Over the last week Prospect Pipeline has been rolling out its team-specific prospect coverage, breaking down the top 10 prospects in every organization and their chances of making an impact at the highest level.
However, today we’re deviating from the schedule to offer an early look at Major League Baseball’s top prospects for the 2014 season.
As is the case with all my rankings, any player who’s accrued 130 at-bats or 50 innings in the major leagues no longer qualifies as a prospect. Additionally, I don’t treat international free agents as true prospects—because there’s no benefit in comparing a 26-year-old Cuban defector to an 18-year-old draft pick—so you won’t find Jose Dariel Abreu, Alexander Guerrero or Miguel Gonzalez on this list.
I also want to emphasize that these are not my official rankings for 2014; any number of scenarios (acquisitions, injuries, trades) between now and the start of the regular season can and will drastically alter the current order.
Therefore, Prospect Pipeline’s official top 100 prospects for 2014 will be unveiled in late March as spring training winds down and Opening Day roster decisions are announced. So, it’s best to view this list as a tune-up—or my version of spring training—for the next rankings installment.
Here’s a look at the current top 50 prospects for the 2014 season.