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Farm Futures: Midwest League Roundup

James Anderson stays in Low-A for the next stop on his tour of the minor leagues, and can't help but be impressed by Vlad Guerrero Jr.'s performance as an 18-year-old so far.

Farm Futures: South Atlantic League Roundup

James Anderson takes an early peek at some performances in the Low-A Sally League, where the Yankees' Blake Rutherford continues to impress.

Farm Futures: 20 Pitcher Predictions

James Anderson finishes off his preseason prospect predictions and is expecting big things from Astros' first-round pick Forrest Whitley.

Farm Futures: 20 Hitter Predictions

James Anderson looks back at last year's hitting prospect predictions and offers new ones for 2017, including a late-season starting gig in the majors for Gleyber Torres.

Farm Futures: Anticipating Call-Up Dates

James Anderson gives a preview of potential call-up dates for top prospects like the Phillies' J.P. Crawford, as front offices balance service time considerations against developmental concerns and major league roster needs.

Farm Futures: Rookie Tiers

James Anderson offers up his recommended prospect targets and stashes for re-draft leagues, including young Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson.

AL West: 76 Prospects You Need to Know

RotoWire's James Anderson breaks down the top prospects from the American League West, headlined by the Astros' Kyle Tucker.

AL Central: 69 Prospects You Need to Know

RotoWire's James Anderson breaks down the top fantasy prospects from the American League Central, including the Indians' Greg Allen.

AL East: 89 Prospects You Need to Know

RotoWire's James Anderson breaks down the top prospects from the American League East, highlighted by Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi.

NL West: 87 Prospects You Need to Know

RotoWire's prospect analyst James Anderson breaks down the top fantasy prospects from the National League West, headlined by the Padres' Manuel Margot.

NL Central: 96 Prospects You Need to Know

RotoWire's James Anderson breaks down the top prospects from the National League Central, highlighted by the Cardinals' Alex Reyes.

NL East: 80 Prospects You Need to Know

RotoWire's prospect analyst James Anderson breaks down the best fantasy prospects in the National League East, including the Braves' Dansby Swanson.

Farm Futures: Arizona Fall League Roundup

James Anderson provides some first-hand looks at the top prospects in this year's AFL, and expects Brent Honeywell to be in the Rays' rotation sometime this summer after his dominant showing in the Fall Stars game.

Farm Futures: MiLB Pitcher Awards

James Anderson gives out his year-end pitching hardware and is forced to hand a Biggest Disappointment award to the Brewers' Jorge Lopez.

Farm Futures: MiLB Hitter Awards

James Anderson hands out some hardware with minor league seasons about to wrap up and is impressed the most among Double-A hitters by the Jays' Rowdy Tellez.

Farm Futures: September Call-up Candidates

James Anderson offers up an extensive list of possible September call-ups including some prospects not yet on their organizations' 40-man roster, such as Yoan Moncada.

Farm Futures: Carolina League Roundup

James Anderson checks out a league loaded with upper-echelon talent, including the recently promoted Victor Robles.

Farm Futures: California League Roundup

James Anderson looks at the progress of the top prospects in the California League, included the recently traded Grant Holmes.

Farm Futures: Top Deadline Prospects On the Move

James Anderson looks at the top 10 prospects dealt at this year's trade deadline and wonders if Clint Frazier's timetable to reach the big leagues might be dialed back by the Yankees.

Farm Futures: Lower-Level Arms On the Rise

James Anderson takes a look at some pitchers making noise at Low-A and Rookie ball this year including the Braves' Mike Soroka, who's part of a stacked rotation at Rome.

Farm Futures: Rookie League Risers

James Anderson checks out the teenagers making a big impression in Rookie league action so far, including first overall pick Mickey Moniak.

Farm Futures: Florida State League Hitters Roundup

James Anderson reviews the top hitters in the FSL and thinks Jorge Mateo could still finish the season as a top-10 prospect despite his June slump.

Farm Futures: Southern League Hitters Roundup

James Anderson checks out the top hitting prospects in the Southern League, where shortstop Willy Adames has started to tap into his projected power.

Farm Futures: South Atlantic League Hitters Roundup

James Anderson resumes his tour of the minor leagues and focuses on the elite hitting talent in the Sally League, including Nationals prospect Victor Robles.

Farm Futures: Top 200 Update

James Anderson updates his top 200 prospect list with the cream of this year's draft crop, but also installs a new name in the number one spot.

Farm Futures: MLB Draft Top 10 Pitchers

James Anderson checks out the top fantasy pitchers available in this year's draft, including Mississippi State right-hander Dakota Hudson.

Farm Futures: MLB Draft Top 12 Hitters

James Anderson looks ahead to the upcoming MLB Draft and the hitters likely to make the biggest fantasy impact, including Louisville outfielder Corey Ray.

Farm Futures: Southern League Pitchers Roundup

James Anderson switches gears and takes a look at some Double-A hurlers this week, including impressive Reds prospect Amir Garrett.

Farm Futures: Texas League Hitters Roundup

James Anderson moseys down to the Texas League on his tour of the minors and thinks that Alex Bregman has nothing left to prove at Double-A.

Farm Futures: Eastern League Hitters Roundup

James Anderson checks in on some Double-A hitting prospects, including a pair of Indians outfielders who have changed their approach in 2016.

Farm Futures: Scouting From the Seats in South Bend

James Anderson takes in some more Midwest League action, and has some questions about the Cubs' highly-touted Low-A outfield trio of Eddy Martinez, Eloy Jimenez and Donnie Dewees.

Farm Futures: International League Hitters Roundup

James Anderson continues his tour of the upper minors, and finds Pirates prospects Josh Bell putting a lot of pressure on John Jaso for the major league first base job

Farm Futures: Scouting From the Seats in Appleton

James Anderson takes in a couple of Midwest League games and offers his thoughts on some top Brewers and Astros prospects, including 2015 fifth overall pick Kyle Tucker

Farm Futures: PCL Hitters Roundup

James Anderson takes a look at the early results for top PCL hitting prospects, and finds forgotten Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar is off to a fast start.

Farm Futures: 20 Pitcher Predictions

James Anderson offers his second set of 2016 prospect predictions, and foresees big things from the Brewers' Jorge Lopez in the second half.

Farm Futures: 20 Hitter Predictions

James Anderson gives his predictions for some top hitting prospects, and sees Tim Anderson leading the White Sox in steals by the end of 2016

Farm Futures: Anticipating Call-up Dates

James Anderson explains the financial incentives that cause MLB clubs to keep the next wave of stars in the minors, and looks at when top prospects like Blake Snell might get their well-deserved promotions

Farm Futures: Top 250 Dynasty Rankings

James Anderson offers up his dynasty league top 250, and examines how selecting Byron Buxton in the third round of a from-scratch league impacted the rest of his draft.

Farm Futures: AL East Top 10s

James Anderson finishes off his preseason tour of MLB's farm systems with a look at the AL East, where Yoan Moncada headlines an impressive Red Sox list

Farm Futures: AL Central Top 10s

James Anderson breaks down the organizations of the AL Central and makes the case for Byron Buxton to still be considered the top prospect in the game.

Farm Futures: AL West Top 10s

James Anderson highlights the disparity in the farm systems of the AL West, from the threadbare Angels' list to a Rangers' top 10 in which slugger Joey Gallo can't even land the number one spot

Farm Futures: NL East Top 10s

The depth of the Mets' rotation pushes Steven Matz to the No. 4 slot, but RotoWire's James Anderson says there's no doubt Matz is the top pitching prospect this season.

Farm Futures: NL Central Top 10s

RotoWire's James Anderson dives into the best prospects in the NL Central, including the Brewers' Jorge Lopez, who has a chance to be a solid contributor in the majors this season.

Farm Futures: NL West Top 10s

RotoWire's James Anderson breaks down the top prospects from the National League West, highlighted by the Dodgers' Corey Seager, who is already being selected fairly early in NFBC drafts.

Tiered Rankings: 2016 MLB Rookies

James Anderson shares his first set of tiered prospect rankings for the 2016 season. Where does Rays left-hander Blake Snell check in?

Farm Futures: Meadows vs. Tapia

Austin Meadows and Raimel Tapia are two young prospects who many don't rank closely together, but RotoWire's James Anderson explains why their potential fantasy value could be similar in dynasty leagues.

Farm Futures: Arizona Fall League Roundup

James Anderson chronicles his time down at the Arizona Fall League, where Jurickson Profar is being used exclusively as a DH while he continues to recover from shoulder surgery.

Farm Futures: 2015 Risers and Fallers

In his final Farm Futures of the season, RotoWire's James Anderson breaks down the biggest hits and misses from the preseason Top-200 prospect rankings.

Farm Futures: Potential September Call-Ups II

RotoWire's James Anderson highlights the top prospects likely to be called up when rosters expand in September, highlighted by Javier Baez, who may have more fantasy upside than anyone in the minors.

Farm Futures: Potential September Call-Ups

Byron Buxton continues to rake at Triple-A, and he could make a significant fantasy impact when he is called up in September.

Farm Futures: Top 10 Farm Systems

RotoWire's James Anderson breaks down the top 10 farm systems after the July 31 trade deadline, with a bit of a surprise at the top spot.

Farm Futures: Tomorrow's Roto Stars

James Anderson dives into the top players currently in the minors who could be big roto contributors in the future, including the Rangers' Joey Gallo and his immense power.

Farm Futures: The Best of What's Left, Vol. 2.0

RotoWire's prospect analyst James Anderson dives into the best players still left in the minors who can help fantasy owners in single-season and dynasty leagues.

Farm Futures: Florida State League Hitters

James Anderson reviews some of the top hitters in the Florida State League, including the Reds' Phillip Ervin, who already has 11 home runs and stolen 15 bases.

Farm Futures: International League Hitters

RotoWire's James Anderson breaks down the top hitters in the International League, a place where many players have plateaued or regressed.

Farm Futures: International League Pitchers

The Yankees' Luis Severino has been tearing up the International League and James Anderson thinks his time with the big club should be coming soon.

Farm Futures: The Best of Who's Left

A number of elite prospects have been called up to the majors this season, but there are still a number of big-time players left in the minors who could get promoted soon.

Farm Futures: MLB Draft Review

James Anderson highlights the top prospects from the 2015 first-year player draft, highlighted by No. 1 overall pick Dansby Swanson.

Farm Futures: California League Pitchers

James Anderson spotlights pitchers in the California League, including Angles prospect Sean Newcomb, who could be the best pitcher in the league.

Farm Futures: California League Hitters

James Anderson puts the spotlight on hitters in the California League, including the Astros' Brett Phillips, who could be the top prospect in the organization not named Carlos Correa.

Farm Futures: Top 200 Update and Carolina League Pitchers

Cubs catcher Kyle Schwarber has been swinging a hot bat, but James Anderson says it's unclear if his career path is behind the plate.

Farm Futures: Carolina League Hitters

RotoWire's James Anderson reviews the top hitters in the Carolina League, including Billy McKinney, who seems primed for a promotion to Double-A.

Farm Futures: Southern League Pitchers

RotoWire's James Anderson reviews the top pitchers in the Southern League, including Blake Snell, the Rays' top pitching prospect.

Farm Futures: Southern League Roundup

RotoWire's James Anderson checks in on the Southern League, while reminding fantasy owners that Miguel Sano's .182 BABIP is nothing to worry about right now.

Farm Futures: Spring in Springdale

James Anderson breaks down his trip to Springdale, Ark., to catch a number of prospects who could be in the majors sooner rather than later.

Farm Futures: Pacific Coast League Roundup

James Anderson checks in on Byron Buxton's early-season success, as well as some notable players in the Pacific Coast League like Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant.

Farm Futures: 2017 World Series Champions

The Cubs are the most intriguing team in baseball and James Anderson shares how they'll win the 2017 World Series.

Farm Futures: Catching Tomorrow's Stars

James Anderson breaks down the must-see minor league teams throughout the country and which players to base your trips on.

Farm Futures: Tiering Prospects for 2015

James Anderson tiers this year's crop of prospects based on their expected contributions in one-year formats, including the Mets' Noah Syndergaard, who is now one step closer to the big league rotation.

Farm Futures: Top 10 Prospects: NL West

In the final installment of his spring organizational rankings, James Anderson looks at Archie Bradley and the other top prospects of the National League West.

Farm Futures: Top 10 Prospects: NL Central

A loaded Cubs system leads the pack in the NL Central, while the pending arrival of Kris Bryant should provide an immediate power boost to the heart of the lineup.

Farm Futures: Top 10 Prospects: NL East

James Anderson looks at the top prospects in the NL East, including Mets farmhand Noah Syndergaard.

Farm Futures: Top 10 Prospects: AL West

In the third installment of his preseason Top 10 Prospects series, James Anderson looks at Houston's Carlos Correa and the AL West.

Farm Futures: Top 10 Prospects: AL Central

James Anderson shifts his focus to the AL Central as he continues his six-part series looking at each organization's top-10 prospects heading into the 2015 season.

Farm Futures: Top 10 Prospects: AL East

James Anderson kicks off the 2015 prospect coverage by sharing his top-10 rankings and looking at the most impactful prospects on the brink in the AL East.