Sorry if we had trouble holding back the excitement. This time of year tends to ignite all of us at MLB Pipeline, and this year is already quite special.
At the Premier League level, we are debuting three of the top four prospects from our top 100, as the Premier League schedule began on Thursday afternoon. The Minor League season officially began at Triple-A on Tuesday, and the remaining affiliates begin operations on Friday. This means that the vast majority of the main prospects in the game are scattered across the country, from Triple-A to Single-A.
Not all lists are the same, some are more loaded with prospects than others. Which minor league lists are the most crowded talents? Here’s a ranking of 10 clubs considering a combination of high-end top 100 guys and overall depth.
1. Altoona Curve (Double-A, Pittsburgh Pirates)
Prospects: 2B Nick Gonzalez (№ 1, MLB № 20), RHP Queen Priester (№ 4, MLB № 54), SS Liover Peguerre (№ 6, MLB № 79), OF Matt Fraser (№ 10), RHP Michael Burroughs (№ 11 ), RHP Carmen Youth (№ 14), RHP Kyle Nicholas (No. 19), 3B Jared Triola (No. 20), INF Tucupita Markana (No. 25), RHP Tonage Thomas (No. 29), OF Jack Suwinsky (No. 30)
Not only do Altoon have three top 100 players, including the best prospects for the Pirates of Gonzalez and Priester, but a total of 11 of the top 30 Pirates players play for the Curve. This is more than a third of the list of the top 30 for a very deep system that entered the top 10 of our farm system rankings. Many of these players come from the High-A Greensboro team, which reached the playoffs in 2021.
2. Eugene Emeralds (High-A, San Francisco Giants)
Prospects: SS Marco Luciano (№ 1, MLB № 13), OF Luis Matos (№ 3, MLB № 63), LHP Kyle Harrison (№ 4, MLB № 75), OF Jairo Pomares (№ 7), C Patrick Bailey (№ 8 ), OF Hunter Bishop (№ 9), RHP Randy Rodriguez (№ 13), 3B Casey Schmidt (№ 14), LHP Nick Sweeney (№ 18), LHP Seth Corey (№ 21)
In 2021, San Jose won the Low-A West Championship. Many of these players have now moved on to Eugene. All three of the Giants ’top 100 players are led by Luciano. It should be a pretty dangerous lineup, in the first round of the Giants from 2019 (Bishop) and 2020 (Bailey), starting with the Emeralds.
3. Tulsa Drills (Double-A, Los Angeles Dodgers)
Prospects: RHP Bobby Miller (№ 2, MLB № 57), 2B Michael Bush (№ 3, № 67), OF Andy Pages (№ 4, MLB № 68), RHP Clayton Bitter (№ 15), OF James Outman (№ 17) , SS Jacob Amaya (№ 19), RHP Michael Grove (№ 23), 3B Cody Hoz (№ 24), C Carson Taylor (№ 27), 1B Justin Yurchak (No. 30)
After removing Shohei Ottani on his birthday, a trip to Tulsa may be vague for Miller, but he will lead the rotation with some serious stuff (Bitter and Grove too) and he is one of the top 100 guys on the list. The Dodgers have a top five system, and a third of the top 30 is suitable for drills.
4. Akron RubberDucks (Double-A, Cleveland Guardians)
Prospects: OF George Valera (№ 1, MLB № 47), RHP Daniel Espina (No. 2, MLB № 53), INF Brian Rocchia (No. 4, MLB № 84), LHP Logan Allen (No. 8), INF Jose Tena (№ 9 ), RHP Tanner Burns (№ 11), C Bo Naylor (№ 16), RHP Xzavion Curry (No. 23)
It would be worth going to Akron just to see how Espina throws every fifth day, but there is not only a heavy throw with his right hand. He was joined by two strikers in the Top 100 in Valerie and Rocchia, and a clever left-hander like Allen, provides an interesting foil of Espin gas.
5. Binghamton Rumble Ponies (Double-A, New York Mets)
Prospects: C Francisco Alvarez (№ 1, MLB № 10), 3B Brett Betty (No. 2, MLB № 27), SS Ronnie Mauricio (No. 3, MLB № 78), RHP Jose Batto (№ 12), C. Hayden Sanger (№ 20), OF Jake Mangum (№ 22), RHP Brian Metaer (No. 30)
This is more about the top three from the top 100 prospects than the depth, although seven of the top 30 Mets will be here (and five of the top 20). Alvarez and Batti are in the top 30, making this tandem one of the best promising tandems in the Minors, and Mauricio completes the group.
6. Frisco RoughRiders (Double-A, Texas Rangers)
Prospects: RHP Jack Leiter (№ 1, MLB № 17), INF Ezequiel Duran (№ 4, MLB № 83), 2B Justin Foscu (№ 5, MLB № 89), 1B Dustin Harris (№ 6), LHP Cody Bradford (№ 20 ), RHP Zach Kent (№ 21)
Leiter’s professional debut is expected to last as long as any prospect of filing recently, both inside and outside the organization. Frisco is steps away from the parent club, so rest assured that the spiritualist will travel every time he plays at home. In addition to the right-hander, Duran and Foscue will have two more players in the top 100 if the latter returns after injury. And Harris didn’t miss the Top 100 much.
7. Memphis Redbers (Triple A, St. Louis Cardinals)
Prospects: 2B Nolan Gorman (№ 2, MLB № 33), LHP Matthew Liberator (№ 3, MLB № 43), C Ivan Herrera (№ 4), 1B Juan Yepes (№ 6), LHP Zach Thompson (№ 9), OF Alec Berleson (№ 10), INF Brendan Donavan (№ 12), RHP Angel Rondan (№ 14), 1B Luken Baker (№ 17), LHP Conar Thomas (№ 20), RHP Jake Walsh (№ 30)
The combination of Gorman and Liberator is reason enough to put Memphis on the list, and the two best friends, who come from Arizona High School, have joined forces. But it’s also an in-depth list, with 11 of the top 30 in the organization, and although the Cardinals are the farm’s average system, they’re always great at producing a major league.
8. Montgomery Cookies (Double-A, Tampa Bay Rays)
Prospects: RHP Taj Bradley (№ 3, MLB № 74), SS Greg Jones (№ 5, MLB № 91), 3B Curtis Mead (№ 6), LHP Ian Seymour (№ 14), OF Kameron Misner (15 14), 3B Austin Shenton (No. 20), C Blake Hunt (No. 21)
No one should be surprised to have a Rays branch here, right? In the farm system № 3 in baseball there are seven players (five in the top 15). Bradley has a huge up arrow next to his name, and Jones ’speed is enough to make him worth watching, and Mead wasn’t too far from the top 100, especially after his excellent campaign in the Arizona Fall League.
9. Jacksonville Shrimp Jumbo (Triple-A, Miami Marlins)
Prospects: RHP Max Meyer (№ 3, MLB № 35), OF JJ Bleday (№ 6, MLB № 69), OF Peyton Burdick (№ 10), LHP Braxton Garrett (№ 21), C Nick Fortes (№ 30)
Maybe this team is not on this list based on the list of openings, but here I am a little deceived. Right-hander Edward Cabrera will join this rotation as soon as he tunes in enough to Single-A, giving Jumbo Shrimp three prospects of the Top 100 and an absolutely electric shock of 1-2 in rotation with Cabrera and Meyer.
10. Worcester Red Sox (Triple-A, Boston Red Sox)
Prospects: 1B Tristan Casas (№ 2, MLB № 16), OF Jarren Duran (№ 4, MLB № 85), SS Jeter Downs (№ 6), RHP Josh Vinkowski (No. 14), RHP Connor Seabold (№ 15), C Ronaldo Hernandez (№ 24)
Casas is a big advantage here, but the combination of his ridiculous power and Durand’s incredible speed is intriguing. The abandonment of the Downs, a former Top 100 caliber prospect, will make the lineup even deeper, and Winckowski and Seabold are among the top 15 prospects in the organization that solidify the rotation.