With an accelerated start to spring training due to the participation of MLB players in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, many of baseball’s top prospects have received extensive playing time in major league camp.
In addition to offering every organization a unique, firsthand look at their young talent, the unusual spring schedule also created an unprecedented opportunity to scout the game’s top prospects against established big league players.
Since unveiling Prospect Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects in early February, a large contingent of prospects have improved their overall ranking with a strong showing this spring. That said, it’s also imperative that fans and scouts don't form strong opinions based on a small sample size.
Therefore, I only considered a prospect’s numbers in a positive light. No blossoming player should be penalized for a lackluster performance against considerably advanced competition.
At the same time, that doesn’t mean a player warrants a surge up the ranks with an impressive showing over the course of the spring. Rather, a more favorable ranking in this installment is a product of the player's spring performance relative to their overall development and future projection.
Here’s a look at Prospect Pipeline’s top 50 prospects headed into the 2013 season.