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End of Season Top 50 Prospects

Every year, I like to put together my own top prospects list for fun and to see how it compares to some of the other lists that get published. I am by no means an expert but have been closely following the prospect scene for a long time. I wanted to post it here to generate discussion and see everyone's opinions and feedback, so make sure to comment below!

Rank Name Comment
1 Jurickson Profar Rare talent at SS playing ahead of his years for some time now, total package with strong numbers backing up glowing scouting reports.
2 Dylan Bundy Best all-around pitching prospect in the minors, combination of stuff and feel for pitching very advanced for his age. Backed up with exceptional stats in pro debut.
3 Oscar Taveras Best pure hitting prospect in baseball. All he's done is produce at every level, what he did in AA while turning 20 halfway through the season is phenomenal. Low K rate a great indicator of future success and reduces his risk, as does his exceptional hand-eye coordination and bat speed. Has the knack for consistently drawing solid contact with power. I think he develops into an above-average defender as well.
4 Wil Myers Outstanding power hitting prospect put up a monster year this year. Other guys may have more pure power, but he's shown the ability to consistently tap into it at the higher levels. K rate a minor concern and I'm not sure he hits over .300 in the bigs but a .280 hitter with 30+ homers and solid defense makes you a top tier player, which is absolutely attainable for Myers.
5 Trevor Bauer As long as he can effectively cut down on the walk rate he'll be a frontline potentially no. 1 starter. Lots of K's and baffled hitters.
6 Shelby Miller Rough start to the 2012 season raised many ?'s, but straightened out down the stretch and got back to pitching like the potential ace he has been projected to be for some time. I still see him as a frontline starter, potential no. 1 and at least no. 2 type. Future looks good for Cards with Miller and Taveras coming up.
7 Gerrit Cole No. 1 draft pick didn't disappoint in first full season, put up solid #'s and still flashes filthy stuff of a potential ace.
8 Jose Fernandez If there's a separate category for pitcher of the year, Jose Fernandez is the guy. Just turning 20 on July 31, he simply dominated A ball for 14 starts then A+ for 11 starts, for a combined 134 IP with 158 K and only 35 BB and 89 H.
9 Taijuan Walker Spent all of 2012 in AA as a 19 year old (turned 20 in August), put up decent numbers but more importantly continues to show he's got nasty stuff just needs to continue to refine himself as a pitcher.
10 Tyler Skaggs Consistently puts together one solid season after another, may be more of a no. 2 type than true no. 1 but is one of the safer bets out there.
11 Zack Wheeler Made huge strides in 2012, showing why he was a top 10 draft pick and why the Giants will regret trading him. Love the arm and arsenal and will be piling up the K's at the front of the Mets' rotation for the foreseeable future.
12 Francisco Lindor Outstanding with the glove, gets extremely high praise for his defense at short. Came out hitting better than anticipated as well putting up solid numbers in the MWL as an 18 year old, showing he's not just a glove-only defensive whiz.
13 Xander Bogaerts That bat just oozes with potential and Bogaerts just continues to back it up, putting up #'s well beyond his years in A+ and AA. Very exciting prospect with a very high ceiling.
14 Nick Castellanos Like Taveras, this guy is simply a great pure hitting prospect. If he can continue that success while boosting his defensive abilities at the hot corner, watch out.
15 Byron Buxton Boom or bust, but the boom could be huge.
16 Travis d'Arnaud Top catching prospect in the minors followed up a breakout season with the bat in 2011 with another strong campaign offensively in 2012 before going down to injury. Has the skills defensively too.
17 Billy Hamilton New SB king can really be a game changer on the base paths. Showed significant strides in his plate approach this year allowing him to get on base and utilize that speed. Defensive position is still up in the air.
18 Miguel Sano Best pure power hitting prospect in the minors right now - he's piling up the long balls in the lower levels - can he sustain it by not striking out too much as he advances?
19 Christian Yelich Outstanding offensive skills already showing nice contact and speed and should add more power as well to become a 20-20 player someday in the majors.
20 Carlos Correa It's really high praise when you're compared to Tulo. He has the starter set, let's watch him try to put it together.
21 Javier Baez
22 Jameson Taillon
23 Danny Hultzen
24 Mike Zunino
25 Archie Bradley
26 Bubba Starling
27 Jonathan Singleton
28 Mike Olt
29 Carlos Martinez
30 Jake Odorizzi
31 Matt Barnes
32 Gary Sanchez
33 Jackie Bradley Jr.
34 Mason Williams
35 Julio Teheran
36 Kevin Gausman
37 Anthony Rendon
38 Nolan Arenado
39 Max Fried
40 Kyle Zimmer
41 Addison Russell
42 Albert Almora
43 David Dahl
44 Hak-Ju Lee
45 Noah Syndergaard
46 Taylor Guerrieri
47 Austin Hedges
48 Alen Hanson
49 Tyler Austin
50 Trevor Story
Just Missed:
Aaron Sanchez, Luis Heredia, Robert Stephenson, Delino DeShields Jr., Eddie Rosario, Kolten Wong,
George Springer, Jorge Soler, Gregory Polanco, Jedd Gyorko, Oswaldo Arcia, Aaron Hicks
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