MLB Pipeline’s brand new Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled to the world on Saturday night on MLB Network along with MLB.com using an abysmal special in 8 pm ET. Many among the list could go on to become among the most important players in his organization’s history. Others definitely won’t pan out.
Below is just a look at the top-ranked prospect in each strategy over the past 1-5 decades. This is a look at pre season list positions, so some of this match’s best prospects will not be listed here. And make certain the newest rankings coming on Saturday will bring in a few new titles for this”best of” list a year from now.
Two teams, the Rays and Twins, have accounted for over 50% of the No. 1 overall prospects in the last decade and a half, so picking one to give attention to for anyone golf clubs wasn’t easy. And a few teams have had more success, rankings-wise, than others, together with just one team yet to have a potential break the top ten.
American League East
Orioles: Matt Wieters, C (No. 2, 2009)
Signed for about $ 6 million since the No. 5 overall selection in 2007, the Georgia Tech product was ranked as Baseball best position-playing potential a couple of decades after and promptly lived up to expectations with an impressive rookie season. He ultimately spent eight seasons in Baltimore, during which he had been a four-time all star, a two time Gold Glove winner and an 18.0-WAR player in general. Dylan Bundy gives the Orioles a second former No. 2 overall prospect (2013).
Red-Sox: Andrew Benintendi, OF (No. 1 in 20 17 )
36 months later hitting one homerun through the injury-marred professional season at Arkansas, Benintendi ranked as the finest prospect in Baseball. In between, he also won the NCAA Division I homerun crown and also the Golden Spikes Award in 2015, proceeded seventh complete in the Draft, reached Boston 1 3 months after turning pro and posted an 1.111 OPS in the 2016 American League Division Series.
Yankees: Gleyber Torres, SS (No. 3 in 20 17 )
Torres had impressed his higher level level bat from the time registering with the Cubs for $1.7 million outside of Venezuela in 2013, but he really increased his profile afterwards Chicago left him the center piece of a trade to Aroldis Chapman in July 2016. While the Cubs stopped their World Series drought with Chapman, a 19-year-old Torres became the youngest MVP and batting winner (.403) in Arizona Fall League history.
Young, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2003 Draft, held that distinction for three straight seasons, the last that saw him finish second in AL ROY voting at age 2 1. Though he never truly lived up to the high expectations ascribed to him as a high Draft pick, Young produced a .283/.316/.421 lineup with 109 homers over 10 seasons, although he has never appeared in the major leagues as 2015, the now-33-year-old remains busy and directed the Venezuela Winter League with 19 home runs this off season. David Price (No. 1, 2009) easily was the most successful among Tampa Bay’s former top-prospect contingent, also Matt Moore (2012) also had signs of excellence early in his career.
Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B (No. 1, 2018)
Guerrero is amongst the best prospects we’ve ever seen, one with a elite combination of hitting talent — he’s the first ever to earn a 80-grade success tool by MLB Pipeline — and also power that will make him a historically good major leaguer. He flirted with .400 for a lot of 2018, ending at .381/.437/.636 together with 20 homers in triple a at age 19. Altogether, he’s published a .331/.414/.529 livelihood lineup, together with more walks (146) than strikeouts (135), as registering for $3.9 million in July’1-5.
White Sox: Yoan Moncada, 2 B (No. 2 in 20 17 )
Moncada has been No. 2 on our Top 100 — also on our Red-Sox listing behind Benintendi until going to the White Sox in a Winter Meetings exchange for Chris Sale. Scouts considered him that a faster version of Robinson Cano, though holes in Moncada’s swing and an overly aggressive approach have prevented him from making that kind of impact in Chicago.
Indians: Francisco Lindor, SS (No. 4 in 2015)
We properly hailed Lindor as some guy who would play Gold Glove defense, hit for a solid average and steal several foundations. He had just hit 19 homers and slugged .384 in five years in Baseball, thus we rated his power that a 40 on the 20-80 scouting scale, which looks silly after he’s coming off 33- and also 38-homer seasons.
Tigers: Cameron Maybin, OF (No. 3, 2008)
Maybin reached the Majors as a 20-year-old in 2007 and had been ranked as the No. 3 overall potential that off season when the Tigers sent him (in a package that also included Andrew Miller) to Miami for Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis. The trade marked the first of six in Maybin’s 12-year livelihood, during which he’s become a 13.5-WAR player while playing seven teams.
Royals: Alex Gordon, 3B (No. 2 in 2007)
Gordon has been the No. 2 overall selection in that vaunted 2005 Draft, just behind Justin Upton, also has been at the major leagues by 2007, when he had been the No. 2 prospect behind Delmon Young. It took Gordon a while to get his bottom from the major leagues, but he’s a three-time all star and also five-time Gold Glove winner in the outfield, resulting in to some livelihood WAR of 35.2, good for a tie at No. 41 to the livelihood busy WAR checklist.
Twins: Joe Mauer, C (No. 1 in 2004)
Mauer only wrapped’em up, perhaps our first No. 1 opportunity to do this following having a long and powerful major league career, which explains the reason we offer him the nod over two time No. 1 prospect Byron Buxton. No, Mauer failed to produce in recent years such as he did at the outset, once he looked as a sure fire Hall of Famer, but he still retired with a livelihood .306 average and significantly more than 2,100 hits, adding up to and including robust 55.1 WAR.
Astros: Carlos Correa, SS (No. 3 in 2015)
Though he missed the next 1 / 2 the 2014 season with a broken right fibula, Correa already was surpassing expectations — a rare feat for a No. 1 overall selection. He had been a superior pure hitter and much better shield in short stop than initially proposed, which helped him to jump out of high Class A in 2014 to the American League Rookie of the Year Award from 2015.
Angels: Mike Trout, OF (No. 1 in 2011)
The Angels also had a No. 1 opportunity in Shohei Ohtani one year ago, but this is close to a nobrainer as there clearly was. Trout, obviously, was that the Angels’ first-round choice in 2009, near the ending of the opening round. He has as made every team that did not accept him regret that choice. He now is on the livelihood busy WAR list (64.3) and may be the only 1 in the top 24 with under ten decades of major league period. He has made seven all star appearances, won six Sluggers, two MVPs and a Rookie of the Year, and he’s still just 27.
Athletics: Addison Russell (No. 1-2 in 2014)
The A’s are the only organization that has never had a top 10 prospect, though Russell came in at No. 5 a year after, after he had been traded to the Cubs. He had opted to the Futures Game in 2013 and looked like he would combine Correa and Corey Seager as high school shortstops from the 2012 Draft to eventually become celebrities. He’d help the Cubs win a World Series in 2016, however, has never reached elite status.
Mariners: Felix Hernandez, RHP (No. 3 in 2005)
Before he turned into the King,” Hernandez has been the best pitching prospect in Baseball, even one that in retrospect should have ranked in front of Delmon Young and Ian Stewart, who ranked first and second in 2005. Hernandez graduated from potential lists that year, and his current 50.9 WAR places him 16th on the livelihood busy list.
Rangers: Jurickson Profar, SS (No. 1 in 2013)
Profar either ranked as the No. 1 opportunity or won MVP honors in each of the three Minor Leagues he played before making his Major League debut as a teenager, and he appeared to be a future superstar with all the probability for also tools around the board for a short stop. Then the torn shoulder muscle in 2014 led to two full seasons on the disabled list and prevented him out of becoming a major league routine before 2018, after which the Rangers traded him to the Athletics.
While he hasn’t quite lived up to that positioning, he’s in the top 50 among active players in WAR (34.9), in front of Strasburg.
Though he arrived in the major leagues using a .284/.399/.433 minor-league lineup and hit a grand slam in his first plate appearance with the Marlins, his hitting and on base numbers never interpreted to the maximum degree and his power never materialized.
Mets: Amed Rosario, SS (No. 5, 20 17 )
A breakout operation in 2016, during which he hit .341 after attaining double a at age 19, made Rosario a Top 10 potential the following year, and he also took as The Mets’ regular shortstop that August. He underperformed last year in his first full year, doubling .256/.295/.381 over 154 matches as a 22-year-old, but still showed loud tools and tons of upside down while producing 43 extra-base hits and 24 steals.
Phillies: Domonic Brown, OF (No. 4 in 2011)
The 2011 list started with Trout and’d Jeremy Hellickson and Bryce Harper rounding out three. Brown had been No. 4 plus also he never quite lived up to his potential, though he had been an all star in 2013 within a season that saw him hit 27 homers. He played in the Mexican League in 2018.
Nationals: Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals (No. 2, 2012)
Probably the most high-profile potential of Baseball background, Harper, the No. 1 overall selection this year, has been No. 3 to MLB Pipeline’s Top 50 the second year and 1 spot higher in’1-2, when he had been appointed an NL all star and, after, the ROY in age 19. He also added an MVP Award for his résumé in’1-5, also, complete, earned all star honors in six of the seven seasons as a 27.4-WAR player with all the Nationals before hitting on the open market at 26. Strasburg also reached the Majors in the same year he ranked as MLB Pipeline’s No. 2 potential (2010). He has been 26.3-WAR hurler for the club parts of eight seasons, when he’s twice been a Top 10 finisher in the Cy Young Award voting along with a three-time all star.
Cubs: Kris Bryant, 3B (No. 2 in 2015)
Bryant has been the consensus college player of the year in 2013, when his 3 1 homers in sandiego surpassed the total of 223 of the 296 NCAA Division I clubs, and also the consensus Minor League player of this year in 2014, when he led the Minors with 43 homers, 78 extra-base hits, a .661 slugging percent and 1.098 OPS.
He had been our No. 1 opportunity in’08 after having a year that saw him hit 26 homers and drama three degrees of the Reds’ system.
Brewers: Orlando Arcia, SS (No. 6, 20-16 )
The No. 8-8 complete potential on Top 100 for 2015, Arcia jumped up to No. 6 to the list the following year and ended this season in the Major Leagues. He hit .277 with 15 homers since the Brewers’ regular shortstop in 2017, though early-season fights in’18 motivated a demotion to triple a. He fared better after returning good in late July, subsequently served as Milwaukee’s hottest hitter in the postseason, doubling .360/.385/.600 using a set of home runs against the Dodgers in the NLCS.
Pirates: Andrew McCutchen, OF (No. 8 in 2008)
Based on WAR, no one has ever had an even more productive major league livelihood among the senior high school outfielders drawn at the first round of the 2005 Draft than McCutchen’s, whose 42.0 WAR bests everybody else from that first round except Ryan Braun and Troy Tulowitzki, 2 college draftees. Having never ranked higher in this way, the argument might be made that McCutchen was undervalued a little for being a prospect.
He collaborated with the Cardinals in May 2014, after hitting .320/.376/.516 over six season from the Minors, also eventually emerged in 80 games as a beginner. Sadly, Taveras’ promising career came to a tragic end that October when he had been murdered in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic.
D Backs: Archie Bradley, RHP (No. 5, 2014)
Selected with the No. 7 overall selection in 2011 out from the Oklahoma prep ranks, Bradley was developed as a rookie and reached the Majors in that part in 2015, 1 year later he had ranked as MLB Pipeline’s top pitching prospect and No. 5 overall. While control problems subsequently forced Bradley to the bullpen, he’s been a 4.1-WAR reliever in the previous two seasons while logging 124 2/3 frames over 139 appearances.
Rockies: Ian Stewart, 3B (No. 2, 2005)
Stewart has been the No. 10 overall pick in the 2003 Draft and also had an enormous first full year in Asheville with 30 homers and over 100 RBIs. While he did have one 25-homer season from the major leagues, he never quite lived upto the expectations set in that first season of pro ball, though he did hit 6-1 big league homers in just under 1,500 at-bats.
Dodgers: Corey Seager, SS (No. 1 in 20-16 )
Buxton had appeared as the No. 1 opportunity on five straight MLB Pipeline Mid Season or pre season Top 100s before Seager de-throned him at the start of 2016. He gave a preview of coming attractions by batting .337/.425/.561 during his September 2015 call-up, foreshadowing that the NL Rookie of the Year Award he would win in 2016.
Padres: Fernando Tatis Jr.. , SS (No. 8, 2018)
withdrew in the White Sox as part of this James Shields trade in June 2016, Tatis higher level level to full-season ball the second year and became the very first 18-year-old in Class A Midwest League history to post at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases, before making the jump to double a in August. While season-ending thumb surgery in July 2018 cost him a second straight 2020 campaign, Tatis did reunite healthier and excelled in the Dominican Winter League. Earlier this week, MLB Pipeline ranked Tatis because the No. 1 shortstop potential in base ball.
Giants: Buster Posey, C (No. 4 in 2010)
The single player with this list to win World Series in the same year he peaked on the Top 100, Posey dwelt up to the Mauer comparisons that followed him everywhere. There were a few mild concerns regarding his receiving but he smashed those up and also became a Gold Glover behind the plate.