This is not a top prospect list, which is based on skills and a player’s perceived eventual ceiling. Instead, this is a list of minor leaguers (yes, they’re also prospects), ranked based on how valuable they might be as bargaining chips who could be used in a trade.
These rankings will take into account whether the prospect is peaking, in terms of stats, which would maximize his trade value. We will also take into account whether each prospect is able to be replaced by another prospect in the system, or if that prospect is blocked by another player in the system.
Consider this list from the Atlanta Braves perspective, and while the team (nor I) want to part with any or all of these prospects, these players are nonetheless the team’s best bargaining chips.