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2019 MLB Organization Talent Rankings

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Updated on: 2/13/2019 See Full List
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    San Diego Padres

    Notes:

    2018: 3 | 2017: 9 | 2016: 25 | 2015: 14 | 2014: 6

    9 Top 100 prospects: SS Fernando Tatis Jr. (2), LHP MacKenzie Gore (28), 2B Luis Urias (31), C Francisco Mejia (32), LHP Adrian Morejon (52), RHP Chris Paddack (66), RHP Luis Patino (67), LHP Logan Allen (92), 1B Josh Naylor (99)

    Notes: Fernando Tatis Jr. is one of baseball's most prized prospects. Three of the Padres' top four prospects are high-end, near-ready hitters who play in the middle of the diamond, and they boast one of the game's top collections of pitchers. Throw in a wide mix of breakout candidates and you have the best farm system in baseball.

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    Tampa Bay Rays

    Notes:

    2018: 5 | 2017: 11 | 2016: 13 | 2015: 17 | 2014: 20

    9 Top 100 prospects: SS Wander Franco (4), RHP Brent Honeywell (23), LHP/DH Brendan McKay (47), C Ronaldo Hernandez (56), LHP Matthew Liberatore (58), OF Jesus Sanchez (62), 2B Vidal Brujan (64), 2B Brandon Lowe (93), 1B Nate Lowe (97)

    Notes: Tampa Bay's system is stacked from top to bottom, with impact bats around the diamond and strong pitching, led by a potential frontline starter in Brent Honeywell. Shortstop Wander Franco is still 17 but projects as a future star who could be the No. 1 prospect in baseball next year.

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    Toronto Blue Jays

    Notes:

    2018: 8 | 2017: 20 | 2016: 24 | 2015: 9 | 2014: 15

    7 Top 100 prospects: 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (1), SS Bo Bichette (8), C Danny Jansen (42), RHP Nate Pearson (70), RHP Eric Pardinho (84), 3B Jordan Groshans (89), SS Kevin Smith (91)

    Notes: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. alone carries enormous value, but the Blue Jays have serious talent at all levels of the system. Several players took significant steps forward last season, which, along with the 2017 and 2018 amateur additions of players like Eric Pardinho, Nate Pearson and Jordan Groshans, adds both high-end upside and depth.

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    Atlanta Braves

    Notes:

    2018: 1 | 2017: 1 | 2016: 3 | 2015: 29 | 2014: 26

    8 Top 100 prospects: 3B Austin Riley (22), RHP Ian Anderson (24), RHP Mike Soroka (25), RHP Kyle Wright (39), RHP Touki Toussaint (53), RHP Bryse Wilson (80), OF Drew Waters (83), OF Cristian Pache (85)

    Notes: After graduating Ronald Acuña Jr., the Braves still have high-end talent in the minor league system, led by a stellar group of starting pitchers in the upper levels, many of whom have already tasted the big leagues. From low Class A on down, though, prospects suddenly become scarce.

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    Houston Astros

    Notes:

    2018: 11 | 2017: 4 | 2016: 2 | 2015: 10 | 2014: 5

    5 Top 100 prospects: RHP Forrest Whitley (5), OF Kyle Tucker (12), 1B/OF Yordan Alvarez (34), RHP Josh James (77), RHP Corbin Martin (78)

    Notes: The Astros have accomplished what every new general manager says is his goal when he takes over: Build a sustainable playoff contender while keeping the farm system fully stocked. Baseball's best pitching prospect, Forrest Whitley, should be in Houston soon, leading a core of near-ready pitching prospects.

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    Chicago White Sox

    Notes:

    2018: 4 | 2017: 5| 2016: 23 | 2015: 20 | 2014: 24

    5 Top 100 prospects OF Eloy Jimenez (3), RHP Michael Kopech (21), RHP Dylan Cease (38), 2B Nick Madrigal (43), OF Luis Robert (76)

    Notes: For a team in rebuild mode, the White Sox's depth is ordinary, but they are rich in high-ceiling prospects, led by potential cornerstone Eloy Jimenez. Nick Madrigal's advanced bat is a good balance to the higher-risk profiles of outfielder Luis Robert and Micker Adolfo, while Michael Kopech and Dylan Cease both have electric arms.

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    Minnesota Twins

    Notes:

    2018: 12 | 2017: 22 | 2016: 10 | 2015: 2 | 2014: 3

    3 Top 100 prospects: SS Royce Lewis (9), OF Alex Kirilloff (15), RHP Brusdar Graterol (55)

    Notes: With Royce Lewis and Alex Kirilloff, the Twins have two of the most exciting young hitters in the minors. None of Minnesota's top 10 prospects have played a game above Double-A, however, so while the system is good, most of its prospects are still at least a couple of years away from the majors.

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    Cincinnati Reds

    Notes:

    2018: 10 | 2017: 13 | 2016: 12 | 2015: 16 | 2014: 16

    5 Top 100 prospects: 3B/2B Nick Senzel (10), OF Taylor Trammell (33), 3B Jonathan India (51), RHP Hunter Greene (57), RHP Tony Santillan (69)

    Notes: Selecting top five in the draft for three straight years (and netting Nick Senzel, Hunter Greene and Jonathan India) has helped the Reds, with outfielder Taylor Trammell and righthander Tony Santillan giving Cincinnati one of the best top fives in the game. Trades have diminished the depth, but in exchange for making the 2019 big league club better. The Reds need to get more out of their Latin American program.

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    Los Angeles Dodgers

    Notes:

    2018: 9 | 2017: 2 | 2016: 1 | 2015: 3 | 2014: 14

    5 Top 100 prospects: C Keibert Ruiz (20), OF Alex Verdugo (35), SS Gavin Lux (40), RHP Dustin May (82), C Will Smith (95)

    Notes: The Dodgers are well stocked in catchers between Keibert Ruiz, Will Smith and Diego Cartaya, with Alex Verdugo and Gavin Lux giving them two more high-end position prospects who play up the middle. That's impressive for a team that hasn't picked higher than 20th in the draft since 2013.

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    St. Louis Cardinals

    Notes:

    2018: 13 | 2017: 12 | 2016: 14 | 2015: 15 | 2014: 7

    5 Top 100 prospects: RHP Alex Reyes (19), OF Tyler O'Neill (36), RHP Dakota Hudson (74), 3B Nolan Gorman (75), 3B Elehuris Montero (81)

    Notes: Alex Reyes barely hanging on to prospect eligibility props up an otherwise solid system. Their next two prospects (outfielder Tyler O'Neill and righthander Dakota Hudson) should bolster the big league club in 2019, and the Cardinals are deep in young third basemen with Nolan Gorman, Elehuris Montero and Malcom Nuñez.

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    Oakland Athletics

    Notes:

    2018: 18 | 2017: 17 | 2016: 18 | 2015: 19 | 2014: 23

    3 Top 100 prospects: LHP Jesus Luzardo (7), LHP A.J. Puk (18), C Sean Murphy (72)

    Notes: Most of the value in Oakland's system comes from a pair of lefties, Jesus Luzardo and A.J. Puk, both of whom have the attributes to be frontline starters, though the system's depth thins quickly. A large number of the team's top prospects are outfielders, but the loss of Kyler Murray to the NFL does hurt.

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    Los Angeles Angels

    Notes:

    2018: 14 | 2017: 30 | 2016: 30 | 2015: 27 | 2014: 30

    2 Top 100 prospects: OF Jo Adell (6), RHP Griffin Canning (63),

    Notes: Top prospect Jo Adell quickly catapulted his stock to become one of the game's elite prospects. After years of letting their farm system deteriorate, the Angels' renewed focus on that area is nearing payoff, with seven of their top 10 prospects scheduled to open 2019 at Double-A or Triple-A.

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    Miami Marlins

    Notes:

    2018: 24 | 2017: 29 | 2016: 29 | 2015: 25 | 2014: 27

    2 Top 100 Prospects: RHP Sixto Sanchez (13), OF Victor Victor Mesa (60)

    Notes: The Marlins got a jolt in October by signing Cuban outfielder Victor Victor Mesa and then added to that by acquiring righthander Sixto Sanchez in the J.T. Realmuto trade. Miami has had to bring in prospect help from the outside to spark its rebuild as returns on their recent first-round picks have been minimal.

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    Seattle Mariners

    Notes:

    2018: 30 | 2017: 21 | 2016: 28 | 2015: 24 | 2014: 25

    4 Top 100 Prospects: LHP Justus Sheffield (27), LHP Yusei Kikuchi (45), OF Jarred Kelenic (68), 1B Evan White (100)

    Notes: The Mariners would have contended for No. 30 on this list until they decided to rebuild after the 2018 season. Now, they are a middle-of-the-pack system. They added four of their top six prospects in December trades of Robinson Cano and Jean Segura, including top two prospects Justus Sheffield and Jarred Kelenic, and then got a further boost by signing lefthander Yusei Kikuchi.

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    Detroit Tigers

    Notes:

    2018: 20 | 2017: 25 | 2016: 26 | 2015: 30 | 2014: 28

    3 Top 100 Prospects:: RHP Casey Mize (16), RHP Matt Manning (50), SS Isaac Paredes (94)

    Notes: Long accustomed to using their prospects as trade chips under former general manager Dave Dombrowski, the Tigers are now trying to build from within. Casey Mize, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft, leads the pack in a stockpile of power arms.

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    Cleveland Indians

    Notes:

    2018: 21 | 2017: 18 | 2016: 17 | 2015: 23 | 2014: 17

    2 Top 100 prospects: RHP Triston McKenzie (44), 3B Nolan Jones (96)

    Notes: Beyond Triston McKenzie, the Indians are light at the upper levels following trades and graduations. The lower levels are full of arrow-up players though, and scouts have taken notice of the team's collection of young Latin American prospects—a sign of the organization's recently revamped international program.

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    Washington Nationals

    Notes:

    2018: 15 | 2017: 19 | 2016: 5 | 2015: 12 | 2014: 21

    3 Top 100 prospects: OF Victor Robles (11), SS Carter Kieboom (41), SS Luis Garcia (61)

    Notes: The top three prospects in the organization stack up well, led by a premium talent in center fielder Victor Robles and two more middle-of-the-diamond hitters in Carter Kieboom and Luis Garcia. Focusing on arms in the 2017 and 2018 drafts helped their pitching depth.

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    Pittsburgh Pirates

    Notes:

    2018: 16 | 2017: 7 | 2016: 11 | 2015: 7 | 2014: 1

    3 Top 100 prospects: RHP Mitch Keller (26), 3B Ke'Bryan Hayes (49), SS Oneil Cruz (79)

    Notes: It's a top-heavy system, with a core group of players who could be average regulars to stars. Beyond them, the lack of depth in the organization gets revealed quickly.

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    New York Mets

    Notes:

    2018: 27 | 2017: 15 | 2016: 15 | 2015: 4 | 2014: 10

    3 Top 100 prospects: SS Andres Gimenez (30), 1B Peter Alonso (48), SS Ronny Mauricio (98)

    Notes: Peter Alonso and Andres Gimenez carry the system and both should help soon in Queens. However, much of the system's position talent is several years away, with high-risk, high-reward players like Ronny Mauricio, Mark Vientos and Shervyen Newton.

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    New York Yankees

    Notes:

    2018: 2 | 2017: 3 | 2016: 16 | 2015: 19 | 2014: 18

    0 Top 100 prospects

    Notes: After graduating Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar the last two years, the system has dropped without an elite, near-ready prospect, but they are deep in young pitching. The organization's Latin American pipeline under international scouting director Donny Rowland continues to flourish, with results in the big leagues (Luis Severino, Sanchez, Andujar) and the lower levels now brimming with exciting upside.

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    Arizona Diamondbacks

    Notes:

    2018: 26 | 2017: 28 | 2016: 22 | 2015: 6 | 2014: 13

    2 Top 100 prospects: SS Jazz Chisholm (50), RHP Jon Duplantier (86)

    Notes: Their prospects in the upper minors are solid, though they lack upside to be elite players. The prospects in the lower levels like Jazz Chisholm, Geraldo Perdomo and Kristian Robinson have big upside but also carry big risk.

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    Baltimore Orioles

    Notes:

    2018: 17 | 2017: 27 | 2016: 27 | 2015: 28 | 2014: 12

    3 Top 100 prospects: OF Yusniel Diaz (37), LHP DL Hall (54), 3B Ryan Mountcastle (90)

    Notes: The Orioles are generally a disaster, with the team hiring new general manager Mike Elias and quickly gutting the organization's front office and several members of its scouting and player development staff. The farm system is better than it was a year ago after trades, including one to get No. 1 prospect Yusniel Diaz, but being a zero internationally will continue to hurt them for years.

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    Philadelphia Phillies

    Notes:

    2018: 7 | 2017: 6 | 2016: 8 | 2015: 22 | 2014: 22

    2 Top 100 prospects: 3B Alec Bohm (65), SS Luis Garcia (88)

    Notes: After graduating a wave of position prospects, the Phillies traded away their top prospect, righthander Sixto Sanchez, to acquire J.T. Realmuto. That took a middle-of-the-pack system and turned into a bottom-third farm system. That will be a fair trade if Realmuto gets the Phillies back to the top of the NL East. Shortstop Luis Garcia has exciting upside, while the Phillies will look for 2018 first-round pick Alec Bohm to make up for recent disappointments at the top of their drafts.

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    Colorado Rockies

    Notes:

    2018: 19 | 2017: 10 | 2016: 6 | 2015: 8 | 2014: 11

    2 Top 100 prospects: SS Brendan Rodgers (14), 2B Garrett Hampson (87)

    Notes: Proximity to the big leagues for their top three prospects (middle infielders Brendan Rodgers and Garrett Hampson and righthander Peter Lambert) is a strength, because all three have Triple-A experience and should help in 2019. After that, the organization has few high-upside, impact players.

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    Texas Rangers

    Notes:

    2018: 22 | 2017: 23 | 2016: 7 | 2015: 11 | 2014: 9

    1 Top 100 prospect: RHP Hans Crouse (73)

    Notes: The Rangers have a trio of promising young center fielders and a stockpile of pitching prospects at the lower levels from recent drafts, led by top prospect Hans Crouse and 2018 first-rounder Cole Winn. They don't have any of the game's elite prospects, however, and they lack pure hitters, with a position player group on the thin side with considerable risk attached to even their best ones.

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