Welcome to the 2018 Reader Top 30!
Well, here we go. This should take us through the end of January. A short two weeks later, pitchers and catchers can report on February 13th and have their first work out the following day, signalling the start of spring training. The first full squad work out is just a couple days later. Just 50 or so days to go.
I expect to publish five polls each week, Monday through Friday. This first ballot is comprised of MLB’s top 20 prospects. Names are randomized by the polling software. I’ll add additional names in bunches. The remainder of MLB’s top 30 (31) will be added by the sixfth poll (est.) – Spencer Howard, Tomas Eshelman, McKenzie Mills, Drew Anderson, Luis Garcia, Eliezer Alvarez, Victor Arano, Edgar Garcia, Seranthony Dominguez, Francisco Morales, and J.D. Hammer.
Then every couple polls after that, the players you voted into the polling process will be added with the intention of having all players available by the midpoint of the process – Kyle Young (102 votes, 5.80%), Darick Hall (83, 4.72%), Cole Irvin (82, 4.66%), Nick Fanti (75, 4.26%), Simon Muzziotti (64, 3.64%), Jose Taveras (63, 3.58%), Andrew Pullin (61, 3.47%), Arquimedes Gamboa (61, 3.47%), Ben Pelletier (58, 3.30%), Elniery Garcia (57, 3.24%), Jhordany Mezquita (57, 3.24%), Jesse Valentin (51, 2.90%), Bailey Falter (47, 2.67%), Luke Leftwich (43, 2.44%), Deivi Grullon (42, 2.39%), Jiandido Tromp (41, 2.33%), Harold Arauz (40, 2.27%), Brayan Gonzalez (35, 1.99%), and Greg Pickett (35, 1.99%),
If you want to suggest a player you think I may have overlooked, you can make the request among the Comments section or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org using the Subject Line – Add Prospect, but I am not inclined to consider these requests since I went through the pre-poll process. And, as last year, the Other option (a write-in vote) will not be used.