2. Harry Ford is the second prospect to keep
Harry Ford drew the attention of fans worldwide this year. He was a big part of Great Britain's World Baseball Classic team and he hit some big home runs that fans saw. He had a good regular season up in Everett, but it wasn't an elite offensive season on-base. Ford hit .257/.410/.430 in just over 550 plate appearances with the AquaSox and he continued to show his elite on-base skills by posting an on-base percentage of over .400.
It is hard to evaluate and scout minor league catchers, but Ford doesn't look like he will be a problem behind the plate in the big leagues in a couple of years. After spending all of the 2023 season in High-A Everett I expect Ford to start in Double-A Arkansas. I don't see him earning a September call-up because catchers need lots of development time in the minors. He could, however, be a backup to veteran Cal Raleigh in 2025 and be a cost-effective backup at the catcher position.