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Minor League Ball Community Discussion: Most Improved Farm System

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After a very exciting off season, the boys of summer are back on the diamond for spring training. What team bolstered their farm system the most this Winter in your eyes?

What did your team's farm do this off season?
What did your team's farm do this off season?

Don't blink or you might miss it. The off season is now over and you can turn down the hot stove to lukewarm. Spring training is already here as teams are preparing for another incredible season.

Each team had their own game plan heading after the Giants clinched their third title in five years. While some were active participants in re-tooling their major league roster (cough cough AJ Preller cough cough), others decided to stand pat and stick with what they already had. Then you get to the front offices that decided the direction they were headed was not where they wanted to go. Once barren farms now show signs of life, and the future looks just a bit brighter.

So who went to work and made the most improvements to their minor league system? First, lets take a look at how active each team was in acquiring and dealing away  prospects and other minor league players. We'll break them down into the wheelers and dealers, the hoarders, and the Swiss (neutral) for easier reading

The Wheelers and Dealers

These teams lost the most number of prospects and minor leaguers; either via trade, waivers, the Rule 5 draft, or other means.

Miami Marlins

  • Added RHP Kendry Flores, RHP Andre Rienzo, and RHP Luis Castillo.
  • Lost LHP Andrew Heaney, RHP Anthony DeSclafani, RHP Domingo German, C/2B Austin Barnes, C Chad Wallach, LHP Edgar Olmos, RHP Reid Redman, LHP Brian Flynn, and RHP Arquimedes Caminero.
Chicago Cubs
  • Added RHP Donn Roach, 2B Tommy La Stella, RHP Matt Brazis, and LHP Drake Britton.
  • Lost RHP Arodys Vizcaino, RHP Zach Godley, RHP Jeferson Mejia, LHP Andrew McKirahan, IF Marco Hernandez, and RHP Dan Straily.
San Diego Padres
  • Added LHP Kyle Bartsch, RHP Gerardo Reyes, LHP Jose Castillo, RHP Seth Streich, and RHP Aaron Northcraft.
  • Lost LHP Max Fried, RHP Joe Ross, RHP Zach Eflin, RHP Joe Wieland, RHP Burch Smith, 3B Dustin Peterson, IF Jace Peterson, CF Mallex Smith, RF Reymond Fuentes, RHP Donn Roach, 1B Jake Bauers, RHP RJ Alvarez, RHP Johnny Barbato, RHP Keyvius Sampson, and SS Trea Turner (eventually).

Boston Red Sox

  • Added IF Yoan Moncada, RHP Zeke Spruill and IF Marco Hernandez
  • Lost RHP Allen Webster, RHP Anthony Ranaudo, RHP Jason Garcia, RHP Aaron Kurcz, IF Raymel Flores, RHP Myles Smith, and LHP Drake Britton.
Detroit Tigers
  • Added RHP Josh Zeid, and RHP Alex Wilson.
  • Lost 2B Devon Travis, LHP Robbie Ray, 2B Domingo Leyba, RHP Jonathon Crawford, SS Eugenio Suarez, and RHP Chad Smith.

Colorado Rockies

  • Added RHP Shane Carle, RHP Jairo Diaz, RHP Austin House, RHP Gus Schlosser
  • Lost 2B Josh Rutledge, IF Taylor Featherston, RHP Dan Winkler, C Jose Briceno, C Chris O'Dowd, LHP Jayson Aquino
Houston Astros
  • Added RHP James Hoyt, RHP Dan Straily, and RHP Akeem Bostick
  • Lost C Carlos Perez, RHP Nick Tropeano, RHP Josh Zeid, 1B/OF Marc Krauss, LHP David Rollins, RHP Jandel Gustave, CF Delino DeShields, RHP Mike Foltynewicz, 3B Rio Ruiz, and RHP Andrew Thurman.

The Swiss

These teams weren't active at all in either acquiring or trading away minor league players.

Cleveland Indians
  • Added no minor league prospects
  • Lost 2B Joe Wendle.
San Francisco Giants
  • Added no minor league prospects.
  • Lost RHP Kendry Flores, and RHP Luis Castillo.
New York Mets
  • Added LHP Sean Gilmartin
  • Lost OF Andrew Brown, C Juan Centeno, and RHP Logan Verrett.
Minnesota Twins
  • Added RHP JR Graham.
  • Lost LHP Kris Johnson and LHP Sean Gilmartin.
Seattle Mariners
  • Added RHP Sam Gaviglio, and LHP Mike Kickham.
  • Lost IF Ty Kelly, and RHP Matt Brazis.
Baltimore Orioles
  • Added RHP Jason Garcia, RHP Logan Verrett,
  • Lost LHP Stephen Tarpley, LHP Steven Brault, C Michael Ohlman,
Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Added LHP Stephen Tarpley, LHP Steven Brault, and RHP Arquimedes Caminero
  • Lost RHP Shane Carle, LHP Joely Rodriguez, and LHP Andy Oliver.
St. Louis Cardinals
  • Added IF Ty Kelly and C Michael Ohlman.
  • Lost RHP Tyrell Jenkins, RHP Sam Gaviglio, and RHP Eric Fornataro.

New York Yankees
  • Added RHP Domingo German, RHP Johnny Barbato, and LHP Chasen Shreve.
  • Lost LHP Manny Banuelos, UT Zelous Wheeler, and OF Eury Perez.


The Hoarders

Teams falling under this category did a good job of stockpiling minor league players this Winter.

Atlanta Braves
  • Added RHP Mike Foltynewicz, LHP Max Fried, LHP Ricardo Sanchez, 3B Rio Ruiz, RHP Arodys Vizcaino, RHP Tyrell Jenkins, LHP Manny Banuelos, IF Jace Peterson, RHP Dan Winkler, C Jose Briceno, CF Mallex Smith, 3B Dustin Peterson, RHP Andrew Thurman, RHP Aaron Kurcz, RHP Zach Quintana, and C Chris O'Dowd.
  • Lost 2B Tommy La Stella, 3B Kyle Kubitza, CF Kyle Wren, RHP JR Graham, LHP Chasen Shreve, RHP Nate Hyatt, RHP James Hoyt, and RHP Gus Schlosser.
Tampa Bay Rays
  • Added SS Daniel Robertson, OF Steven Souza, LF Justin Williams, SS Andrew Velazquez, RHP Mark Sappington, RHP Jose Dominguez, RHP Greg Harris, RHP Burch Smith, 1B Jake Bauers, and CF Boog Powell.
  • Lost LHP Adam Liberatore, C Oscar Hernandez, RHP Gerardo Reyes, LHP Travis Ott, and LHP Jose Castillo.
Oakland Athletics
  • Added SS Franklin Barreto, LHP Sean Nolin, RHP Kendall Graveman, 2B Joe Wendle, SS Marcus Semien, 1B Rangel Ravelo, RHP Chris Bassitt, C Josh Phegley, OF/1B Mark Canha, RHP Eury De La Rosa, RHP RJ Alvarez, RHP Chad Smith, and OF Alex Hassan.
  • Lost SS Daniel Robertson, RHP Michael Ynoa, RHP Austin House, RHP Seth Streich, and CF Boog Powell.
Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Added 3B/OF Yasmany Tomas, RP Yoan Lopez, LHP Robbie Ray, 2B Domingo Leyba, RHP Jeferson Mejia, RHP Zach Godley, C Oscar Hernandez, RHP Allen Webster, RHP Myles Smith, and IF Raymel Flores.
  • Lost LF Justin Williams, SS Andrew Velazquez, RHP Michael Bolsinger, and RHP Charles Brewer.
Los Angeles Angels
  • Added LHP Andrew Heaney, IF Roberto Baldoqiun, 3B Kyle Kubitza, RHP Nick Tropeano, LHP Cesar Ramos, C Carlos Perez, 1B/OF Marc Krauss, 2B Josh Rutledge, IF Taylor Featherston, and RHP Nate Hyatt.
  • Lost RHP Mark Sappington, RHP Jairo Diaz, and LHP Ricardo Sanchez.

Philadelphia Phillies

  • Added LHP Joely Rodriguez, LHP Tom Windle, RHP Zach Eflin, RHP Ben Lively, and LHP Andy Oliver.
  • Lost OF Jordan Danks.
Washington Nationals
  • Added RHP Joe Ross, RHP Abel De Los Santos, 2B Chris Bostick, and SS Trea Turner (eventually).
  • Lost OF Steven Souza, LHP Matt Purke, LHP Travis Ott.
Cincinnati Reds
  • Added RHP Matt Magill, RHP Anthony DeSclafani, RHP Jonathon Crawford, SS Eugenio Suarez, C Chad Wallach, and RHP Keyvius Sampson.
  • Lost RHP Ben Lively.
Milwaukee Brewers
  • Added RHP Corey Knebel, SS Luis Sardinas, RHP Marcos Diplan, and CF Kyle Wren
  • Lost RHP Zach Quintana.

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Added LHP Adam Liberatore, RHP Michael Bolsinger, RHP Chris Hatcher, UT Enrique Hernandez, C/2B Austin Barnes, RHP Joe Wieland.
  • Lost LHP Tom Windle, LHP Onelki Garcia, RHP Jose Dominguez, RHP Greg Harris, RHP Matt Magill, and IF Miguel Rojas.
Toronto Blue Jays
  • Added 2B Devon Travis, LHP Juan Oramas, RHP Matt West, and LHP Jayson Aquino.
  • Lost SS Franklin Barreto, LHP Sean Nolin, RHP Kendall Graveman, and C Santiago Nessy.
Chicago White Sox
  • Added LHP Onelki Garcia, C Rob Brantly, RHP Michael Ynoa, and RHP Dan Jennings.
  • Lost SS Marcus Semien, RHP Chris Bassitt, 1B Rangel Ravelo, C Josh Phegley, and OF Jordan Danks.
Kansas City Royals
  • Added C Santiago Nessy, RF Reymond Fuentes, RHP Reid Redman, LHP Brian Flynn, and RHP Jandel Gustave.
  • Lost LHP Kyle Bartsch, 2B Johnny Giavotella, and RF Carlos Peguero.
Texas Rangers
  • Added RHP Anthony Ranaudo, RHP Alfredo Figaro, and LHP Edgar Olmos
  • Lost RHP Corey Knebel, SS Luis Sardinas, RHP Marcos Diplan RHP Abel De Los Santos, 2B Chris Bostick, RHP Akeem Bostick, RHP Matt West

Now that you know what everyone did, who would you say improved their farm system the most? On the flip side, who cashed the most of their prospect chips in for proven MLB talent, and subsequently weakened their minor league talent as a whole? Let me know your answers in the comments