Farm Futures: The Top 400 Update

Farm Futures: The Top 400 Update

This article is part of our Farm Futures series.

This has been a crazy offseason for prospect analysis, as I'm focusing in on reports and rumors from the fall instructional league – a league I rarely referenced in past years – and searching for players on Instagram to keep tabs on their swings and physiques. I think we're going to see some crazy shifts in prospect value over the first couple months of the minor-league season, as it will become clear that many players are completely different, for better or worse. 

I hope you are all enjoying last week's updated Top 400 prospect rankings. These took a ton of time and research and I was even fortunate enough to battle-test them in a high-stakes dynasty startup (that I'll be writing about next week) and multiple mock drafts that were put on by my friend Chris Welsh of In This League (I'll be on Welsh's podcast later this week). 

I wanted to take the time to go through and hit on some of the players I've been asked about and further explain my reasoning/process where I think it's most interesting. Don't hesitate to ask me questions in the comments or on Twitter (DMs open).

Contenders For The No. 1 Spot

This is not a year where there's an unquestioned No. 1 overall prospect, in part because most of the very best prospects aren't big-league ready. Here are the five contenders for the No. 1 overall spot and what they bring to the table:

1. Wander Franco: Franco still

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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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