Farm Futures: 156 NL West Prospects You Need To Know

Farm Futures: 156 NL West 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 organization 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.

DIAMONDBACKS

 NamePositionDOBSigned
1Corbin CarrollOF8/21/20002019 Draft
2Kristian RobinsonOF12/11/20002017 J-2
3Geraldo PerdomoSS10/22/19992016 J-2
4Slade CecconiRHP6/24/19992020 Draft
5Alek ThomasOF4/28/20002018 Draft
6Blake WalstonLHP6/28/20012019 Draft
7Wilderd PatinoOF7/18/20012017 J-2
8Seth BeerDH9/18/19962018 Draft
9Jeferson EspinalOF6/7/20022018 J-2
10Pavin SmithOF/1B2/6/19962017 Draft
11Bryce JarvisRHP12/26/19972020 Draft
12Luis FriasRHP5/23/19982015 IFA
13Corbin MartinRHP12/28/19952017 Draft
14Stuart FairchildOF3/17/19962017 Draft
15Manuel Pena3B12/5/20032020 J-2
16Andy Young2B/3B5/10/19942016 Draft
17Jake McCarthyOF7/30/19972018 Draft
18Conor GrammesRHP7/13/19972019 Draft
19A.J. Vukovich1B/3B/OF7/20/20012020

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 organization 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.

DIAMONDBACKS

 NamePositionDOBSigned
1Corbin CarrollOF8/21/20002019 Draft
2Kristian RobinsonOF12/11/20002017 J-2
3Geraldo PerdomoSS10/22/19992016 J-2
4Slade CecconiRHP6/24/19992020 Draft
5Alek ThomasOF4/28/20002018 Draft
6Blake WalstonLHP6/28/20012019 Draft
7Wilderd PatinoOF7/18/20012017 J-2
8Seth BeerDH9/18/19962018 Draft
9Jeferson EspinalOF6/7/20022018 J-2
10Pavin SmithOF/1B2/6/19962017 Draft
11Bryce JarvisRHP12/26/19972020 Draft
12Luis FriasRHP5/23/19982015 IFA
13Corbin MartinRHP12/28/19952017 Draft
14Stuart FairchildOF3/17/19962017 Draft
15Manuel Pena3B12/5/20032020 J-2
16Andy Young2B/3B5/10/19942016 Draft
17Jake McCarthyOF7/30/19972018 Draft
18Conor GrammesRHP7/13/19972019 Draft
19A.J. Vukovich1B/3B/OF7/20/20012020 Draft
20Levi KellyRHP5/14/19992018 Draft
21Tommy HenryLHP7/29/19972019 Draft
22Ryne NelsonRHP2/1/19982019 Draft
23J.B. BukauskasRHP10/11/19962017 Draft
24Franyel BaezOF3/1/20032019 J-2
25Tristin English3B5/14/19972019 Draft
26Liam NorrisLHP8/13/20012020 Draft
27Dominic FletcherOF9/2/19972019 Draft
28Kenny CastilloC 2020 J-2
29Justin MartinezRHP7/30/20012018 IFA
30Humberto MejiaRHP3/3/19972013 IFA
31Drey JamesonRHP8/17/19972019 Draft
32Neyfy Castillo3B/1B/OF3/2/20012017 J-2

Players We Could See In 2021: Seth Beer, Pavin Smith, Corbin Martin, Stuart Fairchild, Andy Young, J.B. Bukauskas, Humberto Mejia

Dynasty Overview: This is a very well-balanced, deep system. The strength of the system is obviously the hoard of intriguing outfielders, but Geraldo Perdomo is the shortstop of the future, and there is plenty of pitching on the way. I list the players for 2021 in order of how they are currently ranked, but on next week's update to the top 400, Smith will be ranked well ahead of Beer. Slade Cecconi and Blake Walston are the pitchers with viable No. 2 starter upside. Bryce Jarvis, Corbin Martin and Tommy Henry are more likely to be No. 3/4 types, while Luis Frias (who will be a faller on the update), Conor Grammes and Levi Kelly are high-variance pitchers with big stuff who may end up in relief. Bukauskas has a chance to be Arizona's long-term closer if he can throw enough strikes.

ROCKIES

 NamePositionDOBSigned
1Zac VeenOF12/12/20012020 Draft
2Aaron Schunk3B/2B7/24/19972019 Draft
3Michael Toglia1B/OF8/16/19982019 Draft
4Brenton DoyleOF5/14/19982019 Draft
5Julio Carreras3B/SS/2B1/12/20002018 IFA
6Colton Welker1B/DH/3B10/9/19972016 Draft
7Ryan ViladeOF/3B/1B2/18/19992017 Draft
8Chris McMahonRHP2/4/19992020 Draft
9Yanquiel FernandezOF1/1/20032019 J-2
10Adael AmadorSS4/11/20032019 J-2
11Ezequiel TovarSS8/1/20012017 J-2
12Ryan RolisonLHP7/11/19972018 Draft
13Eddy Diaz2B2/14/20002017 J-2
14Helcris OlivarezLHP8/8/20002016 J-2
15Drew RomoC8/29/20012020 Draft
16Juan GuerreroSS9/10/20012018 J-2
17Bladimir Restituyo2B/OF7/2/20012017 J-2
18Felix TenaOF 2020 J-2
19Gabriel TerreroSS 2020 J-2
20Yonathan DazaOF2/28/19942010 IFA
21Grant Lavigne1B8/27/19992018 Draft
22Elehuris Montero3B/OF/1B8/17/19982014 J-2
23Yolki PenaOF3/30/20002016 J-2
24Jameson HannahOF8/10/19972018 Draft

Players We Could See In 2021: Colton Welker, Yonathan Daza

Dynasty Overview: I only included three pitchers here for obvious reasons, and conversely, I probably wouldn't have included this many position players if they didn't have a chance to hit in Coors Field. The Rockies have signed a lot of toolsy players from Latin America in recent years, but they're all still in the lower levels of the minors. They are behind the rest of baseball in many ways, and one of those ways is that they have to keep most guys in the Dominican Summer League for two seasons because they don't have a Gulf Coast League or Arizona League affiliate. The top four position players project to have a chance to be everyday big leaguers in a few years, but the rest are low-probability lottery tickets.

DODGERS

 NamePositionDOBSigned
1Wilman DiazSS/3B11/15/20032020 J-2
2Michael Busch2B/1B/OF11/9/19972019 Draft
3Josiah GrayRHP12/21/19972018 Draft
4Kody Hoese3B7/13/19972019 Draft
5Bobby MillerRHP4/5/19992020 Draft
6Luis RodriguezOF9/16/20022019 J-2
7Jake VogelOF10/12/20012020 Draft
8Diego CartayaC9/7/20012018 J-2
9Zach McKinstry2B/OF4/29/19952016 Draft
10Miguel Vargas3B/1B11/17/19992017 IFA
11Andy PagesOF12/8/20002018 IFA
12Ryan PepiotRHP8/21/19972019 Draft
13Clayton BeeterRHP10/9/19982020 Draft
14DJ PetersOF12/12/19952016 Draft
15Keibert RuizC7/20/19982014 J-2
16Jimmy LewisRHP11/2/20002019 Draft
17Kendall WilliamsRHP8/24/20002019 Draft
18Rayne Doncon3B 2020 J-2
19Alex De Jesus3B/2B3/22/20022018 J-2
20Jacob AmayaSS9/3/19982017 Draft
21Luke RaleyDH/OF9/19/19942016 Draft
22Sheldon Neuse3B/2B12/10/19942016 Draft
23Andre JacksonRHP5/1/19962017 Draft
24Devin Mann3B/OF/1B2/11/19972018 Draft
25Robinson OrtizLHP1/4/20002017 J-2
26Jerming RosarioRHP5/8/20022018 J-2
27Hyun-il ChoiRHP5/27/20002018 IFA
28Michael GroveRHP12/18/19962018 Draft
29Brandon Lewis1B/DH10/23/19982019 Draft
30Zach ReksDH/OF11/12/19932017 Draft
31James OutmanOF5/14/19972018 Draft
32Landon KnackRHP7/15/19972020 Draft
33Jose RamosOF1/1/20012018 J-2
34Edwin UcetaRHP1/9/19982016 J-2
35Osvanni GutierrezRHP5/24/20012019 J-2
36Octavio BecerraLHP2/3/20012019 J-2
37Omar Estevez2B2/25/19982015 IFA
38Jesus GalizC12/19/20032020 J-2
39Gerardo CarrilloRHP9/13/19982016 J-2
40Justin Yurchak1B/DH9/17/19962017 Draft

Players We Could See In 2021: Josiah Gray, Zach McKinstry, DJ Peters, Keibert Ruiz, Luke Raley, Sheldon Neuse, Andre Jackson, Zach Reks, Edwin Uceta, Gerardo Carrillo

Dynasty Overview: This organization is so loaded, it's kind of overwhelming. There is a plethora of pitchers and position players who are essentially big-league ready with nowhere to play. This will hopefully lead to a few of them getting traded to second-division teams, but the Dodgers also don't have any glaring holes on the big-league roster, so they might not be inclined to swing a notable trade. In this organization, I value upside even more than with other systems, because it's just hard to see guys like McKinstry, Peters, Ruiz, Raley, Neuse or Reks ever having more than a part-time role. Like with the Rays, the Dodgers have an embarrassment of riches that actually hurts the fantasy value of the non-star players, because it's so hard to break through with an everyday role or a steady rotation spot.

PADRES

 NamePositionDOBSigned
1CJ AbramsSS/2B/OF10/3/20002019 Draft
2MacKenzie GoreLHP2/24/19992017 Draft
3Ryan WeathersLHP12/17/19992018 Draft
4Robert HassellOF8/15/20012020 Draft
5Luis CampusanoC9/29/19982017 Draft
6Victor AcostaSS6/10/20042020 J-2
7Samuel ZavalaOF7/15/20042020 J-2
8Jorge OnaOF12/31/19962016 J-2
9Joshua MearsOF2/21/20012019 Draft
10Brayan MedinaRHP10/6/20022019 J-2
11Daniel MontesinoOF/1B2/12/20042020 J-2
12Justin LangeRHP9/11/20012020 Draft
13Victor LizarragaRHP11/30/20032020 J-2
14Tucupita Marcano2B/OF/3B9/16/19992016 J-2
15Jagger HaynesLHP9/20/20022020 Draft
16Jose CorderoOF5/24/20032019 J-2
17Efrain ContrerasRHP1/2/20002017 IFA
18Tirso OrnelasOF3/11/20002016 J-2
19Luis GutierrezLHP7/31/20032019 J-2
20Dauris ValdezRHP10/22/19952016 IFA
21Reggie LawsonRHP8/2/19972016 Draft
22Eguy Rosario2B8/25/19992015 IFA
23Pedro AvilaRHP1/14/19972014 J-2
24Ivan Castillo2B/3B/OF5/30/19952012 IFA
25Reiss KnehrRHP11/3/19962018 Draft
26Mason ThompsonRHP2/20/19982016 Draft

Players We Could See In 2021: MacKenzie Gore, Ryan Weathers, Luis Campusano, Jorge Ona, Dauris Valdez, Pedro Avila, Ivan Castillo, Mason Thompson

Dynasty Overview: Even after this winter's trade frenzy, the Padres still have some big-time prospects at the top of the system and some intriguing lottery tickets in the lower levels. I wouldn't make this bet straight up, but I wouldn't be surprised if Weathers made more starts than Gore in the MLB rotation this year. After his spring exploits, Joshua Mears will obviously be added to the top 400 on next week's update, and he'll probably enter the top 200. He could be Franmil Reyes 2.0. Valdez is a 6-foot-8 reliever who could be a closer in a couple years. He also has the coolest nickname in the minors: "Exxon Valdez". One thing keeping this system above other top-heavy systems is that the 2020 J-2 class, and to a lesser extent the 2019 J-2 class, have a chance to turn out some high-level prospects.

GIANTS

 NamePositionDOBAcquired
1Marco LucianoSS9/10/20012018 J-2
2Luis MatosOF1/28/20022018 J-2
3Hunter BishopOF8/24/19982019 Draft
4Heliot RamosOF9/7/19992017 Draft
5Joey BartC/1B12/15/19962018 Draft
6Will Wilson2B7/21/19982019 Draft
7Luis Toribio3B9/28/20002017 J-2
8Alexander CanarioOF5/7/20002016 J-2
9Kyle HarrisonLHP8/12/20012020 Draft
10Nick SwineyLHP2/12/19992020 Draft
11Javier FranciscoSS11/11/20022020 IFA
12Victor Bericoto1B/OF12/3/20012018 J-2
13Patrick BaileyC5/29/19992020 Draft
14Seth CorryLHP11/3/19982017 Draft
15Rayner SantanaC/1B/DH8/15/20022018 J-2
16Anthony RodriguezSS/3B9/20/20022019 J-2
17Alexander SuarezOF12/20/20012018 IFA
18Casey Schmitt3B3/1/19992020 Draft
19Logan Wyatt1B11/15/19972019 Draft
20Tristan BeckRHP6/24/19962018 Draft
21Sean HjelleRHP5/7/19972018 Draft
22Gregory SantosRHP8/28/19992015 IFA
23Jaylin DavisOF7/1/19942015 Draft
24Kai-Wei TengRHP12/1/19982017 IFA
25Jairo PomaresOF8/4/20002018 J-2
26Garrett Frechette1B/OF12/31/20002019 Draft
27Grant McCrayOF12/7/20002019 Draft
28Armani SmithOF7/19/19982019 Draft
29Jimmy Glowenke2B6/5/19992020 Draft
30Esmerlin VinicioLHP1/31/20032019 J-2
31Camilo DovalRHP7/4/19972015 IFA
32Ricardo GenovesC5/14/19992015 J-2
33Dilan RosarioSS6/16/20012019 Draft
34Adrian SugasteyC12/13/20012019 J-2

Players We Could See In 2021: Heliot Ramos, Joey Bart, Sean Hjelle, Jaylin Davis, Camilo Doval

Dynasty Overview: We're not quite there yet, but the Giants are a couple years away from having a juggernaut in the majors and down on the farm. Fortunately, the top position players in this system will not be blocked when they are ready for prime time, and we will likely see Ramos be the first of that talented crop to break through this summer. I bumped Luciano down a tad on the top 400, as there was already very little separating him from the players right behind him, and he looked the least big-league ready of that group this spring. The 2018 J-2 class is already pretty legendary, and they'll churn out another couple studs from the 2019 and 2020 classes. This is an organization that I expect will get the most out of the pitchers it has — we might see that from Logan Webb this season. For those in really deep leagues, Anthony Rodriguez and Alexander Suarez could be big risers this season.

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