Although every top MLB prospect has a unique background and personality, we can't help but compare the top 10 to current major league stars. The objective is to find doppelgangers who share numerous strengths, weaknesses and physical features, as well as overall potential.
Everybody seems to have an opinion about who the top minor league players are entering the second half of the 2013 season, but this evaluation from Bleacher Report's Mike Rosenbaum is as thorough as any you'll come across. Read the full top-50 list if you haven't already.
When comparing developing pitchers to some of baseball's elite, we tried to match up guys based on size, handedness, mechanics, mix of pitches and velocity. For position players, it was about raw tools, defensive profile (not necessarily specific position) and general instincts. Race and country of origin weren't taken into consideration.
Keep in mind that all of these projections are incredibly optimistic. Phil Hughes (New York Yankees) and Travis Snider (Pittsburgh Pirates), for example, were lauded as top-10 prospects by major publications once upon a time, and they sure haven't ascended to stardom.
Rather, the following are best-case scenarios for the sport's elite youngsters.