Top MLB Prospects Led D-backs, Rangers To 2023 World Series


Image credit: Ketel Marte (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Since 2001, Baseball America has published its annual Prospect Handbook in an attempt to identify the 30 best future major leaguers in every organization.

While hidden gems undoubtedly emerge, nearly every player in the major leagues was identified as a potential prospect at some point in their careers by scouts, front office officials or general observers. That is particularly true for the players who go on to form the backbone of championship teams.

A total of 49 of the 52 players on this year’s World Series rosters for the D-backs and Rangers ranked in a Baseball America Prospect Handbook at least once. That includes ALCS MVP Adolis Garcia, NLCS MVP Ketel Marte, top starters Zac Gallen, Nate Eovaldi, Merrill Kelly, Jordan Montgomery, Max Scherzer and Brandon Pfaadt, standout rookies Corbin Carroll, Josh Jung and Evan Carter and core players Corey Seager, Marcus Semien, Nathaniel Lowe, Lourdes Gurriel, Gabriel Moreno and Christian Walker.

In all, that 49 of 52 (94%) is on par with recent years.

2022 (Astros-Phillies): 49 of 52

2021 (Astros-Braves): 49 of 52

2020 (Dodgers-Rays): 48 of 56

2019 (Astros-Nationals): 47 of 50

2018 (Red Sox-Dodgers): 48 of 50

2017 (Astros-Dodgers): 47 of 50

The D-backs are particularly homegrown. In all, 12 of the 26 players on their World Series roster were originally drafted and signed by the organization. If they win the World Series, that would make them the sixth-most homegrown champion since 2000 on a percentage basis behind only the 2002 Angels, 2009 Yankees, 2014 Giants, 2020 Dodgers and 2022 Astros.

The Rangers, who primarily built their team through free agency, are less homegrown. Only six of the 26 players on their World Series roster were originally drafted or signed by the organization. One, lefthander Martin Perez, left the team and returned on a free-agent deal in 2022.

The only three players on this year’s World Series rosters who never ranked in a Prospect Handbook are D-backs relievers Andrew Saalfrank, Kyle Nelson and Paul Sewald.

Below are this year’s World Series rosters and when each player ranked in a Prospect Handbook.


PlayerPosHandbook Apperances
Miguel CastroRHPBlue Jays 2014-15, Rockies 2016
Luis FriasRHPD-backs 2019-22
Zac GallenRHPMarlins 2018-19
Kevin GinkelRHPD-backs 2019-20
Merrill KellyRHPD-backs 2019
Joe MantiplyLHPTigers 2015
Kyle NelsonLHPN/A
Ryne NelsonRHPD-backs 2020-23
Brandon PfaadtRHPD-backs 2022-23
Andrew SaalfrankLHPN/A
Paul SewaldRHPN/A
Ryan ThompsonRHPRays 2021
Gabriel MorenoCBlue Jays 2019-22, D-backs 2023
Jose HerreraCD-backs 2015-17
Jordan LawlarSSD-backs 2022-23
Evan Longoria3BRays 2006-07
Ketel Marte2BMariners 2014-15
Geraldo PerdomoSSD-backs 2019-22
Jace Peterson3B/2BPadres 2012-15
Emmanuel Rivera3B/2BRoyals 2018-19, 2022
Pavin Smith1B/OFD-backs 2018-21
Christian Walker1BOrioles 2013-17, D-backs 2018
Corbin CarrollOFD-backs 2020-23
Lourdes GurrielOFBlue Jays 2017-18
Tommy PhamOFCardinals 2007, 2014-15
Alek ThomasOFD-backs 2019-22


PlayerPosHandbook Apperances
Cody BradfordLHPRangers 2022-23
Aroldis ChapmanLHPReds 2011
Dane DunningRHPWhite Sox 2017-20, Rangers 2021
Nathan EovaldiRHPDodgers 2009-12
Jon GrayRHPRockies 2014-16
Andrew HeaneyLHPMarlins 2013-14, Angels 2015
Jose LeclercLHPRangers 2014-17
Jordan MontgomeryLHPYankees 2017
Martin PerezLHPRangers 2009-13
Josh SborzRHPDodgers 2016-19
Max ScherzerRHPD-backs 2008
Will SmithLHPAngels 2009-10, Royals 2012
Chris StrattonRHPGiants 2013-18
Mitch GarverCTwins 2017-18
Austin HedgesCPadres 2012-15
Jonah HeimCOrioles 2014-16, Athletics 2019-20, Rangers 2021
Josh Jung3BRangers 2020-23
Nathaniel Lowe1BRays 2019
Corey SeagerSSDodgers 2013-16
Marcus Semien2BWhite Sox 2013-14
Josh SmithUTILYankees 2020-21, Rangers 2022
Evan CarterOFRangers 2021-23
Adolis GarciaOFCardinals 2018-19
Robbie GrossmanOFPirates 2009-12, Astros 2013
Travis JankowskiOFPadres 2013-16
Leody TaverasOFRangers 2017-21

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