Secaucus, N.J., January 24, 2012 – MLB.com’s annual ranking of the best young prospects in baseball will be revealed on Top 50 Prospects on MLB Network tomorrow, Wednesday, January 25 at 10:00 p.m. ET. Using information from scouting directors, scouts and industry sources, the complete list, which has been expanded to include the top 100 prospects for the first time ever, is based on each player's skill set, high upside, closeness to the Major Leagues and potential immediate impact to their team. Players eligible for the ranking must have rookie status for the upcoming 2012 season, including Matt Moore (Tampa Bay Rays), Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) and Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals). Previously top-ranked prospects include Trout, Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward and Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price.
Hosted by MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger, the ranking will be analyzed by MLB Network insider John Hart, the former general manager of the 1995 and 1997 American League Champion Cleveland Indians, and MLB.com senior writer Jonathan Mayo. The complete rankings, including prospects 51-100, position and team lists, can be found at “Prospect Central” at MLB.com/prospects. Mayo will also discuss the top 100 prospects in an online chat on Friday, January 27th at 2:00 p.m. ET on MLB.com.
Prior to Top 50 Prospects, MLB Network’s block of offseason programming will air, including Intentional Talk at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. ET, Clubhouse Confidential at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. ET, Hot Stove at 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. ET, and Baseball IQ, MLB Network’s first-ever game show, at 9:00 p.m. ET.
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