Our buddy Mike Rosenbaum (lead writer at Bleacher Report’s Prospect Pipeline) is our resident prospect guru. There’s nothing we love more than a good young ballplayer without the wear and tear of years in the bigs.
When we have a question about a prospect we know little about, we often defer to Mike via text. He replies back with some good scout-speak, and just like that we know more about Mark Appel’s second pitch or Phillip Ervin’s estimated arrival time.
Mike’s Top 100 Prospects List is live over at Bleacher Report, and if you’re into baseball prospects you need to check it out.
Mike goes incredibly in-depth with snippets about each of the top 100 prospects in the game entering 2014. Here is a rundown of his top ten:
10. Noah Syndergaard, RHP, New York Mets
9. Taijuan Walker, RHP, Seattle Mariners
8. Addison Russell, SS, Oakland Athletics
7. Archie Bradley, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks
6. Javier Baez, SS, Chicago Cubs
5. Francisco Lindor, SS, Cleveland Indians
4. Oscar Taveras, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
3. Carlos Correa, SS, Houston Astros
2. Xander Bogaerts, SS/3B, Boston Red Sox
1. Byron Buxton, OF, Minnesota Twins
Robert Stephenson checks in at 21 overall and Phillip Ervin at 91 respectively for you Reds fans perusing the list. Billy Hamilton is 36th overall. That might be generous until we see Hamilton hit.
Personal thoughts are that I love Correa’s ranking on this list. This is as high as I’ve seen Correa after checking several spots on the net (he’s 8th on MLB.com’s list, 7th on Baseball America, and 9th on Fangraphs). We are really excited about Correa’s future in the game and feel this is a good ranking for him.
If you want to learn who the stars of tomorrow are going to be in this great game, you need to check out Mike’s list and take some notes, even if the notes are mentally.