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Now that the non-waiver trade deadline has passed and all of our reporting for the midseason prospects rankings is completed, the Baseball America staff has taken a look at how the talent lines up in farm systems around baseball.
For this exercise, we try to balance ceiling and depth, but we have found over the years that the best prospects in the game are worth more than enviable depth. Potential stars, in other words, are worth more than a pile of average big leaguers. With that in mind, this ranking rewards teams heavily for elite, big league-ready prospects, while still penalizing them for having little talent lower down on the farm.
History has also shown that the success rate for elite position prospects is higher than it is for elite pitching prospects. That figures into the rankings as well.
Farm systems are graded only on prospects who were prospect-eligible as of Aug. 7. So while Juan Soto, Ronald Acuna and Gleyber Torres are younger than many of the prospects on the current Top 100 Prospects list, they do not help their teams’ respective farm system rankings. They will have to settle for helping their major league clubs win games.