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Top 5 Farm System’s

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With spring training starting, here are the top 5 minor league systems, along with there top three prospects.

Atlanta Braves

The Braves have the best pitching depth in their minor league system, along with one of the best overall prospects in outfielder Ronald Acuna.

1. Ronald Acuna OF– Acuna put together .325 21 82 with 44 steals across three levels in the minors. Acuna was also named MVP of the Arizona Fall League.

2. Kolby Allard LHP– Alford has an excellent curveball-changeup combination, with veteran savvy on the mound.

3. Luis Gohara LHP– Gohara went 7-4 with a 2.62 ERA in the minors last year. Gohara started five games for Atlanta last year posting a 4.91 ERA but posted 31 strikeouts in 29.1 innings pitched.

Chicago White Sox

The White Sox restocked their farm systems with trades, this should put the White Sox in position to contend in a few years.

  1. Eloy Jimenez OF– Jimenez has star quality. Jimenez put together a .312-19-65 season in single A and AAA.

2. Michael Kopech RHP–  Kopech is known for having the best fastball in the minor leagues. He has developed other pitches to advance his game to be a quality pitcher for the white sox when called upon.

3. Alec Hanson RHP– Hanson pitched in all three levels of the minors last year. Hanson has a mid 90s fastball, with a nasty slider. Hanson stuck out 191 batters in 141.1 innings.

New York Yankees

The Yankees have one of the deepest farm systems lead by Gleyber Torres.

  1. Gleyber Torres ss– Torres is a very mature young player with a good batting eye. Torres walked 30 times in 55 games. Torres had Tommy John surgery in June, look for Torres to get a shot at the every day third baseman job.

2. Chance Adams RHP– Adams really thrived when the Yankees moved him to a starting role. Adams went 15-5 with a  2.45 ERA. Adams has a mid 90s fastball and a power slider.

3. Justus Sheffield RHP– Sheffield is a sleeper in the Yankees system, he has a mid 90s fastball with 3 off-speed pitches a deadly combination.

San Diego Padres Padres

have a lot of pitching depth and star potential with her position players.

1 Fernando Tatis Jr. SS– Tatis is coming off a .278-22-75 season, Tatis made it up to AA at the age of 18. Tatis will get a full season of AA at the age of 19. The sky is the limit for this kid.

2. MacKenzie Gore LHP– Gore posted monster number at a North Carolina high school, going 11-0 with a 0.19 ERA. Gore also had a 158 to 5 strikeout/walk ratio. Gore could be a star in the making.

3. Michael Baez RHP– Baez is 6-8 220 with a fastball in the 100s and a nasty slider. Baez sounds like a right-handed Randy Johnson. Baez struck out 82 batters in 58.2 innings.

Los Angeles Dodgers

With Cody Bellinger and Cory Seager in the big leagues the Dodgers still have a minor league system full of top prospects.

  1. Walker Buehler RHP– Buehler is ready for his first full season coming off Tommy John surgery. Buehler has electric stuff and his command is getting better. Buehler has Ace upside.

2. Alex Verdugo OF– Verdugo is a high average, high on-base guy. Verdugo does not have much pop, but he has a rocket arm.

3. Keibert Ruiz– Ruiz could be the best catching prospect in baseball if he continues to improve at a rapid pace. Ruiz is a switch hitter and a good defender at the catching position.

 

 

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White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

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Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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