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2022 New York Yankees Top 15 Prospects

I saw a ton of Yankees High and Double-A games in 2021 and feel I know their system well. 

While the Yankees minor league players generally get overhyped, this group of players is talented.  Infielders Anthony Volpe, Oswald Peraza, and Oswaldo Cabrera all have Major League upside with Volpe having some the highest upside in the minor leagues.  Clarke Schmidt is their best pitching prospect and while he missed a lot of time last season, the arsenal continues to impress. Luis Gil showed what he’s capable of when he throws strikes in the Major Leagues last season, but there is an open question as to how often that will happen.  Finally, there is Jasson Dominguez.  The hype train has long left the station. No matter what he did in his professional debut, it would have been a letdown.  Honestly, all things considered, he did ok.  He’s not the next Mike Trout, but he has a chance to be a full-time regular, perhaps even more than that.

I know many people don’t like to hear good things about the Yankees, but it’s a good system.  Now, how many of them hit their ceiling outside of New York?  History would say, more than one…

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Anthony Volpe
  • Biggest Mover: Ken Waldichuk
  • Emerging Prospect: Roderick Arias

The list can be found here.

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2022 Boston Red Sox Top 15 Prospects

The Red Sox minor league system improved in 2021.  It started with Marcelo Mayer falling to them with the fourth pick in last June’s draft.  Then, Triston Casas took a major step forward last year and now looks like he could be a Top 10 first baseman in the big leagues.  Also, Nick Yorke, their first pick in 2020 had a huge year showing more power than we originally thought.  Throw in Jarren Duran’s continued improvement, and it was a solid year.  Now, for the bad news.  Jeter Downs did not look good striking out 32.5% of the time and perhaps giving us a clue as to why he was traded multiple times.  But, still, the Red Sox have got to be thrilled with the state of their minor league system.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Marcelo Mayer
  • Biggest Mover: Brayan Bello
  • Emerging Prospect: Wilkelman Gonzalez

The list can be found here.

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2022 Baltimore Orioles Top 15 Prospects

The Orioles continued with their rebuild this year and while they lost an insane amount of games again, their offense showed promise.  Their pitching, well…it was beyond bad. 

There is help on the way with one of the better pitchers in the minor leagues in Grayson Rodriguez.  He should develop into a number two starter, maybe more.  There’s also DL Hall who has yet to throw consistent strikes, and this year, hurt his elbow and missed a good chunk of the season.  After that, I see very little help on the pitching side. 

On the offense, some stars are coming.  First and foremost is Adley Rutschman.  He has a chance to be the best catcher in the league and the “Buster Posey” of the Orioles.  I also have high hopes for Colton Cowser, the Orioles’ number one pick last June.  We should see Rutschman early next season and Cowser the following year.   But it’s not going to be enough, and the Orioles need to continue to wheel and deal and develop as I don’t think they can be effective in the free-agent market yet. 

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Adley Rutschman
  • Biggest Mover: Adam Hall
  • Emerging Prospect: Moises Ramirez

The list can be found here.

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2022 Washington Nationals Top 15 Prospects

Despite the Nationals revamping their minor league system with their deadline day trades, it’s still a bottom quartile system.  That includes Cade Cavalli blowing up and looking like he can pitch at the top of the rotation.  There’s also Keibert Ruiz, who we like a lot.  He has the chance to be a Top 10 catcher in the league if not more.  Plus, given the high-profile trade, he’ll be given a long leash.  We also love Brady House, their first-round pick last June.  We doubt he stays at short but could be a full-time regular at third or the outfield with plenty of power.  After that, things get dicey.  Andry Lara has a great arm but has a long way to go.  Yasel Antuna looked better last season and could be a full-time regular.  Then things get even more suspect.  But, the system is better and will only get better as they continue their rebuild and eventually trade (he who must not be named).  Well, let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Cade Cavalli
  • Biggest Mover: Yasel Antuna
  • Emerging Prospect: Cristian Vaquero

The list can be found here.

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2022 Philadelphia Phillies Top 15 Prospects

I struggled writing the Phillies system last year.  A lot of players had down seasons in 2019 and with the missed 2020 season, and little information to go on, there weren’t a lot of positive stories to write about.  This year was different. 

Many of their young players have gotten better.  Johan Rojas had a great season where he showed speed, growing power, and a much-improved approach.  Luis Garcia did as well and is back on track to being a prospect again.  Finally, Logan O’Hoppe, a defensive catcher also improved his approach, reducing his striking out rate in a meaningful way.  He now looks like a legitimate prospect.  Throw in Mick Abel, Bryson Stott, Andrew Painter, and even newly acquired Hans Crouse, and the Phillies have something upon which they can build.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Mick Abel
  • Biggest Mover: Johan Rojas
  • Emerging Prospect: William Bergolla

The list can be found here.

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2022 New York Mets Top 15 Prospects

The Mets system is very unbalanced.  At the top of the list are some of the best prospects in the game.  Francisco Alvarez has the upside to be a Top 3 catcher in the game and Ronny Mauricio will likely slide over to second, making him a very interesting target in fantasy. Baty and Vientos have their warts but both will be Major Leaguers.  Ginn is interesting and Ramirez while terrible young could be a stud.  After that…I dunno.  I don’t see any Major Leaguers and if there are, I don’t see any impact Major Leaguers.  Maybe it doesn’t matter as the Mets might just buy their way to the playoffs over the next few years.  One thing is for sure, Cohen will make it interesting.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Francisco Alvarez
  • Biggest Mover: Alexander Ramirez
  • Emerging Prospect: Robert Dominguez

The list can be found here.

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2022 Miami Marlins Top 15 Prospects

If the Marlins could just develop some hitters, they could begin to put things together. They’ve got some of the best young pitchers in the league and still have Edward Cabrera, one of the best pitchers in the minor leagues, Sixto Sanchez, Max Meyer, and Eury Perez – all of which have a chance to pitch at the top-of-the-rotation. Yet, their top positional player is an 18-year-old shortstop with nine games of experience.  Don’t’ get me wrong, I like Khalil Watson a lot, but he’s three years away at least and a lot can go wrong.  After that, there are some complementary players but no stars.  It’s a problem.  Perhaps the Marlins can dip into the free agency.  Maybe some of their young players will develop into stars.  Jazz Chisholm and Jesus Sanchez have shown flashes, but both are very aggressive hitters and will be prone to low on-base percentages.  I dunno…but, you’ve got to score runs to win games.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Edward Cabrera
  • Biggest Mover: Eury Perez
  • Emerging Prospect: Jose Salas

The list can be found here.

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2022 Atlanta Braves Top 15 Prospects

I was pleasantly surprised by what I found in researching the Braves system.  Several quality players should help the Major League team in the short term with several long-term bets for the future.  Their trio of outfielders, Cristian Pache, Michael Harris, and Drew Waters lead the list.  Even though he didn’t hit immediately on his exposure to the Major Leagues, I still like the power-speed potential. Michael Harris though might have the higher upside as his raw skills are not that far behind Pache, but he’s a better current hitter.  Finally, Waters.  It’s all about contact.  If he improves his contact rate, he could be a star.  If he doesn’t, then I think he struggles to establish himself.  There’s plenty of pitchers in the list, none who stand out as a top-of-the-rotation arm, but plenty who should be Major Leaguers.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Cristian Pache
  • Biggest Mover: Michael Harris
  • Emerging Prospect: Diego Benitez

The list can be found here.

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2022 Minnesota Twins Top 15 Prospects

The Twins poor season prompted them to trade several of their older stars in July.  While it was a tough pill to swallow, they added some much-needed depth and athleticism to their minor league system.  First and foremost, they added Austin Martin, the seventh pick in the 2020 draft.  He has All-Star potential as a dynamic leadoff hitter.  They also added Joe Ryan, who already has pitched in the Major Leagues, and pitched well.  Two other good arms that were added were Simeon Woods-Richardson and Drew Strotman.  Both had control problems this season, but both have Major League upside.  When you combine these players with the likes of Royce Lewis, Jordan Balazovic, Josh Winder, and my new favorite prospect, Jose Miranda, it’s easy to get excited about the Twins competing once again.

Prospect Quick Shot

Top Prospect: Austin Martin

Biggest Mover: Jose Miranda

Emerging Prospect: Spencer Steer

The list can be found here.

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2022 Kansas City Royals Top 15 Prospects

When talking about the Royals minor league system, it begins with Bobby Witt Jr.  He has the tools and baseball acumen to be one of the best players in the game and a stud from a fantasy baseball standpoint.  He should arrive in the third week of next season to allow the Royals to have seven years of team control.  As impressive of a story that Witt Jr. has been this year, MJ Melendez and Nick Pratto’s journeys might have been more impressive.  In 2019, both were strikeout machines…striking out well over 30%.  I thought as did many, they might not make it.  But, they worked on their swings, and both improved, rather dramatically.  Melendez cut his strikeout rate in half (almost unheard of) and Pratto by 25%.  Both players should join Witt Jr. at some point during the 2022 season.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Bobby Witt Jr.
  • Biggest Mover: MJ Melendez
  • Emerging Prospect: Nick Loftin

The list can be found here.