MLB Farm System Rankings: Pre-2020 Spring Training Edition

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2020

MLB Farm System Rankings: Pre-2020 Spring Training Edition

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    Spring training has arrived, and it's time for updated rankings of all 30 MLB farm systems.

    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 indications 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): That being said, there is a difference between a prospect who has a chance of making an impact at the big league level and a prospect who could be a star. Elite prospects served as a tiebreaker of sorts when teams were close in the rankings.

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

    • Top 100 Prospects: Prospects who have elite skill sets and All-Star potential. This is the cream of the prospect crop. These players are identified by where they fell in our first top-100 prospect list of the year, which was released Jan. 14.
    • Tier 2: Prospects who have a good chance of becoming impact contributors in MLB. These are the players who were in consideration for spots on the leaguewide top-100 list and could end up there.
    • 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 are capable of climbing to the next tier.

    Teams were initially ranked based on the number of Tier 1 and Tier 2 prospects in their systems, and then the rankings were subjectively tweaked from there.


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

30. Washington Nationals

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    Carter Kieboom
    Carter KieboomNick Wass/Associated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Carter Kieboom22No. 31
    2. SS Luis Garcia19No. 94
    3. RHP Jackson Rutledge203
    4. RHP Mason Denaburg203
    5. LHP Tim Cate223
    6. RHP Wil Crowe253
    7. SS Yasel Antuna203
    8. RHP Andry Lara173
    9. 3B Drew Mendoza223
    10. LHP Matt Cronin223

    Next 5: RHP Joan Adon, RHP Steven Fuentes, C Israel Pineda, LHP Seth Romero, RHP Eddy Yean


    Top Position Player: SS Carter Kieboom

    Despite hitting just .128 with 16 strikeouts in 43 plate appearances in his first MLB action last season, Kieboom looks ready for the majors. He hit .303/.409/.493 with 43 extra-base hits in 109 games at Triple-A. The 22-year-old should get a shot at winning the starting third base job in spring training.


    Top Pitcher: RHP Jackson Rutledge

    The No. 17 overall pick in the 2019 draft, Rutledge has high-octane stuff with a fastball that touches 99 mph and a terrific slider-curveball combination. He had 39 strikeouts in 37.1 innings in his pro debut and could jump onto top-100 lists with a strong first full season.

29. Milwaukee Brewers

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    Brice Turang
    Brice TurangBrace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Brice Turang202
    2. LHP Ethan Small222
    3. C Mario Feliciano212
    4. LHP Aaron Ashby212
    5. OF Tristen Lutz213
    6. RHP Drew Rasmussen243
    7. SS Eduardo Garcia173
    8. RHP Zack Brown253
    9. LHP Antoine Kelly203
    10. RHP Devin Williams193

    Next 5: OF Micah Bello, OF Corey Ray, OF Carlos Rodriguez, RHP Trey Supak, RHP Braden Webb


    Top Position Player: SS Brice Turang

    Turang hit .287 with a .384 on-base percentage in 357 plate appearances at Single-A last year but struggled mightily following a midseason promotion to High-A. The 20-year-old has the on-base skills, speed and defensive acumen to be an everyday shortstop.


    Top Pitcher: LHP Ethan Small

    During his junior season at Mississippi State, Small posted a 1.93 ERA and 0.87 WHIP with 176 strikeouts in 107 innings. That performance vaulted him into the first round of the draft, as he was selected with the No. 28 overall pick. An 0.86 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 21 innings during his pro debut further boosted his stock.

28. New York Mets

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    David Peterson
    David PetersonZachary Roy/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Ronny Mauricio18No. 79
    2. C Francisco Alvarez182
    3. 3B Brett Baty202
    4. SS Andres Gimenez212
    5. 3B Mark Vientos203
    6. RHP Matthew Allan183
    7. LHP David Peterson243
    8. LHP Thomas Szapucki233
    9. RHP Josh Wolf193
    10. LHP Kevin Smith223

    Next 5: 2B/OF Carlos Cortes, RHP Franklyn Kilome, RHP Dedniel Nunez, RHP Junior Santos, OF Freddy Valdez


    Top Position Player: SS Ronny Mauricio

    The Mets gave Mauricio a $2.1 million bonus during the 2017 international signing period. He has one of the highest ceilings of any teenage prospect. The 18-year-old hit a lackluster .268/.307/.357 with just 29 extra-base hits in 504 plate appearances at Single-A last year, but he's still well ahead of the developmental curve.


    Top Pitcher: RHP Matthew Allan

    Viewed by some as the top prep arm in the 2019 draft class, Allan slipped to the third round because of lofty bonus demands. The Mets gave him a well-above-slot $2.5 million bonus, and he had a 2.61 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 10.1 innings in his debut. There's not much projection left in his 6'3", 225-pound frame, but his stuff will play.

27. Chicago Cubs

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    Nico Hoerner
    Nico HoernerQuinn Harris/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Nico Hoerner22No. 53
    2. C Miguel Amaya202
    3. LHP Brailyn Marquez212
    4. OF Brennen Davis202
    5. RHP Adbert Alzolay243
    6. OF Cole Roederer203
    7. RHP Ryan Jensen223
    8. SS Aramis Ademan213
    9. 2B Chase Strumpf213
    10. RHP Richard Gallardo183

    Next 5: RHP Cory Abbott, RHP Kohl Franklin, C Ethan Hearn, RHP Tyson Miller, LHP Justin Steele


    Top Position Player: SS Nico Hoerner

    Rushed to the majors after he was the No. 24 overall pick in the 2018 draft, Hoerner hit .282 with five extra-base hits in 20 games in September while filling in at shortstop for the injured Javier Baez. The 22-year-old will compete with David Bote and non-roster invitee Jason Kipnis for the second base job in spring training.


    Top Pitcher: LHP Brailyn Marquez

    The best Cubs pitching prospect since Dylan Cease, Marquez turned in a breakout season in 2019. The lanky left-hander took a step forward with his secondary stuff to post a 3.13 ERA and 128 strikeouts in 103.2 innings. His changeup needs further refinement, and his rate of 4.3 walks per nine innings is too high, but the 21-year-old has tremendous upside.

26. Boston Red Sox

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    Triston Casas
    Triston CasasMichael Dwyer/Associated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Jeter Downs21No. 68
    2. 1B/3B Triston Casas 20No. 81
    3. RHP Bryan Mata202
    4. 3B Bobby Dalbec 242
    5. RHP Noah Song223
    6. OF Jarren Duran233
    7. OF Gilberto Jimenez193
    8. RHP Tanner Houck 233
    9. RHP Thad Ward233
    10. LHP Jay Groome 213

    Next 5: SS Cameron Cannon, SS C.J. Chatham, OF Nick Decker, RHP Chih-Jung Liu, SS Matthew Lugo


    Top Hitter: SS Jeter Downs

    The prospect centerpiece of the Mookie Betts trade, Downs hit .276/.362/.526 with 35 doubles and 24 home runs at High-A and Double-A last year. The 21-year-old will likely slide over to second base and join Xander Bogaerts up the middle.


    Top Pitcher: RHP Bryan Mata

    Mata, 20, turned in a stellar run at High-A to begin the 2019 season with a 1.75 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 51.1 innings. He struggled to a 5.03 ERA in 53.2 innings following a promotion to Double-A, but his future remains extremely bright. With a polished four-pitch mix and improving command, he should be ready to contribute soon.

25. Los Angeles Angels

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    Jo Adell
    Jo AdellJoe Robbins/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. OF Jo Adell20No. 3
    2. OF Brandon Marsh22No. 96
    3. OF Jordyn Adams202
    4. SS Jeremiah Jackson192
    5. RHP Chris Rodriguez213
    6. RHP Jose Soriano203
    7. OF D'Shawn Knowles193
    8. LHP Patrick Sandoval233
    9. 2B Jahmai Jones223
    10. LHP Hector Yan203

    Next 5: OF Trent Deveaux, RHP Aaron Hernandez, RHP Jack Kochanowicz, SS Kyren Paris, OF Alexander Ramirez


    Top Position Player: OF Jo Adell

    A five-tool player, Adell missed time early last season with hamstring and ankle injuries but returned to hit .289/.359/.475 with 37 extra-base hits in 76 games while reaching Triple-A. The Angels cleared a path for the 20-year-old by cutting ties with Kole Calhoun. He should be up before the All-Star break.


    Top Pitcher: RHP Chris Rodriguez

    Health remains the biggest question mark for Rodriguez. After missing 2018 recovering from a stress reaction in his back, he began last season with 13 strikeouts in 9.1 scoreless innings before back surgery sent him to the sideline once again. Still just 21, he has the highest ceiling of any pitcher in the system.

24. Colorado Rockies

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    Sam Hilliard
    Sam HilliardDustin Bradford/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Brendan Rodgers23No. 16
    2. LHP Ryan Rolison 22No. 97
    3. SS/3B Ryan Vilade 20No. 100
    4. OF Sam Hilliard252
    5. 1B Michael Toglia 213
    6. 3B Colton Welker223
    7. SS Terrin Vavra 223
    8. 3B Aaron Schunk 223
    9. LHP Ben Bowden253
    10. 1B Grant Lavigne 203

    Next 5: SS Adael Amador, OF Yonathan Daza, OF Brenton Doyle, 1B/3B Tyler Nevin, LHP Helcris Olivarez


    Top Position Player: SS Brendan Rodgers

    Rodgers can hit. He has a .296/.352/.503 line in 1,684 plate appearances over five minor league seasons, including a 1.035 OPS and 20 extra-base hits in 37 games at Triple-A last year. He struggled in his MLB debut before a torn labrum ended his season in July, but he still has star upside.


    Top Pitcher: LHP Ryan Rolison

    The No. 22 pick in the 2018 draft, Rolison was expected to move quickly thanks to a polished four-pitch mix that includes a 60-grade curveball. The 22-year-old had a 4.40 ERA and 132 strikeouts in 131 innings last season. A 2021 debut is not out of the question.

23. Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Ke'Bryan Hayes
    Ke'Bryan HayesMichael Reaves/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. 3B Ke'Bryan Hayes23No. 37
    2. RHP Mitch Keller23No. 51
    3. SS Oneil Cruz21No. 64
    4. RHP Cody Bolton212
    5. RHP Tahnaj Thomas203
    6. OF Travis Swaggerty223
    7. SS Ji-Hwan Bae203
    8. RHP Quinn Priester193
    9. SS Liover Peguero193
    10. RHP Brennan Malone193

    Next 5: RHP Steven Jennings, 2B Kevin Kramer, OF Cal Mitchell, OF Jared Oliva, OF Sammy Siani


    Top Position Player: 3B Ke'Bryan Hayes

    Despite a lackluster .265/.336/.415 line that included 42 extra-base hits in 480 plate appearances at Triple-A last year, Hayes remains a future star. With a terrific feel for hitting, untapped raw power and the defensive chops to be a Gold Glover at third base, he remains a potential cornerstone piece in Pittsburgh.


    Top Pitcher: RHP Mitch Keller

    On the surface, Keller struggled to a 7.13 ERA over 48 innings in his first taste of the majors. However, his 3.19 FIP and 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings provide plenty of reason for optimism. He has little left to prove in the minors.

22. Texas Rangers

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    Sam Huff
    Sam HuffJason Miller/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. 3B Josh Jung22No. 78
    2. C Sam Huff22No. 93
    3. RHP Hans Crouse212
    4. 2B Nick Solak252
    5. OF Leody Taveras212
    6. 1B/3B Sherten Apostel203
    7. LHP Joe Palumbo253
    8. LHP Brock Burke233
    9. SS Osleivis Basabe193
    10. OF Steele Walker233

    Next 5: SS Maximo Acosta, RHP Ronny Henriquez, SS Anderson Tejeda, OF Bubba Thompson, RHP Cole Winn


    Top Position Player: 3B Josh Jung

    Following a stellar three-year run at Texas Tech, Jung was the No. 8 overall pick after hitting .343/.474/.636 with 23 doubles and 15 home runs during his junior season. A polished hitter with plus power potential, he should move quickly through the minors after hitting .316/.389/.443 over 198 plate appearances in his debut.


    Top Pitcher: RHP Hans Crouse

    With a 70-grade fastball and a 60-grade slider, Crouse has two electric offerings that give him the highest ceiling of any pitching prospect in the system. The 21-year-old trimmed his walk rate from 3.1 per nine innings in 2018 to 2.0 last year while posting a 4.41 ERA in 87.2 innings at Single-A. Further refinement of his changeup will be the next step in his development.

21. New York Yankees

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    Deivi Garcia
    Deivi GarciaDarron Cummings/Associated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Deivi Garcia20No. 65
    2. RHP Luis Gil21No. 99
    3. OF Jasson Dominguez172
    4. RHP Clarke Schmidt232
    5. RHP Roansy Contreras202
    6. OF Estevan Florial 223
    7. SS Anthony Volpe 183
    8. RHP Alexander Vizcaino 223
    9. OF Kevin Alcantara 173
    10. RHP Luis Medina203

    Next 5: OF Antonio Cabello, SS Oswald Peraza, OF Everson Pereira, RHP Osiel Rodriguez, C Anthony Seigler


    Top Position Player: OF Jasson Dominguez

    How good can Jasson Dominguez be?

    "He's a long ways from reaching his ceiling but has earned comparisons to the likes of Bo Jackson, Mickey Mantle and Mike Trout," according to

    Once the 17-year-old makes his pro debut, he could move quickly to the top of the organizational prospect list and up leaguewide top-100 rankings.


    Top Pitcher: RHP Deivi Garcia

    It remains to be seen if the 5'9" Garcia will be able to handle a starter's workload at the next level. There is no doubt he has impact stuff, though. After racking up 165 strikeouts in 111.1 innings over three minor league levels last year, he could fill a multi-inning role out of the bullpen in 2020 to begin his MLB career.

20. Cleveland Indians

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    Logan Allen
    Logan AllenTony Dejak/Associated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. 3B Nolan Jones21No. 42
    2. SS Tyler Freeman20No. 89
    3. OF George Valera192
    4. RHP Ethan Hankins192
    5. C Bo Naylor192
    6. RHP Daniel Espino193
    7. RHP Triston McKenzie223
    8. SS Brayan Rocchio193
    9. LHP Logan Allen223
    10. 2B Aaron Bracho183

    Next 5: OF Will Benson, IF Yu Chang, OF Daniel Johnson, RHP James Karinchak, SS Gabriel Rodriguez


    Top Position Player: 3B Nolan Jones

    With a .409 on-base percentage and 17.3 percent walk rate, Jones has arguably the best on-base skills in minor league baseball. The 21-year-old has yet to fully tap into his plus raw power, but he has 25-homer potential and plenty of present gap power. A shortstop in high school, he has also developed into a solid defender at the hot corner.


    Top Pitcher: RHP Ethan Hankins

    A candidate to go No. 1 overall in the 2018 draft heading into his senior year of high school, Hankins missed time with shoulder tightness that spring and wound up slipping to No. 35 overall, where he was signed to an above-slot bonus. The injury was not structural, and his potential was on full display in 2019 when he posted a 2.55 ERA with 71 strikeouts in 60 innings. His lanky 6'6" frame offers plenty of further projection.

19. Houston Astros

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    Jose Urquidy
    Jose UrquidyWill Newton/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Forrest Whitley21No. 27
    2. RHP Jose Urquidy 24No. 49
    3. RHP Cristian Javier222
    4. SS Freudis Nova202
    5. RHP Bryan Abreu222
    6. C Korey Lee213
    7. 3B Abraham Toro 233
    8. RHP Tyler Ivey 233
    9. SS Jeremy Pena223
    10. RHP Brandon Bielak 233

    Next 5: OF Ronnie Dawson, SS Grae Kessinger, LHP Enoli Paredes, IF Luis Santana, C Garrett Stubbs


    Top Position Player: SS Freudis Nova

    Signed to a $1.2 million bonus in 2016, Nova spent two seasons in rookie ball before making his full-season debut in 2019. He hit .259/.301/.369 with 24 extra-base hits and 10 steals in 75 games at Single-A, and while those numbers don't jump off the page, his tools are impossible to ignore. He has a chance for five above-average tools and the defensive profile to stick at shortstop.


    Top Pitcher: RHP Forrest Whitley

    In terms of pure stuff, Whitley has arguably the best arsenal in the minors with a 70-grade fastball and an above-average secondary repertoire that includes a wipeout slider, a hammer curveball and a devastating changeup. The 22-year-old had a confounding and injury-marred season but shined in the Arizona Fall League with a 2.88 ERA and 32 strikeouts over 25 innings.

18. Philadelphia Phillies

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    Alec Bohm
    Alec BohmBrace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. 3B Alec Bohm23No. 20
    2. RHP Spencer Howard23No. 40
    3. RHP Adonis Medina232
    4. SS Bryson Stott222
    5. RHP Francisco Morales202
    6. SS Luis Garcia193
    7. C Rafael Marchan203
    8. OF Simon Muzziotti213
    9. RHP Enyel De Los Santos243
    10. OF Mickey Moniak213

    Next 5: LHP Damon Jones, SS Nick Maton, LHP Erik Miller, LHP JoJo Romero, OF Johan Rojas


    Top Position Player: 3B Alec Bohm

    The No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 draft, Bohm reached Double-A last year while hitting .305/.378/.518 with 30 doubles and 21 home runs over three minor league levels. The 23-year-old has been better than expected defensively at third base, and after Maikel Franco was non-tendered, he has a clear path to the majors in 2020.


    Top Pitcher: RHP Spencer Howard

    Howard has pitched just 211.1 innings since he was selected in the second round of the 2017 draft. The 23-year-old could be brought along slowly in 2020 as a result, but with a 3.28 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 12.0 K/9 during his minor league career, his upside is impossible to ignore. His electric four-pitch mix gives him legitimate frontline upside.

17. Cincinnati Reds

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    Jonathan India
    Jonathan IndiaJoe Robbins/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. LHP Nick Lodolo22No. 56
    2. RHP Hunter Greene20No. 60
    3. 3B Jonathan India23No. 88
    4. C Tyler Stephenson232
    5. RHP Tony Santillan222
    6. SS Jose Garcia213
    7. OF Michael Siani203
    8. OF Jameson Hannah223
    9. 3B Tyler Callihan193
    10. 3B Rece Hinds193

    Next 5: OF Stuart Fairchild, OF TJ Friedl, RHP Vladimir Gutierrez, LHP Packy Naughton, RHP Lyon Richardson


    Top Position Player: 3B Jonathan India

    India posted a 1.213 OPS and launched 21 home runs during his junior season at Florida before going No. 5 overall in the 2018 draft. The 23-year-old has a lackluster .779 OPS since beginning his pro career, and his stock has dipped a bit as a result. But his defensive versatility and polished bat should allow him to move quickly.


    Top Pitcher: LHP Nick Lodolo

    The first pitcher selected in the 2019 draft (No. 7 overall), Lodolo posted a 2.45 ERA with a stellar 30-to-0 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 18.1 innings in his pro debut. The 6'6" left-hander attacks hitters with an advanced three-pitch mix from a steep downhill plane, and he should see the upper levels of the minors during the upcoming season.

16. St. Louis Cardinals

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    Nolan Gorman
    Nolan GormanBrace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. OF Dylan Carlson21No. 22
    2. LHP Matthew Liberatore24No. 38
    3. 3B Nolan Gorman19No. 54
    4. C Andrew Knizner252
    5. C Ivan Herrera192
    6. LHP Zack Thompson213
    7. 3B Elehuris Montero213
    8. LHP Genesis Cabrera233
    9. RHP Johan Oviedo213
    10. RHP Angel Rondon223

    Next 5: RHP Junior Fernandez, OF Trejyn Fletcher, IF Edmundo Sosa, OF Jhon Torres, OF Justin Williams


    Top Position Player: OF Dylan Carlson

    Ranked No. 92 on the Baseball America Top 500 draft prospect list in 2016, Carlson looked like a reach when the Cardinals selected him at No. 33 overall. After a slow start to his pro career, he broke out in a big way in 2019, hitting .292/.372/.542 with 62 extra-base hits and 20 steals between Double-A and Triple-A.


    Top Pitcher: LHP Matthew Liberatore

    The Cardinals acquired Liberatore from the Tampa Bay Rays in January in a deal that sent Jose Martinez and Randy Arozarena the other way. The 6'5" southpaw used four plus offerings and advanced command to post a 3.10 ERA with 76 strikeouts in 78.1 innings at Single-A. The 20-year-old has middle-of-the-rotation upside with a chance for more.

15. Oakland Athletics

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    Jesus Luzardo
    Jesus LuzardoMichael Zagaris/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. LHP Jesus Luzardo22No. 9
    2. LHP A.J. Puk24No. 26
    3. C Sean Murphy25No. 41
    4. SS/OF Jorge Mateo242
    5. SS Robert Puason172
    6. 3B Sheldon Neuse253
    7. SS Nick Allen213
    8. RHP Daulton Jefferies243
    9. OF Austin Beck213
    10. SS Logan Davidson223

    Next 5: OF Lazaro Armenteros, RHP Parker Dunshee, SS Jeremy Eierman, RHP Grant Holmes, RHP James Kaprielian


    Top Position Player: C Sean Murphy

    Injuries slowed Murphy's arrival to the majors over the past few years, but he arrived with a bang last September, posting a 137 OPS+ with five doubles and four home runs in 60 plate appearances. The 25-year-old was originally viewed as a defensive-minded backstop, but he has developed into an impact offensive player and a potential two-way standout at the position.


    Top Pitcher: LHP Jesus Luzardo

    Luzardo, 22, might have made the Oakland roster out of spring training last year if not for a left shoulder strain. He finally made his MLB debut on Sept. 11 and posted a 1.50 ERA with 16 strikeouts in 12 innings down the stretch before tossing three scoreless innings in the AL Wild Card Game. While he pitched out of the bullpen last year, he has a chance to be the ace of the staff by the end of 2020.

14. Toronto Blue Jays

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    Nate Pearson
    Nate PearsonJoe Robbins/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Nate Pearson23No. 8
    2. SS Jordan Groshans20No. 76
    3. RHP Alek Manoah22No. 84
    4. LHP Anthony Kay24No. 98
    5. SS Orelvis Martinez182
    6. RHP Simeon Woods Richardson193
    7. C Gabriel Moreno193
    8. 3B Miguel Hiraldo193
    9. RHP Adam Kloffenstein193
    10. C Alejandro Kirk213

    Next 5: OF Dasan Brown, OF Griffin Conine, IF Leonardo Jimenez, RHP Eric Pardinho, RHP Kendall Williams


    Top Position Player: SS Jordan Groshans

    The No. 12 pick in the 2018 draft, Groshans hit .337/.427/.482 with eight extra-base hits in 96 plate appearances at Single-A last season before that breakout performance was cut short by a foot injury. The 20-year-old might fit best at third base long-term, but he has the offensive tools to profile just fine there.


    Top Pitcher: RHP Nate Pearson

    Armed with a high-octane fastball that touches 103 mph, a lethal slider and a solid curveball and changeup, Pearson has all the tools to develop into the future ace for a Blue Jays team on the rise. The 23-year-old posted a 2.30 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 119 strikeouts in 101.2 innings while holding opposing hitters to a .176 average in 2019.

13. Chicago White Sox

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    Luis Robert
    Luis RobertRon Vesely/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. OF Luis Robert22No. 2
    2. RHP Michael Kopech23No. 30
    3. 1B Andrew Vaughn21No. 33
    4. 2B Nick Madrigal22No. 57
    5. RHP Dane Dunning252
    6. RHP Jonathan Stiever223
    7. C/1B Zack Collins253
    8. OF Blake Rutherford223
    9. OF Micker Adolfo233
    10. RHP Matthew Thompson193

    Next 5: OF Luis Alexander Basabe, RHP Andrew Dalquist, OF Luis Gonzalez, LHP Konnor Pilkington, 1B Gavin Sheets


    Top Position Player: OF Luis Robert

    With a shiny new six-year, $50 million contract and a stellar .328/.376/.624 line that included 31 doubles, 11 triples, 32 home runs and 36 steals last year, Robert looks poised for stardom. The 22-year-old has legitimate 30-30 upside at the next level and the defensive skills to remain in center field as he matures. He'll begin 2020 as the heavy favorite for AL Rookie of the Year honors.


    Top Pitcher: RHP Michael Kopech

    Kopech has a true 80-grade fastball that regularly touches triple digits and has good late life. The 23-year-old missed the 2019 season recovering from Tommy John surgery, and he will be on a short leash as a result in 2020. Prior to making his MLB debut in 2018, he had a 3.70 ERA with 170 strikeouts in 126.1 innings at Triple-A.

12. Baltimore Orioles

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    Adley Rutschman
    Adley RutschmanNick Wass/Associated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. C Adley Rutschman22No. 10
    2. RHP Grayson Rodriguez20No. 35
    3. LHP DL Hall21No. 48
    4. 1B Ryan Mountcastle22No. 86
    5. OF Austin Hays242
    6. OF Yusniel Diaz232
    7. RHP Michael Baumann243
    8. SS Gunnar Henderson183
    9. RHP Dean Kremer243
    10. LHP Keegan Akin233

    Next 5: SS Adam Hall, RHP Hunter Harvey, LHP Zac Lowther, OF Ryan McKenna, OF Kyle Stowers


    Top Position Player: C Adley Rutschman

    The No. 1 overall pick last June, Rutschman has a chance to be a generational talent for the rebuilding Orioles. The switch-hitting backstop hit .411/.575/.751 with 17 home runs during his junior season at Oregon State, and he backs his tremendous offensive potential with stellar defensive skills.


    Top Pitcher: RHP Grayson Rodriguez

    In his first full pro season, Rodriguez dominated Single-A hitter to the tune of a 2.68 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 129 strikeouts in 94 innings. Essentially a finished product physically with a 6'5", 220-pound frame and an advanced four-pitch mix, he could move faster than most prep prospects toward a spot at the top of the Baltimore rotation.

11. Minnesota Twins

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    Royce Lewis
    Royce LewisJoe Robbins/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Royce Lewis20No. 12
    2. OF Alex Kirilloff22No. 29
    3. RHP Jordan Balazovic21No. 63
    4. OF Trevor Larnach22No. 74
    5. RHP Jhoan Duran21No. 87
    6. OF Brent Rooker252
    7. 3B Keoni Cavaco183
    8. C Ryan Jeffers223
    9. RHP Blayne Enlow203
    10. RHP Matt Canterino213

    Next 5: OF Gilberto Celestino, SS Wander Javier, RHP Griffin Jax, OF Misael Urbina, OF Matt Wallner


    Top Position Player: SS Royce Lewis

    After posting an .803 OPS with 46 extra-base hits and 28 steals as a 19-year-old in 2018, Lewis took a step backward last season with a .236/.290/.371 line in 566 plate appearances between High-A and Double-A. That said, he's still young and continues to possess the impressive raw tools that made him the No. 1 overall pick in 2017. A .353/.411/.565 line over 95 plate appearances in the Arizona Fall League could be a springboard to a bounceback season.


    Top Pitcher: RHP Jordan Balazovic

    With Brusdar Graterol traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Balazovic is now the top pitching prospect in the Minnesota system after a breakout 2019 season. The 21-year-old was a fifth-round pick in 2016, and he turned potential into production last year with a 2.69 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 129 strikeouts in 93.2 innings between Single-A and High-A.

10. San Francisco Giants

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    Joey Bart
    Joey BartRoss D. Franklin/Associated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. C Joey Bart23No. 18
    2. OF Heliot Ramos20No. 34
    3. SS Marco Luciano18No. 43
    4. OF Hunter Bishop212
    5. RHP Logan Webb232
    6. OF Alexander Canario192
    7. LHP Seth Corry212
    8. SS Will Wilson213
    9. IF Mauricio Dubon253
    10. RHP Sean Hjelle223

    Next 5: RHP Tristan Beck, OF Luis Matos, OF Jairo Pomares, 3B Luis Toribio, RHP Jake Wong


    Top Position Player: C Joey Bart

    Bart, 23, hit .278/.328/.495 with 14 doubles and 16 home runs in 79 games between High-A and Double-A in an injury-shortened season, then he raked in the Arizona Fall League for 10 games before he suffered a second hand injury on a hit-by-pitch. Provided he can stay out of the way of fastballs, he should push Buster Posey to first base at some point before 2020 comes to a close.


    Top Pitcher: RHP Logan Webb

    Webb returned from an 80-game PED suspension to post a 1.73 ERA with 38 strikeouts in 36.1 innings before making his MLB debut on Aug. 17. The 23-year-old backed his 5.22 ERA with a 4.12 FIP and closed out the season with back-to-back quality starts against the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers.

9. Kansas City Royals

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    Kris Bubic
    Kris BubicTony Dejak/Associated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Bobby Witt Jr.19No. 24
    2. RHP Brady Singer23No. 66
    3. LHP Daniel Lynch23No. 85
    4. RHP Jackson Kowar23No. 95
    5. OF Erick Pena212
    6. LHP Kris Bubic222
    7. OF Khalil Lee212
    8. OF Kyle Isbel223
    9. LHP Austin Cox223
    10. SS Brady McConnell213

    Next 5: RHP Jonathan Bowlan, OF Brewer Hicklen, C MJ Melendez, 1B Nick Pratto, RHP Yefri Del Rosario


    Top Position Player: SS Bobby Witt Jr.

    The No. 2 pick in the 2019 draft has the raw tools and intangibles to become the next face of the franchise for the Royals.

    "Scouts rave about his makeup and passion for the game as much as his tools, giving him as much chance as anyone to reach his enormous potential," wrote


    Top Pitcher: RHP Brady Singer

    The headliner of an impressive collegiate pitching haul during the 2018 draft, Singer slipped to No. 18 overall after entering his junior season as a candidate to be the top pick. The 23-year-old had a 2.85 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 138 strikeouts in 148.1 innings between High-A and Double-A last year, and his MLB debut could be forthcoming in 2020.

8. Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Daulton Varsho
    Daulton VarshoChristian Petersen/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. OF Kristian Robinson19No. 25
    2. OF Alek Thomas19No. 47
    3. C Daulton Varsho23No. 50
    4. SS Geraldo Perdomo20No. 82
    5. OF Corbin Carroll192
    6. 1B/OF Seth Beer232
    7. RHP Levi Kelly202
    8. RHP Matt Tabor213
    9. RHP J.B. Bukauskas233
    10. RHP Luis Frias213

    Next 5: RHP Jon Duplantier, RHP Drey Jameson, RHP Corbin Martin, OF Wilfredo Patino, LHP Blake Walston


    Top Position Player: OF Kristian Robinson

    The 19-year-old Robinson has the highest offensive ceiling of any player in the Arizona system—and perhaps in all of the minors. He hit .282/.368/.514 with 13 doubles and 14 home runs in 291 plate appearances between Low-A and Single-A last year, and he does not turn 20 until December. The sky is the limit.


    Top Pitcher: RHP Levi Kelly

    An eighth-round pick in 2018, Kelly signed for an above-slot bonus of $350,000 and then went straight to Single-A in his first full season. The 20-year-old posted a 2.15 ERA with 126 strikeouts in 100.1 innings while holding opposing hitters to a .199 average. Simplifying his mechanics has gone a long way, and a similar performance against upper-level hitters could vault him onto leaguewide top-100 lists.

7. Miami Marlins

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    Sixto Sanchez
    Sixto SanchezBrace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Sixto Sanchez21No. 21
    2. OF JJ Bleday22No. 45
    3. OF Jesus Sanchez22No. 52
    4. SS Jazz Chisholm22No. 59
    5. RHP Edward Cabrera212
    6. OF Monte Harrison242
    7. LHP Braxton Garrett222
    8. LHP Trevor Rogers223
    9. 1B Lewin Diaz233
    10. OF Kameron Misner223

    Next 5: OF Peyton Burdick, SS Jose Devers, OF Jerar Encarnacion, RHP Nick Neidert, OF Connor Scott


    Top Position Player: OF JJ Bleday

    A breakout junior season at Vanderbilt in which he hit .347/.465/.701 with 27 home runs sent Bleday soaring up draft boards last spring, and he ended up going No. 4 overall to the Marlins. His combination of hit tool and power gives him an extremely high offensive ceiling, and his rocket arm gives him the prototypical right field profile.


    Top Pitcher: RHP Sixto Sanchez

    Healthy once again last season, Sanchez showed why he was the centerpiece of the J.T. Realmuto trade. The 21-year-old posted a 2.76 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 114 innings between High-A and Double-A, and with a 75-grade fastball and plus secondary offerings, he looks like the future ace of the rebuilding Marlins' starting rotation.

6. Detroit Tigers

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    Casey Mize
    Casey MizeMark Cunningham/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Casey Mize22No. 6
    2. RHP Matt Manning22No. 17
    3. OF Riley Greene18No. 44
    4. LHP Tarik Skubal23No. 46
    5. SS Isaac Paredes202
    6. RHP Alex Faedo242
    7. SS Willi Castro222
    8. C Jake Rogers243
    9. LHP Joey Wentz223
    10. RHP Franklin Perez223

    Next 5: RHP Beau Burrows, OF Daz Cameron, OF Parker Meadows, SS Wenceel Perez, SS Adinso Reyes


    Top Position Player: OF Riley Greene

    While he is still growing into his power potential, Greene is more polished than the average prep hitter and should move swiftly through the minors. The 19-year-old will likely be limited to left field defensively, which will put more pressure on his bat, but he has all the makings of a future middle-of-the-order run producer.


    Top Pitcher: RHP Casey Mize

    A slam dunk choice as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft, Mize lived up to the hype during his first full professional season. Armed with a mid-90s fastball, a lethal splitter and a plus slider, Mize posted a 2.55 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 106 strikeouts in 109.1 innings during 2019. The Tigers have no reason to rush him, but he might already be the best pitcher in the organization.

5. Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Dustin May
    Dustin MayRob Carr/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. 2B/SS Gavin Lux22No. 4
    2. RHP Dustin May22No. 15
    3. RHP Brusdar Graterol21No. 55
    4. RHP Josiah Gray22No. 62
    5. C Keibert Ruiz21No. 71
    6. RHP Tony Gonsolin25No. 92
    7. 3B Kody Hoese222
    8. C Diego Cartaya183
    9. 2B Michael Busch223
    10. RHP Ryan Pepiot223

    Next 5: SS Jacob Amaya, 2B Omar Estevez, OF Andy Pages, OF DJ Peters, OF Luis Rodriguez


    Top Position Player: 2B/SS Gavin Lux

    After a breakout 2018, Lux took his game to another level with a .347/.421/.607 line and 59 extra-base hits in 523 plate appearances in Double-A and Triple-A. He held his own during a late-season MLB promotion and will be given every chance to win the starting second base job this spring.


    Top Pitcher: RHP Dustin May

    With a fastball, curveball and cutter that all grade as plus offerings, and an improved changeup, May has emerged as one of baseball's top pitching prospects. He pitched well in four starts and 10 relief appearances after making his MLB debut Aug. 2, posting a 3.63 ERA and 2.90 FIP in 34.2 innings, and he'll battle for a rotation spot this spring.

4. Seattle Mariners

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    Jarred Kelenic
    Jarred KelenicBrace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. OF Jarred Kelenic20No. 11
    2. OF Julio Rodriguez19No. 14
    3. RHP Logan Gilbert22No. 39
    4. 1B Evan White23No. 70
    5. SS Noelvi Marte17No. 73
    6. RHP Justin Dunn24No. 83
    7. OF Kyle Lewis242
    8. LHP Justus Sheffield232
    9. RHP George Kirby223
    10. C Cal Raleigh233

    Next 5: RHP Isaiah Campbell, RHP Sam Carlson, OF Jake Fraley, RHP Juan Then, LHP Brandon Williamson


    Top Position Player: OF Jarred Kelenic

    After going No. 6 overall in 2018, Kelenic posted an .839 OPS with 22 extra-base hits in 56 games after signing. Despite that strong showing, the Mets included him in the Robinson Cano/Edwin Diaz blockbuster last offseason, and he quickly emerged as one of baseball's most dynamic offensive prospects. He hit .291/.364/.540 with 31 doubles, 23 home runs and 20 steals over three levels in 2019 while reaching Double-A.


    Top Pitcher: RHP Logan Gilbert

    A standout junior season at Stetson University in which he posted a 2.72 ERA with 163 strikeouts in 112.1 innings made Gilbert one of the top college arms in the 2018 draft, and he ended up going No. 14. He dominated lower-level hitters last year with a 2.13 ERA and 165 strikeouts in 135 innings, and he appears to be on the fast track to a spot at the top of the MLB rotation.

3. Atlanta Braves

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    Ian Anderson
    Ian AndersonDarron Cummings/Associated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. OF Cristian Pache21No. 7
    2. RHP Ian Anderson21No. 19
    3. OF Drew Waters21No. 28
    4. RHP Kyle Wright24No. 58
    5. LHP Kyle Muller22No. 75
    6. RHP Bryse Wilson22No. 91
    7. C William Contreras222
    8. C Shea Langeliers222
    9. SS Braden Shewmake223
    10. LHP Tucker Davidson233

    Next 5: RHP Jasseel De La Cruz, RHP Freddy Tarnok, RHP Patrick Weigel, RHP Victor Vodnik, RHP Huascar Ynoa


    Top Position Player: OF Cristian Pache

    Long viewed as a future Gold Glove center fielder, Pache improved his offensive game last year with a .277/.340/.462 line and 57 extra-base hits in 130 games in Double-A and Triple-A. He'll join Ronald Acuna Jr. and fellow prospect Drew Waters in the Atlanta outfield soon.


    Top Pitcher: RHP Ian Anderson

    The No. 3 pick in 2016, Anderson has emerged as the top pitching prospect in an Atlanta system loaded with quality arms. With a terrific fastball-curveball-changeup repertoire and plus command, he posted a 2.68 ERA with 147 strikeouts in 111 innings at Double-A before scuffling down the stretch at Triple-A. Still just 21 years old, he's already knocking on the door.

2. San Diego Padres

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    MacKenzie Gore
    MacKenzie GoreJohn E. Moore III/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. LHP MacKenzie Gore20No. 5
    2. RHP Luis Patino 20No. 23
    3. OF Taylor Trammell 22No. 32
    4. SS CJ Abrams19No. 36
    5. C Luis Campusano 21No. 77
    6. LHP Adrian Morejon 20No. 90
    7. LHP Ryan Weathers202
    8. RHP Michel Baez242
    9. 2B/SS Owen Miller232
    10. SS Gabriel Arias193

    Next 5: LHP Joey Cantillo, OF Hudson Head, SS Tucupita Marcano, 3B Hudson Potts, OF Jeisson Rosario


    Top Position Player: OF Taylor Trammell

    The Padres acquired Trammell from the Reds last summer in the three-team blockbuster that sent Trevor Bauer to Cincinnati, and he immediately became the center fielder of the future. The 22-year-old took a step back last year with a .234/.340/.349 line, but he still has legitimate five-tool potential, and his second go-around at Double-A could be when he turns a corner.


    Top Pitcher: LHP MacKenzie Gore

    With a dynamic four-pitch mix, excellent command, a strong 6'3", 195-pound frame and a smooth delivery that includes a deceptive leg kick, Gore has a case for being baseball's top pitching prospect. The 20-year-old had a 1.69 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 135 strikeouts in 101 innings while limiting opposing hitters to a .164 batting average. He could take his place at the top of the San Diego staff during the second half of 2020.

1. Tampa Bay Rays

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    Wander Franco
    Wander FrancoJason Miller/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Wander Franco18No. 1
    2. LHP/DH Brendan McKay24No. 13
    3. LHP Shane McClanahan22No. 61
    4. 2B Vidal Brujan22No. 67
    5. 2B Xavier Edwards20No. 69
    6. RHP Shane Baz20No. 72
    7. RHP Joe Ryan23No. 80
    8. SS Greg Jones212
    9. C Ronaldo Hernandez222
    10. RHP Brent Honeywell242

    Next 5: OF Randy Arozarena, OF Moises Gomez, RHP JJ Goss, RHP Seth Johnson, OF Josh Lowe


    Top Position Player: SS Wander Franco

    The consensus top prospect in baseball, Franco hit .327/.398/.487 with 43 extra-base hits in 114 games at Single-A and High-A, and he doesn't turn 19 until next month. gave him a top-of-the-scale 80-grade hit tool to go with 60-grade power, and he could be the next precocious phenom to reach the majors as a teenager.


    Top Pitcher: LHP Brendan McKay

    Used as a two-way player throughout his time at Louisville and at the onset of his pro career, McKay looks to have the most potential on the mound. The 24-year-old had a 1.10 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 102 strikeouts in 73.2 innings in the upper levels of the minors last year, and his 4.03 FIP and 56 strikeouts in 49 major league innings provide plenty of optimism for 2020 success.


    All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs, unless otherwise noted.