Updated MLB Farm System Rankings After 2018 Trade Deadline

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 2018

Updated MLB Farm System Rankings After 2018 Trade Deadline

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    Now that we've digested the events of the non-waiver trade deadline, it's time for an updated look at how all 30 MLB farm systems stack up.

    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 sets and tools are often a better indication of what kind of player someone will be.
    • Talent (Player): As for guys in the higher levels of the minors who are close to breaking through to the big leagues, production and talent are the determining factors, as these players are viewed as more complete products.
    • Overall Depth (Team): Having one or two elite prospects is great, but a deep farm system is the way to build a sustainable contender. Depth and talent were the biggest factors 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.

    A tier system is used to help differentiate the varying levels of individual talent, and it's been overhauled since the last update as follows:

    • Tier 1: Prospects who have an elite skill set and All-Star potential. This is the cream of the prospect crop.
    • Tier 2: Prospects who have a good chance of becoming impact contributors at the MLB level. These are the prospects who can be found in the second half of leaguewide top 100 lists or just on the periphery.
    • Tier 3: Prospects who profile as fringe MLB contributors or young players who are still too raw to project any higher. This tier represents the bulk of prospects around baseball, though more than a few are still capable of climbing up to the next tier.

    A player must not have passed the rookie-eligibility limits (130 AB, 50 IP, 45 days on roster) to be included in these rankings.

30. Seattle Mariners (Previous: 29)

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    Kyle Lewis
    Kyle LewisPatrick McDermott/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. OF Kyle LewisAA2
    2. OF Julio RodriguezROK2
    3. RHP Logan GilbertA-3
    4. 1B Evan WhiteA+3
    5. OF Braden BishopINJ3
    6. OF Josh StowersA-3
    7. RHP Wyatt MillsA+3
    8. RHP Sam CarlsonINJ3
    9. OF Noelvi Marte-3
    10. SS Juan QuerecutoROK3

    Graduated/Traded: None


    Farm System Snapshot

    Slugger Kyle Lewis remains the headliner in a thin Seattle Mariners system that parted with a pair of prospects on the rise in reliever Seth Elledge and middle infielder Bryson Brigman at the deadline.

    Teenager Julio Rodriguez is off to an excellent start in rookie ball after signing for $1.75 million last July, and it might not be long before he takes over the No. 1 spot.

    As far as short-term help, right-handed reliever Wyatt Mills (35 G, 11 SV, 1.91 ERA, 10.4 K/9 at High-A) looks ready for a promotion, and he could be ready to make an MLB impact by September.

29. Chicago Cubs (Previous: 30)

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    Adbert Alzolay
    Adbert AlzolayCarlos Osorio/Associated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. C Miguel AmayaA2
    2. RHP Adbert AlzolayINJ2
    3. RHP Alex LangeA+3
    4. SS Aramis AdemanA+3
    5. SS Nico HoernerA3
    6. LHP Brailyn MarquezA-3
    7. RHP Keegan ThompsonAA3
    8. LHP Brendon LittleA3
    9. OF Cole RoedererROK3
    10. RHP Richard Gallardo-3

    Graduated/Traded: None


    Farm System Snapshot

    The Chicago Cubs system has a new consensus No. 1 prospect in catcher Miguel Amaya, who is enjoying a breakout season at Single-A with a .268/.346/.443 line that includes 19 doubles, 12 home runs and 47 RBI. The 19-year-old is also throwing out base-stealers at a 35 percent clip.

    A season-ending injury to Adbert Alzolay (lat strain) ruled out a potential second-half promotion, though the right-hander remains a promising young arm in a system full of low-level pitching.

    The pop-up prospect here is left-hander Brailyn Marquez, who signed for $600,000 in 2015 and then spent his first two seasons in rookie ball. The 19-year-old has a projectable 6'4" frame and has posted a 3.77 ERA with a 34-to-13 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 31 innings at Low-A Eugene.

28. Boston Red Sox (Previous: 27)

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    Bryan Mata
    Bryan MataPatrick McDermott/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. 3B Michael ChavisAA2
    2. LHP Jay GroomeINJ2
    3. RHP Bryan MataA+2
    4. 1B Triston CasasINJ3
    5. LHP Darwinzon HernandezA+3
    6. RHP Mike ShawarynAA3
    7. RHP Tanner HouckA+3
    8. SS C.J. ChathamA+3
    9. 3B Bobby DalbecA+3
    10. 1B Josh OckimeyAA3

    Graduated/Traded: LHP Jalen Beeks (3)


    Farm System Snapshot

    It's been a disappointing season for an already thin Boston Red Sox system.

    Michael Chavis is still shaking off the rust of an 80-game PED suspension, Jay Groome underwent Tommy John surgery in May and 2018 first-round pick Triston Casas tore a ligament in his right thumb in his second pro game.

    Bryan Mata now looks like the most promising arm in a deep crop of talented but underperforming pitching prospects that also includes Tanner Houck and Darwinzon Hernandez. High-floor lefty Jalen Beeks was traded to Tampa Bay in exchange for Nathan Eovaldi.

    Keep an eye on Bobby Dalbec (412 PA, 25 HR, 130 K) who might just be able to overcome the significant swing-and-miss in his game. He's quietly raised his walk rate from 11.4 to 14.3 percent this year.

27. Cleveland Indians (Previous: 16)

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    Bobby Bradley
    Bobby BradleyNorm Hall/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Triston McKenzieAA1
    2. 3B Nolan JonesA2
    3. 1B Bobby BradleyAA3
    4. C Noah NaylorROK3
    5. LHP Sam HentgesA+3
    6. OF George ValeraROK3
    7. RHP Ethan Hankins-3
    8. SS Yu-Cheng ChangAAA3
    9. RHP Luis OviedoA-3
    10. RHP Aaron CivaleAA3

    Graduated/Traded: C/OF Francisco Mejia (1), RHP Shane Bieber (3), SS Willi Castro (10)


    Farm System Snapshot

    Trading Francisco Mejia and graduating Shane Bieber cost the Cleveland Indians farm system a pair of Tier 1 prospects and sends them tumbling down the rankings as a result.

    Triston McKenzie is now the clear No. 1 prospect in the system, and he could soon be joined at the Tier 1 level by Nolan Jones, who is hitting .273/.390/.442 with 14 home runs and 47 RBI at Single-A.

    Behind those two there's a fairly significant drop-off, although rising lefty Sam Hentges, 17-year-old slugger George Valera and 2018 first-round picks Noah Naylor and Ethan Hankins are all capable of moving up a notch.

26. San Francisco Giants (Previous: 26)

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    Shaun Anderson
    Shaun AndersonRob Carr/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. C Joey BartA-1
    2. OF Heliot RamosA2
    3. RHP Shaun AndersonAAA2
    4. OF Marco Luciano-3
    5. OF Steven DuggarMLB3
    6. 1B/OF Chris ShawAAA3
    7. RHP Sean HjelleA-3
    9. RHP Gregory SantosA-3
    8. OF Heath QuinnA+3
    10. OF Alexander CanarioROK3

    Graduated/Traded: LHP Andrew Suarez (10)


    Farm System Snapshot

    No. 2 overall pick Joey Bart has wasted little time getting acquainted with the pro game, hitting .318/.367/.673 with 10 doubles, nine home runs and 25 RBI in 115 plate appearances between rookie ball and Low-A. He could conceivably be in San Francisco by this time next year if the Giants want to push things.

    Heliot Ramos has struggled in his first full pro season, with a .679 OPS and 25.6 percent strikeout rate at Single-A, but his raw tools are still tantalizing.

    Right-hander Shaun Anderson has earned a bump up to Tier 2 with a breakout season. Towering 6'11" right-hander Sean Hjelle and international signing Marco Luciano ($2.6 million bonus) are two newcomers to the system worth watching.

25. Miami Marlins (Previous: 23)

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    Sandy Alcantara
    Sandy AlcantaraMichael Reaves/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Sandy AlcantaraAAA2
    2. RHP Nick NeidertAA2
    3. OF Monte HarrisonAA2
    4. RHP Jorge GuzmanA+2
    5. OF Connor ScottROK3
    6. LHP Trevor RogersA3
    7. LHP Braxton GarrettINJ3
    8. OF Brian MillerAA3
    9. 2B Isan DiazAAA3
    10. RHP Edward CabreraA3

    Graduated/Traded: None


    Farm System Snapshot

    Of all the prospects the Miami Marlins added during their offseason firesale, Sandy Alcantara and Nick Neidert have had the most promising starts to their time with the team. Neidert, who came over in the deal that sent Dee Gordon to Seattle, has gone 9-6 with a 3.08 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 118 strikeouts in 117 innings at Double-A.

    Infielder Bryson Brigman doesn't quite crack the Top 10 after coming over from Seattle at the deadline in exchange for Cameron Maybin. However, the 2016 third-round pick is one to watch as he's hitting .304/.373/.391 with 22 extra-base hits and 15 stolen bases at High-A.

    Injuries to Tyler Kolek (No. 2 overall in 2014) and Braxton Garrett (No. 7 overall in 2016) have been a major blow to this system.

24. Kansas City Royals (Previous: 21)

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    Seuly Matias
    Seuly MatiasPatrick McDermott/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Brady Singer-2
    2. OF Seuly MatiasA2
    3. OF Khalil LeeAA2
    4. C M.J. MelendezA2
    5. SS Nicky LopezAAA3
    6. RHP Jackson KowarA3
    7. 1B Nick PrattoA3
    8. OF Brett PhillipsMLB3
    9. LHP Daniel LynchA3
    10. RHP Josh StaumontAAA3

    Graduated/Traded: None


    Farm System Snapshot

    The Kansas City Royals have quietly built a system full of high-ceiling position-player talent, and they filled in some of the gaps with an impressive haul of college pitching in this year's draft.

    Seuly Matias has as much upside as any offensive prospect in the minors, with 31 home runs in 86 games as a 19-year-old in Single-A. However, he's also striking out at a 34.8 percent clip, so there's work to be done.

    The front office opted for more MLB-ready talent in trading Mike Moustakas to Milwaukee, including outfielder Brett Phillips, who jumped right to the MLB roster. Time will tell if that's the right approach for a team that appears headed for a lengthy rebuild.

23. New York Mets (Previous: 28)

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    Andres Gimenez
    Andres GimenezRich Schultz/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Andres GimenezAA2
    2. 1B Peter AlonsoAAA2
    3. OF Jarred KelenicROK2
    4. RHP Justin DunnAA2
    5. SS Ronny MauricioROK3
    6. LHP David PetersonA+3
    7. LHP Anthony KayA+3
    8. 3B Mark VientosROK3
    9. RHP Franklyn KilomeAA3
    10. SS Shervyen NewtonROK3

    Graduated/Traded: SS Luis Guillorme (8)


    Farm System Snapshot

    Andres Gimenez is right on the fringe of Tier 1 status. He's reached Double-A as a 19-year-old, has the glove to be a standout defender at shortstop and is hitting .281/.349/.421 with 32 extra-base hits and 31 stolen bases on the year.

    Slugger Peter Alonso and right-hander Justin Dunn could both be ready to make an impact in the majors by next season, while 2018 first-round pick Jarred Kelenic is off to a nice start with an .802 OPS and 10 extra-base hits in 132 plate appearances in rookie ball.

    Hard-throwing Franklyn Kilome was acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Asdrubal Cabrera, and he has the fastball/curveball combination to be a late-inning weapon if he doesn't make it as a starter.

    Keep an eye on Ronny Mauricio, who is hitting .333/.345/.529 with 18 extra-base hits in 148 plate appearances as a 17-year-old in the Gulf Coast League after signing for $2.1 million as part of last year's international crop.

22. Washington Nationals (Previous: 17)

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    Carter Kieboom
    Carter KieboomPatrick McDermott/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. OF Victor RoblesAAA1
    2. SS Carter KieboomAA1
    3. SS Luis GarciaA+1
    4. RHP Wil CroweA+3
    5. RHP Erick FeddeAAA3
    6. RHP Mason DenaburgROK3
    7. LHP Seth RomeroA3
    8. OF Daniel JohnsonAA3
    9. SS Yasel AntunaA3
    10. RHP Sterling SharpAA3

    Graduated/Traded: OF Juan Soto (2)


    Farm System Snapshot

    There's no farm system more top-heavy than the Washington Nationals'.

    Victor Robles remains one of the game's most exciting young talents, and he has resumed his development after missing time with a hyperextended left elbow.

    Carter Kieboom just continues to rake with a .291/.364/.455 line that includes 24 doubles and 13 home runs between High-A and Double-A. There's question whether the 20-year-old will be able to stick at shortstop, but with Trea Turner entrenched at the MLB level, a move to third base may be inevitable regardless.

    The up-and-comer here is Luis Garcia, who nabbed a $1.3 million bonus in 2016. He's hitting .295/.330/.409 and showing a stellar glove at shortstop as a 19-year-old playing at High-A Potomac.

    The drop-off beyond those three is precipitous, to say the least.

21. Arizona Diamondbacks (Previous: 24)

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    Jon Duplantier
    Jon DuplantierMark Cunningham/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Jon DuplantierAA1
    2. RHP Taylor WidenerAA2
    3. SS Jasrado ChisholmA+2
    4. C Daulton VarshoINJ2
    5. 1B Pavin SmithA+3
    6. RHP Taylor ClarkeAAA3
    7. RHP Emilio VargasA+3
    8. OF Alek ThomasROK3
    9. 3B Drew EllisA+3
    10. OF Marcus WilsonA+3

    Graduated/Traded: None


    Farm System Snapshot

    Slowly but surely, the Arizona Diamondbacks are building a respectable farm system.

    Hitting on Jon Duplantier as a third-round pick in 2016 has given them a Tier 1 prospect and he could be ready to make an MLB impact by next season. Taylor Widener could join him as he's pitched to a 2.79 ERA with 135 strikeouts in 106.1 innings at Double-A after coming over from the Yankees in the Brandon Drury trade.

    Shortstop Jazz Chisholm might have the highest ceiling in the system and No. 63 overall pick Alek Thomas is off to a promising start in rookie ball and could quickly climb the organizational ranks.

    One to watch here is Emilio Vargas, an unheralded 6'3" right-hander who has struck out 140 batters in 108 innings at High-A.

20. Baltimore Orioles (Previous: 25)

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    Ryan Mountcastle
    Ryan MountcastleJoe Robbins/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. OF Yusniel DiazAA1
    2. 3B Ryan MountcastleAA2
    3. LHP D.L. HallA2
    4. OF Austin HaysAA2
    5. RHP Grayson RodriguezROK3
    6. LHP Keegan AkinAA3
    7. RHP Dillon TateAA3
    8. OF Cedric MullinsAAA3
    9. RHP Luis OrtizAA3
    10. RHP Hunter HarveyAA3

    Graduated/Traded: LHP Tanner Scott (8)


    Farm System Snapshot

    The Baltimore Orioles appear to have taken a quantity-over-quality approach with their trade-deadline haul, and that's not necessarily a bad thing for a team that had a few notable prospects but a farm system that was thin overall on potential impact talent.

    Dillon Tate and Luis Ortiz join Tier 1 outfielder Yusniel Diaz in cracking the updated Top 10, but there were plenty of other intriguing talents added as they shipped out the likes of Manny Machado, Zach Britton, Jonathan Schoop, Kevin Gausman and Darren O'Day.

    A few other names to know are shortstop Jean Carmona (via MIL), third baseman Jean Carlos Encarnacion (via ATL), starter Dean Kremer (via LAD) and reliever Cody Carroll (via NYY).  All four would have made the cut if this were expanded to a Top 20 list.

    It's also worth noting that they now have a reported $8.25 million in international bonus money, per Emily Waldon of The Athletic, as they finally plan on participating in that market after the head-scratching decision to avoid it entirely in recent seasons.

19. Milwaukee Brewers (Previous: 22)

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    Keston Hiura
    Keston HiuraDylan Buell/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. 2B Keston HiuraAA1
    2. RHP Freddy PeraltaMLB1
    3. RHP Corbin BurnesMLB2
    4. OF Corey RayAA2
    5. 3B Lucas ErcegAA3
    6. SS Brice TurangROK3
    7. IF Mauricio DubonINJ3
    8. OF Tristen LutzA3
    9. RHP Zack BrownAA3
    10. OF Carlos RodriguezROK3

    Graduated/Traded: RHP Luis Ortiz (8)


    Farm System Snapshot

    The Milwaukee Brewers did well to add Jonathan Schoop, Mike Moustakas and Joakim Soria without surrendering any top-tier talent.

    Right-hander Luis Ortiz, outfielder Brett Phillips, shortstop Jean Carmona and left-hander Kodi Medeiros were the notable prospects shipped out in those deals, and the system still has plenty of high-ceiling talent.

    That said, Freddy Peralta is 2.2 innings away from exhausting his prospect status, so expect this group to slide a few spots next time these rankings are updated.

    Carlos Rodriguez is a rookie-ball prospect to know. After signing for a $1.355 million bonus last summer, he's hitting .335/.364/.432 with 12 extra-base hits and nine steals in 43 games in his pro debut.

18. Colorado Rockies (Previous: 19)

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    Garrett Hampson
    Garrett HampsonChristian Petersen/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Brendan RodgersAAA1
    2. 3B Colton WelkerA+1
    3. RHP Peter LambertAAA2
    4. 2B/SS Garrett HampsonMLB2
    5. LHP Ryan RolisonROK3
    6. 3B Tyler NevinA+3
    7. 1B Grant LavigneROK3
    8. RHP Riley PintA-3
    9. 3B Ryan ViladeA3
    10. RHP Ryan CastellaniAA3

    Graduated/Traded: None


    Farm System Snapshot

    The Colorado Rockies have one of the top prospects in all of baseball in shortstop Brendan Rodgers and he just continues to hit. He was recently promoted to Triple-A after posting an .835 OPS with 23 doubles and 17 home runs at Double-A.

    Colton Welker joins him as a Tier 1 prospect thanks to a .316/.369/.471 line that includes 25 doubles, 11 home runs and 63 RBI at High-A. The 20-year-old is also a strong defender at the hot corner after playing shortstop in high school.

    Peter Lambert is knocking on the door of Tier 1 status as the top arm in the system, while No. 42 overall pick Grant Lavigne is raking in rookie ball with a .371/.458/.581 line and 14 extra-base hits in 139 plate appearances.

17. St. Louis Cardinals (Previous: 15)

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    Andrew Knizner
    Andrew KniznerJennifer Stewart/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. OF Tyler O'NeillMLB1
    2. C Andrew KniznerAA2
    3. RHP Dakota HudsonMLB2
    4. 3B Nolan GormanROK2
    5. RHP Ryan HelsleyAAA2
    6. OF Randy ArozarenaAA3
    7. 3B Elehuris MonteroA3
    8. RHP Daniel PoncedeleonMLB3
    9. OF Justin WilliamsAAA3
    10. 2B Max SchrockAAA3

    Graduated/Traded: IF Yairo Munoz (6), OF Oscar Mercado (7)


    Farm System Snapshot

    The St. Louis Cardinals added some quality prospect talent while shipping out Tommy Pham, Sam Tuivailala and Luke Voit in a trio of deadline trades.

    Justin Williams was the headliner of the Pham deal, while left-hander Genesis Cabrera is also now a top-20 prospect in the system. They also added outfield prospect Connor Capel in a rare prospect swap that sent Triple-A outfielder Oscar Mercado to the Cleveland Indians.

    Trading Pham should open the door for Tyler O'Neill to see his first regular action at the MLB level. He has little left to prove in the minors after hitting .311/.388/.711 with 26 home runs and 61 RBI at Triple-A this season.

    Elehuris Montero has put himself on the prospect map this season with a .327/.386/.536 line that includes 27 doubles and 14 home runs at Single-A Peoria. The 20-year-old signed for a modest $300,000 bonus back in 2014 and just made his stateside debut last year.

16. Pittsburgh Pirates (Previous: 14)

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    Mitch Keller
    Mitch KellerPatrick McDermott/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Mitch KellerAAA1
    2. 3B Ke'Bryan HayesAA2
    3. OF Travis SwaggertyA-2
    4. SS Oneil CruzA2
    5. RHP Shane BazROK2
    6. IF Kevin NewmanAAA3
    7. IF Kevin KramerAAA3
    8. OF Bryan ReynoldsAA3
    9. OF Calvin MitchellA3
    10. SS Cole TuckerAA3

    Graduated/Traded: OF Austin Meadows (2), LHP Taylor Hearn (8)


    Farm System Snapshot

    The Pittsburgh Pirates managed to add Chris Archer and Keone Kela without trading away any of their top minor league talents.

    However, it did cost them outfielder Austin Meadows and right-hander Tyler Glasnow—two players who were Tier 1 prospects just last year—as well as hard-throwing lefty Taylor Hearn.

    The team will also part with a third player yet to be named in the Archer deal, and according to Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic, it will be a "significant" player.

    What remains, for now, is a strong system, led by one of the game's top pitching prospects in Mitch Keller. He's as safe a bet as any arm in the minors to spend a decade-plus as part of a big league rotation, though it remains to be seen if he's a future ace or more of a middle-of-the-rotation arm.

    It will be interesting to see who emerges from the middle infield trio of Kevin Newman, Kevin Kramer and Cole Tucker, as all three have everyday upside and are close to MLB-ready.

15. Texas Rangers (Previous: 18)

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    Leody Taveras
    Leody TaverasRob Carr/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. OF Leody TaverasA+1
    2. OF Willie CalhounMLB1
    3. OF Julio Pablo MartinezA-2
    4. LHP Taylor HearnAA2
    5. RHP Cole Winn-2
    6. RHP Jonathan HernandezAA3
    7. IF Anderson TejedaA+3
    8. RHP Hans CrouseA-3
    9. OF Bubba ThompsonA3
    10. RHP Owen White-3

    Graduated/Traded: None


    Farm System Snapshot

    A strong early showing from Jonathan Hernandez, two high-ceiling draft picks in Cole Winn and Owen White and deadline addition Taylor Hearn have given the Texas Rangers system a much-needed infusion of pitching talent.

    That said, toolsy outfielder Leody Taveras and slugger Willie Calhoun remain the top two prospects in the system, with Calhoun likely to exhaust his prospect eligibility before the 2018 season comes to a close.

    There's a lot of intriguing low-level talent in the Texas system, so they should be able to hang around the middle of the pack in these rankings, even after Calhoun graduates.

14. New York Yankees (Previous: 10)

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    Justus Sheffield
    Justus SheffieldPatrick McDermott/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. LHP Justus SheffieldAAA1
    2. OF Estevan Florial A+1
    3. RHP Albert AbreuA+2
    4. RHP Jonathan Loaisiga AAA2
    5. RHP Chance AdamsAAA2
    6. RHP Domingo AcevedoAA3
    7. C Anthony Seigler ROK3
    8. RHP Matt Sauer A-3
    9. OF Everson Pereira ROK3
    10. RHP Luis MedinaROK3

    Graduated/Traded: RHP Dillon Tate (8)


    Farm System Snapshot

    With the graduations of Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar and trades of several other notable prospects over the past two seasons, the New York Yankees no longer boast one of the game's top farm systems.

    However, they still have a pair of Tier 1 guys in left-hander Justus Sheffield and toolsy outfielder Estevan Florial. Sheffield has little left to prove in the minors and could be called upon down the stretch, even after J.A. Happ and Lance Lynn were added at the deadline.

    Flame-thrower Luis Medina has more walks (24) than strikeouts (22) in rookie ball, but he still has some of the best pure stuff of any pitching prospect. Outfielder Everson Pereira is also one to watch from the rookie-ball ranks, as he's emerged as one of the better position-player prospects in a pitching-heavy system.

13. Oakland Athletics (Previous: 8)

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    Jesus Luzardo
    Jesus LuzardoPatrick McDermott/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. LHP Jesus LuzardoAA1
    2. C Sean MurphyINJ1
    3. LHP A.J. PukINJ1
    4. OF Lazaro ArmenterosA2
    5. OF Austin BeckA2
    6. OF Kyler Murray-3
    7. SS/OF Jorge MateoAAA3
    8. OF Jameson HannahA-3
    9. 3B Sheldon NeuseAAA3
    10. RHP Logan ShoreAA3

    Graduated/Traded: IF Franklin Barreto (3), OF Dustin Fowler (6)


    Farm System Snapshot

    Injuries to Sean Murphy (broken hamate bone) and A.J. Puk (Tommy John surgery) leaves two of the Oakland Athletics' top prospects watching from the sidelines, while Franklin Barreto and Dustin Fowler have graduated to the MLB ranks.

    That cost Oakland a few spots in these rankings, but it's still a strong system with some potential help on the way for a surprise contender at the big league level.

    Jesus Luzardo is also now the consensus top prospect in the system and one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball. He's gone 9-4 with a 2.12 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 111 strikeouts in 93.1 innings between High-A and Double-A.

    The deal that sent Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle to Washington for Blake Treinen, Luzardo and fellow Top 10 prospect Sheldon Neuse could wind up looking awfully lopsided a few years from now, even with that good performances from the veteran duo for the Nationals.

12. Los Angeles Angels (Previous: 20)

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    Jo Adell
    Jo AdellPatrick McDermott/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. OF Jo AdellAA1
    2. 2B Jahmai JonesAA2
    3. RHP Griffin CanningAAA2
    4. OF Brandon MarshA+2
    5. 1B Matt ThaissAAA2
    6. 3B Taylor WardAAA2
    7. OF Jordyn AdamsROK3
    8. LHP Jose SuarezAAA3
    9. RHP Chris RodriguezINJ3
    10. SS Kevin MaitanROK3

    Graduated/Traded: RHP Jaime Barria (8)


    Farm System Snapshot

    The rapid ascent of Jo Adell is not the only reason for the Los Angeles Angels' steady climb up these rankings, but it is a factor.

    The No. 10 overall pick in 2017 has already reached Double-A as a 19-year-old and is hitting a robust .303/.364/.573 with 26 doubles, 19 home runs, 73 RBI and 13 stolen bases over three minor league levels this season.

    He's not the only notable prospect posting big numbers.

    Griffin Canning (19 GS, 2-2, 3.57 ERA, 95 K, 85.2 IP), Matt Thaiss (.288/.342/.501, 29 2B, 15 HR), Taylor Ward (.352/.450/.543, 22 2B, 14 HR) and Jose Suarez (20 GS, 2-5, 4.34 ERA, 110 K, 87.0 IP) are also lighting it up this season.

    It will be interesting to see if Ward gets a look in the majors down the stretch following the trade of Ian Kinsler. They could move rookie David Fletcher to second base and give Ward the everyday third-base job for the final two months to see if he's ready for the role in 2018.

11. Los Angeles Dodgers (Previous: 7)

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    Keibert Ruiz
    Keibert RuizRob Carr/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. OF Alex VerdugoAAA1
    2. C Keibert RuizAA1
    3. C Will SmithAA1
    4. RHP Dustin MayAA2
    5. SS Gavin LuxA+2
    6. RHP Yadier AlvarezAA2
    7. RHP Mitchell WhiteAA3
    8. OF DJ PetersAA3
    9. OF Jeren KendallA+3
    10. RHP Dennis SantanaINJ3

    Graduated/Traded: OF Yusniel Diaz (3)


    Farm System Snapshot

    The Los Angeles Dodgers only coughed up one top-tier prospect—outfielder Yusniel Diaz—en route to acquiring Manny Machado, Brian Dozier and John Axford for the stretch run.

    Alex Verdugo and Keibert Ruiz are still the headliners of the system, but they've been joined by the likes of Will Smith, Dustin May and Gavin Lux this season.

    Smith is crushing Double-A pitching to the tune of an .890 OPS with 19 home runs and 53 RBI. May is now the unquestioned top arm in the system and was recently promoted to Double-A after pitching to a 3.29 ERA with 94 strikeouts in 98.1 innings at High-A. Lux, the No. 20 overall pick in 2016, is hitting .324/.396/.520 with 23 doubles and 11 home runs at High-A.

    So while guys like Yadier Alvarez, Mitchell White and Jeren Kendall have disappointed this season, there's still more than enough talent in this system for a spot just outside the top 10 in these rankings.

10. Detroit Tigers (Previous: 9)

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    Matt Manning
    Matt ManningPatrick McDermott/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Matt ManningA+1
    2. RHP Casey MizeA+1
    3. RHP Franklin PerezINJ1
    4. RHP Beau BurrowsAA2
    5. RHP Alex FaedoAA2
    6. OF Christin StewartAAA2
    7. SS Isaac ParedesAA3
    8. OF Daz CameronAA3
    9. RHP Kyle FunkhouserINJ3
    10. OF Parker MeadowsROK3

    Graduated/Traded: None


    Farm System Snapshot

    The Detroit Tigers managed to turn bargain-bin free-agent signing Leonys Martin into a solid shortstop prospect in Willi Castro at the deadline, and those are exactly the kind of moves that rebuilding team should be making.

    That said, it's still the pitching talent that makes this a farm system on the rise.

    No. 1 overall pick Casey Mize is already pitching at High-A, and he looks to be on the fast track to the majors. The top prospect slot still belongs to Matt Manning, though, as the projectable 6'6" right-hander has a 3.22 ERA with 103 strikeouts in 78.1 innings on the year.

    It will be interesting to see if the front office gets more serious about trading guys like Nicholas Castellanos, Shane Greene and Mike Fiers during the upcoming offseason, as that would add even more quality talent to the system.

9. Cincinnati Reds (Previous: 12)

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    Hunter Greene
    Hunter GreenePatrick McDermott/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. 3B Nick SenzelINJ1
    2. RHP Hunter GreeneA1
    3. OF Taylor TrammellA+1
    4. RHP Tony SantillanAA2
    5. 3B Jonathan IndiaA2
    6. C Tyler StephensonA+2
    7. SS Jeter DownsA3
    8. 2B Shed LongAA3
    9. OF Mike SianiROK3
    10. RHP Vladimir GutierrezAA3

    Graduated/Traded: None


    Farm System Snapshot

    The Cincinnati Reds have a prospect trio that stacks up to any in baseball, with polished infielder Nick Senzel, potential generational talent in Hunter Greene and five-tool standout Taylor Trammell.

    Just behind that trio, hard-throwing Tony Santillan and No. 5 overall pick Jonathan India also boast Tier 1 upside.

    The Reds have been better than expected this season, and that caused them to balk at moving guys like Raisel Iglesias, Scooter Gennett and other controllable talent at the trade deadline.

    There's still a chance they move Matt Harvey in August, which could bring back a solid prospect return if he keeps pitching well, but either way this looks like a team on the rise with a farm system to match.

8. Minnesota Twins (Previous: 6)

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    Alex Kirilloff
    Alex KirilloffBrace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Royce LewisA+1
    2. OF Alex KirilloffA+1
    3. RHP Brusdar GraterolA+1
    4. SS Nick GordonAAA2
    5. LHP Stephen GonsalvesAAA2
    6. OF Brent RookerAA2
    7. OF Trevor LarnachROK3
    8. SS Wander JavierINJ3
    9. RHP Jorge AlcalaAA3
    10. LHP Lewis ThorpeAA3

    Graduated/Traded: RHP Fernando Romero (2)


    Farm System Snapshot

    Breakout seasons from Alex Kirilloff and Brusdar Graterol have helped place the Minnesota Twins system comfortably inside the Top 10.

    Kirilloff is hitting .349/.395/.593 with 34 doubles, 16 home runs and 85 RBI between Single-A and High-A, while Graterol has gone 5-4 with a 3.34 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 78 strikeouts in 67.1 innings and flashed frontline stuff over the same two levels.

    Neither has eclipsed Royce Lewis as the No. 1 prospect in the system, but all three are easy choices for Tier 1 status.

    A busy trade deadline netted the Twins one new Top 10 prospect in hard-throwing Jorge Alcala, and they added some other intriguing talent in the form of outfielder Gilberto Celestino (via HOU), outfielder Gabriel Maciel (via ARI), first baseman/outfielder Luke Raley (via LAD) and right-hander Jhoan Duran (via ARI).

7. Philadelphia Phillies (Previous: 11)

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    Adonis Medina
    Adonis MedinaRob Carr/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Sixto SanchezINJ1
    2. RHP Adonis MedinaA+1
    3. 3B Alec BohmA-1
    4. OF Jhailyn OrtizA2
    5. OF Adam HaseleyAA2
    6. LHP JoJo RomeroAA2
    7. RHP Enyel De Los SantosAAA2
    8. SS Luis GarciaROK3
    9. LHP Ranger SuarezAAA3
    10. SS Arquimedes GamboaA+3

    Graduated/Traded: RHP Seranthony Dominguez (7), RHP Franklyn Kilome (8)


    Farm System Snapshot

    Sixto Sanchez and Adonis Medina remain the top prospects in a Philadelphia Phillies system that graduated J.P. Crawford and Scott Kingery to the majors at the start of the year.

    The only notable prospect lost at the trade deadline was Franklyn Kilome, while catcher Wilson Ramos, infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and reliever Aaron Loup were all added for the stretch run, so the front office did well to improve in the short term without mortgaging the future.

    Shortstop Luis Garcia—not to be confused with the Nationals prospect of the same name and position—is one to watch thanks to a .356/.409/.465 line in 25 rookie-ball games. And don't sleep on last year's first-round pick, Adam Haseley, who is hitting .306/.364/.434 at Double-A after a disappointing pro debut.

6. Houston Astros (Previous: 13)

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    Kyle Tucker
    Kyle TuckerRob Leiter/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. RHP Forrest WhitleyAA1
    2. OF Kyle TuckerMLB1
    3. 1B/OF Yordan AlvarezAAA1
    4. RHP J.B. BukauskasA+2
    5. RHP Corbin MartinAA2
    6. SS Freudis NovaROK2
    7. LHP Cionel PerezAAA2
    8. RHP Josh JamesAAA2
    9. 1B/OF Seth BeerA+3
    10. RHP Rogelio ArmenterosAAA3

    Graduated/Traded: RHP Jorge Alcala (7), RHP David Paulino (10)


    Farm System Snapshot

    The Houston Astros entered the season with two of the top prospects in baseball—Forrest Whitley and Kyle Tucker—headlining the farm system, and those two have been joined as upper-echelon young talents by Yordan Alvarez.

    Alvarez, 21, is hitting .297/.373/.569 with 15 doubles, 16 home runs and 54 RBI between Double-A and Triple-A, and he's just beginning to tap into the tremendous raw power in his 6'5", 225-pound frame.

    Meanwhile, Josh James has been one of the breakout prospects of 2018. A 34th-round pick in 2014, the 6'3" right-hander has gone 5-4 with a 3.10 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 147 strikeouts in 93 innings between Double-A and Triple-A.

    Also on the rise is 2018 No. 28 overall pick Seth Beer, who has already reached High-A and is hitting .325/.430/.522 with 10 doubles, seven home runs and 23 RBI in his first 41 pro games.

    That all adds up to a system on the rise, despite losing the likes of Jorge Alcala, David Paulino and Hector Perez in deadline trades.

5. Tampa Bay Rays (Previous: 5)

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    Willy Adames
    Willy AdamesChris O'Meara/Associated Press

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. OF Jesus SanchezA+1
    2. RHP Brent HoneywellINJ1
    3. SS Willy AdamesMLB1
    4. 1B/LHP Brendan McKayA+1
    5. SS Wander FrancoROK2
    6. LHP Matthew LiberatoreROK2
    7. C Ronaldo HernandezA2
    8. 2B/OF Brandon LoweAAA2
    9. 2B Nick SolakAA3
    10. LHP Shane McClanahanROK3

    Graduated/Traded1B Jake Bauers (5)


    Farm System Snapshot

    The Tampa Bay Rays did an interesting mix of buying and selling at the trade deadline, shipping out a trio of prospects to acquire Tommy Pham before finally pulling the trigger on dealing ace Chris Archer.

    While the Archer deal didn't net any notable prospects—at least not yet—the Rays did add controllable young talent in the form of Austin Meadows (23) and Tyler Glasnow (24).

    Meanwhile, the remaining crop of minor league talent is still one of the best in baseball, even after graduating Jake Bauers to the majors.

    Beyond the household names, shortstop Wander Franco (.355/.405/.616, 17 XBH) is having an excellent season in rookie ball and Single-A catcher Ronaldo Hernandez (.294/.342/.514, 19 2B, 16 HR) has quickly established himself as one of the top prospects at his position.

    However, the biggest breakout has come from 2015 third-round pick Brandon Lowe, who is hitting .298/.392/.561 with 31 doubles, 22 home runs and 76 RBI between Double-A and Triple-A.

4. Chicago White Sox (Previous: 2)

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    Dylan Cease
    Dylan CeaseRob Carr/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. OF Eloy JimenezAAA1
    2. RHP Michael KopechAAA1
    3. OF Luis RobertINJ1
    4. RHP Dylan CeaseAA1
    5. RHP Dane DunningINJ2
    6. SS Nick MadrigalA2
    7. OF Blake RutherfordA+2
    8. RHP Alec HansenAA2
    9. OF Micker AdolfoINJ3
    10. OF Luis Alexander BasabeAA3



    Farm System Snapshot

    The Chicago White Sox went all-in on rebuilding a few years ago, and the result is one of the best farm systems in baseball and a team with an extremely bright future.

    To that point, Eloy Jimenez, Michael Kopech, Dylan Cease, Dane Dunning, Blake Rutherford and Luis Alexander Basabe were all acquired in trades.

    The team could further bolster the farm system by shopping Jose Abreu this coming offseason, while others like Avisail Garcia and Nate Jones could also bring a decent return.

    Fans might not get the late-season call-ups of Jimenez and Kopech they're hoping for, but expect both elite-level prospects to make an impact during the 2019 season. They're both potential cornerstone pieces of the next contending White Sox team.

3. Toronto Blue Jays (Previous: 4)

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    Danny Jansen
    Danny JansenPatrick McDermott/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr.AAA1
    2. SS Bo BichetteAA1
    3. C Danny JansenAAA2
    4. RHP Eric PardinhoROK2
    5. RHP Nate PearsonINJ2
    6. SS Kevin SmithA+2
    7. 2B Cavan BiggioAA2
    8. OF Anthony AlfordAAA2
    9. SS Jordan GroshansROK2
    10. LHP Ryan BoruckiMLB3



    Farm System Snapshot

    While the Toronto Blue Jays were unable to swap Josh Donaldson for the massive prospect haul they were no doubt expecting when the season began, the front office did well to turn J.A. Happ, Seunghwan Oh, Roberto Osuna, John Axford and Aaron Loup into controllable talent at the deadline.

    Osuna brought back ousted Astros closer Ken Giles, as well as pitching prospects David Paulino and Hector Perez, who just miss cracking the Top 10 in a deep system.

    Everyone knows about Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette at this point, but there's plenty of notable talent making its way toward Toronto.

    Danny Jansen looks like the catcher of the future, with strong two-way skills; shortstop Kevin Smith is hitting .311/.367/.557 with 30 doubles, 19 home runs and 76 RBI between Single-A and High-A; and 17-year-old Eric Pardinho is 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 39 strikeouts in 28 innings in rookie ball.

    First-round pick Jordan Groshans is also off to a fantastic start to his pro career, hitting .380/.439/.593 with 11 doubles, four home runs and 38 RBI in 118 plate appearances in rookie ball.

2. Atlanta Braves (Previous: 1)

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    Mike Soroka
    Mike SorokaTom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. 3B Austin RileyAAA1
    2. RHP Mike SorokaMLB1
    3. RHP Ian AndersonA+1
    4. RHP Kyle WrightAAA1
    5. LHP Kolby AllardMLB2
    6. OF Cristian PacheA+2
    7. RHP Touki ToussaintAAA2
    8. LHP Luiz GoharaAAA2
    9. OF Drew WatersA2
    10. C William ContrerasA3

    Graduated/TradedOF Ronald Acuna Jr. (1)


    Farm System Snapshot

    Even after graduating Ronald Acuna Jr. to the majors since these rankings were last updated, the Atlanta Braves still boast the No. 2 farm system in all of baseball.

    While it's undoubtedly a pitching-heavy system, third baseman Austin Riley now stakes claim to the No. 1 spot on the farm thanks to a .296/.371/.502 line between Double-A and Triple-A that includes 20 doubles, 11 home runs and 43 RBI. All signs point to him as the likely everyday third baseman in 2019.

    Behind him, Mike Soroka, Luiz Gohara and Kolby Allard have already made their MLB debuts, while Kyle Wright and Touki Toussaint are knocking on the door. Others such as Ian Anderson, Joey Wentz, Kyle Muller and Bryse Wilson aren't quite as far along, though they boast future-rotation upside as well.

    The two newcomers to the organizational top 10 are outfielder Drew Waters and catcher William Contreras.

    Waters is hitting .303/.353/.513 with 32 doubles and nine home runs at Single-A after going No. 41 overall in 2017. Contreras, the brother of Cubs All-Star Willson Contreras, boasts a .293/.360/.463 line with 17 doubles and 11 home runs playing alongside Waters, and he's quickly emerged as the catcher of the future.

1. San Diego Padres (Previous: 3)

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    Fernando Tatis Jr.
    Fernando Tatis Jr.Andy Hayt/Getty Images

    Top 10 Prospects

    1. SS Fernando Tatis Jr.INJ1
    2. C/OF Francisco MejiaAAA1
    3. LHP MacKenzie GoreA1
    4. 2B/SS Luis UriasAAA1
    5. LHP Adrian MorejonA+1
    6. RHP Chris PaddackAA1
    7. RHP Michel BaezA+2
    8. RHP Cal QuantrillAA2
    9. LHP Logan AllenAA2
    10. OF Buddy ReedAA2



    Farm System Snapshot

    Even with top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. lost for the season to a fractured thumb, the San Diego Padres are an easy choice for the No. 1 farm system in baseball.

    Tatis is joined by newcomer Francisco Mejia, who was acquired in the Brad Hand trade, as well as incumbents MacKenzie Gore, Luis Urias and Adrian Morejon as Tier 1 prospects.

    A healthy Chris Paddack has gone 7-2 with a 1.91 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 110 strikeouts in 80 innings between High-A and Double-A to also claim Tier 1 status, with fellow pitching prospects Michel Baez, Cal Quantrill and Logan Allen not far behind.

    Outfielder Buddy Reed goes largely overlooked in this stacked system, but he's hitting .298/.349/.493 with 23 doubles, 12 home runs and 40 stolen bases on the year to go along with his standout defense in center field.

    The Tier 2 prospects don't stop with the Top 10 list, either. First baseman Josh Naylor, 2018 first-round pick Ryan Weathers and right-hander Luis Patino also earn Tier 2 grades, giving the Padres an impressive collection of top-tier talent and overall organizational depth.


    All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and accurate through July 31.


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