Myworld Rates the Farm Systems

For the most part players who make Top 100 prospect lists have the most impact on the future of major league clubs. The below ratings are the accumulation of points from those players rated in the Top 100. We have rated from lowest to highest.

30. Royals (0) - They have no one rated in the Top 100. They could have traded some of their free agents for prospects to stock up for next year but chose not to, leaving their farm system bare. Keeping their veterans still kept them out of the playoffs. Not a lot of hope for the future here.

29. Mets (0.14) - Andres Jimenez, a light hitting shortstop with good defensive skills is their only Top 100 player. They seem to keep stumbling along.

28. Cubs (1.36) - They’ve traded away a number of shining prospects to stay in playoff races. Now the only player they have left to brag about or trade away is Adbert Alzolay, a right handed pitcher from the Dominican who throws hard. They have put a focus on acquiring pitchers in their most recent international signings and draft picks leaving the system light on position players.

27. Giants (1.88) - They never seem to have a good farm system, but always have one or two players who rise above the fray. Heliot Ramos, an outfielder from Puerto Rico has the potential to shine. Chris Shaw should make the major league club this year. He is a first baseman who may be forced to play the outfield because of Brandon Belt.

26. Diamondbacks (3.24) - It seems they have traded most of their prospects to the Braves. They still have righthander Jon Duplantier, who had a historic 2017 season. They hope their first round pick from 2017, first baseman Pavin Smith will give them some power. Paul Goldschmidt will be an impediment to his advancement.

25. Mariners (5.2) - Kind of a blasé farm system. Kyle Lewis gets all the buzz, but he is trying to recuperate from a knee injury. Otherwise the system is bare.

24. Red Sox (6.46) - From lush forest to barren desert. What has happened to the Red Sox way of developing players. Jay Groome is a left handed pitcher who has some character issues. They hope those flaws don’t get in the way of his advancement. Michael Chavis is a third baseman with some pop, currently blocked by Rafael Devers. He will either have to move to first or be trade bait.

23. Orioles (10.9) - This is the highest position the Orioles have been in awhile. Outfielder Austin Hays was a third round pick in 2016 that outperformed many first rounders. Those kind of acquisitions can make a team. Chance Sisco should get an opportunity to catch in 2018. Ryan Mountcastle is a rising star whose best position is probably second base, but Jonathan Schoop has that position cemented.

22. Marlins (11.06) - They traded possibly the best outfield in baseball and could not jump into the top 20. The only home grown prospect to make this list is third baseman Brian Anderson. The rest of the group, outfielders Lewis Brinson and Monte Harrison, right handed pitchers Sandy Alcantara and Jorge Guzman and infielder Isan Diaz were all acquired for the three outfielders. Lewis Brinson is a nice five tool player who should contribute this year. Alcantara and Guzman are pitchers who can hit triple digits. Alcantara should see some time in the rotation this year.

21. Brewers (11.22) - Despite trading some of their top prospects to the Marlins for Christian Yelich they still find themselves one spot better than the Marlins. Their most recent first round pick Keston Huira is a hitting machine who will probably play second base, making Isan Diaz obsolete. Righthanded pitchers Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff and Luis Ortiz give their rotation some hope for the future. Outfielder Corey Ray could rise quickly if he can produce. His numbers have not come close to equaling his potential.

20. Tigers (11.58) - If their arms can stay healthy they have their rotation of the future here in righthanders Franklin Perez, Alex Faedo, Matt Manning and Beau Burrows. Only Perez was acquired in a trade with the other three being first round picks. The defensively challenged outfielder Christin Stewart should provide some power.

19. Rangers (11.66) - Jurickson Profar was once the number one prospect in baseball and was the reason for past high rankings for the Rangers. He has not come close to reaching his potential. The Rangers have better hopes for outfielders Willie Calhoun and Leody Taveras. Calhoun will provide the power while Taveras will capture the speed.

18. Twins (14.54) - Potential shortstop Royce Lewis is the star of the system. After him there is a little drop, but Nick Gordon could be his future platoon partner at second. Lefthanded pitcher Stephen Gonsalves may lack velocity with his pitches but he has moxie. The Twins hope that will lead to success. Righthanded pitcher Fernando Romero, slugging outfielder/first baseman Brent Rooker and Dominican shortstop Wander Javier are at the bottom of most lists. Javier could make the shortstop position crowded as he advances up the system.

17. Rockies (14.6) - Brendan Rodgers has the chance to be an impact player if he can move Trevor Story from shortstop. His bat will find a place in the lineup. Ryan McMahon has to dislodge Ian Desmond from first base, but myworld thinks he will succeed because his bat remains supreme. Righthanded pitcher Riley Pint exudes potential but pitching in the Rocky Mountain air can fell many a pitcher.

16. Pirates (16.28) - The Pirates are trying to convince their fan base that this is not a rebuilding year. Austin Meadows has been injury prone. Even the trade of Andrew McCutchen will not give him the left field job. The Pirates can only hope righthanded pitcher Mitch Keller will soon replace the traded Gerrit Cole. Colan Moran was the one pickup from the Cole trade they hope will help them at third base in 2018. Jordan Luplow should see some time in left field in 2018.

15. Indians (16.34) - The Indians normally like hanging onto their prospects. They would be much further down this list if catcher Francisco Mejia had been traded. They are fortunate Jonathan Lucroy negated that trade with the Rangers. Righthanded pitcher Tristan McKenzie could be a beast once he matures, putting some muscle on his frame. Bobby Bradley has the potential to be a slugging firstbaseman.

14. Nationals (16.48) - The outfield combo of Victor Robles and Juan Soto account for most of the points. This could be a motivation for the Nationals to wave goodbye to Bryce Harper when he becomes a free agent after this season. Carter Kieboom could be an impact bat at second base. The Nationals could have a rotation spot for Erick Fedde by mid-season in 2018.

13. Angels (16.68) - The Angel sensation Shohei Ohtani is struggling with the bat and the arm this spring. Are there doubts in Angel land? Remember when the doubters were saying Ichiro Suzuki could not hit in his first spring performance. Outfielder Jo Adell is a five tool talent and Jahmai Jones will join him in the outfield. Jones is a lower level five tool talent to Adell. Kevin Maitan was stolen from the Braves and will probably move to third base. It is his bat the Angels want. Matt Thais has moved from catcher to first base. The Angels can only hope his power will begin to show.

12. Athletics (19.4) - They can’t spend the money so they collect the prospects, then trade them two years before they become free agents. In essence they get about four years from their players before they trade them to other teams where they make an impact for the remaining two years. Lefthanded pitcher A.J. Puk could provide rotation help for the Angels this year. Middle infield could be occupied by Franklin Barreto or Jorge Mateo. Mateo can also play centerfield. Dustin Fowler should be the starting centerfielder for the Athletics this year. Righthanded pitcher James Kaprielian, Mateo and Fowler were all acquired in the Sonny Gray trade. The Athletics have to hope Kaprielian can recover from his Tommy John surgery to justify his 2015 first round selection by the Yankees.

11. Cardinals (20.28) - Righthanded pitcher Alex Reyes has been their top prospect for two years now but drug suspensions and Tommy John surgery have kept him on the prospects list. The Cardinals hope to use him in the bullpen in 2018. Righthander Jack Flaherty should make the rotation this year. Carson Kelly is a supreme defensive catcher with a questionable bat who will back up Yadier Molina this year. Muscle bound Tyler O’Neil was stolen from the Mariners. He will provide some pop in the outfield. Harrison Bader will compete for a crowded outfield spot.

10. Astros (20.8) - The World Series champs are still fertile with prospects. Kyle Tucker is raking this spring and wants to win an outfield spot. Righthanded pitcher Forest Whitley has to sit out a drug suspension before he takes the mound in 2018. He is the second big time pitching prospect from the Astros to be suspended by major league baseball. Yordan Alvarez is a slugging outfielder for now but could move to first base. At 6′5″ the Cuban is not fleet afoot. Righthanded pitcher J.B. Bukauskas is a 2017 first round pick who could become trade bait before the year is complete.

9. Dodgers (24.54) - Remember when the previous owner had gutted the farm system with his refusal to spend money? How times have changed. Righthanded pitcher Walker Buehler is a future ace of the rotation and could rise up the system quickly. Alex Verdugo is a talented outfielder who has the potential to hit for power. Cuban righthanded pitcher Yadier Alvarez throws gas and has the long wing span that scouts love. Keibert Ruiz is the catcher of the future. Outfielders Yusniel Diaz and Jeren Kendall round out this list.

8. Blue Jays (24.76) - Their veteran team needs a shot of young blood. Thirdbaseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr and shortstop Bo Bichette maybe the best duo prospect list in baseball. Both have fathers who starred in the major leagues. Bo may eventually have to move from short. Outfielder Anthony Alford may be one of the more athletic players in the game but has trouble staying healthy. Danny Jansen is an offensive minded catcher. Righthanded pitcher Nate Pearson was the Blue Jays first round pick in 2017.

7. Phillies (25.2) - The Phillies have been building the last couple years and hope the prospect machine is ready to contribute. Shortstop J.P. Crawford and secondbaseman Scott Kingery should fill the middle infield spots. Jorge Alfaro should win the catching position this year. Righthanded Sixto Sanchez throws gas but may be a year off from contributing. Outfielder Mickey Moniak was a first pick in the draft but has yet to show his swag. The Phillies hope he becomes more than a fourth outfielder. Adonis Medina has some name value with a righthanded arm that throws gas. Outfielders Adam Haseley and Jhailyn Ortiz are a couple years away from contributing.

6. Yankees (26.1) - Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez are just the beginning. Gleyber Torres may be one of the best bats in baseball but will have to move to either second or third. Miguel Andujar is making it tempting to keep him with the major league club but Brandon Drury will get the call at third base. The jewels could be with lefthanded pitcher Justus Sheffield and righthanders Chance Adams, Albert Abreu and Domingo Acevedo. Abreu and Acevedo clock in the triple digits with their fastball. Estevan Florial will make a crowded outfield even more crowded next year.

5. Reds (26.46) - Nick Senzel could be the next Mike Schmidt, though the Reds are talking about moving him to shortstop. Righthanders Hunter Greene and Tyler Mahle are aces in waiting. Hunter was also a hard hitting shortstop, but he has one of the hardest heaters in the game. Taylor Trammell is a multi tooled outfielder who plays excellent defense. Jesse Winker is a big stick who roams the outfield but would be better suited for DH.

4. Padres (33.22) - First they traded for veterans to make a playoff run. Then they traded those veterans for prospects. Perhaps this is the route they will take. Fernado Tatis Jr. hopes to stay at shortstop but many believe he will move to his father’s position of third base. Lefthander MacKenzie Gore has ace like potential. A duo of Cuban pitchers in righthander Michael Baez and lefthander Adrian Morejon will enhance the rotation. Baez brings the heat while Morejon will dazzle with his stuff. Middle infielder Luis Urias has the potential to win batting titles. Righthander Cal Quantril had a father who was a standout reliever but Cal hopes his stuff is good enough for the rotation. Anderson Espinoza is coming back from Tommy John surgery, but prior to going under the knife was one of the best pitching prospects.

3. Rays (35.38) - The Rays hope collecting a city of prospects will return them to the playoffs in a couple years. They had a minor setback when righthander Brent Honeywell had to have Tommy John surgery, which will force him to miss the 2018 season. Willy Adames is ready to take over the shortstop position but the Rays need to trade Adeiny Hechavarra. Brendan McKay could become a two way player, his lefthanded arm starting for the Rays while his bat plays first base or DH. Jake Bauers has the potential to play first base of left field. Outfielder Jesus Sanchez is loaded with tools but is still a couple years away. Christian Arroyo was acquired from the Giants to play third base, trading Evan Longoria to acquire him. Righthanded pitcher Jose Deleon was acquired from the Dodgers and hopes to contribute to the rotation this year.

2. White Sox (37.02) - Michael Kopech has perhaps the best fastball in baseball. Outfielder Eloy Jimenez will soon provide eye popping power. Another outfielder, Cuban Luis Roberts could rise quickly. Righthanders Alec Hansen and Dylan Cease have the stuff to sit at the top of most teams rotation. Blake Rutherford is an outfielder the Yankees may have given up on too soon. Zack Collins is a catcher the White Sox drafted in the first round of the 2016 draft. The White Sox hope he becomes a power bat in the mold of Carlton Fisk. Dane Dunning may have been the least known trio of pitchers the White Sox acquired from the Nationals but he could end up the most effective.

1. Atlanta Braves (43.96) - They had to give up a number of international prospects because they circumvented the salary cap, but they also traded for a number of pitchers who were other teams first round picks. The best prospect is outfielder Ronal Acuna, who could fill the left field job in May. Pitching is what gives the Braves the edge with Luiz Gohara, Kyle Wright, Mike Soroka, Kolby Allard, Ian Anderson, Max Fried, Joey Wentz and A.J. Minter good enough to fill the rotations of two teams. Austin Riley won’t have fans forget Chipper Jones but he will be better than many of the previous faces who tried to replace him. Christian Pache is a Dominican outfielder who major league baseball allowed the Braves to keep.

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