Top prospects: C | 1B | 2B | 3B

So far, I've spent most of my position-by-position prospect rankings apologizing for how little high-end talent is available at each position.

That's because it's all hiding out at third base.

Certainly the top four and perhaps even the top five would rank No. 1 at catcher, first base or second base. Shortstop, outfield and starting pitcher are perpetually deep in the minors, but third base might even be able to compete with them right now.

And as far as the majors are concerned, the influx of talent couldn't come at the better time. With super-stud Miguel Cabrera moving off the position and mainstays like Evan Longoria, David Wright and Ryan Zimmerman losing some of their luster, the cupboard, while not exactly bare, is stocked mostly with expired cans of wax beans. They'll keep you alive and all, but you'd never go out of your way to eat them.

What was I saying?

Note: This list has been adjusted for Fantasy purposes. Though long-term potential is a factor, it's arguably less important than the player's expected role in 2015. These prospects don't all profile as superstars, but they're the names most worth knowing in Fantasy right now.

1. Kris Bryant, 23, Cubs
Where played in 2014: Double-A, Triple-A
Minor-league stats: .325 BA, 43 HR, 15 SB, 1.098 OPS, 86 BB, 162 K

Don't take this the wrong way, but Bryant seems like that Ryan Braun type of prospect who completely steamrolls the minors and then doesn't slow down in the majors, putting up stud numbers from the get-go. And the get-go for him could conceivably be spring training. He's worth a middle-round pick even if it's a couple months later.

2. Miguel Sano, 21, Twins
Where played in 2014: Did not play -- injured

Sano was as highly regarded as Bryant before having Tommy John surgery and should be able to pick up where he left off in 2015. His power comes a little more at the expense of batting average, but once he establishes himself, perhaps as early as this summer, you're looking at Giancarlo Stanton-type numbers at third base.

3. Maikel Franco, 22, Phillies
Where played in 2014: Triple-A, majors
Minor-league stats: .257, 16 HR, 33 2B, .727 OPS, 30 BB, 81 K
Major-league stats: .179 BA (56 at-bats), 2 2B, .404 OPS, 1 BB, 13 K

Proximity to the majors gives Franco a little bit of a bump here -- he may well beat out Cody Asche for the starting job this spring -- but he's a better hitter than his final numbers suggest, as evidenced by his low strikeout rate. He recovered to hit .309 with 10 of his 16 homers after the All-Star break.

4. Joey Gallo, 21, Rangers
Where played in 2014: high Class A, Double-A
Minor-league stats: .271 BA, 42 HR, 106 RBI, 1.009 OPS, 87 BB, 179 K

Though he improved in that area in 2014, 179 strikeouts in 439 at-bats is still enough of a red flag to put Gallo a step behind other top prospects. His power potential is second to none, though, and if all goes right for him, the Rangers can stop kicking themselves for punting on Chris Davis.

5. D.J. Peterson, 23, Mariners
Where played in 2014: high Class A, Double-A
Minor-league stats: .327 BA, 31 HR, 31 2B, .912 OPS, 45 BB, 116 K

Peterson slides a little in traditional prospect rankings because of concerns over his defense, but his bat would rank him first among first base prospects if that's where the Mariners played him. He proved his power wasn't just a product of the California League with 13 homers in 222 at-bats at Double-A Jackson.

6. Jake Lamb, 24, Diamondbacks
Where played in 2014: Double-A, Triple-A, majors
Minor-league stats: .327 BA (392 at-bats), 15 HR, 39 2B, .973 OPS, 53 BB, 103 K
Major-league stats: .230 BA (126 at-bats), 4 HR, .636 OPS, 6 BB, 37 K

Lamb plays for one of those organizations whose minor-league venues sometimes make hitters look better than they are, but the bulk of his work in 2014 came at the most trustworthy of those stops, Double-A Mobile. The Diamondbacks rushed him to the big leagues last year, but as a left-handed hitter with power and on-base ability, his day is nigh.

7. Giovanny Urshela, 23, Indians
Where played in 2014: Double-A, Triple-A
Minor-league stats: .280 BA, 18 HR, 36 2B, .825 OPS, 36 BB, 67 K

Thanks in large part to his defense, Urshela could challenge Lonnie Chisenhall for the starting third base job this spring, but his bat is no slouch either. With a high contact rate and some pop, he's kind of a poor man's version of Maikel Franco. A lower ceiling, of course.

8. Rafael Devers, 18, Red Sox
Where played in 2014: Rookie
Minor-league stats: .322 BA (261 at-bats), 7 HR, .910 OPS, 35 BB, 50 K

Devers is one of those prospects who's so far from reaching the big leagues that he's practically irrelevant to Fantasy owners, but his potential makes him a must for any prospects list, Fantasy or otherwise. Scouts already forecast him as a middle-of-the-lineup fixture with the capacity for Adrian Beltre-type numbers.

9. Garin Cecchini, 23, Red Sox
Where played in 2014: Triple-A, majors
Minor-league stats: .263 BA (407 at-bats), 7 HR, 11 SB, .712 OPS, 44 BB, 99 K
Major-league stats: .258 BA (36 at-bats), 1 HR, 3 2B, .813 OPS, 3 BB, 11 K

After batting .322 with a .443 on-base percentage in 2013, Cecchini regressed to .263 and .341 in 2014, which was especially concerning given his lack of home run pop. He seemed to rediscover his stroke in August, though, and still has the potential for Matt Carpenter-type numbers if the Red Sox can ever clear a spot for him.

10. Hunter Dozier, 23, Royals
Where played in 2014: high Class A, Double-A
Minor-league stats: .251 BA, 8 HR, 30 2B, .719 OPS, 66 BB, 126 K

Dozier is sort of the polar opposite of incumbent third baseman Mike Moustakas, projecting to work the count and hit for average but with little potential for home runs. If Moustakas continues to struggle and Dozier overcomes his growing pains at Double-A, a midseason transition could be in store.