Ranking MLB’s Best Minor League Farm Systems, Post-2019 (21-30)

These are my 2019 Post Season Rankings for MLB’s top farm systems. In this series you will see a breakdown of all 30 MLB teams’ farm systems and top 10 prospects. In this article, we will be looking at the systems ranked 21-30. Numbers 11-20 and 1-10 will be released later in October.

30.) Milwaukee Brewers

  1. Brice Turang, SS
  2. Corey Ray, OF
  3. Tristan Lutz, OF
  4. Ethan Small, SP
  5. Aaron Ashby, SP
  6. Carlos Rodriguez, OF
  7. Trent Grisham, OF
  8. Marco Feliciano, C
  9. Joe Gray Jr., OF
  10. Drew Rasmussen, SP

MIL Overview: The only team without a top 100 prospect, the Brewers system really took a hit losing Keston Hiura (promotion) and Mauricio Dubon (trade). The struggles of Corey Ray, Brice Turang, and Joe Gray have certainly done nothing to help the stock of this system. All three of these guys are undoubtedly talented, but none of them have shown the desired results. Both Gray and Turang are only 19 so they have plenty of time to develop, but Corey Ray is already 24, so time could be running out for him. Left-handed starters Ethan Small and Aaron Ashby have been a two of the only bright spots of the group, as they have both shown dominating stuff in 2019.

29.) Washington Nationals

  1. Carter Kieboom, SS (26)
  2. Luis V. Garcia, SS (95)
  3. Jackson Rutledge, SP
  4. Mason Denaburg, SP
  5. Tim Cate, SP
  6. Yasel Antnua, SS
  7. Will Crowe, SP
  8. Sterling Sharpe, SP
  9. Andry Lara, SP
  10. Tyler Dyson, SP

WSH Overview: Although the Nationals have very pitcher heavy system, their only top 100 prospects are both middle infielders. Carter Kieboom is by far the best Nationals prospect and he has already had a taste of the majors. Though he didn’t get off to the best start in his stint with Washington, Kieboom did well at Triple-A after being sent back down. Luis Garcia is the other Washington top 100 prospect, but he doesn’t offer as much certainty as Kieboom. Garcia is only 19, whereas Kieboom is 22, but Garcia is a riskier prospect at this point in his career. Two first Jackson Rutledge and Mason Denaburg slot behind Kieboom and Garcia, but neither is even close to cracking the top 100. Both Rutledge and Denaburg figure to share similar timelines to the big leagues, so I’d expect to see both in Class-A Hagerstown in 2020. The rest of the bunch doesn’t offer too much upside, but Yasel Antuna and pitcher Seth Romero could both raise their stocks if they can stay healthy in 2020.

28.) St. Louis Cardinals

  1. Dylan Carlson, OF (45)
  2. Nolan Gorman, 3B (48)
  3. Andrew Kinzner, C
  4. Zack Thompson, SP
  5. Justin Williams, OF
  6. Junior Fernandez, RP
  7. Genesis Cabrera, SP
  8. Angel Rondon, SP
  9. Mateo Gil, SS
  10. Jhon Torres, OF

STL Overview: Although ranked above two other teams, the St. Louis Cardinals might have my least favorite farm system yet again. If not for Dylan Carlson’s breakout season, St. Louis would likely be dead last. Carlson has been a surprise to me, but it appears as if he is the real deal. He has emerged as a great power/speed threat, and has put himself in the top 50 discussion. Nolan Gorman on the other hand, has not been nearly as impressive in my eyes. Yes, he is only 19, but as a corner infielder without much athleticism, he’s going to have to put up more than 15 HRs in a season, especially with a batting average under .250. I hate having him ranked at 48, but scouts believe in him too much to put him any lower. Pitchers Genesis Cabrera and Junior Fernandez have both posted 5.00-plus ERAs in their time at the MLB level. Though neither have logged many innings, it is not an encouraging sign to say the least. Justin Williams has been one of the few bright spots, albeit with a small sample size (159 ABs). After dealing with an injury most of 2019, Williams returned to hit 8 home runs while hitting just a tad under .300. With the Cardinals right in the middle of the pack in terms of success over the past few years, they have not had any high 1st round picks, but have also not acquired many key prospects in trades. I don’t see all that much to like in this system other than a few names.

27.) Houston Astros

  1. Kyle Tucker, OF (17)
  2. Forrest Whitley, SP (42)
  3. Freudis Nova, SS (99)
  4. Abraham Toro, 3B
  5. Tyler Ivey, SP
  6. Korey Lee, C
  7. Cristian Javier, SP
  8. Jeremy Pena, SS
  9. Bryan Abreu, SP
  10. JJ Matijevic, OF/1B

HOU Overview: Houston lost a ton of depth in their farm system in acquiring Zach Greinke, moving Seth Beer, JB Bukauskas and Corbin Martin to Arizona. Beer is a back-end top 100 prospect and Martin and Bukauskas would have both been in Houston’s top 10. Although they lost 3 big names. Houston still has 3 top 100 prospects of their own. Kyle Tucker struggled in his first short MLB sting back in 2018, but his dominating showings in Triple-A have vaulted him back into the top 20 overall prospects. Forrest Whitley’s stock is falling, but he still has loads of potential if he can manage to turn things around. Freudis Nova just cracked to top 100, but he offers very high potential on offense and has one of the best arms of any shortstop prospect. Unfortunately there is not much excitement outside of their top 3, which is why they are ranked surprisingly low.

26.) Chicago Cubs

  1. Nico Hoerner, SS (54)
  2. Brailyn Marquez, SP
  3. Brennen Davis, OF
  4. Miguel Amaya, C
  5. Ryan Jensen, SP
  6. Cole Roederer, OF
  7. Cory Abbott, SP
  8. Nelson Velazquez, OF
  9. Oscar de la Cruz, SP/RP
  10. Brendon Little, SP

CHI Overview: With only one top 100 prospect, it may be a bit of a surprise to see Chicago ranked above teams such as Houston or St. Louis, but that is largely to to the very impressive debut of Nico Hoerner. Ranked at #54 in my 3rd top 100 update, Hoerner was a September call-up, and really performed well. I really liked what I saw from him and I now view him as a top 40, maybe even top 35 guy. Brailyn Marquez just missed the top 100, but he should be there next year at some point, assuming he stays his usual dominant self. Although Hoerner and Marquez are the only two “big name” guys in this system, the Cubs have plenty of talent, especially at outfield and pitching. Outfielders Brennen Davis and Cole Roederer offer substantial upside, while pitchers such as Ryan Jensen, Cory Abbott and Brendon Little have solid floors. Oscar de la Cruz has missed large portions of his past four seasons, but he’s a bit of a sleeper who I could see surprising many in 2020.

25.) Colorado Rockies

  1. Brendan Rodgers, INF (25)
  2. Colton Welker, 1B/3B (65)
  3. Ryan Vilade, SS
  4. Sam Hilliard, OF
  5. Jonathan Daza, OF
  6. Ryan Rolison, SP
  7. Grant Lavigne, 1B
  8. Terrin Vavra, SS
  9. Michael Toglia, 1B
  10. Adael Amador, SS

COL Overview: Since being drafted 3rd overall back in 2015, Brendan Rodgers has consistently been amount the top 25 prospects in almost all rankings. Consistently showing he is an elite bat, Rodgers’ weak Colorado debut was a bit of a surprise, especially considering the hitter-friendly nature of Coors Field. Though only playing 25 games, Rodgers was held without a home run, and hit just .224 before succumbing to a shoulder injury which required season ending surgery. Colton Welker is another Rockies infielder with a bit of a disappointing 2019. With only 10 HRs on the season, Welker’s lack of power could be a concern, but I expect he will improve there. Ryan Vilade is one of the more exciting guys, who offers potential 5-tool skills with a great speed/power combination. Sam Hilliard had a breakout year, launching himself into Colorado’s top 5. He absolutely stuffed the stat sheet in 2019, with 110+ runs and RBIs, 24 SBs, 42 HRs, and he had 9 triples as well. The one thing Colorado is really lacking is high-to-mid end starting pitching. Ryan Rolison is the only pitcher who made Colorado’s top 10, yet he did struggle a bit after his promotion to A-Advanced. Look for the Rockies to target pitching in the next few MLB Drafts.

24.) Boston Red Sox

Bobby Dalbec, 3B (BOS)
  1. Bobby Dalbec, 3B (76)
  2. Triston Casas, 1B/3B (77)
  3. Jarran Duran, OF
  4. Jay Groome, SP
  5. Gilberto Jiminez, OF
  6. Thad Ward, SP
  7. Bryan Mata, SP
  8. CJ Chatham, SS
  9. Matthew Lugo, SS
  10. Noah Song, SP

BOS Overview: Quite a top-heavy system, the Red Sox farm system is carried by corner infielders, Bobby Dalbec and Triston Casas. Both players share similar skillsets, so I could see either Dalbec and/or Casas hitting 30-40 HRs a year, while maintaining an average around .250. While strikeouts remain a concern for both players, Casas has a higher ceiling, thanks to the 5 year age gap between the two. 7th round pick Jaran Duran has been a pleasant surprise for the Red Sox, as he had an excellent 2019, hitting over .300 and swiping nearly 50 bases. Duran could be a potential Jackie Bradley Jr. type player, and given that Bradley’s contract expires after 2020, Duran’s timeline fits perfectly. Pitching is a bit of a weakness for Boston, but Jay Groome is a high upside guy who has been limited by injuries. Missing most of 2018 and 2019, Groome is a potential breakout candidate for 2020. So far, it seems like Noah Song has been a good find in the 4th round of the 2019 draft, and his stock could be moving up soon. Boston surely must be disappointed by weak seasons from some of their lower level guys such as Antoni Flores and Cameron Cannon, but overall, 2019 was encouraging for Boston, giving them hope that they will have viable replacements for some of their veteran free agents.

23.) New York Mets

  1. Ronny Mauricio, SS (84)
  2. Matthew Allen, SP
  3. Mark Vientos, 3B
  4. Andres Gimenez, SS
  5. Brett Baty, 3B
  6. Shervyen Newton, INF
  7. Josh Wolf, SP
  8. David Peterson, SP
  9. Franciso Alvarez, C
  10. Thomas Szapucki, SP

NYM Overview: A general overview of the Mets top prospects is that they are very young and that they underperformed in 2019. Five of their top seven prospects are under 20, making these struggles understandable. The Mets landing Matthew Allen was one of the biggest surprises of the 2019 Draft. Allen was heavily committed to attend Florida if not given a massive signing bonus. Unsurprisingly, teams were concerned about his sign-ability, so when he fell to the 3rd round, the Mets pounced and took Allen 89th overall. Off to a good start in the minors, Allen offers the best ceiling/floor combination of any Mets pitching prospect. At only 18 years old, Mauricio has the most exciting ceiling of any Mets prospect, since he has so much time to develop. Though his season at Class-A Columbia could have been better, don’t forget Mauricio was one of the youngest players at his level. Mauricio was not the only top prospect with Columbia this year. Both Shervyen Newton and Mark Vientos played all of 2019 with Columbia as well, yet neither excelled with the club. David Peterson (24) and Thomas Szapucki (23) are two older, more experienced pitchers, who round out one of the youngest systems in all of baseball.

22.) Cleveland Indians

  1. Nolan Jones, 3B (46)
  2. Tyler Freeman, SS (74)
  3. Ethan Hankins, SP
  4. Bo Naylor, C
  5. Triston McKenzie, SP
  6. Daniel Johnson, OF
  7. Lenny Torres Jr., SP
  8. Will Benson, OF
  9. Bobby Bradley, 1B
  10. Daniel Espino, SP

CLE Overview: One of the youngest farm systems, there is a lot to like here. Cleveland’s top 100 guys, Nolan Jones and Tyler Freeman are very promising infielders who both had very solid 2019 seasons. I’d expect both to be ready for the MLB by 2021. On another note, Cleveland could have two front end starters in Triston McKenzie and Ethan Hankins. McKenzie has struggled with injuries and missed all of 2019, but the former top 100 prospect still has high potential. Hankins on the other hand is just making a name for himself. The 19 year-old was one of my favorite 2018 draft prospects, but winded up falling to #35. The Indians got a huge steal there, as Hankins has surely not disappointed one bit. Fellow 2018 draftee, Bo Naylor has shown worthy of being a 1st rounder as well. At only age 19 as well, Naylor and Hankins should make for good battery-mates, as they should progress through the minors with similar timeframes. As one of the older prospects, Bobby Bradley is a MLB-ready talent who’s signature talent is hitting the long-ball. Still only 23, Bradley has a couple years left to cut down on his K-rate and turn into a fine 1st baseman. Daniel Johnson is another more developed prospect who could make an impact in 2020. His well-rounded attributes could make him a valuable asset for Cleveland.

21.) Oakland Athletics

AJ Puk, SP (OAK)
  1. Jesus Luzardo, SP (9)
  2. Sean Murphy, C (64)
  3. AJ Puk, SP (66)
  4. Jorge Mateo, SS
  5. James Kaprielian, SP
  6. Lazaro Armentaros, OF
  7. Grant Holmes, SP
  8. Austin Beck, OF
  9. Robert Puason, SS
  10. Daulton Jefferies, SP

OAK Overview: One of the best things about the A’s farm system is that 6 of their top 7 prospects are at the MLB or Triple-A level. Their 3 top 100 prospects, Luzardo, Murphy and Puk, were all September call-ups, and all three have been dominating in their time at the MLB level. Sean Murphy should be a lock to be on the 2020 opening day roster, while Puk and Luzardo should vie for a rotation spot during Spring Training. Robert Puason could soon be one of Oakland’s top five, as they used over 5 million dollars of their international signing pool money to land him. Kaprielian and Mateo were both shipped to Oakland from the Yankees in the Sonny Gray trade, and they look as if they could make a key impact at some point in 2020. Former 1st round picks, Austin Beck and Logan Davidson, have struggled in their time in pro-ball so their stocks will continue to drop if they can’t reach their potential in 2020. Overall, I like Oakland’s system, but their are not too many high-ceiling guys. Most are projectable, yet unlikely to ever develop “superstar” attributes.

Ranking MLB’s Best Minor League Farm Systems, Early-2019 (1-10)

These are my 2019 Early Season Rankings for MLB’s top farm systems. In this article, we will be looking at the systems ranked 1-10. Numbers 11-20 and 21-30 were released earlier in May.

10.) Los Angeles Angles

  1. Jo Adell, OF (18)
  2. Griffin Canning, SP (48)
  3. Jeremiah Jackson, SS (98)
  4. Jordyn Adams, OF (100)
  5. D’Shawn Knowles, OF
  6. Brandon Marsh, OF
  7. Jose Suarez, SP
  8. Kevin Maitan, OF
  9. Jahmai Jones, 2B
  10. Jose Soriano, SP

LAA Overview: In their past few drafts, the Angels have been targeting athletic prep players with their early picks. Jo Adell, Jeremiah Jackson, Jordyn Adams, Brandon Marsh, and Jahmai Jones were all selected within the first two rounds of recent drafts, and all five of them show 5-tool abilities, exactly what the Angels were hoping for. Getting Kevin Maitan must have been a pleasant surprise for LA, as they were able to land him thanks to international scandals involving the Atlanta Braves. Though his numbers aren’t the best, he is still very young and was compared to some of the greats before his struggles. Griffin Canning has done okay in his first few MLB starts and the hope is that he’ll stick in the weak Angels rotation for years to come. With Adell, Adams, Knowles, Marsh, and Maitan all being quality outfield prospects, the hope is at least two will live up to their potential, giving the Angels two outfielders to surround Mike Trout.

9.) Texas Rangers

  1. Hans Crouse, SP (60)
  2. Julio Pablo Martinez, OF (61)
  3. Leody Taveras, OF (93)
  4. Anderson Tejeda, 2B (94)
  5. Bubba Thompson, OF
  6. Cole Winn, SP
  7. Cole Ragans, SP
  8. Osleivis Basabe, SS/2B
  9. Jonathan Ornelas, UTIL
  10. Christopher Siese, SS

TEX Overview: The top five prospects of the Rangers are very underrated in my opinion. Hans Crouse has been dynamic for Class-A Hickory, and word is that he will be moved up a level within a week. With his promotion, 2018 1st rounder Cole Winn will fill his spot in Hickory, where he will make his first ever professional stats. Bubba Thompson, JP Martinez, and Leody Taveras make up a stacked Down East (A-Advanced) outfield. While Martinez is ranked higher, that is mostly due to his three year age difference with Thompson and Taveras. Martinez should move up the ranks quicker, but Taveras and Thompson have better long term potential in my opinion, as both possess the size Martinez does not. Tejeda is a great middle infielder and his bat isn’t too shabby either. His power/speed combo could fit well at the top the Rangers order come 2021/2022. Both Chris Siese and Owen White will miss all of 2019 due to injury, but both recent draftees could climb in the rankings when they return.

8.) Detroit Tigers

  1. Casey Mize, SP (19)
  2. Matt Manning, SP (34)
  3. Alex Faedo, SP
  4. Beau Burrows, SP
  5. Franklin Perez, SP
  6. Christin Stewart, OF
  7. Dawel Lugo, INF
  8. Parker Meadows, OF
  9. Willie Castro, SS
  10. Jose Azocar, OF

DET Overview: By far the most pitcher heavy farm system, all of the Tigers top five prospects are starters. Casey Mize was absolutely unhittable in his four starts in A-Advanced and has been just as good since his promotion to Double-A. Not only is he holding opposing hitters to a batting average in the low .100s., but Mize has also only given up three walks in 45 innings this year. His excellent command will put him on the fast-track to the majors and I’d expect to see him in Detroit around this time next year. Former 9th overall pick Matt Manning has been stellar as well, posting a sub-2.50 ERA through his first seven starts of the season. Add in two more former 1st round picks, Alex Faedo and Beau Burrows, along with high-ceiling prospect Franklin Perez, and the Tigers have 5 of the best starting pitcher prospects in all of baseball. Using these five guys, Detroit could field an entire rotation of quality starters with just their prospects. Outside of their pitchers, Christian Stewart, Dawel Lugo, and Daz Cameron are all MLB ready prospects primed to make an impact in 2019.

7.) Toronto Blue Jays

  1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B (1)
  2. Bo Bichette, SS (6)
  3. Nate Pearson, SP (71)
  4. Cavan Biggio, 2B (89)
  5. Jordan Groshans, SS/3B (90)
  6. Eric Pardinho, SP
  7. Orelvis Martinez, SS
  8. Adam Kloffenstein, SP
  9. Kevin Smith, SS/3B
  10. Anthony Alford, OF

TOR Overview: Having the best, most hyped prospect of the decade would automatically vault any farm system to the upper tier of the rankings, but Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is not the only talented prospect in the Blue Jays organization. Shortstop Bo Bichette does not have nearly as much power as Guerrero but could be just as good of a hitter while surpassing him in areas such as base-running and defense. Nate Pearson has been just as dominant as Casey Mize of the Detroit Tigers this season. Like Mize, Pearson started the season in A-Advanced but received a well-deserved promotion to Double-A. The third Blue Jays’ prospect with strong baseball bloodlines, Cavan Biggio, has been outstanding this season at Triple-A Buffalo. At 24 years old, Biggio might be the next high profile call-up for Toronto.

6.) Minnesota Twins

Nick Gordon, SS (MIN)
  1. Royce Lewis, SS (4)
  2. Alex Kirilloff, OF (11)
  3. Brusdar Graterol, SP (77)
  4. Wander Javier, SS (96)
  5. Nick Gordon, SS/2B
  6. Griffin Jax, SP
  7. Ryan Jeffers, C
  8. Brent Rooker, OF
  9. Trevor Larnach, OF
  10. Luis Arraez, 2B/OF

MIN Overview: 2017 1st overall pick Royce Lewis has the most potential out of the bunch, but Alex Kirilloff might be the safer player as of now. Either way, both of these guys are above average in nearly every aspect of the game and they should both have a place on the Twins’ roster come 2021. Starter Griffin Jax has been a pleasant surprise this season. After having issues with his military status holding him out of much of his career, Jax was allowed to continue baseball full-time thanks to new rules this season. It seems like he has not lost a step, and he has been superb through his first seven starts in Double-A. 77th overall prospect Brusdar Graterol has also been lights-out in Double-A, posting number even better than those of Jax. One of the most advanced Twins prospects is Nick Gordon (brother of Dee Gordon). While Nick does not have the same top-line speed as his brother, Nick shows more power and he has a great all around feel for the game. Wander Javier is a bit of a wild card after missing all of 2018 and the first chunk of 2019 due to injuries, but if he comes back strong, Javier has the abilities to compete to be the Twins future shortstop.

5.) Houston Astros

  1. Forrest Whitley, SP (10)
  2. Yordan Alvarez, OF (28)
  3. Kyle Tucker, OF (37)
  4. Corbin Martin, SP (57)
  5. Freudis Nova, SS
  6. Seth Beer, OF
  7. Bryan Abreu, SP
  8. Peter Soloman, SP
  9. J.B. Bukauskas, SP
  10. Ronnie Dawson, OF

HOU Overview: All four of Houston’s top 4 prospects are currently either in Triple-A or at the MLB level. This is a great sign for Houston, as they should have quality players able to join their roster when needed. Forrest Whitley has had a rough stretch the past two years including a long suspension in 2018 and struggles in 2019. He is still one of the best pitching prospects and could join fellow top prospect, Corbin Martin, in Houston soon. Kyle Tucker did not perform well during his time in Houston last season and has been as good as hoped for in 2019. Like Whitley, these struggles are likely a fluke as he is too talented to put up weak numbers for an extended period of time. Quite the opposite of Tucker, Yordan Alvarez has been absolutely outstanding in 2019. In his first 130 ABs, Alvarez has already hit 15 HRs and hit over .400. After this amazing start to 2019, Alvarez leapfrogged Tucker as the Astros’ best outfield prospect. Freudis Nova has yet to make his debut with a full-season club, but he excelled during his two seasons in the DSL and GCL, making 2019 an exciting year for the 19 year-old shortstop. 2018 first rounder, Seth Beer, possesses tantalizing power and has been flying through Houston’s system. Beer could reach Triple-A in his 2nd professional season, and a September call-up is not out of the question.

4.) Atlanta Braves

  1. Cristian Pache, OF (21)
  2. Mike Soroka, SP (26)
  3. Austin Riley, 3B (35)
  4. Ian Anderson, SP (40)
  5. Kyle Wright, SP (50)
  6. Touki Toussaint, SP (52)
  7. Drew Waters, OF (62)
  8. Williams Contreras, C
  9. Kyle Muller, SP
  10. Joey Wentz, SP

ATL Overview: The top four farm systems are in a tier of their own in my opinion. Each of these four teams has at least ten high-quality prospects that make up well-rounded systems with talent at almost every position. In the Braves system Cristian Pache has been a name on the rise. Drawing exciting comparisons to Ronald Acuna Jr., Pache fits the same mold as the former Rookie of the Year, but these comparisons might be coming a bit too early. Even if Pache isn’t quite as talented as Acuna, his all-around talent is hard to ignore. Switch-hitting outfielder prospect, Drew Waters, has 5-tool abilities as well, and an outfield of Waters, Pache, and Acuna could be a possibility come 2020/2021. Austin Riley had been tearing it up in Triple-A before his promotion in mid-May. In the race for most HRs in all of minor league baseball, Riley should be able to continue his home run barrage in Atlanta. The best aspect of the Braves farm system is its wealth in young starting pitching. Mike Soroka, Kyle Wright, Touki Toussaint, Luiz Gohara, Kolby Allard, and Bryse Wilson all are guys who have had a taste of the majors, albeit with varying results. Ian Anderson, Kyle Muller, and Joey Wentz are also a big part of the Braves future, with the only question being which of these prospects will make the rotation. With well over ten candidates for the rotation, some of these pitchers could be moved to the bullpen or used as trade chips.

Wander Franco, SS (TB)

3.) Tampa Bay Rays:

  1. Wander Franco, SS (5)
  2. Brendan McKay, SP/DH (20)
  3. Brent Honeywell, SP (27)
  4. Jesus Sanchez, OF (30)
  5. Matthew Liberatore, SP (32)
  6. Vidal Brujan, 2B (78)
  7. Ronaldo Hernandez, C (87)
  8. Shane McClanahan, SP
  9. Lucius Fox, SS
  10. Shane Baz, SP

TB Overview: The Rays’ system is one of my personal favorite in terms of individual talent and the Rays’ group of pitching prospects might be my favorite out there. Brendan McKay is the most interesting guy on this list as he is one of the only two-way players around. Having been much better as a pitcher than a hitter, McKay is in his third season of playing both ways. Brent Honeywell should be beginning his rehab assignment pretty soon and might make the Rays’ rotation later in the summer. 2018 first rounders Matthew Liberatore and Shane McClanahan are currently in Class-A and both did excellent in their Rookie League debuts in 2018. I fully expect both to excel as they climb the ladder to the MLB. I was very surprised to hear Shane Baz was the PTBNL (player to be named later) in the Chris Archer trade with the Pirates. Austin Meadow and Tyler Glasnow were already quite a bundle, so adding the 19 year-old first round pick really made the deal lopsided for Tampa. Wander Samuel Franco may very well be the #1 overall prospect in my Late-2019 rankings, and it appears as if this would be very well deserved. Franco’s superb play these past couple years have vaulted him in the top ten of almost all prospect lists. Infielders Vidal Brujan and Lucius Fox possess similar skill sets to each other. Both are speedy middle infielders who can hit from both sides of the plate. Tampa also has a good bit of talent outside their top ten with guys like Nick Solak, Taylor Walls and the Lowe brothers (Nate and Josh). Jose de Leon is about to return from Tommy John surgery and could be an intriguing option for the Rays rotation.

2.) Chicago White Sox:

Luis Robert, OF (CHW)
  1. Eloy Jimenez, OF (3)
  2. Luis Robert, OF (13)
  3. Michael Kopech, SP (15)
  4. Dylan Cease, SP (24)
  5. Nick Madrigal, 2B (31)
  6. Dane Dunning, SP (84)
  7. Micker Adolfo, OF
  8. Luis Alexander Basabe, OF
  9. Steele Walker, OF
  10. Alec Hansen, SP/RP

CHW Overview: The White Sox are at the final stages of a massive rebuild, and their wealth of prospects is what will make them contenders once again. After signing a six-year deal with the White Sox, Eloy Jimenez made his much-hyped MLB debut. Michael Kopech also has made his MLB debut (2018), but succumbed to Tommy John surgery, keeping him out all of 2019. Dane Dunning and Micker Adolfo also will be missing all of 2019 with arm injuries which required surgery too. Although the injuries have been bad for the White Sox prospects, there is still a lot to like in the system. Luis Robert has been on a tear in 2019 and earned a promotion to Double-A early this season. Steele Walker also was promoted and took Robert’s spot in Winston-Salem (A-Advanced). Outfielders are plentiful in the White Sox organization with Jimenez, Robert, Adolfo and Walker being joined by Luis Basabe, Blake Rutherford, Luis Gonzalez and Joel Booker as possibilities for Chicago’s future lineup. The Charlotte Knights (Triple-A) boast one of the best catching tandems in all of minor league baseball. Both Zack Collins and Seby Zavala narrowly missed the White Sox top ten list and would have made the top ten on almost any other team. With all the talent in Chicago’s system, it is hard to argue against what the White Sox have been building for their future.

1.) San Diego Padres:

  1. Fernando Tatis Jr., SS (2)
  2. Chris Paddack, SP (9)
  3. MacKenzie Gore, SP (23)
  4. Francisco Mejia, C (41)
  5. Luis Urias, SS/2B (42)
  6. Ryan Weathers, SP (63)
  7. Luis Patino, SP (76)
  8. Adrian Morejon, SP (97)
  9. Michel Baez, SP
  10. Luis Campusano, C

SD Overview: The number one farm system rightfully has the most prospects on my top 100 list. Fernando Tatis Jr. made his debut around the same time as Chicago’s Eloy Jimenez and experienced the same amount of hype. Tatis made a great impression in San Diego before suffering an injury in his 27th game. He should be returning soon and will be welcomed back enthusiastically. Chris Paddack is another guy who has been killing it in his first MLB games. Already in the conversation for Rookie of the Year and even the Cy Young, Paddack has been nothing short of excellent. The most surprising thing about Paddack and Tatis is that neither were rated very highly before being traded to San Diego, therefore the Padres got both at bargain prices. Both the White Sox (Tatis Jr.) and the Marlins (Paddack) already must regret dealing these youngsters, and the regret will only increase as Tatis and Paddack continue to dominate. MacKenzie Gore is the best left-handed starter of the Padres, but he is not alone in that field. Ryan Weathers, Adrian Morejon, and Logan Allen are all quality lefties as well, showing the depth of the Padres pitching prospects. Luis Urias struggled in his time with the Padres, but has been performing very well after being optioned back to Triple-A and should be recalled within a few weeks. Having guys like Josh Naylor, Cal Quantrill, and Xavier Edwards being left off the Padres’ top ten list shows how deep this system truly is.