Baseball America names Kris Bryant as baseball’s top prospect

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Baseball America unveiled their annual top 100 prospects list this evening and the top spot went to Cubs prospect third baseman Kris Bryant.

Bryant earned top honors after batting .325 with a 1.098 OPS while leading the minors with 43 homers in 138 games between Double-A and Triple-A last season at the age of 22. Twins prospect outfielder Byron Buxton was No. 1 on last year’s list, but he dropped one spot to No. 2 after an injury-plagued season. Addison Russell of the Cubs, Carlos Correa of the Astros, and Corey Seager of the Dodgers rounded out the top five.

The Red Sox and Mets tied for the most representatives in the Top 100, with seven each. You can see the full list here.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.