Though they didn’t arrive until the end of April, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper took the majors by storm last year, living up to the considerable hype they received as prospects to deliver history-making seasons for their ages (20 and 19, respectively) and win Rookie of the Year honors. In addition, Harper helped the Nationals to their first playoff appearance, while Trout nearly took home American League MVP honors despite Miguel Cabrera’s Triple Crown.
The odds are against seeing such stellar performances from top rookies in 2013 — those were once-in-a-generation showings, if not once-in-a-lifetime ones — but that doesn’t mean we’ll have a shortage of outstanding rookies, and right now is the season to dream on them. On Wednesday, Baseball America released its Top 100 Prospects list, the most hotly anticipated of the major rankings of minor leaguers but by no means the only one. MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo and ESPN Insider’s Keith Law have also published their lists, while those of SB Nation’s John Sickels and Baseball Prospectus’ Jason Parks are still a week away; the latter is timed to coincide with the publication of BP’s annual book, of which I’m a part for the eighth consecutive year.