With Monday came the last of the major top 100 lists, as Baseball Prospectus and Jason Parks released their top 101 prospects list. The top 10 didn't really give any surprises:
You can find the whole list here, along with Jason's chat about the list here To be honest, I wasn't exactly sure what this might look like given that this was Parks' first year releasing a top 100 list now that Kevin Goldstein has moved into the Astros' front office, but I am very impressed. Parks' caveat on the list is that it was completed for the BP Annual, which releases tomorrow, and as a result was compiled in January.
Here are some things that stood out to me about the list:
- I really like the aggressive ranking of Gausman at 13 overall, and the more I read about him, the more I believe he could get to the Majors at the same time as Dylan Bundy.
- The ranking of Austin Hedges at #19 was aggressive, but given that it sounds like his offense might catch up to his defense (which is by all accounts ready to go despite being just 19 years old), he could be a monster for both the Padres and fantasy owners.
- Love me some Addison Russell, but this has already been pretty well established. Clearly, Parks does as well, given the #22 ranking, and the fact that he mentioned in the chat the possibility that Russell could be the top prospect overall this time next year made me do a double take when I was reading it.
- I thought it was interesting that he ranked Arodys Vizcaino at 54 and then mentioned that he thought he would be a reliever long term in the chat.
- The fact that Adalberto Mondesi was ranked at all jumped off the page. Seeing him in the top 60 overall screamed from the top of the building and is easily the most aggressive ranking of him yet. I've been a fan since I have started to hear about him, and am really looking forward to seeing what he could do this year.
- I was honestly a bit surprised to see Michael Choice still in the top 100. He saw some game action in Sunday's Spring Training game, and I'm hoping to see him a few times this year here in Sacramento.
- Christian Bethancourt at #93 speaks entirely to me that his defense may be able to carry him no matter how bad his bat is. Hopefully the Braves give him an assignment this year that allows him to succeed at the plate in addition to behind it.