Not sure I agree the organization is trending down any more (pending prospect trades of course). Once we dealt Sanchez and Crawford and had other promotions we were trending down cumulatively the last few years.
This year was more about leveling off and we have had some decent minor league performances of prospects a bit beyond the top 100. Muzziotti, Damon Jones, Bohm of course. Francisco Morales. Kyle Glogoski. This has not been an awful year for prospect performance and the GCL and DSL teams look above average. I am also positive on this draft even though we know nothing about the number 1 which is of course half the draft.
We were already around 20th in the league in talent before the season. I don't think that standing has dropped really during the season. Of course losing draft picks and international allocations will not make it easy to improve, but we did at least trade for additional international slots last year. Cautiously optimistic that the system is trending a bit up now.