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    Farm Systems

    Through the years I can remember a handful of prospect crops that everyone expected to yield Championships. In the 1970s it was the Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi, Sal Bando A's. They won three titles. In the 1980s it was the Gaetti, Puckett, Hrbeck Twins that won a title in 1991. A decade ago it was the KC Royals group of Hosmer, Moustakas, and Perez. They won in 2015. Of course, there are also great expectations that fell flat, say the Palmeiro, Sierra, Gonzalez Rangers of the 1990s.

    Who has that crop today, eg Atlanta, with Acuna, Albies, Riley and a raft of AAA pitchers?

    Rate the top organizations on four criteria:
    1. Major League ready Talent
    2. Talent Depth
    3. Star Quality
    4. Organization (Teaching skills, consistency, talent evaluation)


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    A very interesting and fun question. It’s always dependent on the point in time in which you measure it. The Braves have a strong system, for example, but Acuna and Albies are in the majors now. So if they are no longer part of the “system”, that radically limits the depth. Same for Washington with Juan Soto’s promotion. I’ll have to revisit the systems and see who’s still in the minors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharky View Post
    The Braves have a strong system, for example, but Acuna and Albies are in the majors now. So if they are no longer part of the “system”, that radically limits the depth.
    Actually they have a ridiculous amount of depth. Acuna/Albies graduating reduced the top end some, but the depth of pitching prospects they have is crazy. I'd be surprised if they didn't flip some of that for improvements on the offensive side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    Actually they have a ridiculous amount of depth. Acuna/Albies graduating reduced the top end some, but the depth of pitching prospects they have is crazy. I'd be surprised if they didn't flip some of that for improvements on the offensive side.
    I hear you on depth, Ken, but impact and depth are two different things. Also, cost controlled hitting studs are the stuff of championships. And there aren’t many adage Stewart types trading top hitting prospects for Shelby Millers these days.

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