January 28, 2015 - MLB.com's annual ranking of the best young prospects in baseball will be revealed on Top 50 Prospects on MLB Network and simulcast on MLB.com this Friday, January 30 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Using information from scouting directors, professional scouts and industry sources, the complete list, which includes the top 100 prospects, is based on a combination of factors to evaluate a player's potential, from physical skills and tools to statistical track record. Players eligible for the list, including top-ten ranked Kris Bryant (Chicago Cubs), Byron Buxton (Minnesota Twins), Carlos Correa (Houston Astros), and Noah Syndergaard (New York Mets), must have rookie status for the upcoming 2015 season.
Hosted by MLB Network's Greg Amsinger, the show will feature analysis by MLB Network's Bill Ripken and MLB.com draft and prospect experts Jonathan Mayo (@JonathanMayoB3) and Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB). Complete rankings, including prospects 51-100, video highlights and position and team lists, can be found at MLBPipeline.com (@MLBPipeline).
Following Top 50 Prospects, MLB Network will air the first-ever telecast of the New York Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) dinner, as the 2014 recipients of the BBWAA Awards - Clayton Kershaw, Mike Trout, Corey Kluber, Jose Abreu, Jacob deGrom, Buck Showalter and Matt Williams - are honored as the MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year winners. The one-hour telecast also includes an award presentation to former Boston College baseball captain and ALS advocate Pete Frates, as well as speeches from and interviews with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and Commissioner Emeritus Allan H. (Bud) Selig. The 92nd annual dinner marks the largest BBWAA event in the country.
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