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2021 Midseason MLB Organization Talent Rankings

A lot has changed since we last rolled out Organization Talent Rankings before the 2021 season. There’s been another draft, a very busy trade deadline, a lot of graduations and most importantly, three months of minor league action, the first chance for many players to play in games that counted since 2019.

Our Midseason Update includes all players who are prospect eligible as of Aug. 15. Anyone who has graduated from prospect status before that point does not factor in how we lined up the teams, so Wander Franco, Jarred Kelenic and many, many others are no longer a part of these rankings.

And in part because of those graduations, we have a new No. 1 farm system—the Seattle Mariners—as well as a team at No. 2 (Baltimore Orioles) that has never ranked this high in the 38 years that Baseball America has been ranking farm systems.

See where all 30 teams rank below.

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    Seattle Mariners


    Top 100 Prospects (4): Julio Rodriguez, OF (2); Noelvi Marte, SS (8); George Kirby, RHP (11); Emerson Hancock, RHP (50)

    The Skinny: The Mariners ascend to No. 1, even with a top prospect (OF Jarred Kelenic) graduating. The top of the M's system is well balanced with young position players and pitching depth.

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    Baltimore Orioles


    Top 100 Prospects (4): Adley Rutschman, C (1); Grayson Rodriguez, RHP (9); DL Hall, LHP (43); Gunnar Henderson, SS (85)

    The Skinny: This is the highest-ever ranking for an Orioles' farm system. The development of RHP Kyle Bradish and 3B Jordan Westburg has helped bolster a top-heavy system led by baseball's No. 1 prospect, C Adley Rutschman.

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    Kansas City Royals


    Top 100 Prospects (6): Bobby Witt Jr., SS (3); Daniel Lynch, LHP (27); Asa Lacy, LHP (68); Nick Pratto, 1B (69); Jackson Kowar, RHP (72); MJ Melendez, C (94)

    The Skinny: It's been a great year for Royals farmhands, largely bolstered by a revamped hitting development system that has seen 1B Nick Pratto, C M.J. Melendez and others break out to join uber-prospect SS Bobby Witt Jr.

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    Pittsburgh Pirates


    Top 100 Prospects (5): Oneil Cruz, SS (29); Henry Davis, C (47); Quinn Priester, RHP (58); Nick Gonzales, SS/2B (60); Liover Peguero, SS (82)

    The Skinny: The Pirates now boast one of the deepest farm systems in the game. There are teams with better No. 1 prospects, but few teams can match Pittsburgh's depth of potential MLB regulars and pitchers.

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    San Francisco Giants


    Top 100 Prospects (5): Marco Luciano, SS (6); Joey Bart, C (19); Heliot Ramos, OF (64); Luis Matos, OF (65); Kyle Harrison, LHP (89)

    The Skinny: The Giants' ability to sign and develop international signees, especially high-ceiling hitters like SS Marco Luciano and OF Luis Matos, has helped supercharge a rapidly improving farm system.

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    Detroit Tigers


    Top 100 Prospects (4): Spencer Torkelson, 1B (4); Riley Greene, OF (5); Matt Manning, RHP (62); Jackson Jobe, RHP (90)

    The Skinny: After graduating RHP Casey Mize and LHP Tarik Skubal, the Tigers' system is now led by a pair of high-ceiling bats at Double-A in 1B Spencer Torkelson and OF Riley Greene who could be ready to help in 2022. A promising 2021 draft led by RHPs Jackson Jobe and Ty Madden helps restock the arms in the system.

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    Tampa Bay Rays


    Top 100 Prospects (4): Shane Baz, RHP (12); Vidal Brujan, 2B (25); Xavier Edwards, 2B/SS (84); Josh Lowe, OF (94)

    The Skinny: The Rays graduated their top four prospects in SS Wander Franco, OF Randy Arozarena, RHP Luis Patiño and LHP Shane McClanahan. They still have an enviable mix of top-level talent and depth, including five Top 100 prospects and a collection of fast-rising young pitchers in the lower levels.

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    Cincinnati Reds


    Top 100 Prospects (3): Jose Barrero, SS (16); Nick Lodolo, LHP (17); Hunter Greene, RHP (44)

    The Skinny: The Reds have leaped up the rankings thanks to big improvements from LHP Nick Lodolo and RHP Hunter Greene, an excellent season from SS Jose Barrero and breakout campaigns from players like RHP Graham Ashcraft and 3B Elly de la Cruz.

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    Boston Red Sox


    Top 100 Prospects (3): Triston Casas, 1B (20); Jarren Duran, OF (22); Marcelo Mayer, SS (32)

    The Skinny: 1B Triston Casas looks like a potential middle-of-the-order cornerstone who can hit for average and power. The addition of SS Marcelo Mayer with the fourth pick in the draft gave the Red Sox an immediate jolt of impact talent.

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    Toronto Blue Jays


    Top 100 Prospects (5): Gabriel Moreno, C (10); Nate Pearson, RHP (51); Orelvis Martinez, SS (54); Jordan Groshans, SS (77); Alejandro Kirk, C (79)

    The Skinny: RHP Alex Manoah has graduated, but C Gabriel Moreno and SS Orelvis Martinez provide a next wave of big bats to follow up the recent arrivals in Toronto of 1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr., SS Bo Bichette and LF Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

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    Texas Rangers


    Top 100 Prospects (3): Jack Leiter, RHP (34); Josh Jung, 3B (39); Cole Winn, RHP (83)

    The Skinny: The Rangers farm system is rapidly improving thanks to the progress of RHP Cole Winn and the addition of No. 2 overall pick RHP Jack Leiter. Recent trades at this year's deadline substantially improved the system's depth.

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    Miami Marlins


    Top 100 Prospects (6): Sixto Sanchez, RHP (33); Max Meyer, RHP (35); Jesus Sanchez, OF (57); Jake Eder, LHP (71); Edward Cabrera, RHP (76); Kahlil Watson, SS (81)

    The Skinny: RHP Sixto Sanchez has been sidetracked by injury and RHPs Max Meyer and Edward Cabrera haven't wowed scouts as much as their impressive seasons would seem to indicate. But the Marlins track record of pitching development bodes well for them to reach their potential and Jake Eder's emergence has been a nice bonus. Now, the Marlins need to find some impact bats.

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    Arizona Diamondbacks


    Top 100 Prospects (4): Corbin Carroll, OF (30); Jordan Lawlar, SS (31); Alek Thomas, OF (37); Blake Walston, LHP (97)

    The Skinny: OF Corbin Carroll's season-ending shoulder injury was a blow, but the progress of OF Alek Thomas and the addition of SS Jordan Lawlar in the draft still give the D-backs some high-impact talent. The system only figures to get better with the club on track for the No. 1 pick in next year's draft.

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    Atlanta Braves


    Top 100 Prospects (5): Cristian Pache, OF (48); Drew Waters, OF (49); Michael Harris, OF (63); Shea Langeliers, C (67), Kyle Muller (100)

    The Skinny: The Braves have taken a big tumble, largely because RHP Ian Anderson, C William Contreras and RHP Huascar Ynoa graduated, OF Cristian Pache stumbled and five Top 30 prospects were traded away.

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    Los Angeles Dodgers


    Top 100 Prospects (4): Bobby Miller, RHP (52); Diego Cartaya, C (53); Michael Busch, 2B (74); Ryan Pepiot, RHP (99)

    The Skinny: The Dodgers don't have the conveyer belt of Top 25 prospects they seem to re-generate every season, but the depth of the system remains strong as their scouting and player development continue to roll along.

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    Minnesota Twins


    Top 100 Prospects (3): Austin Martin, SS (18); Royce Lewis, SS/3B (56); Jordan Balazovic, RHP (92)

    The Skinny: Minnesota graduated Alex Kirilloff, Trevor Larnach, Ryan Jeffers, Brent Rooker and Bailey Ober, but the Jose Berrios and Nelson Cruz trades restocked the upper levels.

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    San Diego Padres


    Top 100 Prospects (4): CJ Abrams, SS (7); Luis Campusano, C (45); Robert Hassell, OF (46); MacKenzie Gore, LHP (78)

    The Skinny: The Padres haven't ranked outside the Top 10 in farm system rankings at any point in the past five years, but the system has been thinned significantly by trades and graduations.

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    Cleveland Indians


    Top 100 Prospects (4): Tyler Freeman, SS (40); Nolan Jones, 3B (70); Daniel Espino, RHP (93); George Valera, OF (98)

    The Skinny: Most of Cleveland's top prospects struggled with aggressive assignments this season. The system still has immense depth, but it needs more from its top-level prospects.

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    New York Yankees


    Top 100 Prospects (3): Jasson Dominguez, OF (26); Anthony Volpe, SS (80); Oswald Peraza, SS (86)

    The Skinny: The Yankees have had a large number of prospects take steps forward in 2021, led by SS Anthony Volpe. Several of those breakout prospects were then dealt away at the trade deadline.

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    St. Louis Cardinals


    Top 100 Prospects (3): Matthew Liberatore, LHP (36); Jordan Walker, 3B (41); Nolan Gorman, 3B (42)

    The Skinny: The Cardinals graduated OF Dylan Carlson, LHP Kwang-Hyun Kim, C Andrew Knizner and RHP Johan Oviedo. The impressive debuts of 3B Jordan Walker and SS Masyn Winn do give hope for more to come.

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    New York Mets


    Top 100 Prospects (4): Francisco Alvarez, C (15); Brett Baty, 3B (61); Ronny Mauricio, SS (66); Mark Vientos, 3B (91)

    The Skinny: Big seasons by Alvarez and Baty have helped, but the Mets also have had to deal with RHP Matt Allan's injuries as well as a trade that sent away OF Pete Crow-Armstrong.

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    Milwaukee Brewers


    Top 100 Prospects (2): Garrett Mitchell, OF (59); Brice Turang, SS (75)

    The Skinny: The Brewers farm system is slowly turning upward. Mitchell and Turang continue to impress and their Latin American scouting efforts have yielded some intriguing players in the lower levels.

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    Washington Nationals


    Top 100 Prospects (4): Keibert Ruiz, C (13); Cade Cavalli, RHP (24); Josiah Gray, RHP (55); Brady House, SS (87)

    The Skinny: Normally a team with four Top 100 Prospects would rank significantly higher than this, but the gulf between the top prospects in the Nats system and the rest is massive.

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    Chicago Cubs


    Top 100 Prospects (2): Brennen Davis, OF (28); Brailyn Marquez, LHP (95)

    The Skinny: It's one step forward and one step back for the Cubs, who infused their system with talent at the trade deadline but have seen top prospects like Marquez, C Miguel Amaya and others barely play due to injuries.

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    Los Angeles Angels


    Top 100 Prospects (2): Reid Detmers, LHP (21); Brandon Marsh, OF (23)

    The Skinny: The Angels are getting immediate help with recent graduate OF Jo Adell, Marsh and Detmers all in the majors. The depth of the system falls off fast behind them.

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