In one of the last prospect rankings of the preseason flurry, MLB Pipeline released their Top 30 rankings of the Philadelphia Phillies farm system. In addition, Pipeline listed the Phillies as having the seventh-best system in the majors.
Jonathan Mayo cited many of the moves the Phillies have made in the last year, primarily the Cole Hamels trade. Mayo said the following on how the moves impact the Phillies:
All of these changes have greatly altered the outlook of the Phillies’ farm system. The trades, along with interesting talent developing in the lower levels, thanks largely to strong efforts internationally as well as the one constant — No. 1 prospect J.P. Crawford — are the reasons why the Phillies are ranked No. 7 on MLBPipeline.com’s rankings of the Top 10 farm systems in baseball. And they’ll be able to add more, holding the No. 1 pick in the 2016 Draft, a year after the 2015 Draft yielded two players in the top half of the team’s Top 30.
I agree with Mayo; the Phillies’ farm system has gotten better immensely over the past season. Hopefully they will help turn the team into a winner again.