A Look at MLB’s Top Prospects — CB Garrett Assignment 5
February 10, 2018
When Shohei Othani signed with the Los Angeles Angels this offseason, it was highly regarded that the “Japanese Babe Ruth” would be the consensus number one prospect in baseball. But among the three of the five major prospect lists (with Baseball Prospectus yet to release their top prospects and Keith Law’s ESPN top prospects requiring a subscription to view), that was not even the case. Fast rising Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna got the nod as top prospect by Baseball America. Acuna has displayed raw power in his limited time in the minor leagues and at only 20 years old, could be set to make his major league debut this season.
Overall, 28 of 30 MLB teams have at least one player ranked in one of the three scouting service, with the Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals being the only two without a representative. The Atlanta Braves have the most representatives, with 11 players being ranked in at least one of the three services. The leader in this last season was the Chicago White Sox, which still boasts one of the strongest farm systems in baseball, but graduated some of their talent to the major leagues.
A couple more interesting notes is that Nick Senzel of the Cincinnati Reds is the only player with the same rank by all three services. He is ranked as the consensus number seven prospect in baseball. Christian Pache of the Braves is the highest ranked player to be unranked in either of the other scouting services. He is ranked 37th by Fangraphs and is unranked by both Baseball America and MLB Pipeline.
A sortable table of the top 100 prospects for each of the three scouting services is below.