Due to the amount of trades this offseason involving consensus top prospects, the overall farm system ranking was in need of a major overhaul.
After dealing star-caliber major leaguers for high-end prospects, organizations such as the Miami Marlins, New York Mets and Tampa Bay Rays have seen a jump in the rankings. Meanwhile, the teams on the opposite end of those trades, namely the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals, have plummeted.
To properly rank each system, I employed a value system that awards specific points for a team’s quantity of top-100 prospects. In this scenario, a top-25 prospect is worth three points and top-50 worth two, while any prospect who ranks in the top-50-100 returns one point.
I then assigned a value, ranging from one to three points, to each organization based on the overall quantity and quality of their farm system.
For tie-breaking scenarios, I favored the organization with more top-50 prospects.
Here’s a look at Prospect Pipeline’s farm system rankings headed into spring training.
*The index for each organization's top 10 prospects can be found here.