Without launching into a long diatribe on the state of Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame and the lack of inductees from the 2013 class, I believe that Barry Bonds is a no-doubt Hall of Famer. Yes, he played at a legendary level with the aid of performance-enhancing drugs late in his career, but he was also a legitimate superstar before that.
A seven-time winner of the National League’s most valuable player award, Bonds batted .298/.444/.607 with 762 home runs, 514 stolen bases and 2,558 walks in 2,986 games over his 22-year career. The left-handed hitter holds the all-time record for home runs, home runs in a single season, walks and intentional walks.
According to Baseball Reference, Bond’s best seasons came in 2001 (the year he set the big-league home run record with 73) and 2002 when he registered an 11.6 WAR as a 36- and 37-year-old, respectively. He went 30-30 (30 home runs and 30 stolen bases) on five different occasions, and joined the 40-40 club in 1996 when he hit 42 home runs and stole 40 bases.
Turning our attention to the minor leagues, I ask this: is there a prospect with the potential to be the next Barry Bonds? Well, if you consider him to be one of the greatest players of all time, as I do, then it’s doubtful.
However, here’s a look at five highly regarded outfield prospects who have a superstar ceiling.
*Players that were featured in their team's top-10 prospects may contain notes from original scouting report.