Future Forty Updated
So, I know it’s been too long, but the Future Forty has been updated once again. You can find the link over on the left hand side. As always, I’ve tinkered some.
The graphs from last time have gone away – sorry. They were, at this point, too much work and not enough reward. They might come back eventually. We’ll see.
I got rid of the somewhat ambiguous categories of prospect types and replaced them with affiliation level. Between the WAR/ETA columns listed for each player, you should be able to infer more information than a placement of “projected regular, a few years away”, and categorizing the prospects by level of play should give you a pretty good idea of how far from the majors a particular prospect is anyway. Plus, this makes the Future Forty a better reference guide for those who are looking at it to figure out who to watch when going to a minor league game, which is a nice side benefit.
The minor league rosters haven’t been decided on yet, by the way, so some of the placements are guesses. Triunfel could start out in High Desert, for instance. We’ll update these once the rosters become public.
Don’t worry about not having any prospects listed for the Aquasox – most of their prospects come from the draft, so it will start to fill out in June.
Some basic overall thoughts – the M’s probably have more prospects ticketed for Triple-A than any other club in baseball. For the most part, they aren’t high upside types, but the M’s have pretty significant depth at the highest level. If nothing else, the Rainiers should be pretty good this year, especially when you factor in some of the roster filler types are useful Triple-A players.
If Triunfel starts off in High Desert, that West Tennessee team is going to be barren.
Four of the best young pitching prospects in the system are ticketed for High Desert. Can’t wait until we get out of that place. On the bright side, Raben should have lots of fun there.
Overall, I think the M’s system is average-ish, compared to the rest of MLB. They probably won’t graduate many players this year, and they’ll have four picks in the top 50 during the draft this summer, so if the young arms stay healthy and progress, the M’s are easily looking at a top 10 system next year.