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Ranking the Farm Systems



So John has finished his preliminary rankings of the farm systems, and as he has gone along, I have kept track of the number of A, A-, B+, etc each system has had. Once all of the systems were finished, I then gave a numerical value to each grade, and added it up for each team. Here are the results, including the "others receiving consideration" players:

Team

A

A-

B+

B

B-

C+

C

O

Total

Rays

1

1

4

7

11

23

125.6

Royals

2

2

3

4

11

24

123.9

Braves

1

3

2

10

7

21

119.7

Twins

2

2

9

11

21

118.9

Cardinals

1

4

6

2

7

23

118.8

Blue Jays

7

1

8

8

19

117.4

Rangers

1

1

7

6

10

18

116.1

Yankees

1

1

4

3

9

2

23

114.2

Cubs

2

1

4

17

20

113.5

Giants

1

1

5

9

4

23

110.6

Mets

2

2

5

12

21

110.4

Padres

8

2

6

9

15

109.8

Dodgers

1

3

6

10

21

108.2

Reds

1

1

2

2

10

5

21

108.1

Phillies

2

6

8

5

21

107.9

Indians

1

2

19

20

106.4

Mariners

2

1

2

6

7

2

19

104.3

Pirates

1

1

1

2

3

11

1

19

103.7

Brewers

4

4

6

6

20

102.6

Red Sox

2

4

9

8

15

101.8

Tigers

1

1

4

1

11

3

18

101.6

Orioles

1

1

1

4

11

3

18

101.4

A's

1

2

3

2

14

16

100.1

Angels

1

1

1

6

8

3

18

99.5

Marlins

1

2

5

8

4

18

97.8

D'Backs

1

2

1

7

10

15

96.8

Astros

2

3

8

7

18

95.7

Rockies

2

4

3

9

1

16

93.4

Nationals

1

1

2

5

4

3

17

88.3

White Sox

2

9

11

14

87.1

10

12

52

70

Here is the ranking if you remove those "others":

Team

A

A-

B+

B

B-

C+

C

xTotal

Padres

8

2

6

9

69.3

Rangers

1

1

7

6

10

67.5

Blue Jays

7

1

8

8

66.1

Rays

1

1

4

7

11

63.5

Braves

1

3

2

10

7

63

Twins

2

2

9

11

62.2

Red Sox

2

4

9

8

61.3

Cubs

2

1

4

17

59.5

Royals

2

2

3

4

11

59.1

A's

1

2

3

2

14

56.9

Cardinals

1

4

6

2

7

56.7

D'Backs

1

2

1

7

10

56.3

Mets

2

2

5

12

53.7

Mariners

2

1

2

6

7

2

53

Tigers

1

1

4

1

11

3

53

Orioles

1

1

1

4

11

3

52.8

Pirates

1

1

1

2

3

11

1

52.4

Indians

1

2

19

52.4

Yankees

1

1

4

3

9

2

52.1

Dodgers

1

3

6

10

51.5

Reds

1

1

2

2

10

5

51.4

Phillies

2

6

8

5

51.2

Angels

1

1

1

6

8

3

50.9

Rockies

2

4

3

9

1

50.2

White Sox

2

9

11

49.3

Marlins

1

2

5

8

4

49.2

Brewers

4

4

6

6

48.6

Giants

1

1

5

9

4

48.5

Astros

2

3

8

7

47.1

Nationals

1

1

2

5

4

3

42.4

10

14

52

70

I then broke down the lists according to top tier talent, probably major league regular talent, and possible major league talent, with a ranking at the end based on depth of system and weighted averages of each "type" of talent in the system.

This is a top 10 ranking of systems with the best top tier (A and A- graded prospects) talent:

Team

A

A-

wA

D'Backs

1

2

45.6

Orioles

1

1

30.8

Pirates

1

1

30.8

Nationals

1

1

30.8

Royals

2

29.6

Mariners

2

29.6

Rockies

2

29.6

Rangers

1

16

Rays

1

16

Braves

1

16

And finally, here is a ranking of all of the systems, accounting for depth of system, the amount of talent per type wieghted, for a best case ranking of the systems:

Team

A

A-

B+

B

B-

C+

C

wTotal

Padres

8

2

6

9

187.2

Rangers

1

1

7

6

10

183.5

Blue Jays

7

1

8

8

179.9

Braves

1

3

2

10

7

176.9

Rays

1

1

4

7

11

169.2

Red Sox

2

4

9

8

165.5

Twins

2

2

9

11

161.3

Royals

2

2

3

4

11

159.4

Cardinals

1

4

6

2

7

158

D'Backs

1

2

1

7

10

157.3

Mariners

2

1

2

6

7

2

146.3

A's

1

2

3

2

14

142.2

Cubs

2

1

4

17

139.4

Pirates

1

1

1

2

3

11

1

137.6

Yankees

1

1

4

3

9

2

135.6

Rockies

2

4

3

9

1

135.3

Orioles

1

1

1

4

11

3

134.8

Mets

2

2

5

12

133.5

Angels

1

1

1

6

8

3

132.3

Dodgers

1

3

6

10

131.5

Tigers

1

1

4

1

11

3

131.4

Phillies

2

6

8

5

125.2

Reds

1

1

2

2

10

5

124.9

Marlins

1

2

5

8

4

121.2

Brewers

4

4

6

6

120

Nationals

1

1

2

5

4

3

119.7

Giants

1

1

5

9

4

116.8

Indians

1

2

19

113.5

Astros

2

3

8

7

108.9

White Sox

2

9

11

105.2

10

14

52

70

Some observations:

San Diego - I am quite surprised that the Padres come out on top, with their top prospect being Rymer Liriano, a toolsy guy that a lot of people are not aware of. But the system is loaded with 16 players who profile as major league regulars and a nice number of players who could become that.

Washington - After Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon, there is a huge drop off in talent. The trade to acquire Gio Gonzalez has left the system quite thin. You cant blame them for trading from a position of strength to bolster the team right now and the mixture of young talent, and the willingness to spend big on Free Agents, will leave the Nationsls in nice shape.

Oakland and Chicago (NL) - The trades made by the A's in giving up Trevor Cahill and Gonzalez really helped to shore up the system, and the Cubs, if they were to deal Matt Garza for the type of packeage they are looking for, will most likley beome a top 10 system after that trade.

Texas, Boston, Atlanta, St. Louis - All four of these teams have eleite level major league rosters as it is, and combine that with top 10 farm systems, they will continue to be so. This also allows each of these teams to make a big trade at this years trade deadline to pick up that missing piece for the stretch run.

Arizona - I would suspect that the Diamondbacks will have the top ranked system according to Baseball America this year with top of the rotation prospects Trevor Bauer, Tyler Skaggs and Archie Bradley. A litte scary to think what this pitching staff would look like in 4 years with Ian Kennedy and Daniel Hudson alreaddy in place.

And since I live in Milwaukee and most closely follow the Brewers - Last years draft of Taylor Jungmann, Jed Bradley and Jorge Lopez, coupled with the nice season by Wily Peralta, the Brewers will move from worst farm system to somewhere in the mid 20s (I have them at 24). the quality of prospects will be an issue for the system as none of the arms profile as top of the rotation starting pitchers, and the system is pretty devoid of any impact level bats. The Brewers still have a long way to go to repair this system. The one thing they may be able to do is to make trades of Zack Greinke, Shaun Marcum and Corey Hart if they are out of contention come July.

1/11/12 edit: As John updates his grades, I am updating my spreadsheet. Once completed, I will repost the rankings with the new grades.

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