FanPost

2012 MLB Farm System Ranking Based on Sickels' Grading System


Hello all!

While looking through John Sickels' top 20 prospect rankings, I was interested in coming up with a simple way to rank farm systems based on his prospect grades. Plus, I just wanted to do something while passing the time. So I thought, "Why not try something similar to the GPA system?" More after the jump.

I devised a grading system for prospects similar to the Canadian GPA system that I'm used to, though you can try other grading methods as well, which goes as follows:

A+: 6.00*

A: 5.00

A-: 4.17

B+: 3.50

B: 3.00

B-: 2.67

C+: 2.33

C: 2.00

So on and so forth.

*John rarely (most likely never) gives out the A+ grade

Edit: One commenter suggested a simple rate down from A+ to B, so I did just that. Between A+ and B, the difference between each grade decreases at a rate of ~0.17 per grade. It is arbitrary, I know, but I think this may address the issue regarding the undervaluing of higher grades in a simple manner. It does not, however, address the differences in value between pitchers and hitters.

From there, I simply gave each prospect a specific GPA. For instance, Jesus Montero was a Grade A prospect according to John, so he gets a 5.00. Borderline prospects (Between grades) were given an average (ie. a B+, borderline A- prospect was given a 3.84). Once all of the prospects within a team's top 20 list is graded, an average of the grades for each team was done. The teams were then ranked based on these averages. These were the results I got so far (this will be updated):

1. Toronto Blue Jays - 2.9850

2. San Diego Padres - 2.9505

3. St. Louis Cardinals - 2.9325

4. Atlanta Braves - 2.8510

5. Texas Rangers - 2.8415

6. Seattle Mariners - 2.8380

7. Tampa Bay Rays - 2.8130

8. Arizona Diamondbacks - 2.8085

9. Kansas City Royals - 2.7500

10. Pittsburgh Pirates - 2.7365

11. Boston Red Sox - 2.7340

12. Colorado Rockies - 2.6835

13. Oakland Athletics - 2.6820

14. Minnesota Twins - 2.6545

15. Baltimore Orioles - 2.6365

16. Los Angeles Dodgers - 2.6205

17. Los Angeles Angels - 2.6000

18. Washington Nationals - 2.5965

19. New York Yankees - 2.5905

20. New York Mets - 2.5825

21. Chicago Cubs - 2.5655

22. Detroit Tigers - 2.5485

23. Cincinnati Reds - 2.4905

24. Philadelphia Phillies - 2.4830

25. Miami Marlins - 2.4830

26. Cleveland Indians - 2.4805

27. San Francisco Giants - 2.4665

28. Milwaukee Brewers - 2.4245

29. Houston Astros - 2.3990

30. Chicago White Sox - 2.2985

One flaw of this grading system includes the way I graded borderline prospects (eg. I graded B+/borderline A- prospects and A-/borderline B+ prospects the same at 3.84). As well, I may have missed some trades that involved the exchange of top 20 prospects. Finally, ties were graded equally, even though John likely have had good reasons to rank one B+ prospect higher than another B+ prospect.

Critiques would be greatly appreciated.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Minor League Ball

You must be a member of Minor League Ball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Minor League Ball. You should read them.

Join Minor League Ball

You must be a member of Minor League Ball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Minor League Ball. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker