The annual ranking of baseball's Top 100 Prospects is assembled by MLBPipeline.com Draft and prospect experts Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis, who compile input from industry sources, including scouts and scouting directors. It is based on analysis of players' skill sets, upsides, proximity to the Majors and potential immediate impact to their teams. The list, which is one of several prospect rankings on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch, only includes players with rookie status in 2015. Team-by-team Top 30 Prospects lists for 2015 will be unveiled in March.
The list does not include recent Cuban free agent signees Yasmany Tomas and Yoan Lopez, because players who are least 23 years of age and have played as a professional in a league recognized by the Commissioner's Office for a minimum of five seasons are not eligible for consideration.
Bradley, who ranked fifth on last year's list, struggled at times in the Minors this past season after narrowly losing out on the No. 5 starter spot during Spring Training. The 2014 season was a good learning experience for Bradley, who will enter his second big league camp knowing what to expect.
Shipley, who was 79th on last year's list, was Arizona's first-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft and has three swing-and-miss pitches in his fastball, curve and change. Shipley got better as the 2014 season went along moving from Class A South Bend to Class A Advanced Visalia and finally to Double-A Mobile by season's end.
Lamb put up monster numbers -- 35 doubles, 14 homers and 79 RBIs -- in 103 games for Mobile and spent just five games with Triple-A Reno before getting called up to the big leagues in early August. Lamb, who has good range at third, gained valuable experience in the Majors last year and could compete for a spot in Spring Training.
Blair was the No. 36 overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. Blair worked his way from South Bend to Mobile and saved his best for last as he went 4-1 with a 1.94 ERA for the BayBears. A workhorse, Blair developed his curve last year, giving him three quality pitches, including a fastball in the low-to-mid 90s and a changeup.
Toussaint was the D-backs' No. 1 pick (16th overall) in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. The team pushed him to Missoula in the Pioneer League last year, knowing that it would be a big jump for him, but wanted him to get the experience in that atmosphere. The 18-year-old impressed during his time in the instructional league following the season.