2011 Farm System Rankings

2011 Farm System Rankings

After preparing our prospect rankings, we decided to provide an updated ranking of the farm systems based on our positional rankings and top 100.  A summary of our methodology is listed below and this document provides a basic explanation of the results.  The rankings were created using a very basic system that is not perfect.  For example, in reality, I think Tampa should perhaps be right below Atlanta.  However, on the whole, I think the rankings provide a reasonably accurate picture showing three or four elite systems followed by a number of good systems which are close together.  The following are the rankings and each team’s cumulative score.

1.  Royals (50)
2.  Rays (47)
3.  Braves (44)
4.  Blue Jays (38)
5.  Yankees (34)
6.  Reds (33)
7. Rangers (31)
7. Indians (31)
9.  Angels (30)
9.  Phillies (30)
9.  Twins (30)
12. Dodgers (29)
13. Mariners (28)
13.  Padres (28)
15.  Athletics (25)
15.  Cubs (25)
15.  Pirates (25)
18.  Nationals (24)
19.  Red Sox (23)
20.  Mets (22)
21.  Orioles (21)
21.  Rockies (21)
23.  Giants (19)
24.  Tigers (18)
24.  Cardinals (18)
26.  Astros (17)
26.  Diamondbacks (17)
28.  White Sox (15)
29.  Brewers (13)
30.  Marlins (11)

We used the following method: (1) teams were awarded one point for a player appearing in our positional rankings; (2) teams received an additional point for prospects on the positional rankings up to a specified “cutoff point;” and (3) teams received a point every time their prospect ranked in the top 100, 75, 50, 25, 10, and 5.  The concept of “snub points” was created to avoid situations where relying directly on our rankings would be misleading.  For example, I awarded a snub point when I saw something on the list affecting the ranking that could have gone either way and/or I could have ranked differently (i.e.,Pittsburgh had several players who just missed in the positional rankings, including 2-3 young players I removed because our rankings are geared toward fantasy keeper leagues).  Since “snub points” are a little arbitrary, the following shows how the rankings would have look without them.