With last week's draft in the books, many teams have now acquired players who'll rank first in their organizations as soon as they sign, or at least close enough that it'll be a good debate whether they rank first, second or third. Here's a quick look at teams that, in my opinion, just drafted their new No. 1 or No. 2 prospects, with brief explanations why.
Bear in mind that any of these rankings can change between now and the end of the year -- or even between now and when I update the top 50 prospects in the minors after the Futures Game, given news about performances, injuries, mechanical changes or promotions. This also assumes that all players discussed here will sign, which is extremely likely based on recent history but, as we've seen with players like Brady Aiken, not guaranteed, as players must pass physicals before signing.
The New No. 1s
• Reds top prospect report (originally published on Jan. 31, 2017)
This should be easy, since Greene was my No. 1 prospect in the draft class, but I could make a good counterargument that third baseman Nick Senzel, the Reds' first pick in the 2016 draft, is a more valuable prospect today because he's (1) a position player and (2) already in high-A, hitting .303/.364/.471.
I'll still go with Greene, given the incredible upside he offers on the mound and his rare combination of youth and athleticism in a pitcher with his arm strength. It's possible or even likely that Greene won't pitch at all this summer, though he could go out as a shortstop, pitch in instructional league, and return to the mound full-time next March to try to preserve his arm, since we've seen few teenagers throwing as hard as Greene does.