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San Diego Padres prospects Carlos Asuaje, Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot could all play significant roles at the MLB level in 2017.
Cincinnati Reds (Farm System Rank: 10)
It’s been a quiet offseason for the Reds, and that figures to continue in the weeks leading up to spring training.
Ideally, the team would find a way to dump both Brandon Phillips and Zack Cozart, but that’s looking less and less likely as the veteran duo stands in the way of the future middle-infield combo of Dilson Herrera and Jose Peraza.
Nick Senzel is the new No. 1 prospect in the system and he’s joined by pitchers Amir Garrett and Robert Stephenson as well as outfielder Jesse Winker to form the top tier of the system. None of them will be going anywhere anytime soon.
Milwaukee Brewers (Farm System Rank: 3)
The Brewers have added as much prospect talent as any team in baseball since they committed to rebuilding, and they now boast a farm system that is a consensus top-five group.
Orlando Arcia was the first high-profile prospect to reach the majors, and he figures to be joined by the likes of Lewis Brinson, Josh Hader, Brett Phillips and perhaps a few others this coming season.
The organization has a nice mix of position-player and pitching talent and all the makings of a sustainable contender a few years down the road. There’s no reason to think they’ll suddenly start wheeling and dealing for veteran talent.
Philadelphia Phillies (Farm System Rank: 8)
The Phillies are a bit further along in the rebuilding process than some of the other teams mentioned here, and they could be ready to make some noise as soon as 2018.
J.P. Crawford remains the marquee name in the system, and he’ll reach the majors along with Jorge Alfaro and Nick Williams during the upcoming season.
The team has a ton of money to spend, so expect an aggressive approach in free agency to win out over potentially trading valuable prospect pieces once they’re ready to contend.
San Diego Padres (Farm System Rank: 13)
After a bold attempt at fielding a winner in 2015, the Padres’ front office did a quick 180 and set to work rebuilding the farm system after failing to live up to expectations.
Outfielders Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot are the top bats in the system, and they both appear headed for starting gigs on Opening Day, while top pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza was the prize of the Drew Pomeranz trade.
A.J. Preller has been nothing if not unpredictable in his brief tenure as general manager, but it would be a shock if any young pieces are dealt in the foreseeable future.