Philadelphia Phillies were wise to maintain these expectations, Raphael Marchand, Simon Museotti, Nick Matton

This year it was showcased in an amazing way: Farm systems can be made or broken by the major league trade deadline.

The San Diego Padres have shipped the majority of their top talent, albeit to the greatest hitters of this generation, and are now left with a chassis of a system that is likely to rank the unanimously worst in the majors. The Cincinnati Reds, on the other hand, made the system standings, thanks to the amount they got against right-hander Luis Castillo.

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