FanGraphs Top 50 Prospects

I stated last week that I had no plans to release a mid-season top prospects list, but the popularity of the Top 100 prospects review series forced me to reconsider. So I spent the weekend compiling an updated Top 50 prospect list.

The prospect ranks are a little thin this year, with teams leaning on young talent more — and more prospects, in general, appear to be spending less time in the minors before getting thrown into the big league fire.

With this particular list the Top 25, or so, prospects are set pretty firmly in my mind while the latter half of the list is very interchangeable and there are 10-15 players leftover who could easily slide onto the list with much argument.

Please note, the list does not include any 2012 draft picks or prospects currently playing in the Majors.

1. Jurickson Profar, SS, Texas Rangers
2. Dylan Bundy, RHP, Baltimore Orioles
3. Wil Myers, OF, Kansas City Royals
4. Zack Wheeler, RHP, New York Mets
5. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
6. Taijuan Walker, RHP, Seattle Mariners
7. Danny Hultzen, LHP, Seattle Mariners
8. Travis d’Arnaud, C, Toronto Blue Jays
9. Manny Machado, SS, Baltimore Orioles
10. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates
11. Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Arizona Diamondbacks
12. Julio Teheran, RHP, Atlanta Braves
13. Nick Castellanos, 3B, Detroit Tigers
14. Jose Fernandez, RHP, Miami Marlins
15. Archie Bradley, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks
16. Nolan Arenado, 3B, Colorado Rockies
17. Xander Bogaerts, 3B, Boston Red Sox
18. Oscar Taveras, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
19. Carlos Martinez, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
20. Shelby Miller, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
21. Francisco Lindor, SS, Cleveland Indians
22. Matt Harvey, RHP, New York Mets
23. Christian Yelich, 1B/OF, Miami Marlins
24. Jonathan Singleton, OF/1B, Houston Astros
25. Jacob Turner, RHP, Detroit Tigers
26. Zach Lee, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
27. Miguel Sano, 3B, Minnesota Twins
28. Jake Odorizzi, RHP, Kansas City Royals
29. Gary Sanchez, C, New York Yankees
30. Hak-Ju Lee, SS, Tampa Bay Rays
31. Mike Olt, 3B, Texas Rangers
32. Mason Williams, OF, New York Yankees
33. Bubba Starling, OF, Kansas City Royals
34. Matt Barnes, RHP, Boston Red Sox
35. Anthony Gose, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
36. Javier Baez, SS, Chicago Cubs
37. Billy Hamilton, SS, Cincinnati Reds
38. Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays
39. Jake Marisnick, OF, Toronto Blue Jays
40. Matt Davidson, 3B, Arizona Diamondbacks
41. Alen Hanson, SS, Pittsburgh Pirates
42. Rymer Liriano, OF, San Diego Padres
43. Anthony Rendon, 3B, Washington Nationals
44. Jackie Bradley, OF, Boston Red Sox
45. Tyler Austin, OF, New York Yankees
46. James Paxton, LHP, Seattle Mariners
47. Jesse Biddle, LHP, Philadelphia Phillies
48. Eddie Rosario, 2B/OF, Minnesota Twins
49. Tyler Thornburg, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers
50. Jedd Gyorko, 3B, San Diego Padres

Marc Hulet has been writing at FanGraphs since 2008. His work focuses on prospects and fantasy. Follow him on Twitter @marchulet.

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10 years ago

Any chance you could list the 10-15 near misses. It would probably cut down the number of what about that guy questions.

10 years ago
Reply to  Simon

Wouldn’t that make it a Top 60-65?

10 years ago
Reply to  anello52

Not if they aren’t in order.