ESPN Minor League writer Keith Law named the Phillies the 11th best farm system in his annual organization rankings:
Philadelphia Phillies: This system has improved dramatically in the past year, in particular because of the emergence of two tools guys, Dominic Brown and Michael Taylor, who weren’t really on the radar last winter. The system could make a big move up if a few high-risk/high-reward picks from this year pan out.
Hat tip to reader Justin. Everything outside of the top 10 is insider only.
Frankly, that’s a great sign. The Phillies were usually one of the bottom feeders, especially during the Ed Wade era (ironically, the Wade-run Astros are dead last this year). It’s good that the toolsy players are panning out enough to justify a higher ranking in some minds. Hopefully the payoff is richer.