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MLB Organizational Power Rankings Over Next Five Years

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MLB Organizational Power Rankings Over Next 5 Years

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Some teams are built for now and some teams are built for the future. There are some teams built for both. Based on their current rosters, their farm systems and their front offices, each rated on a scale of 1-10, here are the MLB power rankings based on how teams should expect to perform over the next five seasons.

No. 30 Philadelphia Phillies

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No. 30 Philadelphia Phillies

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Current Roster: 6
Farm System: 4
Front Office: 8

The Phillies seem to be entering a rebuilding phase. While they won't require a complete overhaul, they need to find a way to move 2B Chase Utley and SS Jimmy Rollins even though both veterans have a no trade clause.

No. 29 Tampa Bay Rays

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No. 29 Tampa Bay Rays

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Current Roster: 7
Farm System: 3
Front Office: 7

The Rays might soon be headed back to the basement of the AL East where they spent so many years in the early 2000's. Their farm system is unusually low on talent, but their young guns are just developing, so there could still be hope.

No. 28 Milwaukee Brewers

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No. 28 Milwaukee Brewers

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Current Roster: 8
Farm System: 2
Front Office: 6

The Brewers are this year's surprise team, but this season could be a flash in the pan. Milwaukee has one of the worst farm systems in baseball and some of their core is aging. Since their starting rotation is young, it's possible they could still be competitive down the road.

No. 27 Texas Rangers

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No. 27 Texas Rangers

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Current Roster: 7
Farm System: 8
Front Office: 5

The Rangers are headed toward a rebuilding phase and that begins with trading some stars this trade deadline. They need to build up their already impressive farm system in order to be prepared for the future. Since they have some young talent, the team might only face a one or two year layoff from the playoffs.

No. 26 Arizona Diamondbacks

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No. 26 Arizona Diamondbacks

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Current Roster: 5
Farm System: 6
Front Office: 6

The Diamondbacks are baseball's most disappointing team this season due to injury and underperformance. It's hard to tell how talented Arizona is without some of their best pitchers, but for now it appears the future may be grim for them.

No. 25 Miami Marlins

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No. 25 Miami Marlins

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Current Roster: 6
Farm System: 6
Front Office: 5

The Marlins lasted in the division race for a while this season and are still on the fringe of contention, but the future isn't particularly bright. They will need several top prospects to hit and gel with the current roster in order to compete consistently in the NL East.

No. 24 Chicago White Sox

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No. 24 Chicago White Sox

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Current Roster: 7
Farm System: 5
Front Office: 7

The White Sox's contingent of top prospects has arrived a little earlier than expected and has produced this season. With a core of Jose Abreu and Chris Sale, the future could be bright for this team if they can get other prospects like Avisail Garcia to produce at a similarly high level.

No. 23 Cleveland Indians

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No. 23 Cleveland Indians

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Current Roster: 7
Farm System: 5
Front Office: 7

The Indians are unpredictable from year to year, but breakout performances from Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chissenhal give the team reason for optimism. With little help from the farm system on the way, the Indians will have to make some savvy moves to compete in the future.

No. 22 Atlanta Braves

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No. 22 Atlanta Braves

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Current Roster: 8
Farm System: 5
Front Office: 7

The Braves always seem to be contenders in the division and with young talent at most positions they should remain in contention. Their farm system won't provide much help in the near future, but the major league team likely won't need much.

No. 21 New York Yankees

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No. 21 New York Yankees

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Current Roster: 7
Farm System: 6
Front Office: 7

The Yankees will always have enough money to buy themselves into contention, but their lack of organizational depth could come back to haunt them. In recent years we've seen them slip onto the fringe of the wild card race as opposed to being a perennial powerhouse. That's where they could be for a while.

No. 20 Detroit Tigers

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No. 20 Detroit Tigers

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Current Roster: 9
Farm System: 4
Front Office: 8

The Tigers have been one of the best teams in the AL for about half a decade now, but they're facing a possible bump in the road soon. Max Scherzer could be headed for the open market and the team doesn't have a whole lot of top flight prospects on their way. A lot could be decided for Detroit's future in the next year.

No. 19 Los Angeles Angels

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No. 19 Los Angeles Angels

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Current Roster: 10
Farm System: 3
Front Office: 6

The Angels are in "win now" mode as they have the worst farm system in baseball according to Baseball Prospectus. However, their title window should be open for at least three to five years given that the nucleus of their team is still relatively young with superstar Mike Trout leading the way.

No. 18 Oakland Athletics

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No. 18 Oakland Athletics

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Current Roster: 10
Farm System: 4
Front Office: 10

The Athletics made the first extremely bold trade in Billy Beane's tenure as the team's GM when they traded their top two prospects for pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. With their farm system depleted, the Athletics will have to be as efficient as ever in their scouting and player development departments.

No. 17 Colorado Rockies

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No. 17 Colorado Rockies

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Current Roster: 5
Farm System: 7
Front Office: 5

The Rockies have always been an offensive team in the past. Without a solid pitching rotation they will never compete, so they really need their farm system to develop some power arms in order for the team to be competitive in the near future.

No. 16 San Diego Padres

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No. 16 San Diego Padres

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Current Roster: 5
Farm System: 7
Front Office: 7

The Padres have been competitive off and on over the past decade as they go through waves of talent. Their next wave appears to be coming to San Diego soon, and in the next couple years they could be competing with the Giants and Dodgers for NL West supremacy.

No. 15 Houston Astros

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No. 15 Houston Astros

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Current Roster: 4
Farm System: 9
Front Office: 6

Even though the Astros have been historically bad in the past few years, there is hope on the horizon. They're likely another two years away from contention, but the Astros appear ready to make a run in the future.

No. 14 Kansas City Royals

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No. 14 Kansas City Royals

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Current Roster: 7
Farm System: 8
Front Office: 7

The Royals are still in the playoff race this season and that success could be sustained over the next three or more years. They still have a top-10 farm system while holding a solid major league roster. Once their projected stars like Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler stop underachieving, they could take their collective game to the next level.

No. 13 Boston Red Sox

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No. 13 Boston Red Sox

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Current Roster: 7
Farm System: 9
Front Office: 8

The Red Sox have underachieved this season given their relatively talented roster. They didn't lose much from their World Series champion roster from a year ago and yet they're sitting in last place. With plenty of young help on the way though, Boston should still be just fine in the coming years.

No. 12 Seattle Mariners

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No. 12 Seattle Mariners

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Current Roster: 8
Farm System: 6
Front Office: 7

They've been surprising this season, but the Mariners might not be a surprise to anyone in the future. With several key pieces locked up long-term and some pitching help coming from the farm system, the Mariners appear built to compete for years to come.

No. 11 San Francisco Giants

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No. 11 San Francisco Giants

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Current Roster: 9
Farm System: 5
Front Office: 8

The Giants have won two World Series in the past five years and have proven they know how to win in October. While they don't have many top flight position players coming through the system, they can add talent through free agency and stay competitive for the near future.

No. 10 Cincinnati Reds

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No. 10 Cincinnati Reds

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Current Roster: 8
Farm System: 6
Front Office: 6

The Reds are climbing their way back into the NL Central race and they could be there a lot in the future as well. They seem to have a perfect mix of veterans and young talent making their way to the big leagues. That is normally a recipe for sustained success in major league baseball.

No. 9 Washington Nationals

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No. 9 Washington Nationals

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Current Roster: 8
Farm System: 6
Front Office: 7

Finally realizing their full potential, the Nationals are going toe to toe with the Braves in the NL East. Even if they don't win the division, they might be better suited for the playoffs than their divisional foes. With young pieces at most positions, the Nationals should be competitive for the foreseeable future.

No. 8 Toronto Blue Jays

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No. 8 Toronto Blue Jays

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Current Roster: 8
Farm System: 6
Front Office: 7

Still in the race in the AL East, the Blue Jays are ahead of the likes of the Red Sox and Yankees organizationally. They're better built for the future with top prospects headed for the rotation soon and several veteran sluggers sprinkled into the high-powered lineup.

No. 7 Pittsburgh Pirates

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No. 7 Pittsburgh Pirates

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Current Roster: 8
Farm System: 8
Front Office: 7

The Pirates seemed like they were headed for a disappointing 2014 season but they've moved their way back into the NL Central divisional race. Their stars are gaining experience and their young players are staggered far enough apart that they can all develop at their own pace, which bodes well for the team's future.

No. 6 Minnesota Twins

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No. 6 Minnesota Twins

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Current Roster: 6
Farm System: 10
Front Office: 7

The Twins have one of the best farm systems in all of baseball with OF Byron Buxton and 3B Miguel Sano at the top. They're not as close to contention as they hoped to be, but by 2016, they should be a force in the AL Central.

No. 5 New York Mets

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No. 5 New York Mets

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Current Roster: 6
Farm System: 9
Front Office: 6

The main reason the Mets find themselves so high on this list is that they have a realistic chance to have one of the best trios in any big league rotation. Matt Harvey, Jacob de Grom and Noah Syndergaard have the makings of a potentially deadly rotation for years to come.

No. 4 Chicago Cubs

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No. 4 Chicago Cubs

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Current Roster: 5
Farm System: 10
Front Office: 9

The Cubs have been mired in futility for too long. With the best farm system in all of baseball, help seems to be on the way shortly. They could be surprising in 2015 and at the very least should start a very wide window of contention by the 2016 season.

No. 3 Baltimore Orioles

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No. 3 Baltimore Orioles

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Current Roster: 8
Farm System: 8
Front Office: 8

With young and developing players at almost every position, the Orioles should be competitive for a while. Additionally, they have even more talent headed for the big leagues in the future, so they should be real players in the American League for a long time.

No. 2 Los Angeles Dodgers

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No. 2 Los Angeles Dodgers

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Current Roster: 10
Farm System: 6
Front Office: 8

The Dodgers have become the new Yankees in terms of spending. They can sign any big name free agent they want and their farm system is nothing to scoff at. Those factors combine to make the Dodgers one of the real competitors now and in the future.

No. 1 St. Louis Cardinals

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No. 1 St. Louis Cardinals

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Current Roster: 9
Farm System: 9
Front Office: 10

The Cardinals are one of the most well-run franchises in sports because they know how to replace and replenish talent. While being one of the most talented teams in the majors, they still have one of the most talented farm systems as well. That's one of the reasons the Cardinals always seem to be in the playoff hunt no matter what.