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The aggregate Top 219 MLB prospect list

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Six national prospect lists come together to form an industry consensus on MLB’s top prospects

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Before the season began, I gathered each Cardinals prospect list, and averaged them together in a way that told us the industry consensus on ranking prospects. That was a warm-up for today’s article. Today, we’ll look at six different Top MLB lists (Minor League Ball’s Top 200, Fangraphs’ Top 100, Baseball America’s Top 100, Baseball Prospectus’ Top 101, Prospect 361’s Top 100, and MLB pipeline’s Top 100) in order to reach a consensus on the game’s best prospects.

To help make this useful, we’ll use public methods for valuing these draft picks. To start with, most lists will be subject to the value determined by The Point of Pittsburgh’s research based on Top 100 rankings:

Rank only tells us how they fare relative to others at the time though. It’s a really good proxy, but a better one is a grade specific to the player. For instance, Fangraphs’ leaderboard contains grades on the 20-80 scouting scale for each player. Here’s the values Fangraphs uses per grade:

John Sickels’ list at Minor League Baseball also comes with grades, but they use letter grades instead of the 20-80 scale. Looking at both lists, and the distribution of players at each grade, I attempted to match up Sickels’ and Eric Longenhagen’s grades, to form an equivalent scale. This wasn’t as simple as just equating the best rating of each, the second rating of each, and so on, as Sickels uses many more grades than Longenhagen.

Here is two graphs with the results of my attempt to match up Sickels’ grades with Fangraphs’ values:

Using the best-fit lines for the above information, I could estimate a value for each of Sickels’ grades. Here’s the results:

Looking at all six lists, these values match up really well with the values used at Fangraphs as well as the research at TPoP. With that, we had a way to calculate a value for each rank. For players ranked on one or more lists but not all, the value assigned to them from that list defaults to the one provided at Minor League Ball. For the few players not ranked in MiLB’s Top 200, they were given a rank of B-/C+, which is the next lowest grade after B-, which was the grade of the player ranked 200th.

I could have searched through MiLB’s team specific lists and instead used that, but I will make that part of the second part of this project. I plan to go through both Fangraphs’ and MiLB’s lists to add in everyone worth ranking by those two lists. That way we can get an idea of a farm system’s total value, not just the total value of those found good enough to be ranked on a National list. However, for now we’ll have to be content with the value accumulated from these sources.

Also remember that these are built on a number of assumptions. I think they’re reasonable assumptions, but that doesn’t make them definitely correct. These valuations are averages built on those assumptions, and any given team could have a markedly higher or lower valuation of any of the below prospects.

With all that out of the way, here is your aggregate Top 219 MLB prospects list, in sortable table form for your pleasure:

Aggregate Top 219 MLB Prospects.txt

rank Prospect Pos. Team Value MiLB FG 100 BA 100 BP 101 361 MLB
rank Prospect Pos. Team Value MiLB FG 100 BA 100 BP 101 361 MLB
1 Andrew Benintendi OF Red Sox $87.8 Grade A 65 1 3 1 x
2 Dansby Swanson SS Braves $87.8 Grade A 65 3 2 7 x
3 Yoan Moncada INF White Sox $86.5 Grade A 70 2 5 3 1
4 Gleyber Torres SS Yankees $72.2 Grade A/A- 60 5 15 9 2
5 Austin Meadows OF Pirates $70.4 Grade A- 65 6 6 19 7
6 Amed Rosario SS Mets $69.9 Grade A/A- 65 8 8 27 3
7 Ozzie Albies INF Braves $69.0 Grade A 60 11 35 18 8
8 Eloy Jimenez OF Cubs $64.9 Grade A- 60 14 9 20 11
9 Cody Bellinger 1B Dodgers $64.7 Grade A- 60 7 26 10 10
10 J.P. Crawford SS Phillies $62.4 Grade B+ 60 12 4 6 4
11 Victor Robles OF Nationals $62.0 Grade B+/A- 60 13 7 12 5
12 Rafael Devers 3B Red Sox $61.2 Grade A- 55 18 13 8 15
13 Brendan Rodgers SS Rockies $60.1 Grade B+/A- 60 16 11 5 13
14 Nick Senzel 3B Reds $56.5 Grade B+/A- 55 9 20 14 24
15 Willy Adames SS Rays $56.2 Grade B+/A- 60 10 21 30 19
16 Alex Reyes RHP Cardinals $55.7 Grade B+ 65 4 1 2 12
17 Lucas Giolito RHP White Sox $53.1 Grade A-/B+ 60 25 10 4 9
18 Manuel Margot OF Padres $52.9 Grade B+ 55 24 18 15 21
19 Lewis Brinson OF Brewers $52.6 Grade B+ 60 27 12 13 16
20 Clint Frazier OF Yankees $49.0 Grade B+ 55 39 16 23 22
21 Franklin Barreto SS-2B Athletics $47.4 Grade A- 55 40 47 22 49
22 Kyle Tucker OF Astros $45.0 Grade B+ 55 19 37 21 32
23 Josh Bell 1B Pirates $43.9 Grade B+ 55 35 25 16 x
24 Tyler Glasnow RHP Pirates $43.9 Grade A/A- 55 23 14 11 6
25 Mickey Moniak OF Phillies $42.4 Grade B+ 55 17 56 47 17
26 Bradley Zimmer OF Indians $41.0 Grade B+/A- 55 62 80 25 20
27 Corey Ray OF Brewers $40.7 Grade B+ 60 42 41 29 27
28 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. OF Blue Jays $40.0 Grade B+ 55 20 x 44 31
29 Francisco Mejia C Indians $38.7 Grade B+/A- 55 28 34 28 37
30 Ian Happ 2B-OF Cubs $38.5 Grade B+/B 55 63 54 24 25
31 Blake Rutherford OF Yankees $37.1 Grade B+ 55 45 49 46 34
32 Anderson Espinoza RHP Padres $36.5 Grade B+/A- 60 21 24 17 23
33 Tyler O'Neill OF Mariners $33.4 Grade B+ x 38 53 43 33
34 Francis Martes RHP Astros $32.5 Grade B+ 60 15 28 38 18
35 Jorge Alfaro C Phillies $32.3 Grade B/B+ 55 41 33 49 69
36 Nick Gordon SS Twins $31.8 Grade B+ 55 60 48 53 47
37 Kyle Lewis OF Mariners $31.8 Grade B+ 55 34 70 52 26
38 Hunter Renfroe OF Padres $31.1 Grade B+ 50 44 92 31 39
39 Michael Kopech RHP White Sox $31.0 Grade A-/B+ 55 32 36 26 14
40 Ronald Acuna OF Braves $30.4 Grade B+ 55 67 31 x 97
41 A.J. Reed 1B Astros $30.1 Grade B+ x 72 x x x
42 Brent Honeywell RHP Rays $29.9 Grade B+/A- 55 30 22 33 28
43 Mitch Keller RHP Pirates $29.9 Grade B+/A- 55 22 27 34 45
44 Richard Urena SS Blue Jays $29.8 Grade B+ x x x x 90
45 Yadier Alvarez RHP Dodgers $29.5 Grade B+/A- 60 26 23 92 46
46 Jose De Leon RHP Rays $29.5 Grade A-/B+ 55 29 38 37 30
47 Alex Verdugo OF Dodgers $29.2 Grade B+ 55 58 66 40 58
48 Raimel Tapia OF Rockies $29.0 Grade B/B+ 50 49 42 42 86
49 Jake Bauers OF-1B Rays $28.6 Grade B+ x 70 x x 72
50 Jorge Mateo INF Yankees $28.5 Grade B+ 50 85 43 54 44
51 Jesse Winker OF Reds $28.2 Grade B+ 50 x x x 64
52 Jason Groome LHP Red Sox $27.4 Grade B+ 55 43 29 32 38
53 Josh Hader LHP Brewers $26.6 Grade B+ 55 33 19 89 35
54 Reynaldo Lopez RHP White Sox $26.3 Grade B+ 55 31 30 x 43
55 Kolby Allard LHP Braves $26.1 Grade B+/A- 55 37 67 39 50
56 Leody Taveras OF Rangers $25.7 Grade B/B- 55 47 73 60 52
57 Aaron Judge OF Yankees $25.4 Grade B/B- 55 90 63 74 42
58 Jeff Hoffman RHP Rockies $25.2 Grade B+ 55 36 50 57 41
59 Robert Gsellman RHP Mets $24.6 Grade B+ 55 x 17 72 x
60 Riley Pint RHP Rockies $24.5 Grade B+/B 55 46 46 63 48
61 Kevin Maitan SS Braves $24.4 Grade B 55 77 100 x 29
62 Isan Diaz INF Brewers $23.8 Grade B/B+ 55 93 59 99 62
63 Carson Kelly C Cardinals $23.1 Grade B/B+ 50 65 81 x 36
64 Anthony Alford OF Blue Jays $23.0 Grade B 50 59 93 36 67
65 Zack Collins C White Sox $22.9 Grade B+ 50 56 89 61 77
66 Delvin Perez SS Cardinals $22.8 Grade B 55 86 79 59 87
67 Luke Weaver RHP Cardinals $22.0 Grade B+ x 50 x 81 65
68 Dominic Smith 1B Mets $22.0 Grade B 50 71 x 48 60
69 Max Fried LHP Braves $21.8 Grade B+ 55 x x 84 x
70 Triston McKenzie RHP Indians $20.8 Grade B+ 55 68 55 35 54
71 Stephen Gonsalves LHP Twins $20.7 Grade B+ x 99 x x 88
72 Amir Garrett LHP Reds $20.6 Grade B+ 55 81 32 58 63
73 Sean Newcomb LHP Braves $20.5 Grade B+ x 78 44 96 76
74 Kevin Newman SS Pirates $20.4 Grade B 50 55 65 79 56
75 Chance Sisco C Orioles $19.8 Grade B 50 57 76 87 95
76 Dylan Cease RHP Cubs $19.8 Grade B+ x 97 x 64 73
77 Casey Gillaspie 1B Rays $19.7 Grade B/B+ x 74 x x 99
78 Matt Chapman 3B Athletics $19.4 Grade B/B+ x 94 x x 96
79 Carson Fulmer RHP White Sox $19.3 Grade B+ 50 x x 95 68
80 Sean Reid-Foley RHP Blue Jays $19.3 Grade B+ 50 75 85 41 61
81 Mike Soroka RHP Braves $19.3 Grade B+ 50 48 64 98 74
82 Yohander Mendez LHP Rangers $19.2 Grade B/B+ 55 x 39 55 53
83 Bobby Bradley 1B Indians $19.0 Grade B/B+ x x x x 91
84 Alex Kirilloff OF Twins $19.0 Grade B/B+ x x x x 94
85 Luiz Gohara LHP Braves $19.0 Grade B+/B 55 x x 70 x
86 Cal Quantrill RHP Padres $19.0 Grade B/B+ 55 96 45 93 93
87 Erick Fedde RHP Nationals $18.8 Grade B+ x 52 62 62 57
88 Willie Calhoun 2B-OF Dodgers $18.7 Grade B 50 x 92 67 78
89 Yulieski Gurriel 3B-1B-OF Astros $18.7 Grade B/B+ x x x x x
90 Yandy Diaz 3B Indians $18.7 Grade B/B+ x x x x x
91 Tom Murphy C Rockies $18.7 Grade B/B+ x x x x x
92 David Paulino RHP Astros $18.6 Grade B+ x 51 83 51 51
93 Matt Manning RHP Tigers $18.4 Grade B+ 55 61 88 69 71
94 Trevor Clifton RHP Cubs $18.3 Grade B+/B x x 87 x x
95 James Kaprielian RHP Yankees $18.3 Grade B+ 55 87 58 97 55
96 A.J. Puk LHP Athletics $18.3 Grade B+ 55 83 61 85 66
97 Justus Sheffield LHP Yankees $18.2 Grade B+ 50 91 52 x 75
98 Braxton Garrett LHP Marlins $18.1 Grade B-/B 55 76 71 68 40
99 Tyler Beede RHP Giants $17.6 Grade B/B+ 50 89 x 50 84
100 German Marquez RHP Rockies $16.8 Grade B/B+ 55 53 x x 70
101 Albert Almora OF Cubs $16.8 Grade B x 64 77 x x
102 Ian Anderson RHP Braves $16.8 Grade B/B+ 55 66 96 90 82
103 Juan Soto OF Nationals $16.7 Grade B 50 x 57 x x
104 Jharel Cotton RHP Athletics $16.4 Grade B/B+ 55 84 x x x
105 Luis Ortiz RHP Brewers $16.4 Grade B 55 79 68 78 59
106 Jahmai Jones OF Angels $16.4 Grade B 50 x 78 x x
107 Lourdes Gurriel INF-OF Blue Jay $15.7 Grade B x 73 x x x
108 Franklin Perez RHP Astros $15.6 Grade B/B+ x 54 84 80 x
109 Fernando Romero RHP Twins $15.5 Grade B/B+ x x x 66 x
110 Ariel Jurado RHP Rangers $15.5 Grade B/B+ x x 72 x x
111 Hunter Dozier 3B-OF Royals $15.4 Grade B x x x 82 x
112 Yusniel Diaz OF Dodgers $15.4 Grade B x x 90 x x
113 Rowdy Tellez 1B Blue Jays $15.4 Grade B x 95 x x x
114 Forrest Whitley RHP Astros $15.3 Grade B/B+ x x x x 80
115 Sandy Alcantara RHP Cardinals $15.3 Grade B/B- 55 x 40 x x
116 Brady Aiken LHP Indians $15.3 Grade B/B+ x x x x x
117 Chance Adams RHP Yankees $15.3 Grade B/B+ x x x x x
118 Domingo Acevedo RHP Yankees $15.3 Grade B/B+ x x x x x
119 Josh Staumont RHP Royals $15.3 Grade B/B+ x x x x x
120 Andrew Toles OF Dodgers $14.4 Grade B x x x x x
121 Harrison Bader OF Cardinals $14.4 Grade B x x x x x
122 Roman Quinn OF Phillies $14.4 Grade B x x x x x
123 Mauricio Dubon SS Brewers $14.4 Grade B x x x x x
124 Magneuris Sierra OF Cardinals $14.4 Grade B x x x x x
125 Andy Ibanez INF Rangers $14.4 Grade B x x x x x
126 Greg Allen OF Indians $14.4 Grade B x x x x x
127 Domingo Leyba INF Diamondbacks $14.4 Grade B x x x x x
128 Christin Stewart OF Tigers $14.4 Grade B x x x x x
129 Matt Thaiss 1B Angels $14.4 Grade B x x x x x
130 Matt Strahm LHP Royals $14.0 Grade B 55 x x x x
131 Robert Stephenson RHP Reds $13.6 Grade B x x x 73 83
132 Tyler Jay LHP Twins $13.4 Grade B x x 98 88 x
133 Alec Hansen RHP White Sox $13.4 Grade B x x 97 94 x
134 Frankie Montas RHP Athletics $13.4 Grade B x x 86 x 98
135 Brandon Woodruff RHP Brewers $13.2 Grade B 50 82 x x x
136 Anthony Banda LHP Diamondbacks $13.2 Grade B 50 88 x x x
137 Christian Arroyo 3B Giants $13.1 x 55 x x x 85
138 Albert Abreu RHP Yankees $12.9 Grade B x x 82 x x
139 Derek Fisher OF Astros $12.8 Grade B-/B x x x 71 79
140 Justin Dunn RHP Mets $12.5 Grade B/B- 50 100 x 76 x
141 Walker Buehler RHP Dodgers $12.5 Grade B/B- 50 x 94 x 89
142 Adrian Morejon LHP Padres $12.5 Grade B/B- 50 98 x x 100
143 Jack Flaherty RHP Cardinals $12.3 Grade B x x x x x
144 Dakota Hudson RHP Cardinals $12.3 Grade B x x x x x
145 Cody Sedlock RHP Orioles $12.3 Grade B x x x x x
146 Touki Toussaint RHP Braves $12.3 Grade B x x x x x
147 Phil Bickford RHP Brewers $12.3 Grade B x x x x x
148 Zack Burdi RHP White Sox $12.3 Grade B x x x x x
149 Rob Kaminsky LHP Indians $12.3 Grade B x x x x x
150 Dane Dunning RHP White Sox $12.3 Grade B x x x x x
151 Oscar De La Cruz RHP Cubs $12.3 Grade B x x x x x
152 Jordan Sheffield RHP Dodgers $12.3 Grade B x x x x x
153 Grant Holmes RHP Athletics $12.0 Grade B/B- x x 60 x 81
154 Thomas Szapucki LHP Mets $11.1 Grade B/B- x x 69 x x
155 Ryan McMahon 3B-1B Rockies $11.1 Grade B/B- x x x x x
156 Austin Riley 3B Braves $11.1 Grade B/B- x x x x x
157 Luis Urias INF Padres $11.1 Grade B/B- x x x x x
158 Nick Williams OF Phillies $10.8 x x x 51 56 x
159 Ramon Laureano OF Astros $10.5 Grade B-/B x x x 83 x
160 Trent Clark OF Brewers $10.2 x x x 99 91 x
161 Juan Hillman LHP Indians $10.0 Grade B/B- x x x x x
162 Jacob Nix RHP Padres $10.0 Grade B/B- x x x x x
163 Daniel Gossett RHP Athletics $10.0 Grade B/B- x x x x x
164 Dinelson Lamet RHP Padres $10.0 Grade B/B- x x x x x
165 Eric Lauer LHP Padres $10.0 Grade B/B- x x x x x
166 Franklyn Kilome RHP Phillies $9.5 Grade B-/B x x 74 x x
167 Luis Castillo RHP Marlins $9.4 x x x x 45 x
168 Lucas Erceg 3B Brewers $8.8 Grade B- 50 x x x x
169 Brandon Nimmo OF Mets $8.5 Grade B-/B x x x x x
170 Desmond Lindsay OF Mets $8.5 Grade B-/B x x x x x
171 Gavin Cecchini SS Mets $8.5 Grade B-/B x x x x x
172 Dan Vogelbach 1B Mariners $8.5 Grade B-/B x x x x x
173 Bryan Reynolds OF Giants $8.5 Grade B-/B x x x x x
174 Teoscar Hernandez OF Astros $8.5 Grade B-/B x x x x x
175 Rhys Hoskins 1B Phillies $8.5 Grade B-/B x x x x x
176 Shed Long 2B Reds $8.5 Grade B-/B x x x x x
177 Brock Stewart RHP Dodgers $8.2 Grade B- x x x 65 x
178 Cody Reed LHP Reds $8.2 Grade B- x 69 x x x
179 Joey Wentz LHP Braves $8.1 Grade B-/B x x x x x
180 Chih-Wei Hu RHP Rays $8.1 Grade B-/B x x x x x
181 Jacob Faria RHP Rays $8.1 Grade B-/B x x x x x
182 Nick Niedert RHP Mariners $8.1 Grade B-/B x x x x x
183 Jon Harris RHP Blue Jays $8.1 Grade B-/B x x x x x
184 Ty Blach LHP Giants $8.1 Grade B-/B x x x x x
185 Jaime Schultz RHP Rays $8.1 Grade B-/B x x x x x
186 Andrew Suarez LHP Giant $8.1 Grade B-/B x x x x x
187 Sixto Sanchez RHP Phillies $8.0 Grade B- x 80 x x x
188 Brett Phillips OF Brewers $7.9 x x x 75 x x
189 Adonis Medina P Phillies $7.6 x x x 91 x x
190 Anderson Tejeda 2B/SS Rangers $7.6 x x x 95 x x
191 Michael Gettys OF Padres $7.6 x x x x 77 x
192 Miguel Andujar 3B Yankees $7.6 x x x x 100 x
193 Jeimer Candelario x Cubs $7.6 x x x x x 92
194 Fernando Tatis Jr. 3B Padres $7.5 x 50 x x x x
195 Andres Gimenez SS Mets $7.5 x 50 x x x x
196 Dustin Fowler CF Yankees $7.5 x 50 x x x x
197 Ke’Bryan Hayes 3B Pirates $7.5 x 50 x x x x
198 Tom Szapucki LHP Mets $7.2 x x x x 75 x
199 Conner Greene RHP Blue Jays $7.0 x x x x 86 x
200 Tyler Wade SS Yankees $6.8 x x x 101 x x
201 Trey Mancini 1B Orioles $6.5 Grade B- x x x x x
202 Matt Olson 1B Athletics $6.5 Grade B- x x x x x
203 Christian Pache OF Braves $6.5 Grade B- x x x x x
204 Yu-Cheng Chang SS Indians $6.5 Grade B- x x x x x
205 Lewin Diaz 1B Twins $6.5 Grade B- x x x x x
206 Jesus Sanchez OF Rays $6.5 Grade B- x x x x x
207 Renato Nunez 3B Athletics $6.5 Grade B- x x x x x
208 Daniel Robertson SS Rays $6.5 Grade B- x x x x x
209 Paul DeJong 3B-SS Cardinals $6.5 Grade B- x x x x x
210 Mark Zagunis OF Cubs $6.5 Grade B- x x x x x
211 Jeimer Candelario 3B Cubs $6.5 Grade B- x x x x x
212 Keibert Ruiz C Dodgers $6.5 Grade B- x x x x x
213 Joshua Lowe 3B Rays $6.5 Grade B- x x x x x
214 Nolan Jones 3B Indians $6.5 Grade B- x x x x x
215 Dawel Lugo SS-3B Diamondbacks $6.5 Grade B- x x x x x
216 Marcos Diplan RHP Brewers $6.5 Grade B- x x x x x
217 Max Povse RHP Mariners $6.5 Grade B- x x x x x
218 Taylor Clarke RHP Diamondbacks $6.5 Grade B- x x x x x
219 Steven Okert LHP Giants $6.5 Grade B- x x x x x

One immediate take away is how much the top of the list is dominated by position players. Alex Reyes comes in 16th and first overall among pitchers. However, only MiLB’s list takes into account that he’ll be burning a year and a half of service time thanks to Tommy John Surgery. That makes new White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito (17th) the game’s best pitching prospect.

It’s easy to see why the top of the list is so dominated by hitters: each valuation system we used had higher values for each level for hitters than pitchers. Once you get through the first thirty spots or so, pitchers start to be included just as often as hitters. The Cardinals place ten players on this list, more than average. They have eight players valued from $23.1M to $12.3M, with Reyes at $55.7M and DeJong at $6.5M

The next natural thing to do was sort this by team. This would give us a good representation of which teams have the best farm systems, as well as rough dollar amounts to ballpark the worth of those systems:

The Braves, Yankees, and White Sox pretty clearly mark the top three. Even if these estimates aren’t precise enough to say they’re definitely ranked in that order, the graph makes a pretty good argument that those are the top 3. The White Sox could top the Braves’ current figure by shopping Jose Quintanta and Todd Frazier and the deadline, though the Braves figure to be selling some pieces at the deadline too. If you sort the above list by team, you can see which prospects represent each team.

There’s a $140M gap between the Braves and the Brewers, who begin a thirteen team tier from $233 to $176M. The Cardinals are in the middle of that second tier, at eleventh overall and just short of $200M value, about $45M more than average.

The Yankees made quite a killing at last year’s deadline by trading Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller. They’ve also generally avoided trading prospects the last few years, stocking them up. The White Sox of course picked up a lot of talent this off-season with the Chris Sale and Adam Eaton trades. Only $68M worth of the White Sox’s $277M valuation was in the organization at the beginning of the off-season. Had they decided against selling, they’d have the 24th best rank here, assuming they didn’t trade any prospects away.

The Braves of course are nearing the end of a massive rebuilding effort. The public scouts like their system the best. They also place the most players of any team, fourteen, nearly twice the average. The Brewers are relatively early in their rebuild, and it looks way better so far than the Reds, who started rebuilding around the same time but still place in the second-half of the ranks.

The Pirates and Dodgers ability to place so high while competing every year is phenomenal. The Dodgers and Yankees’ high valuations here make me worry a little bit about high-payroll teams dominating. The Pirates did trade Mark Melancon at last year’s deadline, but the biggest piece going back to them is on the major league roster and not counted as a prospect. The fact that both teams rank higher than the Phillies, who have been rebuilding for a couple years, is pretty impressive. The Pirates are actually one of the most top-heavy, with only six players making the list, and four of those being consensus Top 50 prospects.

The Indians still have a strong system after trading for Miller last deadline, and can make some big moves at this year’s deadline if needed. That’s where the Cards come in, just barely ahead of the Phillies and Cubs, one team of which is in the middle of rebuilding, and another who just got done recently and still has a middling system after promoting what feels like dozens of top prospects at this point.

I mentioned in my previews that the Rockies are a fringey, but interesting team. Their farm system could help them turn into legitimate Wild Card contender in the near future. Dave Dombroski gets a lot of flack for trading prospects, but he still retains a middling farm system while the Red Sox project to win their division. Maybe it just underscores how good of a job previous executives did to build that farm system.

The Twins have a lot of work to do. The Rangers have mostly emptied out what was one of the best farm systems just a few years ago. The Diamondbacks and Marlins may be the worst positioned teams in the game at the moment, as they combine weak farm systems with only an outside chance at a Wild Card at best on the major league side. The Angels would be too, if they didn’t have the best player in the game. It’s hard to know since players of that caliber aren’t traded often, but if the Angels decided to trade Mike Trout to the highest bidder this deadline, their farm would be at least in that crowded second tier of teams. Anyone down with trading all of the Cardinals prospects featured here for Mike Trout?

Of course, prospects not found on one of these six lists have value too. For instance, when looking at John Sickels’ Cardinals Top Prospect list, seven Cardinals not found on his Top 200 ranked a “B-”, which was the last grade given in his Top 200. There was 38 other Cardinal prospects Sickels found to have at least a “C” grade, which is $2.3M a piece. Those 45 combine for over $120M extra value right there. Each other team has players like that of course, so it’ll take going through all the team-specific lists to see if that allows the Cardinals to jump farther ahead in the prospect standings. It helps give you an idea of what a organization with a lot of depth past the top 200 can be worth though.

I tried to make sure no one ended up on this list twice, as prospect writers don’t all agree on exact names. For instance, across the six sources, I encountered “Vlad Guerrero Jr.”, “Vladimir Guerrero”, “Vladimir Guerrero Jr.“ and “Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.” If you see someone listed twice, let me know in the comments and I’ll get it fixed. Same goes for position or team, though for those I almost exclusively relied on what the prospect elevator put down.

Again, these are just rough estimates, based on assumptions. I think they’re good assumptions, but they’re not perfect. They’re something to look back at and reference, when including each outlets’ ranking (or non-ranking) as context. We’re just getting the season started, but before you know it, it’ll be mid-season and the Trade Deadline will be a big topic again. This gets us a little more prepared for it.