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These are rankings compiled pre-season by Baseball America in 1998. The rankings are by experts but they are, in effect, judgement calls and predictions. There are 2 grids. Top prospect ranked per team and the overall top x for this season as compiled prior to the selected season. Note that prospect lists by providers are updated every perpetually throughout the season as players get promoted but we have chosen for a pre-season static view for simplicity purposes.
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Top Major League Prospects for 1998

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  • RkPlayer NameTeam NameTeam RankPosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat YearsOther Rankings this Year
    1Ben GrieveOakland Athletics---OF-RF6-4230LR1976-05-04Arlington,TX
    1994-  1-   2-OAK
    MLB1997-20051994-2005BA-MLB-1
    2Paul KonerkoLos Angeles Dodgers---1B-DH6-3211RR1976-03-05Providence,RI
    1994-  1-  13-LAN
    MLB1997-20141994-2014BA-MLB-2
    3Adrian BeltreLos Angeles Dodgers---3B-DH5-11170RR1979-04-07Santo Domingo,DR
    1994-  0-   0-LAN
    MLB1998-20181996-2018BA-MLB-3
    4Kerry WoodChicago Cubs---P6-5230RR1977-06-16Irving,TX
    1995-  1-   4-CHN
    MLB1998-20121995-2012BA-MLB-4
    5Aramis RamirezPittsburgh Pirates---3B-DH6-1219RR1978-06-25Santo Domingo,DR
    1994-  0-   0-PIT
    MLB1998-20151996-2015BA-MLB-5
    6Matt WhiteTampa Bay Rays---P6-5230RR1978-08-13Waynesboro,PA
    1996-  1-   7-SFN
    AAA1997-2003BA-MLB-6
    7Kris BensonPittsburgh Pirates---P6-4188RR1974-11-07Kennesaw,GA
    1996-  1-   1-PIT
    MLB1999-20101994-2010BA-MLB-7
    8Travis LeeArizona Diamondbacks---1B-RF6-3210LL1975-05-26San Diego,CA
    1996-  1-   2-MIN
    MLB1998-20061996-2006BA-MLB-8
    9Carl PavanoMontreal Expos---P6-5230RR1976-01-08New Britain,CT
    1994- 13- 355-BOS
    MLB1998-20121994-2012BA-MLB-9
    10Miguel TejadaOakland Athletics---SS-3B5-9188RR1974-05-25Bani,DR
    1993-  0-   0-OAK
    MLB1997-20131995-2015BA-MLB-10
    11Todd HeltonColorado Rockies---1B-OF6-2206LL1973-08-20Knoxville,TN
    1995-  1-   8-COL
    MLB1997-20131995-2013BA-MLB-11
    12Mark KotsayFlorida Marlins---CF-RF6-0190LL1975-12-02Whittier,CA
    1996-  1-   9-MIA
    MLB1997-20131994-2013BA-MLB-12
    13Chad HermansenPittsburgh Pirates---OF-SS6-2185RR1977-09-10Salt Lake City,UT
    1995-  1-  10-PIT
    MLB1999-20041995-2007BA-MLB-13
    14Brad FullmerMontreal Expos---DH-1B6-0215LR1975-01-17Chatsworth,CA
    1993-  2-  60-MON
    MLB1997-20041995-2004BA-MLB-14
    15Juan EncarnacionDetroit Tigers---RF-OF6-3187RR1976-03-08Las Matas de Farfan,DR
    1992-  0-   0-DET
    MLB1997-20071994-2007BA-MLB-15
    16Matt ClementSan Diego Padres---P6-3195RR1974-08-12McCandless,PA
    1993-  3-  86-SDN
    MLB1998-20061994-2008BA-MLB-16
    17Ruben MateoTexas Rangers---OF-RF6-0185RR1978-02-10San Cristobal,DR
    1994-  0-   0-TEX
    MLB1999-20041996-2015BA-MLB-17
    18Rick AnkielSt. Louis Cardinals---CF-OF6-1210LL1979-07-19Fort Pierce,FL
    1997-  2-  72-SLN
    MLB1999-20131998-2013BA-MLB-18
    19Richard HidalgoHouston Astros---OF-RF6-3190RR1975-07-02Caracas,VZ
    1991-  0-   0-HOU
    MLB1997-20051992-2009BA-MLB-19
    20Sean CaseyCleveland Indians---1B-DH6-4226LR1974-07-02Willingsboro,NJ
    1995-  2-  53-CLE
    MLB1997-20081994-2008BA-MLB-20
    21Darnell McDonaldBaltimore Orioles---OF-RF5-11201RR1978-11-17Fort Collins,CO
    1997-  1-  26-BAL
    MLB2004-20131998-2013BA-MLB-21
    22Brian RoseBoston Red Sox---P6-3215RR1976-02-13New Bedford,MA
    1994-  3-  75-BOS
    MLB1997-20011995-2005BA-MLB-22
    23Ryan AndersonSeattle Mariners---P6-10225LL1979-07-12Southfield,MI
    1997-  1-  19-SEA
    AAA1998-2005BA-MLB-23
    24Matt AndersonDetroit Tigers---P6-4200RR1976-08-17Louisville,KY
    1997-  1-   1-DET
    MLB1998-20051998-2008BA-MLB-24
    25Eric MiltonMinnesota Twins---P6-3220LL1975-08-04State College,PA
    1996-  1-  20-NYA
    MLB1998-20091994-2009BA-MLB-25
    RkPlayer NameTeam NameTeam RankPosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat YearsOther Rankings this Year
    26Russell BranyanCleveland Indians---3B-1B6-3195LR1975-12-19Warner Robins,GA
    1994-  7- 185-CLE
    MLB1998-20111994-2014BA-MLB-26
    27Bruce ChenAtlanta Braves---P6-1180BL1977-06-19Panama City,PN
    1993-  0-   0-ATL
    MLB1998-20151994-2015BA-MLB-27
    28Scott ElartonHouston Astros---P6-7240RR1976-02-23Lamar,CO
    1994-  1-  25-HOU
    MLB1998-20081994-2013BA-MLB-28
    29Grant RobertsNew York Mets---P6-3205RR1977-09-13El Cajon,CA
    1995- 11- 301-NYN
    MLB2000-20041995-2005BA-MLB-29
    30Eric ChavezOakland Athletics---3B-DH6-0204LR1977-12-07Los Angeles,CA
    1996-  1-  10-OAK
    MLB1998-20141997-2014BA-MLB-30
    31Cesar KingTexas Rangers---C-1B6-0215RR1978-02-28La Romana,DR
    AAA1996-2002BA-MLB-31
    32Dee BrownKansas City Royals---OF-LF6-0215LR1978-03-27Bronx,NY
    1996-  1-  14-KCA
    MLB1998-20071996-2011BA-MLB-32
    33Eli MarreroSt. Louis Cardinals---C-LF6-1180RR1973-11-17Havana,CU
    1993-  3-  88-SLN
    MLB1997-20061993-2007BA-MLB-33
    34Mike CarusoChicago White Sox---SS-2B6-1172LR1977-05-27Queens,NY
    1996-  2-  42-SFN
    MLB1998-20021996-2009BA-MLB-34
    35Ryan MinorBaltimore Orioles---3B-1B6-7245RR1974-01-05Canton,OH
    1996- 33- 981-BAL
    MLB1998-20011993-2005BA-MLB-35
    36Troy GlausAnaheim Angels---3B-1B6-5229RR1976-08-03Tarzana,CA
    1997-  1-   3-ANA
    MLB1998-20101998-2010BA-MLB-36
    37Rolando ArrojoTampa Bay Rays---P6-4220RR1968-07-18Havana,CU
    1997-  0-   0-TBA
    MLB1998-20021997-2003BA-MLB-37
    38Roy HalladayToronto Blue Jays---P6-6225RR1977-05-14Denver,CO
    1995-  1-  17-TOR
    MLB1998-20131995-2013BA-MLB-38
    39Braden LooperSt. Louis Cardinals---P6-5225RR1974-10-28Weatherford,OK
    1996-  1-   3-SLN
    MLB1998-20091996-2009BA-MLB-39
    40Ruben RiveraSan Diego Padres---OF-CF6-3200RR1973-11-14La Chorrera,PN
    1990-  0-   0-NYA
    MLB1995-20031992-2019BA-MLB-40
    41Francisco CorderoDetroit Tigers---P6-2200RR1975-05-11Santo Domingo,DR
    1994-  0-   0-DET
    MLB1999-20121995-2012BA-MLB-41
    42AJ HinchOakland Athletics---C-OF6-1207RR1974-05-15Waverly,IA
    1996-  3-  75-OAK
    MLB1998-20041993-2005BA-MLB-42
    43Carlos LeeChicago White Sox---LF-3B6-2220RR1976-06-20Aguadulce,PN
    1994-  0-   0-CHA
    MLB1999-20121994-2012BA-MLB-43
    44Luis RiveraAtlanta Braves---P6-3163RR1978-06-21Chihuahua,MX
    1995-  0-   0-ATL
    MLB2000-20001996-2010BA-MLB-44
    45John PattersonArizona Diamondbacks---P-2B6-5183RR1978-01-30Orange,TX
    1996-  1-   5-MON
    MLB2002-20071997-2007BA-MLB-45
    46Ricky LedeeNew York Yankees---OF-LF6-1160LL1973-11-22Ponce,PR
    1990- 16- 435-NYA
    MLB1998-20071990-2007BA-MLB-46
    47Derrek LeeFlorida Marlins---1B-3B6-5225RR1975-09-06Sacramento,CA
    1993-  1-  14-SDN
    MLB1997-20111993-2011BA-MLB-47
    48Alex GonzalezFlorida Marlins---SS-1B6-0170RR1977-02-15Cagua,VZ
    1994-  0-   0-MIA
    MLB1998-20141995-2014BA-MLB-48
    49Ben DavisSan Diego Padres---C-P6-4215BR1977-03-10Chester,PA
    1995-  1-   2-SDN
    MLB1998-20041995-2010BA-MLB-49
    50Willie MartinezCleveland Indians---P6-2185RR1978-01-04Barquisimeto,VZ
    1995-  0-   0-CLE
    MLB2000-20001995-2002BA-MLB-50
    RkPlayer NameTeam NameTeam RankPosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat YearsOther Rankings this Year
    51Michael ColemanBoston Red Sox---OF-1B5-11215RR1975-08-16Nashville,TN
    1994- 18- 495-BOS
    MLB1997-20011994-2006BA-MLB-51
    52Vernon WellsToronto Blue Jays---CF-OF6-1210RR1978-12-08Shreveport,LA
    1997-  1-   5-TOR
    MLB1999-20131997-2013BA-MLB-52
    53Ben PetrickColorado Rockies---C-OF6-0199RR1977-04-07Hillsboro,OR
    1995-  2-  38-COL
    MLB1999-20031996-2004BA-MLB-53
    54Jason GrilliSan Francisco Giants---P6-4185RR1976-11-11Royal Oak,MI
    1997-  1-   4-SFN
    MLB2000-20171997-2017BA-MLB-54
    55Luis RivasMinnesota Twins---2B-SS5-10175RR1979-08-30La Guaira,VZ
    1995-  0-   0-MIN
    MLB2000-20081996-2009BA-MLB-55
    56Magglio OrdonezChicago White Sox---RF-OF6-0200RR1974-01-28Caracas,VZ
    1991-  0-   0-CHA
    MLB1997-20111992-2011BA-MLB-56
    57Julio RamirezFlorida Marlins---OF-CF5-11170RR1977-08-10San Juan de Maguana,DR
    1993-  0-   0-MIA
    MLB1999-20051995-2010BA-MLB-57
    58Ryan BrannanPhiladelphia Phillies---P6-3210RR1975-04-27Ann Arbor,MI
    1996-  4- 106-PHI
    AAA1995-1999BA-MLB-58
    59Mike JuddLos Angeles Dodgers---P6-1217RR1975-06-30San Diego,CA
    1995-  9- 254-NYA
    MLB1997-20011995-2003BA-MLB-59
    60Ed YarnallNew York Mets---P6-4235LL1975-12-04Lima,PA
    1996-  3-  78-NYN
    MLB1999-20001997-2007BA-MLB-60
    61Enrique WilsonCleveland Indians---SS-2B5-11160BR1973-07-27Santo Domingo,DR
    1992-  0-   0-MIN
    MLB1997-20051992-2006BA-MLB-61
    62Damian JacksonCincinnati Reds---SS-2B5-11185RR1973-08-06Los Angeles,CA
    1991- 44-1148-CLE
    MLB1996-20061992-2009BA-MLB-62
    63Corey LeeTexas Rangers---P6-2180BL1974-12-26Raleigh,NC
    1996-  1-  32-TEX
    MLB1999-19991996-2009BA-MLB-63
    64Lance BerkmanHouston Astros---1B-LF6-1205BL1976-02-10Waco,TX
    1997-  1-  16-HOU
    MLB1999-20131997-2013BA-MLB-64
    65Abraham NunezPittsburgh Pirates---SS-3B5-11185BR1976-03-16Santo Domingo,DR
    1994-  0-   0-TOR
    MLB1997-20081996-2011BA-MLB-65
    66Joe FontenotFlorida Marlins---P6-2185RR1977-03-20Lafayette,LA
    1995-  1-  16-SFN
    MLB1998-19981995-1999BA-MLB-66
    67Shawn ChaconColorado Rockies---P6-3212RR1977-12-23Anchorage,AK
    1996-  3-  86-COL
    MLB2001-20081996-2009BA-MLB-67
    68Rob BellAtlanta Braves---P6-5226RR1977-01-17Newburgh,NY
    1995-  3-  85-ATL
    MLB2000-20071995-2008BA-MLB-68
    69Brent ButlerSt. Louis Cardinals---SS-2B6-0180RR1978-02-11Laurinburg,NC
    1996-  3-  68-SLN
    MLB2001-20031996-2007BA-MLB-69
    70Preston WilsonNew York Mets---CF-OF6-2193RR1974-07-19Bamberg,SC
    1992-  1-   9-NYN
    MLB1998-20071993-2009BA-MLB-70
    71Mike LowellNew York Yankees---3B-1B6-4205RR1974-02-24San Juan,PR
    1995- 20- 562-NYA
    MLB1998-20101995-2010BA-MLB-71
    72Rafael MedinaFlorida Marlins---P6-3195RR1975-02-15Panama City,PN
    1992-  0-   0-NYA
    MLB1998-19991993-2003BA-MLB-72
    73Jarrod WashburnAnaheim Angels---P6-1198LL1974-08-13La Crosse,WI
    1995-  2-  31-CAL
    MLB1998-20091995-2009BA-MLB-73
    74Ramon HernandezOakland Athletics---C-1B6-0227RR1976-05-20Caracas,VZ
    1994-  0-   0-OAK
    MLB1999-20131995-2013BA-MLB-74
    75Ramon OrtizAnaheim Angels---P6-0175RR1973-03-23Cotui,DR
    1995-  0-   0-CAL
    MLB1999-20131996-2015BA-MLB-75
    RkPlayer NameTeam NameTeam RankPosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat YearsOther Rankings this Year
    76Wade MillerHouston Astros---P6-2185RR1976-09-13Reading,PA
    1996- 20- 594-HOU
    MLB1999-20071996-2009BA-MLB-76
    77Karim GarciaArizona Diamondbacks---OF-RF6-0172LL1975-10-29Ciudad Obregon,MX
    1992-  0-   0-LAN
    MLB1995-20041993-2016BA-MLB-77
    78Sidney PonsonBaltimore Orioles---P6-1225RR1976-11-02Oranjestad,AA
    1993-  0-   0-BAL
    MLB1998-20091994-2010BA-MLB-78
    79Robinson ChecoBoston Red Sox---P6-1185RR1971-09-09Santo Domingo,DR
    1989-  0-   0-CAL
    MLB1997-19991995-2000BA-MLB-79
    80Lorenzo BarceloChicago White Sox---P6-4220RR1977-08-10San Pedro de Macoris,DR
    1994-  0-   0-SFN
    MLB2000-20021995-2018BA-MLB-80
    81Derrick GibsonColorado Rockies---OF-RF6-2244RR1975-02-05Winter Haven,FL
    1993- 13- 380-COL
    MLB1998-19991993-2006BA-MLB-81
    82Gil MecheSeattle Mariners---P6-3180RR1978-09-08Lafayette,LA
    1996-  1-  22-SEA
    MLB1999-20101996-2010BA-MLB-82
    83Javier VazquezMontreal Expos---P6-2195RR1976-07-05Ponce,PR
    1994-  5- 140-MON
    MLB1998-20111994-2011BA-MLB-83
    84David OrtizMinnesota Twins---DH-1B6-4237LL1975-11-18Santo Domingo,DR
    1992-  0-   0-SEA
    MLB1997-20161994-2016BA-MLB-84
    85Nelson LaraFlorida Marlins---P6-4185RR1978-07-15Santo Domingo,DR
    AA1990-2003BA-MLB-85
    86Juan MeloSan Diego Padres---SS-2B6-1160BR1976-05-11Bani,DR
    1993-  0-   0-SDN
    MLB2000-20001994-2010BA-MLB-86
    87Todd DunwoodyFlorida Marlins---OF-CF6-1205LL1975-04-11Lafayette,IN
    1993-  7- 211-MIA
    MLB1997-20021993-2005BA-MLB-87
    88Chris ReitsmaBoston Red Sox---P6-5214RR1977-12-31Minneapolis,MN
    1996-  1-  34-BOS
    MLB2001-20071996-2007BA-MLB-88
    89Valerio De Los SantosMilwaukee Brewers---P6-2180LL1975-10-06Las Matas de Farfan,DR
    1993-  0-   0-MIL
    MLB1998-20081995-2011BA-MLB-89
    90Jeff WallacePittsburgh Pirates---P6-2238LL1976-04-12Wheeling,WV
    1995- 25- 694-KCA
    MLB1997-20011995-2002BA-MLB-90
    91Dennys ReyesLos Angeles Dodgers---P6-3246LL1977-04-19Higuera de Zaragoza,MX
    1993-  0-   0-LAN
    MLB1997-20111994-2015BA-MLB-91
    92Orlando CabreraMontreal Expos---SS-2B5-10175RR1974-11-02Cartagena,CB
    1993-  0-   0-MON
    MLB1997-20111994-2011BA-MLB-92
    93George LombardAtlanta Braves---OF-LF6-0202LR1975-09-14Atlanta,GA
    1994-  2-  61-ATL
    MLB1998-20061994-2009BA-MLB-93
    94Lariel GonzalezColorado Rockies---P6-4228RR1976-05-25San Cristobal,DR
    1993-  0-   0-COL
    MLB1998-19981994-2001BA-MLB-94
    95Geoff JenkinsMilwaukee Brewers---LF-RF6-1204LR1974-07-21Olympia,WA
    1995-  1-   9-MIL
    MLB1998-20081993-2008BA-MLB-95
    96Geoff GoetzNew York Mets---P5-11165LL1979-03-03Pompton Plains,NJ
    1997-  1-   6-NYN
    AA1997-2006BA-MLB-96
    97Daryle WardHouston Astros---1B-LF6-2230LL1975-06-27Lynwood,CA
    1994- 15- 417-DET
    MLB1998-20081994-2014BA-MLB-97
    98Jackson MelianNew York Yankees---OF-1B6-2190RR1980-01-07Barcelona,VZ
    1996-  0-   0-NYA
    AAA1997-2010BA-MLB-98
    99Kevin WittToronto Blue Jays---1B-SS6-4210LR1976-01-05High Point,NC
    1994-  1-  28-TOR
    MLB1998-20061994-2007BA-MLB-99
    100Chris EnochsOakland Athletics---P6-3225RR1975-10-11Weirton,WV
    1997-  1-  11-OAK
    AAA1995-2005BA-MLB-100
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