This article is part of our Farm Futures series.
The Top 400 prospect rankings were updated this morning! You can think of this as a pre-Opening Day update or a post-spring training update. The update factors in spring performance, injuries, and new information I've come across since the last full-scale update from a few months ago. Obviously we don't want to lean heavily on a player's spring training performance, but it is a data point and while sometimes it hardly matters, in some cases it matters a lot in terms of how a player is perceived. At the end of the day, all I'm trying to do is show you where I'm at on all these guys. I'm hoping to let these rankings sit for 4-6 weeks before making any further updates, short of removing big leaguers who have exhausted their prospect eligibility. During that time I will be able to start diving in on the 2021 MLB Draft, which means there will be a brand new Amateur Board on the site sometime in May.
A New No. 1
Julio Rodriguez moved from 2 to 1, Jarred Kelenic moved from 3 to 2, Wander Franco moved from 1 to 3 and Bobby Witt moved from 5 to 4. What you have to understand first and foremost, is that the top eight prospects on my rankings are extremely close from a talent standpoint, so small samples can matter. Rodriguez looked as good as I've seen him this spring, which led to me changing his ETA from 2022 to 2021. It's