Baseball, just as any other sport, is cyclical in terms of player development and decline. This year, we are seeing the deterioration of greats such as Derek Jeter and Manny Ramirez, among others. But at this same time, it is an exciting time for baseball.
A crop of extremely talented young men is about to break into the major leagues, showing as much promise as ever. From Washington's sensational Bryce Harper to the strong arm of Seattle's Michael Pineda, baseball is about to be hit by a wave of great talent.
Some of this talent, especially on high-payroll teams, is movable (Jesus Montero, Jose Iglesias) for the right price. But some are simply untouchable.
There is a general hierarchy here, but not a specific order. It is very hard to judge if one prospects is more untouchable than the next. But here are the top 25 most untouchable prospects in baseball.