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

These are my 2019 Late 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 11-20. 1-10 will be released in November.

20.) Philadelphia Phillies

  1. Alec Bohm, 3B (20)
  2. Spencer Howard, SP (86)
  3. Bryson Stott, SS
  4. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF
  5. Mickey Moniak, OF
  6. Adonis Medina, SP
  7. Simon Muzziotti, OF
  8. Luis Garcia, SS
  9. Erik Miller, SP
  10. Nick Maton, SS

PHI Overview: Though the Phillies just made the top 20, there is a lot of room for improvement here. Alec Bohm is really the only player whose season should be deemed a total success. He hit for both power and average, leading to a selection for the FSL All-Star roster. Spencer Howard pitched well, but he did miss almost half of the season. Two former consensus top 100 prospects, Adonis Medina and Mickey Moniak both struggled again in 2019, so if their struggles continue, they could soon become irrelevant in terms of prospect rankings. Luis Garcia is a guy who I like a lot, but needless to say, his 2019 season was surely a disappointment. There is a lot of potential here in this system, but the Phillies could easily wind up a bottom 10 system in my next set of rankings in early 2020.

19.) Toronto Blue Jays

  1. Nate Pearson, SP (7)
  2. Jordan Groshans, SS (97)
  3. Alek Manoah, SP
  4. Orelvis Martinez, SS
  5. Eric Pardinho, SP
  6. Anthony Kay, SP
  7. Kendall Williams, SP
  8. Adam Kloffenstein, SP
  9. Simeon Woods-Richardson, SP
  10. Miguel Hiraldo, 3B

TOR Overview: Though the Blue Jays winded up ranking as my #19 overall farm system, there is a big gap between them and the next best systems. This is where we start to see the team’s top 10 lists being full of quality talent one through ten. Nate Pearson is the head of a strong Toronto pitching system. Featuring a high 90’s fastball which can easily hit triple digits, Pearson is one of the most electric pitchers in all of MiLB. Manoah, the 11th overall pick in 2019 had a great debut this season, and was in consideration for a back end top 100 spot. Pardinho, Williams, Kloffenstein, and Simeon Woods-Richardson all offer solid upsides, and all four are still in their teens. Anthony Kay is the oldest pitcher of the bunch and he should be a big part of Toronto’s team in 2020. Orelvis Martinez is one of the most exciting position players in Torontos system. The 18 year-old was one of the premier talents in the 2018 international signing class, and should make his full-season debut in 2020, likely with Class-A Lansing. This is a deep system, especially considering Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, and Cavan Biggio all graduated off the list recently.

18.) New York Yankees

  1. Jasson Dominguez, OF (30)
  2. Deivi Garcia, SP (58)
  3. Estevan Florial, OF (68)
  4. Clarke Schmidt, SP
  5. Anthony Seigler, C
  6. Luis Gil, SP
  7. Albert Abreu, SP
  8. Canaan Smith, OF
  9. Josh Smith, SS
  10. Roansy Contreras, SP

NYY Overview: The Yankees’ farm system is one of the hardest to predict. Their top prospect, Jasson Dominguez, has yet to take an at bat in professional baseball, and at age 16, he is one of the most unpredictable in all of baseball. Dominguez’s ceiling is clearly that of an elite, generational talent. Though his ceiling is so high, his floor is not as low as many players his age, making him a rock solid top-50 prospect. With Dominguez not playing at all in 2019, and Estevan Florial and Anthony Seigler missing large chunks of the season due to injuries, pitching has been the real story for the Yankees in 2019. Deivi Garcia has become one of the premier pitchers in all of baseball with a strikeout-rate well above league average. Clarke Schmidt and Luis Gil both enjoyed breakout seasons in 2019, making for two potential middle-of-the-rotation guys. The only issue with the Yankees farm system is that many of their players are kept in the minors for extended periods just based on the fact that their MLB roster is so full. Potentially look for guys like Estevan Florial, Josh Breaux, or Canaan Smith to be included in trade talks.

17.) Cincinatti Reds

  1. Hunter Greene, SP (50)
  2. Jonathan India, 3B (61)
  3. Nick Lodolo, SP (62)
  4. Mike Siani, OF
  5. Tyler Callihan, 2B
  6. Jose Israel Garcia, SS
  7. Rece Hinds, 3B
  8. Anthony Santillan, SP
  9. Lyon Richardson, SP
  10. Tyler Stephenson, C

CIN Overview: Cinncinati’s system had one of the least interesting 2019 seasons of the 10 teams in this group. Their top prospect Hunter Greene missed the whole season recovering from TJ surgery, and is in danger of missing a large part of 2020 as well. Guys such as Jonathan India, Mike Siani, and Tyler Stephenson had solid seasons, but there is not much to say about them, good or bad. There should be some excitement for their 2019 draft class, with their top 3 picks all landing inside the Reds top 7. Nick Lodolo was by far the most sought after pitcher of his class, and he showed why in his first 8 professional games. Neither Tyler Callihan nor Rece Hinds left rookie level, so it is a bit hard to judge them too much yet. Overall, 2019 can be viewed as a very mediocre year for the Reds system, with no real breakout players, and no players really struggling either.

16.) Texas Rangers

  1. Josh Jung, 3B (37)
  2. Hans Crouse, SP (52)
  3. Leody Taveras, OF (75)
  4. Cole Winn, SP (94)
  5. Nick Solak, 2B
  6. Bubba Thompson, OF
  7. Sam Huff, C
  8. Anderson Tejeda, SS
  9. Brock Burke, SP
  10. Sherten Apostel, 3B

TEX Overview: One of the more well balanced systems in baseball, the Rangers system ranks right in the middle of the teams. The combination of Hans Crouse and Cole Winn was dominant for the Hickory Crawdads (Class-A) in 2019, although both pitchers could use some improvements for 2020. 8th overall pick Josh Jung played quite well in his debut at Class-A, and a increase in power should be expected. Along with 4 top 100 prospects, Texas did have a few breakout players as well. Nick Solak, who was acquired from Tampa Bay, broke out in 2019, even making a big impact for the MLB club. His power seems to have come out of nowhere, but he managed to launch 32 long-balls between the minors and majors. Sam Huff is another guy who put his name on the map in 2019. His heroics in the 2019 Futures Game surely didn’t hurt, but his sudden increase in HRs and AVG have put him in the top 100 conversation. Some other guys who did well include Jonathan Ornelas, Osleivis Basabe, Julio Pablo Martinez, and Sherton Apostel. With all these great years, Texas had some unfortunate injury luck as well. Bubba Thompson struggled to get things going after battle injuries early on. Anderson Tejeda, Chris Seise, Owen White, and Taylor Hearn all were on the shelf early in 2019. That being said, 2019 was a promising year for the Rangers organization, so they’ll look to build off that success next year.

15.) Pittsburgh Pirates

Travis Swaggerty OF, (PIT)
  1. Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B (60)
  2. Oneil Cruz, SS (63)
  3. Travis Swaggerty, OF (89)
  4. Calvin Mitchell, OF (90)
  5. Ji-Hwan Bae, SS
  6. Quinn Priester, SP
  7. Mitch Keller, SP
  8. Sammy Siani, OF
  9. Lolo Sanchez, OF
  10. Will Craig, 1B

PIT Overview: Ranking Pittsburgh at 15 was very tough because I realize how good their system is, but their lack of a true “superstar” is the reasoning behind their middle-of-the-pack position. The Pirates 4 top 100 prospects consist of two outfielders and two infielders, but no pitchers. Mitch Keller not being included on the top 100 might seem like a surprise, but his MLB stats have been absolutely putrid. Though just in 48 innings, his 7.13 ERA is concerning, especially considering opponents hit .348 against him during that time. Quinn Priester is ranked as Pittsburg’s top pitching prospect, but it is a toss up between him and Keller, as to who will wind up being the better MLB pitcher. Flipping to the offensive side where Pittsburgh is more plentiful, the outfield duo of Travis Swaggerty and Calvin Mitchell will be exciting to watch. Both outfielders played together in 2019 with the Bradenton Marauders (A-Advanced), and both were selected as FSL All-Stars. Although the two have similar trajectories to the majors, their playing styles differ just a bit. Mitchell’s bat is seen as better than Swaggerty’s, while Swaggerty’s overall athleticism and defensive skills outdo Mitchell’s. Infielder Oniel Cruz is the real unicorn of this system. With a height of 6’7″ and just weighing 175 lbs., Cruz is not your prototypical shortstop. His combination of above-average speed and elite arm talent show signs of being able to stay at shortstop for a good chunk of his career, though third base could possibly be in his future. Speedsters Ji-Hwan Bae and Lolo Sanchez round out the upper tier of Pittsburgh’s farm system, both posted 30+ stolen bases in 2019.

14.) Baltimore Orioles

  1. Adley Rutschman, C (11)
  2. Grayson Rodriguez, SP (47)
  3. Ryan Mountcastle, 3B (53)
  4. DL Hall, SP (70)
  5. Austin Hays, OF
  6. Adam Hall, SS
  7. Zac Lowther, SP
  8. Michael Baumann, SP
  9. Gunnar Henderson, SS
  10. Yusniel Diaz, OF

BAL Overview: A big rebuild in Baltimore has not left the Orioles with the ideal amount of young talent, like teams such as the Marlins or White Sox, but they have just enough to make the top half of the rankings. By far the most exciting prospect in their system, Adley Rutschman is surely Baltimore’s next catcher, barring something unthinkable. The #1 overall pick offers plenty of potential as a switch hitting catcher, though his 2019 didn’t necessarily show that. Austin Hays and Ryan Mountcastle are Baltimore’s two best power-hitting prospects, and both could hit for average as well. Mountcastle played all of 2019 at Triple-A, while Hays was recalled to Baltimore again in 2019. Come 2020, both Hays and Mountcastle should be starting for the Orioles. Middle infielders Gunnar Henderson and Adam Hall are a bit futher away, but they are two more contact oriented hitters, with Hall having excellent speed as well. Baltimore’s 2017 and 2018 1st round pitchers, DL Hall and Grayson Rodriguez, have both shown front-end starter stuff. Outside these two pitchers, there is not anymore “sure things” but they are loaded with quality depth. Pitchers such as Zac Lowther, Keegan Akin, Dillion Tate, and Hunter Harvey offer much lower ceilings, but could wind up being an important part of the organization. Yusniel Diaz is a bit of a wild-card in the Orioles system. After solid seasons in 2017 and 2018, Diaz hasn’t shown much improvement in 2019. Over those 3 seasons, his average has dropped each year, while hitting precisely 11 home runs in all 3 seasons. Obviously the lack of adding power as he matures is a bit of a concern, but Diaz will play all of 2020 at age 23, so it is a bit premature to call the former top 100 prospect a bust.

13.) Detroit tigers

  1. Casey Mize, SP (6)
  2. Matt Manning, SP (21)
  3. Riley Greene, OF (39)
  4. Isaac Paredes, INF
  5. Tarik Skubal, SP
  6. Alex Faedo, SP
  7. Joey Wentz, SP
  8. Franklin Perez, SP
  9. Willi Castro, SS
  10. Beau Burrows, SP

DET Overview: A pitching heavy system for the past few years, Detroit remains that way again in 2019. First overall pick, Casey Mize, got off to a red-hot start to 2019, but cooled down a bit at the end of the season after a promotion to Double-A. Another very high pick (9th overall in 2016), Matt Manning, had a great year and looks to be a potential middle of the rotation starter. Tarik Skubal came out of nowhere this season, logging 122 innings while striking out a whopping 179. His breakout furthers Detroit’s dynamic pitching system. Alex Faedo and Beau Burrows are two more of Detroit’s first round pitchers, and though both have had their fair share of struggles, they showed some promise in 2019. Franklin Perez is another elite arm the Tigers possess, but he has not been able to stay healthy these past couple years. Another year lost to injury would be very worrisome for Perez’s long term development. One of the few non-pitching prospects who stands out in Detroit’s farm system, 5th overall pick Riley Greene, had a great first season, and could easily wind up being at least a 20/20 guy for the majority of his career. Shortstop Adinso Reyes, who narrowly missed the Tigers top 10, had an outstanding year for the DSL Tigers, so he’s another name to keep an eye on.

12.) Minnesota Twins

  1. Royce Lewis, SS (13)
  2. Alex Kirilloff, OF (18)
  3. Brusdar Graterol, SP (67)
  4. Trevor Larnach, OF (72)
  5. Nick Gordon, SS
  6. Jordan Balazovic, SP
  7. Ryan Jeffers, C
  8. Wander Javier, SS
  9. Keoni Cavaco, SS
  10. Brent Rooker, OF

MIN Overview: An up and down year for many of the Twins prospects, Minnesota boasts 4 top 100 guys, 2 of which land inside the top 20. Royce Lewis and Alex Kirilloff both finished the 2019 season at Double-A, so a potential call-up in 2020 is not off the table (especially for Kirilloff). Pitcher Brusdar Graterol and Jordan Balazovic showed promising stuff this year, with Graterol playing a role late in the Twins season, including a postseason appearance. A big storyline here is the bounce-back season for shortstop Nick Gordon. The former top-100 prospect missed a few games early on, but came back to hit .297, up from .248 last season. If Gordon’s 2020 is as good as his 2019, and he proves 2018 to be a fluke, then Minnesota has a guy who offers great speed, as well as good fielding, and just below-average power. If the Twins are looking for a more powerful guy, then Brent Rooker is the man. Since being drafted back in 2017, Rooker has compiled 965 at-bats, while launching a whopping 54 home-runs. An older prospect, Rooker, who should get meaningful looks in 2020, could potentially be a 30-45 home-run guy, and hitting around .260 is a reasonable assumption for him.

11.) San Francisco Giants

Heliot Ramos, OF (SF)
  1. Marco Luciano, SS (16)
  2. Joey Bart, C (19)
  3. Heliot Ramos, OF (41)
  4. Alexander Canario, OF
  5. Seth Corry, SP
  6. Mauricio Dubon, SS
  7. Hunter Bishop, OF
  8. Logan Webb, SP
  9. Luis Toribio, 3B
  10. Sandro Fabian, OF

SF Overview: A bit of a top-heavy system, San Francisco’s farm system boasts some of the most underrated players in baseball. Marco Luciano is a truly elite talent, and has made a strong case to be a top 25 prospect. Former 2nd overall pick, Joey Bart, continues to hit for both power and average, a rarity at the catcher position. He will likely replace Buster Posey as soon as he is ready, given Posey’s rapid decline. Heliot Ramos is another exciting name. Ramos, along with 2019 1st rounder, Hunter Bishop, should wind up being solid starters in the Giants outfield. One less talked about name, Alexander Canario, had an outstanding 2019 season, and narrowly missed the top 100. Speaking of “sleeper” prospects, Seth Corry is a name never really mentioned in any top prospect rankings, but he is another guy who just missed my top 100, and is a likely candidate to be in the mix come 2020. Maruicio Dubon is just under 30 MLB at-bats away from graduating from prospect status, but still under the threshold, he’s another potential MLB starter in this borderline top-10 system.

8 Creative Deals That Should Happen Before the 2019 MLB Trade Deadline

Almost halfway through the 2019 MLB season, most teams know at this point if they will be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline. Every year at the deadline there are multiple important deals made that affect both the current season and years to come. Here are some unique trade scenarios which are unlikely to happen, but are reasonable and would benefit both sides.

1.) Madison Bumgarner to the Yankees

The Deal:

NYY receives: Madison Bumgarner (SP)

SF receives: Chance Adams (SP), Frank German (SP) and Glenn Otto (SP)

Analysis: The odds of any team paying a large sum for an aging rental in Bumgarner is extremely unlikely, so a package of three middle-of-the-road starters would be adequate for the Giants. Chance Adams has shown flashes of greatness but has also struggled heavily at times. Both German and Otto are playing in A-Advanced, so they have time to develop into back-end starters.

The Yankees need for pitching has been brought around only due to injuries. A healthy Yankees rotation includes Luis Severino, Domingo German, Masahiro Tanaka, C.C. Sabathia, and James Paxton, with J.A. Happ, Jonathan Loaisiga, Jordan Montgomery, and Chance Adams as reserves. Currently, only four of these pitchers are fully healthy, so a trade may be necessary. With loads of depth on the major league roster, dealing a player such as Clint Frazier or Gio Urshella may not be out of the question.

2.) Trevor Bauer to the Rays

The Deal:

TB recieves: Trevor Bauer (SP)

CLE receives: Jesus Sanchez (OF), Nate Lowe (1B), Taylor Walls (SS), and Tommy Romero (SP)

Analysis: The Rays have been dominating using only three starters (two with Tyler Glasnow injured), so imagine what they could do with four lights-out pitchers. Landing Bauer and getting Glasnow back soon would vault the Rays into series competition with the Astros, Yankees and Dodgers as World Series favorites.

The package in this scenario leaves Tampa’s youthful MLB roster intact while giving the Indians much needed young talent. Jesus Sanchez fills a huge void in the Indians organization at outfield and should be ready to see MLB action as soon as 2020. With Brent Honeywell losing another season to injury, I can’t imagine he would be dealt anytime soon and as much as Cleveland would want pitchers in return, I’d expect Tampa to hold on to their young starters. Matthew Liberatore, Shane McClanahan, and Shane Baz have been outstanding at Class-A Bowling Green, and the Rays would be foolish to part with any of the trio. Brendan McKay is Tampa’s other elite arm, but his unique DH/SP combo is too valuable to give up.

3.) Bauer to the Padres

The Deal:

SD recieves: Trevor Bauer (SP)

CLE receives: Adrian Morejon (SP), Ryan Weathers (SP), Michel Baez (SP) and Cal Quantrill (SP)

Analysis: Trevor Bauer is likely the best available pitcher available at the deadline, and the Padres have what it takes to pry him away from Cleveland. In this scenario, the Indians would have to choose between the Rays package featuring three potential plus bats, and the Padres’ which offers four mid-rotation starters. Out of the four Padres prospects in the package, Weathers has the highest ceiling, and he is the only one I would project as a #2/#3 starter. Morejon, Baez and Quantrill I view as #3/#4 starters in an ideal situation. While this package may not blow Cleveland away, the Padres are in no rush to make a deal as the majority of their core is controlled for many years to come.

4.) Marcus Stroman to the Padres/Rays

The Deal:

SD/TB receive: Marcus Stroman (SP)

TOR receives: Ryan Weathers (SP), Logan Allen (SP), and Manuel Margot (OF) (from SD) or Jesus Sanchez (OF) and Nick Solak (2B) (from TB)

Analysis: If Trevor Bauer is dealt, it would likely be to either of these two teams, which would eliminate them as options for Stroman. Assuming one lands Bauer, the other should look at Stroman as a cheaper alternative who could wind up being acquired at a much better value.

Taking a look at the potential packages, the Rays would be keen to keep their young pitchers, so Sanchez is the top prospect on the move. Nick Solak has been a nice surprise as well, so Toronto would be getting two quality hitters in exchange for Stroman. The Padres offer is based around pitcher Ryan Weathers. He’s the name most teams would be after assuming Fernando Tatis Jr, Luis Urias, and MacKenzie Gore aren’t available. Luis Patino could be swapped out with Weathers, although San Diego may be more hesitant to let Patino go.

5.) Max Scherzer on the Move

The Deal:

WSH receives: Kyle Tucker (OF), Freudis Nova (SS), Abraham Toro (3B) and J.B Bukauskas (SP)

HOU receives: Max Scherzer (SP)

Analysis: With Houston’s lineup completely stacked, their pitching is the only part of their team that could use improvement. There is no better pitcher to acquire than Max Scherzer. With three years left on his contract, Scherzer would cost a boatload but would be worth it when he leads them to the World Series. They’d be adding Scherzer to a rotation that already features two stars in Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, so the addition of Scherzer would likely give the Astros the best rotation in all of MLB.

After losing Bryce Harper to free agency in the offseason, the Nats have not been able to keep up there winning ways and are currently well under .500. Dealing Scherzer might be a big blow to Nationals fans, but it would signify a rebuild, that if done correctly, could have the Nats back in contention before 2022. Dealing Scherzer, as well as Anthony Rendon, would bring back five or six top of the line prospects who would replenish a weak farm system. In this deal, Washington gets four very talented players led by outfielder Kyle Tucker. Though Tucker struggled in his MLB debut, he has been excellent in Triple-A and would help as soon as this year. Nova, Toro and Buskauskas are at least two years away, but that’s not a problem if Washington does decide to rebuild.

6.) Phillies Land an Outfielder

The Deal:

PHI receives: Adam Jones (OF) and Greg Holland (CP)

ARI receives: Enyel de los Santos (SP), Simon Muzziotti (OF), Nick Maton (SS) and Edgar Garcia (SP)

Analysis: Having a 2nd baseman play center field is not ideal for a contending team, and that is what the Phillies are stuck with, as Scott Kingery has been forced into action in the outfield. With Andrew McCutchen lost for the season and Odubel Herrera in legal trouble, the Phillies would benefit from adding a 3rd outfielder. The Diamondbacks are a likely candidate to rebuild this offseason, and there’s no better time to start than at the trade deadline. Dealing rental veterans Jones and Holland will land lower-tier prospects than guys such as Zack Greinke or Ketel Marte, but it’s a start for a team in desperate need of talented prospects. The return for the Diamondbacks isn’t great, but it does offer a solid group of prospects who could become more relevant as their careers progress.

7.) Ketel Marte Blockbuster

The Deal:

LAA receives: Ketel Marte (OF)

ARI receives: Brandon Marsh (OF), Jordyn Adams (OF), Jeremiah Jackson (SS) and Kevin Maitan (3B)

Analysis: The Angels have a window of time to win, and that coincides with Mike Trout of course. Trout signed a massive contract last year and will be getting paid over 35 million dollars a year up until his age 38 season. As good as he is, it is improbable that Trout can perform at his usual standards into his late 30s. That gives the Angels 5-6 years to build a dynasty and contend for the World Series. Instead of waiting for their prospects to develop and wasting valuable time, the Angels could go for it all in 2019 and beyond.

Landing Marte would be huge for the Angels, adding a 3rd scary power bat (4th if you could Pujols) to their lineup. Add the surprise emergence of Tommy la Stella and you have 5 quality hitters at the top of the lineup. If they manage to hold on to Jo Adell, he could become another weapon in the outfield. With Trout and Marte both locked up 5+ years and Jo Adell, a young outfielder on the rise, the Angels should feel comfortable parting with both Jordyn Adams and Brandon Marsh.

From the Diamondbacks point of view, they are dealing their only “star” remaining, and although he is under contract through 2024, without dealing him Arizona would be lucky to field a solid team before 2022. Marsh is the only incoming player above Single-A, so the return package fits with the Diamondbacks’ timeline perfectly. Although this is the least likely deal to happen, it could benefit both teams in unforeseen ways.

8.) Angels go all In

The Deal:

LAA receives: Didi Gregorius (SS), Starling Marte (OF)

NYY receives: Chris Archer (SP), Jo Adell (OF)

PIT receives: Clint Frazier (OF), Estevan Florial (OF), Jamhai Jones (2B)

Analysis: The first thing to mention is that this whole trade is in a scenario in which the Angels acquire Ketel Marte (trade #7) and that the Yankees don’t add another pitcher (trade #1). This is the most complex of the 10 proposals, this deal has lots of moving parts, but it would benefit all the teams involved. In this rare three-team trade, the combination of prospects and MLB-caliber players would present a unique, one-of-a-kind deal.

For the Angels, acquiring Ketel Marte would be a great start to building a championship team, but they’d still be a couple of pieces away. Didi Gregorius is set to become a free agent after the 2019 season, but he could be a candidate for an extension with Los Angeles. Starling Marte has three years left on his contract, so he would be the Angels third outfielder with Mike Trout and Ketel Marte. Both Starling Marte and Ketel Marte are long term solutions with very reasonable salaries. The only real downside for the Angels is that their farm system would be completely depleted. If their organization is willing to pair these three All-Stars with Trout and Ohtani, that could put the Angels in the running for the top Wild Card this season, and potentially the division in 2020.

Clint Frazier has not worked out for the Yankees and it is becoming increasingly apparent that he will not be in New York much longer. Although Chris Archer has not been very good with the Pirates, he has proved to be excellent in the AL East in the past, so the Yankees could take a chance on him. Gregorius is a great ballplayer but could see limited playing-time with Giovani Urshella, Gleyber Torres, and DJ LeMahieu taking up three infield spots. An extension for Gregorius is even less likely as Miguel Andujar will be returning in 2020, making the Yankees infield extremely crowded. Jo Adell has shown much more potential than Estevan Florial, so the Yankees improve their farm system in this trade too. Adell could eventually make an impact in 2020 when Giancarlo Stanton replaces Edwin Encarnacion as the primary DH.

Acquiring Archer for the package of Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows, and Shane Baz might have seemed bad for Pittsburgh at the time, but now looks like an absolute catastrophe for the entire franchise. Archer has been extremely inefficient for the Pirates, posting an ERA well over 5.00 since being acquired. Meanwhile, Meadows and Glasnow have taken off for the Rays, both performing like All-Stars, helping the Rays be near the top of the stacked AL East. Shane Baz was a surprise addition to the trade as a PTBNL (player to be named later), and has been nothing but lights out in Single-A this year. Cutting ties with Archer might be tough given how much they gave up to land him, but sometimes it’s best to know when you messed up. Frazier, Florial, and Jones are three young players who could be the core of a Pirates rebuild.

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

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

30.) St. Louis Cardinals

  1. Nolan Gorman, 3B (46)
  2. Andrew Knizner, C
  3. Malcom Nunez, 3B
  4. Jhon Torres, OF
  5. Dylan Carlson, OF
  6. Genesis Cabrera, SP
  7. Justin Williams, OF
  8. Johan Oviedo, SP
  9. Ryan Helsley, SP
  10. Luken Baker, 1B

STL Overview: After graduating players like Jack Flaherty, Alex Reyes and Harrison Bader, and dealing other top prospects like Oscar Mercado and Carson Kelly, there is not much talent remaining in St. Louis’ farm system. Nolan Gorman is the exception, coming in at #46 on my 2019 Top 100 MLB Prospect Rankings 1.0 (Early Season). Gorman, along with catcher Andrew Knizner, are the only two Cardinals prospects who I see as reliable guys, who I would be confident in saying they will be successful major leaguers.

29.) Chicago Cubs

  1. Nico Hoerner, SS (79)
  2. Brailyn Marquez, SP
  3. Miguel Amaya, C
  4. Oscar De La Cruz, SP
  5. Adbert Azolay, SP
  6. Aramis Ademan, SS
  7. Corey Abbott, SP
  8. Zack Short, SS
  9. Tyson Miller, SP
  10. Nelson Velazquez, OF

CHI Overview: I was very close between St. Louis and Chicago for the last spot in my rankings, as I dislike both systems equally. After multiple terrible trades (Jose Quintana/Aroldis Chapman) the Cubs lost elite prospects Gleyber Torres, Eloy Jimenez, and Dylan Cease. It is very hard for a system to recover after trades like these, especially if their major league club is not willing to part with any talented veterans. Nico Hoerner is their only top 100 prospect, and may be their only one for quite a while. Oscar de la Cruz was one of my favorite Cubs prospects a couple years ago, but injuries and a long suspension have dampened expectations. If he can turn things around, de la Cruz is probably the only possible candidate to make my Late-2019 top 100 list.

28.) Washington Nationals

  1. Carter Kieboom, SS (25)
  2. Luis V. Garcia, SS/2B/3B (72)
  3. Mason Denaburg, SP
  4. Tim Cate, SP
  5. Wil Crowe, SP
  6. Sterling Sharp, SP
  7. Yasel Antuna, SS/3B
  8. Jeremy De La Rosa, OF
  9. Seth Romero, SP
  10. Jose Sanchez, SS

WSH Overview: Out of all the MLB systems, I’d have to say the Nationals’ is the one lacking the most depth. Outside of the top two or three guys, I wouldn’t consider many of the rest to be quality prospects. Carter Kieboom just recently made his MLB debut, so when he ends up losing his prospect status, I would have the Nationals as the last ranked group. Luis V. Garcia is a decent prospect, but he has struggled mightily after his promotion to Double-A in 2019. To be fair he is only 18 years old (well under the average for Double-A), but I’m sure the Nationals expected a bit more. Mason Denaburg, the Nationals’ 2018 1st round pick, has yet to pitch in a professional game, but could wind up being their best pitching prospect. Yasel Antuna is an intriguing guy, but he is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery.

27.) Cleveland Indians

  1. Triston McKenzie, SP (51)
  2. Nolan Jones, 3B (88)
  3. Ethan Hankins, SP
  4. Tyler Freeman, SS/2B
  5. Oscar Mercado, OF
  6. Lenny Torres Jr., SP
  7. Brayan Rocchio, SS
  8. Bo Naylor, C
  9. Luis Oviedo, SP
  10. Daniel Johnson, OF

CLE Overview: The Indians have one of the youngest farm systems out of any team. While this means their rank is quite low, most of their players have plenty of time to develop, and I could see Cleveland making a big jump in my Late-2019 rankings. 2018 draftees, Noah “Bo” Naylor and Ethan Hankins are both guys I could see being in my Late-2019 Top 100 Rankings. Both offer high ceilings and they will both be 19 for the majority of the 2019 season. Oscar Mercado is one of the more underrated prospects in my opinion. On the brink of reaching the MLB, Mercado is a speedy outfielder who could make a big impact on the major league roster. The Indians’ top two prospects, Triston McKenzie and Nolan Jones, are only 21 years old and also have plenty of time to increase their stock. The only issue with having such a young farm system is that Cleveland won’t be able to get much help within the next year or two, but youth is always a benefit when it comes to building superstars.

26.) San Francisco Giants

Heliot Ramos, OF (SF)
  1. Joey Bart, C (12)
  2. Heliot Ramos, OF (80)
  3. Marco Luciano, SS
  4. Jake Wong, SP
  5. Shaun Anderson, SP
  6. Sean Hjelle, SP
  7. Seth Corry, SP
  8. Jairo Pomares, OF
  9. Jalen Miller, 2B
  10. Luis Toribio, 3B

SF Overview: The Giants possess one of the rarest things among their prospects, an elite catcher. Joey Bart is not only the best catching prospect, but he is one of the very best prospects at any position. It is extremely rare to see a catcher rated so highly as both a defender and as a hitter. As of now Bart has a huge gap between him and the next best catching prospect, but that may change when Adley Rutschman (projected #1 overall pick in 2019) gets drafted. Aside from Bart, Heliot Ramos and Marco Luciano are the only other two guys who I’d consider to be “top prospects”. Ramos has shown a lot of power amidst his inconsistency, and Luciano would likely have ranked in my top 100, but he is yet to appear in a professional game. The rest of the system has some talent, but I don’t see anyone currently in San Francisco’s system else ever reaching my top 100 list. Seth Corry is a name to watch as a guy who has been flying under the radar. Corry has dominated in Class-A, and I’d expect a promotion within weeks assuming he keeps it up.

25.) Philadelphia Phillies

  1. Adonis Medina, SP (58)
  2. Alec Bohm, 3B (70)
  3. Luis Garcia, SS (95)
  4. Adam Haseley, OF
  5. Spencer Howard, SP
  6. Mickey Moniak, OF
  7. Enyel De Los Santos, SP
  8. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF
  9. Cole Irvin, SP
  10. Kevin Gowdy, SP

PHI Overview: Even after losing their best prospect, Sixto Sanchez, in the trade for J.T. Realmuto, Philadelphia still had three prospects in my top 100 rankings. Both Alec Bohm and Luis Garcia started the 2019 season in Class-A, but Bohm already received a well deserved promotion to A-Advanced. One of the biggest names in the Phillies system Mickey Moniak, was the #1 overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. Yet to break out as a professional, Moniak is still only 20 years old and there is still a chance he turns out to be the star that the Phillies expected when taking him first overall. Outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz offers exciting raw power and Adam Haseley, another outfielder, has a very well rounded skill set that should keep him moving up the system. Medina, Howard, and De Los Santos offer relatively high floors as starters, and should all be contributing within a year.

24.) New York Yankees

  1. Estevan Florial, OF (69)
  2. Albert Abreu, SP
  3. Jonathan Loaisiga, SP
  4. Clarke Schmidt, SP
  5. Anthony Seigler, C
  6. Deivi Garcia, SP
  7. Domingo Acevedo, RP/SP
  8. Thairo Estrada, UTIL
  9. Luis Gil, SP
  10. Josh Stowers, OF

NYY Overview: For one of the best MLB rosters, the Yankees farm system is understandably depleted. Recent graduates include stars like Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Clint Frazier and Domingo German. Their only top 100 prospect in my rankings, Estevan Florial, is yet to play in 2019 due to a broken wrist. Recent 1st round picks, Clarke Schmidt and Anthony Seigler, seem to be worthy of those high selections, but are very far from contributing to the Yankees. 2017 2nd round pick, Matt Sauer, would have ranked in the Yankees’ top 10 list, but will miss all of 2019 and a large part of the 2020 season due to Tommy John surgery. With Estrada and Loaisiga already called up to the MLB, Domingo Acevedo or Albert Abreu could be next. Both at Double-A, with the amount of injuries to the Yankees’ MLB team, Acevedo or Abreu could be up before expected.

23.) Boston Red Sox

  1. Michael Chavis, 3B/2B (56)
  2. Darwinzon Hernandez, SP (86)
  3. Bobby Dalbec, 3B
  4. Tristan Casas, 1B
  5. Antoni Flores, SS
  6. Jarren Duran, OF
  7. C.J. Chatham, SS
  8. Bryan Mata, SP
  9. Jay Groome, SP
  10. Tanner Houck, SP

BOS Overview: Ever since losing Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, and Luis Alexander Basabe in the Chris Sale trade, Boston has not had the same top tier talent. Chavis, my number 56 overall prospect, may be the exception. After being called up to Boston early in the 2019 season, Chavis has gotten off to an extremely hot start. Darwinzon Hernandez also got a taste of the majors, pitching well in one relief appearance before being optioned back to Double-A. #9 prospect, Jay Groome, has been derailed by injuries, but may be Boston’s best pitching prospect when healthy. Antoni Flores is a guy who I could see doing very well, but he has not had enough at-bats to constitute a top-100 ranking.

22.) New York Mets

Ronny Mauricio, SS (NYM)
  1. Peter Alonso, 1B (14)
  2. Andres Gimenez, SS (53)
  3. Ronny Mauricio, SS (75)
  4. Anthony Kay, SP
  5. Adrian Hernandez, OF
  6. Simeon Woods-Richardson, SP
  7. Mark Vientos, 3B
  8. Junior Santos, SP
  9. David Peterson, SP
  10. Shervyen Newton, SS

NYM Overview: One of the best rookie performances so far in 2019 has been Pete Alonso’s amazing stretch with the Mets. Taking opponents by storm, Alonso already has 10 HRs in just over 100 at bats. Alonso will soon no longer be “prospect eligible”, which will most likely make the Mets system drop in the rankings. Shortstops Andres Gimenez and Ronny Mauricio are two former international signees who will likely be the Mets’ future SS/2B combo if all goes well. The Mets pitching lacks a “front of the rotation” guy after the trade of Justin Dunn, but they still have quality depth with David Peterson, Anthony Kay, and Simeon Woods-Richardson all projected to be mid-to-back end rotation guys.

21.) Milwaukee Brewers

  1. Keston Hiura, 2B (22)
  2. Corey Ray, OF (81)
  3. Mauricio Dubon, SS/2B
  4. Brice Turang, SS
  5. Joe Gray Jr., OF
  6. Lucas Erceg, 3B
  7. Larry Ernesto, OF
  8. Troy Stokes Jr., OF
  9. Tristan Lutz, OF
  10. Marco Feliciano, C

MIL Overview: Keston Hiura is the gem of the Brewers’ system. The former #9 overall pick has been excellent at the plate, and is looking like he will make a huge impact sometime in 2019. The Brewers’ second top 100 prospect is Corey Ray. The #5 overall pick in 2016, Ray had struggled in 2016 and 2017, not living up to the expectations of a top five pick. 2018 was a breakout year for Ray as he showed his exciting 5-tool abilities. Both Ray and Hiura started their 2019 seasons in Triple-A, so both may be up in Milwaukee as early as June/July. Their top three prospects (and five out of the top ten), are in Triple-A, so the Brewers should have some available talent during the 2019 season. Although all ten of the Brewers top prospects ore position players, they do have some quality pitching prospects as well. Starters Zack Brown and Trey Supak narrowly missed my MIL top 10, and both are having great starts to 2019.