MLB's 5 Deepest Farm Systems That You Rarely Hear Any Buzz About

Mike Rosenbaum@GoldenSombreroMLB Prospects Lead WriterSeptember 13, 2012

MLB's 5 Deepest Farm Systems That You Rarely Hear Any Buzz About

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    In Prospect Pipeline’s Midseason Top 50 Prospect Update, it was pretty clear which organizations possess the strongest farm system: The Pirates led the way with four prospects in the Top 50, while the Diamondbacks, Rangers, Mariners, Blue Jays, Cardinals and Royals each placed three players.

    However, just because a team has a large quantity of prospects does not necessarily mean they boast a strong, overall farm system. Regardless, it's organizations rich in prospects that garner all the attention.

    So it’s time to show some love to five overlooked and under-appreciated farm systems: Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Dodgers.

    I’ve even included an updated ranking of each organization’s top-10 prospects; however, they are not my official, end-of-the-season rankings. Players that were featured in my midseason update appear in bold.

Boston Red Sox

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    Headed into the season, it was doubtful that the Red Sox would receive a contribution from any of their prospects, except for maybe Will Middlebrooks. Even though that’s ultimately what happened, it doesn't mean that they lack potential impact players.

    Many of the organization’s top prospects enjoyed the best season of their young careers, respectively, while others turned the corner with a breakout performance.


    Top 10 Prospects:

    1. Xander Bogaerts, SS

    2. Matt Barnes, RHP

    3. Jackie Bradley, OF

    4. Allen Webster, RHP

    5. Bryce Brentz, OF

    6. Blake Swihart, C

    7. Garin Cecchini, 3B,

    8. Brandon Jacobs, OF

    9. Henry Owens, LHP

    10. Ryan Lavarnway, C

Houston Astros

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    Dating back to the start of the 2010 season, the Astros have assembled an impressive and promising group of prospects through the draft and various trades. They’ll need them, too, as they begin the 2013 season as members of the American League West.

    Over the next several years, the Astros will have numerous waves of prospects that reach the major leagues, as their talent is currently spread out across every level.


    Top 10 Prospects

    1. Carlos Correa, SS

    2. Jonathan Singleton, 1B

    3. George Springer, OF

    4. Jarred Cosart, RHP

    5. Delino DeShields, 2B

    6. Lance McCullers, RHP

    7. Rio Ruiz, 3B

    8. Joe Musgrove, RHP

    9. Domingo Santana, OF

    10. Mike Foltynewicz, RHP

Miami Marlins

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    The Marlins strengthened their farm system at the trade deadline, adding Jacob Turner, Rob Brantly and Zack Cox through a series of trades. Furthermore, the team’s top prospects, Christian Yelich and Jose Fernandez, have asserted themselves as top 25 overall talent.

    The Marlins’ top 10 doesn’t look like much on paper, at least at the moment, but there’s still loads of potential.


    Top 10 Prospects

    1. Christian Yelich, OF

    2. Jose Fernandez, RHP

    3. Jacob Turner, RHP

    4. Andrew Heaney, LHP

    5. Zack Cox, 3B

    6. Rob Brantly, C

    7. J.T. Realmuto, C

    8. Adam Conley, LHP

    9. Marcell Ozuna, OF

    10. Avery Romero, SS/2B

Minnesota Twins

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    The Twins’ system has, without a doubt, one of the more high-ceiling/low-floor prospect pools in all of baseball. It’s doubtful that any of them will make an impact in the major leagues before late 2014, so it’ll be interesting to track each player’s respective progress over the next several years.


    Top 10 Prospects

    1. Miguel Sano, 3B

    2. Byron Buxton, OF

    3. Eddie Rosario, 2B

    4. Aaron Hicks, OF

    5. Oswaldo Arcia, OF

    6. Jose Berrios, RHP

    7. Travis Harrison, 3B

    8. Max Kepler, OF

    9. Adrian Salcedo, RHP

    10. Joe Benson, OF

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    The Dodgers’ system has received substantial criticism for selecting a pitcher in the first round of the draft for five consecutive years. They broke that trend this year, however, when they made shortstop Corey Seager their top pick.

    Despite acquiring essentially half of an All-Star team over the last six weeks, the Dodgers weren’t forced to part with their top prospects—other than Allen Webster, that is. Their current prospect pool could yield several big leaguers by late 2014 or early 2015.


    Top 10 Prospects

    1. Zach Lee, RHP

    2. Yasiel Puig, OF

    3. Joc Pederson, OF

    4. Chris Reed, LHP

    5. Corey Seager, SS

    6. Matt Magill, RHP

    7. Garrett Gould, RHP

    8. Jesmuel Valentin, SS

    9. Angel Sanchez, RHP

    10. Chris Withrow, RHP