Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Reds farm system tabbed 16th-best by Baseball Prospectus

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After ranking 15th in last year's farm system rankings by Baseball Prospectus, the Reds didn't experience much movement at all in 2014, securing the 16th slot in this season's edition of the annual list.

Jason Parks was the man tasked to put the rankings together and the results were published Wednesday morning on Baseball Prospectus' website.

Here's a look at what Parks had to say about Cincinnati:

State of the System: The top tier of the farm is flashy with loud tools and high projections, and the middle contains a healthy amount of solid-average types with realistic major-league futures.

Top Prospect: Robert Stephenson (22)

Breakout Candidates for 2014: Ben Lively and Jose Ortiz

Prospects on the BP 101: 3

Must-See Affiliate: Double-A Pensacola

Prospects to See There: Robert Stephenson, Phillip Ervin, Yorman Rodriguez, Jesse Winker, Jon Moscot, Ben Lively, Michael Lorenzen, Seth Mejias-Brean

Farm System Trajectory for 2015: Up. Losing Hamilton isn’t going to break the farm, especially with impact names like Stephenson, Winker and Ervin moving up the chain, and if the aforementioned middle tier of talent can carve out their prospect identities, the system as a whole will improve as a result.

Although being ranked 16th isn't great, it isn't bad either. Division rival Milwaukee has consistently ranked last or second-to-last in nearly all of these organizational rankings this winter. So, it could be worse. With that said, the Reds have some work to do to catch up to their other division foes. The Cubs, Pirates, and Cardinals all ranked among the top six on this list.

Those of you interested in seeing who Baseball Prospectus tabbed as the club's top ten prospects can do so right here.

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