An uber top 100 (and then some)

So, the prospect ranking season has come and gone. Obviously, it continues all year as prospects on various rankings either live up to, exceed or fail to meet expectations. Over on our Prospect Watch, we will update lists especially as players “graduate” off of them (when they get past rookie status levels).

By now, though, most, if not all, of the big prospect watchers have put out their lists. It’s always fun to compare and contrast the lists — it’s why we do them in the first place, right? It leads to more conversations and debate.

It seems like there is general agreement on a “Big 4” and I’m honored that people put me on this Prospect Mount Rushmore. The others, in no particular order, are the fine folks at Baseball America, Kevin Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus and ESPN’s Keith Law. You’ll need a subscription to read some of the stuff, but if you’re a junkie, it’s worth it.

That doesn’t mean, by the way, that there aren’t many, many other prospect rankings to digest out there. There’s Project Prospect and John Sickels’ MinorLeagueBall (list coming out today, it seems), just to name a couple more. Seriously, a search for rankings would keep you busy for a long, long time.

For now, though, lets stick to the first four mentioned. What would a combined list of all four of our rankings’ look like? Would it be the most thorough list ever? I started compiling in a spreadsheet a while ago, thinking I’d post this. Before I got around to it, BaseballbyTom beat me to it with a combined Top 50 list, something he called the Frankenlist.

I’m going to go a little further. It’s a simple process really. Average out the placement on all four of our lists and rank according to that average. For simplicity, anyone who didn’t appear on one of our lists got a 101 ranking. I’m not breaking ties, just running the ranking as is (Matt Moore and Bryce Harper have the same average, for example. Moore has two No. 1 rankings, Harper has one. But Moore has one No. 3 ranking and Harper was ranked No. 2 by the other three who didn’t put him first… you decide who’s No. 1 there). In total by count, 138 players made at least one Top 100. While Yu Darvish and Yoenis Cespedes only made it into one list, I included them (BA’s rankings with 101s from the rest of us). Here’s all 138 with their average score:


AVG Name Team POS
1.75 Matt Moore TB LHP
1.75 Bryce Harper WAS OF
2.50 Mike Trout LAA OF
6.25 Jurickson Profar TEX SS
7.00 Shelby Miller STL RHP
7.25 Manny Machado BAL SS
8.00 Julio Teheran ATL RHP
8.50 Jesus Montero SEA C
9.25 Dylan Bundy BAL RHP
10.50 Gerrit Cole PIT RHP
12.50 Trevor Bauer ARI RHP
13.00 Jameson Taillon PIT RHP
15.50 Devin Mesoraco CIN C
16.00 Travis d’Arnaud TOR C
19.00 Taijuan Walker SEA RHP
19.75 Wil Myers KC OF
20.00 Tyler Skaggs ARI LHP
20.25 Jacob Turner DET RHP
20.25 Miguel Sano MIN 3B
20.75 Bubba Starling KC OF
22.25 Anthony Rendon WAS 3B
23.50 Manny Banuelos NYY LHP
25.25 Archie Bradley ARI RHP
25.50 Danny Hultzen SEA LHP
27.50 Nolan Arenado COL 3B
27.50 Carlos Martinez STL RHP
29.00 Martin Perez TEX LHP
30.00 Zack Wheeler NYM RHP
30.25 Francisco Lindor CLE SS
33.25 Drew Pomeranz COL LHP
33.25 Jarrod Parker OAK RHP
38.00 Arodys Vizcaino ATL RHP
38.75 Matt Harvey NYM RHP
39.25 Christian Yelich FLA OF
41.75 Hak Ju-Lee TB SS
42.00 Billy Hamilton CIN SS
43.00 Gary Brown SF OF
48.75 Anthony Rizzo CHI 1B
49.25 Jonathan Singleton HOU 1B
49.50 Brett Jackson CHI OF
50.00 Jake Marisnick TOR OF
50.25 Rymer Liriano SD RHP
51.00 Nick Castellanos DET 3B
51.50 Mike Olt TEX 3B
51.75 Mike Montgomery KC LHP
54.50 Zack Lee LAD RHP
55.25 Jean Segura LAA SS
55.75 Jake Odorizzi KC RHP
55.75 Anthony Gose TOR OF
56.00 Yasmani Grandal CIN C
56.75 Yonder Alonso SD 1B
56.75 Randall Delgado ATL RHP
57.00 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS
57.25 Gary Sanchez NYY C
59.00 Wily Peralta MIL RHP
59.00 Casey Kelly SD RHP
59.25 Jarred Cosart HOU RHP
59.50 A.J. Cole OAK RHP
59.75 Josh Bell PIT OF
59.75 James Paxton SEA LHP
60.25 Starling Marte PIT OF
62.50 Dellin Betances NYY RHP
62.50 Trevor May PHI RHP
62.75 Oscar Taveras STL OF
63.00 George Springer HOU OF
63.75 Michael Choice OAK OF
65.75 Will Middlebrooks BOS 3B
69.00 Brad Peacock OAK RHP
71.00 Javier Baez CHI SS
71.75 Nick Franklin SEA SS
72.75 Mason Williams NYY OF
73.75 Sonny Gray OAK RHP
76.75 Yu Darvish TEX RHP
77.75 Cheslor Cuthbert KC 3B
78.00 Wilin Rosario COL C
79.00 Jedd Gyorko SD 3B
79.25 Yoenis Cespedes OAK OF
79.50 Cory Spangenberg SD 2B
80.25 Garrett Richards LAA RHP
80.50 Chad Bettis COL RHP
81.00 Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B
81.75 Chris Archer TB RHP
82.50 Taylor Jungmann MIL RHP
84.00 Allan Webster LAD RHP
84.75 Eddie Rosario MIN OF
86.00 Addison Reed CWS RHP
86.25 Drew Hutchison TOR RHP
86.25 Luis Heredia PIT RHP
86.50 Nathan Eovaldi LAD RHP
86.50 Joe Ross SD RHP
86.75 Daniel Norris TOR LHP
87.25 Brandon Jacobs BOS OF
88.50 Aaron Hicks MIN OF
89.00 Zack Cox STL 3B
89.00 Robbie Erlin SD LHP
89.25 Daniel Corcino CIN RHP
89.75 Andrelton Simmons ATL SS
91.00 Jesse Biddle PHI LHP
91.00 Robbie Grossman PIT OF
91.75 Bryce Brentz BOS OF
91.75 Matt Szczur CHI OF
92.50 Leonys Martin TEX OF
92.50 Jed Bradley MIL LHP
92.50 Tyrell Jenkins STL RHP
93.00 Matt Adams STL 1B
93.50 Blake Swihart BOS C
94.25 Joe Wieland SD RHP
94.50 Taylor Guerrieri TB RHP
94.50 Neil Ramirez TEX RHP
94.50 Zack Cozart CIN SS
95.25 Jeurys Familia NYM RHP
95.25 Matt Davidson ARI 3B
95.75 Brody Colvin PHI RHP
95.75 Jose Fernandez FLA RHP
95.75 Kolten Wong STL 2B
96.00 John Hellweg LAA RHP
96.25 Drew Smyly DET LHP
96.25 Mikie Mahtook TB OF
96.25 John Lamb KC LHP
96.50 Alex Meyer WAS RHP
96.75 Christian Bethancourt ATL C
96.75 Enny Romero TB LHP
97.00 Oswaldo Arcia MIN OF
97.25 Sammy Solis WAS LHP
97.50 Matt Dominguez FLA 3B
97.50 Noah Syndergaard TOR RHP
97.75 Derek Norris OAK C
97.75 Joe Benson MIN OF
98.25 Ryan Lavarnway BOS C
98.50 Matt Purke WAS LHP
98.75 Tim Beckham TB SS
98.75 Jordan Swagerty STL RHP
99.00 Grant Green OAK OF
99.25 Austin Hedges SD C
99.75 Aaron Sanchez TOR RHP
100.00 Tim Wheeler COL OF
100.25 Francisco Peguero SF OF
100.75 Christian Villanueva TEX 3B






The Cardinals have 8 current prospects in this top 100 sheet- a current 25 man roster pretty much picked to win the Division and extra picks in the 1st round (2) + sandwich picks (3) in this next draft… The future is very bright for Cardinals fans!

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