Ranking the 30 MLB Farm Systems
30. Kansas City Royals
Top 100 prospects: None
After winning the World Series back in 2015 and failing to make the postseason the last two seasons, the Royals are looking to rebuild and will do so without Lorenzo Cain and potentially Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas. The tough part about this rebuild is that the Royals farm system is very thin with talent. Having no prospects inside the top 100, the top guy in the Royals system is 1B Nick Pratto. Pratto, a first round in the 2017 First-Year player draft, who hit .247 with four dingers and 34 RBI’s in 52 games of rookie ball
29. New York Mets
Top 100 prospects: None
Oddly enough, the Royals opponent in the 2015 World Series also has a very weak farm system as the New York Mets take a hit in their 2018 prospect rankings. Due to former top prospects Ahmed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Robert Gsellman and Brandon Nimmo all making it up to the big league squad, the Mets don’t have much left in the minors in terms of top talent. The only players worth noting in the farm system are a pair of starting pitchers. Southpaw David Peterson and righty Justin Dunn all show potential to be quality pitchers in the big leagues in the future.
28. Chicago Cubs
Top 100 prospects: None
The final team to have zero prospects in the top 100 are the 2016 World Series champs. While the Cubs have a bunch of young talent at the major league level, they could’ve had a much better farm system had they not traded top prospects such as Gleyber Torres and Eloy Jimenez. At the end of 2017, eight of the Cubs’ top 10 prospects were pitchers.
27. Seattle Mariners
Top 100 prospects: OF Kyle Lewis (70)
Had the Mariners not traded Tyler O’Neill to the St. Louis Cardinals last July, he’d probably be the clear cut top prospect in their system, but they did and now Kyle Lewis is the M’s top prospect. The 2016 1st round selection played in 49 games last season, batting .257 with 7 homers and 31 RBI’s.
26. San Francisco Giants
Top 100 prospects: OF Heliot Ramos (63)
After the Giants traded Christian Arroyo to Tampa, the door has opened up for 18-year-old outfielder Heliot Ramos to become the franchise’s number one prospect. The Giants used their first round pick on Ramos in 2017 and he has only played in 35 games in rookie ball, batting .348 with six home runs and 27 RBI’s.
25. Arizona Diamondbacks
Top 100 prospects:RHP Jon Duplantier (73), 1B Pavin Smith (91)
The Diamondbacks are coming off their first playoff appearance since 2011 and are in good hands with Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb and Zack Greinke leading the way at the big league level. In terms of the minors, the Diamondbacks have two prospects inside the top 100. RHP Jon Duplantier was absolutely lights out last season in the minors with a record of 12-3, an ERA of 1.39 and striking out 165. 1B Pavin Smith who was the D-Backs first round selection in 2017, hit .318 and knocked in 27 RBI’s in the D-Backs short season “A” squad.
24. Boston Red Sox
Top 100 prospects: 3B Michael Chavis (79), LHP Jay Groome(85)
Like the Diamondbacks, the Red Sox are very talented at the major league level but at the minor league level, they have a very little abundance of talent. With two players landing in the Top 100, the Red Sox could’ve had many more had they not traded away a lot of their top prospects like Anderson Espinoza. 3B Michael Chavis is on the cusp of making the big leagues as he was a non-roster invite to spring training and rightfully so. He finished the year hitting .282 with 31 dingers and 94 RBI’s. LHP Jay Groome struggled last season with a 5.69 ERA but has a very high ceiling.
23. Baltimore Orioles
Top 100 prospects: OF Austin Hays (23), 3B Ryan Mountcastle(98)
The Orioles are in a tough, tough spot. Not that great of a farm system and the big league team is just mediocre. With that said, OF Austin Hays is a stud. After hitting .329 with 32 homers and 95 RBI’s, Hays earned a call-up to the majors and played in 20 games, finishing the year with a .217 average, one home run and eight RBI’s. Aside from having one of the best last names in baseball, 3B Ryan Mountcastle is a very solid hitter. Mountcastle smashed 18 home runs, 62 RBI’s and hit for .287 last season.
22. Texas Rangers
Top 100 prospects: OF Leody Taveras (34), OF Willie Calhoun (53)
The Rangers, just like the Orioles, have an okay big league club and an okay minor league system. The Rangers though, have two potential cornerstone outfielders in Leody Taveras and Willie Calhoun to pair with NomarMazara and DelinoDeShields. The 19 year old Taveras swiped 20 bags last season while hitting .247 in “A” ball. Calhoun hit an even .300 while smacking 31 home runs and 93 RBI’s. His performance last season earned him a call-up to the Rangers where he hit .265 with one home run and 4 RBI’s.
21. Milwaukee Brewers
Top 100 prospects: 2B Keston Hiuras (56), RHP Corbin Burnes (69), RHP Brandon Woodruff (96)
The Brewers would’ve been higher on this list had they not traded top prospect outfielders Lewis Brinson and Monte Harrison to the Miami Marlins in a deal for Christian Yelich. However, they still have some solid pieces in the system with a pair of righty’s and a quality 2nd baseman landing in the top 100. Keston Hiurais a great contact hitter and posted a .371 BA with 4 home runs and 33 RBI’s in his first professional season. Right-handed pitcher Corbin Burnes has great control on his pitches. With an ERA of 1.67, the 23-year-old righty can be a nice piece for a Brewers team lacking pitching talent in the rotation. RHP Brandon Woodruff got his feet wet in the majors this year with a record of 2-3 record with a 4.81 ERA.
20. Miami Marlins
Top 100 prospects: OF Lewis Brinson (27), OF Monte Harrison (71)
The Miami Marlins farm system got a huge boost thanks to the trades of Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna that netted outfielders Lewis Brinson and Monte Harrison from the Brewers and RHP Sandy Alcantara from the Cardinals. Brinson is ready to make a splash in the majors after playing in 21 games with the Brewers last season, where he hit a very bad .106 in the majors but hit .331 in triple-A. Monte Harrison is a very athletic fielder who makes great contact on the ball as he hit .272 last season.
19. Cleveland Indians
Top 100 prospects: C Francisco Mejia (11), RHP Triston McKenzie (24)
Although the Cleveland Indians only have two prospects landing in the top 100, those two prospects are very, very talented as both are inside the top 25. Catcher Francisco Mejia is a great defensive catcher with a great arm behind the plate and a solid bat as well. Mejia hit for .297 last season in the minors and earned a call-up to the bigs where he hit .154 in 11 games for the Tribe. McKenzie had a decent year in high A ball where he went 12-6 with a 3.46 ERA. Other than their two standout prospects, the Indians don’t have very much talent inside the minors.
18. Colorado Rockies
Top 100 prospects: SS/2B Brendan Rodgers (15), IF Ryan McMahon (41), RHP Riley Pint (100)
The Rockies could potentially have a problem at the shortstop position, a good problem at that. Brendan Rodgers was an absolute machine last season, hitting .336 with 18 home runs and 64 RBI’s, the 3rd overall pick in the 2015 draft could get the call-up to the bigs this season. That is, if Trevor Story struggles or goes down with injury. After taking a small step back in his sophomore season, Story could potentially be on a tight leash if he struggles this year. It also doesn’t help that the Rockies have absolute studs all over the field so having one of the two shortstops changing position won’t help much. The only question the Rockies have is at 1B where Ryan McMahon is currently atop the depth chart after playing in only 17 games and having 19 AB’s.
17. Pittsburgh Pirates
Top 100 prospects: RHP Mitch Keller (16), OF Austin Meadows (45), RHP Shane Baz (67)
After dealing away star players Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen, it’s very clear that the Pirates are in total rebuild mode. But the returns on those two players weren’t that appealing, not even landing any prospects inside the top 100. It would’ve helped their ranking if the Pirates could’ve got some good prospects in return but they still got a decent return. RHP Mitch Keller can bring the heat and has strong command, leading to his 116 K’s last season and OF Austin Meadows will be called up this season after spending most of the year in AAA last season, hitting .250.
16. Washington Nationals
Top 100 prospects: OF Victor Robles (6), OF Juan Soto (29), SS Carter Kieboom (90)
If Bryce Harper decides to bolt the nation’s capital after this season for a new team, the Nationals certainly have the players to replace him. OF Victor Robles is one of the best prospects in all of baseball and OF Juan Soto is a nice talent as well. Robles, who finished out his season with the big league club, playing in 13 games with 24 AB’s. Prior to getting the call, the speedy Robles hit for a .300 average and stole 27 bags. Soto is also a nice contact hitter, finishing out the year with a .351 average.
15. Houston Astros
Top 100 prospects: RHP Forrest Whitley (9), OF Kyle Tucker (17), RHP J.B. Bukauskas (76)
While having a talented big league roster, the reigning World Series champions’ farm system is not too shabby either, having two prospects land inside the top 20. RHP Forrest Whitley is on track to be called up next season, maybe even this season as he is zooming through the minor league system, playing in three different levels last season. OF Kyle Tucker could be called up at around the same time Whitley gets the call as both finished the year at the AA level.
14. Los Angeles Dodgers
Top 100 prospects: RHP Walker Buehler (13), OF Alex Verdugo (33), C Kiebert Ruiz (52)
The Dodgers have always had a very talented farm system with young players like Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger in the minor league system within the last five seasons. RHP Walker Buehler is a top 15 prospect in the MLB after having an impressive 2017 season that got him called up to L.A. OF Alex Verdugo had a nice season in AAA ball, hitting for a .314 average with 62 RBI’s. His performance also got him called up later in the year.
13. Toronto Blue Jays
Top 100 prospects: OF Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (3), SS/2B Bo Bichette (14), OF Anthony Alford (47)
If Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is anything like his Hall of Fame father was, the Blue Jays have the same on their hands. Guerrero Jr. is just 18 years old and is already destroying high-A ball pitching, hitting .333, with six home runs and 31 RBI’s in only 168 AB’s. Another Blue Jays prospect with a former All-Star dad is Bo Bichette. His father Dante was a four time All-Star in the 90’s for the Colorado Rockies. Bo is also in the high A level with a .323 average with 23 RBI’s in 164 AB’s.
12. Minnesota Twins
Top 100 prospects: SS Royce Lewis (20), RHP Fernando Romero (68) , RHP Stephen Gonsalves (78), SS/2B Nick Gordon (80)
The Twins shocked everyone last season as they went from the worst record in baseball in 2016, to earning the second A.L. wild card spot in 2017. Their last place status in 2016 gave them the first overall pick in the 2017 draft, which they used to select SS Royce Lewis. Lewis hit for a respectable .279 average with 27 RBI’s in his first professional season. They also have a pair of righties in Fernando Romero and Stephen Gonsalves who will be key pieces if the Twins want to continue this run of success.
11. Detroit Tigers
Top 100 prospects: RHP Franklin Perez (39), RHP Matt Manning (55), RHP Alex Faedo (59), RHP Beau Burrows (77)
The Tigers aren’t a good baseball team. Plain and simple. Who will be the face of the team once Miguel Cabrera leaves? The talent on the Tigers is very scarce but they have some decent right-handed arms in the system. Franklin Perez, Matt Manning, Alex Faedo and Beau Burrows all have good potential to be very serviceable major league pitchers.
10. Oakland Athletics
Top 100 prospects: LHP A.J. Puk (32), LHP Jesus Luzardo (60), SS/2B Franklin Barreto (66), SS/OF Jorge Mateo (72)
The Oakland A's are on the rise and have some nice, young talent at the big league level and even more down in the minors. Southpaw A.J. Puk is not quite ready for the bigs just yet as he is only in high A ball but within the next two seasons, expect to see Puk donning an Oakland uniform soon. SS/2B Franklin Barreto still has potential to be a great middle infielder as he was one of the top prospects last season and SS/OF Jorge Mateo is a nice piece acquired in the Sonny Gray deal from the Yankees.
9. Los Angeles Angels
Top 100 prospects: RHP/OF Shohei Ohtani (1), OF Jo Adell (62), SS Kevin Maitan (87), OF Jahmai Jones (93)
The Angels are in a great spot in 2018. After acquiring Justin Upton, Ian Kinsler and Zack Cozart, the Angels are ready to win now and still have a quality farm system led by the top prospect in all of baseball, the Japanese Babe Ruth, Shohei Ohtani. He's a wild card. Will he play the outfield? Will he be a pitcher? Will he DH on days he isn’t pitching? Who knows but Ohtani’s talent in both positions make him the top prospect in all of baseball. Aside from Ohtani, the Angels have quality prospects in outfielders Jo Adell and Jahmai Jones and a nice SS in Kevin Maitan.
8. St. Louis Cardinals
Top 100 prospects: RHP Alex Reyes (18), RHP Jack Flaherty (38), C Carson Kelly (46), OF Tyler O’Neill (94
After trade rumors for Giancarlo Stanton swirled around involving names like righties Alex Reyes and Jack Flaherty, the Cardinals ended up getting another outfielder from the Miami Marlins in All-Star Marcell Ozuna for RHP Sandy Alcantara. Keeping Reyes and Flaherty were huge for the Redbirds as they got to hold onto potential aces of their staff. Reyes is an interesting case though; he went down with an elbow injury in spring training and missed the year after Tommy John surgery. If catcher Yadier Molina sticks out the rest of his contract (which ends in 2020) and continues to put up All-Star numbers, Carson Kelly will pretty much be stuck behind Yadi for the rest of his career. Kelly can also play a little bit of third base, which the Cardinals are pretty thin at so expect to see Kelly get some reps there.
7. Philadelphia Phillies
Top 100 prospects: RHP Sixto Sanchez (26), 2B Scott Kingery (35), SS J.P. Crawford (37), RHP Adonis Medina (86), Mickey Moniak (88), Adam Haseley (95)
After six straight losing seasons, the Phillies could actually break through this season. With young stars in 1B/OF Rhys Hoskins, OF Nick Williams, RHP Aaron Nola and INF J.P. Crawford, the Phillies could have something brewing for years to come. Add that talent to what they have in the minors and the Phillies could potentially have a new core on their hands. Sixto Sanchez is moving his way up quickly through the minors, Scott Kingery could get called up this season and Mickey Moniak is a former 1st overall selection.
6. Cincinnati Reds
Top 100 prospects: 3B Nick Senzel (7), RHP Hunter Greene (21), OF Taylor Trammell (43), OF Jesse Winker (82), RHP Tyler Mahle (84)
The Reds have a pretty decent team offensively but their main problem is pitching. That is probably why they went with RHP Hunter Greene in the 2017 draft at 2nd overall. The main guy to watch is Nick Senzel who could be called up this season. Last year, Senzel hit .321 with 14 home runs and 65 RBI’s. Taylor Trammell is a very speedy outfielder who stole 41 bases last season at the A level. Jesse Winker got a bit of MLB action last year as well as Tyler Mahle.
5. New York Yankees
Top 100 prospects: INF Gleyber Torres (5), OF Estevan Florial (44), LHP Justus Sheffield (48), 3B Miguel Andujar (65), RHP Albert Abreu (74), RHP Chance Adams (75)
The Yankees are in the best possible spot a baseball team could be in: a young team that is ready to win now with an abundance of minor league talent. We all know about Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, the very talented bullpen and their new star, Giancarlo Stanton, but that’s for a later date. Here, we’re focusing on the “baby bombers” and there is much to be focusing on.
INF Gleyber Torres, the Yankees top prospect, missed most of last season after Tommy John surgery but could reach the majors this season. Not too far behind him is Estevan Florial, who is currently in the AA level and still has a bit of ways to go. Miguel Andujar donned the pinstripes for a bit this season and has a ton of pop, and lefty Justus Sheffield and righty Chance Adams can all make an impact on the Yankees this season. With all of young this talent in the organization, we could see another Yankees dynasty in the works.
4. Tampa Bay Rays
Top 100 prospects: RHP Brent Honeywell (12), SS/2B Willy Adames (22), 1B/LHP Brendan McKay (25), OF Jesus Sanchez (57), OF/1B Jake Bauers (64), 3B/SS Christian Arroyo (81)
Expect the Tampa Bay Rays to take a step back this season from their 80-82 record last season after trading away Evan Longoria to the Giants. While they still have Chris Archer, he is not immune to trade talks as he’s been for the past few years. Lucky for them, they have a real solid farm system full of talented prospects. RHP Brent Honeywell could start the year with the Rays after impressing last season at the AAA level going 12-8 and striking out 152 with a WHIP of 1.30. Middle infielder Willy Adames could also start his season in Tampa as last season he hit .277 with 62 RBI’s in AAA. Brendan McKay is in a Shohei Otani situation where he can play both the field and pitch as well.
3. Chicago White Sox
Top 100 prospects: OF Eloy Jimenez (4), RHP Michael Kopech (10), OF Luis Robert (28), RHP Alec Hansen (54), RHP Dylan Cease (61), RHP Dane Dunning (92), OF Blake Rutherford (99)
The White Sox have a really balanced blend of top prospects in their system with three outfielders and four pitchers landing inside the top 100. Leading the way is outfielder Eloy Jimenez, acquired from the cross-town Cubs in the Jose Quintana deal. Jimenez has the potential to be a really good hitter in the big leagues as he finished last season hitting .312 with 19 home runs and 65 RBI’s. RHP Michael Kopech came along in the Yoan Moncada deal and could make an impact with the White Sox this upcoming season. Luis Robert is a newly acquired piece from Cuba who has insane potential.
2. Atlanta Braves
Top 100 prospects: OF Ronald Acuna (2), RHP Kyle Wright (30), RHP Mike Soroka (31), LHP Luiz Gohara (49), RHP Ian Anderson (51), LHP Koby Allard (58), LHP Max Fried (83), 3B Austin Riley (97)
The Atlanta Braves has the most prospects landing inside the top 100 with eight. Their best prospect, Ronald Acuna, could possibly be the most well-rounded prospect in all of baseball. After hitting .325 with 21 home runs, 82 RBI’s and 44 SB last season, Acuna could make his debut with the Braves this season after impressing in AAA. There’s a bit of a fall off after Acuna with Kyle Wright landing at number 30 and Mike Soroka at 31. It’s pretty clear that the Braves will be building around Dansby Swanson, Ender Inciarte and Acuna.
1. San Diego Padres
Top 100 prospects: SS Fernando Tatis Jr. (8), LHP Mackensie Gore (19), 2B/SS Luis Urias (36), RHP Cal Quantrill (40), RHP Michael Baez (42), LHP Adrian Morejon (50), RHP Anderson Espinoza (89)
While the Braves may have had more prospects inside the top 100, the Padres had the most inside the top 50 with six of their seven best prospects earning that acclaim. SS Fernando Tatis Jr. is the top guy in the system but isn't expected to make an impact with the Padres until 2019. Mackensie Gore is another player who will make his impact felt in San Diego later on, expected in 2020.
You could see middle infielder Luis Urias playing at Petco Park this season after impressing in AA by hitting .296. RHP Cal Quantrill, son of former pitcher Paul Quantrill, is expected in 2019, same with RHP Michael Baez and left Adrian Morejon. Basically, the San Diego Padres will not be good this season, they’ll get a top 5 pick and they are about two years away from being two years away from being a potential contender in the National League.