Minor League Barometer: Farming for Prospects
Minor League Barometer: Farming for Prospects

This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.

For the Toronto Blue Jays, baseball is a family affair. At least that argument can be made when taking stock of their current farm system. For starters, the top prospect for the Jays is Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., a teenager with a power-packed swing like his father, who was one of the best "bad ball" hitters ever. Vladdy Jr. is one of the top prospects in all of baseball and is batting .309 with a .441 OBP for Low-A Lansing.

Meanwhile, the Jays drafted Bo Bichette in the second round of the 2016 draft. Bo's father Dante was an exceptional hitter, and his brother, Dante, Jr., is in the Yankees' organization. Bo is also at Low-A and is hitting .375 with a .474 OBP through 13 games for the Lugnuts.

Or how about Lourdes Gurriel, a Cuban defector and younger brother of Houston's Yuli Gurriel? Though he's on the DL right now with a hamstring strain, the younger Gurriel was inked to a $22 million deal based largely on his name and potential alone.

So what's in a name? Does a family background with a baseball pedigree help or hinder a prospect? Does the apple fall far from the tree? Every prospect is eventually forced to blaze their own path to the big leagues, since good genes can only get you so far.

Let's take a look at the rest of the prospect landscape in this edition of the Minor League Barometer…

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Jesse Siegel
Siegel covers college football, college basketball and minor league baseball for RotoWire. He was named College Sports Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.
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