2019: 1 – San Diego Padres, 2 – Tampa Bay Rays, 3 – Atlanta Braves, 18 – Seattle Mariners
2020: 1 – Tampa Bay Rays, 2 – San Diego Padres, 3 – Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 – Seattle Mariners
The Padres have some of the most interesting young talents in baseball, and it was headlined by Fernando Tatis Jr. Or would’ve been if he hadn’t graduated from prospect status. Even without him, they were still number one. MacKenzie Gore, Taylor Trammell, Luis Patino, and CJ Abrams can do that for your franchise.
They seem to be on the right path and have a nice mix of farm talent with major league talent, leading to them having another low year in 2019, but bringing it together in 2020, finishing with one of the best short-season records at 37-23, and making the NLDS before losing. It was their first playoff appearance since 2006 though, showing the path they are on is a good one.
Then we have Tampa Bay. They are incredibly loaded and are led by the top prospect in all of baseball in Wander Franco. Not only is he the top prospect in baseball, but he is thought to be one of the best prospects in the last decade, if not longer. And we saw how great their rebuild worked this past season.
The Dodgers are back on the list, at least in the 2020 edition. Loaded with mid/high talent, if just a couple of them hit, they are going to continue to succeed, especially with a constant backing that will leave them as one of the highest payrolls in baseball.
Hey, look at that. In 2020, the Mariners were pushing for a spot. Funny that at the same time, fans around the team were starting to get a bit excited. This is a result of the big trade Jerry Dipoto made at the end of 2018, and the draft picks that Dipoto has made.
It can be hard to tell if these team’s prospects are going to lead to success, but all of the teams, other than the Mariners, are currently having success.