Composite Top Prospect List

As an extreme prospect nerd, the months leading into the season is always one of my favorite times of year. Prospect ranking is extremely subjective, perhaps more of an art than a science, so it’s no big surprise that rankings often differ quite greatly from one another. While there is usually a bit of consensus at the top, the further you get down a list the more variety you tend to see. That is why every offseason I attempt to combine the available prospect lists to create a composite ranking. This offseason was no different. Among the lists included are everyone’s favorite Baseball Prospectus (after all, I am a company man), along with lists from Baseball America, MLB Pipeline, ESPN, Bernie Pleskoff at Fanrag Sports and John Sickels at Minor League Ball. Lists to be released later in the offseason that will be included in an update are 2080 Baseball and Fangraphs.

The methodology behind the composite list is quite simple. I took the lists and assigned point values for each ranking. Because the largest list was 200 prospects deep, the top prospect in each list got 200 points. The values continued to decrease until the end of the list. I then added up all of those points to create a combined score for each prospect and ranked them from highest point total to lowest.

Without further adieu, here is your composite top prospect list, all 213 of them:

  1. Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox, OF
  2. Dansby Swanson, Atlanta Braves, SS
  3. Alex Reyes, St. Louis Cardinals, RHP
  4. Yoan Moncada, Chicago White Sox, 2B
  5. Amed Rosario, New York Mets, SS
  6. Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees, SS
  7. Austin Meadows, Pittsburgh Pirates, OF
  8. Victor Robles, Washington Nationals, OF
  9. JP Crawford, Philadelphia Phillies, SS
  10. Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers, 1B
  11. Eloy Jimenez, Chicago Cubs, OF
  12. Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox, 3B
  13. Brendan Rodgers, Colorado Rockies, SS
  14. Tyler Glasnow, Pittsburgh Pirates, RHP
  15. Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox, RHP
  16. Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves, 2B
  17. Michael Kopech, Chicago White Sox, RHP
  18. Nick Senzel, Cincinnati Reds, 3B
  19. Anderson Espinoza, San Diego Padres, RHP
  20. Willy Adames, Tampa Bay Rays, SS
  21. Lewis Brinson, Milwaukee Brewers, OF
  22. Manny Margot, San Diego Padres, OF
  23. Francis Martes, Houston Astros, RHP
  24. Clint Frazier, New York Yankees, OF
  25. Mitch Keller, Pittsburgh Pirates, RHP
  26. Francisco Mejia, Cleveland Indians, C
  27. Josh Bell, Pittsburgh Pirates, 1B
  28. Mickey Moniak, Philadelphia Phillies, OF
  29. Brent Honeywell, Tampa Bay Rays, RHP
  30. Jason Groome, Boston Red Sox, LHP
  31. Yadier Alvarez, Los Angeles Dodgers, RHP
  32. Josh Hader, Milwaukee Brewers, LHP
  33. Blake Rutherford, New York Yankees, OF
  34. Kyle Tucker, Houston Astros, OF
  35. Corey Ray, Milwaukee Brewers, OF
  36. Franklin Barreto, Oakland Athletics, SS
  37. Kolby Allard, Atlanta Braves, LHP
  38. Nick Gordon, Minnesota Twins, SS
  39. Kyle Lewis, Seattle Mariners, OF
  40. Jorge Alfaro, Philadelphia Phillies, C
  41. Amir Garrett, Cincinnati Reds, LHP
  42. Vlad Guerrero Jr, Toronto Blue Jays, 3B
  43. Reynaldo Lopez, Chicago White Sox, RHP
  44. Jose De Leon, Tampa Bay Rays, RHP
  45. Bradley Zimmer, Cleveland Indians, OF
  46. Braxton Garrett, Miami Marlins, LHP
  47. Tyler O’Neill, Seattle Mariners, OF
  48. Aaron Judge, New York Yankees, OF
  49. Alex Verdugo, Los Angeles Dodgers, OF
  50. Jeff Hoffman, Colorado Rockies, RHP
  51. Jorge Mateo, New York Yankees, SS
  52. Ian Happ, Chicago Cubs, 2B
  53. Hunter Renfroe, San Diego Padres, OF
  54. James Kaprielian, New York Yankees, RHP
  55. Riley Pint, Colorado Rockies, RHP
  56. Triston McKenzie, Cleveland Indians, RHP
  57. Dominic Smith, New York Mets, 1B
  58. Ramiel Tapia, Colorado Rockies, OF
  59. Kevin Newman, Pittsburgh Pirates, SS
  60. Carson Kelly, St. Louis Cardinals, C
  61. Sean Newcomb, Atlanta Braves, LHP
  62. Sean Reid-Foley, Toronto Blue Jays, RHP
  63. Isan Diaz, Milwaukee Brewers, SS
  64. Cal Quantrill, San Diego Padres, RHP
  65. AJ Puk, Oakland Athletics, LHP
  66. Justus Sheffield, New York Yankees, LHP
  67. Leody Taveras, Texas Rangers, OF
  68. Kevin Maitan, Atlanta Braves, SS
  69. Matt Manning, Detroit Tigers, RHP
  70. Zack Collins, Chicago White Sox, C
  71. Anthony Alford, Toronto Blue Jays, OF
  72. Ian Anderson, Atlanta Braves, RHP
  73. Ronald Acuna, Atlanta Braves, OF
  74. Luis Ortiz, Milwaukee Brewers, RHP
  75. Chance Sisco, Baltimore Orioles, C
  76. Erick Fedde, Washington Nationals, RHP
  77. David Paulino, Houston Astros, RHP
  78. Delvin Perez, St. Louis Cardinals, SS
  79. Mike Soroka, Atlanta Braves, RHP
  80. Yohander Mendez, Texas Rangers, LHP
  81. Franklin Perez, Houston Astros, RHP
  82. Albert Almora, Chicago Cubs, OF
  83. Dylan Cease, Chicago Cubs, RHP
  84. Tyler Beede, San Francisco Giants, RHP
  85. Stephen Gonsalves, Minnesota Twins, LHP
  86. Luke Weaver, St. Louis Cardinals, RHP
  87. Robert Gsellman, New York Mets, RHP
  88. Walker Buehler, Los Angeles Dodgers, RHP
  89. Jesse Winker, Cincinnati Reds, OF
  90. Jake Bauers, Tampa Bay Rays, 1B
  91. German Marquez, Colorado Rockies, RHP
  92. Ariel Jurado, Texas Rangers, RHP
  93. Forrest Whitley, Houston Astros, RHP
  94. Matt Chapman, Oakland Athletics, 3B
  95. Willie Calhoun, Los Angeles Dodgers, 2B
  96. Thomas Szapucki, New York Mets, LHP
  97. Grant Holmes, Oakland Athletics, RHP
  98. Alex Kirilloff, Minnesota Twins, OF
  99. Robert Stephenson, Cincinnati Reds, RHP
  100. Brandon Woodruff, Milwaukee Brewers, RHP
  101. Jahmai Jones, Los Angeles Angels, OF
  102. Max Fried, Atlanta Braves, LHP
  103. Adrian Morejon, San Diego Padres, LHP
  104. Carson Fulmer, Chicago White Sox, RHP
  105. Justin Dunn, New York Mets, RHP
  106. Fernando Romero, Minnesota Twins, RHP
  107. Luiz Gohara, Atlanta Braves, LHP
  108. Trevor Clifton, Chicago Cubs, RHP
  109. Richard Urena, Toronto Blue Jays, SS
  110. Bobby Bradley, Cleveland Indians, 1B
  111. Casey Gillaspie, Tampa Bay Rays, 1B
  112. Jharel Cotton, Oakland Athletics, RHP
  113. Trent Clark, Milwaukee Brewers, OF
  114. Lourdes Gurriel, Toronto Blue Jays, 2B
  115. Juan Soto, Washington Nationals, OF
  116. Albert Abreu, New York Yankees, RHP
  117. Sandy Alcantara, St. Louis Cardinals, RHP
  118. Tyler Jay, Minnesota Twins, LHP
  119. Christian Arroyo, San Francisco Giants, 3B
  120. Jack Flaherty, St. Louis Cardinals, RHP
  121. Yusniel Diaz, Los Angeles Dodgers, OF
  122. Anthony Banda, Arizona Diamondbacks, LHP
  123. Ke’Bryan Hayes, Pittsburgh Pirates, 3B
  124. Christin Stewart, Detroit Tigers, OF
  125. Alec Hansen, Chicago White Sox, RHP
  126. Rowdy Tellez, Toronto Blue Jays, 1B
  127. Franklyn Kilome, Philadelphia Phillies, RHP
  128. Fernando Tatis Jr, San Diego Padres, SS
  129. Derek Fisher, Houston Astros, OF
  130. Nick Williams, Philadelphia Phillies, OF
  131. Cody Reed, Cincinnati Reds, LHP
  132. Sixto Sanchez, Philadelphia Phillies, RHP
  133. Lucas Erceg, Milwaukee Brewers, 3B
  134. AJ Reed, Houston Astros, 1B
  135. Brett Phillips, Milwaukee Brewers, OF
  136. Brady Aiken, Cleveland Indians, LHP
  137. Chance Adams, New York Yankees, RHP
  138. Domingo Acevedo, New York Yankees, RHP
  139. Yulieski Gurriel, Houston Astros, 3B
  140. Frankie Montas, Oakland Athletics, RHP
  141. Kohl Stewart, Minnesota Twins, RHP
  142. Jeimer Candelario, Chicago Cubs, 3B
  143. Adonis Medina, Philadelphia Phillies, RHP
  144. Luis Castillo, Cincinnati Reds, RHP
  145. Tom Murphy, Colorado Rockies, C
  146. Anderson Tejeda, Texas Rangers, SS
  147. Josh Staumont, Kansas City Royals, RHP
  148. Sam Travis, Boston Red Sox, 1B
  149. Andrew Toles, Los Angeles Dodgers, OF
  150. Tyler Wade, New York Yankees, SS
  151. Hunter Dozier, Kansas City Royals, OF
  152. Harrison Bader, St. Louis Cardinals, OF
  153. Roman Quinn, Philadelphia Phillies, OF
  154. Dakota Hudson, St. Louis Cardinals, RHP
  155. Mauricio Dubon, Milwaukee Brewers, SS
  156. Cody Sedlock, Baltimore Orioles, RHP
  157. Magneuris Sierra, St. Louis Cardinals, OF
  158. Touki Touissaint, Atlanta Braves, RHP
  159. Phil Bickford, Milwaukee Brewers, RHP
  160. Andy Ibanez, Texas Rangers, 2B
  161. Zack Burdi, Chicago White Sox, RHP
  162. Rob Kaminsky, Cleveland Indians, LHP
  163. Dane Dunning, Chicago White Sox, RHP
  164. Greg Allen, Cleveland Indians, OF
  165. Domingo Leyba, Arizona Diamondbacks, SS
  166. Oscar De La Cruz, Chicago Cubs, RHP
  167. Jordan Sheffield, Los Angeles Dodgers, RHP
  168. Matt Strahm, Kansas City Royals, LHP
  169. Matt Thaiss, Los Angeles Angels, 1B
  170. Ryan McMahon, Colorado Rockies, 3B
  171. Juan Hillman, Cleveland Indians, LHP
  172. Jacob Nix, San Diego Padres, RHP
  173. Austin Riley, Atlanta Braves, 3B
  174. Luis Urias, San Diego Padres, 2B
  175. Daniel Gossett, Oakland Athletics, RHP
  176. Dinelson Lamet, San Diego Padres, RHP
  177. Eric Lauer, San Diego Padres, LHP
  178. Joey Wentz, Atlanta Braves, LHP
  179. Brandon Nimmo, New York Mets, OF
  180. Ramon Laureano, Houston Astros, OF
  181. Chih-Wei-Wei Hu, Tampa Bay Rays, RHP
  182. Desmond Lindsay, New York Mets, OF
  183. Gavin Cecchini, New York Mets, SS
  184. Jacob Faria, Tampa Bay Rays, RHP
  185. Nick Neidert, Seattle Mariners, RHP
  186. Jon Harris, Toronto Blue Jays, RHP
  187. Dan Vogelbach, Seattle Mariners, 1B
  188. Bryan Reynolds, San Francisco Giants, OF
  189. Teoscar Hernandez, Houston Astros, OF
  190. Ty Blach, San Francisco Giants, LHP
  191. Jaime Schultz, Tampa Bay Rays, RHP
  192. Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies, 1B
  193. Shed Long, Cincinnati Reds. 2B
  194. Andrew Suarez, San Francisco Giants, LHP
  195. Brock Stewart, Los Angeles Dodgers, RHP
  196. Trey Mancini, Baltimore Orioles, 1B
  197. Matt Olson, Oakland Athletics, 1B
  198. Marcos Diplan, Milwaukee Brewers, RHP
  199. Cristian Pache, Atlanta Braves, OF
  200. Yu-Cheng Chang, Cleveland Indians, SS
  201. Lewin Diaz, Minnesota Twins, 1B
  202. Jesus Sanchez, Tampa Bay Rays, OF
  203. Max Povse, Seattle Mariners, RHP
  204. Renato Nunez, Oakland Athletics, 3B
  205. Daniel Robertson, Tampa Bay Rays, SS
  206. Paul DeJong, St. Louis Cardinals, 3B
  207. Mark Zagunis, Chicago Cubs, OF
  208. Taylor Clarke, Arizona Diamondbacks, RHP
  209. Steven Okert, San Francisco Giants, LHP
  210. Keibert Ruiz, Los Angeles Dodgers, C
  211. Joshua Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays, 3B
  212. Nolan Jones, Cleveland Indians, 3B
  213. Dawel Lugo, Arizona Diamondbacks, 3B

As you see, the list is 213 prospects long. Need a breather after reading it? Now if you want more information on any of these prospects, the lists that I linked earlier in the post often include at the very least a brief scouting report on each guy. Along with putting together a full lists of prospects to be named on at least one list, I also broke things down a bit for you.

First up we have the list broken down by position:

Right-handed pitcher: 73
Outfield: 46
Left-handed pitcher: 26
Shortstop: 22
Third base: 16
First base: 16
Second base: 8
Catcher: 7

Pitchers make upĀ almostĀ half of the list at 99 total players, while catchers have the fewest number of prospects to crack the top 213 prospects at seven.

The other interesting way to break down the list is by team. Now this certainly won’t be a complete proxy of how good a farm system is, it does give a good idea at how deep each farm system is. With minor league development oftentimes being a numbers game (especially for the non-elite prospects), having more guys who project to have a major league ceiling can certainly be helpful. Here is the top 213 prospects broken down by team:

Atlanta Braves: 14
Milwaukee Brewers: 12
New York Yankees: 11
Tampa Bay Rays: 11
Cleveland Indians: 10
Houston Astros: 10
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Diego Padres: 10
St. Louis Cardinals: 10
Chicago White Sox: 9
Oakland Athletics: 9
Philadelphia Phillies: 9
Chicago Cubs: 8
New York Mets: 8
Cincinnati Reds: 7
Colorado Rockies: 7
Minnesota Twins: 7
Toronto Blue Jays: 7
Pittsburgh Pirates: 6
San Francisco Giants: 6
Seattle Mariners: 5
Texas Rangers: 5
Arizona Diamondbacks: 4
Boston Red Sox: 4
Baltimore Orioles: 3
Kansas City Royals: 3
Washington Nationals: 3
Detroit Tigers: 2
Los Angeles Angels: 2
Miami Marlins: 1

And there you have it, folks. The Atlanta Braves come in with the most prospects at 14, while the Miami Marlins only placed a single prospect (Congratulations, Braxton Garrett!) in the top 213 prospects in baseball. Look for an update to this list sometime in late March once the rest of the lists are released, and also look for a Cubs-themed breakdown of this list on BP Wrigleyville as well.

Lead photo courtesy Mark J. Rebilas—USA Today Sports

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