This article is part of our Farm Futures series.
The first version of this article originally appeared in the 2020 RotoWire Baseball Magazine. Version 2.0 was released March 2. This third version has been massively overhauled to reflect the latest news and the shortened season.
The top 400 prospect rankings are for dynasty leagues. This resource is for owners who play in single-season leagues, or in keeper leagues where prospects are rarely kept. These tiers serve as a way to rank prospects based on their fantasy potential for 2020. The rankings are not perfect — there are players I would take over a player or two in the tier(s) above them — but the tiered system is a nice way to get a feel for the type of prospect you are investing in.
TIER ONE - Impact Hitters
1. Luis Robert, OF, White Sox
2. Gavin Lux, 2B, Dodgers
3. Dylan Carlson, OF, Cardinals
Robert moves ahead of Lux due to Lux's absence from camp, which we have to assume is coronavirus-related until we hear otherwise. I'm keeping this tier together because all three have impact potential, and I'd rate them similarly on a per plate appearance basis, but Robert is the clear top guy at the moment because he is the best bet to lead this group in plate appearances —I'm chasing plate appearances above all else with position players this year. Carlson could open the year as an everyday player, which would make him one of the best bargains in drafts, but it's also