Here are the brand-new Top 100 Prospects for 2024

After Gunnar Henderson and Corbin Carroll graduated from the first two spots on MLB Pipeline’s 2023 preseason Top 100 to Rookies of the Year, the names have changed atop our new 2024 list but the scenario remains the same.

Orioles infielder at No. 1? Check. Wondrously tooled outfielder at No. 2? Bingo.

Jackson Holliday and Jackson Chourio headline a 2024 Top 100 dominated by hitters at the top. Pirates right-hander Paul Skenes (No. 3) is the only pitcher to crack the first 22 spots as position players hogged 39 of the first 48.

The No. 1 choice in the 2023 Draft, Skenes is one of 18 players from that deeper-than-usual class to make the Top 100. Four outfielders from that crop also were considered worthy of a top overall pick, and they all rank prominently: Wyatt Langford (fourth by the Rangers, No. 6), Dylan Crews (second by the Nationals, No. 7), Walker Jenkins (fifth by the Twins, No. 10) and Max Clark (third by the Tigers, No. 13).

Let’s break down the 2024 Top 100 in a variety of ways:

The Top 10

Three different Orioles have ranked atop our preseason or midseason Top 100 in the last three years: Adley Rutschman (mid-2021), Henderson (pre-2023) and Holliday (mid-2023, pre-2024). At Nos. 5 and 6, the Rangers’ Evan Carter and Langford are the highest-ranked teammates on a preseason list since the Tigers’ Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene (Nos. 4 and 5) in 2022.

1. Jackson Holliday, SS/2B, Orioles
2. Jackson Chourio, OF, Brewers
3. Paul Skenes, RHP, Pirates
4. Junior Caminero, 3B/SS, Rays
5. Evan Carter, OF, Rangers
6. Wyatt Langford, OF, Rangers
7. Dylan Crews, OF, Nationals
8. Ethan Salas, C, Padres
9. Colson Montgomery, SS, White Sox
10. Walker Jenkins, OF, Twins
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Biggest rises

Our new list features 43 players who didn’t make our preseason Top 100 a year ago (not including the 18 2023 draftees who were in college or high school at the time). Rays third baseman/shortstop Junior Caminero made the largest leap over the last 12 months, going from unranked to No. 4 after slamming 31 homers between High-A and Double-A and making his big league debut during his age-19 season. Other prominent newcomers include Padres catcher Ethan Salas (No. 8), Orioles catcher/first baseman Samuel Basallo (No. 17), Tigers third/second baseman Colt Keith (No. 22) and Red Sox outfielder Roman Anthony (No. 24).

Several players who did make the 2023 preseason Top 100 also made huge jumps. The biggest climb belongs to Rays shortstop Carson Williams, who went from No. 72 to No. 20 on the heels of recording 23 homers and 20 steals while reaching Triple-A in his age-19 season. Five other prospects moved up at least 40 spots: Guardians outfielder Chase DeLauter (No. 82 to No. 31), Orioles outfielder Heston Kjerstad (No. 80 to No. 32), Twins outfielder Emmanuel Rodriguez (No. 88 to No. 42), Padres right-hander Dylan Lesko (No. 100 to No. 56) and Rockies shortstop Adael Amador (No. 68 to No. 28).

Furthest falls

A year ago, the Dodgers’ Diego Cartaya placed No. 14 and looked on the verge of becoming the best catching prospect in the game. Instead, he slashed .189/.278/.379 in Double-A and fell off the Top 100, making him the highest-rated prospect from 2023 to disappear from the list. Other guys who slid all the way off include Rockies outfielder Zac Veen (No. 27 at this time last year), Nationals outfielders Robert Hassell III (No. 35) and Elijah Green (No. 46) and Mets catcher Kevin Parada (No. 36).

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