Slugging ace pitcher Shohei Ohtani finished at the top of a new survey of Major League Baseball executives and scouts published on Saturday.

The survey, conducted by Pipeline, sought to rank the top 100 prospects with major league teams. The 23-year-old Ohtani, who signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels in December, ranked first among right-handed pitchers, fourth among outfielders, and No. 1 overall.

Despite five years of elite experience with the Nippon Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball's Pacific League, Ohtani is -- by definition of MLB's current labor agreement -- an amateur, because he is under 25 with fewer than six years of professional experience. For those reasons, the article explained, he qualifies as a prospect.

The report described the right-handed-throwing, left-handed-hitting Ohtani as having three pitches well above the major league average (fastball, splitter and slider) with an average curve and change who has yet to be consistent.

As a hitter, he was described as "an above average runner" with "power to all fields."