Farm Futures: 148 AL Central Prospects You Need To Know

Farm Futures: 148 AL Central Prospects You Need To Know

This article is part of our Farm Futures series.

Usually I use these divisional articles to write up every fantasy-relevant prospect in each team's farm system, but given the lack of a minor-league season in 2020, there's just not much new to say about a large percentage of the prospect universe. I am still going to rank the fantasy-relevant prospects in all 30 systems, and I've already written outlooks on the site for the majority of the top-250 prospects on my top 400. I'm also providing a list of prospects in each org. that could contribute in 2021 along with an overview of each system. 

Feel free to ask me any prospect-related questions in the comments or on Twitter.

WHITE SOX

 NamePositionDOBSigned
1Andrew VaughnDH/1B4/3/19982019 Draft
2Michael KopechRHP4/30/19962014 Draft
3Nick Madrigal2B3/5/19972018 Draft
4Garrett CrochetLHP6/21/19992020 Draft
5Benyamin BaileyOF9/18/20012019 IFA
6Jared KelleyRHP10/3/20012020 Draft
7Yoelqui CespedesOF9/24/19972020 J-2
8Matthew ThompsonRHP8/11/20002019 Draft
9Bryan Ramos3B/2B/OF3/12/20022018 J-2
10Micker AdolfoOF/DH9/11/19962013 J-2
11Jonathan StieverRHP5/12/19972018 Draft
12Gavin SheetsOF/1B/DH4/23/19962017 Draft
13Jose Rodriguez2B/SS5/13/20012017 J-2
14Victor QuezadaSS/3B/2B 2020 J-2
15James BeardOF9/24/20002019 Draft
16Blake RutherfordOF5/2/19972016 Draft
17Jake Burger3B/1B/DH4/10/19962017 Draft
18Andrew DalquistRHP11/13/20002019 Draft
19Norge VeraRHP6/1/2000

Usually I use these divisional articles to write up every fantasy-relevant prospect in each team's farm system, but given the lack of a minor-league season in 2020, there's just not much new to say about a large percentage of the prospect universe. I am still going to rank the fantasy-relevant prospects in all 30 systems, and I've already written outlooks on the site for the majority of the top-250 prospects on my top 400. I'm also providing a list of prospects in each org. that could contribute in 2021 along with an overview of each system. 

Feel free to ask me any prospect-related questions in the comments or on Twitter.

WHITE SOX

 NamePositionDOBSigned
1Andrew VaughnDH/1B4/3/19982019 Draft
2Michael KopechRHP4/30/19962014 Draft
3Nick Madrigal2B3/5/19972018 Draft
4Garrett CrochetLHP6/21/19992020 Draft
5Benyamin BaileyOF9/18/20012019 IFA
6Jared KelleyRHP10/3/20012020 Draft
7Yoelqui CespedesOF9/24/19972020 J-2
8Matthew ThompsonRHP8/11/20002019 Draft
9Bryan Ramos3B/2B/OF3/12/20022018 J-2
10Micker AdolfoOF/DH9/11/19962013 J-2
11Jonathan StieverRHP5/12/19972018 Draft
12Gavin SheetsOF/1B/DH4/23/19962017 Draft
13Jose Rodriguez2B/SS5/13/20012017 J-2
14Victor QuezadaSS/3B/2B 2020 J-2
15James BeardOF9/24/20002019 Draft
16Blake RutherfordOF5/2/19972016 Draft
17Jake Burger3B/1B/DH4/10/19962017 Draft
18Andrew DalquistRHP11/13/20002019 Draft
19Norge VeraRHP6/1/20002020 J-2
20Bryce BushOF12/14/19992018 Draft

Players We Could See In 2021: Andrew Vaughn, Michael Kopech, Nick Madrigal, Garrett Crochet, Jonathan Stiever, Gavin Sheets, Blake Rutherford

Dynasty Overview: This system is so shallow that, had he not exhausted his prospect eligibility due to days on the active roster, setup man Codi Heuer would rank 10th on this list. We know the drill with the top three guys — they should spend most or all of the season in the majors. Beyond Benyamin Bailey, I'm not targeting any of the players outside of the top two. Madrigal and Crochet seem to be somewhat controversial in terms of dynasty valuations. My take on Madrigal is that he's at best a three-category guy, and possibly a two-category guy if he is hitting at the bottom of the lineup. Crochet is likely to end up in the bullpen or on the shelf, although the healthy version of him is a top-10 reliever in the game.

CLEVELAND

 NamePositionDOBSigned
1Tyler Freeman2B/SS5/21/19992017 Draft
2George ValeraOF11/13/20002017 J-2
3Triston McKenzieRHP8/2/19972015 Draft
4Nolan JonesOF/3B5/7/19982016 Draft
5Brayan RocchioSS/2B1/13/20012017 J-2
6Tanner BurnsRHP12/28/19982020 Draft
7Isaiah GreeneOF8/29/20012020 Draft
8Daniel EspinoRHP1/5/20012019 Draft
9Emmanuel ClaseRHP3/18/19982015 IFA
10Carson TuckerSS/2B1/24/20022020 Draft
11Ethan HankinsRHP5/23/20002018 Draft
12Aaron Bracho2B4/24/20012017 J-2
13Angel Martinez2B/3B/SS1/27/20022018 J-2
14Logan AllenLHP9/5/19982020 Draft
15Bo NaylorC/3B2/21/20002018 Draft
16Daniel JohnsonOF7/11/19952016 Draft
17Gabriel AriasSS2/27/20002016 J-2
18Lenny TorresRHP10/15/20002018 Draft
19Alexfri PlanezOF8/17/20012017 J-2
20Petey HalpinOF5/26/20022020 Draft
21Will BensonOF6/16/19982016 Draft
22Owen Miller2B/3B11/15/19962018 Draft
23Josh WolfRHP9/1/20002019 Draft
24Angel GenaoSS/2B5/19/20042020 J-2
25Sam HentgesLHP7/18/19962014 Draft
26Carlos VargasRHP10/13/19992016 J-2
27Joey CantilloLHP12/18/19992017 Draft
28Jhonkensy Noel1B7/15/20012017 J-2
29Eli MorganRHP5/13/19962017 Draft
30Richard Palacios2B/OF5/16/19972018 Draft
31Cody MorrisRHP11/4/19962018 Draft
32Bryan LavastidaC11/27/19982018 Draft
33Ernie Clement2B/OF/SS3/22/19962017 Draft
34Gabriel Rodriguez3B/SS2/22/20022018 J-2
35Bobby BradleyDH/1B5/29/19962014 Draft
36Jose Tena2B/SS3/20/20012017 J-2
37Luis DurangoOF4/8/20032019 J-2
38Jose PastranoSS9/12/20022019 J-2
39Jose Fermin2B3/29/19992015 J-2
40Yainer DiazC9/21/19982016 IFA
41Junior Sanquintin3B/2B/SS1/8/20022018 J-2
42Scott MossLHP10/6/19942016 Draft
43Hunter GaddisRHP4/9/19982019 Draft
44Jean Carlos MejiaRHP8/26/19962013 IFA
45Steven KwanOF9/5/19972018 Draft
46Yordys ValdesSS8/16/20012019 Draft
47Milan TolentinoSS11/17/20012020 Draft
48Oscar GonzalezOF1/10/19982014 IFA

Players We Could See In 2021: Tyler Freeman, Triston McKenzie, Nolan Jones, Emmanuel Clase, Daniel Johnson, Gabriel Arias, Owen Miller, Sam Hentges, Eli Morgan, Ernie Clement, Bobby Bradley, Scott Moss, Jean Carlos Mejia

Dynasty Overview: Perhaps the deepest farm system in the game, and certainly the system with the most talent in the lower levels of the minors, Cleveland is set up to be a top-five farm system for the foreseeable future. It's a rare organization where I give a legitimate bump to certain pitching prospects they acquire — not the stuff monsters like Daniel Espino, but the guys who command three or four really solid pitches like Tanner Burns or Logan Allen, both of whom were selected out of college in the 2020 draft. Given how much of a buyer's market it is, Cleveland could probably acquire any available big leaguer at the deadline without dealing one of its top 10 prospects. Everyone knows I love Freeman (although he's more of a 2022 redraft guy, even if he were to debut later this summer), and Burns, Carson Tucker, Angel Martinez, Allen and Lenny Torres are my favorites from outside the top 100.

TIGERS

 NamePositionDOBSigned
1Spencer Torkelson1B/3B8/26/19992020 Draft
2Riley GreeneOF9/28/20002019 Draft
3Matt ManningRHP1/28/19982016 Draft
4Casey MizeRHP5/1/19972018 Draft
5Tarik SkubalLHP11/20/19962018 Draft
6Dillon DinglerC9/17/19982020 Draft
7Daz CameronOF1/15/19972015 Draft
8Daniel CabreraOF9/5/19982020 Draft
9Parker MeadowsOF11/2/19992018 Draft
10Colt Keith3B/OF8/14/20012020 Draft
11Isaac Paredes3B2/18/19992015 IFA
12Jose De La CruzOF1/3/20022018 J-2
13Adinso Reyes3B10/22/20012018 J-2
14Cristian Santana3B/SS11/25/20032020 J-2
15Gage Workman3B10/24/19992020 Draft
16Roberto CamposOF6/14/20032019 J-2
17Trei Cruz2B7/5/19982020 Draft
18Abel BastidasSS 2020 J-2
19Joey WentzLHP10/6/19972016 Draft
20Bryant PackardOF/1B10/6/19972019 Draft

Players We Could See In 2021: Matt Manning, Casey Mize, Tarik Skubal, Daz Cameron, Isaac Paredes

Dynasty Overview: It's honestly pretty pathetic how shallow this system is, given how long the Tigers have been rebuilding. They spend money on the international market, but they seem to end up with oversized 16-year-olds who tumble down the defensive spectrum, rather than lean, athletic up-the-middle players who can gradually grow into their frames. I expect Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene to debut in the first half of 2022 if they stay on schedule. If Parker Meadows can somehow develop a 45- or 50-grade hit tool, he would shoot up the top 400 due to his 30/20 potential. 

ROYALS

 NamePositionDOBSigned
1Bobby WittSS/3B6/14/20002019 Draft
2Asa LacyLHP6/2/19992020 Draft
3Daniel LynchLHP11/17/19962018 Draft
4Jackson KowarRHP10/4/19962018 Draft
5Erick PenaOF2/20/20032019 J-2
6Kyle IsbelOF3/3/19972018 Draft
7Daniel VazquezSS12/15/20032020 J-2
8Jonathan BowlanRHP12/1/19962018 Draft
9Austin CoxLHP3/28/19972018 Draft
10Nick LoftinSS/2B/OF9/25/19982020 Draft
11Carlos HernandezRHP3/11/19972016 J-2
12Alec MarshRHP5/14/19982019 Draft
13Ben HernandezRHP7/1/20012020 Draft
14Darryl CollinsOF9/16/20012018 IFA
15Samuel ValerioRHP10/8/20012018 J-2
16Tyler GentryOF2/1/19992020 Draft
17Nick Pratto1B10/6/19982017 Draft
18Jon HeasleyRHP1/27/19972018 Draft
19Noah MurdockRHP8/20/19982019 Draft
20Luis EcheniqueOF11/25/20022019 J-2
21Wilmin CandelarioSS9/11/20012018 J-2
22Lucius FoxSS7/2/19972015 J-2
23Seuly MatiasOF9/4/19982015 J-2
24Yefri Del RosarioRHP9/23/19992016 J-2
25Sebastian RamirezOF 2020 J-2
26Zach HaakeRHP10/8/19962018 Draft
27Brewer HicklenOF2/9/19962017 Draft
28Brady McConnell3B/SS/2B5/24/19982019 Draft
29Vinnie Pasquantino1B10/10/19972019 Draft
30Yohanse MorelRHP8/23/20002017 J-2
31Will KleinRHP11/28/19992020 Draft

Players We Could See In 2021: Bobby Witt, Daniel Lynch, Jackson Kowar, Kyle Isbel, Carlos Hernandez, Lucius Fox

Dynasty Overview: Kansas City opted to focus its rebuild around pitching, and thanks to a ridiculous haul from the 2018 draft, they may be successful in pulling it off. This system is so flush with talented starting pitchers that there will eventually be a bit of a logjam that could impact the ascent of guys like Jonathan Bowlan and Austin Cox, but that's obviously a good problem to have. I've been scooping up shares of Daniel Vazquez in dynasty first-year player drafts, as he is typically sitting there as my best hitter available after the first 75-80 picks. He could be a big riser if he fills out and develops the type of power/speed combo I think he's capable of. Ben Hernandez and Darryl Collins could jump into the top 400 early this season.

TWINS

 NamePositionDOBSigned
1Alex KirilloffOF11/9/19972016 Draft
2Royce LewisSS/3B/OF6/5/19992017 Draft
3Trevor LarnachOF/DH2/26/19972018 Draft
4Jordan BalazovicRHP9/17/19982016 Draft
5Ryan JeffersC6/3/19972018 Draft
6Misael UrbinaOF4/26/20022018 J-2
7Keoni CavacoSS/3B6/2/20012019 Draft
8Aaron SabatoDH/1B6/4/19992020 Draft
9Jhoan DuranRHP1/8/19982014 IFA
10Matt CanterinoRHP12/14/19972019 Draft
11Brent RookerOF/DH11/1/19942017 Draft
12Danny De Andrade3B4/10/20042020 J-2
13Kala'i RosarioOF/DH7/2/20022020 Draft
14Fredy LaFlorSS/2B/OF7/11/20042020 J-2
15Cole SandsRHP7/17/19972018 Draft
16Gilberto CelestinoOF2/13/19992015 J-2
17Matt WallnerOF12/12/19972019 Draft
18Josh WinderRHP10/11/19962018 Draft
19Emmanuel RodriguezOF2/28/20032019 J-2
20Alerick SoularieOF/2B7/5/19992020 Draft
21Blayne EnlowRHP3/21/19992017 Draft
22Chris VallimontRHP3/18/19972018 Draft
23Bailey OberRHP7/12/19952017 Draft
24Edouard JulienOF/2B/1B4/30/19992019 Draft
25Travis Blankenhorn2B/OF8/3/19962015 Draft
26Jose Miranda3B/2B6/29/19982016 Draft
27Spencer Steer2B12/7/19972019 Draft
28Will Holland2B/OF4/18/19982019 Draft
29Malfrin SosaOF9/13/20022019 J-2

Players We Could See In 2021: Alex Kirilloff, Trevor Larnach, Jordan Balazovic, Ryan Jeffers, Jhoan Duran, Brent Rooker, Cole Sands, Bailey Ober, Travis Blankenhorn

Dynasty Overview: The news about Royce Lewis suffering a torn right ACL really ruined my week, not because of my dynasty teams (I actually only have him in one league), but because I thought he was really going to prove the doubters wrong this year. This really comes at a terrible time for his development, as he will now go two full seasons without real minor-league games. Based on about 20 minutes of research, there seems to be roughly an 82 percent recovery rate, and as a right-handed hitter it would have been preferable for the injury to have been to his lead (left) leg, rather than his plant (right) leg. I dropped him from No. 12 to No. 32 on the top 400, partly because of the delayed ETA and partly because of the decreased chances that he reaches his potential. Keoni Cavaco, Kala'i Rosario and Sands are my favorite prospects in this system who are somewhat under the radar, and Josh Winder is a guy who could be added to the top 400 sooner rather than later.

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James Anderson
James Anderson is RotoWire's Lead Prospect Analyst, Assistant Baseball Editor, and co-host of Farm Fridays on Sirius/XM radio and the RotoWire Prospect Podcast.
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