Here's my view of where the systems rank. What do you guys think?
1. DRays - 3 Stud pitchers should be in the big league rotation by '09. Stud 3B.
2. Reds - Jay Bruce, Homer, Votto, Cueto are arguably all top 20 prospects.
3. BoSox - Not as deep as Yanks, but Jacoby&Buchholz are top tier talents.
4. A's - What a haul they have made. Brett Anderson will be huge.
5. Dodgers - Kershaw is the best LHP prospect in minors. LaRoche 1B&3B prospects run deep.
6. Rangers - Almost put ahead of Sox. Many high ceiling guys, but not near their ceilings yet. Engle Beltre, Elvis Andrus, Wilmer Font, Omar Poveda, Kasey Kiker.....Also had breakout seasons from Chris Davis & German Duran.
7. O's - Solid system gained from some trades. Wieters is the system stud.
8. Yanks - Very deep. Many lower level high-ceiling players. Joba.
9. Bravos - Even after Tex trade this system still looks good. 4 big time OF prospects in Shafer, Heyward, BJones, and Gorkys. A few good arms too.
10. Rockies - Probably the most underrated system. They've been churning out big leaguers and still have some nice talent in Morales, Ian Stewart, Fowler...
11. Nats - Burgess & Marrero have BIG bats. Got some solid arms in draft.
12.Fish - Got some pretty nice arms, but just pretty nice aside from Miller. Not much offensive talent besides Maybin. That detroit trade sure helped the system.
13. Padres - Much improved system. Have some high profile arms. Antonelli, Headley. Remember Yefri Carvajal.
14. Halos - Will Wood every make it to the Bigs? Adenhart wasn't great in '07. Conger will be huge if he can stay behind the plate. Walden is a future Ace.
15. Bucs - McCutchen, Walker, Pearce are their big 3. '06 top pick Brad Lincoln had TJ Surgery, but should be back for '08 and could be huge. '07 pick Moskos is a relief pitcher which I don't put much value in in prospect terms. Rest of system is weak.
16. Twinkies - Still loaded with studly pitchers. Parmalee needs to put it together. Thought the would get more for Santana, but Guerra and company push the system up a few spots.
17. Cubbies - Nice mix of talent. Had a good draft. Have talented arms in the lower and upper levels.
18. Mariners - Have some bright spots in Clement and Triunfel, but not exceptionally deep.
19. Cards - system is coming around, but still not in the upper tier. Rasmus is a beast. Hopefully Jaime Garcia's arm won't be an issue going forward.
20. Indians - Lost Matt Whitney in Rule 5 draft. Deep system w/ Mills and Miller at the top.
21. SanFran - Villalona. Got some nice pitchers in the draft. shallow system.
22. BrewCrew - Laporta saved the system. Parra had a turn around season. Several good looking offensive talents could burst onto the prospect scene in '08.
23. KC - Graduated stud prospects in '07. Hochevar could be good, but not great.
24. Phils - A good group of talented arms, but not much offensively.
25. BJays - Travis Snider. Some decent pitchers. a few high ceiling low level guys.
26. DBacks - Where did everyone go!? Scherzer could be the closer at some point in '08. Got Jarrod Parker in the draft and he looks to be a stud RHP. Parra has potential.
27. Tiggers - Losing Miller & Maybin was quite a blow. Still have Porcello.
28. Mets - Have some high ceiling youngsters that are far away from Bigs. Gave up 4 of their top prospects for Santana.
29. ChiSux - Had a few good prospects before trade.
30. Asstros - JR Towles and a bunch of soft tossers.
This is the way I veiw the minor league systems as of now. I tried to look at an overall perspective of: top tier talents, depth of talent, pitching, and hitting. I'll try to update this list as trades happen. Bumped up the Twins from #23 to #16 after the Santana trade. Bumped the Mets back 3 spots, they don't have far to fall.
Last edited by stealthdevil on Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:04 pm, edited 2 times in total.