CBS - Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager has been named the top prospect in baseball for the 2016 season by all four major scouting publications, including Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, ESPN, and MLB.com. Baseball America released their annual top-100 list Friday, completing Seager's sweep.
Seager's only real competition for this honor came from Twins outfielder Byron Buxton. While Buxton is still an elite prospect he was somewhat disappointing in his brief time with the Twins last season (.209/.250/.326 in 46 games). Seager meanwhile became the best hitter on a division winning team while playing a premium position in shortstop. In just 27 games the 21 year old hit 4 home runs while slashing .337/.425/.561 and was the Dodgers' number three hitter for game 1 of the NLDS. There are concerns that Seager will eventually have to shift to third base but the Dodgers can live with that if he keeps producing like he has offensively. If he stays at shortstop he will just be that much more valuable. Below is the rest of the top 15, using the average rank from the four prospect sites mentioned in the CBS article:
Note most of these names are new to the list this year. This is due to a ridiculous 2015 rookie class that saw many of last year's top prospects advance to the majors (Carlos Correa, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Miguel Sano, Noah Syndergaard, Francisco Lindor, Kyle Schwarber, etc). In order to be considered a prospect a player must have less than 130 at bats or 50 innings pitched.