Top Organizations In Baseball
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San Diego PadresNotes:
2017: 9 | 2016: 25 | 2015: 14 | 2014: 6 | 2013: 15
9 Top 100 Prospects: SS Fernando Tatis (2), LHP MacKenzie Gore (21), LHP Adrian Morejon (24), C Francisco Mejia (25), 2B Luis Urias (30), RHP Chris Paddack (59), LHP Logan Allen (70), RHP Michel Baez (73), 1B Josh Naylor (83).
State of the System: It’s hard to find many weaknesses in a system loaded in pitching at nearly all levels, that has an elite shortstop prospect who played in Double-A this season as well as a smattering of talented hitters at nearly all levels of the minors. The Padres have the kind of prospect depth that should help them weather the attrition that always occurs when a loaded system switches from accumulating talent to producing big league wins. Beyond the eight prospects in the Top 100, there are another wave of prospects who could crack next year’s Top 100 (Luis Patino, Jacob Nix, Anderson Espinoza, Austin Allen, Buddy Reed, Xavier Edwards and others). Now, Padres general manager A.J. Preller’s biggest task is sorting out which prospects are keepers and which ones should be traded to speed the big league club’s rebuild.
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Tampa Bay RaysNotes:
2017: 11 | 2016: 13 | 2015: 17 | 2014: 20 | 2013: 4
State of the System: Scouts rave about the Rays’ talent both on the mound and in the field. Franco is one of the biggest breakout stars of 2018, although Hernandez could rival him for that title. Nate Lowe and Brandon Lowe have been equally impressive as fast-rising productive hitters. This is a system loaded with future big league bats with an impressive amount of projectable pitchers as well.
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Toronto Blue JaysNotes:
2017: 20 | 2016: 24 | 2015: 9 | 2014: 15 | 2013: 12
State of the System: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. alone carries enormous value, and the combination of Vlad Jr. and Bo Bichette gives the Blue Jays the best prospect duo in the game. Yet the Blue Jays also have impressive depth as well, with big leaps forward from Kevin Smith, Cavan Biggio and Sean Reid-Foley, impressive returns from a 2017 international class led by 17-year-old righthander Eric Pardinho and a strong 2018 draft class.
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Chicago White SoxNotes:
2017: 5 | 2016: 23 | 2015: 20 | 2014: 24 | 2013: 29
State of the System: This system is as robust as any in the game. They took a top three that included Eloy Jimenez, Michael Kopech and Luis Robert and added the best pure hitter in the draft class in former Oregon State infielder Nick Madrigal. Dylan Cease’s season-long dominance has made the top of the system even stronger, too. There have been injuries—Robert, Dane Dunning and Micker Adolfo all went on the shelf for extended periods—but overall the White Sox’s farm looks strong as the team continues its rebuild.
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2017: 1 | 2016: 3 | 2015: 29 | 2014: 26 | 2013: 2
State of the System: The Braves’ pitching depth is still the best in baseball and almost all of the team’s top pitching prospects have taken steps forward this year with Kyle Muller and Touki Toussaint making particularly impressive leaps. The lowest levels of the system have been thinned by the recent MLB sanctions, but there are still a number of solid position prospects in full-season ball as well.
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2017: 13 | 2016: 12 | 2015: 16 | 2014: 16 | 2013: 14
State of the System: Injuries have slowed the rise of the Reds’ top prospects. Senzel was shut down in late June with a finger injury that followed vertigo issues. Greene is done for the season with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament. But the Reds have a nice portfolio of polished hitters (Senzel, Trammell, India and Jeter Downs). They also have some very high upside position prospects, like outfielder Jose Siri, with much more risk.
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2017: 22 | 2016: 10 | 2015: 2 | 2014: 3 | 2013: 10
State of the System: The Twins have a number of additional prospects not listed among the Top 100 Prospects who would crack a Top 200. Deadline deals added a smattering of high- upside talent, but the biggest reason the Twins are a top 10 system is because they have hit on their recent high draft picks. Lewis, Kirilloff and Rooker all have reached or exceeded expectations.
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2017: 4 | 2016: 2 | 2015: 10 | 2014: 5 | 2013: 9
State of the System: The Astros have viewed their prospect depth as a bank to help the big league club, doling out players like Brett Phillips, Teoscar Hernandez, Colin Moran, Albert Abreu, Jorge Guzman, Jorge Alcala and Hector Perez in deals that have brought back big league talent. The Astros’ farm system depth has been significantly diminished by those moves, but Houston has held on to its highest ceiling prospects like Whitley and Tucker. There’s still enough impact here to be a Top 10 system, but after Whitley, Tucker and Alvarez graduate, the system will take a big dip.
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Los Angeles DodgersNotes:
2017: 2 | 2016: 1 | 2015: 3 | 2014: 14 | 2013: 19
State of the System: The Dodgers have a rich assortment of talented players in the upper levels of the minors, with all four of their Top 100 prospects now at Double-A or higher and another former Top 100 prospect, Dennis Santana, ready for the majors when he comes off the disabled list. The Dodgers are thinner at the lower levels, but talents like Dustin May and international signee Diego Cartaya give them potential standouts to be high on for the long-term.
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Los Angeles AngelsNotes:
2017: 30 | 2016: 30 | 2015: 27 | 2014: 30 | 2013: 18
State of the System: Want star power? Adell has that in spades. Want toolsy high-upside outfielders? Marsh and 2018 first-rounder Jordyn Adams fit that bill. Fast-moving arms who will be in the rotation within a year? Canning and Suarez have got you. Nearly everyone at the top of the Angels’ system has taken a step forward this year, and the same holds for Taylor Ward, Matt Thaiss and Luis Rengifo, among others, giving the Angels both standouts at the top and enviable depth that will help them in the majors sooner rather than later.
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2017: 10 | 2016: 6 | 2015: 8 | 2014: 11 | 2013: 20
State of the System: The graduation of Ryan McMahon takes away from the Rockies system some, but Rodgers’ continued growth and the continued excellence of Lambert and Hampson give the Colorado a trio of talented prospects in Triple-A few others can match. While the Rockies system’s depth falls off rather quickly, a promising 2018 draft class (Ryan Rolison, Grant Lavigne) and some intriguing international signings give them a solid crop of talent staggered throughout the system.
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2017: 19 | 2016: 5 | 2015: 12 | 2014: 21 | 2013: 16
State of the System: The depth of the Nationals’ system doesn’t compare to the other teams in this range, but the Cardinals, Tigers and Athletics can’t match the Nationals’ trio of advanced hitters. Robles has to prove he can stay healthy, but he could be an excellent wingman for Juan Soto before long.
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St. Louis CardinalsNotes:
2017: 12 | 2016: 14 | 2015: 15 | 2014: 7 | 2013: 1
State of the System: Reyes’ repeated injuries and Kelly’s inability to stick in the majors hurt, but there are still plenty of future everyday big league hitters and pitchers. St. Louis’ top four prospects have already made their major league debuts, and a second wave is coming, headlined by catcher Andrew Knizner and Ryan Helsley. The players at the top of the Cardinals’ system are more solid contributors than potential stars, and there remains serious holes organizationally in the infield, but Elehuris Montero and Nolan Gorman in the low minors have the potential to fix that problem.
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2017: 25 | 2016: 26 | 2015: 30 | 2014: 28 | 2013: 27
State of the System: The Tigers’ top-end prospect talent is a little too tilted toward pitching with their four Top 100 Prospects and Beau Burrows, but solid seasons by Daz Cameron and Isaac Paredes have shown that Detroit has some hitters to mix with a number of power arms.
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2017: 17 | 2016: 18 | 2015: 19 | 2014: 23 | 2013: 25
State of the System: Oakland boasts two of the top southpaw prospects in the game in Luzardo and Puk, while Murphy is one of baseball’s finest catching prospects. The Athletics nickname is befitting of the system’s second tier of prospects, with tooled-up athletes such as Kyler Murray, Austin Beck, Jorge Mateo and Lazaro Armenteros offering huge upside if they can refine their skills.
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2017: 7 | 2016: 11 | 2015: 7 | 2014: 1 | 2013: 8
State of the System: The strength of the Pirates system is its plethora of nearly big league ready talent like Keller, Hayes, Kevin Newman, Kevin Kramer and others. At the lower levels, the system thins out, but Cruz is one of the more intriguing prospects in low Class A.
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New York YankeesNotes:
2017: 3 | 2016: 16 | 2015: 19 | 2014: 18 | 2013: 11
State of the System: The graduations of Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar have thinned out the top of this system, but there plenty of upside remains. Outfielder Estevan Florial and Jonathan Loaisiga each have missed significant time with injuries but showed considerable upside when healthy. Long-term injuries to infielder Thairo Estrada, righthanders Albert Abreu, Domingo Acevedo and Freicer Perez have also sapped some of the system’s still impressive righthanded pitching depth. There has been a breakout on that front, too, with 19-year-old Deivi Garcia zooming through the lower levels while racking up more than 14 strikeouts per nine innings.
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2017: 6 | 2016: 8 | 2015: 22 | 2014: 22 | 2013: 23
State of the System: The farm system has dropped off from recent years but for all the right reasons, with a wave of young position prospects graduating to a big league team that’s finally contending again. Sanchez is one of the best pitching prospects in the game and leads a pitching-heavy system that features an impressive group of Latin American pitching prospects.
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New York MetsNotes:
2017: 15 | 2016: 15 | 2015: 4 | 2014: 10 | 2013: 26
State of the System: Gimenez is one of the better all-around middle infield prospects in baseball, while Alonso should bring his elite power to New York at some point in 2019. The best of the rest are either far away—2018 first-rounder Kelenic and 17-year-old Dominican SS Ronny Mauricio—or are pitching prospects with modest ceilings, such as lefties David Peterson and Anthony Kay and righty Justin Dunn.
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2017: 27 | 2016: 27 | 2015: 28 | 2014: 12 | 2013: 17
State of the System: The Orioles’ rebuild is in the very beginning stages, but they worked hard to acquire near-ready prospects in the Manny Machado, Zach Britton and Jonathan Schoop trades. Those trades have added depth to the system that it hasn’t had in years, although the system’s shot at elite prospects will come with very high picks in the 2019 (and likely) 2020 drafts.
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2017: 23 | 2016: 7 | 2015: 11 | 2014: 9| 2013: 3
State of the System: The Rangers do have four Top 100 prospects, though Calhoun is the only one able to sneak into the top 50. Injuries have hit the system hard—Cole Ragans, Chris Seise and Kyle Cody are all out for the year—and the level of talent in the system falls off fairly quickly beyond the top handful of prospects.
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2017: 8 | 2016: 9 | 2015: 21 | 2014: 29 | 2013: 22
State of the System: Having Keston Hiura at the top of your system is a great place to start, and the Brewers’ patience in him has been rewarded after he’s returned from injuries as the same polished bat he looked like as an amateur. The rest of the system has been thinned by trades, however, as general manager David Stearns has worked quickly to turn the club into a playoff competitor. Getting first-rounder Brice Turang could prove to be a steal as well.
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San Francisco GiantsNotes:
2017: 24 | 2016: 19 | 2015: 26 | 2014: 19 | 2013: 28
1 Top 100 Prospect: C Joey Bart (37).
State of the System: The Giants added a potential first-division catcher in Bart. Young outfielders like Heliot Ramos and Alexander Canario are years away, but they they do have promise. The Giants’ pitching depth is thin, but finding surprises on the free agent market like Dereck Rodriguez has helped them work around those issues in the past.
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2017: 29 | 2016: 29 | 2015: 25 | 2014: 27 | 2013: 5
State of the System: Nothing would do more to improve the Marlins ranking than getting its recent first-round pitchers healthy and productive. Trevor Rogers has shown signs of hope recently, but the team is still waiting for Tyler Kolek and Braxton Garrett to take steps forward. Trades have provided the best talent in the system with shortstop Jose Devers proving himself to be a name worth remembering.
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2017: 18 | 2016: 17 | 2015: 23 | 2014: 17 | 2013: 24
1 Top 100 Prospect: RHP Triston McKenzie (29).
State of the System: After graduating Shane Bieber and trading Francisco Mejia to the Padres, the Indians have a thinned-out farm system. The best talent is still in the lower levels, including promising 2018 draft and international signing classes, but the organization is light on impact talent that could help in the big leagues within the next two seasons.