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2020 MLB Organization Talent Rankings

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Baseball America's first installment of farm system rankings for the 2020 season is here, reflecting a myriad of changes since our last update midway through the 2019 season.

The top farm system in baseball again belongs to the Tampa Bay Rays, an organization enviably positioned for the present following a 96-win season in 2019 and the future, featuring a league-best eight Top 100 prospects.

Included in each organization's capsule are previous ranks ranging back to 2014. You can see considerable movement for several teams even compared to just a year ago, including the Dodgers, who have simultaneously built a World Series contender and farm system juggernaut, as well as the Mariners, Marlins, and Giants, among others.

The Astros, Reds and Phillies are among organizations experiencing significant drops year-over-year.

Our talent rankings reflect the state of farm systems as of Feb. 12, meaning they do include recent trades involving both Mookie Betts and Starling Marte.

See where all 30 teams rank below. 

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    Tampa Bay Rays

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    2019 Midseason: 1 |2019 Preseason: 2 | 2018: 5 | 2017: 11 | 2016: 13 | 2015: 17 | 2014: 20

    8 Top 100 prospects: SS Wander Franco (1), LHP/DH Brendan McKay (14), 2B Vidal Brujan (51), RHP Shane Baz (71), RHP Brent Honeywell (80), LHP Shane McClanahan (83), 2B Xavier Edwards (85), RHP Joe Ryan (98)

    Skinny: The Rays have produced a steady stream of productive big leaguers thanks to solid drafting, player development and excellent pro scouting for trades. As impressive as their farm system has been, they haven’t had a prospect like Wander Franco in quite a while.

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    San Diego Padres

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    2019 Midseason: 2 |2019 Preseason: 1 | 2018: 3 | 2017: 9 | 2016: 25 | 2015: 14 | 2014: 6

    6 Top 100 prospects: LHP MacKenzie Gore (6), RHP Luis Patiño (18), SS CJ Abrams (22), OF Taylor Trammell (73), C Luis Campusano (79), LHP Adrian Morejon (89)

    Skinny: Even after graduating Fernando Tatis Jr., Chris Paddack and others, the Padres’ system still boasts both star power and depth. MacKenzie Gore and Luis Patiño lead a deep well of pitchers, while 2019 draftee CJ Abrams gives them a new potential frontline position player.

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    Los Angeles Dodgers

    Notes:

    2019 Midseason: 5 |2019 Preseason: 9 | 2018: 9 | 2017: 2 | 2016: 1 | 2015: 3 | 2014: 14

    7 Top 100 prospects: SS Gavin Lux (4), RHP Dustin May (20), RHP Brusdar Graterol (60), C Keibert Ruiz (81), RHP Tony Gonsolin (82), RHP Josiah Gray (84), C Diego Cartaya (97)

    Skinny: Gavin Lux and Dustin May give the Dodgers a pair of potential stars who have already seen the big leagues. With a deep group of prospects at all levels behind them, the Dodgers’ player development machine shows no signs of slowing down. Very few teams maintain top farm systems this long while contending for World Series titles.

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    Atlanta Braves

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    2019 Midseason: 4 | 2019 Preseason: 4 | 2018: 1 | 2017: 1 | 2016: 3 | 2015: 29 | 2014: 26

    4 Top 100 prospects: OF Cristian Pache (12), OF Drew Waters (36), RHP Ian Anderson (44), RHP Kyle Wright (64)

    Skinny: The fall is coming. Two years from now, the Braves will likely rank among the bottom third in terms of farm system talent. By then, Atlanta will have graduated a steady stream of productive big leaguers, however, stretching back to Ozzie Albies’ 2017 arrival.

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    Seattle Mariners

    Notes:

    2019 Midseason: 11 | 2019 Preseason: 14 | 2018: 30 | 2017: 21 | 2016: 28 | 2015: 24 | 2014: 25

    5 Top 100 Prospects: OF Julio Rodriguez (8), OF Jarred Kelenic (11), 1B Evan White (54), RHP Logan Gilbert (59), SS Noelvi Marte (92)

    Skinny: The Mariners’ rebuild has picked up significant momentum thanks to the outfield duo of Julio Rodriguez and Jarred Kelenic. There’s still plenty of work to do in Seattle, but having a pair of potential impact middle-of-the order bats is a great start.

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    Toronto Blue Jays

    Notes:

    2019 Midseason: 6 |2019 Preseason: 3 | 2018: 8 | 2017: 20 | 2016: 24 | 2015: 9 | 2014: 15

    3 Top 100 prospects: RHP Nate Pearson (7), SS Jordan Groshans (29), RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson (61)

    Skinny: Graduating two top 10 overall prospects like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette would usually sink a team in these rankings, but the Blue Jays still have one of the game’s top farm systems. It’s a balanced group with star potential at the top in Nate Pearson and Jordan Groshans and prospect depth throughout each level.

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    Chicago White Sox

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    2019 Midseason: 3 | 2019 Preseason: 6 | 2018: 4 | 2017: 5| 2016: 23 | 2015: 20 | 2014: 24

    4 Top 100 prospects OF Luis Robert (2), 1B Andrew Vaughn (30), RHP Michael Kopech (33), 2B Nick Madrigal (48)

    Skinny: Chicago’s top four of Luis Robert, Andrew Vaughn, Michael Kopech and Nick Madrigal is hazardous enough to other teams that it should come with a warning from the surgeon general. The system’s depth falls off quickly afterward.

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    Minnesota Twins

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    2019 Midseason: 7 | 2019 Preseason: 7 | 2018: 12 | 2017: 22 | 2016: 10 | 2015: 2 | 2014: 3

    5 Top 100 prospects: SS Royce Lewis (26), OF Alex Kirilloff (31), OF Trevor Larnach (45), Jordan Balazovic (95), RHP Jhoan Duran (96)

    Skinny: The Twins led the American League Central last year with 102 wins. They also have the division’s best farm system— just ahead of the nearly rebuilt White Sox. Minnesota has a nice mix of high-impact prospects followed by a large number of lower-impact, close-to-the-majors depth.

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    Miami Marlins

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    2019 Midseason: 8 | 2019 Preseason: 13 | 2018: 24 | 2017: 29 | 2016: 29 | 2015: 25 | 2014: 27

    5 Top 100 Prospects: RHP Sixto Sanchez (16), OF JJ Bleday (46), OF Jesus Sanchez (58), RHP Edward Cabrera (68), SS Jazz Chisholm (88)

    Skinny: The Marlins’ steady stream of trades, plus some improved returns from the draft have paid off in a farm system that is significantly better than it has been in years. The system is still a little thinner than would be ideal, but the Top 10 Prospects have taken a big step forward.

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    Arizona Diamondbacks

    Notes:

    2019 Midseason: 16 | 2019 Preseason: 21 | 2018: 26 | 2017: 28 | 2016: 22 | 2015: 6 | 2014: 13

    5 Top 100 prospects: C Daulton Varsho (53), SS Geraldo Perdomo (72), OF Kristian Robinson (74), OF Alek Thomas (87), OF Corbin Carroll (90)

    Notes: If you want to pick a team that could climb into the top three next year, the D-backs are a good choice. The majority of their talent is at the lower levels. While there is plenty of risk, there’s enough prospect depth here that several players could quickly climb into Top 100 Prospects consideration in 2020.

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    Detroit Tigers

    Notes:

    2019 Midseason: 13 | 2019 Preseason: 15 | 2018: 20 | 2017: 25 | 2016: 26 | 2015: 30 | 2014: 28

    5 Top 100 Prospects:: RHP Casey Mize (13), RHP Matt Manning (17), LHP Tarik Skubal (34), OF Riley Greene (49), 3B Isaac Paredes (100)

    Notes: Under general manager Al Avila, Detroit has amassed elite pitching at the top of the system. Casey Mize, the No. 1 pick of the 2018 draft, leads a crop of talented young arms that received a boost from breakout lefthander Tarik Skubal, who managed to dominate across two levels of the minors.

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    Baltimore Orioles

    Notes:

    2019 Midseason: 9 | 2019 Preseason: 22 | 2018: 17 | 2017: 27 | 2016: 27 | 2015: 28 | 2014: 12

    3 Top 100 prospects: C Adley Rutschman (5), RHP Grayson Rodriguez (35), LHP DL Hall (47)

    Skinny: This system is on the rise and it’s only going to get better. By next year’s Prospect Handbook, the Orioles will have added yet another massive draft class to a system that is unlikely to graduate any of its top three prospects in 2020.

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    St. Louis Cardinals

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    2019 Midseason: 17 | 2019 Preseason: 10 | 2018: 13 | 2017: 12 | 2016: 14 | 2015: 15 | 2014: 7

    3 Top 100 prospects: OF Dylan Carlson (10), LHP Matthew Liberatore (42), 3B Nolan Gorman (55)

    Skinny: Dylan Carlson, Nolan Gorman and trade acquisition Matthew Liberatore give the Cardinals a trio of potential standouts to work with, followed by a solid group of players ready to help in the majors soon. The system drops off considerably, however, particularly at the lower levels.

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    San Francisco Giants

    Notes:

    2019 Midseason: 14 | 2019 Preseason: 28 | 2018: 25 | 2017: 24 | 2016: 19 | 2015: 26 | 2014: 19

    3 Top 100 prospect: SS Marco Luciano (19), C Joey Bart (32), OF Heliot Ramos (63)

    Skinny: If Marco Luciano is as good as scouts believe he can be, this will be the lowest the Giants will rank over the next few years. Some very astute signings on the international amateur side have helped pushed this farm system up the rankings.

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    Oakland Athletics

    Notes:

    2019 Midseason: 12 | 2019 Preseason: 11 | 2018: 18 | 2017: 17 | 2016: 18 | 2015: 19 | 2014: 23

    3 Top 100 prospects: LHP Jesus Luzardo (9), LHP A.J. Puk (21), C Sean Murphy (41)

    Skinny: It’s always better to have stars than depth. Stars win titles, while depth can often be found on the free agent market at an inexpensive price. The A’s have potential stars in Jesus Luzardo, A.J. Puk and even Sean Murphy. The depth? The front office will have to keep being creative to fill holes.

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    Los Angeles Angels

    Notes:

    2019 Midseason: 18 | 2019 Preseason: 12 | 2018: 14 | 2017: 30 | 2016: 30 | 2015: 27 | 2014: 30

    2 Top 100 prospects: OF Jo Adell (2), OF Brandon Marsh (43)

    Skinny: Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh are arguably the best pair of outfield prospects in any system. The system quickly drops off after that, but for an organization that has been making every move to try to not waste Mike Trout’s prime years, having Adell ready to contribute is a big asset.

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    New York Yankees

    Notes:

    2019 Midseason: 21 | 2019 Preseason: 20 | 2018: 2 | 2017: 3 | 2016: 16 | 2015: 19 | 2014: 18

    3 Top 100 prospect: OF Jasson Dominguez (38), RHP Clarke Schmidt (62), RHP Deivi Garcia (65)

    Notes: After the threesome of multitalented newcomer Jasson Dominguez and upper-level righthanders Deivi Garcia and Clarke Schmidt, the Yankees system’s strength is its upside. The group is filled with players with high-ceiling, high-variance futures who have years to go before they make an impact in the big leagues. Or not.

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    Kansas City Royals

    Notes:

    2019 Midseason: 19 | 2019 Preseason: 27 | 2018: 29 | 2017: 26 | 2016: 21 | 2015: 13 | 2014: 8

    3 Top 100 prospects: SS Bobby Witt Jr. (24), LHP Daniel Lynch (39), RHP Jackson Kowar (78)

    Skinny: In 2018, the Royals received excellent performances from the hitters they drafted in 2017. While Nick Pratto and MJ Melendez hit a wall when they moved to high Class A Wilmington in 2019, that was balanced out by the strong season by many of the pitchers the Royals drafted in 2018.

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    Cleveland Indians

    Notes:

    2019 Midseason: 10 | 2019 Preseason: 16 | 2018: 21 | 2017: 18 | 2016: 17 | 2015: 23 | 2014: 17

    2 Top 100 prospects: 3B Nolan Jones (50), SS Tyler Freeman (69)

    Skinny: The Indians have an extremely young farm system, which carries risks and possible rewards. The system is stacked with high-upside prospects who also have a wide range of potential outcomes. This system could climb or dive significantly in the next year.

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    Boston Red Sox

    Notes:

    2019 Midseason 22 | 2019 Preseason: 30 | 2018: 23 | 2017: 14 | 2016: 4 | 2015: 5 | 2014: 2

    3 Top 100 prospects: 1B Triston Casas (70), 3B Bobby Dalbec (75), SS/2B Jeter Downs (86)

    Skinny: Strong seasons by Bobby Dalbec, Bryan Mata and Jarren Duran gave the system a boost. Trading Mookie Betts hurt the MLB team, but did boost the minors' talent. The return of Jay Groome will be the fulcrum point for determining how this system looks in 2020.

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    Texas Rangers

    Notes:

    2019 Midseason: 27 | 2019 Preseason: 25 | 2018: 22 | 2017: 23 | 2016: 7 | 2015: 11 | 2014: 9

    2 Top 100 prospects: 3B Josh Jung (93), C Sam Huff (99)

    Notes: The Rangers don’t have an elite prospect, which is concerning for a team coming off three straight losing seasons. They do have a deep system, though, mostly at the lower levels and especially from their young Latin American signings. This system could climb significantly in 2020 as those young players mature.

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    Chicago Cubs

    Notes:

    2019 Midseason: 29 | 2019 Preseason: 29 | 2018: 28 | 2017: 16 | 2016: 20 | 2015: 1 | 2014: 4

    3 Top 100 prospects: LHP Brailyn Marquez (37), SS/OF Nico Hoerner (40), OF Brennen Davis (94)

    Skinny: Towering lefty Brailyn Marquez took as big of a jump as any pitcher in the minors and has drawn comparisons to both Aroldis Chapman and David Price. Nico Hoerner got a taste of the big leagues, too. The system still has a ways to go to return to prominence, however.

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    Pittsburgh Pirates

    Notes:

    2019 Midseason: 20 | 2019 Preseason: 18 | 2018: 16 | 2017: 7 | 2016: 11 | 2015: 7 | 2014: 1

    3 Top 100 prospects: RHP Mitch Keller (52), 3B Ke'Bryan Hayes (56), SS Oneil Cruz (57)

    Notes: The Pirates have a new general manager and a revamped approach. It will be a while before everyone sees what that means for a system that has done a decent job at producing hitters but has struggled mightily to get its top pitchers to go from being prospects to successful big leaguers.

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    Washington Nationals

    Notes:

    2019 Midseason: 24 | 2019 Preseason: 17 | 2018: 15 | 2017: 19 | 2016: 5 | 2015: 12 | 2014: 21

    2 Top 100 prospects: SS Carter Kieboom (15), SS Luis Garcia (91)

    Notes: Basking in the glow of the franchise’s first World Series title, it’s worth honoring the fact that Washington has produced three homegrown franchise talents in the past 10 years—Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Juan Soto. There’s no Soto in the system right now, but the top handful of prospects are talented.

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    New York Mets

    Notes:

    2019 Midseason: 28 | 2019 Preseason: 19 | 2018: 27 | 2017: 15 | 2016: 15 | 2015: 4 | 2014: 10

    2 Top 100 prospects: SS Ronny Mauricio (66), C Francisco Alvarez (67)

    Skinny: The Mets’ system is long on upside but short on proximity or depth. A robust international scouting effort yielded shortstop Ronny Mauricio and catcher Francisco Alvarez, the system’s top two prospects, while a highupside 2019 draft class could pay off big if Brett Baty, Josh Wolf and Matt Allan click.

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