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Here are the new 2019 Top 30 Prospects lists

@wboor
March 1, 2019

The unveiling of each team's preseason Top 30 Prospects list is always an exciting time. Not only does it signify the start of another baseball season, but it also helps everyone get excited about the next wave of talent. Whether your team is in "win-now" mode and focused on the

The unveiling of each team's preseason Top 30 Prospects list is always an exciting time. Not only does it signify the start of another baseball season, but it also helps everyone get excited about the next wave of talent.

Whether your team is in "win-now" mode and focused on the Major League roster or rebuilding and loading up the farm system, it's always fun to take a look at some of the talent in the pipeline and see who you may be cheering for in years to come.

Top 30 Prospects lists
AL East BAL, BOS, NYY, TB, TOR
NL East ATL, MIA, NYM, PHI, WSH
AL Central CLE, CWS, DETKC, MIN
NL Central CHC, CIN, MIL, PIT, STL
AL West HOU, LAA, OAK, SEA, TEX
NL West ARI, COL, LAD, SD, SF
Division Team
Breakdown of all 30 team lists

As we roll out the new 2019 Top 30 lists for all 30 teams, here's a look at each team:

American League East

Blue Jays - No. 5 among Top 10 farm systems

While the presence of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. -- MLB's No. 1 overall prospect and one of the most vaunted hitting prospects in baseball history -- makes the Blue Jays’ farm system noteworthy, it’s the organization’s sheer depth of potential impact talent, both hitters and pitchers, that makes it No. 5 in MLB Pipeline’s Top 10 farm system rankings for 2019. More »

1) Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B; 2) Bo Bichette, SS; 3) Danny Jansen, C; Complete Top 30 list »

Orioles

Baltimore's Top 30 has a fresh look, with a third of the players on the list being acquired by trade, including four players netted in the Manny Machado deal. Two thirds of the list is expected to reach the big leagues this year or next. More »

1) Yusniel Diaz, OF; 2) Ryan Mountcastle, 3B; 3) D.L. Hall, LHP; Complete Top 30 list »

Rays - No. 2 among Top 10 farm systems

Teenage phenom Wander Franco headlines a Rays Top 30 list teeming with high-ceiling prospects at premium positions and on the mound. He’s one of nine homegrown players inside the Top 10, and, overall, there are 22 players on this year’s list who entered the system via the Draft or international market. More »

1) Wander Franco, SS; 2) Brent Honeywell, RHP; 3) Brendan McKay, LHP/DH; Complete Top 30 list »

Red Sox

Michael Chavis is the Red Sox lone representative on the Top 100 Prospects list, but the system isn't as barren as that would seem to suggest. Boston's system has solid depth and with the Major League roster relatively set, the Red Sox have time to develop talent and replenish the farm system. More »

1) Michael Chavis, 3B; 2) Triston Casas, 1B; 3) Bobby Dalbec, 3B; Complete Top 30 list »

Yankees

The Yankees have a quality collection of high-ceiling, yet high-risk prospects in the system. New York has also stockpiled pitching depth -- specifically right-handers. There are 21 right-handers -- the most pitchers on any Top 30 -- on the Yankees' top 30, including several that have the potential to become frontline starters. More »

1) Estevan Florial, OF; 2) Jonathan Loaisiga, RHP; 3) Albert Abreu, RHP; Complete Top 30 list »

American League Central

Indians

Looking for a plethora of young talent? Look no further than the Indians' Top 30 list, which is loaded with young players. The Indians may not have a bunch of prospects ready to contribute right away, but half of the top 30 list played as teenagers in 2018, which certainly bodes well for the next few years. More »

1) Triston McKenzie, RHP; 2) Nolan Jones, 3B; 3) Tyler Freeman, SS; Complete Top 30 list »

Royals

The Royals loaded up on pitching in the 2018 Draft and the results are evident as four of their top 10 prospects came from the first two rounds of last year's Draft. Considering the fact that all of them came from college, they may move quickly through the system and possibly arrive a bit before some of the exciting bats at the lower levels. More »

1) Brady Singer, RHP; 2) Khalil Lee, OF; 3) M.J. Melendez, C; Complete Top 30 list »

Tigers - No. 10 among Top 10 farm systems

The Tigers’ farm system improved across the board in 2018, with many of the organization’s top-ranked pitching and hitting prospects making strides in their development while advancing to higher levels. A crop of young, high-ceiling arms highlight the team’s future, as there’s a very strong chance that Casey Mize, Matt Manning, Franklin Perez and Beau Burrows could all be part of the same Tigers rotation as soon as 2020. More »

1) Casey Mize, RHP; 2) Matt Manning, RHP; 3) Franklin Perez, RHP; Complete Top 30 list »

Twins - No. 8 among Top 10 farm systems

Royce Lewis and Alex Kirilloff provide one of the better 1-2 offensive punches in the Minors, perhaps behind only Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette of the Blue Jays. Add in up-and-coming right-hander Brusdar Graterol, who could be one of the top pitching prospects in the game a year from now, and that's a triumvirate to match that of any system. More »

1) Royce Lewis, SS; 2) Alex Kirilloff, OF; 3) Brusdar Graterol, RHP; Complete Top 30 list »

White Sox - No. 4 among Top 10 farm systems

No Top 10-ranked farm system was built on trades as much as this one. Only the Padres can match the White Sox's total of four Top 100 Prospects acquired in deals (Eloy Jimenez, Michael Kopech, Dylan Cease and Dane Dunning), and two more of Chicago's best prospects arrived via the same route (outfielders Luis Alexander Basabe and Blake Rutherford). More »

1) Eloy Jimenez, OF; 2) Michael Kopech, RHP; 3) Dylan Cease, RHP; Complete Top 30 list »

American League West

Athletics

Led by Jesus Luzardo, the A's farm system should infuse plenty of young talent to the Major League club this season. Oakland's Top 30 features 11 prospects with an ETA of 2019. However, the system is also balanced with 13 prospects boasting ETA's of 2021 and 2022. More »

1) Jesus Luzardo, LHP; 2) A.J. Puk, LHP; 3) Sean Murphy, C; Complete Top 30 list »

Angels

Billy Eppler has helped revive the Angels' farm system, which was one of the worst in baseball just a few years ago. The Angels farm system is on the rise and although it lacks some depth, it does have a high ceiling thanks to several toolsy and athletic prospects. More »

1) Jo Adell, OF; 2) Griffin Canning, RHP; 3) Brandon Marsh, OF; Complete Top 30 list »

Astros - No. 6 among Top 10 farm systems

The Astros are doing a better job of simultaneously succeeding in the big leagues and player development than any organization. Not only have they made the playoffs in three of the last four years while winning the 2017 World Series, but they also have six Top 100 Prospects in their system and depth beyond those big names. More »

1) Forrest Whitley, RHP; 2) Kyle Tucker, OF; 3) Yordan Alvarez, OF; Complete Top 30 list »

Mariners

Jerry Dipoto relied heavily on trades to strengthen the Mariners' system. Seattle has three prospects on the Top 100 list, each of which was acquired in a trade. In total, 11 of the Mariners Top 30 prospects came to the organization via trade, including seven of the top 15. More »

1) Justus Sheffield, LHP; 2) Jarred Kelenic, OF; 3) Justin Dunn, RHP; Complete Top 30 list »

Rangers

The Rangers, both in the draft and via trades, acquired a lot of young talent last season. The farm system won't help in the immediate future, but the Rangers do have 18 top prospects with an ETA of 2021 or later. More »

1) Hans Crouse, RHP; 2) Julio Pablo Martinez, OF; 3) Cole Winn, RHP; Complete Top 30 list »

National League East

Braves - No. 3 among Top 10 farm systems

The Braves rank among MLB's Top 10 farm systems for the eighth time in our past nine rankings, dating back to 2015, with a lot of talent backlogging at the upper levels ready to help out in Atlanta or be used as trade bait. It's mostly arms, with 19 pitchers on the Top 30, including the top three, five of the top seven and 10 out of the top 15. More »

1) Mike Soroka, RHP; 2) Kyle Wright, RHP; 3) Ian Anderson, RHP; Complete Top 30 list »

Marlins

The Marlins farm system isn't elite, but it's certainly improved since Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter bought the team. In the last 14 months, the Marlins have traded for 12 of their top 30 prospects, including No. 1 prospect Sixto Sanchez. Miami also made a splash on the international market when it landed Victor Victor Mesa, however there have been mixed reviews and it remains to be seen how he will perform. More »

1) Sixto Sanchez, RHP; 2) Victor Victor Mesa, OF; 3) Monte Harrison, OF; Complete Top 30 list »

Mets

Since taking over as Mets GM, Brodie Van Wagenen has made it very clear that he wants the Mets to be in "win-now" mode. Van Wagenen traded away top prospect Justin Dunn and Jarred Kelenic to get Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano, so he's certainly willing to part with prospects. Given that trade, plus the limited sample size of Van Wagenen as a GM, it's hard to gauge what this system may look like in a year or two. More »

1) Pete Alonso, 1B; 2) Andres Gimenez, SS; 3) Ronny Mauricio, SS; Complete Top 30 list »

Nationals

The Nationals have certainly shown an ability to develop international prospects. Juan Soto took the league by storm last year and he wasn't even the club's No. 1 prospect. That honor fell to Victor Robles, who was hurt for the majority of 2018, but should contribute in Washington this season. More »

1) Victor Robles, OF; 2) Carter Kieboom, SS; 3) Luis Garcia, INF; Complete Top 30 list »

Phillies

The Phillies farm system took a bit of a dip right before Spring Training when Sixto Sanchez was traded to Miami as part of the J.T. Realmuto deal. That being said, the Phillies system still possesses exciting young players and very good talent at the top of the list. More »

1) Alec Bohm, 3B; Adonis Medina, RHP; 3) Adam Haseley, OF; Complete Top 30 list »

National League Central

Brewers

The Brewers don't have a bunch of big-league ready arms in the system, however it is pretty easy to envision each of the organization's top two prospects in the lineup at some point in 2019. Keston Hiura should hit his way to the Majors and Corey Ray, who has plus power and speed, may find a home in the outfield as well. More »

1) Keston Hiura, 2B; 2) Corey Ray, OF; 3) Brice Turang, SS; Complete Top 30 list »

Cardinals

The Cardinals signaled that they are in "win-now" mode when the acquired Paul Goldschmidt and signed Andrew Miller over the offseason, however the veteran acquisitions don't mean there isn't any room for prospects. The Cardinals have 17 prospects with a 2019 ETA that they can either use to bolster the roster or trade away for more veteran talent. Looking further down the line, Nolan Gorman has a chance to be the centerpiece of the Cardinals' lineup in the future. More »

1) Alex Reyes, RHP; 2) Nolan Gorman, 3B; 3) Andrew Knizner, C; Complete Top 30 list »

Cubs

It was just a few years ago that the Cubs had the No. 1 farm system in baseball. Well, the bulk of those players graduated -- helping the Cubs win a World Series in the process -- and now the farm is in need of a rebuild. More »

1) Miguel Amaya, C; 2 Nico Hoerner, SS; 3B) Brailyn Marquez, LHP; Complete Top 30 list »

Pirates

The Pirates have certainly drafted well in recent years. A stunning 20 of the club's top 30 come from the Draft, including six of the top seven. And Pirates fans may not have to wait very long to see all that young talent as 13 prospects have a 2019 ETA. More »

1) Mitch Keller, RHP; 2) Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B; 3) Travis Swaggerty, OF; Complete Top 30 list »

Reds - No. 9 among Top 10 farm systems

The Reds were looking to make some moves to improve their big league roster and they had the farm system to do it, but they were able to do so without dealing any of their top five prospects, keeping the top (talent-wise) of their system intact. More »

1) Nick Senzel, 3B/2B/OF; 2) Taylor Trammell, OF; 3) Hunter Greene, RHP; Complete Top 30 list »

National League West

D-backs

With several prospects having breakout campaigns last season, the D-backs' Top 30 Prospects list reflects a farm system on the rise, and the club has eight picks in the first 94 selections of the 2019 Draft. Suffice it to say, Arizona is poised to add considerable talent to a system that already features 27 homegrown players on its Top 30. More »

1) Jazz Chisholm, SS; 2) Jon Duplantier, RHP; 3) Taylor Widener, RHP; Complete Top 30 list »

Dodgers - No. 7 among Top 10 farm systems

Since we began ranking baseball's best farm systems in the spring of 2015, the Dodgers are the only organization to appear on all nine of our biannual Top 10 lists. No. 7 in our 2019 rankings, they can expect big league contributions this year from outfielder Alex Verdugo, right-handers Tony Gonsolin and Dennis Santana and catcher Will Smith if needed. Next season, catcher Keibert Ruiz, righty Dustin May and middle infielder Gavin Lux -- all Top 100 Prospects, along with Verdugo -- could be ready. More »

1) Alex Verdugo, OF; 2) Keibert Ruiz, C; 3) Dustin May, RHP; Complete Top 30 list »

Giants

The Giants added several of their best prospects in 2018, headlined by No. 2 overall Draft pick Joey Bart and international signing Marco Luciano. More »

1) Joey Bart, C; 2) Heliot Ramos, OF; 3) Marco Luciano, SS; Complete Top 30 list »

Padres - No. 1 among Top 10 farm systems

San Diego placed an MLB Pipeline-record 10 players on our Top 100 Prospects list. The offseason addition of free agent Manny Machado means the future is now for a Padres organization that has spent the last several years accumulating top prospects via trades, the Draft and the international market. More »

1) Fernando Tatis Jr., SS; 2) Mackenzie Gore, LHP; 3) Francisco Mejia, C/OF; Complete Top 30 list »

Rockies

The Rockies will be trying to make it three postseason trips in a row in 2019 and, as usual, will be relying on a strong nucleus of homegrown players. And there is more ready to contribute from the farm, including Garrett Hampson, who made his big league debut in 2018, and No. 1 prospect Brendan Rodgers. More »

1) Brendan Rodgers, SS; 2) Colton Welker, 3B; 3) Garrett Hampson, 2B/SS; Complete Top 30 list »

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.