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Posted at 2:41 PM ET, 02/23/2011

Bryce Harper tops prospect rankings, three other Nationals in top 100

By Adam Kilgore

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Baseball America named outfielder Bryce Harper the top prospect in baseball and included three other Nationals on their annual list of the game's top 100 prospects. The magazine, a leading authority on the minor leagues, also rated catcher Derek Norris 72nd, second baseman Danny Espinosa 66th and catcher Wilson Ramos 96th.

The Nationals last year placed three players on Baseball America's top 100. Stephen Strasburg ranked second, Norris 38th and Drew Storen 92nd. Ramos, then with the Minnesota Twins, ranked 58th last year.

The Royals led all teams with nine prospects on the list. Only three other teams - the Rays, Braves and Yankees - had more than four prospects make the top 100. The Blue Jays, Phillies, Reds, Indians and Twins also had four players on the list.

Photo by Jonathan Newton

By Adam Kilgore  | February 23, 2011; 2:41 PM ET
 
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Comments

How come Norris dropped so many places/spaces?

Posted by: Juan-John1 | February 23, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

JJ--another year as a "prospect," and tougher competition?

Posted by: Section3mysofa | February 23, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

And if Boz has his way, Harper will remain the top prospect for years and years to come.

Posted by: dfh21 | February 23, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

@dfh21:
Just one more year for Harper on the list. Next spring, even Boswell will want him brought up in June.

Posted by: bertbkatz | February 23, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

My hope is that the Nats FO will be as conservative with Harper as they are being with Strasburg. Don't rush! Do it the right way. I hope Strasburg comes back strong. After seening him at ST this past weekend, he is struggling to stick with the rehab program. You can see in his face that he wants to move along faster, but is listening to his coaches and doctors. I can't imagine how hard that must be for him.

Posted by: Mandy_M | March 1, 2011 10:14 PM | Report abuse

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