Ranking MLB's Best Minor League Farm Systems, Post-2019 (1-10)

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 1-10. 11-20 and 21-30 were released earlier this month and can be found via the links below.

11-20

21-30

10.) Atlanta Braves

  1. Cristian Pache, OF (14)
  2. Drew Waters, OF (27)
  3. Ian Anderson, SP (35)
  4. Kyle Wright, SP (98)
  5. Kyle Muller, SP
  6. Braden Shewmake, SS
  7. Shea Langeliers, C
  8. Trey Harris, OF
  9. William Contreras
  10. Bryse Wilson, SP

ATL Overview: Though the Braves remain in the top 10 teams, their minor league system is not what it once was. Cristian Pache and Drew Waters are likely two future starters who will accompany Ronald Acuña Jr. in Atlanta’s outfield, but neither has anywhere near as much potential upside as the former Braves top prospect. 2019 first-rounder Shea Langeliers didn’t show too much in his pro debut, and seems to have been a stretch at 9th overall. On the bright side, the Braves 2nd first-rounder Braden Shewmake did enough to launch himself above Langeliers. Kyle Wright was pushed to the border of the top 100 list, as the 2017 5th overall pick struggled mightily in 2019. Outside of Wright, the Braves still have some decent pitchers, with the likes of Ian Anderson, Bryse Wilson, and Kyle Muller in their organization. With Kolby Allard traded to Texas and both Mike Soroka and Touki Toussaint graduated from prospect status, there is just not as much quality pitching as before.

9.) San Diego Padres

  1. MacKenzie Gore, SP (5)
  2. Luis Patino, SP (22)
  3. Taylor Trammell, OF (29)
  4. CJ Abrams, SS (43)
  5. Ryan Weathers, SP
  6. Xavier Edwards, 2B
  7. Luis Campusano, C
  8. Adrian Morejon, SP
  9. Michel Baez, RP/SP
  10. Owen Miller, SS

SD Overview: Similar to Atlanta, San Diego’s farm system has taken a hit based on players who graduated to the majors. Fernado Tatis Jr., Luis Urias, Chris Paddack, Francisco Mejia, and Josh Naylor all played enough time in the MLB to lose their prospect status. That being said, the Padres still have more talent that the Braves do. Headlined by the dynamic pitching duo of MacKenzie Gore and Luis Patino, San Diego’s system is a tad pitching heavy. Gore is easily the best left-handed pitcher in the minors, as his 2019 season proved. Patino really made a name for himself at the 2019 Futures Game, showing electric stuff against some of the best hitters in the game. 2018 Futures Game standout, Taylor Trammell, who was dealt to San Diego in the three-team blockbuster which was headlined by Trevor Bauer, had a bit of a down year in 2019. On the other hand, 2019 1st rounder CJ Abrams had a monster minor league debut, hitting just under .400 between Rookie-League and Class-A. He also swiped 15 bags in just 150 at-bats, making good for a pace of 50-60 SBs across a whole season. Another player who had a great 2019 campaign, Luis Campusano looked great, and could potentially be the Padres catcher come 2021.

8.) Los Angeles Angels

  1. Jo Adell, OF (3)
  2. Jeremiah Jackson, SS (69)
  3. Jordyn Adams, OF
  4. Brandon Marsh, OF
  5. Will Wilson, SS
  6. D’Shawn Knowles, OF
  7. Kyren Paris, SS
  8. Jack Kochanowicz, SP
  9. Kevin Maitan, 3B
  10. Jahmai Jones, 2B

LAA Overview: Headlined by superstar Jo Adell, the Angels system is filled with athletic, 5-tool hitters. Adell is the clear-cut #1 in this organization. His dynamic abilities in all aspects of the game are what makes him so special, but he is not the only player with these tools. The most similar prospect in the Angels system would have to be Jordyn Adams. His excellent speed is his best tool, but he has plenty of room to improve with his hitting. One of the most exciting prospects in 2019 was Jeremiah Jackson. Jackson hit 22 home runs with 60 RBIs in just 256 at-bats. Over a whole season, that would project to be around 50 HRs and 120 RBIs. At just 165 lbs. and 19 years old, these numbers are astounding, not to mention a solid .266 batting average. There are many other exciting young hitters such as Brandon Marsh, Kyren Paris, and Will Wilson, but what the Angels are really lacking is pitching. It was quite surprising to see them spend their first couple picks in the 2019 draft on hitters. With a MLB rotation void of any true ace, the Angels would have to acquire a pitcher via trades or free agency, because their farm system offers nothing there. With one of the best hitter-heavy systems in the MLB, it is just a matter of time before Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani are joined by some of these talented youngsters.

7.) Arizona Diamondbacks

  1. Krisitan Robinson, OF (31)
  2. Alek Thomas, OF (38)
  3. Seth Beer, 1B/OF (73)
  4. Corbin Carroll, OF (78)
  5. Daulton Varsho, C
  6. Matt Tabor, SP
  7. Blaze Alexander, SS
  8. Kevin Cron, 1B
  9. Geraldo Perdomo, SS
  10. Liover Peguero, SS

ARI Overview: One of the most unpredictable systems in all of baseball, the Diamondbacks farm system is headlined by a few young and talented hitters. Kristian Robinson is the potential franchise player in this group. He offers extreme power at just 18 years old, so he could possibly improve on his already impressive HR numbers. He can also hit for average, as well as steal bases, so there is really not much Robinson can’t do. And as mentioned before, at only 18, his ceiling is enormous. Fellow teenagers, Alek Thomas and Corbin Carroll, both offer solid upside as speedy, left-handed, outfielders. This group of 3 top 100 outfielders is likely to have at least two of the three to make it big. Outside of this “big three”, there is still plenty of talent in this organization. Dalton Varsho is a potentially well-above average catcher, and his unique skill set includes the ability to steal some bases. Seth Beer is a bit of an older prospect, but he offers solid power, although his strikeout rate is quite high. Beer, who headlined the Zack Greinke deal, was packaged with a pair of talented pitchers as well. Both Corbin Martin and JB Bukauskas were sidelined for the end of 2019, but they still could be 3 or 4 starters in a MLB rotation.

6.) Los Angeles Dodgers

  1. Gavin Lux, SS (4)
  2. Dustin May, SP (57)
  3. Keibert Ruiz, C (59)
  4. Jeter Downs, SS (100)
  5. Josiah Gray, SP
  6. Kody Hoese, 3B
  7. Diego Cartaya, C
  8. Luis Rodriguez, OF
  9. DJ Peters, OF
  10. Edwin Rios, 1B/3B

LAD Overview: The emergence of Gavin Lux is what solidified the Dodgers as a top 10 system. Lux’s phenomenal 2019 season was capped with a short time in the majors, where his success continued. His rapid rise has cemented him as a 2020 starter for L.A. Dustin May should also make the team following a solid MLB debut as well. Unfortunately a head injury derailed his final few weeks, but he showed enough to keep himself in the mix for a back-end rotation spot. Jeter Downs had a very nice season, launching 24 home runs and stealing 24 bases. The only issue with Downs is that he would likely not have a spot on the Dodgers roster for the next year or so, especially if LA decides to sign a free agent such as Anthony Rendon. Another player who had a breakout year was Josiah Gray. Gray, along with Downs, was sent to LA in exchange of a large haul built around Yasiel Puig. It surely seems that the Downs/Gray duo is making Cincinnati wish they did not part with the youngsters. Catcher is a position of strength in the Dodgers system, a luxury that not many teams have. Even with Will Smith promoted to the major league club, the Dodgers still have two more very talented back-stops in Keibert Ruiz and Diego Cartaya. I’d fully expect one of the trio to be dealt sometime within the next year, since Ruiz is nearing MLB ready as well.

5.) Seattle Mariners

  1. Julio Rodriguez, OF (8)
  2. Jared Kelenic, OF (15)
  3. Logan Gilbert, SP (40)
  4. Evan White, 1B (71)
  5. Noelvi Marte, SS (87)
  6. George Kirby, SP
  7. Justin Dunn, SP
  8. Isaiah Campbell, SP
  9. Juan Then, SP
  10. Justus Sheffield, SP

SEA Overview: Though ranked at #8, Julio Rodriguez is my favorite prospect in all of baseball. I truly believe he is a generational talent, who will gain more power as he enters his 20’s. Seeing him play for the Class-A West Virginia Power, Rodriguez looked like he was in a league of his own. Making diving catches in the field, launching moonshot home runs, and bringing the crowd to its feet, Rodriguez sure looked the part when I scouted him. After a promotion to A-Advanced, he somehow did even better. Though just in 64 at bats, he hit .462. Yes that .462, and he was getting on base over 50% of the time. Those are just incredible numbers for such a young player, so Rodriguez is a player I am extremely high on. Another Dominican signee, Noelvi Marte made his debut in 2019, and really impressed in the Dominican Summer League. A name a lot of people may not have heard of, watch out for Marte in 2020. Jared Kelenic had a very nice 2019, and is likely making the Mets regret dealing him for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz. Justin Dunn was the other big name the Mets packaged with Kelenic, furthering the Mets regrets. A solid year in Double-A earned Dunn a promotion to Seattle, where he had 4 short, but good starts. With a lot of pitching, Seattle’s rotation will be looking quite a bit different in the next couple years.

4.) Kansas City Royals

  1. Bobby Witt Jr., SS (12)
  2. Brady Singer, SP (55)
  3. Jackson Kowar, SP (56)
  4. Kris Bubic, SP (80)
  5. Daniel Lynch, SP (85)
  6. Khalil Lee, OF (88)
  7. Nick Pratto, 1B
  8. MJ Melendez, C
  9. Seuly Matias, OF
  10. Brewer Hicklen, OF

KC Overview: I’ll start KC’s overview talking about pitchers Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar, who may be long lost brothers. Their careers are so similar it is really incredible. Both are right handed pitchers who attended Florida. Both are 6’5″ and 23 years old. Both were selected by Kansas City in the 1st round of the 2018 draft. Both were 2019 Carolina League All-Stars with the Wilmington Blue Rocks. Both pitched exactly 148.1 innings in 2019. Their hits allowed, strikeouts, and WHIP were nearly identical. It is only right that they are ranked back to back in my top 100 rankings. It’s hard to believe, but Singer and Kowar are not the only top 100 pitchers KC drafted in 2018. In fact, two more pitchers, Daniel Lynch and Kris Bubic were selected in the 1st round by the Royals. Adding these 4 1st rounders to their farm system rejuvenated their pitching which was previously quite weak. While The quartet of pitches did very well in 2019, but the same can’t be said for some of their hitters. Nick Pratto and MJ Melendez spent the entire 2019 season with Wilmington, but they each hit just 9 HRs, and even more worrisome, not being able to hit even .200. I’d expect a bounce back year for the two, but if 2020 is anything close to their 2019 seasons, then I’d start to worry more. Seuly Matias experienced similar struggles at A-Advanced after his absolutely monster 2018, but he dealt with injuries, so the struggles aren’t very concerning considering the smaller sample size. 2nd overall pick, Bobby Witt Jr.’s debut season left much to be improved upon, and I could see him having a breakout season in 2020.

3.) Chicago White Sox

Steele Walker, OF (CHW)
  1. Luis Robert, OF (1)
  2. Michael Kopech, SP (24)
  3. Nick Madrigal, 2B (28)
  4. Andrew Vaughn, 1B (33)
  5. Jonathan Stiever, SP (92)
  6. Steele Walker, OF
  7. Dane Dunning, SP
  8. Blake Rutherford, OF
  9. Matthew Thompson, SP
  10. Luis Alexander Basabe, OF

CHW Overview: Having the #1 overall prospect instantly makes a potential top 10 farm system, but the White Sox have a lot more than Cuban phenom Luis Robert. That is not to take away from the talent of Luis Robert. Robert landed the #1 spot due to his outstanding power/speed combination that is so hard to come by. Robert is clearly an elite talent, and he will surely be joining former top 5 prospect, Eloy Jimenez, in Chicago’s outfield at some point in early 2020. Speaking of players likely to be in Chicago in early 2020, both Nick Madrigal and Michael Kopech should be up with the major league club shortly after spring training. Unlike Kopech, Madrigal is yet to reach the majors, but he should be up around the same time as Robert, as both are the same age and have risen up through the minors in nearly identical patterns. Madrigal’s absolutely mind-boggling strikeout numbers are likely to regress a bit in the majors, but he should still be one of the best contact hitters in the MLB upon his arrival. Kopech, acquired in the Chris Sale trade, missed all of 2019 recovering from TJ surgery required, but should be ready for Spring Training. After a couple starts with a minor league club, Kopech should be back in Chicago a few weeks into 2020. Another pitcher who will be making a return to the mound (likely mid 2020), Dane Dunning will be back after missing all of 2019 as well. A boarder line top 100 guy, Dunning doesn’t have the overpowering stuff that Kopech does, but he has 4 quality pitches to use. Jonathan Stiever was a bit of a surprise addition to my top 100, so 2020 will be an interesting year for him. The White Sox 2nd and 3rd round picks, Matthew Thompson and Andrew Dalquist, offer nice upside, though neither has proven much yet. Chicago has tons of depth at outfield with Steele Walker, Luis Alexander Basabe, Blake Rutherford, Micker Adolfo, and Luis Gonzalez nearing the highest ranks of the minors. I find it hard to imagine that all 5 will be with the club in a couple years since Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert have 2 of the 3 outfield positions locked up. Come 2021, Micker Adolfo could be a potential DH, with 2 of the other 4 landing roster spots as well.

2.) Tampa Bay Rays

  1. Wander Franco, SS (2)
  2. Brendan McKay, SP/DH (10)
  3. Matthew Liberatore, SP (34)
  4. Vidal Brujan, 2B (49)
  5. Shane Baz, SP (51)
  6. Shane McClanahan, SP (81)
  7. Ronaldo Hernandez, C (83)
  8. Brent Honeywell, SP (96)
  9. Greg Jones, SS
  10. Jake Cronenworth, SS/RP

TB Overview: Tampa Bay was just beaten out for the #1 spot, and so was Wander Franco. A toss up between Franco and Luis Robert, Robert won that battle based on his more developed profile, but Franco is just as exciting. The teenage phenom shined across Class-A and A-Advanced in 2019. As the youngest player in the Florida State League, Franco hit .339 in his time with the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Franco is not the only elite talent in this organization. Brendan McKay is a unique guy because of his desire to play both ways as a hitter and pitcher. Making his MLB debut in 2019, McKay mainly pitched, but did get a few cuts as well. While he would obviously have more value as a successful 2-way player, his future may wind up solely on the mound. Jake Cronenworth following McKay’s footsteps as a 2-way player, and he actually was much more successful with it. Following Tampa’s MLB strategy, Cronenworth was used as an opener in 7 games and didn’t allow a run in those 7 appearances. He hit .329 as a shortstop, so it will be interesting to see how Tampa Bay will use him next season. Pitchers Matthew Liberatore, Shane Baz, and Shane McClanahan all had productive seasons in 2019, further solidifying their top 100 statuses. Greg Jones had himself one of the best debuts of the 2019 draft class, showing his great contact as well as elite speed. Other speedsters Vidal Brujan, Lucius Fox, and Taylor Walls were all successful on the base-paths as well. Jones, Brujan, Fox, and Walls are all well above average runners, so it will remain to be seen if any of the group can develop at least average power.

1.) Miami Marlins

Osiris Johnson, SS (MIA)
  1. Sixto Sanchez, SP (23)
  2. Jesus Sanchez, OF (32)
  3. Jazz Chisholm, SS (36)
  4. JJ Bleday, OF (44)
  5. Edward Cabrera, SP (79)
  6. Monte Harrison, OF (82)
  7. Jorge Guzman, SP (91)
  8. Braxton Garrett, SP (93)
  9. Trevor Rogers, SP
  10. Osiris Johnson, SS

MIA Overview: Surprised to see Miami at #1? Well the Marlins MLB roster may be one of the worst, their massive rebuild has left them with immense amounts of young talent in the minors. I was a bit hesitant to put the Marlins at #1, given that they are one of only two teams in this grouping without a top 20 prospect, but their depth is overwhelming in all areas. Starting with their whopping 8 top 100 prospects, there is good balance with 4 pitcher and 4 hitters. Sixto Sanchez, who was acquired in the JT Realmuto trade, tops the list. The hard throwing righty was great for the Marlins after coming over from Philly, posting a sub-3.00 ERA across A-Advanced and Double-A. Fellow flamethrower Edward Cabrera spent time across A-Advanced and Double-A as well, putting up surprisingly good numbers with both teams. #91 overall prospect, Jorge Guzman, was sent to Miami as part of the Giancarlo Stanton trade. Guzman has the best velocity of the bunch, but his command is definitely something that needs to be worked on. Guzman shined at the end of 2019, posting a 1.20 ERA in his final 5 appearances, while holding opposing batters to a stunning .066 batting average. His strong finish is a big reason he made the backend of the top 100. The lefty duo of Braxton Garrett and Trevor Rogers are a bit different than the previous three pitchers. Neither southpaw has the raw velocity of Sanchez, Guzman, or Cabrera, but they are just as effective using their off-speed selections. On the offensive side of things, Miami has just as much talent. Jesus Sanchez and Jazz Chisholm were acquired near the 2019 trade deadline (Sanchez for Trevor Richards/Nick Anderson and Chisholm for Zac Gallen). Both guys offer substantial power as both could easily be 25-30 HR guys. A potential lineup come 2021, featuring speed at the top with Monte Harrison and/or Jose Devers, and then the power of Jazz Chisholm, Jesus Sanchez, JJ Bleday, and Lewin Diaz, would make for a tough task for opposing pitchers. The Marlins system is so deep guys like Victor Victor Mesa, Victor Mesa Jr., Connor Scott, and Peyton Burdick aren’t even in the top 10, when they could be top 5 guys in many other systems. Although the trades of Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, and JT Realmuto may still bring hate from Marlins fans, there is no doubt that these deals have built one of the best farm systems in all of baseball.

Ranking MLB’s Best Minor League Farm Systems, Early-2019 (11-20)

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

20.) Oakland Athletics

  1. Jesus Luzardo, SP (16)
  2. A.J. Puk, SP (65)
  3. Sean Murphy, C (67)
  4. Jorge Mateo, SS
  5. James Kaprielian
  6. Lazaro Armentaros, OF
  7. Austin Beck, OF
  8. Sheldon Neuse, 3B
  9. Skye Bolt, OF
  10. Grant Holmes, SP

OAK Overview: There is not much excitement in Oakland’s system except for Jesus Luzardo. The 21 year-old southpaw is in the running with San Diego’s MacKenzie Gore for the best young left-handed starter. Though he has missed a good chunk of the 2019 season, Luzardo has a chance to debut with the Athletics late-summer. AJ Puk missed well over a year with TJ surgery, but could also make Oakland’s rotation along with Luzardo. Adding both these young lefties would greatly improve a weak A’s rotation. One of the good things about Oakland’s farm system is that most of the talent is at (or nearing) Triple-A. Assuming Puk and Luzardo both return to Triple-A, six out of their top nine prospects would be at that level in 2019. Injuries have been a huge problem for the A’s pitching prospects as Luzardo, Puk, Kaprielian, and Holmes have all missed significant time in 2019. The hope is when all four of these guys are healthy that at least two or three turn out to be mid-rotation starters.

19.) Arizona Diamondbacks

  1. Jazz Chisholm, SS (45)
  2. Jon Duplantier, SP/RP (55)
  3. Dalton Varsho, C
  4. Alek Thomas, OF
  5. Blaze Alexander, SS
  6. Yoan Lopez, RP
  7. Kristan Robinson, OF
  8. Matt Tabor, SP
  9. Pavin Smith, 1B
  10. Geraldo Perdomo, SS

ARI Overview: Aside from Jazz Chisholm and Jon Duplantier who were already part of my Early-Season top 100 rankings, Arizona has a few young guys who I expect to skyrocket up the standings. The 19 year old Alek Thomas is the first candidate. The left-handed outfielder is not necessarily a power hitter, but he does have 15-20 HR ability and will only get stronger as he matures physically. The next guy, Blaze Alexander, another 19 year-old, might be the future shortstop of the Diamondbacks (competing with Chisholm). He profiles similarly to Thomas, as both are around the same size and should progress through Arizona’s system with similar timeframes. Outfielder Kristian Robinson will be only 18 for the 2019 season and may be one of the breakout prospects of the year. He has raw power similar to fellow Bahamian, Jazz Chisholm, yet he is a superior all-around player and is 3 years younger. These guys, coupled with Andy Yerzy/Dalton Varsho, two promising catcher prospects, are the main reason for the D-Backs being in the top 20. Outside these few guys there is not a whole bunch of top-end talent.

18.) Seattle Mariners

  1. Jarred Kelenic, OF (44)
  2. Justus Sheffield, SP (66)
  3. Julio Rodriguez, OF (83)
  4. Justin Dunn, SP
  5. Logan Gilbert, SP
  6. Evan White, 1B
  7. Noelvi Marte, SS
  8. Shed Long, 2B
  9. Kyle Lewis, OF
  10. Dom Thompson-Williams, OF

SEA Overview: Through many different trades, the Mariners drastically improved their wealth of prospects. Their top two prospects, Kelenic and Sheffield, were both acquired via recent trades and five of their top ten were as well. Julio Rodriguez is one of my favorite prospects in all of baseball and he is only 18 years old. Rodriguez is one of the most exciting outfield prospects and I believe he will be nearing my top 20 by the time I release my Late-Season top 100 rankings. Had he had more at-bats in professional games, he would have been much higher than 83. With a very well rounded system in terms of positional needs, the Mariners have one of the deeper systems in this grouping. As young players like Rodriguez, Marte, Kelenic and Gilbert develop, expect to see the Mariners rise in the Farm System Rankings.

17.) Baltimore Orioles

  1. Ryan Mountcastle, 3B (39)
  2. Grayson Rodriguez, SP (59)
  3. DL Hall, SP (82)
  4. Austin Hays, OF
  5. Zac Lowther, SP
  6. Yusniel Diaz, OF
  7. Blane Knight, SP
  8. Adam Hall, SS
  9. Jean Carlos Encarnación, 3B
  10. Keegan Akin, SP

BAL Overview: The Orioles have a solid farm system, but the biggest issue is that Baltimore’s system has not improved as much as would be expected for a rebuilding team. With one of the worst rosters in all of MLB, it is hard to gain good prospects via trades, so players must be acquired through the Draft or via international signing periods. Both Ryan Mouncastle and Austin Hays are chomping at the bit to join the Orioles in Baltimore sometime soon. Grayson Rodriguez has been lights out in Class-A at only 19 years old. It is looking like he may be a future ace for the O’s, but it is obviously too early to know for sure. After receiving a whopping 30+ million dollar signing bonus from the Dodgers, Yusniel Diaz has not done too well since being acquired for Manny Machado. Starters Luis Ortiz and Dillon Tate are two former 1st round picks who have done poorly, but are looking to reach their lofty expectations originally placed on them when drafted. Shortstops Cadyn Grenier and Adam Hall have done well for Class-A Delmarva and are vying for promotions.

16.) Pittsburgh Pirates

Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B (PIT)
  1. Mitch Keller, SP (36)
  2. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B (38)
  3. Oneil Cruz, SS (73)
  4. Travis Swaggerty, OF (91)
  5. Calvin Mitchell, OF
  6. Bryan Reynolds, OF
  7. Cole Tucker, SS
  8. Lolo Sanchez, OF
  9. Kevin Kramer, 2B
  10. Braxton Ashcraft, SP

PIT Overview: Pittsburgh is the first team to have four prospects in my top 100. Keller, Hayes, Cruz, and Swaggerty make up the top of their system, but there is quite a bit of talent beyond them. Calvin Mitchell is one of the next to make the leap into the top 100, as he was very close to making it this time around. Outfielder Lolo Sanchez has been having a very nice 2019 season and should see a promotion sometime soon. Both Cole Tucker and Bryan Reynolds have recently been promoted to Pittsburgh, making their MLB respective MLB debuts. Although Tucker has struggled a bit, Reynolds has been on fire and is looking like a reliable player. Hayes and Keller should be able to contribute sometime soon as both have been doing well at Triple-A Indianapolis.

15.) Colorado Rockies

  1. Brendan Rodgers, SS (7)
  2. Colton Welker, 3B (64)
  3. Ryan Rolison, SP
  4. Ryan Vilade, SS
  5. Grant Lavigne, 1B
  6. Peter Lambert, SP
  7. Sam Hilliard, OF
  8. Daniel Montano, OF
  9. Terrin Vavra, SS
  10. Riley Pint, SP

COL Overview: Brendan Rodgers is one of the best hitters in all of the minor leagues, and is the main reason for Colorado’s top 15 ranking. Since being drafted 3rd overall in 2015, Rodgers has done nothing but hit. He has posted a career .294 batting average and is doing even better this year. Already with 7 HRs and a .336 AVG in 2019, Rodgers should get the call within the next month or so. Colton Welker, the Rockies only other top 100 prospect, has been excellent as well and has shown signs of improvement as well. Pitchers Peter Lambert and Riley Pint have struggled the past couple seasons, but a lot of that can be attributed to pitching at hitter-friendly parks the majority of their starts. Ryan Rolison, another starter, has shown that it doesn’t matter what stadium he is pitching in. Posting a 1.17 ERA across Class-A and A-Advanced, Rolison is looking like the best pitcher in the Rockies system.

14.) Los Angeles Dodgers

  1. Gavin Lux, SS/2B (47)
  2. Keibert Ruiz, C (49)
  3. Dustin May, SP (54)
  4. Diego Cartaya, C
  5. Jeter Downs, SS
  6. Mitchell White, SP
  7. Josiah Gray, SP
  8. Jeren Kendall, OF
  9. Will Smith, C
  10. Tony Gonsolin, SP

LAD Overview: A unique system, the Dodgers have three quality catcher prospects, an extremely rare commodity to possess. Keibert Ruiz, Diego Cartaya, and Will Smith all ranked in the Dodgers top ten prospects and are solid catchers behind the plate. At only 17 years old, Cartaya is a bit of a wild-card after signing for 2.5 million dollars in 2018. Gavin Lux and Jeter Downs could be the futures shortstop/2nd base combo for the Dodgers and they both have similar skill sets. With 20/20 potential, both could also hit close to .300, Lux being the more likely to do so. Mitchell White and Josiah Gray have impressed on the mound this year, making them two of the Dodgers best pitching prospects. Pitcher Yadier Alvarez showed so much potential early on after signing in 2015, but he has deteriorated enough to keep him off the Dodgers’ top ten. The hope is that he can regain his control and return to form.

13.) Kansas City Royals

Seuly Matias, OF (KC)
  1. Brady Singer, SP (33)
  2. Khalil Lee, OF (99)
  3. Jackson Kowar, SP
  4. Seuly Matias, OF
  5. MJ Melendez, C
  6. Nicky Lopez, SS/2B
  7. Daniel Lynch, SP
  8. Nick Pratto, 1B
  9. Kris Bubic, SP
  10. Kyle Isbel, OF

KC Overview: Kansas City has one of the more underrated farm systems in my opinion. While only two out of their top ten prospects are at Double-A or above, that means they have youth and a lot of potential to improve. 2018 1st rounders Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar have been dominating for Class A-Advanced Wilmington Blue Rocks, and have posted nearly identical stat lines. Matias, Melendez, and Pratto have all struggled mightily with the Blue Rocks, but are all only 20 years old. Lynch and Isbel are also part of a stacked Blue Rocks roster, making for one of the most talented teams in all of MiLB. Khalil Lee just made my top 100 rankings and he should be joined by other Royals prospects come the end of 2019.

12.) Miami Marlins

  1. Sixto Sanchez, SP (29)
  2. Victor Victor Mesa, OF (74)
  3. Monte Harrison, OF (85)
  4. Zac Gallen, SP
  5. Jordan Yamamoto, SP
  6. Edward Cabrera, SP
  7. Jorge Guzman, SP
  8. Trevor Rogers, SP
  9. Braxton Garrett, SP
  10. Jordan Holloway, SP

MIA Overview: The Marlins might have one of the deepest systems out of this grouping of teams. After dealing stars such as Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Dee Gordon, JT Realmuto, and Marcell Ozuna, the Marlins system was rejuvenated with much needed talent. Zac Gallen has been one of the best starters in all of MiLB, taking many by surprise. Other starters Sixto Sanchez (extended Spring Training), Braxton Garrett (TJ surgery), and Jordan Holloway (TJ surgery) all had late starts to their 2019 seasons, but are looking like quality pitchers at A-Advanced Jupiter. Other starters Yamamoto, Rogers, Cabrera, and Guzman have all performed very well at their respective levels. While the Marlins top ten is predominately pitchers, outfielders Victor Victor Mesa and Monte Harrison both made the back end of my top 100 rankings and have done well so far in 2019. One of the first teams that I had a hard time picking guys to leave out of the top ten, the Marlins have depth well beyond ten. Osiris Johnson, Jose Devers, Tristan Pompey, Isan Diaz, Nick Neidert and Connor Scott are all very talented players who could be among the top ten in my end of season rankings.

11.) Cincinatti Reds

  1. Nick Senzel, 3B, (8)
  2. Taylor Trammell, OF (17)
  3. Hunter Greene, SP (43)
  4. Jonathan India, 3B (68)
  5. Mike Siani, OF
  6. Jose Siri, OF
  7. Mariel Bautista, OF
  8. Tyler Stephenson, C
  9. Tony Santillian, SP
  10. Ibandel Isabel, OF

CIN Overview: Right on the cusp of the top ten, the Reds’ farm system falls in at #11 overall. Top prospect Nick Senzel has recently made his MLB debut and is a key player in the Reds organization. Unfortunately flamethrower Hunter Greene will miss all of 2019 due to Tommy John surgery, but he is still the best pitcher in the Reds system by a wide margin. Outfielder Taylor Trammell and Jose Siri are both doing well in Double-A and have been flashing 5-tool potential. Though Trammell is much higher rated than Siri, I expect both will get a promotion around the same time, possibly this June. Ibandel Isabel is one of the best power hitters in all of the minors, but he has struggled with his all-around game. If he can step up his defense and/or reduce his strikeout percentage, then he could be a very valuable asset as well. Bautista might be the most underrated Reds prospect as he possesses the very sought after combination of power and speed.