Twins), Alex Wells (Orioles), Andres Munoz (Padres), Anthony Banda (D-backs), Aramis Ademan (Cubs), Austin Beck (Athletics), Beau Burrows (Tigers), Blake Rutherford (White Sox), Bobby Bradley (Indians), Brandon Lowe (Rays), Brandon Marsh (Angels), Braxton Garrett (Marlins), Brusdar Graterol (Twins), Bryan Mata (Red Sox), Bryan Reynolds (Pirates), Bryse Wilson (Braves), Carter Kieboom (Nationals), Cedric Mullins (Orioles), Chris Paddack (Padres), Chris Rodriguez (Angels), Chris Shaw (Giants), Christian Arroyo (Rays), Christian Pache (Braves), Christin Stewart (Tigers), Cody Sedlock (Orioles), Cole Ragans (Rangers), Cole Tucker (Pirates), Colton Welker (Rockies), D.J. Stewart (Orioles), D.L. Hall (Orioles), Dan Vogelbach (Mariners), Daniel Johnson (Nationals).
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Kevin Maitan (Angels), Kevin Newman (Pirates), Khalil Lee (Royals), Leody Taveras (Rangers), Logan Allen (Padres), Lolo Sanchez (Pirates), Lourdes Gurriel (Blue Jays), Lucas Erceg (Brewers), Luis Escobar (Pirates), Luis Garcia (Nationals), Luis Medina (Yankees), Luis Ortiz (Brewers), Marcus Wilson (D-backs), Mason Martin (Pirates), Matt Sauer (Yankees), Max Schrock (Athletics), Mickey Moniak (Phillies), Mitch Longo (Indians), Nick Neidert (Marlins), Nick Pratto (Royals), Nolan Jones (Indians), Patrick Weigel (Braves), Pavin Smith (D-backs), Peter Alonso (Mets), Peter Lambert (Rockies), Randy Arozarena (Cardinals), Ranger Suarez (Phillies), Raudy Read (Nationals), Ronaldo Hernandez (Rays), Ronny Mauricio (Mets), Sean Murphy (Athletics), Seuly Matias (Royals), Shane Baz (Pirates), Shane Bieber (Indians), Shed Long (Reds), Tanner Houck (Red Sox), Tanner Scott (Orioles), Taylor Hearn (Nationals), Thairo Estrada (Yankees), Thomas Hatch (Cubs), Thomas Szapucki (Mets), Touki Toussaint (Braves), Trent Grisham (Brewers), Trevor Rogers (Marlins), Tyler Beede (Giants), Victor Caratini (Cubs), Vidal Brujan (Rays), Vladimir Gutierrez (Reds), Will Smith (Dodgers), Yadier Alvarez (Dodgers), Yu-Cheng Chang (Indians), Yusniel Diaz (Dodgers), Zack Collins (White Sox), Zack Granite (Twins).