The Los Angeles Angels , St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals appeared to accept that this isn't their year."Bryce [Harper] is not going anywhere. I believe in this team," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post.Rizzo apparently didn't believe in it to the point of making additions to the roster, though, and he even traded reliever Brandon Kintzler to a fellow National League contender in the Cubs.The Cardinals turned Tommy Pham into prospects in a trade with the Rays, opening a spot for Tyler O'Neill on the big league roster. They also sent off Luke Voit and Sam Tuivailala in small-scale moves while failing to add anyone of short-term significance.And it looks like the Angels will squander another year of Mike Trout.They traded catcher Martin Maldonado and second baseman Ian Kinsler, both impending free agents, but made no notable additions.The San Francisco Giants also seem to be cooked.They didn't get rid of any veteran pieces, but they also didn't add anyone to a team that is .500 and may have just lost Johnny Cueto to Tommy John surgery. MVPs of the WeekHitter: Jonathan Schoop, Baltimore OriolesStats: 11-for-29, 1 2B, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 6 RAfter struggling to a .197/.242/.345 line with just eight home runs and 21 RBI over the first three-plus months of the season, Schoop has caught fire.He's hitting .360/.356/.700 with nine home runs and 19 RBI in Julynough to make him a hot commodity at the trade deadline, with the Brewers getting a deal done.Always a promising offensive player, Schoop exploded for a 122 OPS+ with 32 home runs and 105 RBI last season en route to 5.2 WAR and a 12th-place finish in AL MVP voting.Second basemen have provided a brutal .242/.297/.362 line for the Brewers this year, so Schoop will be a welcome addition as they look to secure a postseason spot. Pitcher: Masahiro Tanaka, New York YankeesStats: 1 GS, W, 9.0 IP, 3 H , 0 R, 1 BB, 9 KWhile the Yankees were proactive in addressing their starting rotation with the additions of J.A. Happ and Lance Lynn, a strong finish to the season by Masahiro Tanaka would go a long way.The 29-year-old twirled his third career shutout last Monday against the Rays, and he's pitched to a 2.29 ERA in three starts since returning from the hamstring injuries that cost him roughly a month.All told, he's 8-2 with a 4.09 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 92 strikeouts in 92.1 innings.Looking ahead, Tanaka showed in October how much of an impact he can make when he's on top of his game, posting a 0.90 ERA over 20 innings in three postseason starts.A similar run this year could push the Yankees over the top. Video Highlights of the WeekLongest Home Run: Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies (454 feet)Nolan Arenado has hit an NL-leading 28 home runs, including three in his last four games and eight in July.His 26th blast came Friday in the form of this towering 454-foot shot off Athletics lefty Sean Manaea.While that was the longest home run of the season for Arenado, it checked in as just the seventh-longest by Rockies hitters.In fact, Carlos Gonzalez (473 feet, 461, 455), Ian Desmond (472, 459) and Trevor Story (464, 459) have multiple homers that have gone farther.The Rockies rank eighth in the majors and second in the NL with 136 home runs. Best Defensive Play: Jackie Bradley Jr., Boston Red SoxJackie Bradley Jr. is having a rough season offensively, hitting just .213 with a 76 OPS+ and 28 extra-base hits in 357 plate appearances.He remains, however Darryl Strawberry Jersey , a human highlight reel in center field.The 28-year-old has been featured in our "best defensive play" section before, and he was at it again with this tremendous catch in the left-center field gap on what looked like a sure double.Bradley's 9.1 UZR/150 is the fourth-best mark among qualified center fielders and speaks to his elite instincts and tremendous range.The Red Sox are the highest-scoring team in baseball with 5.3 runs per game, so they can afford to sacrifice some offense for an elite glove at a premium position. Must-See Upcoming MatchupHouston Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (Friday-Sunday)Justin VerlanderRob Leiter/Getty ImagesNothing like a World Series rematch to gauge where two contenders are heading into the final two months of the season.Last time the Astros and Dodgers squared off, it was Game 7 of another thrilling Fall Classic, and both teams have title aspirations again this year.The Astros rotation is lined up perfectly for this series, with Justin Verlander, Lance McCullers Jr. and Gerrit Cole slated to throw.The Dodgers will counter with Alex Wood, Kenta Maeda and Walker Buehler. Ace Clayton Kershaw will make his next start Thursday against the Brewers.This series won't have a huge impact on the standings, but it will be an excellent barometer, and it should provide fans with a postseason atmosphere. All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs unless otherwise noted. The prospect reserves have been depleted over the last year."We already know that Keith Law of ESPN is a little higher than most prospect writers on some of the players down on the farm for the Milwaukee Brewers. Last week, he named a whopping two prospects from the Cream City within his top-100 list, which is double that of what most other outlets have been saying this winter. But, even though this minor league system boasts both the #21 overall prospect in Keston Hiura and #85 Zack Brown, Law believes that is lacking in overall strength when compared to the rest of the franchises around Major League Baseball.ESPN has Milwaukee’s farm ranked 25th overall, down from #8 just one year ago. Only the Giants, A’s, Cubs, Marlins, Cubs, and Orioles are seen as having a worse collection of minor leaguers than our team in the Menomonee Valley. Of course, plenty has changed for our local nine since the outset of 2018; beginning with the Christian Yelich deal that January , Slingin’ David Stearns dealt away 16 of his prospects in an effort to bolster his MLB team to their first playoff berth in seven seasons. Many of those were players - Lewis Brinson, Monte Harrison, Isan Diaz, Luis Ortiz, Brett Phillips, and Jorge Lopez - have been considered to be top-100 level talents at one point or another in recent seasons. Others, like Kodi Medeiros, Jordan Yamamoto, Jean Carmona, KJ Harrison, Gilbert Lara, and Demi Orimoloye, were thought of as notable prospects within the organization.Those trades, coupled with the prospect graduations of Brandon Woodruff, Freddy Peralta, and Corbin Burnes, have largely depleted the organization of their noteworthy upper-level prospect depth. But the big league club won a Senior Circuit-best 96 games on their way to an appearance in the NLCS, so you probably won’t find many people around Milwaukee or within the front office who are disappointed about a low overall farm system ranking. “A strong farm system has real value,” Law writes, “and the Brewers used their farm system last year in the two best ways you can.”What’s left after all the transactions and promotions is a system filled with flawed hitters and high-variance hurlers. A preponderance of notable position players - guys like Corey Ray, Lucas Erceg Nolan Ryan Jersey , Troy Stokes, and Jake Gatewood - have significant swing-and-miss concerns. Near-term arms Trey Supak, Marcos Diplan, and Cody Ponce project as relievers. It isn’t difficult to see any or all of those players filling a spot in the big leagues at some point, but none of them figure to be much more than average MLB players and most seem ticketed for secondary roles.There are plenty of players at the lower levels with intriguing tools who are no doubt of interest to those who follow the organization closely. On a broader scale, though, those players are more so considered to be “lottery ticket” types - players with wide ranges of outcomes that may be just as likely to flame out in the near future as they are to breakout into lauded prospects. Sure, we as Brewers fans may love guys like Tristen Lutz, Payton Henry, Caden Lemons, Aaron Ashby, or Justin Jarvis, but until those players and others show that they can consistently apply their tools during in-game scenarios, or perform at a more advanced level of the minors, we can do little more than dream on their upsides.If you’re into projecting low-level prospects and fantasizing about roles for players who are years away from the big leagues, then there is plenty of reason to be intrigued by the farm system currently possessed by the Milwaukee Brewers. But minor league systems built upon projectable but unproven low-level players, with mostly future role players in the upper levels, aren’t ones that can yield much present-day value in terms of trades or graduations. An overall rank of #25 may feel a little harsh at first blush, but on the whole it’s a good summation of today’s snapshot of the depleted Milwaukee farm system when taken in comparison to the rest of the league.