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 (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.