Baseball America Organizational Ratings

Today, the fine folks at Baseball America released their 2012 organizational talent ratings, and the Mariners checked in at No. 6 on the list. This is a drastic improvement from when the Mariners were ranked 18th prior to last season.

The Mariners got a giant lift when five players were listed amongst BA’s top 100 prospects heading into the 2012 season, including Jesus Montero (#6), Taijuan Walker (#20), Danny Hultzen (#21), LHP James Paxton (#52) and INF Nick Franklin (#77).

“Seattle’s ranking improved based on future star power. Few teams can match the mariners front-line pitching prospects. Jesus Montero is an elite hitting prospect, and a healthy Nick Franklin could be as well,” said Baseball America Editor John Manuel. “Breakthroughs by the likes of Vinnie Catricala, and some intriguing high-upside player at lower levels, such as Phillips Castillo, complete the picture of a very improved system.”

Here is the excerpt from their website:

Baseball America’s annual organization talent rankings evaluate the overall value of each system’s prospect-eligible players (no more than 130 at-bats, 50 innings or 30 relief appearances in the major leagues, without regard to service time). Baseball America’s editors determined the rankings, and are listed below.

1. Texas Rangers
2. Kansas City Royals
3. San Diego Padres
4. Arizona Diamondbacks
5. Toronto Blue Jays
6. Seattle Mariners
7. Oakland Athletics
8. Tampa Bay Rays
9. Boston Red Sox
10. St. Louis Cardinals
11. Pittsburgh Pirates
12. Washington Nationals
13. New York Yankees
14. Chicago Cubs
15. Atlanta Braves
16. Cincinnati Reds
17. Colorado Rockies
18. Houston Astros
19. Los Angeles Angels
20. Minnesota Twins
21. Baltimore Orioles
22. San Francisco Giants
23. Detroit Tigers
24. Los Angeles Dodgers
25. New York Mets
26. Milwaukee Brewers
27. Philadelphia Phillies
28. Miami Marlins
29. Cleveland Indians
30. Chicago White Sox

Jesus Montero is rated by Baseball America as the No. 6 prospect heading into the 2012 season (Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

- JE

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