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Keith Law releases his top 100 prospects list

Jan 27, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

Following up on yesterday’s organizational rankings Keith Law today releases what I feel to be the most thorough and useful top prospects lists we get each year: his top 100 prospects list and his top-10-in-each-organization list.  Yes, it’s for those with Insider subscriptions only.

Law gets a salary by virtue of people buying the Insider cow, so I won’t give away the milk for free. But do know that Law agrees with the people in ranking Mike Trout first. He has Bryce Harper second and Domonic Brown third.

There are more Yankees on his list — and higher — than I presumed there would be.  The Rays have eight in the top 100. The Jays and Royals have six each. The Astros have only one player in the top 100.  The Brewers: zero. Eeek. Every other team has at least two.

If you care at all about prospects — and how can you not? — cancel your appointments for the rest of the day and read Law’s thoughtful writeups of each of the top 100.  Great stuff.

  1. BC - Jan 27, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    The Astros are a smoldering crater at this point. As a Mets fan, I’m glad I’m not THEM. Put it that way.
    Now that I’ve said this, the Astros will win the division and the Mets will win 65 games.

  2. sportsdrenched - Jan 27, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    As a Royals Fan this is all there is. Well maybe not. At least this youth movement actually has youth. Unlike the last 20 times they had a youth movement, yet fielded one of the oldest teams in the league.

  3. soobster - Jan 27, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Well that was a buzzkill. Thanks for linking to a site you can’t see unless you’re an insider, Craig.

    Here’s an actual viewable list. How about you use this instead?

    • ThatGuy - Jan 27, 2011 at 11:39 AM

      Did you not read this part of Craigs blog “Law gets a salary by virtue of people buying the Insider cow, so I won’t give away the milk for free. ” It would be unprofessional to recreate the list, but if you have insider its a great list because there is a lot of detail about every prospect in the top 100.

    • seattlej - Jan 27, 2011 at 12:43 PM

      Yeah, uh, he linked to that list a couple of days ago and basically says just that in his post. Did you read it at all or do you just click on the colored parts?

    • seattlej - Jan 27, 2011 at 12:44 PM

      And I should probably add that you get what you pay for. The KLaw list is well worth the subscription for a month.

  4. Alex K - Jan 27, 2011 at 12:03 PM

    The Cubs also only have one in the top 100. But they have 4 is the “just missed” category.

    • Alex K - Jan 27, 2011 at 12:04 PM

      The White Sox also only have one…

  5. skipperxc - Jan 27, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    As a Brewers fan, if this season doesn’t work out and compensation picks go away so we get nothing for Fielder and/or Weeks, how many years are we from competing? 5? 10? We’ve got *nothing* in the pipeline. So depressing.

  6. bigtrav425 - Jan 27, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    to bad im not a insider so i could read it..But considering our major league team is relaly a triple A team (Indians) i think il hear enough about prospects this yr

    • spudchukar - Jan 27, 2011 at 2:05 PM

      You have just insulted a number of AAA teams.

  7. bradwins - Jan 27, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Whoever thought of this “Insider” garbage should be set on fire.

  8. TheNaturalMevs - Jan 27, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Honestly… how much more baseball did Law play than me? I like Keith Law… but to charge to see a list of his top 100 prospects is a load of crap. So elitist just b/c it’s his list it’s some kind of bible.

    How about I make a list of top prospects? I watch as much baseball as Law and mine will be free. had Aroldis Chapman 6th. Shows where their head is. These guys are hacks.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 27, 2011 at 2:56 PM

      I watch as much baseball as Law and mine will be free

      Dollars to donuts you don’t. Have you worked in a MLB front office? Klaw has. Have you been a paid professional scout? Klaw has/is. Ever worked for an organization like Baseball Prospectus? Klaw has.

      • spudchukar - Jan 27, 2011 at 10:00 PM

        As readers of a few of my posts know, I am seldom in Keith Law’s corner. However, the guy does yeoman like work researching minor league talent. I do believe he relies on axiomatic evaluation theories to an excess, and perhaps that is due to his lack of actually playing. Nonetheless, his devotion to his trade and extraordinary diligence attending to the progress of developing young players is unmatched by anyone I know. ESPN charges $2 a month for their “Insider” access, plus a copy of their regrettably sorry magazine. Not exactly a major rip-off, with or without their putrid periodical. Reading Law is informative, instructive, and interesting. Reading you NatMevs is none of those.

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