Baseball America has released its mid-season farm system rankings, although we aren’t really at the mid-season point. It’s basically a re-shuffle of systems based on how teams have done at the draft, given the fact there hasn’t been any minor-league ball to follow this summer.
🚨 NEW FARM SYSTEM RANKINGS 🚨
We have re-ranked every system now that we're midway through 2020.
Here are the five most talented systems:
4. Blue Jays
— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) August 12, 2020
The Blue Jays, who ranked No. 6 coming into the 2020 season, have jumped up to No. 4.
The big reason for this jump, of course, is the fact the Jays added Austin Martin, arguably the second-best prospect, at the draft this summer. Baseball America is very hyped on Martin, as they have him ranked as the No. 16 prospect in all of baseball despite the fact he hasn’t played a professional game yet.
Martin is one of four players who cracked BA’s most recent Top-100 list, along with Nate Pearson, who was ranked No. 7, and Jordan Groshans and Simeon Woods Richardson, who were No. 30 and No. 65 respectively.
While the Jays’ system will surely drop down a few places once Pearson graduates (which he will, assuming he remains on Toronto’s roster for the entirety of the 2020 season) it’s still quite impressive that they’ve remained this high on the list despite graduating Vlad Jr., Bo Bichette, and Cavan Biggio over the last year.
Beyond the Top-100 names like Pearson, Groshans, and Martin, the Jays’ system is loaded with plenty of interesting names. Alejandro Kirk made a name for himself with an excellent showing at spring training, Orelvis Martinez and Alek Manoah are on Keith Law’s Top-100 list, and young pitchers Adam Kloffenstein and Kendall Williams could garner more attention as they move up the system.
The waves of talent that the Blue Jays have on the way is pretty incredible.