Phillies' farm system rates poorly in 2 rankings

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Phillies' farm system rates poorly in 2 rankings originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Phillies' farm system ranks among the worst in baseball heading into the 2021 season, according to two media outlets.

Both Baseball America and The Athletic released their rankings for all 30 organizations on Wednesday.

The Phillies ranked 27th on both lists.

The Tampa Bay Rays ranked first on both lists.

Baseball America did offer the Phillies a hat tip for graduating third baseman Alec Bohm to the majors in 2020. He was the third overall pick in the 2018 draft and finished tied for second in the National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2020.

BA ranked the Phils 26th last year. The publication recently ranked its Top 100 prospects. The Phillies had just two players on the list, pitchers Spencer Howard (27) and Mick Abel (99). 

Howard actually made six starts in the majors in 2020. Abel was the team's top pick in the 2020 draft, the first under scouting director Brian Barber. Abel was the first high school pitcher selected in 2020. Barber has described the 6-5 right-hander as having top of the rotation potential.

Barber will preside over his second draft with the Phillies in 2021. The team has the 13th overall pick and has been linked to another top high school arm.

After Tampa Bay, Baseball America rounded out its Top 5 with Seattle, Toronto, Detroit and Atlanta.

Miami (11), the Mets (23) and Washington (30) rounded out BA's list. Washington is the only organization without a player on BA's list of Top 100 prospects.

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