Midseason re-rank of all teams' Top 30 Prospects

July 26th, 2018

MLB Pipeline presents the annual midseason re-ranking of our top prospects lists. Each list -- from the Top 100 to the Top 10 by position to every team Top 30 lists -- has been given a makeover to incorporate recent performance, as well as to fold in 2018 draftees and 2018-19 international signing period additions.
• Breaking down the midseason Top 100 Prospects list
Here's a snapshot of all 30 teams' farm systems with links to their revamped Top 30 prospects lists:
:: Complete prospect coverage ::
Blue Jays
No. 1 prospect: 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (No. 1)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 5
Biggest jump: 2B/3B Cavan Biggio (NR to 9)
Biggest drop: 2B Samad Taylor (13 to NR)
The blinding success of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and, to a lesser extent, Bo Bichette has made it easy to overlook the fact that the Blue Jays have quietly assembled one of baseball's better farm systems by signing high-ceiling international prospects such as Eric Pardhino, Orselvin Martinez and Miguel Hiraldo, while also adding young, impactful players in first-rounders Nate Pearson and Jordan Groshans via the Draft. And it certainly doesn't hurt that , Kevin Smith and Cavan Biggio have all made significant gains this season at their respective levels.
Top 30 Prospects list »
No. 1 prospect: OF Yusniel Diaz (No. 57)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 2
Biggest jump: OF Ryan McKenna (NR to 12)
Biggest drop: RHP Cody Sedlock (12 to NR)
The Orioles' recent trades of Manny Machado and Zach Britton netted the club six new Top 30 prospects. All six have Double-A experience, including new top prospect Yusniel Diaz, Baltimore's prized return from the Dodgers in the Machado deal. The O's also have an increasingly deep crop of upper-level arms who could one day help fill out a rotation headlined by first-rounders DL Hall (2017) and Grayson Rodriguez ('18).
Top 30 Prospects list »
No. 1 prospect:SS/2B Willy Adames (No. 22)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 6
Biggest jump: C Ronaldo Hernandez (20 to 7)
Biggest drop: OF Garrett Whitley (9 to 20)
The Rays' farm system is among the best and deepest in baseball, featuring six Top 100 prospects and waves upon waves of talent that should help the organization remain competitive in the coming years. Position players like , Wander Franco and Ronaldo Hernandez headline that next big wave, and the club is hopeful that left-handers Matthew Liberatore and Shane McClanahan, Tampa Bay's top two picks in the 2018 Draft, can follow in the footsteps of .
Top 30 Prospects list »
Red Sox
No. 1 prospect: 3B Michael Chavis (NR)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 0
Biggest jump: RHP Kutter Crawford (NR to 20)
Biggest drop: OF Cole Brannen (6 to 21)
In three years, the Red Sox have gone from having baseball's best farm system to being the only organization shut out on our Top 100 Prospects list. Their strength is power hitters such as 3Bs Michael Chavis and Bobby Dalbec and 1Bs Triston Casas and Josh Ockimey.
Top 30 Prospects list »
No. 1 prospect: LHP Justus Sheffield (No. 28)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 4
Biggest jump: RHP Garrett Whitlock (NR to 11)
Biggest drop: RHP Freicer Perez (8 to 21)
The Yankees have a seemingly endless supply of enticing arms, which has enabled them to swing trades for the likes of and Zach Britton. They still have plenty more pitching prospects, starting with LHP and came-out-of-nowhere RHP . As for positions players, OF Estevan Florial's five-tool potential is as high as anyone else in the Minors.
Top 30 Prospects list »
No. 1 prospect: RHP Triston McKenzie (No. 37)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 1
Biggest jump: Eli Morgan (28 to 17)
Biggest drop: Will Benson (7 to 24)
The recent trade of has left the Indians' Top 30 a bit thin at the top, but a strong 2018 Draft in which they landed high-ceiling preps Ethan Hankins and Bo Naylor, along with the rise of pitchers Sam Hentges, Luis Oviedo and Eli Morgan, plus solid international signings have the Tribe's system in better shape than it was heading into the season.
Top 30 Prospects list »
No. 1 prospect: RHP Brady Singer (No. 67)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 1
Biggest jump: OF Brewer Hicklen (NR to 21)
Biggest drop: LHP Foster Griffin (10 to 29)
This system is on the upswing. The Royals started the year with an interesting nucleus of young position players in OFs Khalil Lee and Seuly Matias, catcher M.J. Melendez and 1B Nick Pratto. Then they focused on college pitching in the Draft, beginning with spending three first-rounders on RHPs Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar plus LHP Daniel Lynch.
Top 30 Prospects list »
No. 1 prospect: RHP Casey Mize (No. 20)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 5
Biggest jump: OF Jacob Robson (27 to 15)
Biggest drop: C Sam McMillan (14 to NR)
Slowly but surely, the Tigers' farm system has been improving. The trades last summer certainly helped, and previous drafts have brought in first-round talent that now fills up the system's top 10. Obviously, having the No. 1 overall pick in this year's Draft was very beneficial, and that pick, right-hander Casey Mize, is now atop the Top 30. And they were also able to add outfielder Parker Meadows, who also lands in the top 10.
Top 30 Prospects list »
No. 1 prospect: SS Royce Lewis (No. 10)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 4
Biggest jump: 2B/SS Yunior Severino (30 to 17)
Biggest drop: LHP Tyler Watson (22 to NR)
Teams don't like to miss on first-round picks, and it certainly looks like the Twins haven't over the past few years. That's particularly important when you pick No. 1 overall, and shortstop Royce Lewis (2017's top pick) seems like the real deal. Right behind him on the Twins' Top 30 are 2016 first-rounder Alex Kirilloff and 2014 top selection Nick Gordon, giving Minnesota as advanced a trio of high school drafted position players as perhaps any team in baseball.
Top 30 Prospects list »
White Sox
No. 1 prospect: OF (No. 3)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 7
Biggest jump: OF Luis Gonzalez (27 to 14)
Biggest drop: LHP (17 to NR)
The White Sox are in full rebuild mode and they have a nice balance of impact position players (OFs Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert, 2B Nick Madrigal) and rotation candidates (RHPs , and ).
Top 30 Prospects list »
No. 1 prospect: OF Jo Adell (No. 16)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 3
Biggest jump: SS Luis Rengifo (NR to 11)
Biggest drop: RHP Cole Duensing (26 to NR)
The Angels' focus on dynamic, high-ceiling, athletic players is really starting to pay off, as many of those players have taken nice steps forward in 2018. That starts at the top with outfielder Jo Adell, the Halos' No. 1 prospect, who has pushed his way through two levels of A ball and into the top 20 overall. Fellow outfielder Brandon Marsh has also earned a promotion, and the organization added another athlete in Jordyn Adams in the first round of this year's Draft.
Top 30 Prospects list »
No. 1 prospect: RHP Forrest Whitley (No. 7)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 3
Biggest jump: RHP Josh James (NR to 6)
Biggest drop: RHP (8 to 25)
The Astros have one of the game's best hitter/pitcher prospect combos in OF and RHP Forrest Whitley. Their deceptively deep system has a number of players on the upswing, notably LHP and RHP Josh James.
Top 30 Prospects list »
No. 1 prospect: LHP Jesus Luzardo (No. 12)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 3
Biggest jump: INF Eli White (NR to 19)
Biggest drop: RHP Grant Holmes (10 to 16)
The meteoric rise of 20-year-old lefty Jesus Luzardo has made it easier to overlook the fact that A's pitchers have been ravaged by injuries in 2018, most notably 2016 first-rounder A.J. Puk, who underwent Tommy John surgery in the spring. The good news is that and Daulton Jefferies (both TJ rehab) and (shoulder) are all on the mend, and the club added one of the more exciting players in the 2018 Draft in dual-sport phenom Kyler Murray.
Top 30 Prospects list »
No. 1 prospect: OF Kyle Lewis (No. 85)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 1
Biggest jump: 10 Seth Ellege (28 to 10)
Biggest drop: RHP Max Povse (7 to 21)
The Mariners have dealt prospects in exchange for Major League talent and 40-man roster depth, leaving them thinner on the farm. They have, however, held onto former first-rounders Kyle Lewis (2016) and Evan White ('17), while the 2018 Draft netted the organization a new top pithing prospect in Stetson righty Logan Gilbert.
Top 30 Prospects list »
No. 1 prospect: OF Leody Taveras (No. 43)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 4
Biggest jump: RHP Tyler Phillips (NR to 13)
Biggest drop: LHP (15 to NR)
The Rangers are pinning their hopes for a big league turnaround on teenagers such as OF Leody Taveras and RHPs Cole Winn and Hans Crouse. Taveras is a product of their substantial international efforts, as are OF Julio Pablo Martinez and RHP .
Top 30 Prospects list »
No. 1 prospect: RHP Mike Soroka (No. 15)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 8
Biggest jump: 3B Jean Carlos Encarnacion (NR to 15)
Biggest drop: C (14 to 30)
Even with the graduation of phenom off of the team's Top 30 Prospects list, the Braves still have one of the deepest systems in baseball and are tied with the Padres for the most representatives on the Top 100. Much of that talent has made contributions in Atlanta in 2018, with more likely to come. Even without signing first-round pick Carter Stewart, the Braves added three Top 30-caliber players via last June's Draft.
Top 30 Prospects list »
No. 1 prospect: OF Monte Harrison (No. 80)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 1
Biggest jump: SS/2B Jose Devers (25 to 12)
Biggest drop: RHP Merandy Gonzalez (16 to NR)
The Marlins have just one Top 100 prospect in tooled-up outfielder , but their farm system is among the deepest in the game and teeming with players who have upper-level experience, many of whom were acquired in one of Miami's offseason blockbuster trades. Meanwhile, recent Draft picks Connor Scott, Will Banfield and Osiris Johnson, as well as 18-year-old shortstop Jose Devers, give the club a solid core of young, up-the-middle players to plan around in the years ahead.
Top 30 Prospects list »
No. 1 prospect: SS Andres Gimenez (No. 60)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 4
Biggest jump: SS Shervyen Newton (NR to 16)
Biggest drop: OF Jhoan Urena (14 to NR)
The Mets' system has been hit by injuries, with promising pitchers like Thomas Szapucki and Jordan Humphreys coming back from Tommy John surgery. On the flip side, arms like Justin Dunn and Anthony Kay (who also had TJ), the club's first-round picks in 2015 and 2016, have taken steps forward, as has the very real power bat of first baseman Peter Alonso. The Mets' new Top 30 features a pair of 2018 draftees and two high-profile international signees.
Top 30 Prospects list »
No. 1 prospect: OF Victor Robles (No. 5)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 3
Biggest jump: RHP Sterling Sharp (NR to 14)
Biggest drop: C Jakson Reetz (19 to NR)
The Nationals' system stands out for its trio of Top 100 prospects in , Carter Kieboom and , all of whom are 21 years old or younger and play an up-the-middle position. The club's pitching prospects are not as noteworthy, although they have made a concerted effort to add potential impact arms in recent drafts, targeting hurlers such as Seth Romero and Mason Denaburg who slipped to them in the Draft.
Top 30 Prospects list »
No. 1 prospect: RHP Sixto Sanchez (No. 17)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 3
Biggest jump: LHP Cole Irvin (24 to 11)
Biggest drop: RHP Thomas Eshelman (14 to 29)
The Phillies are decidedly ahead of schedule in terms of their rebuild, and they've done it with a lot of young talent from within. As a result, the Top 30 list has graduated a few top-end names (J.P. Crawford and ) and the system may not appear quite as impressive as a result. There are still some exciting arms, even if the hitters haven't been quite as productive, though adding third baseman Alec Bohm via the Draft certainly helps even that out some.
Top 30 Prospects list »
No. 1 prospect: 2B Keston Hiura (No. 27)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 3
Biggest jump: RHP Zack Brown (25 to 12)
Biggest drop: OF Trent Grisham (8 to 24)
The top third of Milwaukee's revamped Top 30 list speaks to the club's perennially strong drafting efforts. First-round picks Keston Hiura (2017), Corey Ray (2016) and newcomer Brice Turang (2018) all have impact potential, and the same can be said for fellow Day 1 picks Lucas Erceg, Tristen Lutz and Joe Gray Jr. There is system depth beyond the big names, too, including a slew of players who appear poised to contribute in the next two years, if not sooner.
Top 30 Prospects list »
No. 1 prospect: RHP Alex Reyes (No. 34)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 2
Biggest jump: 3B Elehuris Montero (27 to 8)
Biggest drop: RHP (21 to 25)
In a perfect world, would have long ago moved on from prospect status, but after returning from Tommy John surgery, a torn lat tendon this season left him one out shy of graduating, so he still tops the Cardinals' list. Some big names have graduated, like and , but third baseman Nolan Gorman, the Cardinals' first-round pick this past June, gives St. Louis its best fully homegrown power prospect (Tyler O'Neill came via trade) in some time.
Top 30 Prospects list »
No. 1 prospect: C Miguel Amaya (No. 97)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 1
Biggest jump: LHP Brailyn Marquez (26 to 4)
Biggest drop: RHP (11 to NR)
The Cubs' system is the thinnest it has been this decade, but that can happen when you win a World Series with a core of top prospects. Injuries and ineffectiveness with some of their top arms have stymied efforts to develop some homegrown pitching, but the emergence of Miguel Amaya as one of the game's best catching prospects has been a positive development.
Top 30 Prospects list »
No. 1 prospect: RHP Mitch Keller (No. 14)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 4
Biggest jump: SS Oneil Cruz (14 to 5)
Biggest drop: OF (6 to 10)
The Pirates have had high-end prospects graduate to the big leagues the past couple of years -- most notably in 2017 and this year -- but there's still talent coming, even if the system is deeper than it is top-heavy with elite talent, right-hander Mitch Keller excepted. Third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes has taken a nice jump forward, and the organization added outfielder Travis Swaggerty via the 2018 Draft, and he immediately becomes one of the team's top five prospects.
Top 30 Prospects list »
No. 1 prospect: 3B/2B Nick Senzel (No. 4)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 4
Biggest jump: OF Michael Beltre (NR to 22)
Biggest drop: OF (8 to 17)
The Reds have four players on the Top 100 list, three of whom are in the top 20: infielder Nick Senzel, right-hander Hunter Greene and outfielder Taylor Trammell. No other team can claim such a trifecta. And another strong Draft added four more prospects to the team's Top 30 list, including two in the top 10: third baseman Jonathan India and outfielder Mike Siani.
Top 30 Prospects list »
No. 1 prospect: RHP Jon Duplantier (No. 71)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 1
Biggest jump: RHP Emilio Vargas (NR to 15)
Biggest drop: LHP (18 to NR)
The D-backs are one of six teams with one or fewer representatives in the Top 100, but because of their activity internationally, there's some exciting young talent at the lower levels of the system. That starts with shortstop Jazz Chisholm at No. 2 and includes outfielder Kristian Robinson, a fellow Bahamian, at No. 13. Though Arizona didn't sign first-rounder Matt McLain, a total of six members of the 2018 Draft class have been added to the Top 30, with Alek Thomas and Jake McCarthy cracking the top 10.
Top 30 Prospects list »
No. 1 prospect: OF Alex Verdugo (No. 29)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 4
Biggest jump: RHP Edwin Uceta (NR to 16)
Biggest drop: 3B/1B Cristian Santana (14 to 26)
No organization can match the Dodgers' quality of catching prospects, which begins with Keibert Ruiz, Will Smith and Diego Cartaya (the top-rated player on the 2018-19 international market). OF remains one of the best pure hitting prospects around, while RHPs Dustin May and and SS Gavin Lux have taken huge steps forward this season.
Top 30 Prospects list »
No. 1 prospect: C Joey Bart (No. 36)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 2
Biggest jump: RHP Logan Webb (NR to 12)
Biggest drop: RHP (18 to NR)
The Giants hope that three impact signings from the last two years (C Joey Bart, OF Heliot Ramos, SS Marco Luciano) will be able to revitalize their lineup in the not-too-distant future. Grabbing RHP Shaun Anderson from the Red Sox in a 2017 trade for was a slick move.
Top 30 Prospects list »
No. 1 prospect: SS (No. 2)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 8
Biggest jump: RHP Luis Patino (NR to 12)
Biggest drop: OF Jorge Ona (18 to NR)
MLB Pipeline's top-ranked farm system heading into the season has only grown stronger, as every big-name prospect in the organization has seemingly taken the next step in his development. That's been especially true for the club's crop of upper-level, Top 100 prospects -- a group that's headlined by No. 2 overall prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. and includes recently acquired Francisco Mejia -- as well as its contingent of 18-year-old standouts in the Midwest League.
Top 30 Prospects list »
No. 1 prospect: SS Brendan Rodgers (No. 6)
No. of Top 100 prospects: 3
Biggest jump: RHP Robert Tyler (NR to 13)
Biggest drop: RHP Will Gaddis (16 to NR)
The vast majority of the Rockies' best prospects are products of the 2015 and 2016 Drafts, including the top five in SS Brendan Rodgers, RHP Peter Lambert, 3B Colton Welker, 2B and RHP Riley Pint. They also have high hopes for their top two 2018 picks, LHP Ryan Rolison and 1B Grant Lavigne.
Top 30 Prospects list »