MLB.com released their Top 100 prospect list on Thursday night during a broadcast on MLB Network and MLB.com. You can view the entire list here.
Topping the list for the Reds was right handed pitcher Robert Stephenson who was ranked 19th overall. That is a big jump for him on the list from last season. I still think he is underrated here. I have said it before and I will say it again, Robert Stephenson is better today as a prospect than Homer Bailey was when he was the top pitching prospect in the entire game and I really don’t think it is a tough decision to make. In his scouting report things get murky. A week ago in an article on the top 10 starting pitchers it gave grades on his pitches and those grades don’t match up with the ones given in this list, so that is awfully confusing.
Stephenson was followed on the list by center fielder Billy Hamilton was came in ranked 37th overall. That is a drop from the list last year, but considering that by comparison he took a giant leap backwards offensively to what he did in 2012, he barely fell at all and is still considered to be an elite level prospect. Hamilton probably gained some value by switching positions to one where he can still be an elite defender with his range, but one where he will make fewer errors.
Both Stephenson and Hamilton took home “Best tools” Awards handed out by Jim Callis. Robert Stephenson took home Best Curveball (wasn’t mentioned for best fastball) and Billy Hamilton, as I am sure you all guessed, took home Fastest Runner.
I was thinking that Phillip Ervin and Jesse Winker could sneak in the back half of the Top 100, but both guys missed out on making the list.