This article is part of our Farm Futures series.
Note: This will be the last Farm Futures before a big three-part rollout of the midseason top-200 prospect rankings. There has been a lot of clamoring for an updated top-200, and rest assured one is in the works, but it is a very lengthy process that I do not want to rush. In addition to the players who were eligible for the last rendering of the list, there is now a new draft class and an international free agent class to integrate, so thoroughness is required for the list to have the utmost utility for dynasty league owners, as this will be the last time the list is updated this season.
The Florida State League has at least six hitters who will slot into the updated top-200, as well as some very interesting fringe prospects. Before getting to the players, it is important to understand that this is a very pitcher-friendly league. Only three ballparks – Fort Myers, Clearwater and Daytona – rank in the upper half of run scoring environments in the minor leagues, and none of the league's parks ranked in the upper 75th percentile. Meanwhile, five parks – Tampa, Palm Beach, Lakeland, Bradenton and Brevard County – ranked in the lower 25th percentile of minor league run scoring environments. For this reason it is important to view the numbers of these hitters on a bit of a curve.
Phillip Ervin, OF, High-A Daytona
.257/.342/.429, 11 HR, 15-for-20 on SB attempts through 268 at-bats
Ervin was just