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Twins !!!!! right on here. I see a lot of AA twins baseball, and the system is great....swarmee wrote:I think the Twins are a good solution; they're willing to pay for their top draft choices, and bring up their prospects through their own system rather than buying free agents all the time.
I wouldn't say they have a top crop this year, but they do have the type of minor league strategy you're seeing. I'm in agreement that the Brewers and Devil Rays are probably solid choices right now.
Dawgpound 1613 wrote:I may be missing something from hte previous responses, but there are a couple of questions I have.
1) I understand this is a keeper, but how long do you keep the farm system? If indefinitely, then look for a team with a history of drafting and developing talent - like LA, Atl, CHN, Cle. If you only keep the team for this year, look at teams with top heavy talent, such as Min, Ana, Mil. Other good teams with mixed levels of talent include Sea and, IMHO, Ari. I like the fact that Ari has those 3 good OF, the rights to Steven Drew, and the #1 pick in 2005.
2) If you have a minor leaguer and he's traded to another team, do you lose the player? If so, avoid teams like NYY, Bos, CHN and SF that trade prospects. Also, SF has been giving up their #1 pick the last couple of years, so little upper level talent is flowing in right now. If you keep those players, then nevermind.
3) If a player gets brought to the majors and then traded, do you keep him? If so, the smaller market teams that agressively push the minor leaguers, like TB and Mil, are good.
Lastly, I presume you are limited in keepers. As such, a deep farm system with few "stud" prospects won't help as much as a less deep system with several studs, but little else. Using that as a criteria, I'd look at: Ana, Atl, Mil, TB, LA, Sea and Min.
As for sources of info, in print version, BA puts out their Top 10 lists overs 6 issues. Same with BW. On-line, mlb.com gives a Top 100 list (I think its given in 10 prospects segments) and Rotoworld also used to do Top 10 for each team and then a Top 100/150, but I don't know the timelines as to when these start to come out.
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