Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 5/11/13
With a month of the minor league season in the books, chat questions are already rolling in about who the top prospect will be in 2014. Each month, I’ll take a look at players who were close in 2013 (we’ll call them “Headliners”), plus fast risers who are staking an early claim to the top spot (we’ll call them “Opening Acts”). To begin this exercise, it’s important to understand where the number one pick comes from. Since 1990, Baseball America has been releasing its top-100 prospects list. Below is a chart of the year, number-one prospect, and where he ranked the year previous. Year B.A. No. 1 Prospect Previous Rank 1990 Steve Avery N/A 1991 Todd Van Poppel Draft 1992 Brien Taylor Draft 1993 Chipper Jones 4 1994 Cliff Floyd 34 1995 Alex Rodriguez 6 1996 Andruw Jones 21 1997 Andruw Jones 1 1998 Ben Grieve 18 1999 J.D. Drew Draft 2000 Rick Ankiel 2 2001 Josh Hamilton 13 2002 Josh Beckett 3 2003 Mark Teixeira 10 2004 Joe Mauer 4 2005 Joe Mauer 1 2006
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