Jonathan Mayo is an MLB.com Draft and prospect expert. He has been a reporter for MLB.com since 1999.
|What is an option? And how does what seems to be a very complicated and convoluted system work?
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|Some on the Top 100 Prospects list are still in big league camps, hoping to push the timing of the future up just a bit. Some are sure-fire bets to break camp with the parent club. Some are still trying to make the team. MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo takes a look at those who are still making noise in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues.
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|Spring Training isn't only about making the 25-man roster that breaks camp for Opening Day. There are countless prospects who get the chance to simply show what they can do. Here's a look at those in the top half of our Top 100 prospects whose time in big league camp has come and gone.
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|The Reds will admit that the farm system had a stretch when it was thin. There's a feeling now that things are changing for the better. Starting pitching as a strength, and the additions of Anthony DeSclafani -- who's pitched well this spring -- and Jonathon Crawford via trades has bolstered an already good group.
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|MLBPipeline.com's Jonathan Mayo weighs in on camp standouts like Courtney Hawkins, and he examines other breakout candidates.
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|The Indians have more than just Francisco Lindor to look forward to in the future, with last year's Draft particularly helping to build behind him. The 2014 Draft class takes up four spots in the Indians' Top 30 and all are experiencing their first Spring Training now.
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|It's not unusual for a front office to have to get used to new personnel over the course of Spring Training. In the case of the new regime running the Arizona Diamondbacks, it's a top-to-bottom orientation.
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|Without the benefit of drafting near the top of the first round for years, the Cardinals have been annual playoff participants for the past four seasons, making it at least to the National League Championship Series each time with typically the most homegrown roster of all the playoff teams.
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|Brewers farm director Reid Nichols was watching a group of teenagers playing in an intrasquad game, and he had to admit, he liked what he was seeing. Getting to see high-end talent, especially those acquired via the 2014 Draft and July international signing period, together for the first time, could make anyone feel good about the organization's future.
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|There's a new king in town, at least as far as the Pirates' farm system is concerned. Last year's No. 1 prospect, Gregory Polanco, has graduated to the big leagues. No. 2 prospect Jameson Taillon missed all of 2014 following Tommy John surgery, so he wasn't going to ascend to the top spot. Up stepped big right-hander Tyler Glasnow, who led the organization in ERA, strikeouts and batting average against, further cementing himself as one of the top pitching prospects in the game.
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|Not only do the New York Mets have a strong farm system, they have one primed to feed talent to the big league club in the very near future.
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|Notre Dame forward Pat Connaughton isn't the only top-flight baseball prospect who once excelled on the hardwood. The Reds' No. 6 prospect, Amir Garrett, also attempted to play pro ball while continuing to play college hoops. With a nod to March Madness, we look at who would join Garrett and Connaughton on an All-Prospect basketball team.
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|Any system with Byron Buxton is going to stand out. Yes, the multitooled outfielder has had some issues with injuries, but he still has the best all-around package of skills in the Minor Leagues. The Twins organization, of course, goes well beyond the center fielder; otherwise, its system wouldn't be ranked as the third best in baseball.
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|Being a high Draft pick brings with it a certain set of expectations. Add in being installed as your organization's No. 1 prospect, and people might be disappointed with anything less than superstardom. Outfielder Alex Jackson, the Mariners' top pick (taken No. 6 overall) in the 2014 Draft is one of three members of the Class of 2014 to be the No. 1 picks in their organizations.
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|At the start of the 2014 season, Arizona had a pretty good farm system, thanks largely to one of the best trios of right-handers in Archie Bradley, Braden Shipley and Aaron Blair. The three are still atop the D-backs' Top 30, in three out of the top four spots, and they are also on the Top 100 overall list.
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|While the 2014 season didn't go quite as smoothly as hoped for hard-throwing right-handers Jon Gray and Eddie Butler, it didn't change things one iota at the top of the Rockies' 2015 Top Prospects list. Gray and Butler are still ranked first and second, and both are among the top 40 prospects on the Top 100.
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|The Tigers may not have the strongest farm system, but they have been able to turn prospects into big league pieces, some of whom helped them win their fourth straight American League Central title in 2014, some of whom they will count on to help them try to extend the streak to five this year.
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|A year ago, Robert Stephenson stood atop the Reds' top prospects list, followed by a talented young outfielder. It's the same deal in 2015, with Stephenson at No. 1 and an outfielder following close behind. But Billy Hamilton has been replaced by the sweet-swinging Jesse Winker, who moves up from No. 4 a year ago.
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|At the top of the Brewers 2015 Top 30 Prospects list are two longer-standing Milwaukee prospects, both with considerable upside themselves. Shortstop Orlando Arcia is the lone representative on the Top 100 prospects list, but it wouldn't surprise many to see outfielder Tyrone Taylor join him at some point in the future.
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|If there's one certainty about the Orioles' farm system, it's that it is fed largely through the First-Year Player Draft. A total of 27 of the Orioles' Top 30 prospects were initially drafted by the organization over the past several years. The list, once again, is topped by a former first-round pick.
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