This is an informal ranking of the top major league teams with the best prospects being developed in the minor leagues. You can see the previous rankings at the link below. The top farm team of 2011 was the Kansas City Royals, who appeared in the 2014 World Series. In 2012 it was the Seattle Mariners, who are expected to find themselves in the playoffs this year. The Chicago Cubs were selected as the best farm system in 2014 and have repeated this year. Expect them in the World Series next year, or the Saint Louis Cardinals, who were voted the best farm system in 2013.
Of course the opposite is true. The Giants won the World Series last year, but since 2011 their best rating has been 23. In 2009 and 2010 they were rated in the top five so perhaps that has had an influence. The Baseball America ranking is in parenthesis.
1. Chicago Cubs (1) 43.1 - Kris Bryant and Addison Russell are the big superstars. Billy McKinney and Pierce Johnson are at the lower level. A number of prospects are found in between.
2. Minnesota Twins (2) 42.45 - Like the Cubs they have two big time prospects in Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano. Lesser named prospects such as Eddie Rosario and Nick Bundi give the minor league system depth.
3. Pittsburgh Pirates (7) 30.02 - They have two of the top pitching prospects in Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon.
4. Los Angeles Dodgers (3) 28.22 - Corey Seager, Joc Pederson and Julio Urias give them a powerful threesome.
5. Boston Red Sox (5) 28.01 - This list was put together before the signing of Yoan Moncada, which would bump them up to number three. They do have Blake Swihart and Henry Owens as top level prospects and Rusney Castillo was their top Cuban until the Moncada signing.
6. Colorado Rockies ((8) 27.79 - Jon Gray and David Dahl are high level prospects.
7. Texas Rangers (11) 25.51 - Joey Gallo is a big time prospect with big time power. Nomar Mazara could replace his shoes next year.
8. New York Mets (4) 25.02 - The top prospect is Noah Syndegaard. Mid-level prospects Kevin Plawecki and Brandon Nimmo show promise.
9. Arizona Diamondbacks (6) 22.62 - Archie Bradley has mixed reviews as a top prospect. Braden Shipley could surpass him. Yoan Lopez and Touki Toussaint are two pitchers to watch. Yasmany Thomas and Jake Lamb are the top position prospects.
10. Houston Astros (10) 21.69 - Who they selected as the first round pick hurt, but they still have Carlos Correa and Mark Appell. Next year they hope to make up for that.
11. Washington Nationals (12) 20.4 - Lucas Giolito was a nice gamble pick that could pay off like Anthony rendon. Trea Turner was counted as a National even though he is currently a Padre.
12. Toronto Blue Jays (9) 20.11 - They traded a number of top pitching prospects to make a playoff run but kept Daniel Norris and Aaron Sanchez, who are ready to make a contribution now. Dalton Pompey is expected to start in center.
13.Kansas City Royals (13) 17.27 - Brandon Finnegan, who made a World Series contribution is not even their top prospect. Raul Aldaberto Mondesi, Kyle Zimmer and Sean Manaea are rated above him.
14. Atlanta Braves (14) 16.97 - No top level prospects, but Jose Pereza and Mike Foltynewicz could provide immediate help.
15. Philadelphia Philles (22) 16.65 - A trade of Cole Hamels could put them higher on this list next year, but J.P. Crawford and Aaron Nola are two good prospects to begin their rebuilding process. Maikel Franco can provide immediate help.
16. Cincinnati Reds (16) 16.14 - Robert Stephenson is considered one of the better pitching prospects. Jesse Winker is a possible power source.
17. Baltimore Orioles (28) 14.98 - Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey give them two top level pitching prospects. After them it gets slim.
18. San Diego Padres (14) 13.19 - They traded a number of top level prospects for immediate help in 2015. Matthew Wisler, Austin Hedges and Hunter Renfroe remain with high risk status.
19. Cleveland Indians (23) 12.98 - Francisco Lindor is considered a top level prospect. Clint Frazier has the potential to reach the same level next year.
20. Chicago White Sox (20) 11.81 - Carlos Rodon is ready to join Chris Sale to be starter 1a. Tim Anderson is down a couple notches.
21. Seattle Mariners (24) 10.07 - Alex Jackson and D.J. Peterson will provide some big bats. Pitching is a concern.
22. New York Yankees (18) 9.65 - Luis Severino is their top level pitcher and Aaron Judge is ready to provide power, but after watching some of their players in spring training we’d have them rated higher if we wanted to make this list more subjective.
23. Los Angeles Angels (27) 8.62 - Andrew Heaney has been struggling this spring. Sean Newcomb falls a couple levels below. Not a lot of help in the farm system.
24. St. Louis Cardinals (15) 8.43 - Farm system is always under rated but drafting conservative college level players provide vanilla prospects like Stephen Piscotty and Marco Gonzales who will make a contribution but not with super star numbers.
25. Miami Marlins (25) 5.45 - Tyler Kolek was their top pick last year. After him the names are less impressive.
26. Tampa Bay Rays (17) 4.64 - Drafting lower in the order gives them less talented picks. Steven Sousa and Daniel Robertson are their top prospects and they were acquired via trade. Justin O’Connor is their top drafted prospect.
27. San Francisco Giants (26) 4.29 - Who needs prospects after you win a World Series? Andrew Susac can provide immediate help as a backup catcher. Kyle Crick could add to their rotation.
28. Milwaukee Brewers (21) 1.36 - Jimmy Nelson has a rotation spot. Orlando Arcia is ready for shortstop next year.
29. Oakland Athletics (19) 1.07 - They trade prospects for immediate help. Franklin Borreto was a rare prospect they acquired this year.
30. Detroit Tigers (30) 0.86 - Derek Hill and Steven Moya are the only players worth talking about, but they may be traded for immediate help before the season is out.
2014 top farm teams