This should not come as a huge surprise, but Javier Baez was named the top prospect in the Midwest League by Baseball America. It was a prospect laden league where at least 7, and as many as 12, of the top prospects will make the top 100.
Though Javier Baez was the 9th pick in the 2010 draft, he ranked ahead of two players who were picked just ahead of him in SS Francisco Lindor and RHP Archie Bradley. At the beginning of the year, most scouts felt that Lindor and Miguel Sano were the top prospects, but Baez projects to have the best all-around bat and surprised many with his ability at SS and his instincts on the bases.
One scout called Baez "as good a baseball player as I've ever seen" while another said his batting practice displays were the highlight of his summer. All agreed he was the most exciting player in the league.
No other Peoria prospect made the top 20, though Jorge Soler would have ranked in the top 5 or 6 had he qualified. Additionally, Michael Jensen, Starling Peralta, and Jose Rosario were all mentioned in the chat. All are considered prospects though Jim Callis didn't think the Cubs would protect Peralta or Rosario in the Rule 5 because both are too raw as pitchers right now.
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