Since 2008, I have participated in a 30-team fantasy baseball keeper league. One of the areas that most owners pay close attention to is prospect watching – pick up the right youngster at the right time and you can either hold onto him while he matures into a solid talent or trade him off for a proven big leaguer to someone who values his potential.
Last season, when I was still writing at Bus Leagues Baseball, I grabbed a bunch of Top 100 prospect lists from around the internet and wrote them into my Baseball America Prospect Handbook. Since that was always in my bag, all I had to do was flip to a particular player to see where he fit in the grand scheme of things. I did the same thing this year, but took it one step further and put seven different highly respected lists into a spreadsheet*: Baseball America, Fangraphs, Baseball Prospects, MLB.com, John Sickels, Keith Law, and Scout.com.
*I’m not opposed to adding more lists to the spreadsheet – in fact, former Bus Leagues star Scott Grauer is unveiling his Top 100 at DRaysBay this week – but those are the ones that are in there for now.
There ended up being 166 different names in the spreadsheet, which seemed like a low number**. So I decided to count up how many different lists each player appeared on, to give me an idea of how each prospect was regarded by the evaluators as a group, and separated them out accordingly.
**Of those 166, 164 are owned by teams in Lozoball. The only two who aren’t are Chris Reed, who is a free agent, and Nick Tropeano, who hasn’t been added to the CBS Sports system, which hosts our league.
7 Star (70 out of 166)
Jose Fernandez, Miami; Javier Baez, Chicago (NL); Jonathan Singleton, Houston; Albert Almora, Chicago (NL); George Springer, Houston; Byron Buxton, Minnesota; Francisco Lindor, Cleveland; Jake Marisnick, Miami; Nick Franklin, Seattle; Jedd Gyorko, San Diego; Trevor Rosenthal, St. Louis; Dylan Bundy, Baltimore; Oscar Taveras, St. Louis; Miguel Sano, Minnesota; Christian Yelich, Miami; Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati; Nick Castellanos, Detroit; Archie Bradley, Arizona; Mason Williams, New York (AL); Addison Russell, Oakland; Robert Stephenson, Cincinnati; Alen Hanson, Pittsburgh; Aaron Sanchez, Toronto; Brian Goodwin, Washington; Matt Davidson, Arizona; Travis d’Arnaud, New York (NL); Noah Syndergaard, New York (NL); Anthony Rendon, Washington; Max Fried, San Diego; Martin Perez, Texas; Carlos Correa, Houston; Jameson Taillon, Pittsburgh; Bubba Starling, Kansas City; Kaleb Cowart, Los Angeles (AL); Kyle Crick, San Francisco; Taylor Guerrieri, Tampa Bay; Jake Odorizzi, Tampa Bay; Zack Wheeler, New York (NL); Carlos Martinez, St. Louis; Oswaldo Arcia, Minnesota; Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh; Mike Zunino, Seattle; Jesse Biddle, Philadelphia; Trevor Bauer, Cleveland; Kevin Gausman, Baltimore; Chris Archer, Tampa Bay; Gary Sanchez, New York (AL); Tony Cingrani, Cincinnati; Justin Nicolino, Miami; Trevor Story, Colorado; Taijuan Walker, Seattle; Alex Meyer, Minnesota; Kyle Zimmer, Kansas City; Danny Hultzen, Seattle; Matt Barnes, Boston; Tyler Skaggs, Arizona; Casey Kelly, San Diego; David Dahl, Colorado; Wily Peralta, Milwaukee; Hak-Ju Lee, Tampa Bay; Julio Teheran, Atlanta; Shelby Miller, St. Louis; Jurickson Profar, Texas; Wil Myers, Tampa Bay; Xander Bogaerts, Boston; Mike Olt, Texas; Jackie Bradley, Boston; Jorge Soler, Chicago (NL); Aaron Hicks, Minnesota; Kolten Wong, St. Louis
6 Star (15 out of 166)
Luis Heredia, Pittsburgh; Allen Webster, Boston; Courtney Hawkins, Chicago (AL); Austin Hedges, San Diego; Rymer Liriano, San Diego; Kyle Gibson, Minnesota; Lucas Giolito, Washington; Nolan Arenado, Colorado; Michael Wacha, St. Louis; Yordano Ventura, St. Louis; J.R. Graham, Atlanta; Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles (NL); Zach Lee, Los Angeles (NL); Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh; Delino DeShields, Houston
5 Star (8 out of 166)
Tyler Austin, New York (AL); Adam Eaton, Arizona; Dorssys Paulino, Cleveland; A.J. Cole, Washington; Robert Osuna, Toronto; James Paxton, Seattle; Slade Heathcott, New York (AL); Daniel Corcino, Cincinnati
4 Star (8 out of 166)
Arodys Vizcaino, Chicago (NL); Jarred Cosart, Houston; Jonathan Schoop, Baltimore; Andrew Heaney, Miami; Clayton Blackburn, San Francisco; Didi Gregorius, Arizona; Bruce Rondon, Detroit; Tyler Thornburg, Milwaukee
3 Star (11 out of 166)
Dan Straily, Oakland; Gary Brown, San Francisco; Avisail Garcia, Detroit; Alex Colome, Tampa Bay; Corey Seager, Los Angeles (NL); Jorge Alfaro, Texas; Luis Sardinas, Texas; Leonys Martin, Texas; Henry Owens, Boston; Cody Buckel, Texas; Michael Choice, Oakland
2 Star (15 out of 166)
Carlos Sanchez, Chicago (AL); Tyrell Jenkins, St. Louis; Marcus Stroman, Toronto; Christian Bethancourt, Atlanta; Chris Stratton, San Francisco; Marcell Ozuna, Miami; Lewis Brinson, Texas; Joc Pederson, Los Angeles (NL); Eddie Rosario, Minnesota; Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles (NL); Sean Nolin, Toronto; Michael Fulmer, New York (NL); Adalberto Mondesi, Kansas City; Lance McCullers, Houston; Adam Morgan, Philadelphia
1 Star (39 out of 166)
Victor Sanchez, Seattle; Dan Vogelbach, Chicago (NL); Max Kepler, Minnesota; Garin Cecchini, Boston; Wilmer Flores, New York (NL); Brad Miller, Seattle; Nick Tropeano, Houston; Robbie Erlin, San Diego; Matt Adams, St. Louis; Roman Quinn, Philadelphia; Ethan Martin, Philadelphia; Joey Gallo, Texas; Rougned Odor, Texas; Jesse Winker, Cincinnati; Clint Coulter, Milwaukee; Stefen Romero, Seattle; Nick Maronde, Los Angeles (AL); Nathan Karns, Washington; Matt Wisler, San Diego; Kyle Parker, Colorado; Justin Grimm, Texas; Brandon Maurer, Seattle; Andrew Chafin, Arizona; Jose Berrios, Minnesota; Victor Roache, Milwaukee; Barrett Barnes, Pittsburgh; Eduardo Rodriguez, Baltimore; Adeiny Hechavarria, Miami; Richie Shaffer, Tampa Bay; Matt Skole, Washington; Jonathan Villar, Houston; Jose Iglesias, Boston; Chris Reed, Los Angeles (NL); Stryker Trahan, Arizona; Sonny Gray, Oakland; Chris Owings, Arizona; Manny Banuelos, New York (AL); Josh Bell, Pittsburgh; Joe Ross, San Diego