The Cardinals no longer have the top-ranked farm system in baseball.

In fact the organization isnít even close to No. 1 anymore, due to all of its recent graduations.

But independent evaluators still see bright times ahead for the franchise. This winter, ESPN expert Keith Law ranked the farm system 12th, behind the Astros, Twins, Pirates, Cubs, Red Sox, Mets, Royals, Rockies, Padre, Orioles and Dodgers. He wrote: