The Seattle Mariners ended 2017 with the worst farm system in Major League Baseball. They started 2018 the same way.

While they’re still rank at or near the bottom of the league in organizational talent, the club’s collection is growing.

Since the 2017 MLB Draft, the Mariners have acquired Evan White, Sam Carlson, Julio Rodriguez, Juan Querecuto, Noelvi Marte and Logan Gilbert, among others. It’s not what I’d call flipping the farm system on end, but for a little over a year it’s a solid set of additions that gives the club some foundation to start truly rebuilding the system.

The lone significant departure in the last 13 months is Tyler O’Neill, who was traded for the American League’s 12th-best starting pitcher this season, left-hander Marco Gonzales.

Here’s the Top 40, which includes a handful of international signings from the classes of 2017 and 2018, as well as draftees from both classes.

NOTE: Prospects are evaluated and ranked on upside, risk & probability, future role and performance. Many will wonder why a hitter in Double-A that’s batting .310 with a .400 OBP is ranked so low when players with significantly lesser production are ranked higher. There could be several reasons for that, but a good place to start is age vs. level, then perhaps positional value and projection. If the .310/.400 bat is 26, hits for no power and has no real position on the field, perhaps his ceiling is severely limited. Just saying.

Some roles just aren’t that valuable. I’d rather a 3% chance at an everyday position player or mid-rotation starting pitcher, for example, than a 60% chance of a middle reliever, which is why you’ll see many others ranking many of the Mariners’ relievers in Double-A and Advanced-A a lot higher than I do.

Unless it’s a potential closer — which means a high-leverage, Alex ColomeEdwin Diaz role is apparent at present — it’s a middle reliever profile. That’s literally Nick Vincent. That’s literally Chasen Bradford. Which is literally talent clubs can get for nearly free every year. Vincent cost almost nothing (cash) to acquire a few years ago. Bradford cost literally nothing beyond his minimum salary prior to this season.

Give me another lottery ticket, instead, thank you.

Below is a Top 40 updated through July 27, 2018.

1 Kyle Lewis RF 23 A+
2 Noelvi Marte SS 16 NA
3 Logan Gilbert RHP 21 NA
4 Julio Rodriguez RF 17 DSL
5 Evan White 1B 22 A+
6 Damon Casetta-Stubbs RHP 18 NA
7 Josh Stowers CF 21 SS-A
8 Sam Carlson RHP 19 NA
9 Braden Bishop CF 24 AA
10 Cal Raleigh C/1B 21 NA
11 Juan Querecuto SS 17 DSL
12 Bryson Brigman SS 23 A+
13 Luis Liberato CF 22 A+
14 Joe Rizzo 3B 20 A+
15 Dan Vogelbach DH 25 AAA
16 Rob Whalen RHP 24 AAA
17 Art Warren RHR 25 AA
18 Matt Festa RHR 25 AA
19 Wyatt Mills RHR 23 A+
20 Joe DeCarlo C 24 AA
21 Jansiel Rivera RF 19 SS-A
22 Anthony Jimenez CF 22 A+
23 Johendi Jiminian LHP 25 AA
24 Ronald Rosario RF 21 SS-A
25 Michael Plassmeyer LHP 21 SS-A
26 Joey Gerber RHR 21 SS-A
27 Eric Filia LF 26 AA
28 Max Povse RHP 24 AA
29 Holden Laws LHP 18 NA
30 Joe Rosa 2B 21 A
31 Ian Miller CF 26 AAA
32 Osiris Castillo SS 17 DSL
33 Ismerling Mota C 20 R
34 Brayan Perez LHP 17 DSL
35 Donnie Walton 2B 24 AA
36 Ryne Inman RHP 22 A
37 Luis Veloz OF 18 DSL
38 Jake Anchia C 21 SS-A
39 Joey O’Brien RHR 20 SS-R
40 Arturo Guerrero OF 17 DSL


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Jason A. Churchill

Churchill founded Prospect Insider in 2006 and spent several years covering prep, college and pro sports for various newspapers, including The News Tribune and Seattle PI. Jason spent 4 1/2 years at ESPN and two years at CBS Radio. He now serves as the Executive Copy Editor at Data Skrive, a tech company that manipulates data to provide automated content to clients including the AP, BetMGM, USA Today, and ESPN. Find Jason's baseball podcast, Baseball Things, right here.

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