Well, my take on our future is that it boils down to three "main" things happening. Without them, we won't be competitive for a while. And these three items are fairly obvious:
1) DL Hall develops into a no. 1 or 2 starter (not just reaches the majors or is another Matusz, Gausman, etc.)
2) Grayson Rodriguez same as above.
3) Adley Rutschmann turns into a potent middle of the lineup guy. I know some on here are down on him, but it could happen.
No. 1 and 2 are the most important because quite simply good pitching will beat good hitting. Everything outside of these three would help, but these are three that we most need. We do have some flexibility out of our OF/1B/DH types. Not all have to develop because there is some depth and not all of our prospects have to be great, many can just be serviceable.
IF (always the key word) GrayRod and DL Hall are true no. 1 and 2 starters (asking a lot I know), then ideally Means is your number 3 and then any two out of Kremer, Akin, Zimmerman, Lowther, Sedlock, K Smith, Wells could round out the rotation. As someone else said, some of those guys could wind up being good relievers since that is common for failed starting pitchers.
I am a little surprised at the overall negativity when one of the publications has us at no. 5 in organizational rankings. I know it remains to be seen if that is accurate, but presumably these publications know more about our system than most anyone on here.