2009 Scout.com Prospect Rankings

Scout.com's MLB team experts have identified the top minor league prospects in all of professional baseball. While only two Arizona Diamondbacks prospects rank among the top 100, nine appear in the top 300.

Each winter, the baseball publishers from the Scout.com network get together and hash out the top prospects in the game. Not only do they analyze their respective team's prospects, but they consider just how their team's prospects rank against the best from other clubs. After all, the Scout.com publishers are at games all over the country, watching not just their players, but keeping an eye on the competition. That knowledge goes into building the most comprehensive list of prospects that baseball fans will find: The Scout.com Top 300 Prospects list.

So, who made the elite part of the rankings this year? Who's in the Top 100?

For the Diamondbacks, young flamethrower Jarrod Parker comes in ranked #17 overall.  The sweet-swinging Gerardo Parra checks in as the 15th-best outfield prospect in baseball.  Seven other Diamondbacks cracked the top 300.  

Prospects by League

National League 51
American League 49

Prospects by Division

AL East 18
AL West 18
NL East 18
NL Central  17
NL West 16
AL Central 13

Prospects by Team

Oakland A's 6
Texas Rangers  5
Atlanta Braves 5
Baltimore Orioles 4
Cleveland Indians 4
Florida Marlins 4
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4
Milwaukee Brewers 4
New York Yankees 4
San Diego Padres 4
San Francisco Giants 4
St. Louis Cardinals 4
Tampa Bay Rays 4
Washington Nationals  4
Boston Red Sox 3
Chicago Cubs 3
Colorado Rockies 3
Kansas City Royals 3
Los Angeles Dodgers 3
Philadelphia Phillies 3
Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Seattle Mariners 3
Toronto Blue Jays 3
Arizona Diamondbacks 2
Chicago White Sox 2
Cincinnati Reds 2
Detroit Tigers 2
Minnesota Twins 2
New York Mets 2
Houston Astros  1

At the very top, there are few surprises. While the big prospect name during the winter was Baltimore's Matt Wieters, Tampa Bay's David Price came out on top. "Fresh off a sterling postseason performance, Price is a lock to crack the Rays rotation in spring training," said RaysDigest.com's Tyler Hissey. The big left-hander made his major league debut last season, but still qualifies for Rookie of the Year honors and will likely fight it out with Baltimore's Wieters, who is set to take over behind the plate for the Orioles by mid-season.

Price and Wieters finished just ahead of the Detroit Tigers' Rick Porcello, who went from being a high school pitcher to Detroit's High-A team in Lakeland and wound up leading the Florida State League with a 2.66 ERA. The highest ranked National League prospect is Tommy Hanson from the Atlanta Braves, who is battling for a spot on the club's rotation. 

While the American League took six of the top seven prospect spots, the overall ranking between the two leagues came out pretty close, with 49 of the prospects coming from the American League and 51 coming from National League clubs.

With teams always looking for pitching, the good news is that there are 44 young pitchers (13 left-handed, 31 right-handed) among the top 100 prospects. As for position players, outfielders, of course, led the way with 20 prospects, while there was just one second base prospect - Oakland's Adrian Cardenas - among the top 300.

Prospects by Position

RHP 31
OF 20
LHP 13
C 11
1B 10
SS 8
3B 6
2B 1

As for new arrivals, the highest ranking arrival was 14th ranked Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz, whom the Orioles drafted with the fourth overall pick in last year's draft. Also from last year's draft, first overall pick Tim Beckham (Tampa Bay) ranked 21st, second pick Pedro Alvarez (Pittsburgh) ranked 19th, third overall pick Eric Hosmer (Kansas City) ranked 43rd and fifth overall pick Buster Posey (San Francisco) ranked 26th.

If you want to find out more about the Top 100 players on the list, be sure to take advantage of our updated Top 100 Database, where you'll find a complete list of the Top 100 prospects and more information on each of the players.

And for the full list of the Top 300 Prospects, look for the Scout.com Prospect Guide. The guide not only presents the rest of the list, but also gives readers insight about the top players, sleepers, and prospects in each of the 30 major league clubs' organizations. Plus, this year's Prospect Guide also includes the FOXSports.com Fantasy Guide, rated by many as the best fantasy baseball publication around.

You can find the Scout.com Prospect Guide at various newsstands and book stores in the magazine section. And if you want to be among the first to receive your copy of the 2010 Prospect Guide next year, sign up for an annual subscription and not only will you get the Prospect Guide delivered to you door for free, but between now and then, you'll have coverage of your favorite major league team, complete with scouting reports, updates and interviews with top prospects. You'll also have full access to all of the other major league team sites so you can keep up with their prospects and find out about players that your team may be battling in the not-too-distant future. And if you want even more sports news and insight, you'll have it, with access to all of the Scout.com NFL, college, and high school sites.

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