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2021 Miami Marlins Top 15 Prospects

The Marlins made the playoffs for the first time since 2003. They didn’t win a championship as they did in 2003 but made significant strides on the back of an extremely young team.  In reviewing their minor league system, seven of the Top 10 players spent time on the Marlins roster this year.  While I didn’t go back to see if that was a record, it sure feels like one.  Some of these players made significant contributions to the cause.

First and foremost was the number one player on the list, Sixto Sanchez.  He came out throwing 100 MPH showing the kind of Moxy on the mound you want to see from a number one starter.  While Edward Cabrera did not make it to the show, I consider him a close second to Sanchez.  He has the stuff and athleticism to also pitch at the top of the rotation.  Jazz Chisholm is the top-ranked positional player and while he struggled in his debut, he has the tools to be a star.  The question is, will he hit enough?

  1. Sixto Sanchez (RHP)
  2. Edward Cabrera (RHP)
  3. Jazz Chisholm (SS)
  4. Braxton Garrett (LHP)
  5. JJ Bleday (OF)
  6. Max Meyer (RHP)
  7. Lewin Diaz (1B)
  8. Jesus Sanchez (OF)
  9. Trevor Rogers (LHP)
  10. Monte Harrison (OF)

The remaining five can be found here.

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2021 Atlanta Braves Top 15 Prospects

I’m writing this article after the Braves season ended in a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of the Dodgers.  While it was a disappointing ending to their season, it was great to see the Braves excelling on the backs of a lot of young kids.  Two prospects, Ian Anderson and Cristian Pache played significant roles for the team in the deciding game. As a prospect writer, you can’t be any happier.  Fortunately, both make our list as they still have rookie eligibility.

While the Braves system is not what it used to be when Acuna and Swanson were leading the list, there is still talent.  In addition to Pache and Anderson, the power-speed combination that Drew Waters brings to the game could be huge for fantasy managers.  The Braves love both Braden Shewmake and William Contreras.  I’ve seen both play and they both have full-time regular upside.  Throw-in some big lefty arms and the Braves window appears to be just opening.

  1. Cristian Pache (OF)
  2. Ian Anderson (RHP)
  3. Drew Waters (OF)
  4. Braden Shewmake (SS)
  5. William Contreras (C)
  6. Kyle Muller (LHP)
  7. Tucker Davidson (LHP)
  8. Jasseel de la Cruz (RHP)
  9. Jared Shuster (LHP)
  10. Shea Langeliers (C)

The remaining five can be found here.

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2021 Minnesota Twins Top 15 Prospects

The only elite prospect to get the call in 2020 for the Twins was Brent Rooker.  He played in seven games.  The Twins are stacked at the Major Leagues with young players but with a team that is good, not great, perhaps it’s time to shake things up.

Alex Kirilloff and Royce Lewis are ready for their respected promotion and both should see time in Minnesota next season. Plus, Trevor Larnach and Jordan Balazovic are getting close and could also press for a late-season call-up or at worse, a call-up in 2022.  All four are elite prospects with a ceiling of full-time regulars.  Perhaps it’s time for the Twins to cash in some of their young prospects to push the team from a good club to a Championship team.  Now that I’ve given them the idea, it’s up to the Twins front office to figure out the rest.

  1. Alex Kirilloff (OF)
  2. Royce Lewis (SS)
  3. Jordan Balazovic (RHP)
  4. Trevor Larnach (OF)
  5. Aaron Sabata (1B)
  6. Misael Urbina (OF)
  7. Jhoan Duran (RHP)
  8. Gilberto Celestino (OF)
  9. Ryan Jeffers (C)
  10. Brent Rooker (OF)

The remaining five prospects can be found here.

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2021 Kansas City Royals Top 15 Prospects

The Royals have done a great job of quickly rebuilding their farm system. Bobby Witt Jr. is their best prospect and has all the tools to become one of the best shortstops in the game. Erick Pena was also one of the exciting International players to be signed in 2019 and everything I’ve heard about him has been positive. And then there’s pitching. Daniel Lynch and Asa Lacy have a chance to be one of the best southpaw starting tandem in baseball. They have great stuff and are close to Majors. The Royals are still two years away from their window opening, but I like we they are going.

  1. Bobby Witt Jr. (SS)
  2. Daniel Lynch (LHP)
  3. Asa Lacy (LHP)
  4. Khalil Lee (OF)
  5. Erick Pena (SS)
  6. Jackson Kowar (RHP)
  7. Kyle Isbel (OF)
  8. Brady McConnell (SS/OF)
  9. Brewer Hicklen (OF)
  10. Jonathan Bowlan (RHP)

The remaining players can be found here.

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2021 Detroit Tigers Top 15 Prospects

The Tigers are in rebuilding mode and have improved their system greatly since the Dombrowski days. You can argue that their top three pitchers: Casey Mize, Matt Manning, and Tarik Skubal can rival any organization’s Top three pitching prospects. With the addition of Spencer Torkelson, they now have a potential middle of the order bat that should see the big leagues very shortly. Riley Greene is also an exceptionally talented player and should see the Major Leagues in the next couple of years. Throw in Parker Meadows, Isaac Parades and a bunch of expensive International signees and the Tigers are assembling a lot of offensive talent to complement what could be one of the better pitching staffs in the big leagues by 2022.

  1. Spencer Torkelson (1B)
  2. Tarik Skubal (LHP)
  3. Casey Mize (RHP)
  4. Matt Manning (RHP)
  5. Riley Greene (OF)
  6. Isaac Paredes (3B)
  7. Parker Meadows (OF)
  8. Joey Wentz (LHP)
  9. Daz Cameron (OF)
  10. Adinso Reyes (3B/OF)

The remaining players can be found here.

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2021 Cleveland Indians Top 15 Prospects

The more I researched the Indians’ farm system, the more I liked the depth they have created. Granted, it’s not stacked with famous guys, but instead, there are a lot of interesting young players that could develop into impact players at the highest level.

Leading the list is now a famous prospect – Triston McKenzie.  He had an amazing major league debut and is only going to get better. I’m still a fan of Nolan Jones and still believe he will add big in-game power once he adds loft to his swing.  There are several high-upside middle infielders on the list and trying to handicap who emerges as the successor to Francisco Lindor is hard.  Tyler Freeman might get the first shot but we like Brayan Rocchio or newly acquired Gabriel Arias to eventually take over the job full-time.

  1. Triston McKenzie (RHP)
  2. Nolan Jones (3B)
  3. George Valera (OF)
  4. Brayan Rocchio (SS)
  5. Tyler Freeman (SS)
  6. Bo Naylor (C)
  7. Gabriel Arias (SS)
  8. Ethan Hankins (RHP)
  9. Aaron Bracho (2B)
  10. Danny Espino (RHP)

The remaining five can be seen here.

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2021 Chicago White Sox Top 15 Prospects

The White Sox window opened in 2020 making the playoffs for the first time in 12 years.  While they were bounced in the first round, the talent is real and good.  What is also encouraging is that there is still talent in their minor league system.  Andrew Vaughn and Michael Kopech should not only provide depth in 2021 but both could be major contributors.  Assuming Kopech is healthy, he could fall behind Lucas Giolito in the rotation to start the season.  Garrett Crochet and Zack Burdi both could be future closers and Nick Madrigal led the league in hitting while he was up.

Sure, the system gets thin after the first 7 or 8 players, but so many of the players have already been promoted that the lack of depth is warranted and expected.

  1. Andrew Vaughn (1B)
  2. Michael Kopech (RHP)
  3. Nick Madrigal (2B)
  4. Garrett Crochet (LHP)
  5. Dane Dunning (RHP)
  6. Jonathan Stiever (RHP)
  7. Zack Burdi (RHP)
  8. Matt Thompson (RHP)
  9. Jared Kelley (RHP)
  10. Luis Gonzalez (OF)

The remaining five can be found here.

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2021 St. Louis Cardinals Top 15 Prospects

The Cardinals system continues to be top-heavy. Dylan Carlson is one of the better prospects in the game and Matthew Liberatore is not far behind him. Plus, I like Jordan Walker, the Cardinals’ first-round pick in 2020. He’s a high school kid that is tooled up. If developed properly, he could be the best prospect on this list. The talent starts to fade after 10 with guys that have a slim to no chance at being impact players. That said, assuming healthy, I think everyone on this list gets to the big leagues and from where they were last year, that’s a big step forward.

  1. Dylan Carlson (OF)
  2. Matthew Liberatore (LHP)
  3. Nolan Gorman (3B)
  4. Jordan Walker (3B)
  5. Zack Thompson (LHP)
  6. Ivan Herrera (C)
  7. Masyn Winn (SS/RHP)
  8. Elehuris Montero (3B)
  9. Jhon Torres (OF)
  10. Malcom Nunez (3B)

The remaining five can be found here.

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2021 Pittsburgh Pirates Top 15 Prospects

Under the watchful eye of Ben Cherrington, the Pirates have started to rebuild their farm system and more importantly, bring in new instruction and better analytics for proper development.  Hopefully, with that innovation, the Pirates are looking up.  Based on what I see in their system, there is enough talent to build a core that could compete in three to five years.

Ke’Bryan Hayes made his debut in the Major Leagues in 2020 and handled it well.  He’s still prospect-eligible but he’ll be manning third base to begin the 2021 season and should quickly lose prospect eligibility.  Nick Gonzales was the Pirates first-round pick last June and I like the pick.  He’s not a big kid, but has some pop, speed and can hit.  The top pitcher is Quinn Priester, who was the Pirates’ first-round pick in 2019.  He’s a projectable right-hander with a nice current arsenal that has a chance to develop into a number three starter or perhaps more.

  1. Ke’Bryan Hayes (3B)
  2. Nick Gonzales (2B)
  3. Oneil Cruz (SS)
  4. Travis Swaggerty (OF)
  5. Quinn Priester (RHP)
  6. Liover Peguero (SS)
  7. Sammy Siani (OF)
  8. Brennan Malone (RHP)
  9. Jared Oliva (SS)
  10. Cal Mitchell (OF)

The remaining five can be found here.

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2021 Milwaukee Brewers Top 15 Prospects

The Brewers are slowly rebuilding their farm system and are using a tried and true philosophy – athletes with a lot of risks. Sure, not all of them make it to the Major Leagues, but Lewis Brinson and Monte Harrison were used as the principal players in a trade for Christian Yelich.

Their first-round pick in 2020 was Garrett Mitchell and there is a lot to like. He’s got plus speed and with some loft added to his swing, could develop power. Brice Turang continues to intrigue with his potential game-changing speed. Plus, there’s my personal favorite Hedbert Perez. He’s got Major League bloodlines and a ton of tools in which to get excited. As is always with the Brewers, their pitching stable is light with some good bullpen arms but no true starter stud on the horizon.

  1. Garrett Mitchell (OF)
  2. Brice Turang (SS)
  3. Hedbert Perez (OF)
  4. Mario Feliciano (C)
  5. Ethan Small (LHP)
  6. Zack Brown (RHP)
  7. Tristen Lutz (OF)
  8. Aaron Ashby (LHP)
  9. Drew Rasmussen (RHP)
  10. Corey Ray (OF)

The remaining five can be found here.