The minor league season has concluded, but we are far removed from the days of baseball being confined to the summer months. Next week marks the beginning of the six week long Arizona Fall League where top prospects will compete against one another. The six teams form like Voltron with each Major League organization sending seven representatives; players will shuffle on and off of the roster from there. The Arizona Fall League is often the stepping stone from which prospects in the lower minors transition into Double-A the following year.
The Midwest League is always a hotbed for MLB top prospects. In 2014, international signings are all the rage. Unlike more advanced leagues, it’s an opportunity to uncover the next big prospect to shoot up top-100 lists this winter. The fact so many of this year’s top “gets” are from outside the United States adds to the mystery even more. Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa led a banner group of prospects in 2013. Will any of this year’s crop reach such lofty heights?
The International League will play home to MLB top prospects waiting for their service clock to pass midnight. In 2013, Nick Castellanos, Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Billy Hamilton, and Gerrit Cole spent time at the level, and 2014 will be another strong season in terms of top prospects with impact potential. This season, more than a dozen current and former top-100 prospects will open the year in Triple-A with a shot at MLB glory.
The Pacific Coast League is poised for a banner year. Four Top-10 prospects will call the PCL home this season and the talent level overall is up versus last year. Though uber-prospect Jurickson Profar and playoff scene-stealers Sonny Gray and Michael Wacha called the PCL home in 2013, the current crop boasts a number of game-changing talents. Here are 10 MLB top prospects that have created plenty of buzz early on in 2014.
MLB Top Prospects will be on display in the Eastern League in 2014.With 12 affiliates, the Eastern League is rich in talent every year. 2013 alone saw budding stars Xander Bogaerts, Miguel Sano, Noah Syndergaard, Anthony Rendon, Jameson Taillon and Gregory Polanco all spend significant time there. Continuing in our series previewing the MLB Top Prospects, here are the ten we’re most excited to see in 2014:
Opening Day in Chattanooga is Thursday night. In 2013, the Southern League was home to dynamic prospects including Taijuan Walker, Archie Bradley (2013 Report), Javier Baez (2013 Report) and Yasiel Puig (2013 Report). Puig took the National League by storm while the other three finished the season as top-10 prospects in all of baseball. The league is expected to be deeper in 2014 with many MLB top prospects including those listed below. ROTOscouting will have multiple contributors covering the action.
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