Although they usually don’t feature the combination of big-ticket prospects and all-around depth that the Arizona Fall League does, the various international winter leagues at least offer those of us going through offseason prospect withdrawal a temporary fix.
Compared to previous years, there are more top-ranked prospects participating in the winter leagues this year than I can remember. And as the countdown to spring training begins, it’s likely that more players will join the leagues as they look to get a head start on the 2014 season and improve their chances of making an Opening Day roster.
However, before next week’s Winter Meetings take center stage, I wanted to give an update on the performance of each team’s top prospect that has been playing in an offseason league. For those teams that lack a notable prospect playing in a winter league, I included a progress report on their top prospect from the Arizona Fall League (AFL).
For the sake of presentation, here is how the four main winter leagues will be identified in this article: