Minor League Barometer: Risers & Fallers

Minor League Barometer: Risers & Fallers

This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.

Could baseball really return in May?  Whether plausible or not, even the possibility lends a small glimmer of hope that some sense of normalcy will return sooner rather than later.

Here are a few prospect nuggets and opinions before we get into the meat of this edition of the Minor League Barometer.

1.      The Rays and Padres have the two best farm systems now, and there's a significant drop off after that.

2.       Nick Lodolo of the Reds and Vidal Brujan of the Rays are prospects ranked in the top 100 on most lists whom I still think people are too low on.

3.      Perhaps no organization has improved its farm system more over the last year than the San Francisco Giants.

4.      I'm not as high on Alex Kirilloff of the Twins as everyone else.

5.      We haven't seen this type of talent at the top of the shortstop position since the Alex Rodriguez-Derek Jeter-Nomar Garciaparra class.

We hope this week's article finds you safe, healthy and staying positive.

UPGRADE

Josiah Gray, P, LAD – Gray could be the top pitching prospect in other organizations and likely would be assured a 2020 debut on a team with less talent and lower expectations.  Gray breezed through three levels in 2019, compiling a 2.28 ERA and 147:31 K:BB in 130 innings and finishing at Double-A.  Batters hit a putrid .207 against him during his first full season in the minors.  A former reliever who has only been starting for

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Jesse Siegel
Siegel covers college football, college basketball and minor league baseball for RotoWire. He was named College Sports Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.
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