This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
Greetings and salutations, prospect aficionados! The Minor League Barometer is back. Oh, how we've missed you. Some bureaucratic red tape first. This article will give a weekly snapshot of the minor league baseball scene, providing statistics and analysis on those prospects helping or hurting their respective causes. This is not meant to be a ranking of prospects, and with limited space available it is impossible to mention every neophyte making headlines in a given week. That said, comments and questions are encouraged as we explore the vast landscape of the minor league system together.
With the season still a couple weeks away, we will start with some of the more obvious names to target, including those who are much closer to the big leagues. Spoiler alert: Wander Franco, Jo Adell and Gavin Lux are pretty good! However, as the season progresses, this article will tend to shy away from the more obvious names and dive deeper and deeper into the recesses of the minor leagues to attempt to give you that head start you need when it comes to prospecting.
Now that we've gone over the fine print, let's look at some trendy phenoms as we immerse ourselves in the warm, crystal clear waters of prospect goodness.
Dylan Carlson, OF, STL – Carlson might be my favorite impact prospect for the 2020 campaign. He's hands down the No. 1 prospect in the Cardinals' system. He had 26 home runs with 20 steals in 2019, mostly at Double-A.