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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

MLB Pipeline: Here’s where all 30 farm systems rank

Gone are the days of the Rays at the top. (Don’t worry, Tampa Bay fans; there are positive reasons for the drop.) A new AL East organization has risen to take their place. But the competition for No. 1 was extremely close—closer than previous years with dynamic mixes of Top 100 talent and overall depth all coming into play.

In that way, let there be hope. Four of the top five organizations in this edition of the rankings enter Aug. 24 with losing Major League records. But help is coming just a little further down the Minor League ladder.

1. Baltimore Orioles
2021 preseason rank: 5
2020 midseason rank: 8
2020 preseason rank: 13
Top 100 Prospects: Adley Rutschman, C (No. 1), Grayson Rodriguez, RHP (No. 8), DL Hall, LHP (No. 78), Gunnar Henderson, SS (No. 80), Colton Cowser, OF (No. 83)

The O’s now boast the best prospect in baseball AND the best pitching prospect in baseball, both in the top 10 overall. They’ve also had other prospects—like Henderson and Jordan Westburg—take steps forward, and have added two new members of their top 10 via the 2021 Draft (Cowser and Connor Norby).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 25, 2021 at 05:41 PM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: August 25, 2021 at 08:25 PM (#6036355)
7. Detroit Tigers
2021 preseason rank: 2
2020 midseason rank: 2
2020 preseason rank: 5
Top 100 prospects: Spencer Torkelson (No. 4), Riley Greene (No. 7), Jackson Jobe (No. 50)


As I am with COVID, I am cautiously optimistic.
   2. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: August 26, 2021 at 12:42 AM (#6036404)
A's farm system is pretty bare, from all reports.

At least Khris Davis is Krushing it in Las Vegas!
   3. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: August 26, 2021 at 02:55 PM (#6036552)
So the Cubs firesale slingshot their farm system from 22nd place .... way up to 18th.
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 26, 2021 at 03:05 PM (#6036555)
3. Miami Marlins
2021 preseason rank: 4
2020 midseason rank: 5
2020 preseason rank: 4
Top 100 Prospects: Kahlil Watson, SS (No. 28); Edward Cabrera, RHP (No. 30); Max Meyer, RHP (No. 31); Sixto Sánchez, RHP (No. 45); J.J. Bleday, OF (No. 77); Jake Eder, LHP (No. 82)

The Marlins went from one of baseball's worst farm systems at the end of 2017 to one of its best by mid-2019, and they've kept adding to it ever since. They stocked up on pitching in the 2020 Draft with a pair of Top 100 Prospects in first-rounder Max Meyer and fourth-rounder Jake Eder, and they bolstered their supply of position prospects this year by signing Cuban shortstop Yiddi Cappe in January and drafting Watson and catcher Joe Mack with their first two picks in July.
The new regime seems to be making some progress.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 26, 2021 at 03:56 PM (#6036564)
I had a thought the other day: You know how songwriters like Bruce Springsteen often give names to the characters in their songs? Hazy Davy, Wild Billy, Johnny 99, Mary, etc. I realize that pretty much no one of the younger generation is interested in writing songs like Springsteen, but certainly some of them write/will write songs with people with names, right? Will they give them names like Adley, Grayson, Gunnar, Colton and Kaitlin?
   6. Walt Davis Posted: August 26, 2021 at 07:10 PM (#6036585)
#3 ... bright side is Brennen Davis has jumped up to #14 overall at mlb.com. Alas the injured Brailyn Marquez has dropped to the bottom of the top 100 and Amaya has slipped off the top 100 entirely.

But yeah, despite nice words, mlb.com has decided the guys the Cubs picked up aren't that impressive even by Cub standards.

Rizzo: Alcantara #16, Vizcaino #19
Bryant: Canario #12, Kilian #14
Baez: Crow-Armstong #5 but still injured

So not a big influx of talent. On the bright side, Caissie and Preciado (both Darvish) are doing well in rookie ball, Caissie just promoted to A and have moved up to #9 and #8 respectively. Cristian Hernandez is still just 17 and sits #3 and probably not far outside the top 100. And I'm still not sure what scouts are waiting to see from Kilian -- 10/1.2 K/BB with 0.4 HR/9 at A+/AA. Fine he doesn't have great stuff but seems that should be better than #14 in this system.
   7. chisoxcollector Posted: August 27, 2021 at 07:56 AM (#6036648)
I don't know much about those prospects the Cubs acquired. Are any of them remotely likely to be better than Nick Madrigal? Or even Codi Heuer? It really annoys me that Craig Kimbrel probably fetched the best bounty, and that said bounty came from the Sox.
   8. Don August(us) Cesar Geronimo Berroa Posted: August 27, 2021 at 09:39 AM (#6036669)
Nice development season for the Reds. India, Stephenson, and Gutierrez should all lose rookie status after this season but they are all going to get some ROY votes. Lodolo and Greene are in AAA. Barrero is currently in the majors, hopefully for good. Hopefully Castellanos doesn't opt out, though, the Reds should have a really good core for next year whether he does or not.

edit: though, i see that Lodolo was just shut down with a shoulder strain, so, TINSTAAPP...
   9. Walt Davis Posted: August 27, 2021 at 06:26 PM (#6036800)
#7 ... nobody really knows much about most of those Cub prospects because they generally targeted very young players. The two main guys from the Padres in the Darvish trade had no pro PAs yet (covid), Crow-Armstrong had something like 50 before he got hurt, etc. Basically the Cubs added extra 2019-20 draft picks and international signings to the ones they already had. The Cubs also didn't shy away from guys currently injured, including Madrigal. Given the quantity, there's a pretty good chance at least one of those guys turns out better than Madrigal but I'm not sure any one of them projects better than Madrigal at this point. Madrigal makes little sense for the Cubs -- if healthy, he'll be a solid player on a bad, rebuilding team for a few years; unless they extend him, he'll probably be gone before these guys come to fruition.

Let's not get too excited about Madrigal. He's an interesting player and his production so far has been good (3-3.5 WAR pace) but his speed and defense haven't shown up at the ML level yet and of course he's currently hurt so we don't know how well he'll recover or how chronic the injury will be. Unless he's going to add power (seems unlikely), he needs to hit around 300 to have positive WAA -- which he might do. Certainly good return in a deadline deal so nice to have Heuer thrown in as well but it's not Bagwell for Anderson or anything.

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