Ranking the top MLB prospects for all 15 American League teams
I now ranked the top 100 MLB leads and all 30 MLB farm systems heading into the 2023 season, as well as taking a closer look at the top leads on each National League team earlier this week. Now it’s time to take stock of the best players on each American League team.
A quick reminder of a key term you’ll see on team rosters: Future Value, shortened to FV, sums up a player’s value into a single number. He is rated on a scout scale from 20 to 80. A low-level everyday player has 50, which translates to 2.0 WAR; a player with a position well above average, starting number 3, or a nearby high class player is 60 or somewhere around 3.0 WAR. I will refrain from throwing out 80 points to minor league players because that would mean one of them would have to be one of the best players in baseball.
While the top 100 is just that long, I rank every prospect that gets an FV score of 45+ or higher, so that rank is included in the team rosters. For each team, there are reports of the top 10 prospects, and then a varying number of others depending on the strength of the system. In general, it will be better than 40 FV and then selected interesting prospects that are 40 FV.
Now let’s move on to my 2023 AL ranking.