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Each winter, the baseball publishers from the Scout.com network get together and hash out the top prospects in the game. Not only do they analyze their respective team's prospects, but they consider just how their team's prospects rank against the best from other clubs. After all, the Scout.com publishers are at games all over the country, watching not just their players, but keeping an eye on the competition. That knowledge goes into building the most comprehensive list of prospects that baseball fans will find; The Scout.com Top 300 Prospects list.
So, who made the elite part of the rankings this year? Who's in the Top 100?
Prospects by League
Prospects by Division
Prospects by Team
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||4|
|New York Yankees||4|
|San Diego Padres||4|
|San Francisco Giants||4|
|St. Louis Cardinals||4|
|Tampa Bay Rays||4|
|Boston Red Sox||3|
|Kansas City Royals||3|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||3|
|Toronto Blue Jays||3|
|Chicago White Sox||2|
|New York Mets||2|
Prospects by Position
At the top, there are few surprises. While the big prospect name during the winter was Baltimore's Matt Wieters, Tampa Bay's David Price came out on top. "Fresh off a sterling postseason performance, Price is a lock to crack the Rays rotation in spring training," said RaysDigest.com's Tyler Hissey. The big left-hander made his major league debut last season, but still qualifies for Rookie of the Year honors and will likely fight it out with Baltimore's Wieters, who is set to take over behind the plate for the Orioles.
Price and Wieters finished just ahead of the Detroit Tigers' Rick Porcello, who went from being a high school pitcher to Detroit's High-A team in Lakeland and wound up leading the Florida State League with a 2.66 ERA. The highest ranked National League prospect is Tommy Hanson from the Atlanta Braves, who will be battling for a spot on the club's rotation.
While the American League took six of the top seven prospect spots, the overall ranking between the two leagues came out pretty close, with 49 of the prospects coming from the American League and 51 coming from National League clubs.
With teams always looking for pitching, the good news is that there are 44 young pitchers (13 left-handed, 31 right-handed) among the top 100 prospects. As for position players, outfielders, of course, led the way with 20 prospects, while there was just one second base prospect - Oakland's Adrian Cardenas - among the top 300.
As for new arrivals, the highest ranking arrival was 14th ranked Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz, who the Orioles drafted with the fourth overall pick in last year's draft. Also from last year's draft, first overall pick Tim Beckham (Tampa Bay) ranked 21st, second pick Pedro Alvarez (Pittsburgh) ranked 19th, third overall pick Eric Hosmer (Kansas City) ranked 43rd and fifth overall pick Buster Posey (San Francisco) ranked 26th.
And finally, while there is no "Mr. Irrelevant" on this list, the distinction of being the final name on the list goes to the Phillies J.A. Happ. The right-hander is the third ranked prospect in the Phillies organization coming into 2009 and has himself squarely in position to win the battle for the fifth spot in the Phillies rotation.
If you want to find out more about the Top 100 players on the list, be sure to take advantage of our Top 100 Database, where you'll find a complete list of the Top 100 prospects and more information on each of the players.
And for the full list of the Top 300 Prospects, look for the Scout.com Prospect Guide. The guide not only presents the rest of the list, but also gives readers insight about the top players, sleepers and players in each of the 30 major league clubs' organizations. Plus, this year's Prospect Guide also includes the FOXSports.com Fantasy Guide, ranked by many as the best fantasy baseball publication around.
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