Well, it was close, but with 4250% of his nearest competitor's vote total, Xander Bogaerts has taken the top spot on our list for 2014.
- Xander Bogaerts, SS
There was never any question. We've been waiting on Bogaerts for years, and now he's arrived. He'll top prospect lists for all of baseball this year, and will do so with a strong playoff performance and World Series championship already under his belt. Starts don't get much more auspicious than that.
We don't need to wax any more poetic about Xander than that, I don't think. We've spent much of the offseason doing so, particularly this last month as prospect rankings have taken center stage courtesy of the fast-acting free agency/trade market wrapping up business before the Winter Meetings even began. Instead, let's move on to the second spot, where things get marginally more interesting.
A reminder of how this works: I'll name candidates in the comments below, and you rec the comment of the player you want to vote for. For those unfamiliar with how to go about that, just click "actions" underneath the comment and then "rec." Nice and easy, though you do have to be a member to join in.
On the off chance I forget or otherwise leave someone out, you are free to start your own voting thread for that player. I'll even give it a rec of my own to make up for your vote.
As for rules, please stick to just the one vote. That's about it.