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2023 San Diego Padres Top 15 Prospects

Over the past five years, few organizations have bartered their minor league system for Major League upgrades better than the Padres.  While I wouldn’t put anything past them, their system has been gutted to the point that I don’t see them being able to acquire premium Major League talent (think Juan Soto) until they re-stock. 

I’ve always liked Eguy Rosario, and he got a chance to show his wares in San Diego this season in a late-season call-up.  The upside is a full-time regular if he’s given the opportunity to play.  Jackson Merrill looked good in the fall league, and Sam Zavala has the tools to be an impact player one day.  Although he’s only 17, there is a long way to go.  Finally, the Padres are expected to sign Ethan Salas in early 2023.  He’s projected to be one of the top players in the class with impact potential.

If you like young players, you’ve come to the right place.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Jackson Merrill
  • Biggest Mover: Sam Zavala
  • Emerging Prospect: Ethan Salas

The list can be found here.

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2023 Los Angeles Dodgers Top 15 Prospects

Since the Dodgers are not shy at promoting players, you would expect their minor league system to take a hit eventually.  Yet, every year, it’s one of baseball’s strongest systems.  This year it’s no exception.

Diego Cartaya is rounding into form and will be an offensive force.  He can hit with plus power potential.  Bobby Miller also rounds into form and has the arsenal to pitch at the top of the rotation.  Miguel Vargas is also nearly ready and has plus power and a feel to hit.  Want more…Gavin Stone was one of the best pitchers in the minor leagues last season, and it looks like he could be a number two starter.  Andy Pages has enormous raw power and looks like he will hit enough to get to it.  It goes on and on.

The Dodgers are playing a different game than the rest of the league.  They have one of the best player development organizations and the finances to play the free-agent game.  They are the alpha dog, and everyone is chasing them.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Diego Cartaya
  • Biggest Mover: Josh Outman
  • Emerging Prospect: Maddux Bruns

The list can be found here.

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2023 Colorado Rockies Top 15 Prospects

The Rockies system is once again skewed towards hitters – partially because they have some excellent positional players, but secondly, I discount their pitchers.  Sure, they will develop a Jon Gray or German Marquez, pitchers with the talent to be number three, maybe more starters, but wind up as number four starters and marginal fantasy contributors.  They drafted Gabriel Hughes, an exciting pitcher with upside, in July.  I ranked him 10th in the system. He would be higher in most other systems.

That said, they have some intriguing hitters.  Zac Veen is tooled up with too much swing and miss in his bat, but he could easily be a 20-20 player.  Ezequiel Tovar and Adael Amador look like they can hit with speed and power.  Tovar has already made his Major League debut, but Amador is still a few years away.  I also like Warming Bernabel and Juan Brito a lot.  Both are under the radar in many Dynasty Leagues.  Finally, there is Drew Romo.  He can run, can hit, and I think he will eventually develop at least 15 home run pop – oh, and he’s an excellent defender. 

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Zac Veen
  • Biggest Mover: Warming Bernabel
  • Emerging Prospect: Dyan Jorge

The list can be found here.

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2023 Arizona Diamondbacks Top 15 Prospects

I’m not sure any organization has a trio of prospects at the top of their list, like the Diamondbacks.  Corbin Carroll, Jordan Lawlar, and Druw Jones all have star upside.  Carroll is already in the big leagues, Lawlar will likely join him in 2024, and Jones shortly after that.  Who will be the best of the three?  Dunno, they all are super talented.

The pitching has also taken an excellent step forward, with Ryne Nelson, Brandon Pfaadt, and Drey Jameson improving.  Yeah, Reno was a speed bump, at least for Nelson and Pfaadt, but all three have a chance to be in the rotation in Arizona next season.  Neither can be an ace, but the upside for each is a number three starter.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Corbin Carroll
  • Biggest Mover: AJ Vukovich
  • Emerging Prospect: Junior Franco

The list can be found here.

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2023 Toronto Blue Jays Top 15 Prospects

The Blue Jays system is thin, particularly with Gabriel Moreno not being eligible because of service time (greater than 45 days of MLB Service). 

Ricky Tiedemann leads the list and is developing into one of the top prospects in the game.  He had a strong season in 2022 and could help in Toronto as soon as next season.  Orelvis Martinez continues to show power but hit .203 last season in Double-A.   The most exciting player in the system is Yosver Zulueta.  He has a great arm but has been limited by injuries.  He’ll be 25 next season, and the Blue Jays might move him to the bullpen to get his arm to Toronto.  After that, there is plenty of young talent, and the 2022 Draft was strong but much uncertainty as well.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Ricky Tiedemann
  • Biggest Mover: Yosver Zulueta
  • Emerging Prospect: Luis Meza

The list can be found here.

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2023 Tampa Bay Rays Top 15 Prospects

Over the past ten years, the Rays have done an excellent job at getting value out of their farm system.  Their entire business model is based on a constant influx of new talent as they generally move players after four years of service time and restock.  Occasionally, a potential cornerstone player emerges like Wander Franco, and they spend money, but it’s a churning process for the most part.

The system is again loaded.  Taj Bradley is the top player in the system.  He’s an athletic pitcher who throws strikes and should join Glasnow, McClannahan, and Springs in the starting rotation in Tampa. If you like players like Wander Franco, you’re going to like Curtis Mead.  He’s a hit-first player with position flexibility and emerging power.  It then goes on from there for another 15 players.  I overachieved on this system, writing up 17 players, including a few young Latin players, for deeper Dynasty League managers.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Taj Bradley
  • Biggest Mover: Mason Montgomery
  • Emerging Prospect: Jose Contreras

The list can be found here.

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2023 New York Yankees Top 15 Prospects

It could be that I watch so many of the Yankees’ minor league affiliates over the summer that I develop a bias, but I really like their system.  Anthony Volpe has star written all over him, and despite being the most overhyped prospect in a long time, so does Jasson Dominguez.  Everyone forgets Oswald Peraza, but he hit 19 home runs, stole 33 bases last season, and didn’t look lost in a September call-up for the Yankees.  Trey Sweeney took a step forward, and there’s a lot to get excited about the Yankees’ first-round pick last July, Spencer Jones.  And then there are the young Latin kids they seem to acquire yearly.  It’s a deep system, particularly with positional players, that should provide depth for the Yankees’ machine for the next several years as first responders or trade bait.

Prospect Quick Shot

  • Top Prospect: Anthony Volpe
  • Biggest Mover: Everson Pereira
  • Emerging Prospect: Jared Serna

The list can be found here.

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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.