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Prospects get a ton of hype, and for good reason. They give fans a reason to be excited about the future of their favorite organization. Problem is, despite loads of sites dedicated to scouting and ranking prospects, the casual fans don’t know much about them. How many casual Nationals fans watch AAA Syracuse on a regular basis? Not many of them. So yeah, maybe you’ll know your team’s prospects names, when they were drafted, etc, but that’s probably it. It’s hard to argue the case for your favorite minor leaguers to be ranked a certain way when it’s simply impossible to watch every prospect play. Should Yoan Moncada be the top prospect? Most experts agree so, but how would you be able to argue his case without watching other top prospects on a regular basis?
That’s why I’m going to start this series, which should be super fun to write and hopefully more fun for you to read. It revolves around one question and one question only: “What if Major League Baseball wasn’t the highest level of professional baseball?” So, for example, the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals are just minor league teams with promising talents for the higher up league: the Worldwide Baseball League (WWBL). Also I know that Worldwide is one word but the official acronym is WWBL. Simply put, baseball wanted to expand throughout the world, so they just added another league with super athletes, none of whom came from MLB. Please don’t be mad about the lack of details I’m providing.
There are ten teams in the WWBL, each team has three MLB affiliates:
Tokyo Tigers (Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians)
Shanghai Shockers (Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox)
Mexico City Monsters (Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, San Diego Padres)
New York City Ninjas (New York Mets, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox)
African Alligators of Ethiopia (Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, Arizona Diamondbacks)
Seoul Snakes (Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins, San Francisco Giants)
Los Angeles Leopards (Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics)
Moscow Meerkats (Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals, Toronto Blue Jays)
Colombia Cats (Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds)
London Lizards (Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, St Louis Cardinals)
From here going forward, each MLB team will be referred to the same way current MiLB teams are (NL Dodgers, AL Blue Jays, etc).
The people at PSF will be submitting their list of top prospects in MLB (taking into account skill, tools, potential and age, BUT NOT CONTRACTS).
Hope you guys enjoy this series!