Down On The Farm

No, silly, not THAT kind of farm! WAAAAY back in the day someone (Greg? Odom maybe?) did a little review of sorts on each club’s minor league stable. Now, this is a far deeper dive since back then we only had an 8 player minimum (this was in 2017) but maybe not because T only had 6 (Judge as a prospect!) but Odom had 10 because of his high minors obsession and constantly rotating team.

That said, consider this an editorial. The guidelines I’m going to use are two-fold. I did consider MLB dot com’s rankings but heavily factored in the rankings from Fantrax, since they are geared specifically for fantasy. Obviously, this is MY opinion and mine alone and if you don’t like it write your own fucking content.

These are done in no particular order, just however I felt like doing them. Keep in mind, Fantrax ranks 400 prospects while MLB only ranks 100, which is why you’re going to see a LOT of not ranked (NR) on the list.

Editor’s note: I put the prospects lists together sometime in mid-late February so if they’re not 100% accurate, that’s why. I ain’t got all day to stay on top of everyone’s constantly changing lists.

Silverton Sluggers

Edouard Julien

PlayerTeamFantrax RankMLB dot com Rank
Edouard JulienMIN48NR
Jordan WestburgBAL5874
Esteury RuizOAK63NR
Tyler SoderstromOAK6439
Will BrennanCLE127NR
Hayden WesneskiCHC139NR
Jordan DiazOAK181NR
Masataka YoshidaBOS205NR
Michael TogliaCOL213NR
Jake EderMIA265NR
Luis CampusanoSDNRNR
Stuart FairchildARINRNR
Mark MathiasTEXNRNR
Robert SuarezSDNRNR

Hashtag Analysis: Well, this is certainly one way to put together an inaugural prospect pool. Given the talent available, the Sluggers went with more current players during their startup draft and only time will tell how that will pan out. There are some interesting names at the top. I’m a big fan of Edouard Julien and his 20/20 potential. Jordan Westburg looks to be legit and a big part of the O’s resurgence. Then there’s the ever present Tyler Soderstrom who I feeeel like I’ve been hearing about since 2010 but hasn’t debuted yet still sticks around on these lists. Looking down, there’s a few other names that maybe have lost some prospect luster, like Campusano and Suarez. One may ponder if Mathias and Fairchild are there just to fulfill the minor league requirement,

Overall Grade: D+

While this may seem a bit harsh, the absence of a legitimate top flight prospect and some questionable unranked players means this group needs some work.

Barnegat Banana Slugs

PlayerTeamFantrax RankMLB dot com Rank
Jackson ChourioMIL68
Jackson HollidayBAL2112
Eury PerezMIA2813
Oswald PerezaNYY3252
Matt MervisCHC55NR
Brennan DavisCHC6992
Ken WaldichukOAK15076
Austin MartinBOS187NR
Kristian RobinsonARI287NR
Roki SasakiNPB376NR
Hunter BishopSF383NR
Stone GarrettWASNRNR
Kyle NelsonARINRNR
Erich UelmenPHINRNR
Tommy WhiteLSUNRNR

Hashtag Analysis: The Slugs have been home to many exciting prospects over the life of the league (Vladdy & Bo most recently) and this year is no different. While some of their top prospects are unlikely to debut this year, there is definitely a bright future in Barnegat. Jackson Chourio is a fast riser up prospect charts at just 18 years old as is Eury Perez at just 19 years old and we know the Marlins have been a pitching factory lately. Peraza and Mervis look poised to make an impact in 2023 for their respective clubs. After the top 5, there’s a LITTLE drop-off with some also-rans in the prospect world. Is Austin Martin a guy? Will Kristian Robinson EVER resolve his visa issues? Hunter Bishop is still floating around? I’ll admit that Sasaki was a sneaky good add when the rules allowed for it so there’s some pitching reinforcements on the way in a league where pitching can often be king.

Overall Grade: B+

The top end of their minor league system has a very high ceiling that makes up for the back end’s minor shortcomings.

Queensboro FC

PlayerTeamFantrax RankMLB dot com Rank
Corbin CarrollARI12
Austin WellsNYY34NR
Nick YorkeBOS95NR
Heston KjerstadBAL11480
DL HallBAL13797
Kyle MullerOAK237NR
Jordan GroshansMIA297NR
Jeter DownsWASNRNR
Ron MarinaccioNYYNRNR
Brailyn MarquezCHCNRNR
Kirk McCartyFANRNR
Jonathan SotoCHCNRNR
Zack ThompsonSTLNRNR

Hastag Analysis: We all know how well Mikey T is DIALED IN to the prospect world. Obviously the big name here is Corbin Carroll, someone yours truly was into several seasons ago. But, he’s in Queens now and is poised to light MLB on fire and is arguably the most exciting prospect since J-Rod. But, after Corbin, there’s Austin Wells and then some big question marks. Yorke seems be lost in Boston, Hall might be a bullpen guy and Baz is recovering from TJ so reinforcements might be a bit off if the major league product fails to deliver on the field.

Overall Grade: C-

I can’t go lower because of Corbin Carroll but the remainder of the group lacks excitement.

Ocean Gate Fishing Club

PlayerTeamFantrax RankMLB dot com Rank
Ezequiel TovarCOL925
Grayson RodriguezBAL117
Gavin WilliamsCLE3942
Michael BuschLAD7754
Brady HouseWAS105NR
Khalil WatsonMIA117NR
Brice TurangMIL163NR
Kumar RockerTEX264NR
Ethan SmallMIL340NR
Maxwell ClarkHSNRNR
Esteven FlorialNYYNRNR
Yunior MartePHINRNR

Hashtag Analysis: In keeping up with my back and forth between MEH farm systems and good ones, we turn our attention to Ocean gate. Things are exciting at the top with several guys ready to make an immediate impact. Is this the time a Colorado prospect works out? G-Rod might be set up with an innings limit in 2023 but they could be seriously useful innings. Gavin Williams has quietly climbed rankings and could debut this year. The back end could use some work, and they’re a little short on the total, but I like where this group sits entering the season.

Overall Grade: B

The only thing keeping this from being an A is the very back end being a bit underwhelming and a little short handed.

Toms River Swamp Rats

PlayerTeamFantrax RankMLB dot com Rank
Jasson DominguezNYY3047
George ValeraCLE9751
Cade CavalliWAS11358
Garrett MitchellMIL138NR
Ryan PepiotLAD15570
Emerson HancockSEA174NR
Sixto SanchezMIA328NR
Xavier EdwardsMIA394NR
Jose DeversMIANRNR
Monte HarrisonLAANRNR
Jared OlivaPITNRNR
Nate PearsonTORNRNR
Tomoyuki SuganoNPBNRNR

Hashtag Analysis: So, if you’ll recall earlier in the article (and I know you read all of them not just your own team) I kinda came down on one of the n00bs for their minor leaguers. This group here, uh, needs some work. (I’m trying to be nice) but this is basically Jasson Dominguez. Valera and Cavalli were once on a more upward trend but have quietly plateaued since. Garrett Mitchell could still be a thing and Pepiot could be somewhat useful but after that the dropoff is significant. The consensus is pretty much out on Hancock and Sixto and the rest have lost their luster quite some time ago. I GUESS Pearson could be a guy one day should he get and stay healthy. Sugano will likely never pitch stateside.

Overall Grade: F

We have 15 minor league roster spots and this largely starts and stops at Jasson Dominguez.

Lakehurst Leviathans

PlayerTeamFantrax RankMLB dot com Rank
Druw JonesARI1015
Triston CasasBOS2423
Daniel EspinoCLE3316
Termarr JohnsonPIT3626
Robert HassellWAS3735
Joey WiemerMIL3890
Taj BradleyTB4220
Ceddanne RafaelaBOS4786
Marco LucianoSF4922
Masyn WinnSTL6050
Oscar ColasCWS7285
Brandon PfaadtARI9859
Jack LeiterTEX11578
Quinn PriesterPIT11960
Pedro LeonHOU131NR

Hastag Analysis: I’m going to try to be objective here (HA!) but after years of losing, the prospects have finally started to pay off. While this group doesn’t boast several top fives like it did last year, this is still a strong group highlighted by Druw Jones. Casas looks to make an immediate impact on the scoresheets. After that, some injury risks follow and a big “when will he be a guy” like Luciano it does get a little lighter towards that back with another recent struggler like Leiter. No, this is probably not the best group out there, but it’s sure as heck not bad to look at.

Overall Grade: A-

With only one unranked prospect, the list goes 14 deep from MLB (and that doesn’t include Gabriel Moreno that I was too lazy to add another row for and whom has apparently graduated from lists but not rookie limits but WHATEVER) the only real risk besides obvious prospect busts is some concerning injuries near the top.

East Coast Mambas

PlayerTeamFantrax RankMLB dot com Rank
Noelvi MarteCIN1429
Pete Crow-ArmstrongCHC1628
Harry FordSEA4049
Luisangel AcunaTEX4571
Kevin AlcantaraCHC5287
Dustin HarrisTEX80NR
Blaze JordanBOS109NR
Cristian HernandezCHC111NR
Carlos ColmenarezTB189NR
Owen CaissieCHC211NR
Reginald PreciadoCHC308NR
Robert PuasonOAKNRNR
Jackson RutledgeWASNRNR
Drew WatersKCNRNR
Forrest WhitleyHOUNRNR

Hashtag Analysis: I have some mixed feelings about this group of misfit toys from the Mambas. Up top, there are some quality names like Marte, PCA and Ford. Go towards the bottom and you’ve got some names who might not ever amount to anything and whom have lost some considerable prospect shine like Puason, Whitley and Waters. AWFUL LOT OF CUBS THOUGH RYAN. But, some sneaky good names in the middle of the group though with Dustin Harris and Owen Caissie making a splash recently.

Overall Grade: B-

A very strong top six makes up for a questionable back end.

Big Red Machine

PlayerTeamFantrax RankMLB dot com Rank
Gunnar HendersonBAL21
Anthony VolpeNYY75
Andrew PainterPHI176
Josh JungTEX2031
Marcelo MayerBOS239
Curtis MeadTB2633
Francisco AlvarezNYM313
Tink HenceSTL4677
Edwin ArroyoCIN5344
Logan O’HoppeLAA5453
Cam CollierCIN6669
Bo NaylorCLE7064
Gavin StoneLAD8356
Kevin ParadaNYM10336
Jace JungDET13483
Spencer SteerCIN142NR
Drey JamesonARI232NR

Hashtag Analysis: Our second newcomer on this list went prospect heavy early and often and sure made this a fun list to review. HOTLY -probably- debated whether or not Gunnar is #1 or #2 makes little difference as he is as exciting as it gets. They selected five top 10 players on the MLB dot com page and six in the top 26 for Fantrax with several more recently debuted or soon to debut players. We all know every prospect works out so this could be an entire team to reckon with for quite a few years.

Overall Grade: A

Ryan #2 (sorry, actual Ryan was here first) paid close attention to the future during the dispersal draft and put together arguably the strongest group in the league.

River City Fightin’ Margs

PlayerTeamFantrax RankMLB dot com Rank
Elly De La CruzCIN310
Jordan WalkerSTL44
Miguel VargasLAD1237
Elijah GreenWAS1946
Ricky TiedemannTOR2232
Kyle HarrisonSF4318
Hunter BrownHOU5043
Jackson MerrillSD5619
Brett BatyNYM6521
Kodai SengaNYM75NR
Bobby MillerLAD8124
Max MeyerMIA8467
Henry DavisPIT8557
Tanner BibeeCLE8765
Mick AbelPHI9448
Jackson JobeDET12263

Hashtag Analysis: I hate that I have to say nice things about Lobman. Ok, to be fair, I don’t have to say anything nice about HIM, he’s a prick nice enough guy. But he knows how to build a farm system. He’s got guys ready to contribute now like Walker, Senga and Vargas, guys ready to post numbers soon enough like Baty and Harrison and guys who will probably be stars down the road like Green and Elly.

Overall Grade: A

From top to bottom, there’s not a name to scoff at. We all know that every prospect works out, so this could be a dominant team for years.

Grandpa’s Team

PlayerTeamFantrax RankMLB dot com Rank
Jordan LawlarARI511
James WoodWAS817
Colton CowserBAL1340
Kyle ManzardoTB1573
Connor NorbyBAL18NR
Endy RodriguezPIT2555
Royce LewisMIN2745
Evan CarterTEX2941
Zac VeenCOL3527
Cristian Encarnacion-StrandCIN57NR
Diego CartayaLAD7314
Brooks LeeMIN9231
Yainer DiazHOU106NR
Kyle StowersCHC161NR
Orelvis MartinezTOR221NR
Randy RodriguezSFNRNR

Hashtag Analysis: Until Keith takes a few seconds to do, well anything in the way of naming the team, it’s just “Grandpa’s Team” but he also seems to have paid some attention to those darn kids that are constantly on his lawn field. He’s got some fast risers like Carter and potential #1 prospect as soon as next year in James Wood. Connor Norby is often overlooked in a deep Baltimore system but he should not be ignored. Royce Lewis might play one of these days, I guess.

Overall Grade: A-

Another who paid close attention during the dispersal draft, this group is set up nicely for the future.

Down On The Farm