Baseball America’s annual top 100 prospects list is out

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Baseball America released its annual “Top 100 Prospects” list today and as always it’s a must-read, especially since it includes for every player scouting grades for each of the five tools.

Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar tops the list, followed by Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy, Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, Rays outfielder Wil Myers, and Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez.

Last year’s Baseball America top five was Bryce Harper, Matt Moore, Mike Trout, Yu Darvish, and Julio Teheran. Did any of those guys do anything noteworthy in 2012?

Check out the full Baseball America top 100 here.

Aaron Hicks would like to avoid Tommy John surgery

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The Yankees’ 2019 run ended in heartbreak on Saturday night when, despite a stunning ninth-inning comeback, they fell 6-4 to the Astros and officially lost their bid for the AL pennant. Now, facing a long offseason, there are a few decisions to be made.

One of those falls on the shoulders of outfielder Aaron Hicks, who told reporters that he “thinks he can continue playing without Tommy John surgery.” It’s unclear whose recommendation he’s basing that decision on, however, as MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch points out that Tommy John surgery was recommended during the slugger’s most recent meeting with Dr. Neal ELAttrache.

Hicks originally sustained a season-ending right flexor strain in early August and held several consultations with ElAttrache and the Yankees’ physician in the months that followed. He spent two and a half months on the 60-day injured list and finally returned to the Yankees’ roster during the ALCS, in which he went 2-for-13 with a base hit and a Game 5 three-run homer against the Astros.

Of course, a handful of strong performances doesn’t definitively prove that the outfielder is fully healed — or that he’ll be able to avoid aggravating the injury with further activity. Granted, Tommy John surgery isn’t a minor procedure; it’s one that requires up to a year of rest and rehabilitation before most players are cleared to throw again. Should Hicks wait to reverse his decision until he reports for spring training in 2020, though, it could push his return date out by another six months or so.