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2022 Texas Rangers Top 15 Prospects

Make no mistake about it, the Rangers’ Major League team is bad.  If you are a Rangers fan, what was even more discouraging is that their minor league system wasn’t very good either.  You see, the Rangers’ development strategy has always been to draft and acquire athletic, high upside players and see if you can create stars.  With few exceptions (Joey Gallo being one), the plan did not work.  In reviewing the system, they have a better mix of high floor players that should help the Major League team quickly to complement their existing cadre of “go for broke and hope it works” players.

Jack Leiter is the perfect example.  The Rangers could have selected one of several high-end high school middle infielders with the second overall pick last June, but instead, they selected Leiter.  He’s going to be a fine Major Leaguer, a potential solid number two pitcher, but it’s doubtful he’ll compete for Cy Young awards.  More importantly, the floor is a number three or four starter.  Josh Jung, Justin Foscue, and Dustin Harris have a similar ceiling.  Jung is ready for Texas and Leiter won’t take long.  Of course, there is Ezekiel Duran, Evan Carter, LuisAngel Acuna, etc… who could turn out to be stars, and maybe one or two will, but history says that most will not. 

If you’re a Rangers fan, you need to be patient as they are just getting things together.  But, I do like the system much better than in previous years.  From my POV, they are finally pointed in the right direction.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Jack Leiter
  • Biggest Mover: Dustin Harris
  • Emerging Prospect: Maximo Acosta

The list can be found here.

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2022 Seattle Mariners Top 15 Prospects

Any system that starts with Julio Rodriguez and Noelvi Marte is going to be good.  The Mariners system is indeed strong.  In addition to J-Rod and Marte, the Mariners have one of the best pitching tandems in the game in Emerson Hancock and George Kirby.  There’s also a ton of young players that are a long way from the Major Leagues but could serve as trade chips as the Mariners begin their run.

While the Mariners might have overachieved in 2021, it’s all set up for them to start their run as soon as 2022.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Julio Rodriguez
  • Biggest Mover: Jonatan Clase
  • Emerging Prospect: Lazaro Montes

The list can be found here.

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2022 Oakland A’s Top 15 Prospects

Before doing the A’s system, I didn’t think there was a lot of depth and now I can definitely say…there’s not a lot of depth.  I do like Tyler Soderstrom and see him as a Top 100 prospect with a chance to be an impact offensive player.  Max Muncy, yeah, there’s another one, has potential, but he’s young with a raw hit tool. Brayan Buelvas and Pedro Pineda both have significant upside but are still teenagers with a long way to go.  After that, there’s not a lot.  Well, AJ Puk is still kicking around and if he can only stay healthy, there could be something there.

Having said that, I could re-read my A’s write-up from years past and see something similar.  Yet, they find a way to develop prospects and remain competitive.  Even with a down system, I would not count the team out.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Tyler Soderstrom
  • Biggest Mover: Brayan Buelvas
  • Emerging Prospect: Pedro Pineda

The list can be found here.

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2022 Los Angeles Angels Top 15 Prospects

The Angels graduated two key players last season in Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh.  While that’s always a good thing, the Angels system took a hit.  Yes, they have Reid Detmers who I like a lot, but after that, there’s a lot of high-risk players with significant flaws.  While you can say that about most systems, it seems more acuate with the Angels.  Sam Bachman has a great arm but has significant reliever risk.  Jordyn Adams is one of the best athletes you’ll find in any system, but can he hit?  Jeremiah Jackson can hit home runs in bunches but also strikes out a third of the time.  Well, you get the point.

Two players do stand out as “interesting”. Michael Stefanic and Brendon Davis.  Both had great seasons and both have become legitimate prospects.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Reid Detmers
  • Biggest Mover: Michael Stefanic
  • Emerging Prospect: Jorge Ruiz

The list can be found here.

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2022 Houston Astros Top 15 Prospects

The draft penalties handed down by Major League baseball have left a mark with the Astros.  The system is in the bottom quartile of baseball but is not completely void of talent. 

Pedro Leon leads the list and has some of the most tantalizing tools in the minor leagues.  He’s still knocking off the rust, but if he can get his strike-out rate under control, he could be an impact performer.  I also like Jeremy Pena.  He’s a great defender who makes solid contact with growing power.  He rarely walks and doesn’t have a ton of speed, but he’s an interesting player to know.

Then there’s Forrest Whitley. The optimist in me says that it was his elbow all along.  Now that he’s had Tommy John Surgery, he’s going to get back to the pitcher we thought he could be.  The pessimist in me says that I’ve seen this movie before, and it doesn’t end well.  Which side is right?  I don’t know.  But, he’s the key to the system and the Astros extending their window.  If he can pitch at even 80% of what we thought, he’s going to help.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Pedro Leon
  • Biggest Mover: Joe Perez
  • Emerging Prospect: Luis Encarnacion

The list can be found here.

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2022 San Francisco Giants Top 15 Prospects

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I enjoy writing about the Giants system.  Why?  Sure, several famous prospects are performing well like Marco Luciano and Luis Matos.  However, it’s the young kids that few have heard about that gets me excited. Aeverson Arteaga and Kyle Harrison are two.  Both have intriguing upside and have gotten little recognition.  Few pitchers were better than Ryan Murphy in 2021, but we need to see him pitch in the upper minors to see if it’s real.  Of course, some players have dropped for me and the most famous is Joey Bart.  I think he’ll be a very good Major League catcher.  However, his strikeout rate is problematic, and I worry that he’s going to be a 25 home run threat that hits .230, or a typical Major League catcher. 

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Marco Luciano
  • Biggest Mover: Aeverson Arteaga
  • Emerging Prospect: Luis Toribio

The list can be found here.

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2022 San Diego Padres Top 15 Prospects

I had no idea what I was going to find when I started researching the Padres organization.  They traded so many players, would there be 15 relevant players to write about?  In short, there sure were…and plenty more. 

Look, they traded away a ton of players, so the system took a hit.  However, they still have three Top 50 players in CJ Abrams, Luis Campusano, and Robert Hassell.  All are good with a chance to be impact performers at the highest level. 

If you dig deeper, you find what might be the best collection of teenagers in any system.  Now, will any of them make it?  Who knows, but they are all talented with significant upside.  Then, of course, they still have MacKenzie Gore kicking around.  I must tell you, it was a tough capsule to write, but as the old saying goes…it is what it is…until it’s not.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: CJ Abrams
  • Biggest Mover: Eguy Rosario
  • Emerging Prospect: Samuel Zavala

The list can be found here.

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2022 Los Angeles Dodgers Top 15 Prospects

While there might not be as many famous players in their minor league system as in previous years, the Dodgers system, nonetheless, remains strong.  Diego Cartaya, one of our favorite prospects in the game leads the list.  He’s only in Low-A but the offensive upside points to a Top 5 offensive catcher in the game.  Their top pitching prospect is Bobby Miller, their first-round pick in 2020 who has a chance to be a mid-rotation starter.  The younger players are where things get fun.  Wilman Diaz, their top international sign in January has all the tools to be a star with comparisons of Carlos Correa already being made.  Andy Pages could hit 30 home runs.  Miguel Vargas slugged over .500 last year and looks like a full-time regular and it goes on and on.  Again, the players might not look that familiar, but the Dodgers’ ability to identify and develop players sure is.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Diego Cartaya
  • Biggest Mover: Miguel Vargas
  • Emerging Prospect: Carlos Duran

The list can be found here.

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2022 Colorado Rockies Top 15 Prospects

I wanted to dislike the Rockies system, but I can’t.  There are some intriguing players, especially the two at the top of the list – Zac Veen and Benny Montgomery.  Veen is one of the best prospects in the game with speed and solid power and Montgomery looks like he just walked out of central casting.  Both have swing and miss in their game, but both have significant ceilings.  Drew Romo had a strong offensive season showing good pop, solid speed, and a feel to hit.  Further down the list are several high upside teenage middle infielders and each looks like they have a chance to develop. 

There’s not a ton of pitching, but there never is.  I do like both Rolison and McMahon, but I worry that Coors Field will destroy their confidence and they will become 60% of what I think they will become – or at least that’s what history tells us.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Zac Veen
  • Biggest Mover: Drew Romo
  • Emerging Prospect: Dyan Jorge

The list can be found here.

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2022 Arizona Diamondbacks Top 15 Prospects

The Diamondbacks have good prospects with several having impact potential.  But, they have struggled over the past several years to get the most out of their players.  They just are not reaching their ceilings.  Furthermore, the system took a step backward in 2021. 

Jordan Lawlar and Corbin Carroll, two of their highest ceiling players barely played.  Lawlar played in two games and Carroll in seven and both had shoulder surgery that ended their season. Alex Thomas had a nice season and appears just about ready to help the Major League team.  I like him, but I don’t see a star and candidly, Arizona needs stars.  Blake Walston still needs to mature physically but if it all comes together, he could pitch at the top-of-the-rotation. 

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Jordan Lawlar
  • Biggest Mover: Luis Frias
  • Emerging Prospect: Junior Franco

The list can be found here.