Want To Be An All-Star? Be A Top Prospect

National League Highest Top 100 Rank
Ben Zobrist NR
Bryce Harper 1 (2012)
Kris Bryant 1 (2015)
Wil Myers 4 (2013)
Buster Posey 7 (2010)
Anthony Rizzo 47 (2012)
Marcel Ozuna 75 (2013)
Carlos Gonzalez 18 (2007)
Addison Russell 3 (2015)
Johnny Cueto 34 (2008)
American League Highest Top 100 Rank
Jose Altuve NR
Mike Trout 2 (2011)
Manny Machado 11 (2012)
David Ortiz NR
Xander Bogaerts 2 (2014)
Eric Hosmer 8 (2011)
Mookie Betts 75 (2014)
Salvador Perez NR
Jackie Bradley 31 (2013)
Chris Sale 20 (2011)

Any game that features Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and Kris Bryant is a must-watch. But as David Ortiz 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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