With MLB's award season just around the corner and the minor league postseason drawing to a close, now is as good a time as any to hand out our own awards: Prospect of the Year for each of baseball's 30 teams.
There's nothing general managers in baseball love more than being able to build the core of their teams with homegrown talent, only needing to look outside of the organization for complementary pieces and veterans to fill bench spots, a hole at the back end of the rotation or to add experience to the bullpen.
It's all about prospects reaching their potential, and for the players on this list, they are well on their way to doing just that.
Now, it's important to note that being tabbed "Prospect of the Year" does not necessarily translate into being a team's best prospect. In some cases (spoiler alert), like that of Addison Russell in Oakland, that's how things played out.
But it's not how things went for every organization—and that's a good thing.
Not only does it speak to the depth in a team's minor league system when someone other than its best prospect stands out above the rest, but it also speaks to the abilities of the talent evaluators that the team employs.
While statistics played a major role in this process, a player's development over the course of the past year also factored into the decision-making process, even if that progress didn't result in improved numbers.
Finally, we'll compare each prospect to a current (or recently retired) major league player, though, again, a disclaimer is needed for that. In no way, shape or form am I saying that "Player X" will be the next Derek Jeter, for example—only that if everything goes right, he could have a Jeter-like impact and career when he reaches the major leagues.
With all of that out of the way, let's get to it, shall we?
*Unless otherwise noted, all statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and are current through games of September 18.