Phillies have sixth-best farm system according to Baseball America

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TAMPA, FL- MARCH 03: J.P. Crawford #77 of the Philadelphia Phillies in action during the game against the New York Yankees at Steinbrenner Field on March 3, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL- MARCH 03: J.P. Crawford #77 of the Philadelphia Phillies in action during the game against the New York Yankees at Steinbrenner Field on March 3, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /
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Baseball America ranked the Phillies sixth in their organizational talent rankings, which look at which teams have the best farm system overall.

The Phillies have come a long way since ranking among the worst farm systems in baseball. They have started to produce some strong prospects the last few years, and it has shown in farm system rankings.

Baseball America released their annual organizational talent rankings Monday, with Philadelphia coming in sixth the second straight year. The Braves took the crown as the top system despite losing many of their prospects due to sanctions from the league. The Yankees, Padres, White Sox, and Rays followed.

J.J. Cooper gave a brief overview of how the club has come along in recent years:

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"Recent Trends: The Phillies ranked in the bottom third of the talent rankings seven times in 10 years from 2006-2015, but they now have three consecutive showings in the top third of farm systems, including back-to-back sixth-place rankings.Top 100 Prospects: 5The Skinny: The Phillies rebuild keeps rolling along. Philadelphia’s pitching depth stretches far beyond the Top 100, and the combination of J.P. Crawford and Scott Kingery gives the Phils a pair of middle infield prospects with Triple-A experience."

Crawford, Sixto Sanchez, Kingery, Adonis Medina, and Adam Haseley were the team’s five prospects to make it on the BA Top 100. The rest of Philadelphia’s top five consisted of JoJo Romero, Jhailyn Ortiz, Jorge Alfaro, Mickey Moniak, and Franklyn Kilome.

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Cooper refers to the rest of the team’s pitching depth, which includes guys like Ranger Suarez, Spencer Howard, Tom Eshelman, and Seranthony Dominguez. Each year, more and more talented pitchers start to emerge to replace those that reach the majors.

In addition to Kingery and Crawford, Eshelman, Alfaro, Victor Arano, and could all make an impact at the major-league level this year.

The team has said they wanted to give their young players an opportunity to develop at the major-league level, so these prospects and others could make an impact.

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Philadelphia’s system was ranked seventh by MLB.com according to their “prospect points” system. They had six top 100 prospects, with all five from the BA list plus Moniak making the cut.

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