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2023 Boston Red Sox Top 15 Prospects

After researching the Red Sox system, it’s better than I thought going into the exercise. 

It’s a little top-heavy and pitching-heavy, but some impact positional players could help the Red Sox soon.  Marcelo Mayer and Triston Casas are two of the best prospects in baseball.  Casas should be up for good now, and while Mayer has only played in High-A, he’s only a couple of years away.  Ceddanne Rafaela and Miguel Bleis had encouraging seasons, and it looks like their upside is full-time regulars.  David Hamilton stole 70 bases, but I worry he’s similar to the other, more famous Hamilton. 

The pitching is light, however.  Bryan Mata appears healthy, but I see him more as a reliever.  Brayan Bello pitched well in his debut in Boston but is not eligible for the list.  Otherwise, there’s not much pitching depth in the system.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Marcelo Mayer
  • Biggest Mover: Ceddanne Rafaela
  • Emerging Prospect: Brainer Bonaci

The list can be found here.

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2023 Baltimore Orioles Top 15 Prospects

The Orioles have one of the best systems in baseball, and while I could have gone 20+ deep on their system, I stopped at 17.  The system is led by two of the best minor league prospects in baseball: Gunnar Henderson and Grayson Rodriguez.  Henderson built on a solid 2021 to explode in 2022, all the way to the Major Leagues.  Rodriguez was on the doorstep of the Major Leagues when he suffered a Lat strain which delayed his debut to 2023.  It doesn’t end there.  In July, they drafted uber-talented Jackson Holliday with the first pick in the draft.  He’s a few years off but brings speed and power with a feel to hit.  Colton Cowser, Jordan Westburg, and  Connor Norny are just about ready and should see time in Baltimore, and while DL Hall struggled in his big league debut, he flashes serious swing and miss stuff.  It goes on from there.

The Orioles are building something special with a window starting to open.  They’ll never spend with the Yankees or Red Sox, but I bet they will compete exceptionally well…perhaps as early as 2023.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Gunnar Henderson
  • Biggest Mover: Cesar Prieto
  • Emerging Prospect: Sam Basallo

The list can be found here.

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2023 Washington Nationals Top 15 Prospects

This was the first year in a while that I enjoyed writing about the Nationals system.  While we won’t know for years whether the Nationals got enough for Juan Soto, they got four great young players (plus Luke Voit) in return.  While CJ Abrams and MacKenzie Gore are no longer eligible for the list, Robert Hassell, James Wood, and Jarlin Susana fill out three of the five top prospects.  Sure, the system was already down, so naturally, these players would rank high, but they all have future impact potential.  There’s also a lot to like with 2022 first-round pick Elijah Green, and while Brady House had a challenging year, the power alone gives him a high floor.  While they still have a long way to go, the Nationals are beginning the rebuilding process to compete again for a divisional title one day.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Robert Hassell
  • Biggest Mover: Yasel Antuna
  • Emerging Prospect: Brenner Cox

The list can be found here.

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2023 Philadelphia Phillies Top 15 Prospects

The Phillies system starts very strong with two of the best young arms in the minor leagues, Andrew Painter and Mick Abel.  Painter, in particular, shoved it this year, and it looks like he could be an Ace in the making.  I also like Johan Rojas.  There’s plenty of speed, and assuming he can get stronger, the upside is a full-time regular.  Their first-round pick last July, Justin Crawford, is athletic with crazy tools, but he has a long way to go before hanging an actual ceiling on him.  After that, there are some good arms that project as bullpen roles, and some high-upside 18-year-olds, but the system, overall, lacks impact depth.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Andrew Painter
  • Biggest Mover: Hao Yu Lee
  • Emerging Prospect: Starlyn Caba

The list can be found here.

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2023 New York Mets Top 15 Prospects

The Mets have a solid top tier in their minor league system with many famous names, including Francisco Alvarez, Ronny Mauricio, Brett Baty, and their 2022 first-round draft pick, Kevin Parada.   All of these players, plus more, have a chance to be impact players in the Major Leagues.

What surprised me was their pitching depth.  Some interesting arms have a chance to be contributors in the big leagues one day, including Blade Tidwell, Joel Diaz, and Calvin Ziegler.  All three helped St. Lucie win the championship in the Florida State League.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Francisco Alvarez
  • Biggest Mover: Alex Ramirez
  • Emerging Prospect: Willy Fanas

The list can be found here.

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2023 Miami Marlins Top 15 Prospects

The Marlins continue to have a high-risk, high-reward system.  Eury Perez is the top prospect and is one of the highest upside pitchers in the minor leagues.  He’s also only 19, and the risk of injury is always high.  To that point, he missed time last season with a shoulder issue.  Max Meyer and Jake Eder could pitch at the top of the rotation, but both are recovering from TJS.  Sixto Sanchez can throw 100 MPH but hasn’t pitched because of injuries.  The same risk is with the hitter.  Khalil Watson is toolsy but struggled to make contact last season.  Peyton Burdick is similar.  It’s just the way the Marlins roll.  Or is it…

In 2022, they drafted Jacob Berry and acquired Jordan Groshans in a trade.  Neither are what you would call toolsy, and both can hit.  Is this a change in philosophy or just happenstance that caused them to be members of the Marlins?  I hope it was planned, as the Marlins need on-base oriented player to complement their existing high upside but high-strikeout players.  Together they can complement their excellent young pitching corp, which could lead to winning baseball.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Eury Perez
  • Biggest Mover: Jose Salas
  • Emerging Prospect: Jose Gerardo

The list can be found here.

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2023 Atlanta Braves Top 15 Prospects

The defending World Champs had another impressive minor league graduating class.  Unfortunately, it has thinned their minor league system with few low-risk potential Major League players. Jared Shuster and Kyle Muller look like they can help Atlanta as soon as next season. My favorite player in the system is Geraldo Quintero, a scrappy second baseman who can hit with intriguing fantasy tools.  After that, there’s plenty of talent but a high range of outcomes.  If you’re a Braves fan, you might be disappointed in the list, but when you consider that Vaughn Grissom, Michael Harris, and Spencer Strider were all core pieces in the 2022 team, that should cheer your spirits.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Jared Shuster
  • Biggest Mover: Geraldo Quintero
  • Emerging Prospect: Diego Benitez

The list can be found here.

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2023 Minnesota Twins Top 15 Prospects

It was a challenging year for many of the Twins’ famous prospects.  Royce Lewis had his second ACL surgery on his knee, Emmanuel Rodriguez’s season ended early with knee surgery, Jordan Balazovic had shoulder issues and posted a 7.79 ERA, and Austin Martin slugged .316 in Double-A.  None of that is good.  On the other hand, the Twins got arguably the best hitter in July’s draft in Brooks Lee, Edouard Julien looked great, showing intriguing power and speed, and Misael Urbina started to put things together.  So, as the old saying goes, you have to take the good with the bad. 

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Brooks Lee
  • Biggest Mover: Emmanuel Rodriguez
  • Emerging Prospect: Yasser Mercedes

The list can be found here.

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2023 Kansas City Royals Top 15 Prospects

I lost count on how many players the Royals promoted to their big league club.  It was significant and left their minor league system a little down.  But, Royals fans should not be dismayed as several promoted players look like future stars.  The top two players in their system were their top two players drafted last July.  Gavin Cross and Cayden Wallace have the upside of full-time regulars and should move through the system quickly.  They also acquired Drew Waters and Samad Taylor in trades, bringing significant tools to the organization.  Their pitching is not as deep as Asa Lacy had a tough season because of back issues, and while talented, Frank Mozzicato has a long way to go.  Overall, I like what the Royals are doing, and if you’re a fan, you have to love the aggressiveness they’ve shown with their young players.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Gavin Cross
  • Biggest Mover: Samad Taylor
  • Emerging Prospect: Jean Ramirez

The list can be found here.

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2023 Detroit Tigers Top 15 Prospects

After a terrific season in 2021, the Tigers were terrible last season.  Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson didn’t play well, and Skubal and Mize got hurt.  Unfortunately, there’s not much immediate help in the minor leagues.  Jace Jung and Jackson Jobe lead the list and are both Top 100 prospects, but after that, there is talent but nothing that you can point to with certainty.  Wilmer Flores had an excellent season with a number three starter upside, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he moved to the bullpen.  I also like Weencel Perez as a sleeper in the system.  He can hit and started to show more power than in the past.  

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Jace Jung
  • Biggest Mover: Weencel Perez
  • Emerging Prospect: Cristian Santana

The list can be found here.