With the 2019 behind us, fan bases around the league have shifted their focus to the future. That change can manifest in many ways, including scoping free-agent lists and pondering trade targets. One other way it can pop up is by examining prospect lists.
Yes, it's that time of the year again, when we all argue about which young players are the best.
Unlike in winters past, this time around the sun we've decided to produce prospect lists of our own: one for every team. These lists will include each team's top five prospects, as well as five other players who fit certain labels. Those labels -- and a brief description of what they indicate -- are as follows:
2020 contributor: A player who is likely to play a role for the big-league team next season.
Analyst's pick: A player who is a strong statistical performer and/or whose underlying measures are better than the scouting reports suggest.
Riser: A player on the way up.
Faller: A player on the way down.
One to watch: An interesting player to keep in mind (for whatever reason).
Fair enough, right?
These lists represent a combination of secondhand information -- gained from talking to various big-league scouts, executives, and analysts -- and experience in evaluating players. Our lists are going to look a little different than others at times because everyone has different preferences and biases. Such is baseball, such is life.
Do note that you can find our top-50 list -- ranking the best prospects in baseball -- by clicking.
Below you'll find links to all of our lists. Feel free to bookmark this for reference heading forward.
|The Diamondbacks have a much-improved,.|
|, as led by Cristian Pache.|
|Adley Rutschman was the No. 1 pick in June's draft,.|
|The Red Sox's system is led by Triston Casas and Bobby Dalbec..|
|Nico Hoerner leads the way for the Cubs..|
|The White Sox.|
|The Reds have traded a lot of prospects the past few years,.|
|Nolan Jones and Bo Naylor form the backbone of Cleveland's intriguing system..|
|Brendan Rodgers is coming off a poor debut,.|
|Casey Mize and Matt Manning.|
|Forrest Whitley had a rough season but he still tops our Astros list,.|
|Bobby Witt Jr. might have been the No. 2 pick in June,.|
|Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh.|
|Few teams can match the top of the Dodgers system, which includes Gavin Lux and Dustin May..|
|The Marlins have improved the top of their system over the past year,.|
|The Brewers don't have a good farm system,.|
|The surprising Twins have some prospects worth keeping an eye on..|
|The Mets have a bunch of.|
|The Yankees' top prospect list is headed by Deivi Garcia..|
|Click here to read about which.|
|The Phillies could get some help from.|
|The Pirates are undergoing a transformation,.|
|Heliot Ramos is.|
|Jarred Kelenic and Julio Rodriguez.|
|The Cardinals have some quality young hitters on the way, including Dylan Carlson..|
|The Rays have baseball's top prospect.|
|Nick Solak's bat and legs.|
|The Nationals don't have a ton on their farm system, but they do have a World Series titleabout Carter Kieboom and the other prospects in their system.|