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All-Time Baseball America No. 1 Prospects

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Kris Bryant (Photo by Tom DiPace)

Baseball America has been ranking the Top 100 prospects in the game since 1990, when Braves lefthander Steve Avery debuted as the first-ever No. 1 prospect.

In the years since, 27 different players have held the title of No. 1 prospect in baseball. They include future Hall of Famers (Chipper Jones), multiple-time MVPs (Alex Rodriguez), World Series MVPs (Josh Beckett), Rookies of the Year (Kris BryantRonald AcunaCorey SeagerBryce Harper, Ben Grieve) and, yes, the occasional disappointment (Brien Taylor, Todd Van Poppel).

A No. 1 ranking is no guarantee of future stardom. But more often than not, stardom does await the player crowned as the best up-and-coming prospect in the game.

Here are the all-time No. 1 Baseball America prospects, including 2019 No. 1 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. As an added bonus, we've included who was No. 2 each year as well.

Year Player, Pos Team   No. 2 Team
2021 Wander Franco, SS Rays   Adley Rutschman, C Orioles
2020 Wander Franco, SS Rays   Luis Robert, OF White Sox
2019 Vladimir Guerrero Jr, 3B Blue Jays   Fernando Tatis Jr., SS Padres
2018 Ronald Acuna, OF Braves   Shohei Ohtani, RHP/DH Angels
2017 Andrew Benintendi, OF Red Sox   Yoan Moncada, 2B White Sox
2016 Corey Seager, SS Dodgers   Byron Buxton, OF Twins
2015 Kris Bryant, 3B Cubs   Byron Buxton, OF Twins
2014 Byron Buxton, OF Twins   Xander Bogaerts, SS Red Sox
2013 Jurickson Profar, SS Rangers   Dylan Bundy, RHP Orioles
2012 Bryce Harper, OF Nationals   Matt Moore, LHP Rays
2011 Bryce Harper, OF Nationals   Mike Trout, OF Angels
2010 Jason Heyward, OF Braves   Stephen Strasburg Nationals
2009 Matt Wieters, C Orioles   David Price, LHP Rays
2008 Jay Bruce, OF Reds   Evan Longoria, 3B Rays
2007 Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHP Red Sox   Alex Gordon, 3B Royals
2006 Delmon Young, OF Rays   Justin Upton, SS/OF D-backs
2005 Joe Mauer, C Twins   Felix Hernandez, RHP Mariners
2004 Joe Mauer, C Twins   B.J. Upton, OF Rays
2003 Mark Teixeira, 3B Rangers   Rocco Baldelli, OF Rays
2002 Josh Beckett, RHP Marlins   Mark Prior, RHP Cubs
2001 Josh Hamilton, OF Rays   Corey Patterson, OF Cubs
2000 Rick Ankiel, LHP Cardinals   Pat Burrell, OF Phillies
1999 J.D. Drew, OF Cardinals   Rick Ankiel, LHP Cardinals
1998 Ben Grieve, OF Athletics   Paul Konerko, 1B Dodgers
1997 Andruw Jones, OF Braves   Vladimir Guerrero, OF Expos
1996 Andruw Jones, OF Braves   Paul Wilson, RHP Mets
1995 Alex Rodriguez, SS Mariners   Ruben Rivera, OF Yankees
1994 Cliff Floyd, OF Expos   Chipper Jones, SS Braves
1993 Chipper Jones, SS Braves   Brien Taylor, LHP Yankees
1992 Brien Taylor, LHP Yankees   Todd Van Poppel, RHP Athletics
1991 Todd Van Poppel, RHP Athletics   Andujar Cedeno, SS Astros
1990 Steve Avery, LHP Braves   Ben McDonald, RHP Orioles

 

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