Mayo: Top 10 prospect duos in the Minor Leagues

April 19th, 2016

Forget about Batman and Robin. It's time to talk about some real dynamic duos.

Not long ago, Jim Callis took a look at the best Minor League teams, with the most stacked rosters, in baseball. But which teams have the best pairs of prospects in the Minors? Let's take a closer look.

The following is a top 10 list of prospect duos playing for the same Minor League team currently. The rankings are determined by taking the two prospects' Top 100 rankings and averaging them out (shown in parentheses). Keep in mind that the promotions of guys like Nomar Mazara of the Rangers and the Twins' Max Kepler change things a bit.

1. Red Sox: Yoan Moncada and Rafael Devers, Salem (10)

Moncada (No. 5) and Devers (No. 15) could be half the Red Sox infield in a couple of years. Moncada is off to a fast start and may not be in the Carolina League for long, while the teenaged Devers has been slow out of the gate. And don't forget the third musketeer in Salem, Andrew Benintendi (No. 23), another potential fast-tracker. He and either Moncada or Devers would still rank No. 2 on this list.

2. Dodgers: Julio Urias and Jose De Leon, Oklahoma City (12)

Urias has had one very good and one not so good start in the Pacific Coast League at the start of the year, but it would shock no one to see the left-hander pitch his way to Los Angeles before his 20th birthday in August. De Leon will be back soon from his ankle injury, giving Oklahoma City the best 1-2 rotation punch in the Minors.

3. Braves: Sean Newcomb and Ozzie Albies, Mississippi (23)

Newcomb, the key part of the return in the Andrelton Simmons deal, has been very tough to hit in his first two Double-A starts in a Braves uniform, but he'll have to cut the walk rate (6 BB in 10 IP) down. Albies made the double-jump to Mississippi and hasn't missed a beat.

4. Indians: Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier, Akron (24.5)

This could be two-thirds of the Indians outfield in a year or so. Back-to-back first-round picks, Zimmer and Frazier certainly don't look similar, but they both bring a power-speed dimension to any lineup they're in.

Zimmer, Frazier represent future of Indians' outfield

5. Pirates: Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell, Indianapolis (27.5)

Glasnow has continued to miss bats over his first two starts and, more importantly, walked none in start No. 2. Bell picked up his first homer of the season on Friday and has been getting on base at a solid clip. Jameson Taillon's strong return gives Indy an intriguing trio.

T6. Astros: Alex Bregman and Francis Martes, Corpus Christi (29.5)

The Astros knew Bregman was an advanced hitter when they took him No. 2 overall out of LSU. But no one could've predicted he'd start the season with a 10-game hitting streak, including five homers in six games. Martes, just 20, has allowed just five hits over his first 10 IP, spanning two starts.

T6. Brewers: Orlando Arcia and Jorge Lopez, Colorado Springs (29.5)

It's hard to imagine this pair not spending significant time in Milwaukee this year. The Brewers' rotation has struggled out of the gate and most see Jonathan Villar as holding the position until it's decided the Arcia era should begin.

8. Yankees: Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez , Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (43)

Judge is off to a solid start in the Triple-A International League, though he has to watch his plate discipline. Sanchez, after competing for the backup job in New York, has scuffled out of the gate as he continues to play every day behind the plate.

9. Rockies: David Dahl and Ryan McMahon, Hartford (45)

Dahl has missed considerable time over the past couple of years with some freakish injuries, but he homered five times over his first eight games with the Yard Goats. While Dahl hits third, McMahon and his smooth left-handed swing have hit out of the five spot in the lineup.

T10. Reds: Jesse Winker and Cody Reed, Louisville (48.5)

It's Winker's first taste of Triple-A and he's doing what he typically does: hitting. It's also Reed's Triple-A debut and the lefty who came over in the Johnny Cueto trade last summer should be filled with confidence after nearly winning a spot in the big league rotation.

T10. Phillies: J.P. Crawford and Jorge Alfaro, Reading (48.5)

Crawford is now not only the top shortstop, but the top overall position player on the Top 100. He's begun the year hitting like one in his return to Reading, where he finished last year. Alfaro's on the bottom of the Top 100, but one of the pieces from the Cole Hamels deal has been red hot out of the chute.