MLB Top Prospects

Boom or Bust: Revisiting MLB Top Prospect Lists

You can always dream on prospects. Even when you're cheering for the 2018 Baltimore Orioles winning 47 games and never even sniffing a World Series, you can hold tight to the future stars.

Some of those MLB prospects pan out and some spectacularly flop. To find out the best success stories and face plants, I took a look back at some of the MLB top prospect lists from the last thirty years.

Find the Boom or Bust series breakdowns below, with more editions soon to come:

Boom or Bust Top Prospect Breakdowns
YearTop ProspectBiggest BustStatus
20153B/OF Kris BryantINF Addison RusselRead Now
2010OF Jason HeywardC/DH Jesus MonteroRead Now
2005C Joe MauerINF Joel GuzmanRead Now

2005 Top Prospects: A Rare Dodgers Miss

The '05 top prospect list got off to a hot start with Felix Hernandez and Joe Mauer leading the charge, but things fall off fast. The Dodgers and Braves both whiffed big, with a few players registering negative career war from the 2005 list.

Read the Boom or Bust breakdown of the 2005 top-10 prospects

2010 Top Prospects: Busts Galore

If you're a fan of holding on to prospects, this list isn't going to support you much. The  '10 top prospect list has the classic busts who never even made it to the big leagues, while also housing a few studs who simply fell off a cliff. Find out who joined Stephen Strasburg and Giancarlo Stanton on the 2010 list.

Read the Boom or Bust breakdown of the 2010 top-10 prospects

2015 Top Prospects: Plenty Of Booms In '15

The '15 top prospect list has a few busts due to off-field issues, but aside from that it's one of the most loaded classes in recent memory. From MVPs to World Series MVPs, check out all the breakouts from Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa's prospect graduation class.

Read the Boom or Bust breakdown of the 2015 top-10 prospects

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