FanGraphs Top 100 Prospects

The Top 10 lists are in the can – see the site’s main page if you missed your favorite team’s list – so it’s time to rank the Top 100 prospects. Click on each player’s name to visit their player pages and you can also follow a link to each player’s 2011 prospect scouting report (found in the Top 10 lists).

I’ll also be hosting a chat later today at noon eastern, so please feel free to submit a question or comment.

100-80

100. Austin Romine | Catcher | New York AL
99. Yorman Rodriguez | Outfielder | Cincinnati
98. Mark Rogers | RHP | Milwaukee
97. Chris Carpenter | RHP | Chicago NL
96. Alex Wimmers | RHP | Minnesota
95. Brent Morel | Third base | Chicago AL
94. Carlos Matias | RHP | St. Louis
93. Joe Kelly | RHP | St. Louis
92. Tyler Skaggs | LHP | Arizona
91. Trevor May | RHP | Philadelphia
90. Luis Heredia | RHP | Pittsburgh
89. Zach Lee | RHP | Los Angeles NL
88. Arodys Vizcaino | RHP | Atlanta
87. Tanner Scheppers | RHP | Texas
86. Chris Carter | First base | Oakland
85. Tyler Chatwood | RHP | Los Angeles AL
84. Yonder Alonso | First base | Cincinnati
83. Chris Colon | Shortstop | Kansas City
82. Drew Pomeranz | LHP | Cleveland
81. Wilin Rosario | Catcher | Colorado

61-80

80. Jared Mitchell | Outfielder | Chicago AL
79. Carlos Perez | Catcher | Toronto
78. Craig Kimbrel | RHP | Atlanta
77. Stetson Allie | RHP | Pittsburgh
76. Yasmani Grandal | Catcher | Cincinnati
75. Deck McGuire | RHP | Toronto
74. Jake McGee | LHP | Tampa Bay
73. Anthony Ranaudo | RHP | Boston
72. Anthony Rizzo | First base | San Diego
71. Drake Britton | LHP | Boston
70. Jason Kipnis | Second base | Cleveland
69. Nick Castellanos | Third base | Detroit
68. Zack Cox | Third base | St. Louis
67. Matt Dominguez | Third base | Florida
66. Tony Sanchez | Catcher | Pittsburgh
65. Billy Hamilton | Shortstop | Cincinnati
64. Jordan Lyles | RHP | Houston
63. Aaron Miller | LHP | Los Angeles NL
62. Nolan Arenado | Third base | Colorado
61. Matt Davidson | Third base | Arizona

41-60

60. J.P. Arencibia | Catcher | Toronto
59. Grant Green | Shortstop | Oakland
58. Nick Franklin | Shortstop | Seattle
57. Dellin Betances | RHP | New York AL
56. Trey McNutt | RHP | Chicago NL
55. Alex White | RHP | Cleveland
54. Simon Castro | RHP | San Diego
53. Jose Iglesias | Shortstop | Boston
52. Brett Jackson | Outfielder | Chicago NL
51. Jean Segura | Second base | Los Angeles AL
50. Brody Colvin | RHP | Philadelphia
49. Jarred Cosart | RHP | Philadelphia
48. Jake Odorizzi | RHP | Kansas City
47. Wilmer Flores | Shortstop | New York NL
46. Miguel Sano | 3B/SS | Minnesota
45. Danny Duffy | LHP | Kansas City
44. Aaron Hicks | Outfielder | Minnesota
43. Derek Norris | Catcher | Washington
42. Devin Mesoraco | Catcher | Cincinnati
41. Randall Delgado | RHP | Atlanta

21-40

40. Gary Sanchez | Catcher | New York AL
39. Kyle Gibson | RHP | Minnesota
38. Jonathan Singleton | First base | Philadelphia
37. Lonnie Chisenhall | Third base | Cleveland
36. Chris Archer | RHP | Tampa Bay
35. Dee Gordon | Shortstop | Los Angeles NL
34. Brett Lawrie | 2B/3B | Toronto
33. Zack Wheeler | RHP | San Francisco
32. Jarrod Parker | RHP | Arizona
31. Martin Perez | LHP | Texas
30. Casey Kelly | RHP | San Diego
29. Mike Minor | LHP | Atlanta
28. Tyler Matzek | LHP | Colorado
27. Jurickson Profar | SS | Texas
26. Chris Sale | LHP | Chicago AL
25. Kyle Drabek | RHP | Toronto
24. Desmond Jennings | Outfielder | Tampa Bay
23. John Lamb | LHP | Kansas City
22. Jacob Turner | RHP | Detroit
21. Mike Montgomery | LHP | Kansas City

1-20

20. Freddie Freeman | First base | Atlanta
19. Jameson Taillon | RHP | Pittsburgh
18. Manny Banuelos | LHP | New York AL
17. Dustin Ackley | Second base | Seattle
16. Brandon Belt | First base | San Francisco
15. Michael Pineda | RHP | Seattle
14. Shelby Miller | RHP | St. Louis
13. Manny Machado | SS | Baltimore
12. Zach Britton | LHP | Baltimore
11. Matt Moore | LHP | Tampa Bay
10. Wil Myers | Outfielder | Kansas City
9. Aroldis Chapman | LHP | Cincinnati
8. Eric Hosmer | First base | Kansas City
7. Mike Moustakas | Third base | Kansas City
6. Julio Teheran | RHP | Atlanta
5. Jesus Montero | Catcher | New York AL
4. Domonic Brown | Outfielder | Philadelphia
3. Jeremy Hellickson | RHP | Tampa Bay
2. Bryce Harper | Outfielder | Washington
1. Mike Trout | Outfielder | Los Angeles AL



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Marc Hulet has been writing at FanGraphs since 2008. His work focuses on prospects, depth charts and fantasy. Follow him on Twitter @marchulet.


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Jay
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Jay
5 years 3 months ago

So Gary Sanchez was the Yankees #2 prospect but was #40 overall. Banuelos was Yankees #3 prospect but is #18 overall? was this a product of the last three weeks’ games?

Call
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Call
5 years 3 months ago

No, it’s a product of FG’s prospect coverage being a running joke.

Jonathan
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Jonathan
5 years 3 months ago

It’s actually a product of different people compiling each rating list. Reed did the Yanks and Hulet did the top 100.

Padresfan
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Padresfan
5 years 3 months ago

I have #’s 98, 72, 41, 30, and am closing in on # 3 not to mention I have Brett Wallace in my extreme keeper league! Rogers was cut and I snagged him up!

Matt
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Matt
5 years 3 months ago

Assuming there are 50+ teams in your league, you are probably middle of the pack at best.

Telo
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Telo
5 years 3 months ago

That sounds very extreme.

Ray
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Ray
5 years 3 months ago

Yeah, that’s gotta be a monster league for those to be good mL keepers. I have #2-4, 7, 17 and 24 in a 12-team dynasty league, pretty psyched about it. Should have also had Pineda (15) but screwed the pooch on that one.

223
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223
5 years 3 months ago

It is a 30 man league and HEllickson will be mine. My rotation currently is led by King Felix and Tim Hudson. It is unique… thefranchiseleague.com

Padresfan
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Padresfan
5 years 3 months ago

Morel and Delgado need to be higher

MattZ
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MattZ
5 years 3 months ago

Agreed on Morel (not sure about Delgado). I know he doesn’t have a huge upside, but he’s a sure bet to be a major league caliber player, which counts for something.

Matt
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Matt
5 years 3 months ago

Is it Carlos Matias or Carlos Martinez? I’ve seen it both ways so I’m wondering which one it is. Baseball America has Martinez.

cpebbles
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cpebbles
5 years 3 months ago

Was Matias, is now Martinez officially.

RC
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RC
5 years 3 months ago

Casey Kelly doesn’t belong to the Red Sox.

Rich
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Rich
5 years 3 months ago

Last time I checked Casey Kelly was now a San Diego prospect not a Boston one.

grandbranyan
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grandbranyan
5 years 3 months ago

Unfortunately Padres prospects are not valued as highly as Red Sox prospects so that will probably cost him a few spots in the rankings.

mattymatty2000
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5 years 3 months ago

Take a look at who the two teams have graduated to the major league level over the last ten years and you may get some inkling as to why that might be.

greenfrog
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greenfrog
5 years 3 months ago

Marc, how close were Hechavarria, Gose, Stewart, d’Arnaud and Sanchez? The Jays seem to have a number of guys who could break into the top 100 next year.

Grant
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Grant
5 years 3 months ago

Yeah, where the heck is Zach Stewart? Seems to be a consensus amongst most scouts that he is easily in the top 100.

Jmits90
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5 years 3 months ago

Stewart is already old in prospect terms and many think he will be a reliever. This list is also pro- Jay with Perez and McGuire in it.

Alan
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Alan
5 years 3 months ago

No 20-way tie for 5th?

Tom
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Tom
5 years 3 months ago

Great list. I know a lot of work goes into these so you never want to nit-pick; that said, Manny Banuelos is a lefty.

algionfriddo
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algionfriddo
5 years 3 months ago

Mike Minor?

algionfriddo
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algionfriddo
5 years 3 months ago

Of course I spotted 5 seconds after I posted.

Nik
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Nik
5 years 3 months ago

Nice to see 4 Phils in top 50!

Randy
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Randy
5 years 3 months ago

Thanks for sliding Mark Rogers into the top 100. Brewersnation needed that. Between Rogers at #98 and a few Brewers making the joy squad, I feel like this may be the only website that realizes the Brewers still have a minor league system after the offseason deals.

Mark Rogers
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Mark Rogers
5 years 3 months ago

I am flattered but I deserve to be top 100.

mike
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mike
5 years 3 months ago

actually Klaw has Zach Stewart at 44 in his top 100. He does state the issue with him potentially becoming a reliever (though KLAW doesn’t see it as likely) and does suggest that his fastball has significant enough movement that Stewart needs to control it better to avoid walks.

Nonetheless it is not unreasonable to leave him out if you think he is a reliever nor unreasonable to ask why one didn’t put him in seeing some suggest he has #2 quality potential and probably ends up in the Majors this year.

greenfrog
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greenfrog
5 years 3 months ago

I agree, it’s not unreasonable to leave Stewart off the list. To make it as a starter he’s going to need a more effective third pitch (in addition to his sinker and slider). It also sounds as though he needs to improve his command a bit more. Plus, he’s a bit older than most top-100 starting pitching prospects.

He strikes me as someone who could become a useful #3/4 workhorse if he develops a bit more, or an average to above-average reliever if he doesn’t. I like that Law is high on him, but he’s generally ranked much lower on or absent from most top-100 lists.

JayTeam
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JayTeam
5 years 3 months ago

Sometimes a lot depends on when scouts or evaluators see a prospect. Anyone who only saw Stewart early last year when he was struggling would have a much lower opinion of him than Law who saw him at his best in the playoffs.Law saw a FB with sink and tail that reached 96, control of his out-pitch slider, a good, much improved change and a fringy curve. The fact he has 4 pitches makes him starter material.

Barkey Walker
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Barkey Walker
5 years 3 months ago

At what point is Hicks too old to be a top prospect? He has been playing single A ball for 3 years and is 21 (22 in October). Also, is Miguel Sano someone who could be called up if Casilla doesn’t pan out?

grandbranyan
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grandbranyan
5 years 3 months ago

Actually, he has been playing A ball for 2 years, and has yet to even begin his third.

Vision
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Vision
5 years 3 months ago

I think you have Matzek much too high, but I know he has potential if his stuff comes back.

Interesting list, thanks for all the hard work that went into it.

DbacksSkins
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5 years 3 months ago

Parker at 32, Davidson at 61, and Skaggs at 92?

Even though the Dbacks’ Top-10 list goes Parker, Skaggs, Davidson?

Andrew T. Fisher
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5 years 3 months ago

Written by different people, I think

obsessivegiantscompulsive
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5 years 3 months ago

Wow, I think you have Belt and Wheeler highest among the Top 100’s I’ve seen. What makes you think Wheeler is 33rd, rather than 50-75 as others have placed him?

Also, was Gary Brown close to making the list or not? Why didn’t he make the list (not that I expected you to rank him that high, just more what you thought he was lacking)?

Bardin
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Bardin
5 years 3 months ago

Aaron Miller at #62? That has got to be a typo, or something. He’s number 8 on the Dodgers list, and your comments about him aren’t too hopeful. No other site has Miller even close to this highly rated. I’m going to assume Rubby De La Rosa was the player who was supposed to go there.

Dan
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Dan
5 years 3 months ago

Jurickson Profar is way too high on this list. I don’t care how much upside the kid has, he’s 18 and played short season ball last year.

Wil Myers is also way too high, even though BA has him around #10 too. This ranking is almost based on the assumption that he’s going to have a monster year in AA in 2011. Let’s wait and see him put up that year first before declaring him a Top 10 prospect.

M J
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M J
5 years 3 months ago

Wil Myers is not too high at all. He may be the best hitter on the list. Wilin Rosario is WAY TOO LOW.

WPSN
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5 years 3 months ago

Funny that 3 guys in the 61-100 range are either starting or on their team’s 25 man roster.

Dan
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Dan
5 years 3 months ago

#95 is a starter too.

Dixon
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Dixon
5 years 3 months ago

ATL – #’s 6, 20, 29, 41, 78, 88
TOR – #;s 25, 34, 60, 75, 79, ?

I know you said Toronto has more depth or more prospects at premium positions or whatever…..but two prospects ranked higher than Toronto’s best, and all top 6 better than Torontos top 6……but Toronto has the better future talent? It would be really hard for the rest of Torontos prospects to be that much better than Atlantas to make up the difference here so ranking Toronto #3 really makes no sense to me

Pachoo
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Pachoo
5 years 3 months ago

Yeah, I still don’t understand how the Jay’s farm can be ranked ahead of the Brave’s.

TtD
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TtD
5 years 3 months ago

Marc would confirm butI guess the general arguement is that the Jays have the 2nd deepest farm system after the Royals, and while the Rays upside has the system beat overall the shear depth of the Jays out does any other system.

For an idea, between 101 and 200 your probably looking at

D’Arnaud
Stewart
Thames
Alvarez
Sanchez
Syndergaard
Hechavarria
Wojchiechowski
Marisnick
Gose

in most lists

and possibly the likes of Hutchinson, Cardona and Knecht just outside the 200. The system is about 35-40 deep in interesting C- or higher talent, which is a damn scary thought with all the draft picks they have this year to add to that. The Braves have an awesome system with some great can’t miss talent but all lists i’ve seen have them at about 20-25 really interesting prospects, and then you hit the #4 starter/utility types.

Kevin
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Kevin
5 years 3 months ago

i dont think this list is the bible of prospect rankings. most other outlets have the jays in the top 5 tho, so i’m inclined to go with them.

greenfrog
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greenfrog
5 years 3 months ago

As a Jays fan, I’m happy with the improved farm system, but let’s face it – prospects ranked #101 – 200 generally aren’t going to win you a lot of championships.

The_Beard
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The_Beard
5 years 3 months ago

Yes Barkey, Miguel Sano is a candidate to be called up to replace Casilla.

In 2017.

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