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Farms Set to "Crest" - 2013 and Beyond


In his GameDay post on 9/3, Debreer23 made a throw-in comment at the end of his original post, "Cubs 2020". It got me thinking, which farms are built to "crest" in the next few years? Boston's farm crested a few years ago with Pedroia, Lester, Ellsbury, et al arriving to the show at once and putting the team over the top in 2007, within a year or so of their arrival en masse. Similarly, the Cubs may be primed to have a virtual arsenal in the next 5-10 years if potential turns to skill for their many talented prospects (see GameDay discussion 9/3 for Cubbie's talk).

So the question I pose to all of you is this: Which teams have a farm set to "crest" in the next 3-5 years? Looking at the state of the MLB parent team, in combination with a farm of "ready-to-pick fruit", does any organization stand to capitalize on home-grown talent in the near future - maybe a playoff run, a string of pennant years, or even a championship? I'd love to hear everyone's perspectives... we often consider the sustainability of a minors system in terms of high upside prospects, depth, or quantity. But another important aspect is how an organization brings together talent in "waves" that stand to make a parent team relevant every now and then, keeping a fan base satisfied and bringing excitement and hope back to a city... I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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