Breaking Down Baseball America's Midseason Top 50 Prospects

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Breaking Down Baseball America's Midseason Top 50 Prospects
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As expected, Bryce Harper remains the No. 1 prospect in baseball after a strong first half and a promotion to Double-A.

Baseball America released their midseason edition of their Top 50 prospect rankings for Major League Baseball about a week ago. You can find the list here, although you'll have to subscribe in order to view the expanded rankings with minor blips about each player.

While the list is comprised of some players who are pretty much household names by now (guys like Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and Julio Teheran), there are also plenty of surprises. Like Mariners right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker, for example, who snuck into the Top 40. Or Leonys Martin, who wasn't even signed by Texas until early May and then managed to jump all the way to No. 25 on the list.

The rankings are also missing some pretty big names, like lefty Tyler Matzek, who the Rockies spent their first-round pick on two-years ago. Matzek has suffered with some terrible control issues, leading to the team shutting him down and allowing him to return to California to work with his high school training coach.

It also features some guys who are suffering from what I like to call "prospect fatigue." That means they've simply been around in the Minors long enough to actually warrant a drop in the rankings because of the influx of new talent via the draft or international signings. The two most notable players suffering from this deadly ailment are New York's Jesus Montero and Tampa Bay's Desmond Jennings.

Without further ado, let's get into the list... 

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