The prospect watch for 2013 has begun as the minor league season got underway last Thursday. Fans and analysts have their eyes locked on what the future stars of the game will be doing for the next five months.
With just a handful of games under their belt, it is hardly time to start the hype machine if someone is off to a hot start or panicking if someone hasn't lived up to expectations. But it is fun to see where the best prospects are at in the early part of the season.
As we play stock up, stock down on the top 10 prospects in baseball this season, bear in mind that an "up" or "down" ranking doesn't reflect a movement in their position. No one is going to move, say, Oscar Taveras down if he takes on an 0-fer in the third game of the year.
Those caveats out of the way, here is how the best prospects are looking after the first four days of action.
Note: All stats courtesy of MiLB.com unless otherwise noted. Prospect rankings reflect my personal order. The list doesn't include prospects currently on Major League rosters (i.e. Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins).