Farm Futures: First-Year Player Draft Tiers

Farm Futures: First-Year Player Draft Tiers

This article is part of our Farm Futures series.

This year's international class will sign on Jan. 15, 2021 instead of July 2, 2020, so most of the remaining unsigned players on the Amateur Board, which has not been updated since prior to the draft, will not be signing anytime soon. While there are relevant international players who have already signed in 2020, such as Javier Alexander Francisco, who signed with the Giants as an international free agent in March, I will focus exclusively on players selected in this year's draft for these rankings in order to keep it as straightforward as possible.

In going through this process, I made some minor adjustments to the top 400, but it stayed largely the same, especially in the top-200 range. After having 56 players from this draft following Day 2 of the draft, there are now 62 players from this class in the top 400. I think of the tiers kind of like this: if there are multiple players available from a tier during the FYPD, I'm not looking to trade up for that draft pick, but if there is only one player left from a tier, then I might be interested in moving up to get that player.

TIER 1

1. Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Tigers

No. 7 overall is the highest I've ever ranked a player directly out of the draft, so it's not hyperbole to say Torkelson is a once-in-a-generation type of college hitting prospect. Batting average, OBP, power — it will all be there.

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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.
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