Matt Moore and the Top 20 Prospects in the A.L. East

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Matt Moore and the Top 20 Prospects in the A.L. East
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There's a simple reason that the top division in baseball's junior circuit is known as the "American League Beast." Actually, there's three: Boston, New York and Tampa.

Those three teams have ended the season atop the division for the past 14 years, making it virtually impossible for Toronto or Baltimore to muster any kind of competitive effort.

The competitive spirit extends further than just the big-leagues, however. It trickles all the way down to the minor leagues, to each team's efforts to build their brand internationally, and in the draft.

It's no wonder that the top spending teams in the free-agency market, international market and the amateur draft usually hail from the East. Gotta get a leg up wherever you can, right?

It should come as no shock, then, when I make the case that the East houses the greatest collection of prospect talent in baseball.

Not only does it possess the best pitching prospect in the minors (Matt Moore), but the case could be made that it also has within it's confines the top prospect at three different positions: catcher (Travis d'Arnaud), shortstop (Manny Machado), and third base (Will Middlebrooks).

Make it four if you want to count Dylan Bundy as baseball's top right-handed pitcher, which some do.

That doesn't even take into account the recently departed Jesus Montero, who left for rainier pastures in Seattle.

Without further ado, let's dive into some rankings, the top 20 prospects in baseball's best division, the American League East.

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