Ranking All 30 MLB Farm Systems, Post-2015 MLB Draft

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistJune 11, 2015

Ranking All 30 MLB Farm Systems, Post-2015 MLB Draft

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    Dansby Swanson
    Dansby SwansonMark Humphrey/Associated Press

    The 2015 MLB draft is now in the rearview mirror, as all 40 rounds and 1,215 picks of this year's amateur draft are officially in the books.

    It was a year dominated by shortstops and pitching, as college bats were scarce, and more than a few teams reached for what polished bats there were on the board.

    At any rate, 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. Late-round players who slipped due to signability concerns were not included, though at least a few could wind up agreeing to above-slot deals.

    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 as some general analysis on top prospects, recent draft picks and the outlook of each farm system as a whole. 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.

    Note: MLB.com's Prospect Watch served as the baseline for each team's list of top 10 prospects and each prospect's ETA, though changes were made to both along the way to reflect early-season performance.

30. Detroit Tigers

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    Steven Moya
    Steven MoyaReinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. OF Steven Moya Triple-A2015
    2. OF Derek HillSingle-A2018
    3. RHP Buck FarmerTriple-A2015
    4. RHP Beau BurrowsDraft2019
    5. LHP Kevin Ziomek High-A2017
    6. RHP Austin Kubitza Double-A2017
    7. RHP Spencer Turnbull Single-A2017
    8. OF Tyler CollinsMLB-
    9. IF Javier Betancourt High-A2017
    10. OF Christin StewartDraft2018


    The Detroit Tigers had the worst farm system in baseball heading into the season, according to the Baseball America Prospect Handbook, and little has changed.

    Outfielder Steven Moya claimed top prospect honors after hitting 33 doubles and 35 home runs last year, but the 23-year-old is striking out at about a 31 percent clip right now, and that's unlikely to improve at the next level.

    Last year's first-round pick Derek Hill has a chance to be a solid player long term, but he's off to a slow start in Single-A and could be something of a project.

    Once Buck Farmer graduates to the big leagues—he already has five appearances (three starts) under his belt—this year's top pick Beau Burrows has a chance to immediately become the team's No. 1 pitching prospect.

29. Baltimore Orioles

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    Dylan Bundy
    Dylan BundyGreg Fiume/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Dylan Bundy Double-A2015
    2. RHP Hunter HarveyHigh-A2017
    3. 1B Christian WalkerTriple-A2015
    4. C Chance Sisco High-A2017
    5. OF D.J. StewartDraft2018
    6. RHP Zach DaviesTriple-A2015
    7. 3B Jomar ReyesSingle-A2018
    8. RHP Mike WrightMLB-
    9. RHP Tyler WilsonTriple-A2015
    10. OF Mike Yastrzemski Double-A2016


    It's been a long road back from Tommy John surgery for Dylan Bundy, who reached the majors at the age of 19 down the stretch in 2012. He still has front-line potential, but the clock has begun ticking for the 22-year-old to live up to the hype.

    Closing in on him for top prospect honors is Hunter Harvey, the son of former All-Star closer Bryan Harvey and a first-round pick in 2013. He's currently dealing with some elbow issues of his own, though, and fractured his shin during spring training. The 20-year-old has yet to make his 2015 debut.

    After those two, it's a fairly steep drop-off as far as impact prospects are concerned. Christian Walker and Chance Sisco both have a chance to be passable everyday guys, and 18-year-old Jomar Reyes has a ton of potential.

    This year's top pick D.J. Stewart should move quickly thanks to his advanced feel for the strike zone, as the Florida State product had 69 walks and a .500 on-base percentage to go along with a .318 average and 15 home runs this season.

28. Milwaukee Brewers

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    Orlando Arcia
    Orlando ArciaAssociated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Orlando Arcia Double-A2016
    2. OF Trenton ClarkDraft2019
    3. OF Tyrone TaylorDouble-A2016
    4. OF Clint Coulter High-A2017
    5. SS Jake Gatewood Single-A2018
    6. SS Gilbert LaraRookie2019
    7. LHP Nathan KirbyDraft2018
    8. RHP Devin WilliamsSingle-A2018
    9. LHP Kodi Medeiros Single-A2018
    10. RHP Cody PonceDraft2019


    The Milwaukee Brewers no doubt improved their farm system with this year's draft, but the team still lacks an elite prospect at the top and is thin all around on the pitching side of things.

    Shortstop Orlando Arcia, the younger brother of Minnesota Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia, has always been a plus fielder, but he has flashed some offensive potential to go along with it the past two seasons. The 20-year-old is hitting .321/.371/.463 in Double-A.

    Trenton Clark and Tyrone Taylor are both high-ceiling players with plus tools, while Clint Coulter is transitioning from catcher to outfield in an effort to get his bat moving a bit quicker.

    Nathan Kirby and Cody Ponce join a crop of second-tier pitching prospects, and with his polish and plus stuff coming out of the University of Virginia, Kirby could immediately be the team's top arm. The left-hander was 5-2 with a 2.28 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 59.1 innings this spring.

27. Los Angeles Angels

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    Andrew Heaney
    Andrew HeaneyMatt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. LHP Andrew Heaney Triple-A2015
    2. LHP Sean Newcomb High-A2017
    3. IF Roberto Baldoquin High-A2016
    4. RHP Joe Gatto Rookie2018
    5. 3B Kyle Kubitza MLB-
    6. RHP Nick Tropeano Triple-A2015
    7. LHP Nate SmithDouble-A2015
    8. RHP Chris EllisHigh-A2017
    9. RHP Victor Alcantara High-A2017
    10. SS Julio GarciaRookie2019


    The Los Angeles Angels' farm system has come a long way in the past year when you consider that the team selected Sean Newcomb and Joe Gatto in last year's draft, acquired Andrew Heaney, Nick Tropeano and Kyle Kubitza in offseason trades and signed Roberto Baldoquin as an international free agent.

    However, the Angels reached big time Monday when they took glove-first catcher Taylor Ward with the No. 26 overall pick. Obviously, position scarcity played a role with that selection, but Baseball America had him ranked as the No. 70 prospect.

    Kubitza actually made his big league debut Wednesday night, and with David Freese headed for free agency at the end of the season, Kubitza figures to get every chance to be the third baseman of the future.

    The Angels have added enough talent in the past calendar year to avoid challenging for the bottom spot in these rankings, but this is still a very thin system overall.

26. Seattle Mariners

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    Alex Jackson
    Alex JacksonAssociated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. OF Alex JacksonSingle-A2017
    2. 1B D.J. PetersonDouble-A2016
    3. IF Ketel MarteTriple-A2016
    4. 1B/3B Patrick Kivlehan Triple-A2016
    5. RHP Edwin Diaz Double-A2017
    6. OF Austin WilsonHigh-A2017
    7. LHP Luiz Gohara Single-A2017
    8. RHP Nick NeidertDraft2019
    9. LHP Ryan Yarbrough High-A2016
    10. OF Tyler O'NeillHigh-A2017


    Owners of one of the best systems in baseball a few years back, the Seattle Mariners have graduated a good deal of their high-end talent to the major league level, and they were without a first-round pick this season after signing Nelson Cruz.

    Alex Jackson, the No. 6 overall pick in last year's draft, has legitimate superstar potential as he makes the move from catching in high school to playing the outfield as a pro. However, the 19-year-old has struggled in Single-A, hitting just .157/.240/.213 in 28 games.

    Corner infielder D.J. Peterson also has a chance to be a star, and he could take over as the team's everyday first baseman as early as next year.

    The Mariners entered the season with lofty expectations, but they have fallen short so far. Unfortunately, they don't figure to get much help from their farm system in the second half, though there is some legitimate talent in the low minors.

25. Miami Marlins

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    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Tyler Kolek Single-A2018
    2. LHP Justin Nicolino Triple-A2015
    3. RHP Jose Urena MLB-
    4. LHP Jarlin GarciaHigh-A2017
    5. 2B Avery RomeroHigh-A2016
    6. RHP Trevor WilliamsDouble-A2016
    7. 1B Josh NaylorDraft2019
    8. LHP Adam ConleyTriple-A2015
    9. RHP Kendry FloresMLB-
    10. OF Isael SotoLow-A2018


    Power is hard to come by these days, and with a system lacking in overall position-player talent, the Miami Marlins reached for some of the best power in the draft class when they took slugger Josh Naylor.

    Last year's No. 2 overall pick Tyler Kolek, alongside a pair of essentially MLB-ready talents in Justin Nicolino and Jose Urena, gives the team a trio of terrific arms to headline the system.

    There's quite a drop-off from there, though, and outside of second baseman Avery Romero, there is really not another position-player prospect who currently looks to have everyday potential.

    The Marlins were aggressive in the offseason, trading off the likes of Andrew Heaney and Anthony DeSclafani, among others, and their farm system has taken a hit as a result.

24. Oakland Athletics

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    Matt Olson
    Matt OlsonMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. 1B Matt OlsonDouble-A2016
    2. SS Franklin Barreto High-A2017
    3. 3B Matt ChapmanHigh-A2017
    4. LHP Dillon Overton High-A2017
    5. 3B Renato NunezDouble-A2016
    6. SS Richie MartinDraft2018
    7. RHP Kendall Graveman MLB-
    8. LHP Sean Nolin Triple-A2015
    9. SS Yairo MunozSingle-A2018
    10. 2B Chad Pinder Double-A2016


    The decision to trade Addison Russell last July is one that could haunt the Oakland Athletics for a while, and as a result, this system lacks a truly elite prospect talent.

    Matt Olson is the closest Oakland has, and while he's probably always going to have a good deal of swing-and-miss to his game, he also has terrific plate discipline and some of the best power in all of minor league baseball.

    Young shortstop talent has become the most coveted commodity in the league, and the Athletics picked up a good one in Franklin Barreto as part of the Josh Donaldson deal. That trade looks rough right now, but he could help balance the scales down the road.

    The team took a pair of college shortstops with its first two picks in Richie Martin (Florida) and Mikey White (Alabama). In fact, the A's went the college route with nine of their first 10 selections as they look to bolster the upper levels of the system.

23. Philadelphia Phillies

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    J.P. Crawford
    J.P. CrawfordKirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS J.P. CrawfordDouble-A2016
    2. RHP Aaron NolaDouble-A2015
    3. OF Roman QuinnDouble-A2016
    4. RHP Zach Eflin Double-A2016
    5. 3B Cornelius RandolphDraft2019
    6. OF Carlos Tocci Single-A2017
    7. RHP Ben LivelyDouble-A2016
    8. LHP Tom Windle Double-A2016
    9. 2B Scott KingeryDraft2018
    10. RHP Ricardo PintoSingle-A2018


    The Philadelphia Phillies are finally on the road to rebuilding, and they have a pair of potential cornerstone pieces for the future in J.P. Crawford and Aaron Nola.

    The 20-year-old Crawford has already reached Double-A, and he's hitting .366/.466/.472 with a 22-15 walk-to-strikeout ratio in the minors so far this season. He also has the glove to make him a terrific all-around player at the position.

    Nola, whom the Phillies took No. 7 overall last June after he starred at LSU, is 7-3 with a 1.76 ERA and 0.865 WHIP in 11 starts for Double-A Reading. One of the more polished arms in last year's class, he could see a second-half promotion.

    There is potential behind those two as well, including this year's No. 10 overall pick Cornelius Randolph, who had one of the better bats in the class. The Georgia high schooler was selected as a shortstop, but his long-term future is at the hot corner.

22. Cleveland Indians

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    Francisco Lindor
    Francisco LindorAssociated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Francisco Lindor Triple-A2015
    2. OF Bradley Zimmer High-A2017
    3. OF Clint FrazierHigh-A2017
    4. LHP Brady AikenDraft2019
    5. LHP Justus SheffieldSingle-A2018
    6. OF Tyler Naquin Double-A2016
    7. C Francisco MejiaSingle-A2018
    8. RHP Triston McKenzieDraft2019
    9. LHP Juan HillmanDraft2019
    10. 3B Giovanny Urshela MLB-


    Francisco Lindor figures to reach the majors at some point this season, though the Cleveland Indians have resisted calling him up to this point for whatever reason. Once he does arrive, he figures to be a perennial Gold Glove contender with an emerging offensive game.

    Outfielder Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier could join Michael Brantley in a potentially dominant outfield in a couple of years, and they are both raking at the High-A level right now.

    The system was thin on arms heading into the draft, and the Indians took a chance on the biggest lottery ticket of the class when they snagged Brady Aiken at No. 17 overall. They'll need to be patient as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, but the Clayton Kershaw comparisons still stand.

    Aiken was not the only high-ceiling arm the team selected, though, as it grabbed a pair of Florida high schoolers with tremendous upside with its other two Day 1 selections in Triston McKenzie and Juan Hillman.

21. Chicago White Sox

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    Tim Anderson
    Tim AndersonAssociated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Tim AndersonDouble-A2016
    2. RHP Francelis MontasDouble-A2016
    3. RHP Carson FulmerDraft2017
    4. RHP Spencer AdamsSingle-A2018
    5. OF Micker AdolfoRookie2019
    6. RHP Tyler DanishDouble-A2016
    7. OF Courtney HawkinsDouble-A2017
    8. 3B Trey MichalczewskiHigh-A2017
    9. OF Jacob MayDouble-A2017
    10. 2B Micah JohnsonTriple-A2015


    Graduating left-hander Carlos Rodon to the majors would have been a major hit for the Chicago White Sox's farm-system ranking, but they were able to again grab what many viewed as the top college arm in the class when they took Carson Fulmer at No. 8 overall.

    There is still a legitimate question of whether or not he'll remain a starter, due to his max-effort mechanics, but regardless of what role he fills, his stuff is plus-plus.

    Despite his upside, Fulmer does not jump into the No. 1 prospect spot, as shortstop Tim Anderson and right-hander Francelis Montas continue to impress at the Double-A level.

    Anderson, a first-round pick in 2013, is hitting .300/.325/.391 with 21 stolen bases.

    Montas, acquired from the Red Sox in the Jake Peavy deal, was one of the breakout prospects of 2014 and has a 2.50 ERA and 1.167 WHIP.

20. Kansas City Royals

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    Raul A. Mondesi
    Raul A. MondesiJoe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Raul A. Mondesi Double-A2017
    2. LHP Sean Manaea Rookie2016
    3. RHP Ashe RussellDraft2019
    4. RHP Kyle Zimmer Single-A2016
    5. LHP Brandon FinneganTriple-A2015
    6. RHP Miguel Almonte Double-A2016
    7. 3B Hunter DozierDouble-A2016
    8. LHP Foster GriffinSingle-A2018
    9. RHP Scott Blewett Single-A2018
    10. RHP Nolan WatsonDraft2019


    His numbers may not jump off the page, but 19-year-old Raul Adalberto Mondesi has as much potential as any middle infield prospect in the league, and it's important to remember that he's currently the youngest player in the Double-A Texas League.

    Behind him are a pair of college arms who would likely already be in the majors if not for injury issues. Sean Manaea originally slipped in the draft due to a hip injury, while Kyle Zimmer had shoulder surgery and missed the bulk of last season.

    Joining them as top pitching prospects is right-hander Ashe Russell, who graded out as arguably the top high school arm in the entire draft class. He'll need to develop his changeup after dominating with a fastball/slider combination, but he has a chance to be an absolute steal at No. 21 overall.

    Previous first-round picks Brandon Finnegan, Hunter Dozier and Foster Griffin all have legitimate potential as well. This is a deeper farm system than some may think.

19. San Francisco Giants

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    Kyle Crick
    Kyle CrickAssociated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Kyle CrickDouble-A2016
    2. RHP Tyler Beede High-A2017
    3. RHP Keury MellaHigh-A2017
    4. IF Christian ArroyoHigh-A2017
    5. RHP Phil BickfordDraft2019
    6. RHP Clayton BlackburnTriple-A2016
    7. 1B Chris ShawDraft2018
    8. LHP Adalberto MejiaDouble-A2016
    9. LHP Steven Okert Triple-A2015
    10. LHP Ty Blach Triple-A2016


    The San Francisco Giants have been incredibly patient with top prospect Kyle Crick since taking him in the first round back in 2011, but he may very well prove to be worth the wait.

    In his second go-around at the Double-A level, and with a bit more freedom from an innings standpoint, the 22-year-old has posted a 1.88 ERA and 8.9 K/9, albeit with a troubling 7.5 BB/9 mark that remains an issue.

    Behind him are a pair of high-ceiling arms in Tyler Beede and Keury Mella, and they are joined by this year's top pick Phil Bickford. The right-hander has terrific stuff, but he has some off-field issues to iron out if he is going to reach his full potential.

    The team also reached for a college bat named Chris Shaw with its second pick, and if he can make enough contact to tap into his terrific power, he could be the team's top position-player prospect by next season.

    The Boston College product hit .319/.411/.611 with nine doubles, 11 home runs and 43 RBI this spring. 

18. San Diego Padres

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    Hunter Renfroe
    Hunter RenfroeAssociated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. OF Hunter Renfroe Double-A2016
    2. C Austin HedgesMLB-
    3. SS Jose Rondon High-A2017
    4. OF Rymer LirianoTriple-A2015
    5. RHP Austin SmithDraft2019
    6. RHP Jacob NixDraft2019
    7. IF Fernando PerezHigh-A2017
    8. OF Michael Gettys Single-A2018
    9. OF Travis Jankowski Double-A2017
    10. OF Franchy CorderoSingle-A2018


    The San Diego Padres traded away a good deal of young talent during a busy offseason, but they managed to hold on to their top two prospects in outfielder Hunter Renfroe and catcher Austin Hedges.

    Renfroe is the prototypical right fielder with plenty of power and a cannon arm, while Hedges has long been viewed as the game's top defensive backstop prospect but with some legitimate offensive skills as well.

    Behind them, 21-year-old shortstop Jose Rondon is enjoying a terrific season in High-A, hitting .302/.366/.423 with 18 extra-base hits and 17 stolen bases.

    The team was able to grab a pair of high-ceiling pitching prospects in Austin Smith and Jacob Nix to headline this year's draft class, and those two immediately become the top arms in the system after guys such as Matthew Wisler, Joe Ross, Max Fried and others were dealt.

17. St. Louis Cardinals

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    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Alex ReyesHigh-A2017
    2. OF Stephen Piscotty Triple-A2015
    3. LHP Marco GonzalesTriple-A2015
    4. LHP Rob Kaminsky High-A2017
    5. RHP Jack Flaherty Single-A2018
    6. OF Nick PlummerDraft2019
    7. OF Magneuris SierraRookie2018
    8. LHP Tim Cooney Triple-A2015
    9. OF Charlie Tilson Double-A2017
    10. SS Edmundo SosaLow-A2018


    The St. Louis Cardinals are as good as any team in the league at developing their in-house talent, and they look to have another good one on the way in right-hander Alex Reyes.

    The 20-year-old right-hander made the jump to High-A this season, and he's been dominant, posting a 2.17 ERA and 1.289 WHIP and striking out 69 in 49.2 innings of work.

    Behind him are a pair of essentially finished products in Stephen Piscotty and Marco Gonzales. Neither player profiles as a star, but both should be solid big league contributors for a long time.

    This year's top pick Nick Plummer joins an interesting crop of second-tier pitching prospects, and the right-hander has the tools to make a leap up these rankings in the near future.

16. Washington Nationals

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    Lucas Giolito
    Lucas GiolitoElsa/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Lucas Giolito High-A2016
    2. SS Trea TurnerDouble-A2016
    3. RHP A.J. ColeTriple-A2015
    4. RHP Joe RossMLB-
    5. RHP Reynaldo LopezHigh-A2017
    6. RHP Erick Fedde Rookie2018
    7. IF Wilmer Difo Double-A2016
    8. C Jakson Reetz Rookie2018
    9. RHP Austin Voth Double-A2016
    10. CF Andrew StevensonDraft2018


    The Washington Nationals' system is not as deep as it's been in years past, but it's fronted by arguably the top pitching prospect in all of baseball in Lucas Giolito. The flame-throwing right-hander has been brought along slowly to this point, due in part to injuries, but he could vie for a rotation spot by next season.

    Shortstop Trea Turner will finally become a member of the Nationals this weekend after sitting in the San Diego Padres system as a "player to be named" in the Wil Myers-Steven Souza deal that took place during the offseason. He's as advanced as any shortstop prospect in the minors and could legitimately take over for Ian Desmond next season.

    Those two elite prospects are followed by a handful of right-handed pitchers, including A.J. Cole and Joe Ross, who have both seen big league action this season, and last year's first-rounder Erick Fedde, who routinely touches 100 out of the bullpen.

    The team's top 2015 pick, center fielder Andrew Stevenson, was the best defensive outfielder in college baseball, and if his hit tool plays, he has a chance to be an impact everyday player.

15. New York Yankees

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    Luis Severino
    Luis SeverinoKim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Luis Severino Triple-A2016
    2. OF Aaron JudgeDouble-A2016
    3. SS Jorge MateoSingle-A2018
    4. 1B Greg BirdDouble-A2016
    5. 2B Rob Refsnyder Triple-A2015
    6. RHP James KaprielianDraft2018
    7. LHP Ian Clarkin High-A2017
    8. 3B Eric Jagielo Double-A2017
    9. C Gary SanchezDouble-A2016
    10. 3B Miguel Andujar High-A2017


    After years of mortgaging away their young talent and failing to develop the guys they did hang on to, the New York Yankees finally have a farm system that at least checks in as respectable.

    Right-hander Luis Severino was arguably the biggest breakout prospect of 2014, and he's backed it up with a strong start to 2015. The 21-year-old has a 3.13 ERA, 1.098 WHIP and 9.2 K/9 this season between Double-A and Triple-A.

    The team also features a pair of power prospects in Aaron Judge and Greg Bird, with both guys on track to make their debuts at some point next season.

    The system is relatively thin on pitching behind Severino, and the Yankees have struggled to develop arms in particular in recent years. James Kaprielian was one of the more polished college arms on the board this year, so that should help him move relatively quickly.

14. Toronto Blue Jays

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    Daniel Norris
    Daniel NorrisNick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. LHP Daniel NorrisTriple-A2015
    2. RHP Jeff HoffmanHigh-A2017
    3. RHP Sean Reid-FoleySingle-A2018
    4. SS Richard Urena Single-A2018
    5. RHP Jon HarrisDraft2018
    6. RHP Miguel CastroMLB-
    7. OF Dalton PompeyDouble-A2016
    8. C Max PentecostLow-A2017
    9. 3B Mitch NayHigh-A2017
    10. LHP Jairo Labourt High-A2017


    Considering they broke camp with six rookies on the Opening Day roster, it's something of a surprise to see the Toronto Blue Jays system still rank so highly.

    To be fair, Daniel Norris, Dalton Pompey and Miguel Castro were among those six guys before being sent back to the minors.

    The two to watch here—outside of Norris, who figures to be called back up at some point—are right-handers Jeff Hoffman and Sean Reid-Foley, as both guys have the stuff to make an impact in the rotation.

    They are joined by Missouri State ace Jon Harris, who was perhaps the most polished college arm in the draft class and is an absolute steal at No. 29 overall.

13. Cincinnati Reds

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    Robert Stephenson
    Robert StephensonJerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Robert StephensonDouble-A2016
    3. OF Jesse WinkerDouble-A2016
    3. C Tyler StephensonDraft2019
    4. RHP Michael Lorenzen MLB-
    5. RHP Nick HowardHigh-A2017
    6. LHP Amir GarrettHigh-A2017
    7. RHP Nick Travieso High-A2017
    8. SS Alex Blandino High-A2017
    9. RHP Antonio SantillanDraft2019
    10. OF Phil ErvinHigh-A2017


    The Cincinnati Reds may very well be headed for a fire sale when the trade deadline rolls around, which means they might be adding more young talent to what is already a solid farm system.

    The duo of Robert Stephenson and Jesse Winker gives the team two elite talents at the top, and both guys could emerge as key contributors at the big league level as early as next season.

    Catcher Tyler Stephenson was the best backstop in this year's class by a wide margin, and it was no secret he was the Reds' top target heading into the draft. He'll be one of the top 10 catching prospects in the league as soon as he signs.

    After those three high-end talents, the system is deep with pitching, including hard-throwing Antonio Santillan, drafted in the second round. Even when Michael Lorenzen uses up his rookie eligibility, this still profiles as a plus crop of minor league talent.

12. Atlanta Braves

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    Jose Peraza
    Jose PerazaHannah Foslien/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. 2B Jose Peraza Triple-A2015
    2. RHP Matthew Wisler Triple-A2015
    3. SS Ozhaino Albies Single-A2018
    4. LHP Kolby AllardDraft2019
    5. RHP Tyrell JenkinsDouble-A2016
    6. CF Mallex SmithDouble-A2016
    7. RHP Lucas SimsHigh-A2017
    8. OF Braxton DavidsonSingle-A2018
    9. 3B Rio RuizDouble-A2017
    10. LHP Max FriedInjured2018


    The Atlanta Braves lack an elite prospect to headline their farm system, but after an offseason that saw them sell off Justin Upton, Jason Heyward, Evan Gattis and Craig Kimbrel, they have one of the deepest crops of minor league talent around.

    Matthew Wisler, Tyrell Jenkins, Mallex Smith, Rio Ruiz and Max Fried were all acquired in the aforementioned deals, as well as Mike Foltynewicz, who only recently used up his rookie eligibility.

    However, the top prospect here is still speedster Jose Peraza, who could push Jace Peterson to third base in the second half to take over as the everyday second baseman.

    This year's top pick Kolby Allard was the best high school left-hander on the board, and he has the stuff and polish to wind up as the best overall high school arm in the class.

11. Tampa Bay Rays

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    Daniel Robertson
    Daniel RobertsonAssociated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Daniel RobertsonDouble-A2016
    2. SS Willy AdamesHigh-A2017
    3. OF Garrett WhitleyDraft2019
    4. C Justin O'ConnerDouble-A2016
    5. SS Adrian RondonRookie2019
    6. 1B Casey GillaspieSingle-A2017
    7. LHP Blake SnellDouble-A2016
    8. RHP Brent HoneywellSingle-A2017
    9. RHP Taylor GuerrieriHigh-A2017
    10. C Chris BettsDraft2019


    There may be no team better at developing pitching prospects than the Tampa Bay Rays; it's their offense that has been an issue over the years. So the fact that seven of their top 10 prospects are position players should be viewed as a positive.

    Daniel Robertson (Ben Zobrist) and Willy Adames (David Price) were both acquired via trade, and they could form a dynamic middle infield combination in the not-too-distant future.

    Five-tool outfielder Garrett Whitley was the top pick this year. Slotting him at No. 3 may be ambitious, but he has the tools to be a legitimate star.

    Keep an eye on Chris Betts, whom the team took No. 52 overall this year. There are questions about whether or not he can stick behind the plate, but his bat would play anywhere, and he could emerge as a legitimate middle-of-the-order threat.

10. Chicago Cubs

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    Kyle Schwarber
    Kyle SchwarberMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. C/OF Kyle SchwarberDouble-A2016
    2. RHP C.J. EdwardsTriple-A2015
    3. SS Gleyber TorresSingle-A2018
    4. CF Albert AlmoraDouble-A2017
    5. OF Billy McKinneyDouble-A2017
    6. 2B/OF Ian HappDraft2018
    7. RHP Duane UnderwoodHigh-A2017
    8. OF Eloy JimenezRookie2018
    9. RHP Jen-Ho TsengHigh-A2017
    10. RHP Pierce JohnsonDouble-A2016


    With Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Jorge Soler all burning through their rookie eligibility, the Chicago Cubs' system does not look quite as imposing as it did heading into the season, when it ranked No. 1 in the Baseball America Prospect Handbook.

    That being said, the Cubs still have some high-end talent, led by slugger Kyle Schwarber. It's unclear if he'll be able to stay behind the plate, but he's hit .335/.433/.613 with 31 home runs and 92 RBI in 445 career at-bats in the minors, so they'll find a place for him.

    This year's top pick Ian Happ has some solid offensive tools and useful defensive versatility, making him perhaps the next Ben Zobrist type under manager Joe Maddon.

    C.J. Edwards has moved to the bullpen and could help out in the near future in Chicago.

    Keep an eye on 18-year-old Gleyber Torres, who is hitting .315/.389/.386 with 12 extra-base hits and nine steals in full-season Single-A.

9. Texas Rangers

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    Joey Gallo
    Joey GalloKevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. 3B Joey GalloMLB-
    2. C Jorge Alfaro Double-A2016
    3. RHP Dillon TateDraft2018
    4. OF Nomar Mazara Double-A2016
    5. RHP Chi Chi GonzalezMLB-
    6. RHP Jake ThompsonDouble-A2016
    7. OF Lewis Brinson High-A2017
    8. RHP Luis OrtizSingle-A2018
    9. OF Nick WilliamsDouble-A2016
    10. RHP Luke JacksonTriple-A2015


    Despite making some ill-advised trades, most notably the Matt Garza deal with the Chicago Cubs, the Texas Rangers boast one of the best farm systems in the American League.

    It's going to take a hit once Joey Gallo and Chi Chi Gonzalez burn through their rookie eligibility, but adding an arm such as Dillon Tate to the mix doesn't hurt any. The UC Santa Barbara product has a chance to be a legitimate front-line arm, and he should move fairly quickly.

    The outfield trio of Nomar Mazara, Lewis Brinson and Nick Williams continue to impress as they make their way ever closer to Texas. Catcher Jorge Alfaro still profiles as the catcher of the future, and that future could start as early as next season.

    The Rangers draft well and do an even better job on the international market, so expect this system to be among the best for the foreseeable future.

8. Colorado Rockies

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    Jon Gray
    Jon GrayChristian Petersen/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Jon GrayTriple-A2015
    2. SS Brendan RodgersDraft2019
    3. LHP Kyle FreelandSingle-A2016
    4. 3B Ryan McMahonHigh-A2017
    5. OF David Dahl High-A2017
    6. RHP Mike NikorakDraft2019
    7. 2B Forrest WallSingle-A2017
    8. OF Raimel Tapia High-A2017
    9. C Tom MurphyDouble-A2016
    10. 3B Tyler NevinDraft2019


    Despite their recent struggles at the big league level, and an unwillingness to change by the front office, the Colorado Rockies actually have one of the best farm systems in the game.

    It only got better with the selection of Brendan Rodgers at No. 3 overall Monday, though top-prospect honors still go to hard-throwing Jon Gray for the time being.

    The thought here may be to have a shortstop of the future in waiting if Troy Tulowitzki is indeed traded, as has been rumored for a very long time now, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

    While Rodgers is an elite talent, the player to watch from this class may be Mike Nikorak, as he was one of the top high school arms in the nation and has tremendous upside. This team could certainly use an impact arm.

    Now that he's focusing on baseball full time after also playing quarterback at vaunted Mater Dei High School, 20-year-old Ryan McMahon has taken off as one of the best third base prospects in the league.

7. Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Tyler Glasnow
    Tyler GlasnowAssociated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Tyler Glasnow Double-A2016
    2. RHP Jameson Taillon Triple-A2016
    3. 1B Josh BellDouble-A2016
    4. OF Austin MeadowsHigh-A2017
    5. C Reese McGuireHigh-A2017
    6. 2B Alen HansonTriple-A2016
    7. RHP Nick Kingham Triple-A2017
    8. SS Kevin NewmanDraft2018
    9. OF Harold RamirezHigh-A2017
    10. SS Cole TuckerSingle-A2018


    After reaching for Cole Tucker in the first round last year, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected infield prospects with their first three picks once again here in 2015.

    That doesn't do much to bolster their list of top 10 prospects, but it does add some solid depth to the farm system as a whole, and middle infielders remain a valuable commodity.

    The stars here are a pair of right-handers in Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon, and it may not be long before both pitchers are slotted alongside Gerrit Cole in the big league rotation.

    Josh Bell could also take over as the primary first baseman by next season, while the likes of Austin Meadows, Reese McGuire and Alen Hanson all have everyday player potential as well.

6. New York Mets

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    Noah Syndergaard
    Noah SyndergaardMike Stobe/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Noah Syndergaard MLB-
    2. LHP Steven Matz Triple-A2015
    3. OF Michael Conforto Double-A2017
    4. OF Brandon Nimmo Double-A2016
    5. SS Amed RosarioHigh-A2018
    6. 2B Dilson HerreraMLB-
    7. RHP Marcos MolinaHigh-A2018
    9. 3B Jhoan Urena High-A2018
    8. 1B Dominic SmithHigh-A2017
    10. SS Gavin Cecchini Double-A2016


    The New York Mets are bolstered here by the fact that Noah Syndergaard has yet to use up his rookie eligibility. Once he does, they figure to slide down a few spots in these rankings, but this is still a very talented system.

    For all the hype Syndergaard received, and rightfully so, left-hander Steven Matz has serious potential of his own. The 24-year-old has gone 6-4 with a 1.94 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 75 strikeouts in 74.1 innings this season, and he figures to join Thor in New York at some point in 2015.

    A system that had long been thin on position-player talent also features a pair of high-ceiling outfield bats in Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo. Conforto received an early promotion to Double-A after a hot start, and it could be a race to the big leagues for those two.

    With the smallest bonus pool and no first-round pick, the Mets reached for a high-upside high school bat in outfielder Desmond Lindsay at No. 53 overall, so he'll be one to keep an eye on.

5. Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Archie Bradley
    Archie BradleyMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Archie BradleyMLB-
    2. SS Dansby SwansonDraft2017
    3. RHP Braden Shipley Double-A2016
    4. RHP Aaron BlairDouble-A2016
    5. RHP Touki Toussaint Single-A2018
    6. RHP Yoan LopezDouble-A2016
    7. C/1B/OF Peter O'BrienTriple-A2015
    8. LHP Robbie RayMLB-
    9. OF Gabriel GuerreroDouble-A2016
    10. LHP Alex YoungDraft2018


    Already boasting a top-10 farm system heading into the draft, the Arizona Diamondbacks had the benefit of selecting No. 1 overall, and they took the consensus top player in the class in Vanderbilt shortstop Dansby Swanson.

    A polished player both offensively and defensively with superstar potential, Swanson should not take long to reach the majors and appears the perfect shortstop replacement and potential face of the franchise alongside Paul Goldschmidt.

    Despite his tremendous upside, Swanson ranks below Archie Bradley here, as the right-hander still has rookie eligibility and elite, front-of-the-rotation upside.

    From there, the system is loaded with quality arms, including last year's top pick Touki Toussaint, Cuban signing Yoan Lopez and a pair of MLB-ready right-handers in Braden Shipley and Aaron Blair.

    Throw in second-round pick Alex Young, who made a seamless transition from reliever to starter at TCU this spring, and there is a lot to like about the future in Arizona.

4. Boston Red Sox

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    Yoan Moncada
    Yoan MoncadaAssociated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. IF Yoan Moncada Single-A2016
    2. LHP Eduardo RodriguezMLB-
    3. 3B Rafael Devers Single-A2018
    4. LHP Henry OwensTriple-A2015
    5. C Blake Swihart MLB-
    6. OF Manuel MargotHigh-A2017
    7. OF Andrew BenintendiDraft2017
    8. LHP Brian JohnsonTriple-A2015
    9. RHP Michael Kopech Single-A2018
    10. 3B/OF Garin Cecchini Triple-A2016


    The fact that Eduardo Rodriguez and Blake Swihart still have rookie status helps here, but even when they are no longer part of this list, the Boston Red Sox still figure to have a top-five farm system.

    Cuban defector Yoan Moncada received a record $31.5 million bonus as an international free agent for a reason. The 20-year-old has the potential to be a special, superstar-caliber player, and he should move much quicker than most players his age.

    Speaking of moving quickly, Rafael Devers is shooting up top-prospect boards thanks to his early-season performance. Still just 18 years old, Devers is hitting .314/.347/.445 for Single-A Greenville.

    Manuel Margot has similar upside as a 20-year-old holding his own at the High-A level, while left-handers Henry Owens and Brian Johnson both figure to see time in the majors before the season is over.

    The cherry on top of an already loaded system is No. 7 overall pick Andrew Benintendi, who had as good a season as any college hitter. The Arkansas outfielder hit .391 with 18 home runs and 22 stolen bases to claim Collegiate Baseball's National Player of the Year honors.

3. Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Corey Seager
    Corey SeagerRick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Corey Seager Triple-A2015
    2. LHP Julio Urias Double-A2016
    3. RHP Grant HolmesSingle-A2018
    4. RHP Jose De LeonDouble-A2017
    5. OF Alex Verdugo Single-A2018
    6. RHP Walker BuehlerDraft2018
    7. RHP Kyle FunkhouserDraft2018
    8. RHP Chris AndersonDouble-A2016
    9. UT Darnell SweeneyTriple-A2015
    10. OF Scott Schebler Triple-A2015


    Even with Joc Pederson making the jump to the majors and excelling, the Los Angeles Dodgers still have the best farm system in the National League, and they solidified that standing with a terrific draft.

    With picks Nos. 24 and 35, they took college pitchers Walker Buehler and Kyle Funkhouser, who ranked as the Nos. 12 and 14 prospects in the draft, according to Baseball America.

    They join an impressive stable of arms headlined by 18-year-old phenom Julio Urias, who appears to be on track to reach the majors well before his 20th birthday.

    While pitching is the strength of the system, shortstop Corey Seager remains the top prospect, as the 21-year-old is hitting .321/.371/.531 with 16 doubles and nine home runs between Double-A and Triple-A this season.

2. Houston Astros

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    Carlos Correa
    Carlos CorreaMatt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Carlos Correa MLB-
    2. RHP Mark Appel Double-A2015
    3. OF Domingo SantanaTriple-A2015
    4. SS Alex BregmanDraft2017
    5. RHP Lance McCullers MLB-
    6. OF Kyle TuckerDraft2018
    7. OF Daz CameronDraft2019
    8. RHP Vincent VelasquezMLB-
    9. OF Preston TuckerMLB-
    10. 3B Colin MoranDouble-A2016


    The Houston Astros are reaping the rewards of their terrific farm system right now, with Carlos Correa, Lance McCullers, Vincent Velasquez and Preston Tucker all on the big league roster.

    That being said, their system shows no signs of taking a step back once those four guys use up their rookie eligibility, as they reloaded with a fantastic draft class.

    The Astros took LSU shortstop Alex Bregman No. 2 overall with their compensation pick for not signing Brady Aiken, while selecting Preston Tucker's brother Kyle No. 5 overall. Bregman has no clear position with Correa blocking him, but his game plays regardless, and Tucker was arguably the best pure hitter in the class.

    The wild card here is Daz Cameron, who slipped to No. 37 overall due to reports that he is seeking a $5 million signing bonus, per Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle. After last year's debacle, my guess is the Astros will do everything in their power to sign Cameron.

1. Minnesota Twins

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    Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. CF Byron Buxton Double-A2016
    2. 3B Miguel Sano Double-A2016
    3. RHP Jose Berrios Double-A2015
    4. SS Nick GordonSingle-A2018
    5. LHP Tyler JayDraft2016
    6. RHP Kohl StewartHigh-A2017
    7. RHP Alex MeyerTriple-A2016
    8. SS/2B Jorge Polanco MLB-
    9. RHP Nick Burdi Double-A2016
    10. IF/OF Eddie RosarioTriple-A2015


    No farm system in baseball is more top-heavy than that of the Minnesota Twins, but that speaks more to the elite level of their top prospects than it does to a system lacking in overall depth.

    Now that Kris Bryant has reached the majors, Byron Buxton is the consensus top prospect in minor league baseball, and he figures to join slugging third baseman Miguel Sano in the majors sometime next season. Both players have the tools to be future superstars.

    Jose Berrios has passed Alex Meyer and Kohl Stewart for the title of top pitching prospect in the system, but he could get a run for his money from this year's top pick Tyler Jay.

    The Illinois left-hander pitched out of the bullpen this spring, and if the Twins stay in the playoff hunt, he could be this year's Brandon Finnegan.

    Throw in last year's No. 1 pick Nick Gordon and some solid low-level talent to boot, and the Twins are an easy choice for the title of best farm system in the league.

    All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference, unless otherwise noted.


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