Team Top Prospects Ranking:<o:p></o:p>
Briefly this is the formula I used to create the team rankings: I used a point system where the best prospect at each ranking would get the most points, and then the next best would get the next most points, and so on for each ranking i.e. Brett DeVall of the Braves is the best #15 prospect so he gets 5 points for the Braves. Ruben Tejada is the second best #15 so he gives the Mets 4 points, and so on. I did this for all of those ranked 15, 14, 13, 12, and 11. I also did the same for players ranked between 10, and 6, but instead of giving out points of 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1, I doubled the points so, the top prospect ranked #9 (Logan Morrison) scored 10, and the worst (Charlie Morton) received 2 points for his team. Finally, I ranked the top 5s; now tripling the points so, the #1 prospect (Jason Heyward) received 15 points. The team with the most total points gets the top ranking, the points accumulated are also given, and the maximum amount of points was 150. Get it? In the event of a tie - hint, hint - I totaled the points for the top 5 prospect, and the team with more of those points was ranked higher. I feel as though this system of ranking includes the elements of top talent, and depth well, and gives a better view of each of the teams’ prospects as a whole.
5. New York Mets -- 74 <o:p></o:p>
The Mets rank last because they lack depth all the way to #15, and they lack great talent from 1-5. The Mets have the best prospects at two different ranks between 6, and 10 (Nick Evans at 6, and Mike Carp at 8), but they had the least amount of points from players ranked in the top 5, including have the worst prospect ranked 1<sup>st</sup> by a team (F.Martinez #8 prospect overall – see below), and ranked 3<sup>rd</sup> by a team (Jon Niese who fell just outside of the top 15, he is #17 on my supplemental list). The good thing about Mets prospects is that they may not be as talented, but they are the most near major league ready group.
4. Washington Nationals – 76<o:p></o:p>
This farm system has absolutely no depth. Their prospects ranked at numbers: 10, 12, 14, and 15 all ranked as the worst prospects. Where they exceeded the Mets, however, was at the top, with their 3<sup>rd</sup> ranked prospect (Chris Marrero 10<sup>th</sup> in the NL East) ranking as the best prospect there. Wherever the Nationals’ top pitchers were ranked they scored well, while their position players, as a whole, scored poorly. So, do not expect the Nationals to become the Rays anytime soon.
3. Philadelphia Phillies – 93<o:p></o:p>
The Phillies lose out on the tie breaker to the Braves. The Phillies only had the best prospect at one ranking, and it was only worth 5 points since the prospect was ranked at number 12 (Anthony Gose). However, the Phillies also only had the worst prospect at a ranking once. They have adequate depth throughout the list, but after Carrasco do not have as much talent at the top as some of the other teams, namely…
2. Atlanta Braves – 93<o:p></o:p>
The Braves’ prospects rank second by virtue of the tie breaker. Heyward takes the top spot, as the division’s top overall prospect. One thing I noticed was that the Braves scored remarkably well with their prospects ranked from 1-5, and 10-15, but four of their prospects ranked 6-10, ranked as the worst prospects, at their respective ranking (they were: Brandon Jones, Gorkys Hernandez, Brent Lillibridge, and Charlie Morton).
1. Florida Marlins – 120<o:p></o:p>
As you can tell from the point totals the Marlins, by far, have the best group of prospects in the division. None of their prospects ranked last, while four of them were scored as the top prospect at their rank (Mike Stanton for 2s, Ryan Tucker for 4s – a weak class of fours I will add, Kyle Skipworth for 5s, and Logan Morrison for 9s – perhaps showing he was ranked far too low there).
Top 15 Prospects of the NL East:<o:p></o:p>
1. Jason Heyward OF ATL<o:p></o:p>
2. Cameron Maybin OF FLA<o:p></o:p>
3. Carlos Carrasco RHSP PHI<o:p></o:p>
4. Mike Stanton OF FLA<o:p></o:p>
5. Jordan Schafer OF ATL<o:p></o:p>
6. Ross Detwiler LHSP WAS<o:p></o:p>
7. Jordan Zimmerman RHSP WAS<o:p></o:p>
8. Fernando Martinez OF NYM<o:p></o:p>
9. Ike Davis OF/1B NYM<o:p></o:p>
10. Chris Marrero 1B WAS<o:p></o:p>
11. Matt Dominguez 3B FLA<o:p></o:p>
12. Tommy Hanson RHSP ATL<o:p></o:p>
13. Lou Marson C PHI<o:p></o:p>
14. Ryan Tucker RHRP FLA<o:p></o:p>
15. Kyle Skipworth C FLA<o:p></o:p>
The NL East as a whole has an abundance of outfielders, and some good pitching talent, while having very few top infielders – as shown by having only one non 1B infielder ranking in the top 15. With that, I conclude the NL East, if you missed any of the teams, go back read ‘em up, and get ready for the NL Central.
Next Up: The aforementioned NL Central, starting with those pesky, forever losing Chicago Cubs