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Ranking Every MLB Team’s Farm System From Worst to First

Ranking Every MLB Team's Farm System From Worst to Best

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For struggling teams, a good farm system can act as a reassurance that better times are coming. For a good team, a good farm system lets the team know that even more reinforcements are on the way. Basically, it's never a bad time to have a good farm system. While free agency is nice, championships are won by growing talent in your own backyard. Here are the rankings of every major league team's farm system from worst to first.

No. 30: Milwaukee Brewers

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No. 30: Milwaukee Brewers

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Top 3 Prospects:

RHP Jimmy Nelson
OF Tyrone Taylor
RHP Devin Williams

While the Brewers have been baseball's most surprising team so far this season, don't expect any reinforcements to come from the minors anytime soon. As of right now, they have no position players that project as future MLB starters and even their top pitching prospects have several things to fix before being major league ready.

No. 29: Los Angeles Angels

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No. 29: Los Angeles Angels

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Top 3 Prospects:

3B Kaleb Cowart
2B Taylor Lindsey
1B C.J. Cron

Whenever a guy named Mike Trout gets called up, a farm system is going to take a hit. While their infield prospects could be in good shape in a year or so, they have no pitching to speak of and pretty much no organizational depth at any one position.

No. 28: Chicago White Sox

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No. 28: Chicago White Sox

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Top 3 Prospects:

RHP Erik Johnson
3B Matt Davidson
SS Tim Anderson

The problem with the White Sox young talent is that most is already trying their hand in the majors. That could be a good thing if most prospects pan out, but once some start failing, they don't have much depth waiting in the wings. Not many prospects currently with the organization are close to the majors, so that could be a problem when it comes to depth as well.

No. 27: Detroit Tigers

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No. 27: Detroit Tigers

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Top 3 Prospects:

3B Nick Castellanos
LHP Robbie Ray
2B Devon Travis

Obviously, the Tigers are a very talented team, but their farm system is lacking in most areas. Their infield depth in the minor leagues is decent with Castellanos and Travis heading the charge, but past that the Tigers don't have many prospects worth watching at the moment.

No. 26: San Francisco Giants

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No. 26: San Francisco Giants

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Top 3 Prospects:

RHP Kyle Crick
LHP Edwin Escobar
LHP Adalberto Mejia

The Giants are also very low on hitting talent in the minors. With a lot of pitching talent already in the majors, the Giants have created a log jam of pitching toward the top of their minor league system. While that's good, they will need to acquire or develop far more hitting talent to stay competitive in the future.

No. 25: Toronto Blue Jays

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No. 25: Toronto Blue Jays

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Top 3 Prospects:

RHP Aaron Sanchez
RHP Marcus Stroman
RHP Roberto Osuna

While their pitching talent is pretty good, the Blue Jays are extremely short on hitting talent. Their top four prospects are all pitchers and they don't have any hitters in their system that look like they will be impact major league players.

No. 24: Oakland Athletics

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No. 24: Oakland Athletics

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Top 3 Prospects:

SS Addison Russell
OF Billy McKinney
SS Daniel Robertson

It's unusual that the Athletics aren't filled with pitching prospects. They usually have a surplus of that, but most of those prospects are now in the major leagues. While Russell is one of baseball's top prospects, Oakland will have to get back to their roots of growing pitching talent in order to sustain success.

No. 23: Tampa Bay Rays

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No. 23: Tampa Bay Rays

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Top 3 Prospects:

RHP Jake Odorizzi
SS Hak-Ju Lee
RHP Taylor Guerreiri

Once a team calls up most of their young talent, their farm system ranking usually takes a hit and that's what happened to the Rays recently. Odorizzi could be a mainstay in the rotation in the future, but after him the team doesn't have a lot of potential impact prospects. For an organization built on growing their own talent, they need to do a better job of that.

No. 22: New York Yankees

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No. 22: New York Yankees

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Top 3 Prospects:

C Gary Sanchez
OF Mason Williams
OF Slade Heathcott

The Bronx Bombers have never been known for their plethora of talent in the minors and this year is no different. Sanchez is a decent prospect with a fairly high ceiling, but the Yankees have no need for him at this point. Overall, top to bottom it's a pretty weak system.

No. 21: Seattle Mariners

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No. 21: Seattle Mariners

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Top 3 Prospects:

RHP Taijuan Walker
3B D.J. Peterson
LHP James Paxton

Walker is one of the top pitching prospects in the game and is still recovering from an injury sustained in spring training. He should be back soon and when he is, he will be with the big league club. Past him, Seattle doesn't have a whole lot of top level prospects. They'll need to see some progress out of their farm system this year.

No. 20: Atlanta Braves

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No. 20: Atlanta Braves

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Top 3 Prospects:

RHP Lucas Sims
C Christian Bethancourt
RHP Jason Hursh

The Braves are playing some of the best baseball in the league, so they're set at the big league level right now, but their prospects will have to start progressing in order to keep them competitive. Sims is a top level prospect, but there's a noticeable drop off after him. Atlanta is hoping for a big year development-wise in 2014.

No. 19: Washington Nationals

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No. 19: Washington Nationals

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Top 3 Prospects:

RHP Lucas Giolito
RHP A.J. Cole
OF Brian Goodwin

Stephen Strasburg, one of the best pitching prospects to come up in quite some time, made his way to the majors a couple of years ago. Now Giolito and Cole could be joining him. If both pitchers pan out, the Nationals could have one of the best rotations in baseball in the next couple years.

No. 18: Miami Marlins

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No. 18: Miami Marlins

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Top 3 Prospects:

LHP Andrew Heaney
3B Colin Moran
OF Jake Marisnick

Miami is in need of reinforcements from the minor leagues. They developed All-Star Jose Fernandez and should have Heaney joining him shortly. Marisnick may be the prospect with the highest ceiling in the organization as he showed off his insane power upside this spring training.

No. 17: Cleveland Indians

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No. 17: Cleveland Indians

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Top 3 Prospects:

SS Francisco Lindor
OF Clint Frazier
RHP Trevor Bauer

Lindor is one of the best hitting prospects in baseball and could make an impact soon. Not everyone is sold on Frazier, but Bauer is touted as one of the most interesting pitching prospects in quite some time. He doesn't have overpowering stuff, but by tinkering with different pitches, he throws variations of over 10 pitches.

No. 16: Arizona Diamondbacks

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No. 16: Arizona Diamondbacks

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Top 3 Prospects:

RHP Archie Bradley
RHP Braden Shipley
SS Chris Owings

They shipped top pitcher Tyler Skaggs to Los Angeles in the deal that landed them Mark Trumbo, but Arizona still has some solid pitching talent in the minors. Bradley and Shipley are relatively close to being major league ready and could be brought up together to start in the rotation in the 2015 season. That would be a major shot in the arm to the pitching staff.

No. 15: Texas Rangers

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No. 15: Texas Rangers

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Top 3 Prospects:

C Jorge Alfaro
2B Rougned Odor
OF Michael Choice

By trading for pitcher Matt Garza last season, the Rangers got rid of a few top prospects including 3B Mike Olt and pitcher C.J. Edwards, but they still have some decent young talent. No names at the top are instantly ready for big league action, meaning this farm system could climb up in the rankings by 2015.

No. 14: Cincinnati Reds

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No. 14: Cincinnati Reds

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Top 3 Prospects:

RHP Robert Stephenson
OF Billy Hamilton
OF Phil Ervin

Stephenson looks like he could develop into a real pitching star for the Reds in time. Meanwhile, Hamilton has already gotten major league exposure and is a capable 50-base stealer at the major league level. Ervin adds to that outfield prospect depth and could soon be joining Hamilton.

No. 13: Philadelphia Phillies

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No. 13: Philadelphia Phillies

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Top 3 Prospects:

3B Maikel Franco
LHP Jesse Biddle
SS J.P. Crawford

Philadelphia has a fresh crop of hitting prospects getting ready for the majors just at the right moment. They have a core of hitters who are getting older by the day and it will be nice for them to be able to plug in young guys when the time comes. Franco and Crawford should be able to help the infield while Biddle is instantly valuable because he's a south paw.

No. 12: Los Angeles Dodgers

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No. 12: Los Angeles Dodgers

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Top 3 Prospects:

SS Corey Seager
OF Joc Pederson
LHP Julio Urias

The Dodgers aren't in dire need of hitting talent anytime soon, but they have some top level talent in the wings in Seager and Pederson. They could use them as trade chips or they could shift things around at the major league level to make room for those rising stars when the time comes.

No. 11: San Diego Padres

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No. 11: San Diego Padres

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Top 3 Prospects:

C Austin Hedges
LHP Max Fried
RHP Matthew Wisler

The Padres are known for their pitching and indeed they have some very promising young pitching prospects, but Hedges is their most exciting prospect. He's intelligent and is a capable everyday backstop. If he can grow more into his power, he could be a real difference maker in San Diego's lineup in the near future.

No. 10: Baltimore Orioles

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No. 10: Baltimore Orioles

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Top 3 Prospects:

RHP Dylan Bundy
RHP Kevin Gausman
LHP Eduardo Rodriguez

The Orioles are set to contend again this season and have a fresh crop of pitchers getting ready to make an impact. Their top three prospects are all pitchers and they could soon compliment the powerful lineup Baltimore is employing.

No. 9: St. Louis Cardinals

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No. 9: St. Louis Cardinals

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Top 3 Prospects:

OF Oscar Tavares
2B Kolten Wong
OF Stephen Piscotty

The Cardinals are in a jumble with a bunch of other teams that have slightly above average farm systems, but they get the nod because of their track record for developing young talent. Tavares looks like a future superstar and Wong has already gotten time in the big leagues.

No. 8: New York Mets

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No. 8: New York Mets

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Top 3 Prospects:

RHP Noah Syndergaard
RHP Rafael Montero
1B Dominic Smith

With a young budding pitching staff with recovering Matt Harvey at the forefront, the Mets have plenty more young pitching talent waiting in the minors. While they have different styles, Syndergaard and Montero can help at the major league level soon while Smith projects as a power threat in the future.

No. 7: Colorado Rockies

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No. 7: Colorado Rockies

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Top 3 Prospects:

RHP Jon Gray
RHP Eddie Butler
OF David Dahl

It's good news in Colorado that they're growing some young pitching talent in the minor leagues. As always, they're a good hitting team, but their pitching is pretty brutal at the major league level. The hop is that Gray and Butler can help fix that in the future.

No. 6: Boston Red Sox

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No. 6: Boston Red Sox

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Top 3 Prospects:

SS Xander Bogaerts
LHP Henry Owens
RHP Allen Webster

While outside of Bogaerts, the Red Sox don't have a whole lot of elite prospects, they do have depth on offense and on the mound. They find themselves in the nice position of competing now while growing talent in the minors. That gives them the luxury of being able to be patient as their talent develops at their own pace.

No. 5: Kansas City Royals

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No. 5: Kansas City Royals:

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Top 3 Prospects:

RHP Kyle Zimmer
RHP Yordano Ventura
SS Raul Adalberto Mondesi

The Royals recently had a top prospect crop of hitters who are all now currently in the majors. As they all come into their own, they're entering a period that should see sustained contention by the club. With two top pitching prospects to add to their crop of young hitters, that window for contention should open even wider.

No. 4: Pittsburgh Pirates

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No. 4: Pittsburgh Pirates

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Top 3 Prospects:

OF Gregory Polanco
RHP Jameson Taillon
RHP Tyler Glasnow

Even while competing at the major league level, the Pirates have slowly rebuilt their farm system once again. Polanco is very close to getting a major league call up while Taillon and Glasnow aren't far behind him. With so much pitching depth in the minors, the Pirates have a security blanket for the current rotation.

No. 3: Chicago Cubs

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No. 3: Chicago Cubs

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Top 3 Prospects:

SS Javier Baez
3B Kris Bryant
OF Jorge Soler

While it lacks pitching depth, the Cubs' farm system is probably the deepest in baseball when it comes to offense. They have at least five hitters who could realistically be playing in the majors by 2015. Even though they will have to add more pitching, their extremely deep reserve of hitting prospects makes them one of the top farm systems in baseball.

No. 2: Houston Astros

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No. 2: Houston Astros

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Top 3 Prospects:

SS Carlos Correia
RHP Mark Appel
OF George Springer

Even though the last few seasons in Houston have been brutal, help should soon be on the way. Correia is one of the top prospects in baseball and Appel and Springer aren't far behind him. In fact, Springer has been steadily moving up every season, showing he's ready for big league action soon.

No. 1: Minnesota Twins

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No. 1: Minnesota Twins

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Top 3 Prospects:

OF Byron Buxton
3B Miguel Sano
RHP Alex Meyer

The Twins don't have the deepest farm system in baseball, but they do have two of the league's top three prospects in Buxton and Sano. With the potential impact those two can make, the future of Minnesota's lineup looks awfully bright.