Baseball America has released their rankings of the top 100 prospects in baseball, but unlike MLB’s top 50 and Keith Law’s top 100, Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels did not win the top ranking.  Instead, Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals was christened the best prospect in baseball.

Other notables include:

2. Mike Trout
3. Jesus Montero
4. Domonic Brown
6. Jeremy Hellickson
7. Aroldis Chapman
9. Mike Moustakas
17. Freddie Freeman
22. Desmond Jennings
29. Kyle Drabek
31. Casey Kelly
33. Jarrod Parker
36. Travis d’Arnaud
40. Brett Lawrie
52. Jose Iglesias
86. Craig Kimbrel
95. Deck McGuire

I have a difficult time accepting some of the methods used to compile these rankings, but at the same time it’s hard not to get a general idea of some of the top prospects in the game when you see a hundred of them listed in front of you.

Sam Miller of the OC Register put together a list of the top 100 players, ranked by WAR, that would’ve been Minor League prospects in 2001, and compares them to Baseball America’s 2001 rankings.  As he explains:

The list on the right comprises guys who could all have been All-Stars, MVPs, Hall of Famers, if everything had broken right. That’s pretty much the point of these lists: Isolate upside, and aim for the stars. Nobody puts David Eckstein on a top-100 list, and nobody should put David Eckstein on a top-100 list — Baseball America does it just right, in case that’s not clear here.

Miller then went on to break it down team by team.  As an example, here’s how the Toronto Blue Jays list looked:

Rank Was Should have been WAR
1 Vernon Wells Vernon Wells 26.2
2 Felipe Lopez Orlando Hudson 20.7
3 Cesar Izturis Jayson Werth (14) 18.7
4 Joe Lawrence Alexis Rios (17) 11.9
5 Bob File Felipe Lopez 7.4

Baseball America has also completed its list of top ten prospects for each organization.  Ditto for Baseball Prospectus and its lists of top eleven (and then some) prospects.