So far, we’ve already seen Keith Law’s top prospect list, as well as MLB.com’s and Baseball America’s. Today, we got Baseball Prospectus’ list. Actually, if you have a copy of the Baseball Prospectus Annual, you’ve already had this list. However, today is the day it was published online for all to see. There are a few changes from the other lists.
The first and most noticeable difference is that Andrew Benintendi is not number one on their list. Instead, he’s number three. While it’s a bit of a bummer to see another prospect top this list, it’s no shot at Benintendi. BP places Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes in the top spot and Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson at number two. If it’s any consolation, Benintendi still ranks ahead of Yoan Moncada, who comes in at number five.
After that, Rafael Devers is lucky number 13. The young third baseman has been in the top-20 on all four major lists now, and this is his second best ranking. BP raves about his hit and power tools, but expresses more concern than others that he’ll have to move across the diamond. They also mention the possibility of Devers showing a bit more swing and miss as he moves up the ladder.
Finally, Jason Groome comes in at number 29. As a young pitcher with essentially no professional experience, there was some variance to be expected in his rankings. It’s clear, however, just how talented evaluators think the lefty is. He has now been ranked in the top-50 on each list, and this is the second time he’s been placed in the top-30.
Prospect season is fun, but now that camp is underway it’s only a matter of time before we start to see these guys in real action. I, for one, can’t wait to see if they can make good on these rankings.