Philadelphia Phillies were wise to keep these prospects, Rafael Marchan, Simon Muzziotti, Nick Maton

It was presented this year in spectacular fashion: farming systems can be built or broken before the Major League trade deadline.

The San Diego Padres have shipped the majority of their best talent, albeit for the greatest hitter of this generation, and now find themselves with a shell of a system that probably ranks as the worst consensus in the majors. The Cincinnati Reds, meanwhile, rocketed up the system’s ranking lists, thanks to the loot they received in exchange for right-handed ace Luis Castillo.

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