Who will be the next Aaron Judge? The next Cody Bellinger? Which players will be anchoring their franchises in the years to come?MLB Network's Top 100 Prospects special -- which airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET and will also be streamed on MLB.com -- will provide answers to those questions
Who will be the next Aaron Judge? The next Cody Bellinger? Which players will be anchoring their franchises in the years to come?
MLB Network's Top 100 Prospects special -- which airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET and will also be streamed on MLB.com -- will provide answers to those questions and more, as MLBPipeline.com's prospect gurus Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo join MLB Network's Greg Amsinger and Harold Reynolds and dive into MLB Pipeline's midseason Top 100 Prospects list and explore MLB's best farm systems.
Judge and Bellinger, Rookie of the Year favorites in the American and National Leagues, respectively, are just two of the recent Top 100 prospects to take the big leagues by storm. Judge, leading the Majors with 34 home runs in a monster season for the Yankees, was ranked MLB's No. 45 prospect in the preseason. Bellinger, No. 13 in the preseason Top 100, now has 30 homers and has been hitting them at a record-setting pace for the Dodgers.
They're not the only rookies contributing in the big leagues. Others, like Red Sox rookie Andrew Benintendi (the No. 1 overall prospect entering the season) and the Indians' Bradley Zimmer (No. 22), have become regulars for playoff contenders.
But to find out who's on the horizon, the Top 100 Prospects special is a must-watch, as the MLBPipeline experts break down the new list.
The midseason Top 100, headlined by White Sox second baseman and No. 1 overall prospect Yoan Moncada, showcases the game's international talent. The top eight prospects today are all international players: Moncada, Amed Rosario (Mets), Gleyber Torres (Yankees), Rafael Devers (Red Sox), Victor Robles (Nationals), Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays), Eloy Jimenez (White Sox) and Ronald Acuna (Braves). Several -- Moncada, Rosario, Devers -- are already receiving playing time in the Major Leagues.
The Top 100 also highlights the bats of the future. The first 11 prospects on the list are all hitters, including, following the eight international players, the Rockies' Brendan Rodgers, the Astros' Kyle Tucker and the Reds' Nick Senzel.
The top 10 alone gives a glimpse of which teams have the most stacked farm systems. The White Sox and Braves, with Moncada and Acuna at the forefront, have eight Top 100 prospects each, tied for the most of any of the 30 teams.
But that's still just the tip of the iceberg, so be sure to tune in to the Top 100 Prospects special for the rest.
David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.