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First Pitch: Some Tough Questions to Answer in the Upcoming Prospect Rankings

First Pitch: Some Tough Questions to Answer in the Upcoming Prospect Rankings

A question I get a lot these days is "why isn't Stetson Allie in your top 20?" The answer is that we don't update the top 20 until after the MLB draft. The rankings that we display on the Prospect Watch each night are the pre-season rankings.

There have been a few changes. Stolmy Pimentel was added when Justin Wilson made the majors at the start of the year. Pimentel wasn't in the system when we compiled our original top 50 in the Prospect Guide.

Jordy Mercer has also been moved up one spot to number 20 now that it looks like Bryan Morris is in the majors to stay. I'm holding off on removing Mercer until we see what happens when John McDonald or Chase d'Arnaud return. Of course, Mercer is only 27 at-bats away from losing prospect status. Either way, Gift Ngoepe would be next. That's not an exciting player to follow for his offensive stat line. Ngoepe was there primarily for his defense and speed, and will probably drop during the mid-season rankings.

The question about Allie i...

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