2015 Organization Talent Rankings

As a cap to our offseason prospect rankings, we line up the minor league talent in every organization from 1-30.

The Baseball America annual organization talent rankings reflect the total worth of each farm system’s prospects, where all players who haven’t exceeded 130 at-bats, 50 innings or 30 relief appearances in the major leagues are eligible. The rankings are a product of BA editors, and John Manuel wrote the capsules for each team.

Each club’s Top 10 Prospects list has been updated to reflect offseason acquisitions, with rank among the Top 100 Prospects in parentheses. Please note that Cuban imports Yoan Moncada and Hector Olivera did not sign in time to rank in the Top 100.


1. Chicago Cubs

3ds_cubs792014 Rank: 4. 2013 Rank: 12.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
1. Kris Bryant, 3b (1) 6. Billy McKinney, of (83)
2. Addison Russell, ss (3) 7. Albert Almora, of
3. Jorge Soler, of (12) Gleyber Torres, ss
4. Kyle Schwarber, c/of (19) Pierce Johnson, rhp
5. C.J. Edwards, rhp (38) Duane Underwood, rhp

How They Got Here: Being bad for several years has its privileges, as evidenced by the success of high draft picks such as Kris Bryant, the 2014 Minor League Player of the Year, and Kyle Schwarber, who mashed his way to 18 homers in a half-season pro debut. The Cubs have traded for prospects as well, none more so than when they landed all-around dynamo Addison Russell from the Athletics in the Jeff Samardzija trade.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: OF Kevonte Mitchell was known more for basketball in high school but had a strong debut and impressed the Cubs with his polish and athleticism in instructional league.

2014 Rookies: Bryant is ready. The Cubs will call him up when it’s financially prudent, a sure sign the rules aren’t working when he’s left off the Opening Day roster after hitting nine spring homers. Jorge Soler joins Bryant as a righthanded power plant who will challenge for the National League’s top rookie honors.


2. Boston Red Sox

3ds_redsox852014 Rank: 2. 2013 Rank: 6.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
 1. Yoan Moncada, 2b  6. Brian Johnson, lhp (82)
 2. Blake Swihart, c (17)  7. Rafael Devers, 3b (99)
 3. Henry Owens, lhp (44)  8. Manuel Margot, of (72)
 4. Rusney Castillo, of (21)  9. Matt Barnes, rhp
 5. Eduardo Rodriguez, lhp (59) 10. Deven Marrero, ss

How They Got Here: An aggressive spender under the old draft rules, Boston has attacked the Cuban market aggressively, spending more than $130 million on Yoan Moncada and Rusney Castillo in bonuses, guaranteed major league contracts and international bonus pool penalties. Their top lefthanded starters all had success in Double-A or higher in 2014.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: Hard-throwing RHP Michael Kopech has one of the fastest and liveliest arms of any 2014 draft pick. He has a somewhat unconventional delivery for a starter, but the Red Sox will let him take his time to develop.

2015 Rookies: Castillo will challenge 2014 rookies Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley for a spot in Boston’s crowded outfield. Matt Barnes could ease into a relief role. Henry Owens, Brian Johnson and Eduardo Rodriguez all could pitch their way to Boston in 2015.


3. Los Angeles Dodgers

3ds_dodgers812014 Rank: 14. 2013 Rank: 19.

 TOP 10 PROSPECTS
 1. Corey Seager, ss (5)  6. Alex Verdugo, of
 2. Joc Pederson, of (8)  7. Jose De Leon, rhp
 3. Julio Urias, lhp (10)  8. Chris Anderson, rhp
 4. Hector Olivera, 2b/3b  9. Scott Schebler, of
 5. Grant Holmes, rhp (74)  10. Chris Reed, lhp

How They Got Here: Los Angeles has a star-studded big league roster and has potential homegrown stars to work into the roster soon. The Dodgers traded Matt Kemp to make way for Joc Pederson, and Corey Seager isn’t far away, whether it’s at shortstop or after moving to third base. Precocious Julio Urias heads the next wave of homegrown arms, while Grant Holmes and Jose De Leon are potentially attractive trade chips.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: RHP Zach Bird had a rough 6-17 record in 2014, but he’s still just 20 and has started growing into his body. His fastball has progressed to show upper-90s velocity, so if he can figure out a pitch to help him combat lefthanders, he’s got a chance.

2015 Rookies: Pederson factors heavily into any Rookie of the Year discussion. Rotation injuries in spring training gave RHPs Zach Lee and Joe Wieland a shot at early season innings. The latter pitched just 50 innings in 2014, though, and Lee is coming off a poor season at Triple-A Albuquerque.


4. Minnesota Twins
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2014 Rank: 3. 2013 Rank: 10.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
 1. Byron Buxton, of (2)  6. Nick Gordon, ss (61)
 2. Miguel Sano, 3b (13)  7. Nick Burdi, rhp
 3. Jose Berrios, rhp (36)  8. Jorge Polanco, ss/2b
 4. Kohl Stewart, rhp  9. Trevor May, rhp
 5. Alex Meyer, rhp (62) 10. Eddie Rosario, of/2b

How They Got Here: Eight members of this year’s Top 10 Prospects repeat from the previous year’s list, with Jose Berrios the big mover last season. The Twins have pursued power arms through the draft (Berrios, Kohl Stewart, Nick Burdi) and trades (Alex Meyer, Trevor May). Increased investments internationally produced 2014 rookie Danny Santana, plus Miguel Sano, who missed 2014 with an elbow injury.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: OF Adam Brett Walker has a raw approach and chases too many pitches out of the strike zone. When he hits ’em, though, they stay hit, and his 52 home runs the last two seasons lead the organization.

2015 Rookies: If he’s healthy after his season-ending concussion, Byron Buxton could hit his way to the Twin Cities quickly. Sano could do the same. Meyer and, especially, May should exhaust their rookie eligibility, and Eddie Rosario—coming off a strong Arizona Fall League season—was threatening to hit his way into the center field job this spring.


5. New York Mets

3ds_mets792014 Rank: 10. 2013 Rank: 16.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
 1. Noah Syndergaard, rhp (11)  6. Amed Rosario, ss (98)
 2. Steve Matz, lhp (33)  7. Michael Conforto, of (80)
 3. Brandon Nimmo, of (45)  8. Rafael Montero, rhp
 4. Dilson Herrera, 2b (46)  9. Marcos Molina, rhp
 5. Kevin Plawecki, c (63)  10. Gavin Cecchini, ss

How They Got Here: “Rebuild mode” has described the Mets for most of this decade, so it’s natural they rank high in prospect talent. They’ve made astute trades for prospects such as Noah Syndergaard and Dilson Herrera, drafted and developed prep (Steve Matz), college (Kevin Plawecki) and international (Amed Rosario, Marcos Molina) talent . . . They’ve even produced impact big leaguers such as RHP Jake deGrom, who went from No. 10 prospect to NL Rookie of the Year.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: Lucas Duda developed from seventh-round pick to 30-homer big leaguer, and the Mets hope for similar power from C/1B Brandon Brosher, a Florida prep product who will be coming back from a broken ankle in 2014.

2015 Rookies: Syndergaard, Matz and Rafael Montero provide rotation insurance, especially with RHP Zack Wheeler out with an elbow injury. Syndergaard and Montero have Triple-A experience that gives them a leg up. SS Matt Reynolds isn’t on the 40-man roster yet, but shortstop is a weak spot in Queens, giving him a potential path to playing time.


6. Arizona Diamondbacks

3ds_diamondbacks182014 Rank: 16. 2013 Rank: 8.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
 1. Archie Bradley, rhp (25)  6. Jake Lamb, 3b (78)
 2. Braden Shipley, rhp (26)  7. Brandon Drury, 3b/2b
 3. Aaron Blair, rhp (40)  8. Pete O’Brien, c/1b
 4. Yasmany Tomas, of/3b (57)  9. Domingo Leyba, 2b/ss
 5. Touki Toussaint, rhp (71)  10. Nick Ahmed, ss

How They Got Here: Tony La Russa took over as chief baseball officer, fired GM Kevin Towers and hired Dave Stewart, who brought in De Jon Watson from the Dodgers as his right-hand man. They’ve made some radical changes, including signing Yasmany Tomas out of Cuba for $68 million. He’s one of several power corner bats in the system that lacks impact arms in the big league rotation but is bursting with them in the minors, from Archie Bradley in Triple-A to Touki Toussaint, headed for Class A in 2015.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: Acquired from the Cubs in the Miguel Montero deal, RHP Jefferson Mejia has tremendous size at 6-foot-7, 220 pounds and a mid-to-high 90s fastball that he throws downhill. He may not be quite ready for full-season ball, though.

2015 Rookies: Tomas and Pete O’Brien seem to have big league-ready bats, but finding a spot for them defensively will be a challenge. A strong spring gave LHP Robbie Ray a chance at rotation innings, while RHPs Jake Barrett and Jimmie Sherfy could pitch their way into the bullpen picture.


7. Pittsburgh Pirates

3ds_pirates772014 Rank: 1. 2013 Rank: 7.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
 1. Tyler Glasnow, rhp (16)  6. Nick Kingham, rhp
 2. Jameson Taillon, rhp (29)  7. Alen Hanson, ss/2b
 3. Austin Meadows, of (41)  8. Cole Tucker, ss
 4. Josh Bell, of/1b (64) 9. Mitch Keller, rhp
 5. Reese McGuire, c (97) 10. Harold Ramirez, of

How They Got Here: The Pirates have used homegrown players to return to the postseason in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1991-92. It’s natural for a farm system to back up a bit after graduating impact talents such as Starling Marte, Gerrit Cole and Gregory Polanco. Most of their better prospects are lower in the system, though a healthy bounce-back from Jameson Taillon, coming off Tommy John surgery, would help a great deal.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: Whether he stays in the infield or not, SS JaCoby Jones has impact athletic ability and produced a .214 isolated slugging in his first full professional season.

2015 Rookies: Korean infielder Jung-Ho Kang could factor in at shortstop, second base or third and has intriguing power. RHP John Holdzkom earned a spot in the postseason bullpen and could be a key set-up man if he can throw consistent strikes. He will start the season in Triple-A.


8. Colorado Rockies

3ds_rockies852014 Rank: 11. 2013 Rank: 21.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
 1. David Dahl, of (22)   6. Tom Murphy, c
 2. Jon Gray, rhp (24)   7. Forrest Wall, 2b
 3. Kyle Freeland, lhp (60)   8. Antonio Senzatela, rhp
 4. Eddie Butler, rhp (77)   9. Rosell Herrera, ss/2b
 5. Ryan McMahon, 3b (95)   10. Raimel Tapia, of

How They Got Here: The Rockies’ need for homegrown pitchers isn’t new, but their success at finding high-ceiling arms seems to be. They have high hopes for 2013 first-rounder Jon Gray, who had a modest first full season at Double-A, and for 2014 first-rounder Kyle Freeland, a Colorado prep product. After going college-heavy for years, the Rockies have lately spent aggressively on prep bats, such as top prospect David Dahl and 2014 supplemental pick Forrest Wall.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: C Dom Nunez, an $800,000 signee out of the 2013 draft, converted from middle infield to catching at his first instructional league and looks ready for his full-season debut in 2015 after posting a .901 OPS in the Rookie-level Pioneer League last year. His development made the Rockies comfortable enough to trade Jose Briceno to the Braves for David Hale.

2015 Rookies: Eddie Butler beat Gray to the majors, and while he wasn’t as electric as he was in 2013, he has a live sinker that profiles well in homer-friendly Coors Field. RHP Jairo Diaz brings a power arm to the bullpen mix after being acquired from the Angels for Josh Rutledge.


9. Washington Nationals

3ds_nationals802014 Rank: 24. 2013 Rank: 13.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
 1. Lucas Giolito, rhp (7)   6. A.J. Cole, rhp (91)
 2. Michael Taylor, of (32)   7. Wilmer Difo, ss/2b
 3. Reynaldo Lopez, rhp (49)   8. Drew Ward, 3b
 4. Erick Fedde, rhp (90)   9. Brian Goodwin, of
 5. Joe Ross, rhp (96)   10. Nick Pivetta, rhp

How They Got Here: GM Mike Rizzo likes to talk about his scouting background, and he has built an organization among the few to have a top-10 farm system and consistent playoff contender. Rizzo’s Nats have taken advantage of injuries to snag players who fall in the draft, such as first-rounder Lucas Giolito (2012) and Erick Fedde (2014), and have built depth with strong trades, such as the one in which they acquired Joe Ross and (eventually) SS Trea Turner from the Padres.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: OF Victor Robles displayed electric athleticism in the Dominican Summer League last year, showing double-plus speed and arm strength to go with at-times impressive bat speed. He’s headed for his U.S. debut in 2015, though he likely won’t be ready for full-season ball yet.

2015 Rookies: Michael Taylor got his feet wet last season and will get more time with Denard Span out, especially if LF Jayson Werth’s offseason shoulder issues linger. RHP Taylor Hill did as well and provides rotation depth, while LHP Matt Grace, also a 40-man roster member, could provide a lefty specialist.


10. Toronto Blue Jays

3ds_bluejays802014 Rank: 15. 2013 Rank: 15.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
 1. Daniel Norris, lhp (18)  6. Max Pentecost, c
 2. Aaron Sanchez, rhp (27)  7. Roberto Osuna, rhp
 3. Jeff Hoffman, rhp (69)  8. Richard Urena, ss
 4. Dalton Pompey, of (30)  9. Miguel Castro, rhp
 5. Devon Travis, 2b  10. Sean Reid-Foley, rhp

How They Got Here: Toronto’s high-risk, high-reward draft strategy and aggressive pursuit of international talent in recent years has paid off with a strong farm system as players such as Daniel Norris (expected) and Dalton Pompey (unexpected) have developed. The Jays have intriguing young power arms, such as Roberto Osuna and Miguel Castro, even after trading plenty of prospects in previous offseasons.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: OF Lane Thomas has speed and strong baseball makeup, which the Jays hope to use to move him to the infield. He has the arm strength for third base, but second base might make more sense in the short term. His bat should be ready for a full-season shot in 2015.

2015 Rookies: Is any contender more dependent on rookies than Toronto? Top prospects Norris and Aaron Sanchez could comprise 40 percent of the rotation. Pompey and Devon Travis were both expected to win starting jobs at up-the-middle positions. Castro’s strong spring could lead to a spot in the bullpen.


11. Texas Rangers

3ds_rangers832014 Rank: 9. 2013 Rank: 3.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
 1. Joey Gallo, 3b (6)  6. Alex Gonzalez, rhp (89)
 2. Jake Thompson, rhp (43)  7. Ryan Rua, of/3b
 3. Jorge Alfaro, c (67)  8. Luis Ortiz, rhp
 4. Nomar Mazara, of (87)  9. Josh Morgan, ss/2b
 5. Nick Williams, of  10. Ryan Cordell, of/1b

How They Got Here: Texas’ international aggressiveness is well documented and has produced both big leaguers, such as 2014 rookie Rougned Odor, and collateral for trades. Now, the homegrown hitters Texas has struggled to draft and develop have started filtering up the pipeline, led by Joey Gallo, who has more raw power than anyone in the game save perhaps Giancarlo Stanton. Adding Jake Thompson from the Tigers in the Joakim Soria deal could pay big dividends, as could a strong 2014 draft class.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: RHP Alec Asher has advanced quickly to Double-A and has thrown a high volume of strikes since signing in 2012. If he can stay healthy—he had a contract voided in 2010 due to an elbow issue—he profiles as a potential rotation piece with solid fastball command.

2015 Rookies: Ryan Rua, who got his feet wet with Texas in September, was in the mix to be the starting left fielder, while LHP Alex Claudio and RHPs Jerad Eickhoff, Roman Mendez, Phil Klein, Spencer Patton and Jon Edwards could factor into the bullpen. Another lost big league season could speed the timetable for Gallo, Thompson or Jorge Alfaro, who all likely will start 2015 back in Double-A.


12. Tampa Bay Rays

3ds_rays52014 Rank: 20. 2013 Rank: 4.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
 1. Steven Souza, of (37) 6. Adrian Rondon, ss
 2. Daniel Robertson, ss (66) 7. Nate Karns, rhp
 3. Willy Adames, ss (84) 8. Mikie Mahtook, cf
 4. Alex Colome, rhp 9. Ryan Brett, 2b
 5. Justin O’Conner, c 10. Brent Honeywell, rhp

How They Got Here: Trading big leaguers such as Wil Myers, David Price and Ben Zobrist rebuilt a farm system that was running dry thanks to unproductive drafts—even a 2011 class that included 10 picks among the first 60. Tampa’s system features depth but few sure things. Seven years after drafting Tim Beckham first overall, the Rays still are looking for a homegrown shortstop, trading for Willy Adames and Hak-Ju Lee and signing Adrian Rondon for $2.95 million last July.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: RHP Jaime Schultz has some similarities to Indians righty Cody Allen, who preceded him at High Point. He’s short (5-foot-10) and throws hard—his fastball averaged 93 mph in the Arizona Fall League—and he led the AFL in both strikeouts (28) and walks (23) in 27 innings. He likely will wind up a power reliever like Allen.

2015 Rookies: The Rays acquired Steven Souza to replace Myers in right field, and he’s a strong Rookie of the Year candidate. RHPs Nate Karns, Alex Colome (if he gets healthy) and Matt Andriese are rotation candidates, while LHP Mike Montgomery figures to be a swing candidate. RHP Burch Smith was assigned to Triple-A but could emerge at some point.


13. Kansas City Royals

3ds_royals292014 Rank: 8. 2013 Rank: 18.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
 1. Raul A. Mondesi, ss (28)  6. Miguel Almonte, rhp
 2. Brandon Finnegan, lhp (55)  7. Foster Griffin, lhp
 3. Sean Manaea, lhp (81)  8. Scott Blewett, rhp
 4. Kyle Zimmer, rhp (75)  9. Jorge Bonifacio, of
 5. Hunter Dozier, 3b  10. Christian Colon, ss/2b

How They Got Here: The Royals finally converted their homegrown talent—plus key trade pieces—into the 2014 AL pennant. The biggest piece turned out to be homegrown arms such as Yordany Ventura and Danny Duffy, who now will be asked to play a larger role in the big league rotation. The system got a boost from three picks in the first 40 selections in the 2014 draft.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: Just an eighth-round pick, 1B Ryan O’Hearn dominated the Rookie-level Pioneer League in his debut after adopting a more aggressive offensive approach. The Royals would love to see it continue in full-season ball, and he could add outfield play to the package.

2015 Rookies: Brandon Finnegan went from the College World Series to the World Series in the same year, the first player to do so, and he could log innings as a lefty reliever in 2015, although he’ll begin the season as a starter at Double-A. If healthy, Kyle Zimmer could fulfill last year’s plans and finish the season in the rotation.


14. Houston Astros

HoustonAstros2014 Rank: 5. 2013 Rank: 9.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
 1. Carlos Correa, ss (4)  6. Colin Moran, 3b
 2. Mark Appel, rhp (31)  7. Teoscar Hernandez, of
 3. Vince Velasquez, rhp  8. Josh Hader, lhp
 4. Michael Feliz, rhp   9. Lance McCullers, rhp
 5. Brett Phillips, of  10. Domingo Santana, of

How They Got Here: The Astros were the first team in 50 years of drafts to pick No. 1 overall three times in a row, and the 2012 and 2013 picks, Carlos Correa and Mark Appel, are the system’s top prospects. They’re also the only Top 100 Prospects in the system thanks to the club’s failure to sign 2014 No. 1 pick Brady Aiken and the graduations of prospects such as George Springer and Jon Singleton to the majors.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: If he can handle a move back to third base, former Cal State Fullerton star J.D. Davis could break into the system’s top 10. He has athleticism, arm strength and righthanded power that profile well for the hot corner.

2015 Rookies: An offseason of trades and free agent signings has left little room for rookies on a roster bent on improvement. Correa could hit his way past placeholders such as Jed Lowrie and Jonathan Villar at shortstop, while RHP Jake Buchanan and Domingo Santana could build off last year’s major league experience.


15. Atlanta Braves

3ds_braves792014 Rank: 26. 2013 Rank: 26.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
 1. Jose Peraza, 2b (54)  6. Jason Hursh, rhp
 2. Mike Foltynewicz, rhp  7. Ozhaino Albies, ss
 3. Max Fried, lhp  8. Ricardo Sanchez, lhp
 4. Lucas Sims, rhp  9. Jace Peterson, ss/2b
 5. Christian Bethancourt, c  10. Rio Ruiz, 3b

How They Got Here: This system has been productive in recent years, but its lack of depth and impact talent helped lead to the dismissal of GM Frank Wren. New GM John Hart has moved swiftly and actively to acquire high-ceiling talent, though many of them carry high risks, such as the injured Max Fried. A productive international program has given them depth as well, particularly up the middle, with Jose Peraza and Ozhaino Albies.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: RHP Dan Winkler, a Rule 5 pick from the Rockies, led the minors in strikeouts in 2013 and was off to a strong start in 2014 at Double-A before requiring Tommy John surgery. If he can come back healthy, he could continue his trajectory toward a future rotation spot.

2015 Rookies: Jace Peterson, acquired from the Padres, had a line on earning the everyday second-base job out of spring training and should at least be a solid utility option. Mike Foltynewicz has a huge arm that would fit in the bullpen, but he and RHP Cody Martin were competing with veterans such as Eric Stults for rotation innings. LHP Manny Banuelos was sent to Triple-A to build up innings after pitching only 76 2/3 the past two seasons.


16. St. Louis Cardinals

3ds_cardinals802014 Rank: 7. 2013 Rank: 1.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
 1. Marco Gonzales, lhp (50)  6. Jack Flaherty, rhp
 2. Alex Reyes, rhp (51)  7. Tim Cooney, lhp
 3. Stephen Piscotty, of (79)  8. Sam Tuivailala, rhp
 4. Randal Grichuk, of  9. Charlie Tilson, of
 5. Rob Kaminsky, lhp  10. Magneuris Sierra, of

How They Got Here: The Cardinals have graduated a team’s worth of impact talent to St. Louis in recent years, from Matt Carpenter and Carlos Martinez to Matt Adams and Michael Wacha. Despite often selecting in the second half of the draft’s first round, St. Louis has chosen prudently and well. A renewed focus in recent years in Latin America, highlighted by Martinez and the late Oscar Tavares, is producing another wave led by Alex Reyes and Magneuris Sierra.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: OF Rowan Wick had a bit of a rude awakening in full-season ball last year, but the Canadian product may have two elite tools in his arm strength and raw power—he hit 20 homers in just 260 at-bats last season. He saw time in big league camp this spring despite his inexperience.

2015 Rookies: Top prospect Marco Gonzales, who will start the year with Triple-A Memphis, should contribute important innings and gives manager Mike Matheny an option for the rotation or bullpen. OFs Stephen Piscotty and Tommy Pham present outfield insurance; Piscotty is the better prospect, but Pham fits better as a reserve. 1B Xavier Scruggs could get some platoon chances if Mark Reynolds doesn’t work out.


17. Cincinnati Reds

3ds_reds812014 Rank: 17. 2013 Rank: 15.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
 1. Robert Stephenson, rhp (23)  6. Anthony DeSclafani, rhp
 2. Raisel Iglesias, rhp (58)  7. Amir Garrett, lhp
 3. Jesse Winker, of (47)  8. Nick Travieso, rhp
 4. Michael Lorenzen, rhp  9. Aristides Aquino, of
 5. Nick Howard, rhp  10. Yorman Rodriguez, of

How They Got Here: The Reds have had trouble developing depth but have focused on pitchers and have found big arms with athleticism in diverse ways, drafting college closers (Michael Lorenzen, Nick Howard) and basketball players (Amir Garrett) as well as getting them via trade (Anthony DeSclafani, RHP Jonathon Crawford).

High-Ceiling Sleeper: OF Junior Arias has not moved quickly, and a broken leg caused him to miss most of the 2014 season. He’s moved from the infield to center field, which the Reds hope unlocks his power bat, which produced 15 home runs in 2013.

2015 Rookies: Cuban Raisel Iglesias has the arm strength and four-pitch mix to succeed either in a starter role or as a high-leverage reliever. DeSclafani, acquired from the Marlins in the Mat Latos trade, also was competing for a rotation spot.


18. New York Yankees

3ds_yankees812014 Rank: 13. 2013 Rank: 11.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
 1. Luis Severino, rhp (35)  6. Ian Clarkin, lhp
 2. Aaron Judge, of (53)  7. Rob Refsnyder, 2b/of
 3. Jorge Mateo, ss  8. Jacob Lindgren, lhp
 4. Greg Bird, 1b  9. Luis Torrens, c
 5. Gary Sanchez, c  10. Domingo German, rhp

How They Got Here: The Yankees got breakout seasons from Luis Severino and Aaron Judge, who are opposites physically. However, the Yankees have failed to develop in-house young replacements for an aging roster that has missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. New York’s unprecedented July 2 international spending ($17.3 million) brought in impressive depth, obviously with risk that is ameliorated by the depth.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: The system is full of them, but a spring candidate who was emerging was 21-year-old Domingo Acevedo, a big-bodied Dominican signee who is starting to coordinate the long levers in his 6-foot-7, (listed) 190-pound frame. His fastball was sitting in the 94-96 mph range during the spring and reaching higher, and it was still just March. He’s headed for his full-season debut.

2015 Rookies: A concussion this spring interrupted 2B Jose Pirela’s chase for a utility role or to compete with Rob Refsnyder for the second-base job. LHP Chasen Shreve and RHP Bryan Mitchell competed for staff roles in spring training, with Mitchell headed back to the minors to start the year in a rotation role.


19. Milwaukee Brewers

3ds_brewers772014 Rank: 29. 2013 Rank: 23.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
 1. Tyrone Taylor, of (93)  6. Gilbert Lara, ss
 2. Orlando Arcia, ss/2b (94)  7. Wei-Chung Wang, lhp
 3. Luis Sardinas, ss  8. Taylor Williams, rhp
 4. Clint Coulter, c/of  9. Devin Williams, rhp
 5. Monte Harrison, of  10. Tyler Wagner, rhp

How They Got Here: Milwaukee had a strong developmental year in 2014, as some of the selections of late scouting director Bruce Seid—who died suddenly in September—started to make progress, while an aggressive 2014 draft class brought in needed high-ceiling prospects. The Brewers have better up-the-middle talent than they’ve had in the minors in years with Tyrone Taylor and Orlando Arcia.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: LHP Hobbs Johnson made quick progress in his first full season, spending the entire year at high Class A Brevard County. If he adds a trusted secondary pitch, his deception and consistent quality fastball could speed him to Milwaukee.

2015 Rookies: RHP David Goforth pitched well this spring and profiles as a key back-of-the-bullpen arm, either as a set-up man or closer. Trade pickup Luis Sardinas provides insurance if Jean Segura struggles again at short and should be an effective utilityman.


20. Chicago White Sox

3ds_whitesox822014 Rank: 22. 2013 Rank: 29.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
 1. Carlos Rodon, lhp (15)  6. Micker Adolfo, of
 2. Tim Anderson, ss (92)  7. Tyler Danish, rhp
 3. Spencer Adams, rhp (100)  8. Trey Michalczewski, 3b
 4. Micah Johnson, 2b  9. Courtney Hawkins, of
 5. Frank Montas, rhp  10. Jacob May, of

How They Got Here: The White Sox spent less than any organization under the old draft rules, but the organization has embraced the new rules, leading to aggressive spending for prospects such as Carlos Rodon and Spencer Adams. GM Rick Hahn has worked to rebuild the farm system, though prospects such as Erik Johnson and Matt Davidson have flopped.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: The White Sox have several live-armed Latin American pitchers in their lower levels of the farm system, but RHP Luis Martinez has the best chance to succeed. He has the hand speed to spin a breaking ball and the arm strength for an above-average fastball.

2015 Rookies: Micah Johnson and Carlos Sanchez were battling Emilio Bonifacio for the starting job on the South Side. Rodon will begin the season at Triple-A Charlotte, but is expected to pitch this year in the majors, less than a year removed from being drafted.


21. Philadelphia Phillies

3ds_phillies792014 Rank: 23. 2013 Rank: 24.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
 1. J.P. Crawford, ss (14)  6. Ben Lively, rhp
 2. Aaron Nola, rhp (39)  7. Roman Quinn, of/ss
 3. Maikel Franco, 3b/1b (56)   8. Carlos Tocci, of
 4. Zach Eflin, rhp  9. Aaron Brown, of
 5. Tom Windle, lhp  10. Matt Imhof, lhp

How They Got Here: Philadelphia added several prospects in offseason trades, improving the system’s pitching depth with the additions of Zach Eflin, Ben Lively and Tim Windle. Recent first-rounders J.P. Crawford (2012) and Aaron Nola (2014) look like hits that will end a recent run of poor drafts that led to the replacement of scouting director Marti Wolever last June.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: RHP Edubray Ramos signed as a 19-year-old and still hasn’t reached full-season ball, but he has a mid-90s fastball and hard, sharp curveball that give him a chance to get high-leverage outs as a reliever.

2015 Rookies: Maikel Franco should hit his way to Philadelphia permanently, though there’s no clear path to a full-time job for him yet. Rule 5 pick OF/2B Odubel Herrera has the versatility and line-drive bat to stick all season, and he was close to winning the center-field job out of big league camp. Cuban signee RHP Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez was bidding for a rotation spot this spring before being sent down in late March.


22. Cleveland Indians

3ds_indians792014 Rank: 18. 2013 Rank: 20.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
 1. Francisco Lindor, ss (9)  6. Tyler Naquin, of
 2. Bradley Zimmer, of  7. Francisco Mejia, c
 3. Clint Frazier, of  8. Erik Gonzalez, ss
 4. Justus Sheffield, lhp  9. Bobby Bradley, 1b
 5. Mike Papi, of/1b  10. Cody Anderson, rhp

How They Got Here: Cleveland’s draft track record appears to be improving, but only one of its past 10 first-round picks, Lonnie Chisenhall, plays for the big league club. Francisco Lindor, the 2011 first-rounder, has a chance to be a star, and a renewed focus on (and success in) the international sphere has improved the system’s depth.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: They’re not typical sleepers, as 3B Giovanny Urshela and OF Carlos Moncrief have had some success at the Triple-A level. Because they do not fit the classic profile at corner spots, they aren’t in the system’s top 10, but they could become solid-average big league regulars.

2015 Rookies: Lindor will compete with Jose Ramirez for the shortstop job and should supplant him eventually. OF Tyler Holt fits as an extra outfielder, a role he filled a bit last season. Moncrief and Urshela have a leg up on OF James Ramsey to be fill-ins in case of injury as they already are on the 40-man roster.


23. Oakland Athletics

3ds_athletics772014 Rank: 21. 2013 Rank: 25.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
 1. Franklin Barreto, ss (86)  6. Kendall Graveman, rhp
 2. Matt Olson, 1b  7. Sean Nolin, lhp
 3. Matt Chapman, 3b   8. Rangel Ravelo, 1b
 4. Renato Nunez, 3b  9. Dillon Overton, lhp
 5. Chris Bassitt, rhp  10. Raul Alcantara, rhp

How They Got Here: The A’s hit it big on consecutive first-round picks in 2011-12, but Sonny Gray has graduated to become the No. 1 starter in Oakland, while Addison Russell (and 2013 first-rounder Billy McKinney) was traded to the Cubs in the short-sighted Jeff Samardzija deal. The A’s have traded better prospects than they’ve received in Russell, McKinney and Daniel Robertson, but Franklin Barreto could be a star, and Oakland rebuilt its depth in deals with the Blue Jays and White Sox.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: RHP Branden Kelliher will get the rote comparisons to Tim Lincecum as a 5-foot-11 righty from the Pacific Northwest. Signed for $450,000 last year, he lacks that level of electricity but has an average fastball and can flash similar quality with his curveball and changeup.

2015 Rookies: Rule 5 pick OF/1B Mark Canha will be part of a righthanded platoon at first with Ike Davis. Trade pickups such as Chris Bassitt, Kendall Graveman and Sean Nolin figure prominently into the back of the 2015 rotation at some point, although Nolin likely will begin in extended spring training, while Bassitt was sent to Triple-A Nashville. Another trade pickup, RHP R.J. Alvarez, brings a needed power arm to the back of the bullpen.


24. San Diego Padres

padres-20132014 Rank: 6. 2013 Rank: 14.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
1. Matt Wisler, rhp (34)  6. Rymer Liriano, of
2. Trea Turner, ss (65)  7. Fernando Perez, 2b/3b
3. Hunter Renfroe, of (73)  8. Michael Gettys, of
4. Austin Hedges, c  9. Jose Rondon, ss
5. Cory Spangenberg, 2b/of  10. Casey Kelly, rhp

How They Got Here: San Diego still has possession of SS Trea Turner, though he’s the player to be named from the three-team deal with the Nationals (his soon-to-be home) and Rays. New GM A.J. Preller re-shaped the big league roster while holding onto top prospect Matt Wisler. However, past robust draft spending gave the system depth that Preller was able to use in trades, while leaving talent behind. Expect more activity on the international front to come under Preller’s watch.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: Defense remains a huge question for SS Franchy Cordero, who will move off shortstop and settle down the defensive spectrum. However, he has legitimate lefthanded power that could play on a corner if he makes more consistent contact.

2015 Rookies: The Padres loaded up on veterans but could make use of versatile Cory Spangenberg. The 2011 first-round pick fits a utility profile with athleticism, speed and up-the-middle defensive experience. Wisler and Casey Kelly could pitch their way to San Diego, especially in case of injuries.


25. Seattle Mariners

3ds_mariners802014 Rank: 25. 2013 Rank: 2.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
 1. Alex Jackson, of (20)  6. Edwin Diaz, rhp
 2. D.J. Peterson, 3b (85)  7. Gabby Guerrero, of
 3. Ketel Marte, ss/2b  8. Luiz Gohara, rhp
 4. Patrick Kivlehan, 3b/1b  9. Ryan Yarbrough, lhp
 5. Austin Wilson, of  10. Carson Smith, rhp

How They Got Here: Seattle graduated several key prospects in recent years, sapping some depth, and the organization’s famed international program has become less productive in recent years. Seattle has invested heavily on power-hitting outfielders, from 2014 first-rounder Alex Jackson and second-rounder Gareth Morgan and 2013 second-rounder Austin Wilson to international products such as Canadian OF Tyler O’Neill and Dominican Gabby Guerrero.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: RHP Daniel Missaki emerged while pitching for Brazil in the World Baseball Classic and had a strong season in Rookie-level Pulaski’s rotation. He lacks premium velocity, but the 6-footer throws a lot of strikes down in the zone.

2015 Rookies: Seattle has ticketed most of its playing time for veterans. Carson Smith and his lower arm slot could contribute as a right-on-right reliever. LHP David Rollins, a Rule 5 pickup, was close to earning a lefty reliever slot, but was hit with an 80-game suspension after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance.


26. Miami Marlins

Miami Marlins2014 Rank: 27. 2013 Rank: 5.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
 1. Tyler Kolek, rhp (52)  6. Isael Soto, of
 2. J.T. Realmuto, c (76)  7. Trevor Williams, rhp
 3. Justin Nicolino, lhp  8. Brian Anderson, 3b/2b
 4. Jose Urena, rhp   9. Jarlin Garcia, lhp
 5. Avery Romero, 2b  10. Austin Dean, of

How They Got Here: Miami’s active offseason, aimed at a playoff push, cost the team several prospects, such as then-No. 1 prospect LHP Andrew Heaney. The Marlins still have talent but it’s spread thinner and concentrated in the lower levels. A strong 2014 draft class that focused on athletes and high-ceiling, high-risk talent such as No. 2 overall pick Tyler Kolek, holds the key for future improvement.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: Scouting director Stan Meek called SS Anfernee Seymour the fastest player he’s ever scouted, and Seymour impressed club officials with his defense at short in instructional league.

2015 Rookies: Miami is banking on veterans all over the field, with little room for rookie contributors outside of the bullpen or perhaps 1B Justin Bour if injuries strike at first base. Rule 5 pick LHP Andrew McKirahan didn’t make the cut, and LHP Grant Dayton and RHP Matt Ramsey were sent to Triple-A but could be bullpen contributors at some point.


27. San Francisco Giants

3ds_giants812014 Rank: 19. 2013 Rank: 28.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
1. Andrew Susac, c (88)  6. Adalberto Mejia, lhp
2. Tyler Beede, rhp  7. Ty Blach, lhp
3. Kyle Crick, rhp  8. Hunter Strickland, rhp
4. Keury Mella, rhp  9. Matt Duffy, ss
5. Clayton Blackburn, rhp 10. Christian Arroyo, 2b/ss

How They Got Here: Homegrown stars Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner have been driving factors in three World Series championships in the last five seasons. The Giants got plenty of help from rookies in their 2014 run, chiefly 2B Joe Panik but also OF Juan Perez, C Andrew Susac—who remains their No. 1 prospect—and SS Matt Duffy. A new wave of arms for an aging rotation, however, has not materialized.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: LHP Luis Ysla has gone 10-7, 2.51 through his first 172 pro innings since signing as a 20-year-old. His fastball and changeup both can be above-average pitches, and he has avoided big innings.

2015 Rookies: Susac could help the Giants give Posey more days off or at first base, while Duffy appears ready to fill a utility role on a full-time basis. If Hunter Strickland can overcome his ugly postseason memories, he has the big arm to be a key set-up man and sometimes closer for manager Bruce Bochy. Susac and Strickland will start the year in Triple-A Sacramento.


28. Los Angeles Angels

3ds_angels862014 Rank: 30. 2013 Rank: 30.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
 1. Andrew Heaney, lhp (42)  6. Victor Alcantara, rhp
 2. Sean Newcomb, lhp (70)  7. Kyle Kubitza, 3b
 3. Cam Bedrosian, rhp  8. Roberto Baldoquin, ss
 4. Chris Ellis, rhp  9. Alex Yarbrough, 2b
 5. Joe Gatto, rhp 10. Nick Tropeano, rhp

How They Got Here: GM Jerry Dipoto has stopped sacrificing first-round picks, a former constant for the organization, and has churned the edges of the roster with trades, even creative prospect-for-prospect deals. Still, the system is paying for trading prospects such as OF Randal Grichuk and RHP R.J. Alvarez and slow development of 3B Kaleb Cowart, the 2010 first-rounder.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: RHP Eduar Lopez still has a power arm and had some success in his first spell in the U.S., striking out 11.3 per nine innings in the Rookie-level Arizona League.

2015 Rookies: Trade pickups such as Andrew Heaney (Marlins) and Nick Tropeano (Astros) contended for the Opening Day roster, but were reassigned in late March. Still, they provide important rotation depth for a staff that was down to three starters last September. Cam Bedrosian fits into the bullpen mix, and RHP Drew Rucinski, signed out of indy ball, was making waves in spring training to pick up innings either in the bullpen or as rotation insurance.


29. Baltimore Orioles

3ds_orioles842014 Rank: 12. 2013 Rank: 17.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
 1. Dylan Bundy, rhp (48)  6. Zach Davies, rhp
 2. Hunter Harvey, rhp (68)  7. Tim Berry, lhp
 3. Christian Walker, 1b  8. Mike Wright, rhp
 4. Chance Sisco, c  9. Mike Yastrzemski, of
 5. Dariel Alvarez, of  10. Jomar Reyes, 3b

How They Got Here: Baltimore has dropped in the prospect rankings for several reasons, most importantly the graduations of RHP Kevin Gausman and 2B Jonathan Schoop, both contributors to last year’s AL East champions. The system also saw prospects such as C Michael Ohlman and RHP Suk-Min Yoon flame out (neither is still an Oriole), while trades (LHP Eduardo Rodriguez) and attrition sapped the system’s depth.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: A significant right knee injury drove 3B Drew Dosch down the 2013 draft board and pushed back his pro debut until 2014. He came back healthy, played a full season at low Class A Delmarva and knocked off the rust to rank seventh in the South Atlantic League in batting.

2015 Rookies: The Orioles have been careful with Dylan Bundy, but if he comes back to his pre-Tommy John surgery stuff, he’ll be good enough to force his way into the picture in Baltimore. OFs Dariel Alvarez, Henry Urrutia and Mike Yastrzemski all have a chance to break into the big leagues.


30. Detroit Tigers

3ds_tigers732014 Rank: 28. 2013 Rank: 27.

TOP 10 PROSPECTS
 1. Steven Moya, of  6. James McCann, c
 2. Buck Farmer, rhp  7. Tyler Collins, of
 3. Derek Hill, of  8. Austin Kubitza, rhp
 4. Kevin Ziomek, lhp  9. Bruce Rondon, rhp
 5. Hernan Perez, ss/2b  10. Dixon Machado, ss

How They Got Here: The Tigers’ short-term focus has not changed, leading to trades of seven of last year’s Top 10 Prospects just in the last 12 months. Just three of the club’s top draft picks of the last decade remain in the organization, and Detroit rarely picks high, leading to a fairly conservative draft track record in recent years.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: RHP Endrys Briceno had a potential breakout season interrupted last season by Tommy John surgery. He hit 97 mph before getting hurt, so a return to health would provide a needed potential impact arm to the system.

2015 Rookies: Buck Farmer arrived ahead of schedule last season and should be more ready to be a rotation fill-in if needed in 2015. James McCann had a stealthily solid Triple-A season and will back up Alex Avila behind the plate. Hard-throwing RHPs Bruce Rondon and Angel Nesbitt should provide power bullpen arms.

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