The time has come to take stock of how some organizations are shaping up in the Minor Leagues. With a good amount of data out for 2021, there have been some early-season breakouts. While the typical caveat of a small sample size always applies, it would be wise to notice some trends taking place. Not every prospect with a gaudy slash line will sustain the production. But it is worth noting when players are showing noticeable statistical improvements. In many cases, we haven’t had eyes on these players for over a year. There are bound to be some surprises, likely more so than a traditional year.

When taking on this project, it seemed simple enough. Rank the top 20 prospects in each organization from a dynasty perspective. I took this on as a solo project because I thought it would be a helpful way to keep track of all the lists I was posting on Twitter throughout the off-season. I didn’t fully appreciate how intensive it is to keep up with every organization at the same time. In hindsight, there’s probably a reason most lists like this are released in the winter when everyone has time to catch their breath. With games actively taking place, it can be a monumental task to keep up with all the movement.

Originally the plan was to display all 30 organizations at once. That turned out to be more difficult than I had anticipated. I had a grandiose vision of what this could look like with all the team colors but there is probably a good reason I have never seen what I was picturing in my mind. So to make the material more digestible for myself and the reader, I have decided to display organizational rankings by each division. I was able to give more individual time to each team rather than trying to juggle all 30 organizations at once.

I will begin the series focusing on the AL West. I am familiar with the history and dynamics of the division living near the Seattle area for the better part of my life. The division is up for grabs over the next decade, and several of the players on these lists will play a crucial role in determining which organization comes out on top. There is plenty of high-level talent scattered throughout these organizations located at every level throughout the Minor Leagues.

Just like a dynasty list, these rankings are a snapshot in time. They are constantly evolving as breakouts happen, players under-perform expectations, and perspectives shift. You could ask 100 people to rank each organization, and their lists might all look a little different. I hope you enjoy this and will check out the upcoming divisions. The idea is to keep these updated regularly when graduations, promotions, and perspectives shift.

 

HOUSTON ASTROS

PlayerRankPositionLevelAge
Forrest Whitley1RHPAAA23
Pedro Leon2SSAA22
Jeremy Pena3SSAA23
Colin Barber4OFA+20
Freudis Nova5SSA+21
Richi Gonzalez6OFR18
Alex Santos7RHPA19
Jairo Solis8RHPA+21
Brett Conine9RHPAAA24
Hunter Brown10RHPAA22
Joe Perez113BA+21
Alex McKenna12OFA+23
Korey Lee13CA22
Tyler Ivey14RHPAAA25
Shawn Dubin15RHPAAA25
Dauri Lorenzo16SSR18
Jordan Brewer17OFR23
Taylor Jones181BMLB27
Zach Daniels19OFA22
Ronnie Dawson20OFAAA26

LOS ANGELES ANGELS

PlayerRankPositionLevelAge
Brandon Marsh1OFAAA23
Jordyn Adams2OFA+21
Reid Detmers3LHPAA21
Chris Rodriguez4RHPMLB22
Kyren Paris5SSA19
Jeremiah Jackson62BA21
Denzer Guzman73BR17
Arol Vera83BR18
David Calabrese9OFR18
Werner Blakely10SSR19
Jack Kochanowicz11RHPA20
Packy Naughton12LHPAAA25
D'Shawn Knowles13OFA20
Alexander Ramirez14OFR18
Francisco Del Valle15OFA+22
Hector Yan16RHPA+22
Brent Killam17LHPA+23
Ryan Smith18LHPA+23
Stiward Aquino19RHPA21
Adrian Placencia20SSR18

OAKLAND ATHLETICS

PlayerRankPositionLevelAge
Tyler Soderstrom1CA19
Daulton Jefferies2RHPAAA25
A.J. Puk3LHPAAA26
Pedro Pineda4OFR17
Robert Puason5SSA18
Brayan Buelvas6OFA19
Logan Davidson7SSAA23
James Kaprielian8RHPMLB27
Luis Barrera9OFAAA25
Jordan Diaz103BA+20
Michael Guldberg11OFA+21
Nick Allen122BAA22
Jeff Criswell13RHPA+22
Lazaro Armenteros14OFA+22
Junior Perez15OFA19
Austin Beck16OFA+22
Colin Peluse17RHPA+22
Tyler Baum18RHPAAA23
Greg Deichmann19OFAAA26
Jonah Bride203BAA25

SEATTLE MARINERS

PlayerRankPositionLevelAge
Jarred Kelenic1OFAAA21
Julio Rodriguez2OFA+20
Noelvi Marte3SSA19
George Kirby4RHPA+23
Logan Gilbert5RHPMLB24
Emerson Hancock6RHPA+21
Taylor Trammell7OFMLB23
Brandon Williamson8LHPA+23
Jonatan Clase9OFR19
Cal Raleigh10CAAA24
Zach DeLoach11OFA+22
Juan Then12RHPA+21
Austin Shenton133BA+23
Jake Fraley14OFMLB26
Victor Labrada15OFA21
Kaden Polcovich162BA+22
Isaiah Campbell17RHPA+23
Levi Stoudt18RHPA+23
Luis Bolivar19OFR17
Starlin Aguilar203BR17


TEXAS RANGERS

PlayerRankPositionLevelAge
Josh Jung13BAAA23
Luisangel Acuna22BA19
Maximo Acosta3SSR18
Sherten Apostel43BAA22
Cole Winn5RHPAA21
Justin Foscue62BA+22
Evan Carter7OFA18
Sam Huff8CMLB23
Keithron Moss9SSA19
Yerry Rodriguez10RHPAA23
Ricky Vanasco11RHPA+22
Chris Seise12SSA+22
Bubba Thompson13OFAA22
Hans Crouse14RHPAA22
Curtis Terry151BAAA24
Yonny Hernandez162BAAA23
Davis Wendzel173BAA24
Bayron Lora18OFR18
Demarcus Evans19RHPMLB24
Owen White20RHPA21