This article is part of our Farm Futures series.
The top 400 prospect rankings are fully updated! I'm sure most traditionalists like the official offseason update the most, the one that appears in the RotoWire magazine, but I think this is arguably the most useful update of the year. It features 54 prospects from this most recent draft class. We've also had a large enough sample in full-season leagues to start heavily weighing players' performances, both good and bad. If that weren't enough, the Arizona and Florida complex leagues and the Dominican Summer League are all underway.
In this article, I will be providing thoughts on some players that I found most interesting as well as an updated chart ranking the recent draftees. As always, you can ask me questions about any prospects in the comments section of this article or on Twitter.
With Alek Manoah graduating, there are now 30 hitting prospects ranked ahead of the top pitching prospect (Grayson Rodriguez). There are only five pitchers (Rodriguez, Max Meyer, George Kirby, Shane Baz, Cade Cavalli) in the top 50 and 24 pitchers in the top 100.
Robert Hassell, Tyler Soderstrom and Pedro Leon have joined that second tier of elite hitting prospects. Hassell (No. 14) looks like a five-category contributor in the making. Soderstrom (No. 16) has one of the sweetest swings in the minors and I expect him to eventually move off catcher in order to maximize his offensive output. Leon has been on a tear over