I get no kick-back for endorsing the book, which sells online for $32.95. (That's how I bought it.) It should be available soon in bookstores (if it isn’t already). But it’s a must-have for any serious ball fan.
The book, among other things, ranks the Top 30 prospects in each organization. Baseball America previously published its Top 10 for each team online and in its magazine.
So the Mariners’ Top 10 were already known:
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1. Outfielder Alex Jackson
2. First baseman/third baseman D.J. Peterson
3. Shortstop Ketel Marte
4. Utilityman Pat Kivlehan
5. Outfielder Austin Wilson
6. Right-handed pitcher Edwin Diaz
7. Outfielder Gabby Guerrero
8. Left-handed pitcher Luiz Gohara
9. Left-handed pitcher Ryan Yarbrough
10. Right-handed pitcher Carson Smith
But now we know the rest of the Top 30 — Top 31, actually, since those who buy the book through the mail get “bonus supplement” that identifies one more prospect for each club.
Here’s the rest of the list:
11. Outfielder Tyler O’Neill
12. Outfielder Gareth Morgan
13. Catcher John Hicks
14. Catcher Tyler Marlette
15. First baseman/outfielder Jordy Lara
16. Outfielder Brayan Hernandez
17. Infielder Jack Reinheimer
18. Third baseman Joe DeCarlo
19. Right-handed pitcher Dan Altavilla
20. Right-handed pitcher Trey Cochran-Gill
21. Infielder Erick Mejia
22. Infielder Rayder Ascanio
23. Outfielder Austin Cousino
24. Right-handed pitcher Freddy Peralta
25. Outfielder Julio Morban
26. Right-handed pitcher Mayckol Guaipe
27. Outfielder Aaron Barbosa
28. Right-handed pitcher Jochi Ogando
29. First baseman/outfielder Ji-Man Choi
30. Left-handed pitcher Danny Hultzen
31. Outfielder Luis Liberato
The book contains an overall assessment on each organization’s farm system and an extended breakdown on each player, including a ceiling and a risk rating. Plus lots of stats and charts.