It seems to me that there's a general sense around this community that the farm system was over-hyped last off-season and has disappointed. Let's take a quick look at RR's Top 10 and how they've moved their status as prospects with their performance so far this season.
1. Wil Myers-C/OF -- Hasn't played much, but no long-term injuries. Unchanged.
2. Eric Hosmer-1B -- Went from great AA prospect to very good MLB player almost instantly. Big upgrade.
3. Mike Moustakas-3B -- Started slow, but numbers up to .280/.350./.500. Good player playing well. Unchanged.
4. Mike Montgomery-LHP -- Has had control problems, but reports are that he still projects well. Downgrade.
5. John Lamb--LHP -- Tommy John. Downgrade.
6. Chris Dwyer--LHP -- Can't throw strikes or get outs. Still throws hard but has history of control problems. Big downgrade.
7. Dan Duffy-LHP -- Lights out in AAA and throwing 95 MPH in Big Leagues. Big upgrade.
8. Jake Odorizzi-RHP -- Terror of the Midwest League with 12.73 K/9 against 2.31 BB/9. Upgrade.
9. Christian Colon-SS/2B -- Can't hit. Big downgrade.
10. Aaron Crow-RHP -- Went from unable to get minor league hitters out to Major League closer with sub-2.00 ERA. Future as a starter in doubt, whether as a starter or reliever, his future seems brighter by far than it did a last fall. Big upgrade.
So that's 3 big upgrades, 1 upgrade, 2 unchanged, 2 downgrades, and 2 big downgrades. Of the Top 10, 4 have done better than I'd expected, 4 have look worse, and 2 haven't moved much. Against (my) expectations, this year has actually been pretty fair. But there are more than 10 prospects worth discussing, and I expect many will disagree with my characterizations above. Discuss!