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New Year’s Resolutions For All 30 MLB Farm Systems

New Year's Resolutions For All 30 MLB Farm Systems

As we welcome 2023, we’re looking at a New Year’s resolutions for all 30 farm systems with looks at how all 30 organizations could improve over the coming year.

Arizona Diamondbacks

2023 Resolution: Turn MiLB pitching prospects into MLB pitchers.

Behind the D-backs impressive quartet of impact position prospects (Corbin Carroll, Gabriel Moreno, Jordan Lawlar and Druw Jones), the team also has a bounty of close-to-the-majors pitching prospects. Righthander Brandon Pfaadt not only led the minors in strikeouts, he also led in innings while surviving tests at Double-A Amarillo and Triple-A Reno. With nearly 170 innings in 2022, he’s more ready than almost anyone to carry a full MLB starting pitcher’s workload in 2023. But he’s got plenty of company with righthanders Ryne Nelson and Drey Jameson and lefthander Blake Walston. It’s unrealistic to expect all of them to pitch significant innings in Phoenix in 2023, but if the D-backs can get 60-70 starts from the quartet, that will be an important step forward for a team with a now fascinating young core.

Atlanta Braves

2023 Resolution: Improve the position player depth.

Atlanta has done an excellent job of producing productive big leaguers from the farm system year after year. But graduations combined with trades have left the team’s minor league system almost devoid of position player prospects. WIth most of the lineup locked up for years to come, that won’t hurt the Braves significantly in the short-term unless the team is hit with multiple injuries, but it’s a clear long-term problem to rectify.

Baltimore Orioles

2023 Resolution: Get an offensive boost from rookies.

The Orioles have had a surprisingly quiet offseason. The team has spent very little money so far to upgrade a lineup that is going to need some help to keep up with a division with at least three other plausible playoff teams. Last year, the Orioles’ biggest improvement came from working baseball’s No. 1 prospect (Adley Rutschman) into the lineup. This year, it’s reasonable to expect shortstop/third baseman Gunnar Henderson to join the everyday lineup, but he may get plenty of additional help as outfielders Colton Cowser and Kyle Stowers and infielders Jordan Westburg, Connor Norby and Joey Ortiz are all ticketed for either Baltimore or Triple-A Norfolk. If the Orioles can get solid production from two or three of these rookies, as well as help from pitchers like Grayson Rodriguez and DL Hall, it will help Baltimore fans quickly…

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