As the final quarter of the 2014 Major League Baseball season approaches, it's time to take stock of the top performances to date from the best prospects in the sport down in the minors.
Speaking of the minor leagues, there's even less of a season left, as most circuits wrap up their regular seasons by early September. That means there's not much time for position players and pitchers to pump up their production from here on out. While statistics will change, there's a good chance that the most impressive players so far will remain as such down the stretch.
What follows, then, is a look at the All-Prospect Team based on performance to this point, with each position being represented.
Although the goal is to include only legitimate, highly regarded prospects, this is not purely a listing of the best prospect at each position. Rather, it's a rundown of the top youngster at each spot who has had the best 2014 campaign.
In other words, while Minnesota Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton still is considered one of the best prospects around (if not the best), an early wrist injury has limited him to just 29 games overall. Even if he's back on the diamond now, that won't get it done for the purposes of this piece.
Another thing to keep in mind: Players were considered as long as they remain prospect-eligible, meaning they can currently be in the majors, but they can't have exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched. Also, only a player's performance in the minors (not the majors) was taken into account.
Put simply, this is the best of the best for this year.