Bullpen Banter Midseason Top 75 Prospect List
Once again, it’s come time for us to release our midseason prospect list. It’s been another incredible baseball season for the player development side of the game, both in terms of players blossoming in the minors, and for those who have reached the promised land of the Major Leagues. Now it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty details of figuring out who the best of the best have been, and the list below represents our collective thoughts on just who the best prospects in the game are right now.
With the midseason list, we have a few different rules than with our big offseason list. The biggest one that you should know is that any major league service time for a player disqualifies them from consideration. That means guys like Carlos Martinez or Zach Wheeler, who would normally be ranked very highly, won’t be found on this list (ed.- As of when the lists were compiled and this piece originally written, Kyle Gibson had not yet been promoted to the majors, so it was decided that he would remain in the ranking). Also, all picks from the 2013 draft are eligible to be ranked, whether they have signed yet or not. As has become our tradition with publishing these lists, I present the Bullpen Banter ranking philosophy, put into words by Jeff Reese:
Assembling a top prospect list is a quixotic venture. Every prospector has his own subjective preferences and biases; some use various formulae to try to simplify the task, but the goal is always the same. We are attempting to project the top 100 future major league players out of a vast pool of incomplete players whose skill level is always in flux. A player’s “stock” can go through wild fluctuations throughout a season, and I would venture to say that it’s rare to find a legitimate prospect that doesn’t go through such an ebb and flow. This is the primary reason why we find little utility in statistical evaluations that we endorse when applied to major league players. Comparatively, major league players’ talent and, more importantly, skill level is a constant. Similar to Spring Training statistics, a minor league player may be working on certain aspects of his game rather than doing everything in his power to help his team succeed, making the raw statistical line little more than noise.
Any attempt at assembling the best among this group is going to simply be a photograph of the current state of things at an arbitrary moment in time. The brief period between the end of winter leagues and the start of spring training gives us a window to coalesce our thoughts, but we must never lose sight of that fact; nor may we think that a player’s exclusion equates to him being a “non-prospect.” ~ Jeff Reese
Now without further ado, I give to you the official Bullpen Banter Midseason Top 75 Prospect List:
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