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Prospect Rankings Discussion: A Quick Look at Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects List

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We were lucky enough to receive another top 100 list today, this time from the guys over at Baseball America. Their list is the only one so far that comes from a group of experts, as opposed to one specific expert. Their list is also a little bit different in that they ranked both Yu Darvish, and Yoenis Cespedes, since both had signed when they prepared their list. You can find the whole list here, and here's their top 10:

1. Bryce Harper, WAS

2. Matt Moore, TAM

3. Mike Trout, LAA

4. Yu Darvish, TEX

5. Julio Teheran, ATL

6. Jesus Montero, SEA

7. Jurickson Profar, TEX

8. Shelby Miller, STL

9. Trevor Bauer, ARI

10. Dylan Bundy, BAL

  • Cespedes ranked at #14 for them, which seems like it is in line with some of the other experts. That makes him the #3 outfielder on their list overall as well.
  • Over at 3B, they have them ranked Sano, Rendon, Arenado, and then Olt. There's also a huge gap for them between Sano/Rendon and Arenado/Olt, which I personally don't know if I'd agree with the size of the gap.
  • BA seems a bit more in line with the industry it seems on Hak-Ju Lee, that he's a solid prospect, but not elite quite yet.
  • In the ongoing debate between Anthony Gose and Jake Marisnick, BA prefers Gose (39) over Marisnick (67) by a pretty solid margin.
  • Something they mentioned on their podcast for the top 100 was just how strong the AL West clubs were, especially the Rangers. I hadn't really paid a ton of attention to it to this point, but there's a lot of highly ranked prospects in that division.
  • I'm not sure I believe some of the ETAs that they provided, with Profar and Machado in 2013 and Sano in 2014. I tend to be a bit more conservative with ETAs, so that could be why.
  • Matt Szczur really needs to have a big year this year to justify some of the rankings he's been receiving, and while it's possible, I'm not sold just yet.
  • BA's list is the first time I've seen Christian Villanueva on a top 100, and I'll have to look into him a bit.

See someone specifically you think was ranked too highly or too lowly on the list? Think someone else should have broken into the top 10? Start the discussion below.

Keeping with previous lists, here's the "best lineup" based on their rankings:

C - Jesus Montero

1B - Yonder Alonso

2B - Nick Franklin*

3B - Miguel Sano

SS - Jurickson Profar

LF - Yoenis Cespedes

CF - Mike Trout

RF - Bryce Harper

DH - Manny Machado

SP1 - Matt Moore

SP2 - Yu Darvish

SP3 - Julio Teheran

SP4 - Shelby Miller

SP5 - Trevor Bauer

CL - Addison Reed

* - BA listed Franklin as a SS/2B. The top 2B only prospect on their list was Cory Spangenberg of the Padres.