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A (Mostly) Complete Composite MLB Top 100 Prospect List

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Its easy to get lost in the sea of Top 100 prospect lists floating around out there in the big bad world. We've decided to help make a little sense of the industry consensus with our version of a composite top 100 prospect list.

Who doesn't love prospect lists? Well okay, maybe not a lot of you follow the intimate goings-on of the minor leagues around baseball, but top 100 list often capture our fascination. These players are the cream of the crop and who have, arguably, the best chance of being the next big thing in the majors.

Sure, its not a given that a top 20 prospect will be a star or that an unranked player will never win an MVP or Cy Young, but with as many sets of eyes as there are these days it certainly gives us a decent idea.

That being said....there are a LOT of prospect lists.

A......LOT.....

Just recently, we have had Baseball Prospectus, Keith Law, MLBPipeline, and Baseball America all come out with Top 100 lists and, predictably, all of them were significantly different.

Each list is made by entirely different staffs with different philosophies and many saw prospects at different points in the year which can alter valuations of a player. Each list has criteria for whether or not a guy should be eligible to be on the list with Pipeline and Baseball America typically having a player linger on their lists a bit longer than the others.

Speaking of those lists, here are links to them....you should read them, the writers of them worked really hard (I assume) to produce them.

Baseball Prospectus Top 101

Keith Law's Top 100

MLBPipeline's Top 100

Baseball America's Top 100

I decided it would be interesting to create, from these lists and a couple more that I will get to in a moment, a composite top 100 prospect list. Obviously since we are a Braves-specific site, there will be notes about the Braves in the rankings in this article. However, I do hope that this will be a useful resource for minor league aficionados of all affiliations.

That being said, it is not complete. The goal was to include Fangraphs' Top 100 and SBN's own John Sickels' Top 100 in the composite list, but the timing of those lists are less than certain at the moment. Sickels' book with his list should be coming out soon which is great and his list will be integrated right in.

As for Fangraphs, with the current schedule that they have been rolling out top prospect lists by organization....well, it will be a while before they will have a top 100 general list.

Anyways, here's how the list works: I went through each list and assigned each player a numeric value from 100-1 based on their rank. The top prospect got a 100 points and on down until the 100th ranked prospect got one point. This was done with each list with every player on those lists, then the players were ranked based on their total points.

Once Fangraphs and Sickels' lists are out, I will release a complete composite list with, hopefully, a spreadsheet embedded in the article so everyone can fiddle with the sheet and look at the players across all the lists, etc. For now, here is the top 100 composite prospect rankings as they stand today.

  1. Corey Seager 400
  2. Byron Buxton 396
  3. Lucas Giolito 390
  4. Julio Urias 385
  5. JP Crawford 385
  6. Yoan Moncada 370
  7. Orlando Arcia 368
  8. Alex Reyes 366
  9. Joey Gallo 365
  10. Tyler Glasnow 363
  11. Nomar Mazara 351
  12. Trea Turner 343
  13. Blake Snell 343
  14. Dansby Swanson 339
  15. Steven Matz 330
  16. Rafael Devers 327
  17. Lewis Brinson 325
  18. Austin Meadows 324
  19. Brendan Rodgers 321
  20. Jose Berrios 314
  21. Bradley Zimmer 303
  22. Andrew Benintendi 300
  23. Franklin Barreto 298
  24. Sean Newcomb 297
  25. Alex Bregman 282
  26. Gleyber Torres 279
  27. Robert Stephenson 276
  28. Jose De Leon 269
  29. Manuel Margot 264
  30. Ozhaino Albies 255
  31. AJ Reed 254
  32. Raul Mondesi 249
  33. Tim Anderson 248
  34. Aaron Judge 243
  35. Anthony Alford 241
  36. Francis Martes 240
  37. Max Kepler 237
  38. Anderson Espinoza 235
  39. Victor Robles 230
  40. David Dahl 230
  41. Jorge Mateo 228
  42. Jesse Winkler 228
  43. Ryan McMahon 215
  44. Nick Williams 214
  45. Josh Bell 212
  46. Clint Frazier 208
  47. Brett Phillips 208
  48. Aaron Blair 206
  49. Javier Guerra 204
  50. Cody Reed 203
  51. Willson Contreras 203
  52. Jon Gray 200
  53. Braden Shipley 198
  54. Dillon Tate 190
  55. Sean Manaea 184
  56. Brent Honeywell 180
  57. Jake Thompson 177
  58. Jeff Hoffman 170
  59. Michael Fulmer 169
  60. Gary Sanchez 160
  61. Grant Holmes  159
  62. Dominic Smith 159
  63. Jorge Lopez 142
  64. Amed Rosario 129
  65. Ian Happ 127
  66. Willy Adames 122
  67. Luis Ortiz 120
  68. Kyle Tucker 109
  69. Kolby Allard 106
  70. Trent Clark 103
  71. Tyler Jay 102
  72. Mark Appel 101
  73. Nick Gordon 100
  74. Amir Garrett 99
  75. Archie Bradley 99
  76. Jameson Taillon 97
  77. Christian Arroyo 94
  78. Carson Fulmer 94
  79. Jose Peraza 85
  80. Taylor Guerrieri 83
  81. Raimel Tapia 82
  82. Kevin Newman 78
  83. Billy McKinney 72
  84. Kyle Zimmer 71
  85. Daz Cameron 69
  86. Hunter Harvey 60
  87. Cody Bellinger 56
  88. Jorge Alfaro 55
  89. Kenta Maeda 51
  90. Alex Verdugo 51
  91. Kohl Stewart 48
  92. Hector Olivera 46
  93. Albert Almora 46
  94. Erick Fedde 42
  95. Jorge Polanco 41
  96. Josh Hader 40
  97. Jack Flaherty 39
  98. Brandon Drury 36
  99. Hunter Renfroe 35
  100. Reynaldo Lopez 35
Alright, to you non-Braves fans....you can stop reading here if you desire as the rest of this are interesting, but Braves-related tidbits. This list will be released again as it is updated, etc etc.

The Braves currently have 6 players in the composite top 100 with Dansby Swanson, Sean Newcomb, Ozhaino Albies, Aaron Blair, Kolby Allard, and Hector Olivera (!) all making the list. Olivera made the list solely due to a very bullish ranking from Baseball America (the only publication to rank him thus far), although other Braves did make various lists.

Touki Toussaint (104th), Austin Riley (116th), and Max Fried (130th) all received some points while Tyrell Jenkins did get a specific honorable mention from Keith Law on his list but he didn't receive any rank and therefore no points. It will be interesting to see how the list changes when the remaining lists come out, but for now this is a good snapshot of what the industry thinks of these young players.