Ranking the Farm: Top 100 Rookies and Prospects by Team

Ranking the Farm

If you are a dynasty fantasy baseball guru, you’re probably already familiar with the future generation of the MLB found here. This list is issued and updated by MLB.com to analyze and rank the top 100 rookies and prospects across Major League Baseball. Many recognize blue-chip prospect names such as Yoan Moncada and Lucas Giolito.

These young stars were involved in major trades this winter and many expect them to contribute in 2016. However, the White Sox haven’t been the only team building their farm system. The rest of the league also looks to cement their future with their own crop of top-tier talent. With this in mind, The Game Haus takes a shot at ranking the farm to determine which clubs have set themselves up for success.

SEPTEMBER 6: Yoan Moncada #65 of the Boston Red Sox (Now White Sox) (Getty Images)

For this ranking, a quick analysis was completed based on the positional ranking provided on MLB.com. First, a value was given based on ranking. For example, Yoan Moncada is worth 100 points at number one, Bradley Zimmer is worth 75 points at number 25, etc.

Second, these values were summed by the number of prospects on each team. Finally, an average is calculated by the number of prospects to give a general sense of prospect quality. Note: Rankings are based on overall sum, not on average.


Top 100 Farm Rankings by Team:

*Disclaimer* There are still moves to be made as the rumor mill continues to churn. This could affect the analysis completed here as teams continue to solidify their position heading into spring training. However, this should provide a high level snapshot of each team’s current farm system and how they stack up around the league.

Team Rank Team Team # of Top 100 Sum Score Average Score
1 Milwaukee Brewers 8 406 50.8
2 New York Yankees 6 405 67.5
3 Chicago White Sox 6 396 66.0
4 Pittsburgh Pirates 5 354 70.8
5 Atlanta Braves 7 327 46.7
6 Philadelphia Phillies 4 270 67.5
7 Colorado Rockies 5 254 50.8
8 Boston Red Sox 3 251 83.7
9 San Diego Padres 4 236 59.0
10 Los Angeles Dodgers 6 224 37.3
11 Cincinnati Reds 4 205 51.3
12 Houston Astros 5 204 40.8
13 Tampa Bay Rays 3 171 57.0
14 Cleveland Indians 5 170 34.0
15 Chicago Cubs 4 164 41.0
16 Minnesota Twins 4 143 35.8
17 New York Mets 2 136 68.0
18 Oakland Athletics 4 134 33.5
19 St. Louis Cardinals 3 133 44.3
20 Washington Nationals 2 117 58.5
21 Seattle Mariners 2 114 57.0
22 Toronto Blue Jays 3 67 22.3
23 Miami Marlins 1 64 64.0
24 Texas Rangers 1 45 45.0
25 Detroit Tigers 1 35 35.0
26 San Francisco Giants 2 25 12.5
27 Arizona Diamondbacks 0 0 0.0
28 Baltimore Orioles 0 0 0.0
29 Kansas City Royals 0 0 0.0
30 Los Angeles Angels 0 0 0.0

Top 3 Analysis:

The Brewers are a team that has been rebuilding for a number of years. The Yankees were incredibly active at the 2016 trade deadline and it has paid dividends heading into 2017. The White Sox are largely considered to have won the winter meetings, securing top talent via offseason trades. The top three on this list utilized different methods, but all three are well positioned for the future.

AUGUST 28: Lucas Giolito #44 of the Washington Nationals (Now White Sox) (Getty Images)

Farm systems are clearly comprised of far more than a team’s top ranked prospects. These rankings do not take into account an organizations draft, or many of their Low / High / Single “A” ball players still working through the minors.

Several of the players factored in here have already made an MLB debut.  Many more will compete for a contributing roll in 2017 and will almost certainly be seen by the 2018 season. While not comprehensive, the above is a strong depiction of those organizations who have impact players waiting in the wings.

Where is your team positioned heading into the future?




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New Year, Same Goal: MLB Rookies Look to Continue Impressive Play in 2017

“New year, new me!” That phrase will be spoken by hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people within the next few weeks. Change seems to be as much of a new year’s tradition as fireworks and black eyed peas. But in another realm, the 2017 MLB rookies are hoping that a new year will bring the same results as previous years.

From Mike Trout and Bryce Harper in 2012 to Corey Seager and Michael Fulmer in 2016, rookies have exceeded expectations. This year’s rookies will strive to continue this trend. Below are four players set to continue the rookie run of dominance in 2017.

OF Manuel Margot- San Diego Padres

Manuel Margot has seen his baseball career take him from the Boston Red Sox to the San Diego Padres. He was the

2017 MLB rookies

Manuel Margot looks to provide a much needed spark in San Diego this season. (Photo: Baseball America)

prized player in the Craig Kimbrel trade in 2015, and it’s easy to see why. While posting a solid .424 slugging percentage, Margot also stole 162 bases over five minor league seasons. He profiles as a dynamic lead off hitter and has the inside track to the 2017 starting centerfield job for the Padres.

IF Yoan Moncada– Chicago White Sox

The talk of baseball since his departure from Cuba in 2014, Yoan Moncada achieved top prospect status after receiving comparisons to All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano. The Red Sox trade for pitcher Chris Sale in the offseason sent Moncada to the south side of Chicago, giving him the opportunity to take over at second base for the White Sox. Moncada brings an advanced batting eye, posting an on-base-percentage of .395 in parts of two minor league seasons, as well as elite speed, swiping 94 stolen bases. Moncada can bat anywhere from 1-5 in the lineup, giving the White Sox much needed flexibility.

OF Andrew Benintendi- Boston Red Sox

Andrew Benintendi burst into the majors at the end of the 2016 season.

Benintendi combined his even blend of speed and power to make it to the big leagues a year after being drafted. He provided a new dimension to a Red Sox lineup that was already one of the deepest in baseball. While his 2016 season was cut short due to injury, he is on track to start for Boston on Opening Day. Benintendi posted an impressive .540 slugging percentage across parts of two minor league seasons. He also posted more walks than strikeouts. He is set to provide Boston with a Rookie of the Year type season in 2017.

2017 MLB rookies

Aaron Judge looks to lead the way for rookie mashers. (Photo: Steve Mitchell | USA Today Sports)

OF Aaron Judge- New York Yankees

Aaron Judge has as much power as any other rookie in the 2017 class, provided by his massive frame. Listed at 6′ 7″ and 275 lbs, Judge would seem to fit better on the hardwood than the diamond. But Judge uses his frame to his advantage, leveraging massive power from the right side of the batter’s box. Judge is also more physically advanced than the other rookies on this list, checking in at 24 years old. Judge mashed 56 homers in parts of three seasons in the minors, as well as posting a solid batting average of .278. He will provide plenty of massive moonshots this season, fitting into the Bronx Bomber lineup nicely.

As the MLB season approaches, these four players will look to build on solid minor league resumes and continue the run of rookie success in the majors. While many are looking to change in 2017, these four would love to just stay the same.

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