Updated Farm System Rankings for the 2023 MLB Season

Joel ReuterJanuary 31, 2023

Updated Farm System Rankings for the 2023 MLB Season

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    Diego Cartaya and Elly De La Cruz
    Diego Cartaya and Elly De La CruzDaniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images

    With the calendar flipped to 2023 and spring training fast approaching, it's time for our first MLB farm system rankings of the new year.

    The following factors helped determine the placement of players and teams:

    • Potential (Player): Potential trumps production a lot of the time, especially in the lower levels of the minors and with recent draft picks. Skill sets and tools are often better indicators of what kind of player someone will be.
    • Talent (Player): As for those in the higher levels of the minors who are close to breaking through to the big leagues, production and talent were the determining factors, as these players are viewed as more complete products.
    • Overall Depth (Team): Having one or two elite prospects is great, but a deep farm system is the way to build a sustainable contender. Depth and talent were the biggest factors in ranking each team.
    • High-End Talent (Team): There is a difference between a prospect who has a chance of making an impact in the majors and a prospect who could be a star. Elite prospects served as a tiebreaker when teams were close in the rankings.

    A tier system was used to help differentiate the varying levels of individual talent:

    • Tier 1: Prospects who have elite skill sets and All-Star potential. This is the cream of the prospect crop. These players currently make up B/R's 2023 Top 100 prospect list, which published on Jan. 6.
    • Tier 2: Prospects who have a good chance of becoming impact contributors. These are the players who were in consideration for spots on B/R's 2023 Top 100 prospect list and could end up there in the future.
    • Tier 3: Prospects who profile as fringe MLB contributors or young players who are still too raw to project any higher. This tier represents the bulk of prospects around baseball, though more than a few could climb to the next tier.

    Teams were initially ranked based on the average tier ranking of their top 10 prospects, and the rankings were then subjectively tweaked from there.

    Note: A player must not have passed the rookie-eligibility limits (130 at-bats, 50 innings pitched, 45 days on an active roster prior to Sept. 1) to be included in these rankings.

30. Atlanta Braves

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    Jared Shuster
    Jared ShusterRonald Martinez/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. LHP Jared Shuster (Tier 2)
    2. RHP AJ Smith-Shawver (Tier 3)
    3. RHP Owen Murphy (Tier 3)
    4. RHP JR Ritchie (Tier 3)
    5. RHP Cole Phillips (Tier 3)
    6. RHP Darius Vines (Tier 3)
    7. LHP Dylan Dodd (Tier 3)
    8. SS Ambioris Tavarez (Tier 3)
    9. SS Cal Conley (Tier 3)
    10. C Drake Baldwin (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • The Braves traded away four prospects who most recently ranked in their top 10—Kyle Muller (2), Freddy Tarnok (6), Royber Salinas (7) and Justyn-Henry Malloy (9)—in the deals to acquire catcher Sean Murphy from Oakland and reliever Joe Jiménez from Detroit.
    • Keep an eye on 2021 second-round pick Spencer Schwellenbach, who will be making his long-awaited pro debut after undergoing Tommy John surgery shortly after he was drafted. He is still raw on the mound after serving as a two-way player in college, but he has the stuff and athleticism to quickly emerge as a top-tier pitching prospect.

29. Los Angeles Angels

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    Logan O'Hoppe
    Logan O'HoppeBrian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. C Logan O'Hoppe (Tier 1)
    2. SS Zach Neto (Tier 1)
    3. C Edgar Quero (Tier 2)
    4. LHP Ky Bush (Tier 2)
    5. RHP Sam Bachman (Tier 3)
    6. SS Denzer Guzman (Tier 3)
    7. RHP Landon Marceaux (Tier 3)
    8. IF Werner Blakely (Tier 3)
    9. RHP Chase Silseth (Tier 3)
    10. SS Adrian Placencia (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • Expect to see catcher Logan O'Hoppe on the Opening Day roster after he received a cup of coffee as a September call-up last year. Veteran Max Stassi will still factor into the team's catching plans, and the two will likely split starting duties to begin the year.
    • The Angels have not had the best luck developing middle infield prospects in recent years. However, 2022 first-round pick Zach Neto could buck that trend after he hit .299/.377/.476 with 15 extra-base hits in 37 games while reaching Double-A in his pro debut. 

28. Chicago White Sox

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    Colson Montgomery
    Colson MontgomeryAP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Colson Montgomery (Tier 1)
    2. OF Oscar Colás (Tier 1)
    3. 3B Bryan Ramos (Tier 2)
    4. RHP Norge Vera (Tier 2)
    5. LHP Noah Schultz (Tier 3)
    6. SS Jose Rodriguez (Tier 3)
    7. IF Lenyn Sosa (Tier 3)
    8. RHP Sean Burke (Tier 3)
    9. RHP Cristian Mena (Tier 3)
    10. RHP Jonathan Cannon (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • New White Sox manager Pedro Grifol recently told 670 The Score that "Oscar Colás is going to be given every opportunity to see if he can become our right fielder on a daily basis." The organization did not hesitate to give Luis Robert and Eloy Jiménez starting jobs out of spring training, so that will be a major storyline this spring. 
    • With a projectable 6'9" frame and the makings of a lethal fastball-slider combination, Noah Schultz could quickly jump on leaguewide Top 100 prospect lists in his pro debut. The Illinois prep standout was the No. 26 overall pick in the 2022 draft.

27. Philadelphia Phillies

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    Johan Rojas
    Johan RojasJill Weisleder/MLB Photos via Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Andrew Painter (Tier 1)
    2. RHP Mick Abel (Tier 1)
    3. OF Justin Crawford (Tier 2)
    4. RHP Griff McGarry (Tier 2)
    5. IF Hao-Yu Lee (Tier 3)
    6. OF Johan Rojas (Tier 3)
    7. OF Gabriel Rincones Jr. (Tier 3)
    8. SS William Bergolla (Tier 3)
    9. C Rickardo Perez (Tier 3)
    10. OF Ethan Wilson (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • The Philadelphia system is headlined by two of baseball's best pitching prospects in Andrew Painter and Mick Abel, and with improved command, Griff McGarry is capable of making a similar leap. The 23-year-old had 53 walks in 87.1 innings last season, though he also racked up 130 strikeouts.
    • Infielder Hao-Yu Lee hit .284/.386/.438 with 26 extra-base hits and 14 steals in 79 games while reaching High-A in his age-19 season. He will quickly jump up to Tier 2 with a similar showing in the upper levels of the minors. 

26. Toronto Blue Jays

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    Ricky Tiedemann
    Ricky TiedemannRonald Martinez/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. LHP Ricky Tiedemann (Tier 1)
    2. SS/3B Orelvis Martinez (Tier 2)
    3. LHP Brandon Barriera (Tier 2)
    4. RHP Yosver Zulueta (Tier 2)
    5. SS/3B Addison Barger (Tier 2)
    6. 3B Tucker Toman (Tier 3)
    7. OF Gabriel Martinez (Tier 3)
    8. RHP Hayden Juenger (Tier 3)
    9. 2B Cade Doughty (Tier 3)
    10. LHP Adam Macko (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • This could be a make-or-break year for Orelvis Martinez's standing as an elite prospect. The 21-year-old has been pushed aggressively through the minor league ranks, but he was completely overmatched at Double-A last year with a .203/.286/.446 line and a 28.5 percent strikeout rate.
    • Left-hander Adam Macko was acquired along with Erik Swanson in the deal that sent  Teoscar Hernández to Seattle back in November. The 22-year-old has 148 strikeouts in 95.0 innings since going in the seventh round of the 2019 draft, though he was limited by an elbow strain and meniscus injury last year.

25. Miami Marlins

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    Max Meyer
    Max MeyerJustin Berl/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Eury Pérez (Tier 1)
    2. RHP Max Meyer (Tier 1)
    3. 3B Jacob Berry (Tier 1)
    4. LHP Jake Eder (Tier 2)
    5. SS Yiddi Cappe (Tier 3)
    6. LHP Dax Fulton (Tier 3)
    7. RHP Jacob Miller (Tier 3)
    8. C Joe Mack (Tier 3)
    9. SS Jacob Amaya (Tier 3)
    10. RHP Karson Milbrandt (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • Will we see Eury Pérez in the majors in 2023? The 19-year-old more than held his own over 17 starts at Double-A last season, posting a 4.08 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and a 106-to-25 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 75 innings, but the Marlins will be careful not to overextend their top prospect.
    • Shortstop Jose Salas—who was No. 4 on the Marlins prospect list last update—was traded to the Minnesota Twins as part of the Pablo López-for-Luis Arraez swap earlier this month. Right-hander Karson Milbrandt now moves into the top 10 after signing an above-slot $1.5 million bonus as a third-round pick in 2022.

24. San Diego Padres

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    Jackson Merrill
    Jackson MerrillChris Bernacchi/Diamond Images via Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Jackson Merrill (Tier 1)
    2. OF Samuel Zavala (Tier 1)
    3. RHP Dylan Lesko (Tier 2)
    4. IF Eguy Rosario (Tier 2)
    5. LHP Robby Snelling (Tier 2)
    6. RHP Victor Lizarraga (Tier 3)
    7. RHP Adam Makur (Tier 3)
    8. RHP Jairo Iriarte (Tier 3)
    9. LHP Jay Groome (Tier 3)
    10. RHP Garrett Hawkins (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • Even after gutting their farm system to acquire Juan Soto last summer, the Padres still have one elite-level prospect in shortstop Jackson Merrill. The 19-year-old hit .339/.395/.511 with 23 extra-base hits in 250 plate appearances last season, and he will likely start 2023 at the High-A level.
    • Outfielder Samuel Zavala does not turn 19 years old until July 15, but he has already gained valuable experience at the Single-A level. One of the youngest players in the California League, he logged an .863 OPS with 15 extra-base hits and 26 RBI in 33 games. 

23. Houston Astros

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    Hunter Brown
    Hunter BrownJamie Squire/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Hunter Brown (Tier 1)
    2. C Yainer Díaz, (Tier 1)
    3. OF Drew Gilbert (Tier 2)
    4. C Korey Lee (Tier 2)
    5. OF Justin Dirden (Tier 2)
    6. OF Jacob Melton (Tier 3)
    7. OF Pedro León (Tier 3)
    8. RHP Spencer Arrighetti (Tier 3)
    9. OF Colin Barber (Tier 3)
    10. OF Ryan Clifford (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • Whether he wins a spot in the starting rotation or starts the year in a bullpen role, hard-throwing Hunter Brown is ready to make an impact in the majors. The 24-year-old had a 0.89 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 20.1 innings as a September call-up last year, and he logged 3.2 more scoreless frames in the postseason.
    • Former Tier 1 prospect Pedro León underwent hernia surgery earlier this month and is expected to be sidelined for the start of spring training. He hit .228 with a 28.8 percent strikeout rate at Triple-A last year, and at 24 years old, his prospect window is rapidly closing.

22. Kansas City Royals

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    Drew Waters
    Drew WatersEd Zurga/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. OF Gavin Cross (Tier 1)
    2. RHP Bed Kudrna (Tier 2)
    3. OF Drew Waters (Tier 2)
    4. 3B Cayden Wallace (Tier 2)
    5. OF Tyler Gentry (Tier 2)
    6. SS Maikel Garcia (Tier 2)
    7. SS Nick Loftin (Tier 3)
    8. RHP Beck Way (Tier 3)
    9. LHP Frank Mozzicato (Tier 3)
    10. C Carter Jensen (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • The Royals selected Gavin Cross with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2022 draft, and he immediately jumped to the No. 1 spot in their organizational rankings. The Virginia Tech standout hit .312/.437/.633 in 135 plate appearances in his pro debut after signing.
    • Catcher Carter Jensen was plucked from the Royals' backyard when he was chosen in the third round in 2021 out of Park Hill High School in Kansas City. He logged a .363 on-base percentage with 24 doubles, 11 home runs and 50 RBI in 113 games at Single-A while also throwing out 30 percent of base-stealers.

21. Seattle Mariners

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    Taylor Dollard
    Taylor DollardJohn E. Moore III/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. C Harry Ford (Tier 1)
    2. RHP Taylor Dollard (Tier 1)
    3. RHP Bryce Miller (Tier 2)
    4. SS Cole Young (Tier 2)
    5. OF Gabriel Gonzalez (Tier 2)
    6. RHP Emerson Hancock (Tier 2)
    7. OF Lazaro Montes (Tier 3)
    8. 3B Tyler Locklear (Tier 3)
    9. SS Michael Arroyo (Tier 3)
    10. RHP Bryan Woo (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • With Harry Ford (19), Cole Young (19), Gabriel Gonzalez (19), Lazaro Montes (18) and Michael Arroyo (18) all still shy of their 20th birthdays, the Seattle farm system is poised to climb these rankings in the coming years.
    • While much of the attention goes to the top three arms in the Mariners' system, right-hander Bryan Woo is an under-the-radar arm on the rise. The 23-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery before going in the sixth round of the 2021 draft, and he had 84 strikeouts in 57 innings in his pro debut last summer. 

20. Milwaukee Brewers

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    Garrett Mitchell
    Garrett MitchellKayla Wolf/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. OF Jackson Chourio (Tier 1)
    2. OF Sal Frelick (Tier 1)
    3. OF Joey Wiemer (Tier 1)
    4. OF Garrett Mitchell (Tier 1)
    5. SS Brice Turang (Tier 2)
    6. RHP Jacob Misiorowski (Tier 3)
    7. 2B Tyler Black (Tier 3)
    8. C Jeferson Quero (Tier 3)
    9. SS Eric Brown Jr. (Tier 3)
    10. LHP Robert Gasser (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • It looks like Garrett Mitchell is the leading candidate for the starting center field job on Opening Day. The 24-year-old hit .312/.373/.459 with three doubles, two home runs, eight steals and 0.9 WAR in 28 games as a September call-up last season, 
    • The Milwaukee system is thin on high-ceiling pitching prospects right now, with the exception of 2022 second-round pick Jacob Misiorowski. The 6'7" JUCO standout has a 70-grade fastball that touches 100 mph, and the Brewers gave him a massive $2.35 million signing bonus.

19. Boston Red Sox

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    Triston Casas
    Triston CasasG Fiume/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Marcelo Mayer (Tier 1)
    2. 1B Triston Casas (Tier 1)
    3. IF/OF Ceddanne Rafaela (Tier 1)
    4. OF Miguel Bleis (Tier 2)
    5. 2B Nick Yorke (Tier 2)
    6. RHP Bryan Mata (Tier 2)
    7. OF Roman Anthony (Tier 3)
    8. 1B/3B Blaze Jordan (Tier 3)
    9. LHP Brandon Walter (Tier 3)
    10. SS Mikey Romero (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • The No. 4 overall pick in the 2021 draft, Marcelo Mayer hit .280/.399/.489 with 45 extra-base hits in 91 games between Single-A and High-A in his first full professional season. He will be 20 years old for the entirety of the 2023 season, and a 2024 MLB debut is not out of the question.
    • Signed for $1.5 million out of the Dominican Republic in 2021, outfielder Miguel Bleis hit .301/.353/.542 with 23 extra-base hits and 18 steals in 40 games in his stateside debut. His jump to full-season ball is among the most anticipated of 2023. 

18. Colorado Rockies

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    Zac Veen
    Zac VeenJerry Kime/MLB Photos via Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Ezequiel Tovar (Tier 1)
    2. OF Zac Veen (Tier 1)
    3. SS Adael Amador (Tier 1)
    4. C Drew Romo (Tier 1)
    5. OF Benny Montgomery (Tier 2)
    6. RHP Gabriel Hughes (Tier 2)
    7. 3B Warming Bernabel (Tier 3)
    8. OF Jordan Beck (Tier 3)
    9. OF Sterlin Thompson (Tier 3)
    10. RHP Jaden Hill (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • With no outside addition made at shortstop this offseason, it looks like 21-year-old Ezequiel Tovar will be the guy for the Rockies in 2023. A slick fielder with Gold Glove potential defensively, he also hit .319/.387/.540 with 32 extra-base hits in 318 plate appearances in the upper levels of the minors.
    • After hitting .333/.444/.444 with 16 steals in 21 games in the Arizona Fall League, we could see outfielder Zac Veen push his way into the MLB picture sooner rather than later. The 21-year-old was the No. 9 overall pick in the 2020 draft. 

17. New York Yankees

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    Oswald Peraza
    Oswald PerazaCarmen Mandato/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Anthony Volpe (Tier 1)
    2. OF Jasson Domínguez (Tier 1)
    3. SS Oswald Peraza (Tier 1)
    4. C Austin Wells (Tier 1)
    5. OF Everson Pereira (Tier 2)
    6. OF Spencer Jones (Tier 2)
    7. RHP Will Warren (Tier 3)
    8. SS Trey Sweeney (Tier 3)
    9. RHP Clayton Beeter (Tier 3)
    10. RHP Randy Vasquez (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • Even with Isiah Kiner-Falefa returning, expect Oswald Peraza to be given a real shot to win the starting shortstop job during spring training. The 22-year-old has the glove to handle the position at the highest level, and he hit .306/.404/.429 in 57 plate appearances as a September call-up.
    • With a high-octane fastball-curveball combination, Clayton Beeter could ultimately fit best in a relief role. The 24-year-old was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Joey Gallo last summer, and he's a dark-horse candidate to fill a role in the New York bullpen in 2023. 

16. Chicago Cubs

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    Matt Mervis
    Matt MervisChris Bernacchi/Diamond Images via Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. OF Pete Crow-Armstrong (Tier 1)
    2. OF Brennen Davis (Tier 1)
    3. OF Kevin Alcantara (Tier 1)
    4. 1B Matt Mervis (Tier 2)
    5. SS Cristian Hernandez (Tier 2)
    6. RHP Hayden Wesneski (Tier 2)
    7. RHP Ben Brown (Tier 2)
    8. RHP Cade Horton (Tier 3)
    9. LHP Jackson Ferris (Tier 3)
    10. 3B James Triantos (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • The Cubs acquired Pete Crow-Armstrong (NYM for Javier Báez), Kevin Alcantara (NYY for Anthony Rizzo), Hayden Wesneski (NYY for Scott Effross) and Ben Brown (PHI for David Robertson) in deadline deals the past two summers, effectively restocking their farm system while retooling the roster.
    • The decision to sign veterans Trey Mancini and Eric Hosmer creates a road block for Matt Mervis, who hit .309/.379/.606 with 40 doubles, 36 home runs and 119 RBI in the upper minors last year. That said, Hosmer is making the league minimum, so he could easily be cut loose if Mervis outperforms him this spring.

15. San Francisco Giants

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    Kyle Harrison
    Kyle HarrisonRonald Martinez/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Marco Luciano (Tier 1)
    2. LHP Kyle Harrison (Tier 1)
    3. OF Grant McCray (Tier 2)
    4. OF Luis Matos (Tier 2)
    5. LHP Carson Whisenhunt (Tier 2)
    6. SS Aeverson Arteaga (Tier 2)
    7. 3B Casey Schmitt (Tier 2)
    8. LHP/1B Reggie Crawford (Tier 3)
    9. RHP Mason Black (Tier 3)
    10. OF Vaun Brown (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • With a 55-hit, 65-power offensive profile, Marco Luciano still has one of the highest offensive ceilings of any prospect in baseball. However, after posting lackluster numbers at High-A while dealing with a back injury, he will need to prove he still belongs among the game's elite up-and-comers in 2023.
    • Casey Schmitt hit .293/.365/.489 with 25 doubles, 21 home runs and 78 RBI in 126 games across three minor league levels last year, closing out the season at Triple-A Sacramento. The 23-year-old could push for the Giants' starting third base job by midseason. 

14. Oakland Athletics

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    Tyler Soderstrom
    Tyler SoderstromDustin Bradford/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. C/1B Tyler Soderstrom (Tier 1)
    2. LHP Ken Waldichuk (Tier 1)
    3. 3B Zack Gelof (Tier 2)
    4. LHP Kyle Muller (Tier 2)
    5. C Daniel Susac (Tier 2)
    6. SS Max Muncy (Tier 2)
    7. RHP Mason Miller (Tier 2)
    8. RHP Gunnar Hoglund (Tier 2)
    9. OF Esteury Ruiz (Tier 2)
    10. 1B/3B Jordan Díaz (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • With Shea Langeliers set to take over as the starting catcher in the majors and Daniel Susac selected in the first round of the 2022 draft, a full-time move to first base seems likely for top prospect Tyler Soderstrom. That could help expedite his exciting offensive game to the majors.
    • The Athletics acquired Kyle Muller (No. 4) and Esteury Ruiz (No. 9) in the three-team deal that sent Sean Murphy to the Atlanta Braves, as well as pitching prospects Freddy Tarnok and Royber Salinas, who just missed cracking the top 10.

13. Texas Rangers

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    Jack Leiter
    Jack LeiterJohn E. Moore III/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. OF Evan Carter (Tier 1)
    2. 3B Josh Jung (Tier 1)
    3. RHP Jack Leiter (Tier 1)
    4. RHP Brock Porter (Tier 1)
    5. RHP Owen White (Tier 2)
    6. RHP Kumar Rocker (Tier 2)
    7. 2B Justin Foscue (Tier 2)
    8. SS Luisangel Acuña (Tier 3)
    9. OF Aaron Zavala (Tier 3)
    10. 1B/OF Dustin Harris (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • Outfielder Evan Carter filled up the stat sheet last season, hitting .295/.397/.489 with 21 doubles, 10 triples, 12 home runs, 73 RBI, 86 runs and 28 steals in 106 games between High-A and Double-A. He also has the defensive chops to be a quality center fielder, making him one of the few true five-tool prospects in the game.
    • The Rangers have had a tough time developing pitching prospects over the years, but they have an impressive collection of high-ceiling arms right now in Jack Leiter, Brock Porter, Owen White and Kumar Rocker. From that group, White will likely be the first to reach the majors. 

12. Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Jordan Lawlar
    Jordan LawlarJohn E. Moore III/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Jordan Lawlar (Tier 1)
    2. OF Corbin Carroll (Tier 1)
    3. OF Druw Jones (Tier 1)
    4. RHP Brandon Pfaadt (Tier 1)
    5. RHP Drey Jameson (Tier 2)
    6. RHP Ryne Nelson (Tier 2)
    7. 3B Deyvison De Los Santos (Tier 2)
    8. LHP Blake Walston (Tier 3)
    9. OF Dominic Fletcher (Tier 3)
    10. SS Blaze Alexander (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • The future is now for the D-backs with Corbin Carroll, Drey Jameson and Ryne Nelson all in the mix for spots on the Opening Day roster. Top pitching prospect Brandon Pfaadt and outfielder Dominic Fletcher could also see the big leagues in 2023 after impressive showings in the upper levels of the minors.
    • Slugger Deyvison De Los Santos will go as far as his right-handed bat carries him, and while an offense-only profile always carries risk, it's tough to ignore his 2022 numbers. The 19-year-old hit .306/.348/.499 with 29 doubles, 22 home runs and 106 RBI in 126 games over three levels while reaching Double-A.

11. Tampa Bay Rays

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    Taj Bradley
    Taj BradleyKevork Djansezian/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Taj Bradley (Tier 1)
    2. 3B Curtis Mead (Tier 1)
    3. SS Carson Williams (Tier 1)
    4. 1B Kyle Manzardo (Tier 1)
    5. LHP Mason Montgomery (Tier 1)
    6. SS/3B Junior Caminero (Tier 2)
    7. 1B/OF Heriberto Hernandez (Tier 3)
    8. RHP Cole Wilcox (Tier 3)
    9. OF Brock Jones (Tier 3)
    10. OF Mason Auer (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • The Rays develop pitching as well as any organization in baseball, and right-hander Taj Bradley looks like the team's next homegrown ace. The 21-year-old had a 2.57 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 141 strikeouts in 133.1 innings between Double-A and Triple-A in 2022, putting him on the MLB doorstep.
    • Outfielder Mason Auer is an under-the-radar name to watch. The 21-year-old hit .290/.372/.487 with 21 doubles, 12 triples, 15 home runs, 62 RBI and 48 steals in 115 games between Single-A and High-A last year. More of the same against upper-level competition will send his stock soaring.

10. Detroit Tigers

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    Colt Keith
    Colt KeithChris Bernacchi/Diamond Images via Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Jackson Jobe (Tier 1)
    2. RHP Wilmer Flores (Tier 1)
    3. 2B Jace Jung (Tier 1)
    4. RHP Ty Madden (Tier 1)
    5. 3B Colt Keith (Tier 2)
    6. 3B/OF Justyn-Henry Malloy (Tier 2)
    7. SS Peyton Graham (Tier 2)
    8. C Dillon Dingler (Tier 2)
    9. RHP Reese Olson (Tier 3)
    10. RHP Dylan Smith (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • Top prospect Jackson Jobe has been on a short leash since going No. 3 overall in the 2021 draft. He posted a 3.84 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 77.1 innings in his pro debut last year, pitching more than five innings just twice. The 20-year-old should get a chance to stretch things out a bit more this season.
    • The Tigers acquired Justyn-Henry Malloy in the deal that sent reliever Joe Jiménez to Atlanta. The 22-year-old hit .289/.408/.454 with 28 doubles, 17 home runs, 81 RBI and a 16.4 percent walk rate across three levels in 2022. He could see the big leagues by the All-Star break.

9. Washington Nationals

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    Cade Cavalli
    Cade CavalliG Fiume/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. OF Robert Hassell III (Tier 1)
    2. OF James Wood (Tier 1)
    3. OF Elijah Green (Tier 1)
    4. RHP Cade Cavalli (Tier 1)
    5. SS Brady House (Tier 2)
    6. OF Cristhian Vaquero (Tier 2)
    7. RHP Jarlin Susana (Tier 2)
    8. RHP Cole Henry (Tier 2)
    9. LHP Jake Bennett (Tier 3)
    10. OF Jeremy De La Rosa (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • The Nationals completely transformed their farm system with the Juan Soto blockbuster, acquiring Robert Hassell III, James Wood and Jarlin Susana as part of the six-player return package. They also added Elijah Green (No. 5 overall) and Jake Bennett (No. 45 overall) in the 2022 draft.
    • Brady House hit just three home runs in 203 plate appearances in his full-season debut, and getting his plus raw power to show up more in games will be the key to delivering on his significant offensive upside.

8. Minnesota Twins

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    Edouard Julien
    Edouard JulienChris Bernacchi/Diamond Images via Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Brooks Lee (Tier 1)
    2. SS Royce Lewis (Tier 1)
    3. OF Emmanuel Rodriguez (Tier 1)
    4. IF/OF Edouard Julien (Tier 1)
    5. OF Matt Wallner (Tier 2)
    6. LHP Connor Prielipp (Tier 2)
    7. RHP Simeon Woods Richardson (Tier 2)
    8. RHP Matt Canterino (Tier 2)
    9. SS José Salas (Tier 3)
    10. RHP Marco Raya (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • Shortstop Brooks Lee hit .351/.426/.647 in 115 games during his three seasons at Cal Poly, and he continued to rake in his pro debut after going No. 8 overall in the 2022 draft. The 22-year-old batted .303/.389/.451 in 139 plate appearances and closed out the season at Double-A Wichita.
    • Right-hander Marco Raya looks like a potential steal as a fourth-round pick in the 2020 draft. A shoulder strain kept him out of affiliated ball action in 2021, but he made up for lost time last year with a 3.05 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 76 strikeouts in 65 innings as a 19-year-old in Single-A.

7. New York Mets

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    Brett Baty
    Brett BatyJim McIsaac/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. C Francisco Álvarez (Tier 1)
    2. 3B Brett Baty (Tier 1)
    3. C Kevin Parada (Tier 1)
    4. OF Alex Ramirez (Tier 1)
    5. SS Ronny Mauricio (Tier 2)
    6. 3B Mark Vientos (Tier 2)
    7. SS Jett Williams (Tier 2)
    8. RHP Calvin Ziegler (Tier 2)
    9. RHP Blade Tidwell (Tier 3)
    10. RHP Matt Allan (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • Francisco Álvarez and Brett Baty are both expected to open the season at Triple-A Syracuse, but that doesn't mean they won't both be significant contributors during the 2023 season. Álvarez still needs to refine his defensive game, while Baty is working his way back from a thumb injury.
    • Shortstop Ronny Mauricio posted an ugly .296 on-base percentage with 125 strikeouts in 123 games at Double-A last year. However, he followed that up by posting a .287/.335/.468 line with 22 extra-base hits in 46 games in the Dominican Winter League to win MVP honors. Which version will show up in 2023? 

6. Cincinnati Reds

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    Spencer Steer
    Spencer SteerMichael Reaves/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Elly De La Cruz (Tier 1)
    2. SS Noelvi Marte (Tier 1)
    3. SS Edwin Arroyo (Tier 1)
    4. 3B Cam Collier (Tier 1)
    5. LHP Brandon Williamson (Tier 2)
    6. IF Spencer Steer (Tier 2)
    7. SS Matt McLain (Tier 2)
    8. RHP Connor Phillips (Tier 2)
    9. RHP Chase Petty (Tier 3)
    10. LHP Andrew Abbott (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • Since the start of last offseason, the Reds have added Noelvi Marte (No. 2), Edwin Arroyo (No. 3), Brandon Williamson (No. 5), Spencer Steer (No. 6), Connor Phillips (No. 8) and Chase Petty (No. 9) in a variety of trades to kick off a long overdue rebuild. Remember, there is no such thing as too many good middle infield prospects.
    • Cam Collier was one of the youngest players in the 2022 draft after getting his GED and enrolling at JUCO powerhouse Chipola College a year early. Despite turning just 18 years old in November, he hit .370/.514/.630 with two home runs in nine games in rookie ball after signing as the No. 18 overall pick.

5. Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Endy Rodriguez
    Endy RodriguezMike Carlson/MLB Photos via Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. C/IF/OF Endy Rodriguez (Tier 1)
    2. SS Termarr Johnson (Tier 1)
    3. C Henry Davis (Tier 1)
    4. RHP Quinn Priester (Tier 1)
    5. RHP Luis Ortiz (Tier 2)
    6. SS Liover Peguero (Tier 2)
    7. 2B Nick Gonzales (Tier 2)
    8. RHP Mike Burrows (Tier 2)
    9. RHP Bubba Chandler (Tier 2)
    10. IF Ji Hwan Bae (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • One of the best pure hitters in the minor leagues, Endy Rodriguez batted .323/.407/.590 with 39 doubles, 25 home runs, 95 RBI and an 11.3 percent walk rate across three minor league levels last year. The 22-year-old has seen time at catcher, second base and in left field.
    • A high-level quarterback recruit in high school, Bubba Chandler is the type of prospect who could take a significant leap forward now that he has turned his full attention to the baseball diamond. He had a 2.61 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 41.1 innings last year while also logging a .713 OPS with four home runs and 17 RBI in semi-regular DH action, but his future is on the mound.  

4. Cleveland Guardians

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    Bo Naylor
    Bo NaylorJason Miller/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Daniel Espino (Tier 1)
    2. RHP Gavin Williams (Tier 1)
    3. OF George Valera (Tier 1)
    4. C Bo Naylor (Tier 1)
    5. SS Brayan Rocchio (Tier 1)
    6. LHP Logan Allen (Tier 1)
    7. RHP Tanner Bibee (Tier 2)
    8. OF Chase DeLauter (Tier 3)
    9. SS Angel Martinez (Tier 3)
    10. OF Will Brennan (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • The Guardians have done a great job developing pitching talent over the past decade, and they have two of the game's top pitching prospects headlining their system right now in Daniel Espino and Gavin Williams. Espino was slowed by knee tendinitis and shoulder soreness last year, but he might have the best pure stuff in the minors.
    • Not to be overlooked, Tanner Bibee had a 2.17 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 167 strikeouts in 132.2 innings in 2022. The 6'2" right-hander was a fifth-round pick out of Cal State Fullerton in the 2021 draft and already looks like one of the steals of the class.

3. St. Louis Cardinals

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    Jordan Walker
    Jordan WalkerChris Bernacchi/Diamond Images via Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. OF Jordan Walker (Tier 1)
    2. RHP Tink Hence (Tier 1)
    3. SS Masyn Winn (Tier 1)
    4. OF Alec Burleson (Tier 1)
    5. RHP Gordon Graceffo (Tier 1)
    6. LHP Matthew Liberatore (Tier 2)
    7. C Ivan Herrera (Tier 2)
    8. RHP Michael McGreevy (Tier 2)
    9. LHP Cooper Hjerpe (Tier 2)
    10. SS Jonathan Mejia (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • Drafted as a third baseman, Jordan Walker played almost exclusively in the outfield over the final two months of the 2022 season. With Nolan Arenado blocking his path at the hot corner, that move should help expedite his arrival in the majors, and he could make a play for the starting left field job with a big spring training.
    • Left-hander Cooper Hjerpe was the NCAA leader with 161 strikeouts in 103.1 innings at Oregon State last spring, to go along with a 2.53 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and .180 opponents' batting average. He is more floor than ceiling long-term, but the Cardinals do a good job squeezing the most out of that type of pitching prospect. 

2. Baltimore Orioles

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    Gunnar Henderson
    Gunnar HendersonG Fiume/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. 3B Gunnar Henderson (Tier 1)
    2. RHP Grayson Rodriguez (Tier 1)
    3. SS Jackson Holliday (Tier 1)
    4. LHP DL Hall (Tier 1)
    5. OF Colton Cowser (Tier 1)
    6. SS Jordan Westburg (Tier 1)
    7. OF Heston Kjerstad (Tier 2)
    8. 3B Coby Mayo (Tier 2)
    9. 2B/SS Joey Ortiz (Tier 2)
    10. 2B Connor Norby (Tier 3)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • Gunnar Henderson, Grayson Rodriguez and DL Hall all have a realistic shot of breaking camp with a spot on the Opening Day roster, while Jordan Westburg and Joey Ortiz are also knocking on the door following stellar seasons in the upper levels of the minors.
    • Sidelined for the better part of two seasons with myocarditis and the lingering aftereffects, Heston Kjerstad finally seems to have his baseball career back on track. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 draft hit .357/.385/.622 with 15 extra-base hits in 22 games to win MVP honors in the Arizona Fall League.

1. Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Bobby Miller
    Bobby MillerKevork Djansezian/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. C Diego Cartaya (Tier 1)
    2. RHP Bobby Miller (Tier 1)
    3. 3B Miguel Vargas (Tier 1)
    4. 2B Michael Busch (Tier 1)
    5. RHP Gavin Stone (Tier 1)
    6. OF Andy Pages (Tier 1)
    7. RHP Ryan Pepiot (Tier 1)
    8. C Dalton Rushing (Tier 2)
    9. OF James Outman (Tier 2)
    10. RHP Nick Nastrini (Tier 2)

    Farm System Snapshot

    • The Dodgers have the No. 1 farm system in baseball thanks to a top 10 list made up entirely of players they either drafted or signed as international free agents. They may spend a lot of money on the MLB roster, but they also identify and develop talent as well as any organization in the sport.
    • Expect to see Bobby Miller, Miguel Vargas, Michael Busch, Gavin Stone, Ryan Pepiot and James Outman all on the MLB roster at some point during the 2023 season, with Vargas, Busch and Outman in the mix for a spot on the Opening Day roster with a strong spring. 

    All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs.