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Thursday 8th Dec 2016

Some prospect lists are tilted towards fantasy, some focus on MLB potential. Lawr Michaels' Top-250 combines both. It is a proprietary meld of the player's skills, age and the level at which he played. The focus is on the skills that most often lead to success (OBP, xBH, K%, BB% for hitters and K%, BB% and BAA for pitchers). Age versus level is a strong consideration.

Perhaps the best use of Lawr's list is in deep leagues with extended reserve, ultra or farm lists. Since age plays such a major role, Lawr's methodology often identifies a player a few years away from the Show but displaying the necessary skills to get there. Often, the player is on your radar to track before your league-mates have ever heard about him.

Below is a free sample of the Top-50. The full 250 with commentary and Lawr's special Zen's picks are available as part of the 2013 Mastersball Platinum Package.

Click HERE for the Top 50 in .xls form

1 Buckel, Cody P 20 R R Frisco RoughRiders TEX TEX
2 Taveras, Oscar OF 21 L L Springfield Cardinals TEX STL
3 Profar, Jurickson SS 20 S R Frisco RoughRiders TEX TEX
4 Skaggs, Tyler P 21 L L Reno Aces PCL ARI
5 Walker, Taijuan P 20 R R Jackson Generals SOU SEA
6 Ortiz, Joe P 22 L L Round Rock Express PCL TEX
7 Bundy, Dylan P 20 S R Frederick Keys CAR BAL
8 Blackburn, Clayton P 20 L R Augusta GreenJackets SAL SF
9 Singleton, Jonathan 1B 22 L L Corpus Christi Hooks TEX HOU
10 Sano, Miguel SS 20 R R Beloit Snappers MID MIN
11 Martinez, Carlos P 21 R R Springfield Cardinals TEX STL
12 Teheran, Julio P 22 R R Gwinnett Braves INT ATL
13 Wisler, Matthew P 20 R R Fort Wayne TinCaps MID SD
14 Rodriguez, Eduardo P 19 L L Delmarva Shorebirds SAL BAL
15 Fulmer, Michael P 20 R R Savannah Sand Gnats SAL NYM
16 Flores, Wilmer 2B/3B 22 R R Binghamton Mets EAS NYM
17 Bogaerts, Xander SS 20 R R Salem Red Sox CAR BOS
18 Pederson, Joc OF 21 L L Rancho Cucamonga Quakes CAL LAD
19 Fernandez, Jose P 20 R R Jupiter Hammerheads FSL MIA
20 Bauer, Trevor P 22 R R Reno Aces PCL ARI
21 Miller, Shelby P 22 R R Memphis Redbirds PCL STL
22 Lindor, Francisco SS 19 S R Lake County Captains MID CLE
23 Hanson, Alen 1B 20 S R West Virginia Power SAL PIT
24 Perez, Martin P 21 L L Round Rock Express PCL TEX
25 Franklin, Nick SS/2B 22 S R Jackson Generals SOU SEA
26 Syndergaard, Noah P 20 L R Lansing Lugnuts MID TOR
27 Simon, Kyle P 22 R R Reading Phillies EAS PHI
28 Cowart, Kaleb 3B 21 S R Inland Empire 66ers CAL LAA
29 Llorens, Dixon P 20 R R Quad Cities River Bandits MID STL
30 Campos, Jose P 20 R R Charleston RiverDogs SAL NYY
31 Lee, Zach P 21 R R Chattanooga Lookouts SOU LAD
32 Myers, Wil OF 22 R R Omaha Storm Chasers PCL KC
33 Holmberg, David P 21 R L Mobile BayBears SOU ARI
34 Mejia, Adalberto P 19 L L Augusta GreenJackets SAL SF
35 Wheeler, Zack P 22 R R Buffalo Bisons INT NYM
36 Robinson, Drew 3B 21 L R Hickory Crawdads SAL TEX
37 Pettibone, Jonathan P 22 L R Lehigh Valley IronPigs INT PHI
38 Barbato, Johnny P 20 R R Fort Wayne TinCaps MID SD
39 Stephenson, Robert P 20 R R Dayton Dragons MID CIN
40 Santana, Domingo OF 21 R R Lancaster JetHawks CAL HOU
41 Davidson, Matt 3B 22 R R Mobile BayBears SOU ARI
42 Escobar, Edwin P 20 L L Augusta GreenJackets SAL SF
43 Wells, Ben P 20 R R Peoria Chiefs MID CHC
44 Smith, Kyle P 20 R R Kane County Cougars MID KC
45 Rondon, Bruce P 22 R R Erie SeaWolves EAS DET
46 Cole, A.J. P 21 R R Burlington Bees MID OAK
47 Arcia, Oswaldo OF 22 L R New Britain Rock Cats EAS MIN
48 Soto, Giovanni P 21 L L Akron Aeros EAS CLE
49 Story, Trevor SS/3B 20 R R Asheville Tourists SAL COL
50 Ramirez, Jose 2B 21 S R Lake County Captains MID CLE


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