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The Complexity of Being a Baseball Prospector

So there are about 300 or so Division I teams, 230 or so Division II teams and I honestly don't know how many Division III, Junior colleges and other programs are out there. There are also 243 minor league teams including the short season leagues. This also includes the Venezuelan and Dominican Summer Leagues. Once you breach that 18 year old barrier in the pro ranks, you should really look at 16 year olds in the States as well. Well that brings into account who knows how many schools scattered across the nation. How can anyone, or any organiztion for that matter, keep track of all of these players? It is so hard, next to no one even tries. I want to make it easier.
I want people to have the information that a prospect that may play in AA this season and is on most exerts top 100 list is only 2/3 of a year older than one of the most highly touted high schoolers in this draft. A player like Fernando Martinez has been written off most prospect lists, but last year would have been his draft year if he had been an american player that chose to play in college. Imagine the hype behind someone like Yasmani Grandal if he had stepped into AAA and put up the numbers the FMart did last season. He has been around so long, it's easy to forget who he should compared to. Travis Snider is only a year older than Vanderbilt OF Aaron Westlake. It's easy to forget these things, or to not know them at all.

My goal in the future is to provide these tiers and this informatino to you so you won't need to scour for hours to find out this information. I want to be your go to resource. Look for it in the coming weeks. It won't be 100% immediately but it will be a work in progress.


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Over the next month or so, I will be moving most Draft related info to MLB Draft Prospects. MiLB Prospects will be more focused on current minor leaguers.

These lists are far from perfect but it's a start

Aaron Brown , OF , Chatsworth HS, Calif.
Aaron Westlake , OF , Vanderbilt
Aaron Collazo , SS , Lady Bird Johnson, San Antonio, TX
Aaron Deguire , C , El Camino College
Aaron Dunsmore , OF , Dayton
Aaron Fanning , SS , Northwest (TX) HS
Aaron Gretz , C , Apple Valley, Apple Valley, MN
Aaron Johnson , LHP , Dunham, Baton Rouge, LA
Aaron Knapp , MIF , Granite Bay Granite Bay CA
Aaron Moore , RHP , Westwood Austin TX
Aaron Nola , RHP , Catholic, Baton Rouge, LA
Aaron Novak , OF/RHP , Germantown Academy (PA)
Aaron Thomassen , RHP , Nathan Hale Seattle WA
Aaron Westlake , 1B/OF , Vanderbilt
Abram Cartledge , LHP , Thomson, Thomson, GA
Adam Bennett , SS/RHP , …

2017 MLB Draft Top Prospects

1Hagen DannerRHPHS2Ronald WashingtonOFHS4J.J. SchwarzCCollege5Turner LarkinsRHPCollege7Evan SkougCCollege8Keith WeisenbergRHPCollege9Bryce Montes De OcaRHPCollege11Pavin Smith1BCollege12David PetersonLHPCollege12Cobi JohnsonRHPCollege14Keaton McKinneyRHPCollege15Mitch HartRHPCollege16Jake GodfreyRHPCollege17Patrick MahomesRHPCollege18Nicholas PrattoLHPHS19Nolan (Nonie) WilliamsSSHS20Scott HurstCFCollege21Jacob BukauskasRHPCollege21Carl ChesterCFCollege22Jeren KendallCFCollege23Bennett SousaLHPCollege24C.J. MooreCFCollege25Griffin CanningRHPCollege25Alejandro Toral1BHS26Jordan ButlerLHPHS27Altoon ColemanRHPHS28Ben JordanRHPHS29Kel JohnsonRFCollege30Derek CaseyRHPCollege31Joseph Dunand3BCollege32Mark VientosSSHS33Bryce CarterCCollege34Hunter MilliganLHPHS35Alex LangeRHPCollege35Michael CantuCCollege36Tanner Burns3BHS37Jon LittellOFCollege38Zack ShannonOFCollege39Jeff HardingRHPCollege40Shane BenesOFCollege41Justin SmithCFCollege42Matt RuppenthalRHPCollege43K.J. HarrisonCCollege44Riley A…