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March 3, 2014

25-and-Under Talent Rankings

Ranking All 30 Teams from Top to Bottom

by Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff


Since the middle of October, the Baseball Prospectus Prospect Team has been confined in our virtual bunker, discussing, debating, debasing, debunking, and defending every player of note in every system in the game, compartmentalizing the talent and packaging it for your consumption. Our internal scouting-based Socratic method for ranking prospects has been much discussed on the site, and I’ll spare you the redundancy; instead, I want to shine a light on one of the more popular sections on the individual team lists, the top 10 talents in the organization born after 4/1/1988—25 years before the de facto starting date of the 2014 regular season.

While I’m the one tasked with collecting the relevant scouting information for team prospect lists and writing the reports, the Under-25 lists are constructed by individual members of the prospect team, a difficult task given the wide range of talent eligible for inclusion. It’s hard enough to analyze immature and still-developing talents in their own context, but it’s even more demanding to compare those future major leaguers with the models they are aiming to become. It’s a thankless task that can get lost in the shuffle of the team prospect fury, but the compiled Under-25 lists are excellent snapshots of organizational health, at least as far as young, promising talent is concerned. By request—and for the purpose of continued debate and discussion—here are baseball’s best (and worst) organizations when it comes to talent born after March 1988, brought to you by some of the up-and-coming talent here at Baseball Prospectus. I hope you enjoy the lists as much as we have enjoyed bringing them to life. –Jason Parks

Click for: 2014 Baseball Prospectus Top 101 Prospects | 2014 Baseball Prospectus Organizational Rankings

The Top Five

1. St. Louis Cardinals

1. Oscar Taveras (21)
2. Shelby Miller (23)
3. Michael Wacha (22)
4. Carlos Martinez (22)
5. Trevor Rosenthal (23)
6. Kolten Wong (23)
7. Matt Adams (25)
8. Stephen Piscotty (23)
9. Alexander Reyes (19)
10. Joe Kelly (25)

Made MLB Debut? 7
Farm System Ranking: 6
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 4
Top Prospect: Oscar Taveras
Summary: The Cardinals possess a perfect collection of talent. Their farm system ranks as one of the best in the game, teeming with both depth and impact ceilings, and the major-league roster is filled with young players making an impression on both sides of the ball. Oscar Taveras—who recently ranked third on BP’s Top 101 Prospects—highlights the list, followed closely by Shelby Miller and Michael Wacha, two hurlers who could find themselves near the top of a rotation in coming seasons. Further down, Kolten Wong is ready to assume the starting job at the keystone, while Stephen Piscotty and Alexander Reyes provide high-ceiling dreams. The Cardinals have constructed a pipeline of young talent that will keep them competitive for the foreseeable future. The rich keep getting richer. –Ethan Purser

2. Washington Nationals

1. Stephen Strasburg (25)
2. Bryce Harper (21)
3. Lucas Giolito (19)
4. Anthony Rendon (23)
5. A.J. Cole (22)
6. Brian Goodwin (23)
7. Taylor Jordan (25)
8. Michael Taylor (22)
9. Jake Johansen (23)
10. Jefry Rodriguez (20)

Made MLB Debut? 4
Farm System Ranking: 18
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 3
Top Prospect: Lucas Giolito
Summary: While the Nationals' U25 list isn't as deep as the Cardinals’, it offers an intriguing package of star power. Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper might be the best tandem in baseball for the next 10 years, and each offers an elite ceiling. Lucas Giolito is far from reaching his massive promise, but the trio of potential 8-grade ceilings at the top of Washington's list is unmatched in baseball. For good measure, Washington has a potential all-star in Anthony Rendon and some solid role-5 guys at the back of its top 10. –Jordan Gorosh

3. Atlanta Braves

1. Andrelton Simmons (24)
2. Jason Heyward (24)
3. Freddie Freeman (24)
4. Julio Teheran (23)
5. Craig Kimbrel (25)
6. Lucas Sims (19)
7. Christian Bethancourt (22)
8. Alex Wood (23)
9. Mauricio Cabrera (20)
10. J.R. Graham (24)

Made MLB Debut? 7
Farm System Ranking: 24
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 2
Top Prospect: Lucas Sims
Summary: Though the farm system is much weaker than in previous seasons, the Braves’ U25 talent rivals that of any organization, with homegrown players who have matured into quality major-league regulars. If Andrelton Simmons, Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman, Julio Teheran, and Craig Kimbrel weren’t enough, two Top 101 prospects—Lucas Sims and Christian Bethancourt—are also pushing toward the big leagues. The list hosts a good blend of mature, everyday major leaguers, prospects ready to contribute in 2014, and high-ceiling youngsters who could impact the franchise down the road. –Ethan Purser

4. Pittsburgh Pirates

1. Gerrit Cole (23)
2. Starling Marte (25)
3. Jameson Taillon (22)
4. Gregory Polanco (22)
5. Tyler Glasnow (20)
6. Reese McGuire (19)
7. Josh Bell (21)
8. Nick Kingham (22)
9. Austin Meadows (18)
10. Jose Tabata (25)

Made MLB Debut? 3
Farm System Ranking: 3
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 7
Top Prospect: Jameson Taillon
Summary: Pittsburgh’s 2013 playoff run was the culmination of a long rebuilding process driven largely by young talent the franchise signed and developed. While many members of the big-league club have aged out of this list, still qualified are budding stars in Gerrit Cole and Starling Marte, seven top 101 prospects, and starting right fielder Jose Tabata. The club has prospects at every level, from high-minors players ready to debut this year to 2013 picks making their full-season debuts. –Steffan Segui

5. Miami Marlins

1. Jose Fernandez (21)
2. Giancarlo Stanton (24)
3. Christian Yelich (22)
4. Andrew Heaney (22)
5. Nathan Eovaldi (24)
6. Henderson Alvarez (23)
7. Marcell Ozuna (23)
8. Colin Moran (21)
9. Adeiny Hechavarria (24)
10. Jacob Turner (22)

Made MLB Debut? 8
Farm System Ranking: 19
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 2
Top Prospect: Andrew Heaney
Summary: The Marlins’ U25 ranks much higher than its prospect list, as the organization has aggressively pushed minor-league talent to the big leagues and off prospects lists. Andrew Heaney and Colin Moran, both top 101 prospects, are on the list, but superstars Jose Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton are the headliners. Most impressively, the entire list will be eligible again in 2015, and four of the top 42 picks in this year’s draft will be eligible to be added to the mix. –Steffan Segui

The Bottom Five

26. Los Angeles Angels

1. Mike Trout (22)
2. Tyler Skaggs (22)
3. Taylor Lindsey (22)
4. Kaleb Cowart (21)
5. Garrett Richards (25)
6. R.J. Alvarez (22)
7. Mark Sappington (23)
8. Alex Yarbrough (22)
9. Jose Rondon (19)
10. Ricardo Sanchez (16)

Made MLB Debut? 2
Farm System Ranking: 30
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 0
Top Prospect: Taylor Lindsey (Not Ranked)
Summary: Considering that the Angels’ U25 is headlined by Mike Trout, a placement in the bottom five here speaks loudly to the organization’s overall lack of depth. The only other major leaguer is right-hander Garret Richards at no. 4, but he projects as a back-end or swing-man type. The rest of the list features prospects, led by infielders Taylor Lindsey and Kaleb Cowart, but none is on the BP 101. –Chris Mellen

27. Detroit Tigers

1. Nick Castellanos (21)
2. Jose Iglesias (24)
3. Rick Porcello (25)
4. Drew Smyly (24)
5. Jonathon Crawford (22)
6. Robbie Ray (22)
7. James McCann (23)
8. Bruce Rondon (23)
9. Jake Thompson (20)
10. Corey Knebel (22)

Made MLB Debut? 5
Farm System Ranking: 27
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 1
Top Prospect: Nick Castellanos
Summary: No surprise that the Tigers’ U25 list ranks near the bottom of the barrel. Only one Detroit prospect, Nick Castellanos, made the BP 101, and even if the list were expanded to 201 it's unlikely that more than one other would have snuck in. Drew Smyly and Rick Porcello should be in the rotation for the foreseeable future, and Jose Iglesias provides premium defense at a very important position. While the top four spots on the U25 are occupied by high-floor major-league contributors, the rest of the list isn't impressive. However, the Tigers' core is currently in its prime years, and the club is very good at using prospects as currency to buy reinforcement for the major-league club.—Jordan Gorosh

28. New York Yankees

1. Masahiro Tanaka (25)
2. Gary Sanchez (21)
3. Michael Pineda (25)
4. Jose Ramirez (24)
5. J.R. Murphy (22)
6. Slade Heathcott (23)
7. Tyler Austin (22)
8. Mason Williams (22)
9. Greg Bird (21)
10. Eric Jagielo (21)

Made MLB Debut? 2
Farm System Ranking: 23
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 1
Top Prospect: Gary Sanchez
Summary: The Yankees are a veteran-laden team, and the list of their top players under 25 consists almost exclusively of players who have yet to make an impact in the major leagues, which automatically puts them near the bottom of the list. (The addition of Tanaka takes them out of dead last.) Only two players in the top 10 have appeared in the majors (though Tanaka will soon make that three), and one is Michael Pineda, who last pitched in the big leagues with the Mariners in 2011. The top prospect in the system is Gary Sanchez, who is now blocked behind Brian McCann and might not catch regularly for the Yankees for a few years, if he proves capable of handling the position. The other prospects below him on this list are either far from the majors or have at least one major flaw. –Jeff Moore

29. Philadelphia Phillies

1. Maikel Franco (21)
2. Jesse Biddle (22)
3. Cody Asche (23)
4. J.P. Crawford (19)
5. Jonathan Pettibone (23)
6. Ben Revere (25)
7. Kelly Dugan (23)
8. Carlos Tocci (18)
9. Deivi Grullon (18)
10. Severino Gonzalez (21)

Made MLB Debut? 3
Farm System Ranking: 25
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 2
Top Prospect: Maikel Franco
Summary: The Phillies have three potential big-league regulars on the U25 list, but none of the three (Ben Revere, Cody Asche, and Jonathan Pettibone) is an impact talent. The two prospects at the top of this list could be better than any of the three current major leaguers, but Jesse Biddle will be more of a secondary piece than a franchise cornerstone, as will Maikel Franco if he is forced to move to first base. There is some talent on the rest of the list, but it is all quite far away from coming to fruition. –Jeff Moore

30. Milwaukee Brewers

1. Jean Segura (23)
2. Tyrone Taylor (20)
3. Wily Peralta (24)
4. Jimmy Nelson (24)
5. Scooter Gennett (23)
6. Tyler Thornburg (25)
7. Mitch Haniger (23)
8. Orlando Arcia (19)
9. Johnny Hellweg (25)
10. Victor Roache (22)

Made MLB Debut? 6
Farm System Ranking: 29
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 0
Top Prospect: Tyrone Taylor (Not Ranked)
Summary: Another organization thin on young talent, Milwaukee’s U25 list features 23-year-old shortstop Jean Segura and rapidly drops falls off after. Big leaguers Wily Peralta, Scooter Gennett, and Tyler Thornburg are more fringe-average, while top prospect outfielder Tyrone Taylor failed to crack Baseball Prospectus’ Top 101. There is some young high-ceiling talent, but a combination of the 29th-ranked farm system and limited young talent in The Show isn’t encouraging. –Chris Mellen

The Rest

6. Baltimore Orioles

1. Kevin Gausman (23)
2. Manny Machado (21)
3. Dylan Bundy (21)
4. Chris Tillman (25)
5. Hunter Harvey (19)
6. Eduardo Rodriguez (20)
7. Jonathan Schoop (22)
8. Mike Wright (24)
9. Tim Berry (22)
10. Zachary Davies (21)

Made MLB Debut? 5
Farm System Ranking: 12
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 5
Top Prospect: Kevin Gausman
Summary: The front seven carries this list and gives Baltimore some formidable U25 talent to push them toward the top. Third baseman Manny Machado and right-handed starter Chris Tillman lead the way as above-average regulars, with potential front-line righty starters Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy not far off. In addition to the Gausman-Bundy duo, prospects Hunter Harvey, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Jonathan Schoop all cracked the Baseball Prospectus Top 101. This list provides a diverse portfolio of young major leaguers, near-term elite prospects, and high-ceiling talent. –Chris Mellen

7. Texas Rangers

1. Elvis Andrus (25)
2. Jurickson Profar (21)
3. Martin Perez (22)
4. Rougned Odor (20)
5. Neftali Feliz (25)
6. Jorge Alfaro (20)
7. Alex Gonzalez (22)
8. Luis Sardinas (20)
9. Michael Choice (24)
10. Nick Williams (20)

Made MLB Debut? 5
Farm System Ranking: 9
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 7
Top Prospect: Rougned Odor
Summary: Elvis Andrus, the Rangers' 25-year-old shortstop, headlines this list, with 21-year-old infielder Jurickson Profar slotted right behind him. That’s a pretty good way to start. The remainder features mostly prospects, though left-handed starter Martin Perez and reliever Neftali Feliz add some established talent punch. It’s a list with talent, but it hinges on prospect development, which can make it volatile. –Chris Mellen

8. Kansas City Royals

1. Eric Hosmer (24)
2. Yordano Ventura (22)
3. Salvador Perez (23)
4. Raul Mondesi (18)
5. Mike Moustakas (25)
6. Kyle Zimmer (22)
7. Danny Duffy (25)
8. Miguel Almonte (20)
9. Sean Manaea (22)
10. Hunter Dozier (22)

Made MLB Debut? 5
Farm System Ranking: 7
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 7
Top Prospect: Yordano Ventura
Summary: With seven names on the BP 101, the Royals U25 is a prospect-heavy list. That said, the list is headlined by major-league cornerstone pieces: first baseman Eric Hosmer and returning All-Star catcher Sal Perez. Six of the Royals’ seven top 101 prospects appear on the list, and all have 60-grade overall future projections or better. –CJ Wittmann

9. Tampa Bay Rays

1. Wil Myers (23)
2. Matt Moore (24)
3. Chris Archer (25)
4. Enny Romero (23)
5. Jake Odorizzi (23)
6. Alex Colome (25)
7. Hak-Ju Lee (23)
8. Nick Ciuffo (18)
9. Taylor Guerrieri (21)
10. Kevin Kiermaier (23)

Made MLB Debut? 6
Farm System Ranking: 26
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 2
Top Prospect: Enny Romero
Summary: Perhaps no team stresses cost-controlled talent like the Tampa Bay Rays, so it's no surprise to see them in the top 10. Their system isn't as strong as we have been accustomed to, but recent graduates Wil Myers, Matt Moore, and Chris Archer strengthen the U25. The best has yet to come for each of the three, though all of them are key contributors already. The rest of the list is prospects, but top young arms Enny Romero and Jake Odorizzi are major-league ready. –Ron Shah

10. Chicago Cubs

1. Javier Baez (21)
2. Starlin Castro (23)
3. Kris Bryant (22)
4. Anthony Rizzo (24)
5. Albert Almora (19)
6. Jorge Soler (22)
7. C.J. Edwards (22)
8. Arismendy Alcantara (22)
9. Pierce Johnson (22)
10. Junior Lake (23)

Made MLB Debut? 3
Farm System Ranking: 2
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 7
Top Prospect: Javier Baez
Summary: With a list headlined by the no. 4 prospect in the game—shortstop Javier Baez—and running deep, the Cubs have a plethora of young talent either at or percolating toward the big-league roster. It’s a U25 list that leans toward prospects, but shortstop Starlin Castro and first baseman Anthony Rizzo are big-league draws. The system’s talent gives Chicago a strong punch and plenty of hope for turning around the franchise. –Chris Mellen

11. Boston Red Sox

1. Xander Bogaerts (21)
2. Jackie Bradley, Jr. (23)
3. Will Middlebrooks (25)
4. Garin Cecchini (22)
5. Matt Barnes (23)
6. Henry Owens (21)
7. Blake Swihart (21)
8. Allen Webster (23)
9. Rubby De La Rosa (24)
10. Mookie Betts (21)

Made MLB Debut? 5
Farm System Ranking: 4
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 6
Top Prospect: Xander Bogaerts
Summary: A list headlined by prospect-in-name-only Xander Bogaerts is attractive already, but Boston’s U25 offers much more than that. Though it’s not as deep as other lists with young big-league talent, third baseman Will Middlebrooks (no. 3) and righty Rubby De La Rosa (no. 9) appear, with an abundance of quality prospects around them. The reigning World Series champions can see an influx of young talent coming, which bodes well for sustained success. –Chris Mellen

12. New York Mets

1. Matt Harvey (24)
2. Zack Wheeler (23)
3. Noah Syndergaard (21)
4. Travis d’Arnaud (25)
5. Jenrry Mejia (24)
6. Wilmer Flores (22)
7. Rafael Montero (23)
8. Amed Rosario (18)
9. Dominic Smith (18)
10. Cesar Puello (22)

Made MLB Debut? 5
Farm System Ranking: 8
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 3
Top Prospect: Noah Syndergaard
Summary: Matt Harvey will miss a good portion of the 2014 season, but the Mets and their fans should be very excited for the potential duo of Harvey and Zack Wheeler in the foreseeable future. Noah Syndergaard has a high ceiling and could give the Mets a terrific third option. The back end of the team's U25 list is highlighted by intriguing position prospects Wilmer Flores, Dominic Smith, Amed Rosario and Cesar Puello. All could provide the Mets with an infusion of youthful talent and the fans with a little hope. —Tucker Blair

13. Minnesota Twins

1. Byron Buxton (20)
2. Miguel Sano (20)
3. Alex Meyer (24)
4. Kohl Stewart (19)
5. Josmil Pinto (24)
6. Oswaldo Arcia (22)
7. Aaron Hicks (24)
8. Jose Berrios (19)
9. Eddie Rosario (22)
10. Lewis Thorpe (18)

Made MLB Debut? 3
Farm System Ranking: 1
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 8
Top Prospect: Byron Buxton
Summary: Even with Miguel Sano’s impending Tommy John surgery and lost 2014 season, the Twins’ organization is in terrific shape, boasting a blend of high-ceiling arms, future inning eaters, good positional talent up the middle, and the top prospect in the game in Byron Buxton. Most of the top talent has yet to arrive in Minneapolis, but when it does the Twins could quickly become the most dangerous team in the division. –Nick J. Faleris

14. Seattle Mariners

1. Taijuan Walker (21)
2. D.J. Peterson (22)
3. Mike Zunino (22)
4. Nick Franklin (23)
5. Jesus Montero (24)
6. Brad Miller (24)
7. James Paxton (25)
8. Erasmo Ramirez (23)
9. Brandon Maurer (23)
10. Victor Sanchez (19)

Made MLB Debut? 8
Farm System Ranking: 17
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 3
Top Prospect: Taijuan Walker
Summary: The Mariners farm system features three prospects on the BP 101. Two, Taijuan Walker and James Paxton, are major-league ready this year and will be throwing to the top big-league regular on this list, Mike Zunino. This Mariners’ U25 list has plenty of high draft picks, but being a first-round pick doesn’t always translate to success in the majors. Most of the names on this list hold an overall future projection of 50-grade talent, with a realistic role even lower. –CJ Wittmann

15. Houston Astros

1. Carlos Correa (19)
2. George Springer (24)
3. Mark Appel (22)
4. Jarred Cosart (23)
5. Mike Foltynewicz (22)
6. Jose Altuve (23)
7. Jonathan Singleton (22)
8. Vincent Velasquez (21)
9. Lance McCullers (20)
10. Domingo Santana (21)

Made MLB Debut? 2
Farm System Ranking: 5
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 5
Top Prospect: Carlos Correa
Summary: The Astros moved one year further into their rebuild, and the core that the front office hopes will signal a new era in Houston is finally poised to take the field at the major-league level. The current roster should see supplements in George Springer, Mike Foltynewicz, and Jonathan Singleton this summer, with further waves of talent rolling through over the next 18 months or so, highlighted by an impactful duo in Mark Appel and Carlos Correa. The American League West is quickly becoming one of the more competitive collections of young talent in the game, making Houston’s efforts to get younger and more talented all the more important. –Nick J. Faleris

16. Oakland Athletics

1. Addison Russell (20)
2. Sonny Gray (24)
3. Jarrod Parker (25)
4. Derek Norris (25)
5. Bobby Wahl (21)
6. Dan Straily (25)
7. Daniel Robertson (19)
8. Billy McKinney (19)
9. Raul Alcantara (21)
10. Michael Ynoa (22)

Made MLB Debut? 4
Farm System Ranking: 28
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 1
Top Prospect: Addison Russell
Summary: Coming off of back-to-back divisional titles in years in which many prognosticators believed the club to be also-rans, the Athletics continue to ride talented U25 arms Jarrod Parker and Dan Straily, with Sonny Gray emerging. There is a lot of high-upside but high-risk, talent at the lower levels, with High-A Stockton showcasing an infield full of interesting prospects, but top prospect Addison Russell is poised to hit his way to Oakland sooner rather than later. The system faces a fair amount of questions entering 2014, but the major-league contributions from the young arms could be significant. With additional development at the lower levels, this list could look a lot thicker 12 months from now. –Nick J. Faleris

17. San Diego Padres

1. Yasmani Grandal (25)
2. Austin Hedges (21)
3. Matt Wisler (21)
4. Jedd Gyorko (25)
5. Max Fried (20)
6. Robbie Erlin (23)
7. Hunter Renfroe (22)
8. Rymer Liriano (22)
9. Burch Smith (23)
10. Casey Kelly (24)

Made MLB Debut? 5
Farm System Ranking: 11
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 3
Top Prospect: Austin Hedges
Summary: The strength of the Padres’ list lies in pitching and catching, which is never a bad place to start. Yasmani Grandal, Jedd Gyorko, and Robbie Erlin are already contributing in The Show, while prospects Austin Hedges, Matt Wisler, Max Fried, and Hunter Renfroe are trending upward. There isn’t one flashy name on the list, but it’s a solid collection of young talent that can come into its own as a core. –Chris Mellen

18. Chicago White Sox

1. Chris Sale (24)
2. Avisail Garcia (22)
3. Jose Quintana (25)
4. Erik Johnson (24)
5. Matt Davidson (22)
6. Adam Eaton (25)
7. Dayan Viciedo (24)
8. Tim Anderson (20)
9. Courtney Hawkins (20)
10. Andre Rienzo (25)

Made MLB Debut? 8
Farm System Ranking: 21
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 2
Top Prospect: Erik Johnson
Summary: The farm system is still a work in progress and the major-league product doesn’t look ready to seriously compete this year, but the White Sox under Rick Hahn are doing a good job of adding good young talent to their organization. Led by Chris Sale, their U25 talent pool is in much better shape than it was a year ago, as the additions of Avisail Garcia, Adam Eaton, and Tim Anderson helped bolster the outlook. The gains will take a few years to really take hold, but this is an organization on the rise. –Mauricio Rubio

19. Los Angeles Dodgers

1. Yasiel Puig (23)
2. Julio Urias (17)
3. Corey Seager (19)
4. Joc Pederson (21)
5. Zach Lee (22)
6. Chris Anderson (21)
7. Chris Withrow (24)
8. Chris Reed (23)
9. Jose Dominguez (23)

10. Paco Rodriguez (22)

Made MLB Debut? 4
Farm System Ranking: 14
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 4
Top Prospect: Julio Urias
Summary: The Dodgers have moved much of their young talent in trades to acquire their current big-league roster. Atop the U25 list are 2012 international signees Yasiel Puig and Julio Urias. While Puig became an instant star in the big leagues, Urias did something almost as impressive by dominating the Midwest League at only 16. The remainder of the list contains three top 101 prospects, two first-rounders, and bullpen arms Chris Withrow, Jose Dominguez, and Paco Rodriguez. –Steffan Segui

20. Colorado Rockies

1. Jonathan Gray (22)
2. Nolan Arenado (22)
3. Wilin Rosario (25)
4. Eddie Butler (22)
5. Tyler Chatwood (24)
6. Raimel Tapia (20)
7. David Dahl (19)
8. Ryan McMahon (19)
9. Rosell Herrera (21)
10. Chad Bettis (24)

Made MLB Debut? 4
Farm System Ranking: 10
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 4
Top Prospect: Jonathan Gray
Summary: The Rockies have not made much noise lately, but Jonathan Gray looks to be a future stud. Nolan Arenado and Wilin Rosario are both at the big-league level and have shown glimpses of vast potential. This is a system with plenty of young, exciting talent. –Tucker Blair

21. San Francisco Giants

1. Madison Bumgarner (24)
2. Kyle Crick (21)
3. Brandon Belt (25)
4. Adalberto Mejia (20)
5. Edwin Escobar (21)
6. Kendry Flores (22)
7. Clayton Blackburn (21)
8. Andrew Susac (23)
9. Keury Mella (20)
10. Joan Gregorio (22)

Made MLB Debut? 2
Farm System Ranking: 22
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 1
Top Prospect: Kyle Crick
Summary: The Giants may have more organizational pitching depth than any other team in baseball, highlighted by current ace Madison Bumgarner and top prospect Kyle Crick. The shortfalls are a lack of current major-league talent and high-ceiling prospects. Brandon Belt is the only other player from this list on the big-league roster. The San Jose and Richmond rotations are among the best in the minors, but besides Crick, none of the arms has better than a mid- to late-rotation projection. Andrew Susac could complement Buster Posey in the near future. –Steffan Segui

22. Toronto Blue Jays

1. Marcus Stroman (22)
2. Brett Lawrie (24)
3. Aaron Sanchez (21)
4. Alberto Tirado (19)
5. Daniel Norris (20)
6. Anthony Gose (23)
7. Sean Nolin (24)
8. A.J. Jimenez (23)
9. Franklin Baretto (18)
10. D.J Davis (19)

Made MLB Debut? 3
Farm System Ranking: 13
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 3
Top Prospect: Marcus Stroman
Summary: It’s a list heavily weighted by the farm system, but Toronto’s near-term talent and high-ceiling prospects on the horizon give it some punch. Right-handed pitching prospect Marcus Stroman headlines this one, with third baseman Brett Lawrie at no. 2 and pitching prospect Aaron Sanchez third. That’s an attractive trio. The second half features long-lead players or ones with average ceilings. It’s not an upper echelon list, but there’s some shine and potential for impact. –Chris Mellen

23. Cincinnati Reds

1. Robert Stephenson (21)
2. Billy Hamilton (23)
3. Devin Mesoraco (25)
4. Tony Cingrani (24)
5. Phillip Ervin (21)
6. Yorman Rodriguez (21)
7. Jesse Winker (20)
8. Jon Moscot (22)
9. Ben Lively (21)
10. Michael Lorenzen (22)

Made MLB Debut? 3
Farm System Ranking: 16
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 3
Top Prospect: Robert Stephenson
Summary: Despite graduating the top three names from last year's U25 list, the Reds can still boast impact talent in terms of quality and quantity. This is a testament to how well the Reds have drafted in recent years, as the list is full of names selected in the back end of the first round or later. That includes headliner Robert Stephenson, one of the top right-handed arms in the minor leagues, and Billy Hamilton, a potential game-changing talent if he can make just enough contact. –Ron Shah

24. Arizona Diamondbacks

1. Archie Bradley (21)
2. Chris Owings (22)
3. Braden Shipley (22)
4. Patrick Corbin (24)
5. Didi Gregorius (24)
6. Randall Delgado (24)
7. Jose Martinez (19)
8. Aaron Blair (21)
9. Stryker Trahan (19)
10. Addison Reed (25)

Made MLB Debut? 5
Farm System Ranking: 15
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 3
Top Prospect: Archie Bradley
Summary: The major-league level isn’t yet brimming with U25 representation, but the top two talents on the list—Archie Bradley and Chris Owings—should establish themselves in Arizona this year, with 2013 draftee Braden Shipley more than capable of carrying the weight of the top prospect designation moving forward. Beyond 2014, the strength of the organization lies in young upside talents at the lower levels. The D-Backs are a good bet to rise in the U25 ranks over the next few seasons, with Bradley, Owings, and Shipley serving as the foundation. –Nick J. Faleris

25. Cleveland Indians

1. Francisco Lindor (20)
2. Clint Frazier (19)
3. Danny Salazar (24)
4. Tyler Naquin (22)
5. Cody Anderson (23)
6. Trevor Bauer (23)
7. Francisco Mejia (18)
8. Jose Ramirez (21)
9. Ronny Rodriguez (21)
10. Dorssys Paulino (19)

Made MLB Debut? 3
Farm System Ranking: 20
Top 10 Prospects: Link
Prospects on the BP 101: 2
Top Prospect: Francisco Lindor
Summary: Besides the high-end talent of shortstop Francisco Lindor and outfielder Clint Frazier, Cleveland’s depth runs fairly thin and leaves this list close to the back the pack. Though right-handed starter Danny Salazar places high at no. 3, he’s the only established player to crack the U25, and the prospects behind him are presently on the fringy side or have a ways to go. The 18-year-old catcher Francisco Mejia has the potential to take steps and rise in status but is likely a year away from full-season ball and carries a lot of risk. It’s a list that starts with a bang and then quickly fizzles after the top three. –Chris Mellen


Thanks to Chris Mosch for formatting assistance.

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