I seached "Alen Hanson" to see if the breakout prospect of this season was mentioned, and I came up empty. He's a 19-year-old shortstop playing at the Pirates' A ball team who went from completely off the prospect radar this past offseason (not even top 20 in the Pirates organization) to the #40 prospect in baseball according to the BA midseason rankings. It seems like BS that he's ONLY the 40th ranked prospect in baseball given his line: .332/.393/.590 with 15 homers. OK, maybe it's not BS, but if he was the #40 prospect heading into this season, he'd be in the top 5. He needs to improve his defense, but he's an absolute beast.
Does anyone know if BA or any other publication has updated farm system rankings? The Bucs were #11 coming into this season iirc, but they haven't had any top prospects come to the Majors yet. They have to be in the running for the top spot, especially if they sign Mark Appel. BA's midseason list
has Gerrit Cole at #6, Jameson Taillon at #15, Starling Marte at #36, and Hanson at #40. (The midseason list only ranks the top 50. The offseason rankings rank the top 100.)
The Bucs seem ready to trade away a prospect or two at the trade deadline for a MLB upgrade, but if we sign Appel before tomorrow, we could have the best farm system in baseball for at least a few weeks. Quite the turn-around from a few years ago.