Ranking All 30 MLB Farm Systems, Post 2016 MLB Draft

Joel ReuterFeatured ColumnistJune 15, 2016

Ranking All 30 MLB Farm Systems, Post 2016 MLB Draft

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    Seattle Mariners first-round pick Kyle Lewis
    Seattle Mariners first-round pick Kyle LewisJohn Froschauer/Associated Press

    The 2016 MLB draft is in the books, with 1,216 players selected over the course of the 40-round, three-day event.

    With no clear-cut No. 1 talent in this year's class, the first round was as unpredictable as any in recent memory and a number of highly regarded prospects wound up slipping below their expected draft position as a result.

    Now the focus for each team the next few weeks will be on signing its respective draft picks and getting their pro careers started.

    With that in mind, what follows is an updated look at where all 30 farm systems rank, assuming all of the top draft picks sign. Day 1 talents who slipped due to signability concerns were not included, as they will almost certainly be heading off to school.

    The following factors helped determine the rankings of players and teams:

    • Potential (Player): Potential trumps production a lot of the time, especially in the lower levels of the minors and with recent draft picks. Skill set and overall tools are often a better indication of what kind of player a guy will be in the future.
    • Talent (Player): As for guys in the higher levels of the minors who are close to breaking through at the big league level, production and current talent level are the determining factors, as they are viewed as a more complete product.
    • Overall Depth (Team): Having one or two elite prospects is great, but having a deep farm system from top to bottom is the way to build a sustainable contender. The overall depth and level of talent was the biggest factor in ranking each team.
    • High-End Talent (Team): That being said, there is a difference between a prospect who has a chance of making an impact at the big league level and a prospect who could be a star. Elite prospects served as a tiebreaker of sorts when two teams were close in the rankings.

    An updated list of the top 10 prospects for each team has been provided, as well a breakout down of each team's top position-player prospect, pitching prospect and one prospect on the rise.

    It should be noted that players on the big league roster who have not yet used up their rookie status (130 AB, 50 IP, 45 days on roster) were included as prospects.

30. Los Angeles Angels (Previous: 30)

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    C Matt Thaiss
    C Matt ThaissSteven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. C Matt Thaiss21imgDRAFT PICK2020
    2. OF Brandon Marsh18imgDRAFT PICK2021
    3. C Taylor Ward22imgA+2019
    4. CF Jahmai Jones18imgA2021
    5. RHP Victor Alcantara23imgAA2017
    6. SS Nolan Williams18imgDRAFT PICK2021
    7. LHP Nate Smith24imgAAA2016
    8. RHP Jaime Barria19imgA2020
    9. RHP Grayson Long22imgA2019
    10. RHP Joe Gatto21imgA2019

     

    State of the Farm System

    The Angels did well to add a polished college bat (Matt Thaiss) and a pair of high-ceiling preps (Brandon Marsh and Nonie Williams) at the top of this year's draft class. It's a step in the right direction for what was the thinnest farm system in baseball, but there's still a lot of work to do.

    Taylor Ward and Jahmai Jones both have significant upside but come with a certain level of uncertainty, while top pitching prospects Nate Smith, Grayson Long and Joe Gatto are probably middle-of-the-rotation arms at best.

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: C/1B Matt Thaiss

    The Angels grabbed Matt Thaiss with the No. 16 pick this year after he hit .375/.473/.578 with 13 doubles and 10 home runs at the University of Virginia. His long-term defensive position is still up in the air, but he was one of the more polished bats in the class and should be able to help out in the majors soon. Second-round pick Brandon Marsh has huge offensive upside and a higher overall ceiling than Thaiss, but for now he's in the No. 2 spot.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: RHP Victor Alcantara

    It has not always translated to on-field success, but Victor Alcantara is still the best arm in the Angels' system. His fastball sits in the mid-90s with good sink and he can dial it up to 99 and he pairs it with a power slider in the low 90s. The development of his changeup will ultimately determine if he can remain a starter, but at the very least he has a chance to be a dominant late-inning reliever.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: RHP Jaime Barria

    Jaime Barria made his U.S. debut last year with a 4.02 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 69.2 innings over two rookie league stops, and so far the transition to full-season ball has been a smooth one. He doesn't have a ton of physical projection, but brings good pitchability and a plus changeup. If his curveball continues to develop and he can add a bit more velocity he has a chance to really develop into a front-line prospect.

29. Baltimore Orioles (Previous: 27)

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    RHP Hunter Harvey
    RHP Hunter HarveyTony Gutierrez/Associated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. RHP Hunter Harvey21imgA+2017
    2. C Chance Sisco20imgAA2017
    3. RHP Cody Sedlock21imgDRAFT PICK2019
    4. SS Ryan Mountcastle19imgA2019
    5. 3B Jomar Reyes19imgA+2019
    6. 1B Trey Mancini24imgAAA2017
    7. OF D.J. Stewart22imgA2018
    8. LHP Chris Lee23imgAA2017
    9. 1B Christian Walker25imgAAA2016
    10. RHP Matthias Dietz20imgDRAFT PICK2020

     

    State of the Farm System

    For the past several seasons, the top of the Baltimore Orioles farm system has been occupied by the talented but oft-injured duo of Hunter Harvey and Dylan Bundy. While Bundy is finally contributing at the MLB level and Harvey is close to returning to action, it's fair to say those two have not panned out as hoped.

    The team has added some quality talent in recent years with Ryan Mountcastle and D.J. Stewart selected in 2015 to bolster the position-player side of things and the trio of Cody Sedlock, Keegan Akin and Matthias Dietz headlining this year's class to add some much-needed pitching. There's still no slam dunk top prospect in the organization, though.

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: C Chance Sisco

    A second-round pick in 2013, Chance Sisco is a career .323/.403/.426 hitter in parts of four minor league seasons but he's still a work in progress behind the plate. He's been pushed aggressively and has continued to hit in Double-A this year, so if he can even develop into an average defensive catcher he'll get a crack at the everyday job in the near future.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: RHP Hunter Harvey

    Hunter Harvey was brilliant in 2014, posting a 3.18 ERA, 1.129 WHIP and 106 strikeouts in 87.2 innings as a 19-year-old at the Single-A level. However, that breakout season was cut short by arm problems, and he hasn't pitched since. Still just 21 and finally nearing 100 percent, he still has tremendous upside, but expect the team to ease him back into action.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: OF Mike Yastrzemski

    The grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, outfielder Mike Yastrzemski has moved slowly through the minors since being taken in the 14th round of the 2013 draft and entering the season he looked destined to peak as a fourth outfielder. He's off to a nice start here in 2016, though, hitting .273/.361/.489 with 16 doubles, 10 home runs and 41 RBI and earning a promotion to Triple-A. The 25-year-old may yet have a future as an everyday outfielder.

28. Detroit Tigers (Previous: 28)

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    OF Christin Stewart
    OF Christin StewartMark Cunningham/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. RHP Matt Manning18imgDRAFT PICK2021
    2. RHP Beau Burrows19imgA2020
    3. OF Christin Stewart22imgA+2018
    4. SS JaCoby Jones24imgAAA2017
    5. OF Derek Hill20imgA2019
    6. RHP Kyle Funkhouser22imgDRAFT PICK2019
    7. RHP Joe Jimenez21imgAA2017
    8. OF Jose Azocar20imgA2020
    9. LHP Tyler Alexander21imgA+2019 
    10. OF Steven Moya24imgAAA2016

     

    State of the Farm System

    Slowly but surely the Detroit Tigers have added to what was by far the worst farm system in baseball just a few years ago. Assuming they can sign Matt Manning, they picked up two potential front-line arms in this year's draft when Kyle Funkhouser slipped to the fourth round.

    The position player side of things is still shaky, but Christin Stewart looks like a potential impact bat and there is still a lot of upside in guys like Derek Hill and Jose Azocar. Joe Jimenez has also emerged as a long-term closer option, and they seemingly always need help in the bullpen.

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: OF Christin Stewart

    Christin Stewart hit .285/.372/.508 with 30 extra-base hits in 301 plate appearances after being taken No. 34 overall last June, and he's continued to move quickly by starting this season at the High-A level. The University of Tennessee alum has a .926 OPS with 13 doubles and 16 home runs so far this year, and a promotion to Double-A could be coming in the not-too-distant future as his bat continues to carry him up the organizational ladder.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: RHP Matt Manning

    The Tigers still need to sign Matt Manning, who was rumored to be seeking a $5 million bonus and is committed to play both baseball and basketball at Loyola Marymount. Provided they can get that done, the uber-projectable 6'6", 185-pound right-hander will immediately become the team's top overall prospect. His fastball already touches 97 and he pairs it with a plus curveball, so the front-line potential is there.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: OF Jose Azocar

    After two years in the Venezuelan Summer League, toolsy outfielder Jose Azocar finally made his U.S. debut last season with a .325/.350/.428 line in the Gulf Coast League. He was aggressive promoted to Single-A to kick off 2016 and he's responded with a .338/.367/.404 line, 11 extra-base hits and eight stolen bases. That performance has him quickly shooting up the organizational prospect list.

27. Kansas City Royals (Previous: 22)

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    3B Hunter Dozier
    3B Hunter DozierChristian Petersen/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. SS Raul A. Mondesi20imgAA2017
    2. RHP Kyle Zimmer24imgAA2016
    3. C Chase Vallot19imgA2019
    4. RHP Ashe Russell19imgA-2020
    5. RHP Miguel Almonte23imgAAA2016
    6. 3B Hunter Dozier24imgAAA2017
    7. LHP Foster Griffin20imgA+2019
    8. RHP Scott Blewett20imgA2019
    9. RHP A.J. Puckett21imgDRAFT PICK2019
    10. SS Marten Gasparini19imgA2019

     

    State of the Farm System

    Between injuries (Kyle Zimmer), suspensions (Raul A. Mondesi) and sub-par performances (Bubba Starling), the top-end of the Kansas City Royals farm system has been a major disappointment in recent years.

    However, they have an abundance of quality arms in the lower levels of their system and that coupled with the improved performance of bats like Chase Vallot and Hunter Dozier is enough to keep them from sliding any lower in these rankings for the time being.

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: SS Raul A. Mondesi

    Raul A. Mondesi is currently serving a 50-game suspension after testing positive for a performance enhancer in May, but he's still the top prospect in a Royals' system lacking high-end talent. He's been promoted as aggressively as any prospect in baseball during his time in the organization, and at the very least should be a standout defender with good contact skills and plus speed.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: RHP Kyle Zimmer

    Kyle Zimmer has struggled to stay on the mound but still claims top pitching prospect honors thanks to his vast potential. He can touch triple digits with his fastball and he might have the best curveball of any pitching prospect, but he's thrown just 74.1 innings total since the start of 2014 while dealing with myriad injuries. If durability continues to be an issue a move to the bullpen could make him an elite closer.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: 3B Hunter Dozier

    The Royals reached for Hunter Dozier at No. 8 overall in 2013 and used the money they saved to sign Sean Manaea at No. 34 overall, but that has put some unfair pressure on Dozier to live up to his draft position. After posting a .631 OPS in Double-A last season, things finally seem to be clicking as he's hitting .278/.339/.526 with 15 doubles and 14 home runs on the year.

26. Miami Marlins (Previous: 29)

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    LHP Braxton Garrett
    LHP Braxton GarrettLenny Ignelzi/Associated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. LHP Braxton Garrett18imgDRAFT PICK2021
    2. RHP Tyler Kolek20imgA2020
    3. 1B Josh Naylor18imgA2020
    4. OF Stone Garrett20imgA-2019
    5. LHP Jarlin Garcia23imgAA2016
    6. OF Austin Dean22imgAA2017
    7. OF Thomas Jones18imgDRAFT PICK2021
    8. OF Isael Soto19imgA2020
    9. RHP Kendry Flores24imgAAA2016
    10. RHP Chris Paddack20imgA2020

     

    State of the Farm System

    The Miami Marlins have traded and graduated a good deal of pitching talent in recent years, and that has left their farm system somewhat depleted. Throw in the fact that Tyler Kolek disappointed in his debut and was then lost to Tommy John surgery and the system was not in great shape heading into this year's draft.

    There's still a lack of overall depth, but the team picked up a terrific arm (Braxton Garrett), a high-ceiling outfielder (Thomas Jones) and did well to add quality college-level talent on both sides of the ball later in the draft. They're still in the bottom five for now, but this is a farm system that could be moving up by next update.

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: 1B Josh Naylor

    The No. 12 overall pick in the 2015, Josh Naylor was one of the fastest-rising prospect in last year's draft thanks to his plus-plus raw power. He hit .327/.352/.418 in 25 games after signing last year and has held his own in his full-season debut this year. He has legitimate 30-homer upside and a good enough hit tool to realize that power potential.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: LHP Braxton Garrett

    He may not have the same upside as fellow left-hander Jason Groome, but Braxton Garrett was the most polished prep arm in this year's draft and he has plenty of upside in his own right. His ceiling might be as a No. 2 starter, but his floor is as high as any high school pitcher in recent memory and he should be able to move quickly.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: RHP Chris Paddack

    Chris Paddack posted a 2.18 ERA in 45.1 rookie league innings last year after being signed away from his commitment to Texas A&M with an above-slot deal. He's continued to impress while making the jump to Single-A with a 1.47 ERA and an impressive 31 strikeouts in 18.1 innings, and there's plenty of projection left in his 6'4", 195-pound frame.

25. Toronto Blue Jays (Previous: 20)

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    OF Anthony Alford
    OF Anthony AlfordTommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. OF Anthony Alford21imgA+2018
    2. RHP Sean Reid-Foley20imgA2017
    3. RHP Jon Harris22imgA2018
    4. RHP Conner Greene21imgA+2017
    5. OF Vladimir Guerrero Jr.17imgROK2021
    6. SS Richard Urena20imgA+2018
    7. 1B Rowdy Tellez20imgAA2018
    8. RHP T.J. Zeuch20imgDRAFT PICK2019
    9. LHP Angel Perdomo22imgA2018
    10. C Max Pentecost23imgA2018

     

    State of the Farm System

    Trades have severely depleted the Toronto Blue Jays farm system in recent years, but they still have a trio of potential front-line arms in Sean Reid-Foley, Jon Harris and Conner Greene and a high-ceiling outfielder in Anthony Alford headlining the system.

    The system has a lot of quality pitching depth and they added to that with the selection of T.J. Zeuch in the first round. They also have one of the biggest prospect X-factors in the league in Vladimir Guerrero Jr. who has yet to begin his pro career stateside but has as high a ceiling as anyone.

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: OF Anthony Alford

    The quarterback of the Southern Mississippi football team, Anthony Alford has only recently turned his full attention to the baseball diamond. He took a huge step forward with a .298/.398/.421 line, flashing an advanced approach with a 13.8 percent walk rate. He's off to a slow start this season, but still has the highest ceiling in the organization.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: RHP Sean Reid-Foley

    A case can be made for Conner Greene or Jon Harris here, but right-hander Sean Reid-Foley earns top billing among the Blue Jays' pitching prospects thanks to his strong start this season. With a four-pitch repertoire highlighted by a fastball that touches 98 and a plus slider, he's posted a 2.95 ERA, 1.121 WHIP and 59 strikeouts in 58 innings for Single-A Lansing.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: LHP Angel Perdomo

    Angel Perdomo checked in as the Blue Jays' No. 26 in the Baseball America Prospect Handbook, but his stock is undoubtedly on the rise. At 6'6", 200 pounds and with a fastball that already touches 94 he offers as much projectability as any pitcher in their system. Now he's turning heads against Single-A competition with a 2.45 ERA, 1.057 WHIP and a 75-27 K-BB ratio in 58.3 innings.

24. Seattle Mariners (Previous: 26)

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    RHP Edwin Diaz
    RHP Edwin DiazMark Cunningham/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. OF Tyler O'Neill21imgAA2017
    2. OF Kyle Lewis20imgDRAFT PICK2019
    3. RHP Edwin Diaz22imgMLB2016
    4. OF Alex Jackson20imgA2019
    5. RHP Nick Neidert19imgA2019
    6. SS Drew Jackson22imgA+2018
    7. LHP Luiz Gohara19imgA-2018
    8. OF Boog Powell23imgAAA2016
    9. LHP Ryan Yarbrough24imgAA2017
    10. 1B D.J. Peterson24imgAAA2016

     

    State of the Farm System

    The Seattle Mariners system improved considerably when Mercer University slugger Kyle Lewis slipped to them at No. 11 overall. They also added one of the top prep bats (Joe Rizzo) and a quality college middle infielder (Bryson Brigman) with their next two picks, as those three should give the system a shot in the arm.

    That said, players like Alex Jackson and D.J. Peterson have been huge disappointments in recent years and prior to adding Lewis the team was sorely lacking in impact talent. There's depth here, and there's still time for Jackson to be an elite-level prospect, but for now it's hard to view them as a top-20 system.

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: OF Tyler O'Neill

    It's tempting to thrust top pick Kyle Lewis into this spot right out of the gates, but Tyler O'Neill has earned top billing among Mariners position-player prospects. He posted an .874 OPS with 32 home runs at the High-A level last year, and he's been even better this year in Double-A with a .321/.384/.557 line that includes 18 doubles, 12 home runs and 54 RBI in 63 games.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: RHP Edwin Diaz

    The Mariners' new front office decided to move Edwin Diaz to the bullpen this season and there's no question he has the stuff to be a future closer. He's proven durable despite his lanky at 6'3", 165 pound frame, but his upper 90s fastball and plus slider will play up as a reliever and he could be up for good after earning a promotion to the majors earlier this month.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: RHP Zack Littell

    Zack Littell was far enough off the prospect radar heading into the season that he wasn't mentioned among the team's top 30 prospects in this year's Baseball America Prospect Handbook. However, he's off to a great start in his second go-around in Single-A with a 3.04 ERA and 1.188 WHIP in 80 innings of work and he's improved his strikeout rate from 6.7 to 8.6 K/9. It will be interesting to see how the 20-year-old handles the next level of competition and a promotion should be coming soon.

23. Arizona Diamondbacks (Previous: 24)

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    OF Anfernee Grier
    OF Anfernee GrierButch Dill/Associated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. RHP Braden Shipley24imgAAA2016
    2. OF Anfernee Grier20imgDRAFT PICK2020
    3. C/OF Peter O'Brien25imgAAA2016
    4. LHP Alex Young22imgA2018
    5. SS Dawel Lugo21imgA+2019
    6. IF Domingo Leyba20imgA+2019
    7. LHP Cody Reed20imgA+2019
    8. RHP Jon Duplantier21imgDRAFT PICK2020
    9. RHP Yoan Lopez23imgAA2017
    10. LHP Anthony Banda22imgAA2017

     

    State of the Farm System

    The Arizona Diamondbacks gave up a pair of front-line prospects in Dansby Swanson and Aaron Blair when they acquired Shelby Miller, and that dropped them into the bottom third among systems heading into the year.

    Adding Anfernee Grier in the first round gives them a top-end outfield prospect and Jon Duplantier was a steal at No. 89 overall, but this is still a system that is short on impact talent. Assuming Braden Shipley and Peter O'Brien both wind up in the majors for good before 2016 is over, they could be even lower by season's end.

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: OF Anfernee Grier

    It's tempting to put Peter O'Brien here with his 1.025 OPS and 17 home runs, but he still has a lot of swing-and-miss to his game and no clear defensive position. Instead, we'll go with first-round pick Anfernee Grier who plays a terrific center field and has a good hit tool and plus speed. He hit .366/.457/.576 with 12 home runs and 19 steals this spring at Auburn.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: RHP Braden Shipley

    With Archie Bradley graduating to the majors and Aaron Blair traded to the Braves, Braden Shipley is a fairly easy choice here as the top pitching prospect. He has a polished three-pitch mix with a fastball that sits in the low 90s, a terrific changeup and a tight curveball and he's a plus athlete to boot. He should be a fixture in the Arizona rotation in the near future.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: LHP Anthony Banda

    Anthony Banda as acquired at the deadline in 2014 in the deal that sent Gerardo Parra to the Milwaukee Brewers. He was 8-8 with a 3.32 ERA in 151.2 innings with High-A Visalia last year to earn the No. 15 spot in the organization in the Baseball America Prospect Handbook. He earns a spot in our top 10 with a 2.37 ERA and 9.9 K/9 so far in 68.1 Double-A innings.

22. San Francisco Giants (Previous: 21)

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    SS Christian Arroyo
    SS Christian ArroyoMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. SS Christian Arroyo21imgAA2017
    2. RHP Phil Bickford20imgA2018
    3. RHP Tyler Beede23imgAA2017
    4. 1B Christopher Shaw22imgA+2018
    5. SS Lucius Fox18imgA2019
    6. C Aramis Garcia23imgA+2018
    7. RHP Samuel Coonrod23imgA+2018
    8. OF Bryan Reynolds21imgDRAFT PICK2019
    9. OF Heath Quinn21imgDRAFT PICK2019
    10. RHP Michael Santos21imgA2019

     

    State of the Farm System

    The San Francisco Giants farm system has rarely looked like one of the best in baseball on paper, but they always seem to find a way to develop MLB contributors even if they're not highly regarded prospects.

    Phil Bickford, Tyler Beede and Samuel Coonrod give them three quality pitching prospects, and they did well to add a pair of first-round caliber outfielders in Bryan Reynolds and Heath Quinn in the draft despite not holding a first-round pick. There still doesn't seem to be a slam dunk future star in the organization, though.

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: SS Christian Arroyo

    Most viewed the selection of Christian Arroyo at No. 25 in the 2013 draft as a reach by the Giants, but he's impressed every step of the way with his advanced offensive game. He hit .304 with 39 extra-base hits in High-A last season, and at some point figures to make the move to third base since he's blocked by Brandon Crawford in the majors.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: RHP Phil Bickford

    Originally taken No. 10 overall by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2013 draft, Phil Bickford spent a season at Cal State Fullerton and a season at the College of Southern Nevada before being taken No. 18 overall in 2015. His fastball touches 98, his slider can be a plus-plus pitch and his changeup is improving so the front-line stuff is there. With a 2.70 ERA, 1.067 WHIP and 10.4 K/9 in 60 innings in Single-A he's jumped Tyler Beede as the team's top pitching prospect.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: RHP Michael Santos

    The Giants' No. 19 prospect according to the Baseball America Prospect Handbook, Michael Santos made nine starts in Single-A last season and back at that level this year he's been one of the breakout prospects of the year. He has a 2.91 ERA, 1.125 WHIP and an impressive 44-5 K-BB ratio in 58.2 innings. He has advanced pitchability for his age and there's still some room for projection in his 6'4", 170-pound frame.

21. San Diego Padres (Previous: 25)

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    OF Manuel Margot
    OF Manuel MargotJennifer Stewart/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. OF Manuel Margot21imgAAA2017
    2. OF Hunter Renfroe24imgAAA2016
    3. SS Javier Guerra20imgA+2018
    4. LHP Logan Allen19imgA2020
    5. LHP Eric Lauer21imgDRAFT PICK2019
    6. OF Michael Gettys20imgA2018
    7. SS Jose Rondon22imgAA2017
    8. 2B Luis Urias19imgA+2019
    9. SS Ruddy Giron19imgA2019
    10. C Austin Allen22imgA2019

     

    State of the Farm System

    The San Diego Padres gutted their farm system in an effort to build a winner last season, and when the dust settled on the 2015 season they had a losing record and a thinned out farm system with which to begin rebuilding.

    Adding Manuel Margot, Javier Guerra and Logan Allen in exchange for Craig Kimbrel kicked off their efforts to restock the system this offseason, and with six picks inside the top 100 they added plenty more young talent in this year's draft. This is a system on the rise, and the 2016 draft class will be the determining factor in how high.

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: OF Manuel Margot

    One of the key pieces acquired from the Boston Red Sox in the Craig Kimbrel deal, Manuel Margot figures to make his MLB debut some time later this season. He's hitting .300/.353/.432 with 22 extra-base hits and 16 stolen bases and all signs point to him being the long-term answer in center field.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: LHP Logan Allen

    Another player acquired in the aforementioned Kimbrel deal, Logan Allen was an eight-round pick last year and he debuted with a 1.11 ERA, 0.781 WHIP and 9.6 K/9 in 24.1 innings. The 19-year-old has a good four-pitch mix with a mid-90s fastball backed by a curveball, slider and changeup that should all be at least average offerings.

    Eric Lauer,  who was taken No. 25 overall in this year's draft, won National Player of the Year honors at Kent State after going 10-2 with a 0.69 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 104 innings. He'll be pushing hard for this spot.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: 2B Luis Urias

    Luis Urias was ranked as the organization's No. 29 prospect in the Baseball America Prospect Handbook. He impressed in his full-season debut last year while playing up the middle alongside the more highly regarded Ruddy Giron, and he's hitting .308/.366/.385 with 14 extra-base hits so far this year. Urias turned 19 on June 3, so he's well ahead of the developmental curve in High-A.

20. Chicago White Sox (Previous: 23)

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    SS Tim Anderson
    SS Tim AndersonJeff Haynes/Associated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. SS Tim Anderson22imgMLB2016
    2. RHP Carson Fulmer22imgA+2017
    3. C Zack Collins21imgDRAFT PICK2018
    4. RHP Zack Burdi21imgDRAFT PICK2018
    5. RHP Spencer Adams19imgA+2018
    6. OF Micker Adolfo19imgA-2020
    7. RHP Tyler Danish21imgMLB2016
    8. 3B Trey Michalczewski20imgAA2017
    9. OF Jacob May24imgAAA2017
    10. RHP Zachary Thompson22imgA2018

     

    State of the Farm System

    The Chicago White Sox have drafted well in recent years, but their farm system is still lacking in overall depth and trading away Frankie Montas, Trayce Thompson and Micah Johnson in the offseason to acquire Todd Frazier didn't help any.

    Tim Anderson will soon be off this list after recently being called up, but the team added two of the top college bats in this year's class (Zack Collins, Jameson Fisher), an electric arm (Zack Burdi) and huge upside arm (Alec Hansen) in what was one of the better drafts by any team. It helps, but the lack of prospect depth still keeps them at No. 20.

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: SS Tim Anderson

    The White Sox finally cut Jimmy Rollins and his .624 OPS loose last week, and with that the Tim Anderson era has officially begun in Chicago. His bat has never been the question with a .301/.340/.426 line in 1,471 minor league plate appearances, but he still has work to do defensively.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: RHP Carson Fulmer

    Despite a max-effort delivery and some questions about his command, many still considered Carson Fulmer to be the top arm in the 2015 draft. He fell to the White Sox at No. 8 overall and they'll give him every chance to start, but his future may be at the back of the bullpen. Regardless, his stuff is plus-plus and he'll make an impact in some capacity.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: RHP Matt Cooper

    Matt Cooper is a bit behind on the developmental scale as a 24-year-old in High-A, but his early season numbers are tough to ignore. He's posted a 95-21 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 77.2 innings, and he could be a real pop-up prospect if that success carries over when he's inevitably promoted to Double-A.

19. New York Mets (Previous: 17)

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    RHP Justin Dunn
    RHP Justin DunnAssociated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. 1B Dominic Smith21imgAA2018
    2. SS Amed Rosario20imgAA2017
    3. OF Brandon Nimmo23imgAAA2016
    4. SS Gavin Cecchini22imgAAA2016
    5. OF Wuilmer Becerra21imgA+2018
    6. RHP Justin Dunn20imgDRAFT PICK2019
    7. OF Desmond Lindsay19imgROK2020
    8. SS Luis Carpio18imgROK2020
    9. SS Milton Ramos20imgA2019
    10. RHP Marcos Molina20imgAA2018

     

    State of the Farm System

    The New York Mets farm system has churned out some phenomenal talent in recent years, including Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, Michael Conforto and Travis d'Arnaud, but the well is starting to run a bit dry.

    Dominic Smith and Amed Rosario look like future everyday players and Brandon Nimmo still has a chance to live up to his first-round pedigree, but the pitching side of things has thinned considerably. Grabbing two of the top college arms on the board in Justin Dunn (No. 19) and Anthony Kay (No. 31) will help that situation, and they followed that with four quality college bats in Peter Alonso, Blake Tiberi, Michael Paez and Colby Woodmansee.

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: 1B Dominic Smith

    Dominic Smith may never develop prototypical power at the first base position, but he has one of the best hit tools in all of the minors and a very advanced approach for his age. The 21-year-old hit .362/.483/.511 in the Arizona Fall League and has made the jump to Double-A this year as he continues to move quickly.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: RHP Justin Dunn

    Used primarily as a reliever during his time at Boston College, Justin Dunn slid into the rotation in April and his draft stock took off. He always had the look for a potential starter with a good three-pitch repertoire and an athletic frame, and proving himself as part of the weekend rotation helped prove the scouts right. With Steven Matz graduating to the majors, Dunn headlines the next wave of pitching talent in the organization.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: LHP P.J. Conlon

    Not ranked among the team's top 30 prospect in the Baseball America Prospect Handbook, P.J. Conlon was a 13th-round pick last year out of the University of San Diego. After pitching out of the bullpen in his pro debut with great results (17.0 IP, 1.06 ERA, 13.2 K/9) he has moved into the starting rotation in Single-A and gone 8-1 with a 1.34 ERA, 0.937 WHIP and 56 strikeouts in 73.2 innings. 

18. St. Louis Cardinals (Previous: 18)

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    OF Magneuris Sierra
    OF Magneuris SierraScott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. RHP Alex Reyes21imgAAA2016
    2. RHP Luke Weaver22imgAA2017
    3. RHP Jack Flaherty20imgA+2018
    4. OF Magneuris Sierra20imgA2018
    5. SS Delvin Perez17imgDRAFT PICK2018
    6. SS Edmundo Sosa20imgA2019
    7. OF Harrison Bader22imgAA2018
    8. RHP Junior Fernandez18imgA-2020
    9. OF Nick Plummer19imgA-2019
    10. RHP Dakota Hudson21imgDRAFT PICK2018

     

    State of the Farm System

    After rolling the dice on Delvin Perez with their first pick, the St. Louis Cardinals added two polished college arms in Dakota Hudson and Connor Jones to a farm system that is stocked in the lower levels but lacking polished talent.

    Guys like Magneuris Sierra, Edmundo Sosa, Junior Fernandez, Nick Plummer, Jake Woodford, Ronnie Williams and Sandy Alcantara all have a chance to emerge as elite-level prospects, but they are still years from contributing and until they develop further it's hard to rank the Cardinals any higher.

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: OF Magneuris Sierra

    With Stephen Piscotty using up his rookie eligibility last season, there's a noticeable shortage of MLB-ready position-player talent in the Cardinals system. That being said, Magneuris Sierra and Edmundo Sosa both represent high-upside players making their full-season debut and Sierra has held his own so far with a .298 average and 12 stolen bases. He's ahead of the developmental curve at this point and is still a ways from reaching his ceiling.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: RHP Alex Reyes

    After serving a 50-game suspension for a second positive marijuana test, Alex Reyes has picked up right where he left off in 2015 by continuing to dominate MiLB hitters. He posted a 2.49 ERA, 1.174 WHIP and 151 strikeouts in 101.1 innings last season while reaching Double-A, and so far in his Triple-A debut he has a 3.32 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 21.2 innings. All the tools are there for him to be their next homegrown ace.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: RHP Sandy Alcantara

    A 70-grade fastball that sits at 95 and can touch 101 was enough to put Sandy Alcantara on the prospect radar, but middling secondary stuff and a lack of command kept him from being one of the team's top prospects. Control remains an issue as he's walking batters at a 4.7 BB/9 rate, but he's continued to overpower hitters in his full-season debut with 71 strikeouts in 55.1 innings. He's rough around the edges, but his upside is as high as any pitcher in the organization outside of Reyes.

17. Tampa Bay Rays (Previous: 14)

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    LHP Blake Snell
    LHP Blake SnellChris O'Meara/Associated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. LHP Blake Snell23imgMLB2016
    2. SS Willy Adames20imgAA2017
    3. RHP Brent Honeywell21imgA+2017
    4. 3B Joshua Lowe18imgDRAFT PICK2021
    5. OF Garrett Whitley19imgROK2020
    6. 1B Jake Bauers20imgAA2017
    7. RHP Jacob Faria22imgAA2017
    8. RHP Taylor Guerrieri23imgAA2017
    9. 1B Casey Gillaspie23imgAA2017
    10. SS Daniel Robertson21imgAAA2016

     

    State of the Farm System

    The Tampa Bay Rays system as never been great at producing position-player talent, but they continue to churn out the arms and Blake Snell is the latest to make his way into the big league rotation.

    Garrett Whitley and Josh Lowe give the organization a pair of bats with star potential and Willy Adames should take over as the everyday shortstop in the near future. Brent Honeywell looks to be next up in terms of elite pitching prospects, but they're a bit thin on arms overall at this point.

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: SS Willy Adames

    The key acquisition in the three-team deal that sent David Price to the Detroit Tigers, shortstop Willy Adames still has a chance to make that deal look like a win for the Rays. A plus defender who won't turn 21 until September, Adames is currently hitting .285/.381/.504 with 20 doubles and eight home runs in Double-A. He has everything you look for in a standout everyday shortstop.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: LHP Blake Snell

    With the Super Two deadline passed, it appears Blake Snell is finally set to join the Rays' rotation full time. He made one spot start earlier this season, allowing two hits and one run while striking out six in five innings and he has a chance to make an immediate impact. The Minor League Player of the Year last season went 15-4 with a 1.41 ERA, 1.022 WHIP and 163 strikeouts in 134 innings over three levels.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: RHP Hunter Wood

    Hunter Wood entered the prospect conversation last season when he posted a 2.20 ERA, 0.875 WHIP and 113 strikeouts in 106.1 innings but the fact that he was 21 and pitching in Single-A/High-A still kept him on the prospect periphery. However, he's off to a great start once again this season with a 1.62 ERA, 0.914 WHIP and 67 strikeouts in 77.2 innings. He's somewhat undersized at 6'1", but at the very least he looks like a future setup man with a fastball that touches 96 and a plus curveball among his four pitches.

16. Cleveland Indians (Previous: 12)

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    OF Clint Frazier
    OF Clint FrazierMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. OF Clint Frazier21imgAA2017
    2. OF Bradley Zimmer23imgAA2016
    3. 1B Bobby Bradley20imgA+2019
    4. LHP Justus Sheffield20imgA+2018
    5. LHP Rob Kaminsky21imgAA2017
    6. RHP Mike Clevinger25imgAAA2016
    7. RHP Triston McKenzie18imgROK2020
    8. LHP Brady Aiken19imgROK2018
    9. 3B Nolan Jones18imgDRAFT PICK2021
    10. C Francisco Mejia20imgA2018

     

    State of the Farm System

    The Cleveland Indians system is headlined by a trio of bats in Clint Frazier, Bradley Zimmer and Bobby Bradley, but it's their impressive pitching depth that earns them high marks in these rankings.

    Justin Sheffield, Rob Kaminsky, Mike Clevinger, Triston McKenzie, Brady Aiken and Juan Hillman all have top-tier prospect potential and outside of the 25-year-old Clevinger all are still in the early stages of their development. Getting Nolan Jones at No. 55 in this year's draft was a steal, but Will Benson at No. 14 could be a pick they regret with Alex Kirilloff, Blake Rutherford and others still on the board.

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: OF Clint Frazier

    Bradley Zimmer might be the first of the Indians' top outfield prospects to reach the majors, but it's Clint Frazier who has the higher ceiling and ranks as the better overall prospect. He's still working on making consistent contact and turning his raw power into game power, but he has the look of a future middle-of-the-order run producer. He's hitting .308/.402/.500 with 19 doubles and six home runs this season in his first taste of Double-A action.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: LHP Justus Sheffield

    The Indians have a wealth of high-upside pitching prospects all lumped in the same area in their organizational rankings, but we'll go ahead and call Justus Sheffield the best of the bunch. The left-hander is undersized at 5'10" but he's shown advanced pitchability and a quality three-pitch mix that should allow him to stick as a starter. Others in the organization might have a higher ceiling, but he brings the best mix of upside and floor at this point.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: SS Yu-Cheng Chang

    Signed to a $500,000 bonus out of Taiwan as part of the 2013 international free agent class, Yu-Cheng Chang is a jack-of-all-trades type prospect who continues to out-perform his tools. Defensively he profiles more as a utility guy than a true everyday shortstop, but his bat plays better than that and he's currently hitting .278/.346/.504 with 32 extra-base hits and eight stolen bases in High-A.

15. Oakland Athletics (Previous: 19)

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    LHP A.J. Puk
    LHP A.J. PukSteven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. SS Franklin Barreto20imgAA2017
    2. LHP A.J. Puk21imgDRAFT PICK2019
    3. 3B Matt Chapman23imgAA2017
    4. 3B Renato Nunez22imgAAA2016
    5. SS Richie Martin21imgA+2018
    6. 1B Matt Olson22imgAAA2016
    7. LHP Dillon Overton24imgAAA2017
    8. SS Chad Pinder24imgAAA2016
    9. RHP Dakota Chalmers19imgROK2019
    10. 1B Ryon Healy24imgAAA2016

     

    State of the Farm System

    Landing A.J. Puk at No. 6 overall was a huge win for the Oakland Athletics, and they just continued adding arms form there as they took Daulton Jefferies, Logan Shore and Skylar Szynski with three of their next four picks.

    That's enough to vault them into the upper half of these rankings as pitching was a clear organizational need, but the stalled development of slugger Matt Olson hurts them a bit. Matt Chapman and Renato Nunez still have significant upside and Ryon Healy has been a breakout star, but outside of Franklin Barreto the position-player side of things is made up most of second-tier prospects on down.

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: SS Franklin Barreto

    The onus falls on Franklin Barreto to make the ill-advised Josh Donaldson trade look a little better in the eyes of history. He's been terrific offensively the past two seasons but his defense has lagged behind a bit and a move to second or third base may eventually become a necessity. With terrific bat speed and good raw power despite his 5'10" frame he'll make an impact with the bat and he should also steal some bases and hit for a respectable average.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: LHP A.J. Puk

    With the organization lacking in high-ending pitching talent after graduating Sean Manaea to the majors, grabbing A.J. Puk with the No. 6 overall pick made the A's one of the biggest winners of the draft. He's not a slam dunk future ace, but all the tools are there for the big 6'7" southpaw and he finally started to flash dominance down the stretch after an up-and-down junior season.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: 1B Ryon Healy

    After sub-par offensive numbers the past two seasons considering he's a college corner infielder and a former third-round pick, Ryon Healy has exploded in the upper minors. He's currently hitting .336/.398/.603 with 22 doubles, 12 home runs and 53 RBI in 61 games and he's seen his walk rate spike from 5.5 to 9.7 percent, while maintaining a strikeout rate below 20 percent.

14. Texas Rangers (Previous: 11)

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    3B/OF Joey Gallo
    3B/OF Joey GalloMatthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. 3B/OF Joey Gallo22imgAAA2016
    2. OF Lewis Brinson22imgAA2016
    3. RHP Dillon Tate22imgA2018
    4. RHP Luis Ortiz20imgAA2018
    5. RHP Ariel Jurado20imgA+2019
    6. LHP Yohander Mendez21imgAA2019
    7. 2B Andy Ibanez23imgAA2017
    8. LHP Cole Ragans18imgDRAFT PICK2021
    9. OF Ryan Cordell24imgAA2016
    10. OF Leody Taveras17imgROK2021

     

    State of the Farm System

    Graduating Nomar Mazara costs the Texas Rangers a few spots in these rankings, as does a rough start from Lewis Brinson who looked to be neck-and-neck with Mazara in the race to reach the majors last season. Keep an eye on outfielder Leody Taveras, who landed a $2.1 million bonus out of the Dominican and has a chance to shoot up the organizational ladder with a strong debut.

    They picked up two projectable arms in the draft in Cole Ragans and Alex Speas and they still have some quality pitching prospects headlined by Dillon Tate, Luis Ortiz and a pair of fast-rising arms in Ariel Jurado and Yohander Mendez so there's good depth there.

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: 3B/OF Joey Gallo

    With Nomar Mazara on to bigger and better things, Joey Gallo once again takes top position-player honors on the strength of his legitimate 80-grade power. The issues remains consistently making enough contact to tap into that power, as he whiffed a ridiculous 37.2 percent of the time in the minors last year and another 57 times in 123 plate appearances in the majors. The Chris Davis comparison still plays, and if things click there's a 50-homer season or two in that bat.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: RHP Dillon Tate

    The first pitcher drafted at No. 4 overall last year, Dillon Tate reach Single-A in his pro debut and he's back there this season for his first full season in the organization. The results have not been great with a 5.35 ERA and 1.528 WHIP in 35.1 innings and his mechanics still need to be smoothed out a bit, but with a fastball that touches 98 with good life, a biting slider and an improving changeup he has a chance to be great.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: RHP Pedro Payano

    Absent from the team's top 30 prospects in the Baseball America Prospect Handbook, Pedro Payano finally made it stateside last year after three-plus seasons in the Dominican Summer League. In 92.2 innings of work at the Single-A level dating back to last season, he's posted a 1.36 ERA, 1.112 WHIP and a 94-34 BB-K ratio. He's ready for the next step, and has a chance to be one of the breakout prospects of 2016.

13. New York Yankees (Previous: 16)

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    SS Jorge Mateo
    SS Jorge MateoKim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. SS Jorge Mateo21imgA+2018
    2. OF Aaron Judge24imgAAA2016
    3. C Gary Sanchez23imgAAA2016
    4. OF Blake Rutherford19imgDRAFT PICK2020
    5. RHP James Kaprielian22imgA+2018
    6. RHP Domingo Acevedo22imgA2019
    7. OF Dustin Fowler21imgAA2018
    8. SS Wilkerman Garcia18imgROK2021
    9. 3B Miguel Andujar21imgA+2018
    10. 2B Rob Refsnyder25imgMLB2016

     

    State of the Farm System

    After years of trading away prospect talent for veterans in an effort to win now, the New York Yankees have finally placed an emphasis on in-house player development and their farm system has steadily climbed these rankings as a result.

    Getting Blake Rutherford with the No. 18 pick was the biggest steal of the draft, and he joins Jorge Mateo, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez as top-tier position player prospects. The pitching side of things has lagged behind a bit, but James Kaprielian and Domingo Acevedo are quality arms and the overall overall prospect depth top-to-bottom in the organization is as good as it's been in years.

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: SS Jorge Mateo

    Jorge Mateo is perhaps the fastest prospect in MiLB with true 80-grade speed, but he's more than just a speedster. He possesses a good hit tool and should have no problem sticking at shortstop defensively, and as the team continues to promote him aggressively to High-A this season he's responded with a .282/.340/.433 line that includes 18 extra-base hits and 24 steals.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: RHP James Kaprielian

    The No. 16 pick in the draft last year, James Kaprielian was arguably the most polished collegiate arm in his class with an advanced feel for pitching and a four-pitch repertoire that has a chance to be above average across the board. He's been sidelined since April with elbow inflammation which is never a good sign, but that's not enough to bump him from the top spot here.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: 3B Miguel Andujar

    Signed to a $750,000 bonus as part of the 2011 international free agent class, the highest among all Yankees signing, Miguel Andujar immediately came to the U.S. and he's been brought along slowly. After hitting .243/.288/.363 as one of the youngest players at the High-A level last season, he's back for a second go-around and his line has improved to .283/.343/.474 with 10 doubles, 10 home runs and 41 RBI.

12. Washington Nationals (Previous: 15)

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    RHP Lucas Giolito
    RHP Lucas GiolitoReinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. RHP Lucas Giolito21imgAA2016
    2. SS Trea Turner23imgAAA2016
    3. OF Victor Robles19imgA2020
    4. RHP Reynaldo Lopez22imgAA2017
    5. RHP Erick Fedde23imgA+2018
    6. OF Andrew Stevenson22imgA+2018
    7. RHP Austin Voth24imgAAA2016
    8. 3B Carter Kieboom18imgDRAFT PICK2021
    9. RHP A.J. Cole24imgAAA2016
    10. 3B Anderson Franco18imgROK2020

     

    State of the Farm System

    The Washington Nationals farm system will take a serious hit once Lucas Giolito and Trea Turner use up their rookie eligibility, which will likely happen later this year.

    Until then, their system is headlined by two of the game's elite prospects and another up-and-coming elite-level player in Victor Robles. There are quality arms up and down the organizational ranks, and they added two more good ones in the draft in Florida right-hander Dane Dunning and projectable high school left-hander Jesus Luzardo. Oklahoma standout Sheldon Neuse was also a steal at No. 58 overall, while top pick Crater Kieboom has star potential as well.

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: SS Trea Turner

    It's only a matter of time before Trea Turner unseats Danny Espinosa as the everyday shortstop for the Nationals, and if not for a .333/.395/.769 line and five home runs from Espinosa here in June it likely would have already happened. With a plus hit tools and plus-plus wheels, Turner profiles as a future leadoff hitter and an impact table-setter. He may never win a Gold Glove, but he has the range and arm to stay at shortstop.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: RHP Lucas Giolito

    Arguably the top pitching prospect in the game right now, Lucas Giolito has proven to be well worth the gamble the Nationals took when they selected him No. 16 overall in the 2012 draft despite his impending Tommy John surgery. With a durable 6'6", 245-pound frame and a three-pitch arsenal that includes a fastball in the mid-to-upper 90s, a hammer curve and a vastly improved changeup he has all the makings of a future ace.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: 2B Max Schrock

    Max Schrock was a 13th-round pick last June out of South Carolina and he's done nothing but hit since beginning his pro career. Sent to Single-A to start this season, he's batting .322/.376/.450 with 21 extra-base hits, 14 steals and more walks (19) than strikeouts (18). His bat will need to continue to play up as he faces tougher competition, but so far there's a lot to like about that Day 3 pick.

11. Chicago Cubs (Previous: 10)

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    C Willson Contreras
    C Willson ContrerasMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. C Willson Contreras24imgAAA2017
    2. SS Gleyber Torres19imgA+2018
    3. OF Ian Happ21imgA+2017
    4. OF Eloy Jimenez19imgA2019
    5. OF Albert Almora22imgMLB2016
    6. RHP Duane Underwood21imgAA2017
    7. RHP Dylan Cease20imgROK2019
    8. OF Billy McKinney21imgAA2017
    9. RHP Carl Edwards Jr.24imgAAA2016
    10. 1B Dan Vogelbach23imgAAA2017

     

    State of the Farm System

    The fact that the likes of Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber, Kyle Hendricks and Jorge Soler have graduated from the Cubs farm system in recent years and they still rank No. 11 here speaks to the front office's abilities both in the draft and on the international market.

    They didn't have a pick until the third round this year but still managed to grab four quality collegiate arms in Tom Hatch, Tyson Miller, Bailey Clark and Chad Hockin. They may be lacking in elite talent outside of Willson Contreras and Gleyber Torres, but they're as deep as any system in baseball and have some intriguing high-ceiling players like Eddy Martinez and Eloy Jimenez who could emerge as elite guys.

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: C Willson Contreras

    Already stacked with young position-player talent at the big league level, the Cubs look to have another one on the way in catcher Willson Contreras. One of the breakout prospects of 2015 when he won the Southern League batting title with a .333 average, he's continued to rake in Triple-A with a .354/.444/.601 line that includes 16 doubles, nine home runs and 42 RBI. His defense is improving but still a work in progress, and the organization has no reason to push him with Miguel Montero signed through next season.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: RHP Duane Underwood

    Duane Underwood brought plenty of intrigue as a second-round pick in 2012 who was touching 98 with his fastball and showing a plus curveball in high school. He's been a project and still needs to refine is secondary stuff to start missing more bats (6.9 K/9 career), but his 2.41 ERA and 1.009 WHIP over 78.1 innings last season was a promising step in the right direction.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: RHP Trevor Clifton

    An above-slot signing as a Tennessee high schooler taken in the 12th round in 2013, Trevor Clifton took a significant step forward last year in his full-season debut. His 6'4" frame has gone from 170 to 210 pounds since he signed and his fastball is up to 97 as a result. Making the jump to High-A this season, he's pitched to a 2.21 ERA, 1.211 WHIP and has a 63-22 K-BB ratio over 57 innings.

10. Minnesota Twins (Previous: 5)

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    RHP Jose Berrios
    RHP Jose BerriosRick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. RHP Jose Berrios22imgAAA2016
    2. LHP Tyler Jay22imgAA2017
    3. SS Nick Gordon20imgA+2019
    4. OF Max Kepler23imgMLB2016
    5. OF Alex Kirilloff18imgDRAFT PICK2020
    6. RHP Kohl Stewart21imgAA2017
    7. LHP Stephen Gonsalves21imgA+2018
    8. SS Jorge Polanco22imgAAA2016
    9. C Ben Rortvedt18imgDRAFT PICK2021
    10. OF Akil Baddoo17imgDRAFT PICK2021

     

    State of the Farm System

    Even if he hasn't lived up to expectations yet, graduating Byron Buxton to the majors knocks the Twins down a few spots in these rankings as he was still one of the top prospects in baseball.

    After producing a number of position players in recent years the strength of the system is now on the pitching side of things with Jose Berrios, Tyler Jay, Kohl Stewart, Stephen Gonsalves and Nick Burdi all checking in as top-tier prospects. They picked up a nice haul of bats at the top of their draft, headlined by Alex Kirilloff along with a toolsy outfielder in Akil Baddoo and the top power hitting prep catcher in Ben Rortvedt.

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: SS Nick Gordon

    The son of former MLB pitcher Tom Gordon, shortstop Nick Gordon was drafted as a good athlete and a plus defender with a solid line-drive approach that could potentially make him a standout on both sides of the ball. He won't hit for much power, evidenced by his four home runs in 1,010 career plate appearances, but his floor has gotten significantly higher since he signed and he now looks like a safe bet to be an everyday shortstop.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: RHP Jose Berrios

    Jose Berrios has struggled to a 10.20 ERA and 2.133 WHIP in four starts for the Twins this season, but at some point he figures to be a big part of the rotation. He was 14-5 with a 2.87 ERA, 1.046 WHIP and 175 strikeouts in 166.1 innings between Double-A and Triple-A last season and with three above-average to plus pitches he has No. 2 starter upside.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: RHP Felix Jorge

    After flashing plus stuff but inconsistent command in short-season ball, Felix Jorge took a major step forward last year with a 2.79 ERA, 1.056 WHIP and 114 strikeouts in 142 innings in a full season at Single-A Cedar Rapids. He's backed that breakout with a brilliant start to 2016, posting a 1.64 ERA, 0.924 WHIP and 55 strikeouts in 66 innings. His command has improved significantly and the 22-year-old's advanced feel for pitching allows his average stuff to play up as a result.

9. Cincinnati Reds (Previous: 13)

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    3B Nick Senzel
    3B Nick SenzelCraig Bisacre/Tennessee Athletics

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. LHP Amir Garrett24imgAA2017
    2. RHP Robert Stephenson23imgAAA2016
    3. 3B Nick Senzel21imgDRAFT PICK2018
    4. OF Jesse Winker22imgAAA2016
    5. LHP Cody Reed23imgAAA2017
    6. 2B Jose Peraza22imgAAA2016
    7. OF Taylor Trammell18imgDRAFT PICK2020
    8. C Tyler Stephenson19imgA2020
    9. RHP Tyler Mahle21imgA+2018
    10. C Chris Okey21imgDRAFT PICK2019

     

    State of the Farm System

    With a loaded farm system on the pitching side of things, headlined by Amir Garrett, Robert Stephenson and Cody Reed, the Cincinnati Reds did well to bolster their farm system with a trio of bats at the top of this year's draft class.

    No. 2 overall pick Nick Senzel was as safe a pick as there was on the board and he has a chance to develop into a star. Outfielder Taylor Trammell was the best all-around athlete in the draft and a legitimate D-I football prospect, while catcher Chris Okey might be the most MLB-ready among collegiate backstops. They solidified their place as a top-10 system with a terrific draft.

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: 3B Nick Senzel

    After winning Cape Cod League MVP last summer, Nick Senzel solidified his standing as the top college bat in the 2016 draft class with a .352/.456/.595 line that included 25 doubles, eight home runs and 59 RBI. His advanced bat should sail through the minors and he could be the first position-player from this year's draft to reach the majors.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: LHP Amir Garrett

    I'm admittedly higher on Amir Garrett than most, but as a former basketball player who has only recently begun to focus on pitching full-time he's made huge strides in a very short time and still has plenty of room to get better. He lowered his ERA from 3.64 to 2.44 last year while making the jump from Single-A to High-A, and he's been nothing short of dominant to kick off his time in Double-A with a 1.64 ERA, 1.037 WHIP and 70 strikeouts in 71.1 innings.

    Robert Stephenson has been the more hyped pitching prospect, but it's Garrett who will wind up being the future ace in Cincinnati.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: RHP Tyler Mahle

    Tyler Mahle is not exactly an out-of-nowhere prospect considering he checked in at No. 10 in the Baseball America Prospect Handbook, but he's making a strong case to rank even higher. His 6'4" frame has filled out since being taken in the seventh round of the 2013 draft and his stuff has improved as a result. Making his High-A debut this season he's gone 8-3 with a 2.50 ERA, 0.945 WHIP and a 76-17 K-BB ratio over 79.1 innings. Last time out, he threw a no-hitter, as a hit batter is all that kept him from a perfect game and he needed just 105 pitches.

8. Houston Astros (Previous: 6)

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    3B Alex Bregman
    3B Alex BregmanReinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. 3B Alex Bregman22imgAA2016
    2. RHP Francis Martes20imgAA2017
    3. 1B A.J. Reed23imgAAA2016
    4. OF Kyle Tucker19imgA2019
    5. RHP David Paulino22imgAA2017
    6. OF Daz Cameron19imgA2020
    7. RHP Forrest Whitley18imgDRAFT PICK2020
    9. RHP Joe Musgrove23imgAAA2016
    8. OF Derek Fisher22imgAA2017
    10. OF Ramon Laureano21imgA+2018

     

    State of the Farm System

    Despite graduating the likes of Carlos Correa, Lance McCullers and Preston Tucker and trading away Vincent Velasquez, Mark Appel, Josh Hader, Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana, the Houston Astros still have one of the best systems in baseball.

    Landing Alex Bregman, Kyle Tucker and Daz Cameron last year went a long way in restocking the top of the farm, and they picked up another high-upside high school arm this year in Forrest Whitley. The eventual arrival of bats like A.J. Reed and Derek Fisher will hurt their ranking, but the continued development of David Paulino and Francis Marte could go a long way in off-setting those losses as both have elite-level upside.

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: 3B Alex Bregman

    A shortstop by trade, Alex Bregman is blocked there for the foreseeable future by Carlos Correa so he has begun the transition to third base this season. The No. 2 overall pick last June was aggressively sent to Double-A to begin the season and he's responded with a .311/.410/.582 line that includes 12 doubles, 13 home runs and 42 RBI. Don't be surprised if he's the Astros' everyday third baseman in the second half.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: RHP Francis Martes

    Francis Martes was one of the breakout prospects of 2015 with a 2.04 ERA, 1.092 WHIP and 98 strikeouts in 101.2 innings over three levels. That performance concluded with his Double-A debut at the age of 19, and he's back there to start this season. With a fastball that can reach 98 and a plus-plus curveball his changeup needs only to develop into a passable third pitch for him to reach his potential as a front-line starter.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: OF Ramon Laureano

    Unranked by the Baseball America Prospect Handbook in a deep Astros system, outfielder Ramon Laureano is making a strong case for more attention this season. A 16th-round pick in 2014 out of Northeast Oklahoma A&M, he's hitting .294/.417/.469 with 21 extra-base hits and 25 stolen bases in High-A while flashing an advanced approach with a 15.7 percent walk rate. 

7. Milwaukee Brewers (Previous: 10)

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    LHP Josh Hader
    LHP Josh HaderMorry Gash/Associated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. SS Orlando Arcia21imgAAA2016
    2. LHP Josh Hader22imgAAA2016
    3. OF Brett Phillips22imgAA2016
    4. OF Corey Ray21imgDRAFT PICK2019
    5. C Jacob Nottingham21imgAA2017
    6. IF Isan Diaz20imgA2020
    7. RHP Jorge Lopez23imgAAA2016
    8. SS Gilbert Lara18imgROK2019
    9. RHP Corbin Burnes21imgDRAFT PICK2019
    10. OF Trent Clark19imgA2020

     

    State of the Farm System

    A few short years ago the Milwaukee Brewers had arguably the worst farm system in baseball, but they have quickly built up one of the best crops of minor league talent in all of baseball thanks to some shrewd trades and good work in the draft and on the international market.

    Of the top 10 prospects listed above, Josh Hader, Brett Phillips, Jacob Nottingham and Isan Diaz were all acquired via trade since the start of last season. Beyond the 10 prospects listed, arms like Kodi Medeiros, Cody Ponce and Devin Williams and hitters like Tyrone Taylor, Clint Coulter, Monte Harrison and Demi Orimoloye could all be vying for a spot in the top 10 by midseason.

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: SS Orlando Arcia

    Orlando Arcia would probably already be in Milwaukee if not for the out-of-nowhere performance of stop-gap addition Jonathan Villar (.299 BA, .820 OPS, 23 SB, 2.1 WAR), but a little extra time in the minors won't hurt him any. Always viewed as a plus defender, Arcia broke out offensively last season with a .307/.347/.453 line in Double-A. He's a terrific all-around prospect outside of his lack of over-the-fence power and he has a chance to be a cornerstone of the Brewers' rebuilding efforts.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: LHP Josh Hader

    Already traded twice in his career, it appears Josh Hader has found a home in Milwaukee. After a strong season in Double-A he dominated the Arizona Fall League (16 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 19 K) and that has carried over into a lights-out start to 2016. He recently earned a promotion to Triple-A after posting a 0.95 ERA and 1.000 WHIP while striking out 73 in 57 innings in Double-A. His fastball-slider combination is nasty and his changeup is a passable third offering, giving him legitimate front-line potential.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: RHP Marcos Diplan

    Marcos Diplan was signed to a $1.3 million bonus as part of the 2013 international free agent class, and he came to the Brewers' organization as part of the trade that sent Yovani Gallardo to Texas. Making his full-season debut this year at the age of 19, he's posted a 2.05 ERA and 1.196 WHIP while striking out 72 batters in 52.2 innings. He still has some room to add strength to his 6', 160-pound frame and could make his way into the organization's top 10 prospects by midseason.

6. Colorado Rockies (Previous: 7)

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    SP Riley Pint
    SP Riley PintDavid Banks-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. SS Brendan Rodgers19imgA2019
    2. RHP Riley Pint18imgDRAFT PICK2021
    3. RHP Jeff Hoffman23imgAAA2016
    4. 3B Ryan McMahon21imgAA2017
    5. OF David Dahl22imgAA2017
    6. OF Raimel Tapia22imgAA2016
    7. LHP Kyle Freeland23imgAA2017
    8. 2B Forrest Wall20imgA+2018
    9. RHP German Marquez21imgAA2017
    10. RHP Robert Tyler21imgDRAFT PICK2019

     

    State of the Farm System

    With a farm system loaded with position-player talent, the Colorado Rockies desperately needed to add some quality arms alongside Jeff Hoffman and they did just that with Riley Pint, Robert Tyler and Ben Bowden at the top of their draft class.

    Not shooting Pint to the top of the organizational rankings is a precautionary measure as he still has some things to iron out, but he could be one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball in the near future. Beyond that significant addition, it's the overall depth and quality of prospects in the lower levels of the minors that keep the Rockies ranked so high.

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: SS Brendan Rodgers

    He may have gone No. 3 overall behind two fellow shortstops in Dansby Swanson and Alex Bregman, but most considered Brendan Rodgers to have the highest ceiling of any position player in the 2015 draft. Sent straight to full-season ball this year, he's hitting .281/.347/.473 with 15 doubles and eight home runs in Single-A and he has the offensive upside to emerge as a legitimate middle-of-the-order threat while playing an above average shortstop.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: RHP Riley Pint

    Not many high school pitchers can touch 102 with their fastball, let alone boast one of the best changeups in the draft. Riley Pint has a chance to be the best player from the 2016 draft class when all is said and done, and he has the stuff to tame Coors Field. His mechanics need to be smoothed out and there is some effort to his delivery, so injuries could be an issue, but as long as he stays healthy the sky is the limit.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: RHP German Marquez

    Acquired this spring in the Corey Dickerson-to-Tampa Bay trade, German Marquez has a chance to wind up being a far bigger part of that return package than Jake McGee. With a mid-90s fastball, a pair of quality secondary offerings and good command the 21-year-old has gone 5-4 with a 2.99 ERA, 1.153 WHIP and 66-19 K-BB over 72 Double-A innings.

5. Philadelphia Phillies (Previous: 8)

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    SS J.P. Crawford
    SS J.P. CrawfordChris O'Meara/Associated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. SS J.P. Crawford21imgAAA2016
    2. OF Mickey Moniak18imgDRAFT PICK2020
    3. RHP Jake Thompson22imgAAA2016
    4. OF Nick Williams22imgAAA2016
    5. OF Cornelius Randolph19imgA2020
    7. RHP Tom Eshelman22imgA+2018
    6. C/1B Jorge Alfaro23imgAA2016
    8. OF Roman Quinn23imgAA2016
    9. RHP Mark Appel24imgAAA2016
    10. OF Dylan Cozens22imgAA2017

     

    State of the Farm System

    The Philadelphia Phillies plucked Maikel Franco and Aaron Nola from their farm system last year, but the blockbuster deal that sent Cole Hamels helped restock the organization with high-end talent that was close to MLB ready.

    They grabbed one of the safest high school bats in recent memory at No. 1 overall in Mickey Moniak and he has tremendous upside as well. Second-round pick Kevin Gowdy has huge upside as a right-handed pitcher and they added a good mix of high-floor college talent and high-ceiling prep talent throughout their draft. 

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: SS J.P. Crawford

    J.P. Crawford is off to a slow start this season with a.228/.354/.315 line between Double-A and Triple-A, but there's a reason he's such a highly regarded prospect. His approach at the plate belies his age and at the very least he should develop plus gap power. He's also one of the best defensive shortstops in the minors with phenomenal range and a plus arm. He may not arrive as soon as expected, but he still has a great chance to be a star.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: RHP Jake Thompson

    Part of the prospect haul the Phillies received from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Cole Hamels, Jake Thompson profiles as a durable middle-of-the-rotation starter who should be a fixture in the Philadelphia rotation for years. With a burly 6'4", 235-pound frame and a solid four-pitch arsenal that includes a heavy mid-90s fastball and a wipeout slider, he should arrive for good in the not-too-distant future.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: OF Dylan Cozens

    A .290/.367/.600 line with 19 doubles, 19 home runs and 53 RBI in 278 plate appearances is going to open some eyes. Dylan Cozens was a second-round pick out of high school back in 2012, but his offensive game had been slow to develop until this season. An imposing figure at 6'6", 235 pounds, he trimmed his strikeout rate from 26.4 percent in 2014 to 19.7 percent last year and an emphasis on more consistent contact has allowed him to tap into his immense raw power.

4. Pittsburgh Pirates (Previous: 4)

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    RHP Tyler Glasnow
    RHP Tyler GlasnowJonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. RHP Tyler Glasnow22imgAAA2016
    2. OF Austin Meadows21imgAA2017
    3. RHP Jameson Taillon24imgAAA2016
    4. 1B Josh Bell23imgAAA2016
    5. C Reese McGuire21imgAA2018
    6. OF Harold Ramirez21imgAA2017
    7. 3B Will Craig21imgDRAFT PICK2019
    8. SP Mitch Keller20imgA2019
    9. 3B Ke'Bryan Hayes19imgA2020
    10. OF Tito Polo21imgA2018

     

    State of the Farm System

    Considering Tyler Glasnow, Jameson Taillon and Josh Bell could all exhaust their rookie eligibility before the 2016 season is over, the No. 4 spot in these rankings will likely be where the Pittsburgh Pirates peak before experiencing a slight downturn.

    That being said, there are still a number of elite-level prospects behind that trio and adding one of the top college bats (Wil Craig), two projectable arms (Nick Lodolo, Travis Macgregor) and a slick-fielding college shortstop (Stephen Alemais) doesn't hurt their standing any.

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: OF Austin Meadows

    It's still unclear where Austin Meadows fits into the Pirates' long-term plans with a crowded outfield situation, but at the very least he profiles as a very valuable trade chip. The No. 9 pick in the 2013 draft, he's hit at every level so far and currently carries a .306/.359/.588 line with 14 doubles, eight triples and five home runs in Double-A. He's in the midst of a 22-game hitting streak at the moment, hitting .402/.436/.838 during that run.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: RHP Tyler Glasnow

    Keeping everything working together for a pitcher with a 6'8" frame is never easy, and inconsistent mechanics have been the only thing holding Tyler Glasnow back to this point. That being said he's been nothing short of dominant as a pro, posting a 2.04 ERA, 1.081 WHIP and 587 strikeouts in 454.1 innings over parts of five minor league seasons. He'll debut at some point this season, and as long as he can keep the walks under control, he has a chance to dominate.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: OF Tito Polo

    After three seasons of rookie league action, Tito Polo made his full-season debut last year with a .236/.313/.328 line that included 20 doubles, three home runs and 46 steals. Back in Single-A to start this season, he's hitting .311/.380/.565 with 14 doubles, 11 home runs and 19 steals. The 21-year-old needs to continue to hit as he's fallen behind the developmental curve a bit, but the tools are there.

3. Boston Red Sox (Previous: 3)

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    2B Yoan Moncada
    2B Yoan MoncadaBrynn Anderson/Associated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. 2B Yoan Moncada21imgA+2017
    2. RHP Anderson Espinoza18imgA2019
    3. LHP Jason Groome17imgDRAFT PICK2020
    4. OF Andrew Benintendi21imgAA2017
    5. 3B Rafael Devers19imgA+2018
    6. 3B Michael Chavis20imgA2019
    7. RHP Michael Kopech20imgA+2018
    8. SS Mauricio Dubon21imgA+2018
    9. 1B Sam Travis22imgAAA2017
    10. OF Luis Alexander Basabe19imgA2020

     

    State of the Farm System

    The Boston Red Sox already have a terrific young, homegrown core in place at the MLB level with the likes of Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley, Steven Wright, Eduardo Rodriguez, Travis Shaw and Blake Swihart, and yet their farm system is still stacked.

    Yoan Moncada, Anderson Espinoza and first-round pick Jason Groome all have superstar potential, while 2014 first-round pick Michael Chavis is the prospect to watch as he's off to a red-hot start after a somewhat disappointing start to his pro career. They don't have the top-to-bottom depth of the top two teams in these rankings, but in terms of high-end talent the Red Sox system stacks up to any in baseball.

     

    Top Position-Player Prospect: 2B Yoan Moncada

    Between his signing bonus and the 100 percent penalty the Red Sox were forced to pay on said bonus, Yoan Moncada wound up costing $63 million when he was signed in March 2015. He hit .278/.380/.438 with 30 extra-base hits and 49 stolen bases in Single-A last season, and he's continued to flash superstar potential this season with a .304/.426/.478 line that includes 30 extra-base hits and 36 stolen bases in 60 games. His long-term defensive position is still up in the air, but his bat will play wherever he winds up.

     

    Top Pitching Prospect: RHP Anderson Espinoza

    Anderson Espinoza has already drawn comparisons to Pedro Martinez, and the hype will only grow as he pushes closer to the majors. He'll play this entire season at the age of 18 and he's already in Single-A where he's posted a 3.35 ERA, 1.230 WHIP and a 54-19 K-BB ratio in 53.2 innings. He's still raw, but he could be the top pitching prospect in baseball in the very near future.

     

    Prospect on the Rise: SS Mauricio Dubon

    A better hitter than Deven Marrero and a better defender than Marco Hernandez, Mauricio Dubon has emerged as the best shortstop prospect in the Red Sox system. A native of Honduras, he'll be shooting up prospect lists when they're updated at midseason thanks to a .321/.404/.398 line with 14 extra-base hits and 22 steals at High-A Salem. He's never going to hit for much power, but the rest of his tools have a chance to be plus across the board.

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (Previous: 1)

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    LHP Julio Urias
    LHP Julio UriasAnthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    NameAgeBornCurrent LevelETA
    1. LHP Julio Urias19imgMLB2016
    2. RHP Jose De Leon23imgAAA2017
    3. RHP Grant Holmes20imgA+2018
    4. RHP Frankie Montas23imgAAA2016
    5. OF Alex Verdugo20