One of the chief reasons the NL Central has garnered a reputation for being one of Major League Baseball's most competitive, talent-oriented divisions is in large part to player development in the minors.
Each team in the division has, to some extent, predicated their success through the MLB Draft and an overwhelming percentage of each club's rosters have come from home-grown talent. This year looks to be no different than from past seasons.
With spring training almost here, many teams' top prospects will look to leave a lasting impression on their respective organizations. But which players should be placed in the "upper-echelon" category of prospects?
Let's break down the top 20 prospects in the NL Central for 2012.