A lot has changed since we last updated the top 20 prospects rankings after the draft. Mark Appel didn't sign. Starling Marte was promoted, and will most likely lose his prospect eligibility by the end of the year. The Pirates traded Robbie Grossman, Rudy Owens, and Colton Cain. The short-season leagues started, giving us a look at what the younger prospects were working on in extended Spring Training. And some of those results were extremely surprising.
With all of the changes over the last two months, I decided it was time for one final update to this year's top 20 prospects. The process was the same as usual. Everyone involved in the ranking of prospects submitted their top 20 lists. I then took the average of all the lists, made a few adjustments on close calls, and divided the rankings in to tiers and a straight top 20 list (which can be found below).
Players who are currently in the majors (Starling Marte, Jordy Mercer) didn't qualify for this list. Marte should lose his pr...
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