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With free agent prices taking off this offseason, strong minor league farm systems are more important than ever in MLB. Here’s a look at every team’s top prospect entering the 2023 season.

 

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Arizona Diamondbacks: Corbin Carroll, OF

Arizona Diamondbacks: Corbin Carroll, OF

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Arguably the best prospect in baseball, Carroll impressed in his MLB debut in September. He looks like a 30/30 man in the making after hitting 28 home runs and swiping 33 bases between four levels last season and should break camp with the Diamondbacks in 2023.

 

Atlanta Braves: Jared Shuster, SP

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The Braves system has thinned out after graduating stars Michael Harris, Spencer Strider, and Vaughn Grissom last season, along with the recent trades of Justyn-Henry Malloy, Kyle Muller, Royber Salinas, and Freddy Tarnok. Shuster is still standing, and the former first-round pick could arrive soon after posting a 3.29 ERA in 139.1 innings between Double- and Triple-A last season.

 

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Baltimore Orioles: Grayson Rodriguez, SP

Baltimore Orioles: Grayson Rodriguez, SP

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Rodriguez had an injury scare last season, but that hasn’t significantly hurt his stock. He’s an ace in the making, posting a 2.62 ERA and 13.0 K/9 between three levels last season over 17 starts. Rodriguez could make the Orioles rotation out of Spring Training.

 

Boston Red Sox: Triston Casas, 1B

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The much-hyped Casas got his feet wet with the Red Sox in September but managed to hit only .197-5-12 in 27 games. However, he did have 19 walks, showing off his terrific eye and patience. Casas is penciled in as the starting first baseman in 2023.

 

Chicago Cubs: Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF

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Acquired from the Mets in 2021 for Javier Baez, Crow-Armstrong could make New York regret the move. He had a great 2022 season between Low- and High-A, hitting .312-16-61 with 32 stolen bases in 101 games.

 

Chicago White Sox: Oscar Colas, OF

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The White Sox have had great success with Cuban-born players, and Colas is the next in line. He hit .314-23-79 in three levels last season and could be set for a starting job early in 2023 with Andrew Vaughn shifting to first base.

 

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Cincinnati Reds: Elly De La Cruz, SS/3B

Cincinnati Reds: Elly De La Cruz, SS/3B

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If De La Cruz isn’t baseball’s best offensive prospect, he certainly has the most upside. At age 20, he hit .304-28-86 with 47 steals in 120 games between High-A and Double-A last season. Strikeouts are a real concern, but De La Cruz’s power and speed are already the stuff of legend.

 

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Cleveland Guardians: Daniel Espino, SP

Cleveland Guardians: Daniel Espino, SP

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Few organizations have been more successful at producing pitchers recently, and Espino has a chance to be another ace. He missed most of 2022 due to injury but has a career 14.9 K/9 as a pro. He could reach the majors in his rebound season.

 

Colorado Rockies: Ezequiel Tovar, SS

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Tovar is set to be Colorado’s Opening Day shortstop after a great minor league season, hitting .319-14-49 with 17 stolen bases in 71 games between Double- and Triple-A. Former first-round pick Zac Veen is close behind him on the prospect trail as a top outfielder.

 

Detroit Tigers: Wilmer Flores, SP

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The Tigers hope to have better immediate success with their next crop of top outfield prospects than their previous ones, led by Flores. He’s coming off a breakout year, with a 2.79 ERA and 5.65 K/BB ratio in 103.1 innings. The Tigers could see Flores in the second half of 2023.

 

Houston Astros: Hunter Brown, P

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Brown showed why he was their top prospect with excellent performances late last season and into the playoffs. A groundball pitcher with a high-octane fastball, he could help the team replace Justin Verlander after posting a 2.55 ERA in 106 innings at Triple-A.

 

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Kansas City Royals: Gavin Cross, OF

Kansas City Royals: Gavin Cross, OF

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The Royals graduated several top prospects to the majors recently, led by Bobby Witt Jr., and they hope Cross isn’t far away. The 2022 first-round pick out of Virginia Tech hit .312-8-25 in 29 games during his pro debut, showing five-tool ability.

 

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Los Angeles Angels: Logan O’Hoppe, C

Los Angeles Angels: Logan O'Hoppe, C

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The Angels have long been searching for their future at catcher and found the answer when they acquired O’Hoppe from Philadelphia at the trade deadline. He hit .283-26-78 with outstanding plate discipline at Double-A last season and could break camp as the starter in 2023.

 

Los Angeles Dodgers: Miguel Vargas, 3B/OF

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Vargas struggled in his first taste of the majors last season, but he still has a bright future. He hit .304-17-82 with 16 steals in 113 games at Triple-A, also showing off improved plate discipline. He could fill in at third base immediately if the Dodgers don’t add someone to replace Justin Turner.

 

Miami Marlins: Eury Perez, SP

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The ceiling is sky high for Perez, who has performed unbelievably against older competition. At age 19, he posted a 3.97 ERA and 12.9 K/9, mostly at Double-A last season. Miami’s pitching depth gives them the luxury to take their time with Perez, but his success could force the team to give him a look in 2023.

 

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Milwaukee Brewers: Jackson Chourio, OF

Milwaukee Brewers: Jackson Chourio, OF

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The Brewers farm system is loaded with outfield talent, but Chourio has the highest upside. He hit .288-20-75 with 16 steals in 99 games between three levels last season at age 18. He doesn’t have the polish that Juan Soto did at the same age but is in a similar category as a prospect.

 

Minnesota Twins: Royce Lewis, SS

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Knee injuries have plagued the former No. 1 overall draft choice of late, but he remains an excellent prospect. Lewis impressed before tearing his ACL last season, hitting .300-2-5 in 41 plate appearances with the Twins. He could replace Carlos Correa at shortstop full-time in 2023.

 

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New York Mets: Francisco Alvarez, C

New York Mets: Francisco Alvarez, C

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Alvarez is in the debate as baseball’s best prospect, showing a great bat at a premium position. He hit .260-27-78 with a .885 OPS between Double- and Triple-A last season and got a taste of the majors in September. Alvarez has a chance to be the team’s Opening Day catcher.

 

New York Yankees: Anthony Volpe, SS

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While fellow prospect Jasson Dominguez has received more hype, Volpe could have more upside as the Yankees shortstop of the future. He showed off his elite athleticism by hitting .249-21-65 with 50 stolen bases in 132 games between Double- and Triple-A last season.

 

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Oakland Athletics: Tyler Soderstrom, 1B/C

Oakland Athletics: Tyler Soderstrom, 1B/C

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A first-round pick in 2020, Soderstrom has a chance to play either catcher or first base in the majors. He hit .267-29-105 between three levels last season, showing elite power at age 20.

 

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Philadelphia Phillies: Andrew Painter, SP

Philadelphia Phillies: Andrew Painter, SP

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Painter has shown elite ability since being drafted 13th overall in 2021, with a 1.56 ERA over 22 starts last season. His elite control and 13.5 K/9 should make his rise to MLB relatively easy as early as 2023.

 

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Pittsburgh Pirates: Endy Rodriguez, C/2B

Pittsburgh Pirates: Endy Rodriguez, C/2B

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Former first-round pick Henry Davis has been more hyped, but Rodriguez could have the superior future offensively. The switch-hitter hit .323-25-95 between three minor league levels last season and has the defensive versatility to see the majors soon.

 

San Diego Padres: Jackson Merrill, SS

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San Diego doesn’t have much left in the farm system after the Juan Soto trade, but Merrill is a fine prospect. The 2021 first-round pick hit .339-6-40 with 11 stolen bases in 55 games in the low minors last season.

 

San Francisco Giants: Kyle Harrison, SP

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Harrison isn’t far from the majors after his great 2022 season, posting a 2.71 ERA and 14.8 K/9 between High-A and Double-A. His control still has room to improve, but the lefty has ace potential.

 

Seattle Mariners: Harry Ford, C

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Drafted 12th overall out of high school in 2021, Ford had a strong first full pro season hitting .274-11-65 with 23 steals and a .863 OPS at Low-A. He has a good chance to stick behind the plate and be the organization’s long-term catcher.

 

St. Louis Cardinals: Jordan Walker, 3B/OF

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Walker could be the best hitter the Cardinals organization has produced since Albert Pujols as he continues to ascend in the farm system. He’s moved to the outfield due to Nolan Arenado and hit .306-19-68 with 22 stolen bases in 536 plate appearances at Double-A last season. Walker could force his way onto the MLB roster at some point in 2023.

 

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Tampa Bay Rays: Taj Bradley, SP

Tampa Bay Rays: Taj Bradley, SP

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The Rays draft and develop talent as well as any team; Bradley is another example. The former fifth-round pick has developed into a top pitching prospect, with a 2.57 ERA and elite control between Double- and Triple-A last season. He’s a clear contributor in 2023 as a starter or long reliever.

 

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Texas Rangers: Josh Jung, 3B

Texas Rangers: Josh Jung, 3B

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Returning from shoulder surgery late last season, Jung showed why he was hyped with five home runs in 26 games for the Rangers. The former first-round pick previously hit .326-19-61 in 78 games between Double- and Triple-A in 2021. He should open the season at the hot corner for the revamped squad, but he needs to fix the plate discipline issues he showed last year.

 

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Toronto Blue Jays: Ricky Tiedemann, SP

Toronto Blue Jays: Ricky Tiedemann, SP

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The Jays saw a breakout season for Tiedemann after he was drafted in the third round out of high school in 2021. He produced a 2.17 ERA and 13.4 K/9 over three levels, including Double-A. If the progress continues, Tiedemann could make his MLB debut late in the upcoming season.

 

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Washington Nationals: James Wood, OF

Washington Nationals: James Wood, OF

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The Nats revamped their farm system in the Juan Soto trade, with Wood showing possibly the most upside. The 2021 second-round pick hit .313-12-62 with 20 stolen bases in 76 games in the low minors and only turned 20 in September.

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