KLewisChanges are afoot in the Seattle Mariners farm system.

The draft immediately impacts each club’s farm system and represents an opportunity for organizations to gain ground on their competitors across Major League Baseball.

The Seattle Mariners began 2016 with one of the worst five farm systems in the game. They may fare a bit better today thanks to some performances of Top 25 talents, but the acquisitions in the draft may make the biggest difference.

Here are my Top 10 Mariners Prospects including the draft picks. One note: Players currently in the major leagues do not qualify. This means Edwin Diaz, despite having not exhausted his prospect status, will not be included after chiming in at No. 3 to start the season. The Mid-Season Prospect Update will consist of a Top 30 and scouting notes. Coming next month. Click on player’s name for previous reports.

Post-Draft Top 10 Prospects
No. Player Pos. Note
1 Tyler O’Neill RF Best talent in system. Steady progress. Work ethic off charts.
2 Kyle Lewis OF If he stays in CF, may be all-star. If not, hit tool under fire.
3 Alex Jackson RF  Too much swing & miss early. Starting to hit. Ceiling still high.
4 Drew Jackson SS Swing holds him back at plate, but sound SS with plus speed. 
5 Boog Powell CF  Too selective at times. Enough glove for CF. Lacks power. 
6 Braden Bishop CF  Best defensive OF in system. Progressed at plate. Gap power.
7 Andrew Moore  RHP Plus command of average FB. Average CB flashes, 55 CH. 
 8 Joe Rizzo 3B Stick him in LF, let him hit his way to the MLB. Melky Cabrera?
9 D.J. Peterson 1B Mechanical fixes helping of late. Still collapses back side.
10 Chris Torres SS Switch hitter with tools, advanced skills. Star of summer?

Just missed the cut: Ryan Yarbrough, LHP; Nick Neidert, RHP; Brayan Hernandez OF; Luiz Gohara, LHP; Dylan Thompson, RHP; Greifer Andrade, SS.

Rising: Torres; Hernandez; Andrade; Emilio Pagan, RHP; Tim Lopes, 2B; Jio Orozco, RHP; Carlos Vargas, SS; Zack Littell, RHP; Moore; Joe DeCarlo, 3B; Tyler Herb, RHP; Guillermo Heredia, CF; Steve Baron, C; Marcus Littlewood, C.

Falling: Austin Wilson, OF; Tyler Marlette, C; Nick Wells, RHP; Gohara; Ramon Morla, RHP.

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Jason A. Churchill

Churchill founded Prospect Insider in 2006 and spent several years covering prep, college and pro sports for various newspapers, including The News Tribune and Seattle PI. Jason spent 4 1/2 years at ESPN and two years at CBS Radio. He now serves as the Executive Copy Editor at Data Skrive, a tech company that manipulates data to provide automated content to clients including the AP, BetMGM, USA Today, and ESPN. Find Jason's baseball podcast, Baseball Things, right here.

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