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Strengths, weaknesses of every MLB farm system

What needs do the Cubs have in their farm system as they try to defend their title? AP Photo/Elise Amendola

With Major League Baseball's 2017 Rule 4 draft of the best available amateur talent from the United States (as well as U.S. territories and Puerto Rico) and Canada beginning Monday, June 12, each team will have different priorities. But what are they already working with within their farm systems, and what could they be looking to add as they start making their picks in the draft?

NL East

Atlanta Braves
First pick: No. 5 overall
Bonus pool: $9,881,200

System strength: Perhaps the best system in baseball, Atlanta's system has as much depth and potential star power as any organization. You can start with the young group of pitchers led by Mike Soroka and Kolby Allard, while OF Ronald Acuna is making a push to be the system's best position-player prospect now that Dansby Swanson has graduated.

System weakness: None? If you want to mother-in-law the system and find some fault somewhere, you can squint really hard and opine that maybe they try to get too cute in the draft and overplay their hand when simply taking the best player is the best course of action.

Recent top picks:
2016: Ian Anderson, RHP, No. 3
2015: Kolby Allard, LHP, No. 14
2014: Braxton Davidson, 1B, No. 32

Possible fits: Any of Hunter Greene, Kyle Wright, Brendan McKay or MacKenzie Gore if they fall to the fifth pick; high school SS/CF Royce Lewis, high school RHP Shane Baz.

Miami Marlins
First pick: No. 13 overall
Bonus pool: $6,445,900

System strength: There are several interesting athletes in the system, such as OF Thomas Jones, SS Samuel Castro and OF Albert Guaimaro.

System weakness: Overall, the system is not very good, mostly a result of a combination of trades and injuries.

Recent top picks:
2016: Braxton Garrett, LHP, No. 7
2015: Josh Naylor, 1B, No. 12
2014: Tyler Kolek, RHP, No. 2

Possible fits: High school LHP D.L. Hall, LHP David Peterson (Oregon), RHP J.B. Bukauskas (North Carolina).

New York Mets
First pick: No. 20 overall
Bonus pool: $6,212,500

System strength: The Mets have an excellent international scouting program that has netted them one of baseball's best prospects in Amed Rosario as well as Venezuelan teenager Andres Gimenez, who jumped all the way from the Dominican Summer League last year to full-season ball this year and is having success.

System weakness: The pitching pipeline, which has yielded several excellent rotation mainstays, is now relatively dry.

Recent top picks:
2016: Justin Dunn, RHP, No. 19
2015: Desmond Lindsay, OF, No. 53
2014: Michael Conforto, LF, No. 10

Possible fits: SS Logan Warmoth (North Carolina), juco RHP Nate Pearson.

Philadelphia Phillies
First pick: No. 8 overall
Bonus pool: $8,729,100

System strength: Latin American pitchers like Sixto Sanchez, Adonis Medina and Seranthony Dominguez have some of the best upside in the system.

System weakness: The Phillies haven't been able to close the deal on developing their players to finished products, as young big leaguers like Maikel Franco and several of the prospects at Triple-A are struggling.

Recent top picks:
2016: Mickey Moniak, OF, No. 1
2015: Cornelius Randolph, LF, No. 10
2014: Aaron Nola, RHP, No. 7

Possible fits: 1B Pavin Smith (Virginia), high school LHP Trevor Rogers, high school RHP Shane Baz.

Washington Nationals
First pick: No. 25 overall
Bonus pool: $5,503,500

System strength: The system has several above-average defenders, including polished CF Blake Perkins, speedy OF Andrew Stevenson and all-around star Victor Robles.

System weakness: It's hard to identify a surefire rotation piece with Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez both traded away, and Erick Fedde is struggling.

Recent top picks:
2016: Carter Kieboom, SS, No. 28
2015: Andrew Stevenson, CF, No. 58
2014: Erick Fedde, RHP, No. 18

Possible fits: RHP Tristan Beck (Stanford), high school OF Drew Waters.