Shohei Otani Tops’s Top 100 Prospect List for 2018

MLB Network Presents held their annual Top 100 Prospects show tonight live. This was odd, because in the past the show took place during the week almost exclusively – if my memory holds up. Here’s how the top 10 roll out, with the Anaheim Angels Shohei Otani being tabbed as the number one overall:

Rank Name Pos. Organization
1 Shohei Ohtani RHP/OF Angels
2 Ronald Acuna OF Braves
3 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 3B Blue Jays
4 Eloy Jimenez OF White Sox
5 Gleyber Torres INF Yankees
6 Victor Robles OF Nationals
7 Nick Senzel 3B Reds
8 Fernando Tatis Jr. SS Padres
9 Forrest Whitley RHP Astros
10 Michael Kopech RHP White Sox

Those are names that pretty much everyone knows, even if you aren’t a fan who closely follows prospects. It is a bit surprising to see Otani listed ahead of everyone, given that he has not yet faced any American professional baseball competition.

This list gets me excited to see more of guys like Acuna, Vlad Jr., and Nick Senzel. It won’t be long until these guys are prominent parts of the big league fraternity and getting posts all of their own devoted to them on this blog.