Rankings by the Baseball America Staff
1. Anaheim Angels
Polished, premium bats should allow Angels to supplement high-priced big league roster soon.
2. Los Angeles Dodgers
Another prep-centered draft armed pitching-heavy Dodgers with more high-ceiling talent.
3. Milwaukee Brewers
Despite setbacks on the mound, Brew Crew has as many impact hitters as any organization.
4. Minnesota Twins
Organization of the Year uses many sources to obtain talent, then patiently develops it.
5. Atlanta Braves
Even after dealing pitching prospects Jose Capellan and Dan Meyer, Atlanta’™s depth is impressive.
6. Colorado Rockies
Rockies have so much talent that Minor League POY Jeff Francis ranks third on their list.
7. Cleveland Indians
While Indians’™ depth has waned, righthander Adam Miller gives them an elite pitching prospect.
8. Oakland Athletics
Nick Swisher, Joe Blanton and Dan Meyer are poised to earn big league jobs in 2005.
9. Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Finally added elite arms in Scott Kazmir and Jeff Niemann to complement exciting hitters.
10. Chicago Cubs
Attrition cost Cubs some depth, but Brian Dopirak emerged as one of the minors’™ top sluggers.
11. Seattle Mariners
Depth at shortstop includes top draftees, international signings and trade acquisitions.
12. Chicago White Sox
On the way back up thanks to outfielders such as Brian Anderson and Ryan Sweeney.
13. Arizona Diamondbacks
Arizona remains stocked despite big league graduations, unsigned first-rounder Stephen Drew.
14. Florida Marlins
Outfielder Jeremy Hermida, lefthander Scott Olsen give Marlins elite talent at two key spots.
15. Toronto Blue Jays
Will expanded big league budget trickle down to player development?
16. Texas Rangers
Departure of Grady Fuson means more emphasis on radar-gun readings than pitchability.
17. San Francisco Giants
After years of almost singleminded focus on pitching, Giants go for bats in 2004 draft.
18. Pittsburgh Pirates
Continued lack of impact players and decreased depth moves Pirates down the list.
19. New York Mets
After steadily rebuilding farm system, Mets gave up much of their talent in big league trades.
20. Philadelphia Phillies
Small group of elite prospects props up one of the minors’™ thinnest systems.
21. Boston Red Sox
World Series championship wasn’™t built on farm system, and improving talent remains thin.
22. Houston Astros
Former farm director Tim Purpura graduates to GM and needs to rebuild depth.
23. Cincinnati Reds
Rampant injuries to pitching prospects have damaged chances to build rotation from within.
24. New York Yankees
Plenty of emerging players, especially power arms, but none has played above Class A.
25. Baltimore Orioles
Best use of system was to send prospects to Cubs for Sammy Sosa; cupboard remains bare.
26. Washington Nationals
New location for former Expos should eventually mean more money for player development.
27. San Diego Padres
Farm system is riddled with players who profile better as reserves than as regulars.
28. Kansas City Royals
After graduating Zack Greinke to majors, Royals place hope in intriguing 2004 draft class.
29. Detroit Tigers
High-risk, high-reward arms remain relative strength in system that has hit bottom.
30. St. Louis Cardinals
Good thing big league team can rake, because Cardinals’™ only significant talent is on mound.