Due to the amount of trades this offseason involving consensus top prospects, the overall farm system ranking was in need of a major overhaul.

After dealing star-caliber major leaguers for high-end prospects, organizations such as the Miami Marlins, New York Mets and Tampa Bay Rays have seen a jump in the rankings. Meanwhile, the teams on the opposite end of those trades, namely the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals, have plummeted.

To properly rank each system, I employed a value system that awards specific points for a team’s quantity of top-100 prospects. In this scenario, a top-25 prospect is worth three points and top-50 worth two, while any prospect who ranks in the top-50-100 returns one point.

I then assigned a value, ranging from one to three points, to each organization based on the overall quantity and quality of their farm system.

For tie-breaking scenarios, I favored the organization with more top-50 prospects.

Here’s a look at Prospect Pipeline’s farm system rankings headed into spring training.


*The index for each organization’s top 10 prospects can be found here.

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