For over 30 years, Baseball America has been the preeminent leader in ranking amateur and minor league prospects. The writers and editors at Baseball America have been the driving force responsible in providing baseball fans everywhere a way to learn about the top up-and-coming prospects in baseball. But one of the great things about ranking baseball prospects is that anyone can put together a list.
Another thing that I find comforting is the fact that there really is no right or wrong answer when it comes to ranking prospects. Even the so-called experts will rank players differently. All 30 major league clubs employ numerous scouts and a scouting director, and they all rank amateur prospects differently each year for the First Year Player Draft.
The same goes for the writers and editors at Baseball America. In Baseball America’s 2013 Prospect Handbook, four experts ranked their top 50 minor league prospects. Each one of their lists had many of the same players. But none of their lists were identical. So when a writer like myself or Matt Garrioch of Minor League Ball puts together a list of prospects, it will always be slightly different from the list put together by Jim Callis, Will Lingo, John Manuel, or J. J. Cooper at Baseball America.
2013 Top Prospects – Catchers
1. Mike Zunino, Mariners, 1st round 2012
2. Travis D-Arnaud, Mets, 1st round 2007
3. Austin Hedges, Padres, 2nd round 2011
4. Gary Sanchez, Yankees, $3 Million ndfa 2009
5. Tommy Joseph, Phillies, 2nd round 2009
6. Blake Swihart, Red Sox, 1st round 2011
7. Stryker Trahan, Diamondbacks, 1st round 2011
8. Clint Coulter, Brewers, 1st round 2012
9. Rob Brantly, Marlins, 3rd round 2010
10. Tom Murphy, Rockies, 3rd round 2012
11. Tim Federowicz, Dodgers, 7th round 2008
12. Max Stassi, A’s, 4th round 2009
13. J.T. Realmuto, Marlins, 3rd round 2010
14. Will Swanner, Rockies, 15th round 2010
15. Carlos Perez, Astros, ndfa 2008
16. Jorge Alfaro, Rangers, ndfa 2009
17. Tony Sanchez, Pirates, 1st round 2009
18. Christian Bethancourt, ndfa 2008
19. Andrew Susac, Giants, 2nd round 2011
20. Kevin Plawecki, Mets, 1st round 2012