Here are the new 2020 Top 30 Prospects lists

March 7th, 2020

An annual rite of passage marking the beginning of a new Major League Baseball season is the unveiling of each team's preseason Top 30 Prospects list.

The annual launch is always exciting, and this year's is even more so, as the lists are packaged in a brand-new layout with several new features and more stats and information than ever. Here's a snapshot of all 30 teams, with links to their Top 30 lists and breakdowns of those lists.

Blue Jays

After ushering in a plethora of young talent to the Majors last year, it would be difficult for the Blue Jays to graduate nearly as many players from this year’s preseason Top 30 list before the season comes to a close, but the names remaining have plenty of clout in their own right. More »

  1. Nate Pearson, RHP
  2. Jordan Groshans, SS
  3. Simeon Woods Richardson, RHP
    Complete Top 30 list »

While the 2019 season at the big league level didn’t provide much in the way of progress for the Orioles -- they recorded their second straight 100-loss season -- the rebuilding effort is moving very much in a positive direction. More »

  1. Adley Rutschman, C
  2. Grayson Rodriguez, RHP
  3. DL Hall, LHP
    Complete Top 30 list »

For a second straight year, teenage wunderkind Wander Franco, MLB Pipeline’s No. 1 overall prospect, headlines a Rays Top 30 list that is teeming with athletic, high-upside prospects at premium positions as well as on the mound. The switch-hitting shortstop is one of eight homegrown players ranked inside the Top 10, and, overall, there are 22 players on this year’s Rays Top 30 list who entered the system via the Draft or international market. More »

  1. Wander Franco, SS
  2. Brendan McKay, LHP/DH
  3. Vidal Brujan, SS/2B
    Complete Top 30 list »

Red Sox
New Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom made the difficult decision to trade Mookie Betts (a year before he is set to become a free agent) along with World Series hero David Price to the Dodgers in February. That trade netted the Red Sox their best overall prospect in middle infielder Jeter Downs and their top catching prospect in Connor Wong. Third baseman Bobby Dalbec and right-handers Bryan Mata and Tanner Houck could find roles in Boston this year, but most of the organization's best prospects are at least a couple of years away. More »

  1. Jeter Downs, 2B/SS
  2. Triston Casas, 1B
  3. Bobby Dalbec, 3B/1B
    Complete Top 30 list »

The Yankees have the cash to land any free agent they covet -- here's looking at you, Gerrit Cole -- but their ability to sign and develop young talent has contributed significantly to their back-to-back 100-win seasons. Promotions and trades have thinned out New York's farm system since MLB Pipeline ranked it as baseball's second best in the spring of 2017. Right-handers Clarke Schmidt, Deivi Garcia and Michael King could provide reinforcements for an aging rotation this season, but the majority of the Yankees' most intriguing prospects need at least a couple of years more of development time. More »

  1. Jasson Dominguez, OF
  2. Clarke Schmidt, RHP
  3. Deivi Garcia, RHP
    Complete Top 30 list »

Cleveland Indians

Cleveland's prospect talent is stronger than it has been in a decade, when , , , , , and were percolating in the Minors. , and made valuable contributions as rookies in 2019, and Cleveland has several candidates to do the same this year, while third baseman Nolan Jones -- the system's best prospect -- may be ready to help by the end of the season. More »

  1. Nolan Jones, 3B
  2. Tyler Freeman, SS
  3. Bo Naylor, C
    Complete Top 30 list »

Kansas City Royals
The Top 20 spots on the Royals Top 30 this year belong to homegrown players, and, overall, the list features 28 players who were either drafted or signed by the organization. Thanks mainly to the 2018 Draft, the Royals are especially deep on the mound. Specifically, pitchers comprise more than half of the list, including four of the top six spots, and 13 of them are projected to reach the Major Leagues by the end of the 2021 season. More »

  1. Bobby Witt Jr., SS
  2. Brady Singer, RHP
  3. Daniel Lynch, LHP
    Complete Top 30 list »

Detroit Tigers
You can never have enough pitching. While the top end of the Tigers' prospect rankings looks familiar with Casey Mize and Matt Manning, the arms buildup continues beyond them. Tarik Skubal’s breakthrough 2019 season sent him skyrocketing up the system rankings. Last summer’s Erie SeaWolves rotation comprises half of the 2020 Tigers' Top 10. Add in Anthony Castro, whose breakout season as a swingman in Erie landed him at 16, and reliever Vladimir Pinto at 28, and the talent from that group is all over. Even with the odds against all the Tigers’ starting prospects sticking in a big league rotation, the system depth means the Tigers could eventually boast a mainly homegrown rotation, maybe sooner rather than later. More »

  1. Casey Mize, RHP
  2. Matt Manning, RHP
  3. Riley Greene, OF
    Complete Top 30 list »

Minnesota Twins
The Twins won 101 games and the American League Central division in 2019. The fact that they did it with more homegrown talent than any AL team in the postseason should surprise no one. We should continue to see more of the same as the Twins’ solid farm system churns out more big league talent, both of the elite-level variety and those who will be solid contributors. A total of 23 of the new top 30 were drafted or signed originally from the international amateur free-agent market. More »

  1. Royce Lewis, SS
  2. Alex Kirilloff, OF/1B
  3. Trevor Larnach, OF
    Complete Top 30 list »

Chicago White Sox
A three-year rebuilding process looks like it's about to pay off for the White Sox, who are coming off their worst three-year stretch since 1968-70 and have posted seven straight losing seasons. In a reversal of recent offseasons, Chicago committed $201.5 million to free agents, additions that will bolster a young nucleus that includes , and . The White Sox also plan on adding three of baseball's best prospects to their big league mix this season. Luis Robert will start in center field and is a leading Rookie of the Year candidate, Nick Madrigal is the favorite to win the second-base job and also should contend for rookie honors, and right-hander Michael Kopech has electric stuff and should work his way into the rotation before too long. More »

  1. Luis Robert, OF
  2. Andrew Vaughn, 1B
  3. Michael Kopech, RHP
    Complete Top 30 list »


Using the Draft and the international amateur market, the Angels have targeted a ton of young players with upside as they’ve worked to restock their system. Two of those high-end athletes are just about ready to contribute in the forms of Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh, though the latter’s Spring Training injury might delay things for him a bit. More »

  1. Jo Adell, OF
  2. Brandon Marsh, OF
  3. Jordyn Adams, OF
    Complete Top 30 list »

After going all-in at the big league level for several years, Houston has just one prospect on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 list -- enigmatic right-hander Forrest Whitley. There aren't any slam-dunk big league regulars among the system's position players and its pitching stands out more for depth than difference-makers. More »

  1. Forrest Whitley, RHP
  2. Jose Urquidy, RHP
  3. Abraham Toro, 3B/2B
    Complete Top 30 list »

While there are many teams with more Top 100 prospects than the three the A’s currently have, the fact all three -- lefties Jesus Luzardo and A.J. Puk and catcher Sean Murphy -- could be the starting battery in Oakland two out of every five days is unusual. All three made it to the Majors last year in September to contribute to the playoff push, and both Luzardo and Murphy made the Wild Card roster. More »

  1. Jesus Luzardo, LHP
  2. Sean Murphy, C
  3. A.J. Puk, LHP
    Complete Top 30 list »

The five Top 100 prospects leading the Mariners’ new Top 30 list are the most the organization has had since it also had five back at the start of the 2013 season. And we’re not talking just barely making the Top 100, either. Jarred Kelenic and Julio Rodriguez represent one of the best prospect duos in all of baseball and seeing them roaming the outfield in Seattle by 2021 isn’t out of the question. Logan Gilbert has quickly evolved into one of the better pitching prospects in the game, one who could impact the big league rotation this year and lead it in the near future. And the Evan White era at first base is ready to begin this season. More »

  1. Jarred Kelenic, OF
  2. Julio Rodriguez, OF
  3. Logan Gilbert, RHP
    Complete Top 30 list »

The Rangers began last decade with a pair of American League pennants, followed with three more playoff appearances in the next five years and ended with their worst three-year stretch since 2001-03. How quickly they bounce back depends in large part on a farm system that hasn't been able to deliver quite yet. More »

  1. Josh Jung, 3B
  2. Sam Huff, C
  3. Leody Taveras, OF
    Complete Top 30 list »

After three straight losing seasons from 2015-17, the Braves have won more than 90 games, and two National League East titles, over the past two seasons. The core pieces from the farm system are not only instrumental, but they have the chance to be impact players for a long time because of their youth. Atlanta has produced 2018 Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuña Jr. and the '19 runner-up, Mike Soroka. And while the system isn’t quite as robust as it was due to some of those graduations, that backlog at the upper levels means the Braves' front office will have the ability to call people up when there’s a need, or use pieces to make trades, something it has done very successfully in the last two playoff runs. More »

  1. Cristian Pache, OF
  2. Drew Waters, OF
  3. Ian Anderson, RHP
    Complete Top 30 list »

Under the new ownership of a group led by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter, the past two years have been a rebuilding process for the Marlins. The big league club posted 203 losses across the 2018 and '19 seasons, their second-most ever in consecutive years. But as the Major League turnaround continues in Miami, the farm system offers optimism. More »

  1. Sixto Sanchez, RHP
  2. JJ Bleday, OF
  3. Jazz Chisholm, SS
    Complete Top 30 list »

The new Mets Top 30 Prospects list looks much different than it did a year ago, following the graduation of National League Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso and the trade that sent pitching prospects Simeon Woods Richardson and Anthony Kay to Toronto for Marcus Stroman. But the organization still has a deep group of young talent, including four Top 100 position-playing prospects, none of whom are older than 21. More »

  1. Ronny Mauricio, SS
  2. Francisco Alvarez, C
  3. Andrés Giménez, SS
    Complete Top 30 list »

While the cost of remaining competitive and ultimately winning a World Series title can be seen in the Nats’ lack of depth on the farm, the club does have a pair of Top 100 prospects in Carter Kieboom, who made his big league debut last year, and Luis Garcia, while 2019 first-rounder Jackson Rutledge may not be far behind. More »

  1. Carter Kieboom, SS/2B
  2. Luis Garcia, SS/2B
  3. Jackson Rutledge, RHP
    Complete Top 30 list »

It was after the 2014 season that the Phillies decided to start a rebuild and it was after the 2015 season that Matt Klentak was hired to be the team’s general manager. After a 96-loss year in '17, the Phillies won 80 games in '18 and finished .500 in '19. It’s not the push to the top of the NL East some hoped to see by now, but the arrow is pointing in the right direction. More »

  1. Alec Bohm, 3B
  2. Spencer Howard
  3. Bryson Stott, SS
    Complete Top 30 list »

It wasn’t all that long ago that the Brewers had one of baseball’s better farm systems. After ranking as MLB Pipeline’s No. 9 farm system going into the 2016 season, they shot up to No. 5 in ’17. More »

  1. Brice Turang, SS/2B
  2. Ethan Small, LHP
  3. Mario Feliciano, C
    Complete Top 30 List »

The Cardinals may be thin on potential impact prospects, but they do have 17 Top 30 prospects who have already reached at least the Double-A level, including 13 players who are likely to contribute in the big leagues during the upcoming season. That type of depth should give the Cardinals plenty of options when it comes to plugging holes on their 2020 Major League roster. More »

  1. Dylan Carlson, OF
  2. Nolan Gorman, 3B
  3. Matthew Liberatore, LHP
    Complete Top 30 List »

Most of the Cubs' best current prospects are position players, led by middle infielder Nico Hoerner, outfielder Brennen Davis and catcher Miguel Amaya. Left-hander Brailyn Marquez broke out last summer but is still a couple of years away. The best in-house hope for bolstering the 2020 rotation is right-hander Adbert Alzolay, though lat, side and biceps issues have limited him the last two years. More »

  1. Nico Hoerner, SS/2B/OF
  2. Brailyn Marquez, LHP
  3. Brennen Davis, OF
    Complete Top 30 List »

Has the rebuild begun? That remains to be seen on the field, though there are signs pointing that way. But there’s definitely a new direction in the front office. More »

  1. Mitch Keller, RHP
  2. Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B
  3. Oneil Cruz, SS
    Complete Top 30 List »

Several of Cincinnati’s Top 30 prospects could help in the Majors this season, or in 2021. And with the Reds spending money this past offseason to shore up weaknesses with an eye on contending for the National League Central division title, any prospect called up in '20 could find himself in the heat of a pennant race. More »

  1. Nick Lodolo, LHP
  2. Hunter Greene, RHP
  3. Tyler Stephenson, C
    Complete Top 30 List »


The D-backs transformed what was once a barren farm system into one of the more exciting and talked-about systems in the game in 2019 -- and did so while being competitive at the Major League level as they remained in the postseason race well into September and finished with a winning record for a third straight year. More »

  1. Kristian Robinson, OF
  2. Alek Thomas, OF
  3. Daulton Varsho, C

The Dodgers are setting the standard for winning in the Majors while developing impact talent in the Minors. They're still looking to end a World Series championship drought that extends to 1988, but they've captured seven consecutive National League West titles and placed in the top 10 in each of MLB Pipeline's biannual farm system rankings ever since they began five years ago. More »

  1. Gavin Lux, SS/2B
  2. Dustin May, RHP
  3. Josiah Gray, RHP

San Francisco has begun to revitalize its system in the past two years, however, acquiring 20 members of MLB Pipeline's new Giants Top 30 Prospects list. The biggest moves came in 2018, when it landed a pair of potential superstars by drafting Joey Bart with the No. 2 overall pick and signing Dominican shortstop Marco Luciano for $2.6 million. More »

  1. Joey Bart, C
  2. Marco Luciano, SS
  3. Heliot Ramos, OF

Within the past year, Chris Paddack and Fernando Tatis Jr. have graduated and become stars. Other young players like Francisco Mejía, Josh Naylor, Andres Muñoz and Cal Quantrill have graduated, too, and they've become valuable big league assets. And yet, despite the turnover, the Padres still have one of the best farm systems in baseball. More »

  1. MacKenzie Gore, LHP
  2. CJ Abrams, SS
  3. Luis Patiño, RHP

A total of 29 of the 30 on the list are original Rockies, with the lone exception the outstanding story of Minor League free agent Ashton Goudeau, who could impact the big league pitching staff this year. While that’s mostly Draft-driven, starting with the top five prospects and led by No. 1 Brendan Rodgers, the Rockies have long done some good work in Latin America, and this list is dotted with a lot of interesting, if far away, talent acquired from those efforts. More »

  1. Brendan Rodgers, 2B/SS
  2. Ryan Rolison, LHP
  3. Michael Toglia, 1B