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Here is my current list of Top 175 MLB prospects for 2015. This revises and expands the Top 50/50 List. Grades here supersede previously published lists and rankings.

The rankings are based on a combination of sabermetrics; scouting reports (including publicly available reports and private reports from friends or contacts), video, in-person views when possible, and some measure of intuition. My lists weigh closeness to the majors and risk as well as pure upside. A list based on pure upside with less regard for risk would look quite different. I try to find a balance between the two factors.

All rankings are moving targets of course. Thinking and analysis changes constantly, so look at this as a snapshot of how things stand in the middle of March. Such lists can be tinkered with forever but at some point you have to press the "publish" button.  I will be around in the comments thread today to answer questions.

Once you get past the Top 100 especially, you should take a "neighborhood" tier approach rather than "this guy at 129 is clearly better than the guy at 130."

Top 175 Prospects for 2015

1) Kris Bryant, 3B, Chicago Cubs, Grade A
2) Carlos Correa, SS, Houston Astros, Grade A
3) Lucas Giolito, RHP, Washington Nationals, Grade A
4) Julio Urias, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers, Grade A
5) Addison Russell, SS, Chicago Cubs, Grade A

6) Byron Buxton, OF, Minnesota Twins, Grade A
7) Jorge Soler, OF, Chicago Cubs, Grade A
8) Corey Seager, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers, Grade A
9) Daniel Norris, LHP, Toronto Blue Jays, Grade A
10) Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates, Grade A

Carlos Rodon

Carlos Rodon, photo by Ron Vesely, Getty Images

11) Carlos Rodon, LHP, Chicago White Sox, Grade A
12) Francisco Lindor, SS, Cleveland Indians, Grade A
13) Noah Syndergaard, RHP, New York Mets, Grade A-
14) Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays, Grade A-
15) Rusney Castillo, OF, Boston Red Sox, Grade A-

16) Yoan Moncada, INF, Boston Red Sox, Grade A-
17) Dylan Bundy, RHP, Baltimore Orioles, Grade A-
18) Joc Pederson, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers, Grade A-
19) Kyle Schwarber, C-OF, Chicago Cubs, Grade A-
20) Blake Swihart, C, Boston Red Sox, Grade A-

21) Robert Stephenson, RHP, Cincinnati Reds, Grade A-
22) Miguel Sano, 3B, Minnesota Twins, Grade A-
23) Joey Gallo, 3B, Texas Rangers, Grade A-
24) J.P. Crawford, SS, Philadelphia Phillies, Grade A-
25) Jesse Winker, OF, Cincinnati Reds, Grade A-

26) Brandon Finnegan, LHP, Kansas City Royals, Grade A-
27) Jon Gray, RHP, Colorado Rockies, Grade A-
28) Henry Owens, LHP, Boston Red Sox, Grade B+
29) Andrew Heaney, LHP, Los Angeles Angels, Grade B+
30) Luis Severino, RHP, New York Yankees, Grade B+

Nomar Mazara

Nomar Mazara, photo by Tim Heitman, USA Today

31) Nomar Mazara, OF, Texas Rangers, Grade B+
32) Maikel Franco, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies, Grade B+
33) Mark Appel, RHP, Houston Astros, Grade B+
34) Sean Manaea, LHP, Kansas City Royals, Grade B+
35) Steven Matz, LHP, New York Mets, Grade B+

36) Archie Bradley, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks, Grade B+
37) Marco Gonzales, LHP, St. Louis Cardinals, Grade B+
38) Franklin Barreto, SS, Oakland Athletics, Grade B+
39) Alex Jackson, OF, Seattle Mariners, Grade B+
40) Austin Meadows, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates, Grade B+

Dilson Herrera

Dilson Herrera, photo by Brad Barr, USA Today

41) Dilson Herrera, 2B, New York Mets, Grade B+
42) Andrew Susac, C, San Francisco Giants, Grade B+
43) Jose Peraza, INF, Atlanta Braves, Grade B+
44) Jose Berrios, RHP, Minnesota Twins, Grade B+
45) Aaron Nola, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies, Grade B+

46) Tyler Kolek, RHP, Miami Marlins, Grade B+
47) Alex Meyer, RHP, Minnesota Twins, Grade B+
48) Aaron Blair, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks, Grade B+
49) Steven Souza, OF, Tampa Bay Rays, Grade B+
50) Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees, Grade B+

51) Matt Olson, 1B, Oakland Athletics, Grade B+
52) C.J. Edwards, RHP, Chicago Cubs, Grade B+
53) Josh Bell, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates, Grade B+
54) D.J. Peterson, 1B-3B, Seattle Mariners, Grade B+
55) Daniel Robertson, INF, Tampa Bay Rays, Grade B+

56) David Dahl, OF, Colorado Rockies, Grade B+
57) Willy Adames, SS, Tampa Bay Rays, Grade B+
58) Greg Bird, 1B, New York Yankees, Grade B+
59) Bradley Zimmer, OF, Cleveland Indians, Grade B+
60) Alex Gonzalez, RHP, Texas Rangers, Grade B+

Eduardo Rodriguez

Eduardo Rodriguez, photo by Boston Globe/Getty Images


61) Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP, Boston Red Sox, Grade B+
62) Braden Shipley, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks, Grade B+
63) Michael Taylor, OF, Washington Nationals, Grade B+
64) Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston Red Sox, Grade B+
65) Brandon Drury, 3B, Arizona Diamondbacks, Grade B+

66) Matt Wisler, RHP, San Diego Padres, Grade B+
67) Kyle Crick, RHP, San Francisco Giants, Grade B+
68) A.J. Cole, RHP, Washington Nationals, Grade B+
69) Alex Reyes, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals, Grade B+
70) Michael Feliz, RHP, Houston Astros, Grade B+

71) Hunter Harvey, RHP, Baltimore Orioles, Grade B+
72) Kyle Freeland, LHP, Colorado Rockies, Grade B+
73) Rob Kaminsky, LHP, St. Louis Cardinals, Grade B+
74) Clint Frazier, OF, Cleveland Indians, Grade B+
75) Ryan McMahon, 3B, Colorado Rockies, Grade B+

Dalton Pompey

Dalton Pompey, photo by Tom Szczerbowski, Getty Images




76) Dalton Pompey, OF, Toronto Blue Jays, Grade B
77) Yasmany Tomas, 3B-OF, Arizona Diamondbacks, Grade B
78) Michael Conforto, OF, New York Mets, Grade B
79) Jorge Alfaro, C, Texas Rangers, Grade B
80) Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates, Grade B

81) Jake Thompson, RHP, Texas Rangers, Grade B
82) Rafael Montero, RHP, New York Mets, Grade B
83) Brandon Nimmo, OF, New York Mets, Grade B
84) Alen Hanson, INF, Pittsburgh Pirates, Grade B
85) Josh Hader, LHP, Houston Astros, Grade B

86) Grant Holmes, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers, Grade B
87) Mike Foltynewicz, RHP, Atlanta Braves, Grade B
88) Eddie Butler, RHP, Colorado Rockies, Grade B
89) Lucas Sims, RHP, Atlanta Braves, Grade B
90) Nick Gordon, SS, Minnesota Twins, Grade B

91) Trea Turner, SS, Padres/Nationals, Grade B
92) Kevin Plawecki, C, New York Mets, Grade B
93) Hunter Renfroe, OF, San Diego Padres, Grade B
94) Rasiel Iglesias, RHP, Cincinnati Reds, Grade B
95) Vince Velasquez, RHP, Houston Astros, Grade B

Tyler Beede

Tyler Beede, photo by Steven Branscombe, USA Today

96) Tyler Beede, RHP, San Francisco Giants, Grade B
97) Sean Newcomb, LHP, Los Angeles Angels, Grade B
98) Jack Flaherty, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals, Grade B
99) Alex Verdugo, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers, Grade B
100) Brent Honeywell, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays, Grade B

101) Raimel Tapia, OF, Colorado Rockies, Grade B
102) Manuel Margot, OF, Boston Red Sox, Grade B
103) Jeff Hoffman, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays, Grade B
104) Keury Mella, RHP, San Francisco Giants, Grade B
105) Kohl Stewart, RHP, Minnesota Twins, Grade B

106) Raul Mondesi, SS, Kansas City Royals, Grade B
107) Monte Harrison, OF, Milwaukee Brewers, Grade B
108) Albert Almora, OF, Chicago Cubs, Grade B
109) Domingo Santana, OF, Houston Astros, Grade B
110) Taylor Guerrieri, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays, Grade B


Rymer Liriano

Rymer Liriano, photo by Denis Poroy, Getty Images




111) Rymer Liriano, OF, San Diego Padres, Grade B
112) Touki Toussaint, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks, Grade B
113) Lance McCullers, RHP, Houston Astros, Grade B
114) Max Pentecost, C, Toronto Blue Jays, Grade B
115) Tim Anderson, SS, Chicago White Sox, Grade B

116) J.T. Realmuto, C, Miami Marlins, Grade B
117) Tyrone Taylor, OF, Milwaukee Brewers, Grade B
118) Orlando Arcia, SS, Milwaukee Brewers, Grade B
119) Chance Sisco, C, Baltimore Orioles, Grade B
120) Gary Sanchez, C, New York Yankees, Grade B

121) Devon Travis, 2B, Toronto Blue Jays, Grade B
122) Rio Ruiz, 3B, Atlanta Braves, Grade B
123) Renato Nunez, 3B, Oakland Athletics, Grade B
124) Austin Wilson, OF, Seattle Mariners, Grade B
125) Kyle Zimmer, RHP, Kansas City Royals, Grade B

Pierce Johnson

Pierce Johnson, photo by Matt Kartozian, USA Today

126) Pierce Johnson, RHP, Chicago Cubs, Grade B
127) Francisco Mejia, C, Cleveland Indians, Grade B
128) Tyler Danish, RHP, Chicago White Sox, Grade B
129) Derek Fisher, OF, Houston Astros, Grade B
130) Clayton Blackburn, RHP, San Francisco Giants, Grade B

131) Rob Refsnyder, 2B-OF, New York Yankees, Grade B
132) Bobby Bradley, 1B, Cleveland Indians, Grade B
133) Spencer Adams, RHP, Chicago White Sox, Grade B
134) Luis Ortiz, RHP, Texas Rangers, Grade B
135) Billy McKinney, OF, Chicago Cubs, Grade B

136) Tom Murphy, C, Colorado Rockies, Grade B
137) Christian Arroyo, INF, San Francisco Giants, Grade B
138) Edwin Diaz, RHP, Seattle Mariners, Grade B
139) Ian Clarkin, LHP, New York Yankees, Grade B
140) Nick Kingham, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates, Grade B

141) Brett Phillips, OF, Houston Astros, Grade B
142) Ben Lively, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies, Grade B
143) Joe Ross, RHP, Washington Nationals, Grade B
144) Clint Coulter, OF-C, Milwaukee Brewers, Grade B
145) Miguel Almonte, RHP, Kansas City Royals, Grade B

146) Jesse Biddle, LHP, Philadelphia Phillies, Grade B
147) Reese McGuire, C, Pittsburgh Pirates, Grade B
148) Colin Moran, 3B, Houston Astros, Grade B-
149) Christian Walker, 1B, Baltimore Orioles, Grade B-
150) Reynaldo Lopez, RHP, Washington Nationals, Grade B-

Trevor May

Trevor May, photo by Leon Halip, Getty Images

151) Trevor May, RHP, Minnesota Twins, Grade B-
152) Marcos Molina, RHP, New York Mets, Grade B-
153) Alex Colome, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays, Grade B-
154) Jake Lamb, 3B, Arizona Diamondbacks, Grade B-
155) Ozhaino Albies, SS, Atlanta Braves, Grade B-

156) Garin Cecchini, 3B, Boston Red Sox, Grade B-
157) Stephen Piscotty, OF, St. Louis Cardinals, Grade B-
158) Austin Hedges, C, San Diego Padres, Grade B-
159) Hunter Dozier, 3B, Kansas City Royals, Grade B-
160) A.J. Reed, 1B, Houston Astros, Grade B-

161) Michael Chavis, SS, Boston Red Sox, Grade B-
162) Michael Gettys, OF, San Diego Padres, Grade B-
163) Francellis Montas, RHP, Chicago White Sox, Grade B-
164) Sean Nolin, LHP, Oakland Athletics, Grade B-
165) Christian Bethancourt, C, Atlanta Braves, Grade B-

Randal Grichuk

Randal Grichuk, photo by Kelley L. Cox, USA Today

166) Randall Grichuk, OF, St. Louis Cardinals, Grade B-
167) Michael Lorenzen, RHP, Cincinnati Reds, Grade B-
168) Gabby Guerrero, OF, Seattle Mariners, Grade B-
169) Jorge Polanco, INF, Minnesota Twins, Grade B-
170) Ketel Marte, SS, Seattle Mariners, Grade B-

171) Miguel Castro, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays, Grade B-
172) Forrest Wall, 2B, Colorado Rockies, Grade B-
173) Patrick Kivlehan, 3B, Mariners, Grade B-
174) Luis Torrens, C, New York Yankees, Grade B-
175) Kendall Graveman, RHP, Oakland Athletics, Grade B-

IN THE PICTURE: (each of these guys has a case to be in the 150-175 range) Brian Anderson, INF, Marlins; Chris Anderson, RHP, Dodgers; Tyler Anderson, LHP, Rockies; R.J. Alvarez, RHP; Athletics; Miguel Andujar, 3B, Yankees; Tyler Austin, OF, Yankees; Roberto Baldoquin, INF, Angels; Austin Barnes, C, Dodgers; Matt Barnes, RHP, Red Sox; Jake Bauers, 1B, Rays; Ty Blach, LHP, Giants; Alex Blandino, INF; Reds; Ryan Brett, 2B, Rays; Lewis Brinson, OF, Rangers; Mitch Brown, RHP, Indians; Nick Burdi, RHP, Twins; Matt Chapman, 3B, Athletics; Sean Coyle, 2B, Red Sox; J.D. Davis, 3B, Astros; Austin Dean, OF, Marlins; Jose De Leon, RHP, Dodgers; Anthony DeSclafani, RHP, Reds; Wilmer Difo, INF, Nationals; Zach Eflin, RHP, Phillies;

Buck Farmer

Buck Farmer, photo by Brace Hemmelgarn, Getty Images

Buck Farmer, RHP; Tigers; Eric Fedde, RHP, Nationals; Amir Garrett, LHP, Reds; Joe Gatto, RHP, Angels; Casey Gillaspie, 1B, Rays; Stephen Gonsalves, LHP,Twins; Conrad Gregor, 1B, Astros; Foster Griffin, LHP, Royals; Travis Harrison, OF, Twins; Teoscar Hernandez, OF, Astros; Derek Hill, OF, Tigers; Nick Howard, RHP, Reds; Jason Hursh, RHP, Braves; Luke Jackson, RHP, Rangers; Eric Jagielo, 3B, Yankees; Matt Imhof, LHP, Phillies; Tyrell Jenkins, RHP, Braves; Brian Johnson, LHP; Red Sox; Micah Johnson, 2B, White Sox; JaCoby Jones, SS, Pirates; Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Brewers;

Tony Kemp, 2B, Astros; Corey Knebel, RHP, Brewers; Austin Kubitza, RHP; Tigers; Kyle Kubitza, 3B, Angels; Zech Lemond, RHP, Padres; Julian Leon, C, Dodgers; Jacob Lindgren, LHP, Yankees; Deven Marrero, SS; Red Sox; Jorge Mateo, SS, Yankees; Kodi Medeiros, LHP, Brewers; Adalberto Mejia, LHP, Giants; Steve Moya, OF, Tigers; Yairo Munoz, SS, Athletics;

Tyler Naquin

Tyler Naquin, photo by Mark J. Rebilas, USA Today



Tyler Naquin, OF, Indians; Justin Nicolino, LHP, Marlins; Tyler O’Neill, OF, Mariners; Justin O’Conner, C, Rays; Jace Peterson, INF, Braves; Roman Quinn, OF-INF, Phillies; Harold Ramirez, OF, Pirates; Sean Reid-Foley, RHP, Blue Jays; Wendell Rijo, 2B, Red Sox; Avery Romero, INF, Marlins; Jose Rondon, SS, Padres; Amed Rosario, SS, Mets; Eddie Rosario, 2B-OF, Twins; Ryan Rua, UT, Rangers;

Victor Sanchez, RHP, Mariners; Carson Sands, LHP, Cubs; Scott Schebler, OF, Dodgers; Justus Sheffield, LHP; Indians; Dwight Smith, OF; Blue Jays; Matt Smoral, LHP, Blue Jays; Blake Snell, LHP, Rays; Darnell Sweeney, INF, Dodgers; Lewis Thorpe, LHp, Twins; Gleyber Torres, SS, Cubs; Nick Travieso, RHP; Reds; Nick Tropeano, RHP, Angels; Jen-Ho Tseng, RHP, Cubs; Cole Tucker, SS, Pirates;

Duane Underwood, RHP, Cubs; Jhoan Urena, 3B, Mets; Jose Urena, RHP, Marlins; Richard Urena, INF, Blue Jays; Giovanny Urshela, 3B, Indians; Jesmuel Valentin, 2B, Phillies; Andrew Velazquez, INF; Rays; Dan Vogelbach, 1B, Cubs; Drew Ward, 3B, Nationals; Nick Williams, OF, Rangers; Tyler Wagner, RHP, Brewers; Luke Weaver, RHP, Cardinals; Devin Williams, RHP, Brewers; Justin Williams, OF, Rays; Taylor Williams, RHP, Brewers; Trevor Williams, RHP, Marlins;