Prospect season has been in full bloom in the baseball media world over the past couple weeks, as most of the authoritative voices have churned out their rankings and scouting reports, creating yet another reason for hope and optimism with spring training set to begin.

For Diamondbacks fans, this tends to be important, state-of-the-organization-type information. Though we know even the best prospects fail at stunning rates, the health of a farm system is vitally important for teams with only modest financial clout.

And, as usual, the reviews are encouraging. The experts typically say the Diamondbacks’ system is solid, rating right about in the middle of the pack, and that’s following the graduation of several players to the majors (and therefore off the prospect lists) and departure of a couple of others via trade.

In the past 10 years, the Diamondbacks have ranked in the upper half of baseball’s farm systems seven times per Baseball America’s annual organizational rankings. They ranked in the top 10 four times (2006, 2007, 2012 and 2013).

This year, Baseball America has them 13th, although that ranking is based off pre-December transactions; the trades of third baseman Matt Davidson and left-hander David Holmberg likely will cost them ground in the rankings.

It’s worth remembering the whole point of a farm system is to strengthen the big-league team, even via trade. That at least happened with the Davidson deal, which netted the Diamondbacks reliever Addison Reed. Holmberg essentially was sold off so the club could shed reliever Heath Bell’s contract.

But back to the rankings: The crown jewel of the Diamondbacks’ system is right-hander Archie Bradley, whom most have rated as the best or the second-best pitching prospect in the majors. ESPN and Baseball Prospectus have him ninth overall, and MLB.com ranks him fifth. (Hitters tend to slot ahead of pitchers because they carry less risk for injury.)

Beyond Bradley, though, there isn’t much in the way of low-risk, high-upside prospects. The closest is shortstop Chris Owings, but he seems to be viewed as a solid everyday player, not a star.