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National LeagueHighest Top 100 Rank
Ben ZobristNR
Bryce Harper1 (2012)
Kris Bryant1 (2015)
Wil Myers4 (2013)
Buster Posey7 (2010)
Anthony Rizzo47 (2012)
Marcel Ozuna75 (2013)
Carlos Gonzalez18 (2007)
Addison Russell3 (2015)
Johnny Cueto34 (2008)
American LeagueHighest Top 100 Rank
Jose AltuveNR
Mike Trout2 (2011)
Manny Machado11 (2012)
David OrtizNR
Xander Bogaerts2 (2014)
Eric Hosmer8 (2011)
Mookie Betts75 (2014)
Salvador PerezNR
Jackie Bradley31 (2013)
Chris Sale20 (2011)
Any game that features Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and Kris Bryant is a must-watch. But as David Ortiz
Eric Hosmer (Photo By Mark Cunningham MLB Photos Via Getty Images)

Trade Central: Padres Send Eric Hosmer, Two Prospects To Red Sox

After trading away seven of their top 11 prospects to acquire Josh Hader, Juan Soto, Josh Bell and Brandon Drury, the Padres had to send away more prospects to unload Eric Hosmer’s contract.

was pulled for a pinch-runner at the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday so that the crowd could give the retiring star the standing ovation he deserved, a home run by Bryant and a line drive double by Harper hit with such violence that it barely seemed to slow as it hit the outfield grass, were good reminders that the game is in good hands. It's also a good chance to look at where the game's best players come from. Yes, the All-Star starting lineup is not a perfect analog for the best players in the game—voting matters, so right now it helps to be a Cub. But it is a good snapshot of who are the best players around. And most of the starters in the All-Star Game were considered among the best prospects in the game not that long ago. Of the 20 starters, only four never ranked in a Baseball America Top 100 Prospects list. More than half (11) ranked among the top 20 prospects in the game, eight ranked in the top 10 at least once and six ranked in the top five. What's also notable is how young the starting lineups are. Only four players in the all-star starting lineups made their big league debuts last decade. The game is getting younger and more talented.

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