Farm Futures: Arizona Fall League Roundup
Farm Futures: Arizona Fall League Roundup

This article is part of our Farm Futures series.

After taking in five Arizona Fall League games this past week, including Saturday's Fall Stars game, a growing thought in my mind about the 2016 season was further solidified. The minor leagues are going to be significantly more devoid of talent, specifically on the hitting side in the upper levels, than they were a year ago. Conversely, I can't remember a time when the big leagues were this flush with talent. There were players I ranked outside my top-50 in last week's roundtable rankings who would have been in the mix for a spot in the top-30 last year, and there will be players who are ranked in the top-30 of the top-200 prospect rankings who wouldn't have cracked the top-60 last year.

The reason for this is obvious – the 2015 rookie class was historic. With that in mind, it is important to continue to remind oneself that next year's rookies will not match the production of last year's bunch. Players like Corey Seager, Byron Buxton and Nomar Mazara are going to be fantastic, but there is a big-time drop-off after those guys in terms of rookie hitters who can contribute in 2016. The rookie pitchers will provide plenty of fantasy value, but that is going to be the case every year – it's the nature of the position.

It is worth noting that the Arizona Fall League is not akin to the Future's Game. These are not the best prospects in the game. Obviously some of them

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James Anderson
James Anderson is RotoWire's Lead Prospect Analyst, Assistant Baseball Editor, and co-host of Farm Fridays on Sirius/XM radio and the RotoWire Prospect Podcast. FSWA Baseball Writer of the Year finalist in 2012.
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