Baseball fans were treated to a glimpse of the future Saturday as MLBPipeline.com unveiled its Top 100 Prospects list for 2017 during a live show on MLB Network.The list features a collection of rising stars among the Minor League ranks, many knocking at the door to becoming regulars in the big
Baseball fans were treated to a glimpse of the future Saturday as MLBPipeline.com unveiled its Top 100 Prospects list for 2017 during a live show on MLB Network.
The list features a collection of rising stars among the Minor League ranks, many knocking at the door to becoming regulars in the big leagues.
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Throughout the night, several of the players on the list flexed their social media skills by live tweeting the show, using the hashtag #Top100Prospects.
It offered insight into the prospects' personalities as they engaged with fans and each other.
Among those that got into the action were Tampa Bay's Jose De Leon (No. 33), Pittsburgh's Austin Meadows (No. 10), Colorado's Brendan Rodgers (No. 15), Yankees Gleyber Torres (No. 3) and Blake Rutherford (No. 37), Houston's Kyle Tucker (No. 35) and Chicago Cubs Ian Happ (No. 28) and Eloy Jimenez (No. 14), just to name a few.
Many, like Torres, expressed their pride at making the list.
As the names were announced, it became clear there's plenty of mutual admiration among the game's top prospects. Most of the tweets sent Saturday evening featured praise from one prospect to another.
The Rays' Willy Adames (No. 21) expressed envy for No. 31 Brett Honeywell, while the Brewers' Corey Ray (No. 30) touted a player further down the list in Zack Collins, who clocked in at No. 81 for the White Sox.
The Marlins' Braxton Garrett, No. 43, voiced his desire to match up against the college game's most elite hitters, like Ray and Kyle Lewis (No. 29), a wish that may someday be granted if these talented prospects can break through to the Majors.
The No. 6 prospect, Alex Reyes, also received some love from his peers, including fellow Cardinals Minor Leaguer and battery mate Carson Kelly, who made the list at No. 39.
In many cases, the prospects got into some competitive, yet playful, banter with one another. Yankees prospect Blake Rutherford -- rated No. 37 -- nudged Garrett for a particularly nasty 3-2 curveball, vowing revenge: "3-2 curveball was so mean @BraxGarrett.... I am gonna get you next time though hahaha."
To which Garrett responded, "you're crazy to think I'd give you a [fastball]... looking forward to it brotha!!!"
Garrett also got into it with last year's top Draft selection Mickey Moniak (No. 19) for a hit that still may be a sore subject: "Won't ever forgive you for the ripped single off me on national television @MickeyMoniak still love you tho #hitmachine." Moniak took the opportunity to remind Garrett it wasn't only a "ripped single".
"Don't forget the stolen bases," he tweeted. "Love you bruh."
Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com.