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MLB Farm System Rankings In The NL West For 2019

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Farm System Talent Rankings

Last Three Years
Team201820172016
Arizona Diamondbacks252822
Colorado Rockies20106
Los Angeles Dodgers841
San Diego Padres3925
San Francisco Giants262419


Arizona Diamondbacks Farm System Overview For 2019

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NOTABLE GRADUATIONS: OF Socrates Brito (19), RHP Yoshihisa Hirano (NR), RHP Matt Koch

TRENDING: A veteran D-backs club challenged for a playoff spot but fell short. A promising group of international prospects makes the future a bit brighter even though first-round pick Matt McLain didn’t sign.

STRENGTHS: The Diamondbacks have multiple intriguing prospects at several up-the-middle positions, namely shortstop, catcher and center field, many of whom have a chance to be impact players. The trade-off is that most of them are at least two years away from the majors. The group includes shortstops Jazz Chisholm and Gerardo Perdomo, catcher Daulton Varsho and center fielder Kristian Robinson. Arizona also have a trio of starting pitchers in Jon Duplantier, Taylor Widener and Taylor Clarke who are already big league ready or are expected to be soon.

WEAKNESSES: The upper-levels of the D-backs’ system is devoid of frontline position player prospects, and the organization’s rotation depth is depleted after Duplantier, Widener and Clarke. The system’s overall depth has taken a hit over the past two years due to win-now trades.

Arizona Diamondbacks Projected 2022 Lineup

(Listed with 2022 season age)

C Daulton Varsho 25
1B Jake Lamb 31
2B Ketel Marte 28
3B Eduardo Escobar 33
SS Jazz Chisholm 24
LF Andy Young 28
CF Jake McCarthy 24
RF  David Peralta 34
SP Robbie Ray 30
SP Jon Duplantier 27
SP Luke Weaver 28
SP Zack Godley 32
SP Taylor Widener 27
CL Archie Bradley 29

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Colorado Rockies Farm System Overview For 2019

NOTABLE GRADUATIONS: 1B/3B Ryan McMahon (2), C Tom Murphy (12)

TRENDING:  The future looks bright in Denver, where the Rockies are coming off back-to-back postseason appearances and boast depth of position prospects, particularly infielders.

STRENGTHS:  The Rockies have an array of infielders who can hit, with Brendan Rodgers, Garrett Hampson, Colton Welker and Tyler Nevin all showing the ability to be impact offensive players. Behind them are Ryan Vilade and Grant Lavigne in the lower levels, giving the Rockies both high-end potential and depth. The organization also has a deep group of potential late-inning relievers, with Justin Lawrence, Robert Tyler and Reid Humphreys providing power stuff from the right side.

WEAKNESSES: The Rockies have few starting pitchers outside of Peter Lambert, who profiles as more of a back-end starter. That is mitigated by the Rockies having one of the best young rotations in baseball thanks to recent prospect graduates Kyle Freeland and German Marquez, among others. More problematic is a lack of outfielders, though full healthy seasons from David Dahl and Raimel Tapia would help.

Colorado Rockies Projected 2022 Lineup

(Listed with 2022 season age)

C Tom Murphy 31
1B  Ryan McMahon 27
2B Brendan Rodgers 25
3B Nolan Arenado 31
SS Trevor Story 29
LF  David Dahl 28
CF Garrett Hampson 27
RF  Charlie Blackmon 35
SP Kyle Freeland 29
SP German Marquez 23
SP Jon Gray 30
SP Antonio Senzatala 27
SP Peter Lambert 25
CL Jesus Tinoco 27

Los Angeles Dodgers Farm System Overview For 2019

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NOTABLE GRADUATIONS: RHP Walker Buehler (1)

TRENDING:  Buehler looked like a staff ace by the end of 2018, and the NL pennant winners have even more rookie contributions on deck for 2019.

STRENGTHS:  The Dodgers have the best group of catching prospects in baseball without much competition. Keibert Ruiz leads the way as the No. 1 catcher prospect in the game, complemented by Will Smith, Connor Wong and 2018 international signee Diego Cartaya. While that side of the battery is unmatched, the Dodgers also have a large group of talented, close-to-the-majors pitchers. Caleb Ferguson and Dennis Santana have already reached the big leagues, while Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin and Mitchell White all have Double-A experience.

WEAKNESSES: The Dodgers don’t have a natural center fielder in the big leagues and don’t have a projected everyday one in the minors. Jeren Kendall’s setup and swing deficiencies make him unlikely to even become a major league reserve, while DJ Peters and Alex Verdugo fit in the corners only.

Los Angeles Dodgers Projected 2022 Lineup

(Listed with 2022 season age)

Keibert Ruiz 23
1B Max Muncy 31
2B Gavin Lux 24
3B Will Smith 27
SS Corey Seager 28
LF Joc Pederson 30
CF Cody Bellinger 26
RF Alex Verdugo 26
SP Clayton Kershaw 34
SP Walker Buehler 27
SP Julio Urias 25
SP Dustin May 24
SP Ross Stripling 32
CL Dennis Santana 26

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San Diego Padres Farm System Overview For 2019

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NOTABLE GRADUATIONS:LHP Joey Lucchesi (9), LHP Eric Lauer (12), Franchy Cordero (13), OF Franmil Reyes (NR), 3B Christian Villanueva (NR), RHP Phil Maton (NR)

TRENDING:  Incredible system depth elevates the Padres, thanks in part to adding Francisco Mejia at the 2018 trade deadline.

STRENGTHS:  Arms, arms and more arms. Even with the graduations of Joey Lucchesi and Eric Lauer, the Padres boast arguably the most impressive group of lefthanded pitching prospects in the game, with MacKenzie Gore, Adrian Morejon, Logan Allen and Ryan Weathers leading the way. Their stable of righthanders led by Chris Paddack and Luis Patino is one of the best and deepest as well.

WEAKNESSES: The Padres’ outfield crop is thin, though that’s largely because Hunter Renfroe, Manuel Margot and Franmil Reyes all recently graduated and became everyday big leaguers. Just three of the Padres’ Top 30 Prospects are outfielders and none of the top 15, though Josh Naylor’s development in left field could change that. The outfield is the one Achilles’ heel of the Padres currently, but it’s not an issue for the club moving forward given the young outfielders in the majors.

San Diego Padres Projected 2022 Lineup

(Listed with 2022 season age)

Francisco Mejia 26
1B Eric Hosmer 32
2B Luis Urias 25
3B Manny Machado 29
SS Fernando Tatis Jr. 23
LF Hunter Renfroe 30
CF Manuel Margot 27
RF Franmil Reyes 26
SP MacKenzie Gore 23
SP Adrian Morejon 23
SP Chris Paddack 26
SP Luis Patino 22
SP Joey Lucchesi 29
CL Andres Munoz 23

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San Francisco Giants Farm System Overview For 2019

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NOTABLE GRADUATIONS: OF Steven Duggar (8), LHP Andrew Suarez (10), RHP Reyes Moronta (15), OF Austin Slater (17), RHP Dereck Rodriguez (NR)

TRENDING: Adding No. 2 overall draft pick Joey Bart and No. 2 international prospect Marco Luciano in 2018 moves the talent arrow up slightly. A complete lack of system depth dims the future outlook.

STRENGTHS:  Picking at the top of the draft has obvious benefits. Catcher Joey Bart, the No. 2 overall pick in 2018, is one of the brightest but also safest prospects the Giants have had in years thanks to his track record of production combined with his power potential and defensive ability. The organization has some interesting young international signees as well.

WEAKNESSES:If the Giants are about to embark on their first rebuild in years, and they are starting from close to scratch. Most of the organization’s best prospects are several years away from San Francisco. After several years of trading away prospects to help the big league club, the Giants need to restock a farm system that has been thinned. The club has taken a high-risk, high-reward approach when drafting pitchers, but it now lacks both top-end starting pitchers and reliable, durable inning-eaters in the full-season minors.

San Francisco Giants Projected 2022 Lineup

(Listed with 2022 season age)

C Joey Bart 25
1B Buster Posey 35
2B Joe Panik 31
3B Evan Longoria 36
SS Brandon Crawford 35
LF Chris Shaw 28
CF Steven Duggar 28
RF Heliot Ramos 22
SP Madison Bumgarner 32
SP Dereck Rodriguez 30 
SP Shaun Anderson 27
SP Andrew Suarez 29
SP Sean Hjelle 24
CL Melvin Adon 28

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