The state of the Miami Marlins farm system
By Neil Raymond
I looked at the top 100 prospects list earlier this week and looked at how many players from different teams are on it. Fangraphs by the way has The Miami Marlins farm system at #12 at the moment. It’s a drop from where we were before, but these rankings are volatile and change frequently.
The Miami Marlins farm system is in good shape.
When it comes to prospects in the top 100, the Los Angeles Dodgers are currently leading with 7; The Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals follow with 6 each; the Cincinnati Reds have 5; the New York Yankees, Cleveland Guardians, Pittsburgh Pirates and Colorado Rockies have 4 each; the Miami Marlins, Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Rays, Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets have 3 each.
The Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants have 2 each; the Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners and Chicago White Sox have 1 each to finish off the list. The Miami Marlins are slightly above average at this point and this is not a bad thing at all. It’s clear that our farm system is in the top and not middle percentile of farm systems in the game.
Another important thing about the Miami Marlins‘ farm system is that our top prospect RHP Eury Perez is #10 on the top 100. That’s pretty important considering his elite potential. He can also theoretically be used in trades, in order to acquire hitting help that The Fish badly need. These days prospects are often used as trade currency and having the #10 prospect on the top 100 definitely doesn’t hurt us!
The state of the Miami Marlins farm system has to be considered while also acknowledging that these rankings are volatile, and that a top 100 ranking today may not be the same ranking tomorrow. It’s also important to know that the same applies to farm rankings in general. The Miami Marlins have been rated as having one of the top farm systems for years, and a drop once in a while isn’t an issue as long as we keep making sure we develop our prospects correctly.