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All-American Top Prospects

Patrick Ebert

Published: Friday, March 09, 2012

For the first time ever, Perfect Game decided to expand its focus to minor league baseball, using its extensive knowledge of players and contacts within the industry to compile a list with corresponding reports of the top 10 prospects of each of the 30 big league teams. In these features we also provided an overview of each team's organization as a whole and how their efforts from the 2011 draft look so far.

Not surprisingly, we found that quite a few of the top prospects were former Perfect Game All-Americans.

Eight of the No. 1 overall prospects for their respective teams had previously played in the Classic: Dylan Bundy (Orioles, 2010), Yasmani Grandal (Padres, 2006), Bryce Harper (Nationals, 2009), Matt Harvey (Mets, 2006), Francisco Lindor (Indians, 2010), Jonathan Singleton (Astros, 2008), Jameson Taillon (Pirates, 2009) and Jacob Turner (Tigers, 2008).

Each of the 30 teams either had a player ranked among or was considered for their top 10 prospect list that had previously attended the Perfect Game All-American Classic.  79 players in total were listed in these extensive reports (full list below), including at least one player from every year of the Classic since its inaugural year in 2003.

The Washington Nationals had the most All-Americans listed among their top 10 list with five, which doesn't include the two others that were listed among those considered. The Pirates had four listed in the top 10, while the Athletics, Cubs, Indians and Mets each had three.

The Nationals also had the most players that had attended any Perfect Game event in the past, as all 10 of their top 10 prospects, as well as all six of the prospects that were also considered, are PG alums.  All 10 of the Giants top prospects listed also had previously attended a Perfect Game event, while the Athletics, Diamondbacks, Rays, Red Sox and Rockies each had nine former PG players among their top 10.

In total, 210 of the 300 prospects listed (70-percent) had previously attended a Perfect Game event.  Add in the 162 of 225 players that were also considered, and you have 372 of 525 prospects that are PG alums, 71-percent of all of the players listed.

To give an example of how these lists are expected to grow in the years to come, eight former All-Americans were recently named to Perfect Game's college preseason All-American teams: Kris Bryant (San Diego, 2009), Kevin Gausman (Louisiana State, 2009), Michael Lorenzen (Cal State Fullerton, 2009), Austin Maddox (Florida, 2008), Richie Shaffer (Clemson, 2008), Karsten Whitson (Florida, 2009), Austin Wilson (Stanford, 2009) and Mike Zunino (Florida, 2008).

To view all of the team-by-team top prospect reports, please visit the Perfect Game Minor League page.

O = players not ranked in the top 10 but mentioned as others in consideration

Name Organization Rank Year
Ryan Adams Orioles O 2005
Stetson Allie Pirates 7 2009
Tyler Austin Yankees 8 2009
Xavier Avery Orioles O
Javier Baez Cubs 4 2010
Cameron Bedrosian Angels O
Tim Beckham Rays 10 2007
Dellin Betances Yankees 3 2005
Archie Bradley Diamondbacks 2 2010
Dylan Bundy Orioles 1 2010
Yordy Cabrera Athletics O
Chevez Clarke Angels O
A.J. Cole Athletics 5 2009
Gerrit Cole Pirates 2 2007
Christian Colon Royals 7 2006
Jarred Cosart Astros 4 2007
Kaleb Cowart Angels 5 2009
Matt Davidson Diamondbacks 7 2008
Derek Dietrich Rays O
Phillips Evans Mets 7 2010
Alex Fernandez Marlins 4 2010
Cameron Gallagher Royals O
Scooter Gennett Brewers 4 2008
Mychal Givens Orioles O
Reggie Golden Cubs O
Brian Goodwin Nationals 6 2008
Yasmani Grandal Padres 1 2006
Sonny Gray Athletics 3 2007
Grant Green Athletics 6 2005
Larry Greene Phillies O 2010
Robbie Grossman Pirates 8 2007
Travis Harrison Twins 9 2010
Bryce Harper Nationals 1 2009
Matt Harvey Mets 1 2006
Austin Hedges Padres O
Aaron Hicks Twins 4 2007
Destin Hood Nationals 7 2007
Dillon Howard Indians 2 2010
Taylor Jungmann Brewers 2 2007
Mike Kelly Padres O
D.J. LeMahieu Rockies O
Francisco Lindor Indians 1 2010
Matt Lipka Braves O
Marcus Littlewood Mariners O
Dillon Maples Cubs 8 2010
Tyler Marlette Mariners O
Chris Marrero Nationals O
Ethan Martin Dodgers O
Kent Matthes Rockies O
Tyler Matzek Rockies 10 2008
Alex Meyer Nationals 3 2007
Jared Mitchell White Sox 10 2005
David Nick Diamondbacks 2008
Daniel Norris Blue Jays 5 2010
Justin O'Conner Rays O
Henry Owens Red Sox O
Chris Parmelee Twins O
Matt Purke Nationals 5 2008
Zach Putnam Rockies O
Neil Ramirez Rangers 6 2006
Joe Ross Padres 10 2010
Josh Sale Rays O
Aaron Sanchez Blue Jays O
Jonathan Singleton Astros 1 2008
Josh Smoker Nationals O
Max Stassi Athletics O
Robert Stephenson Reds 5 2010
Andrew Susac Giants 3 2008
Jordan Swagerty Cardinals O
Blake Swihart Red Sox 3 2010
Peter Tago Rockies O
Jameson Taillon Pirates 1 2009
Donovan Tate Padres O
Michael Taylor Athletics O
Jacob Turner Tigers 1 2008
Josh Vitters Cubs 9 2006
Zack Wheeler Mets 2 2008
Tony Wolters Indians 6 2009
Austin Wright Phillies O 2007

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