This article is part of our Farm Futures series.
For the third year in a row, I will be going division by division, providing analysis on every fantasy-relevant prospect in baseball while also ranking those prospects in their respective systems. This means there will be 20-plus prospects ranked in certain systems and less than 10 prospects ranked in others. There is no point in listing an irrelevant prospect just to reach an arbitrary total of 10, 20 or 30. Similarly, it is unfortunate to not include information on highly relevant prospects just because that prospect was not one of his team's 10 or 20 best.
The first installment takes us to the 128 prospects you need to know in the American League East.
I wrote the outlooks for most of the guys in the top 250 or so of the top 400 prospect rankings, so if you want more in depth analysis on someone, check out their player profile. Feel free to ask me any prospect-related questions in the comments section or on Twitter.
This is still a pretty bleak system, but Baltimore will be picking high in the draft for the foreseeable future, so it won't stay that way. The top five is where it's at – three fantasy-over-reality position players and two pitchers with frontline upside. Several players in the bottom half of this list wouldn't be listed in other systems, but they get a nod because they will be occupying prominent roles amid this rebuild.
1. Yusniel Diaz, OF, 22, Triple-A