This article is part of our Farm Futures series.
For the third year in a row, I am pleased to present RotoWire's formula-based farm system rankings directly after the trade deadline. I spent the past couple days doing a full update to the top 400, which included 31 new additions, so the rankings are fresh and all of the deadline deals are in the books.
I have tweaked the formula for the farm system rankings each year in an effort to improve on the accuracy of the rankings. This year, I broke the rankings up into tiers based on my valuations, and then I assigned point values for players in each tier.
In some years, the point values may be different, but as you can see, I think there is a pretty big gap between the current No. 1 prospect (Wander Franco) and the No. 2 prospect (Jo Adell). There are also gaps between Gavin Lux (No. 4) and Nate Lowe (No. 5); Adley Rutschman (No. 17) and Alex Kirilloff (No. 18); Casey Mize (No. 30) and Trent Grisham (No. 31); Michael Kopech (No. 54) and Daniel Johnson (No. 55) and so on and so on...
Here are this year's farm system rankings, with total points in parenthesis:
1. Padres (90)
Last year: 1st
For the second year in a row, the Padres are the top farm system in baseball, but if I waited