2044 FARM SYSTEM RANKINGS

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2044 FARM SYSTEM RANKINGS

Post by RonCo » Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:52 pm

All right, IFA is over, and the draft is done. Most of the guys have been signed, and the Rookie and Short-A leagues are in swing. You know that that means, right? It’s time for the all-up-round BBA prospect systems review. To refresh, the process is fairly simple: count every prospect in a team’s minor league system (categorized by 20-80 scores, with a cut off at “40”), then add in the International complex. Then weight the top ratings more heavily than the bottom, and see what kind of scores every team gets. This is a bit of a take on something I’ve seen on FanGraphs for those weird real people who pretend to play baseball like we do in the BBA, hence my titling the charts as FanGraph Ratings.

Wow … are there some interesting changes this year.

First, though, in case you care, here are last year’s rankings.


The Overall Picture

With all the activity lately—draft class adjustments, and IFA numbers and UMEBA minor League Free Agents running amok, the first real question is “how does the overall collection of prospects look?”

The answer is: overall, probably pretty good. Where 2043 saw the systems get a bit drained at the top, 2044’s status looks to pretty much have held serve. The number of top prospects is roughly the same, but there has been a bit of an uptick on “55” and down. How relative ratings affect this is hard to say, but the numbers are the numbers:

Year807570656055504540Tot
Jun-4210882239541433776751336
Jul-4357102728771504487611513
Jun-4456152537891764488191620

All right, let’s get into looking at our individual teams. Here are the obligatory set of charts.

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Breakout Performer

Big shout out to shoeless in Sacramento (which really should be a Rom Com remake, right?). Though they were already in the mix toward the upper third of the pile, the results of the Mad Popes’ “fire sale” to date has made a pretty major impact on the chart. Shoeless has the top rung whether you look at Overall Rank or Top Rank.


A Look Through the Divisions

Johnson: Atlantic - I’ll start here because the JLA has two of the more interesting improvements in the league, as well as three big losers. First, we have to note that trades made by GM Brett Golden have merged with solid draft selections to see the Cougars bump from #26 last year up to #8 on the chart. That’s some bass. The second mover and shaker is probably no surprise, either, that being the Hurricanes of Jacksonville. Jacksonville’s top end isn’t quite as solid as Charlotte’s, but it’s organization is getting thick in the middle, which, if combined with a little cash at FA times might bode well for the future.

But look at Atlantic City, Brooklyn (whose every metric says Ben Heurong’s read is right—the Robins’ time is now), and Rockville. All three took major hits to their farm system rankings. I’d say Rockville’s comes mostly from unloading a lot of kids into the parent club recently, so this may not be a big deal to them. Time, will, of course, tell.

Frick: Heartland - We’ll look at the Heartland next, mostly because of Nashville and Louisville. Both moved up in these overall rankings, but in considerably different ways. I’m thinking the Bluebird’s shift from 18th to 5 is solid, but the Sluggers standing is interesting because it is so middle and bottom heavy. Whereas Nashville’s six blue chippers show well on the wTop score, Louisville is all about the middle and bottom end. It’s a swamp of prospects, I guess, which is essentially Shaw throwing crap on the wall to see what sticks.

Omaha continues a steady march up the charts. Yellow Springs continues its recent downward trend. Chicago remains pretty danged solid up and down the chain. It’s an interesting little snapshot because the bottom of the division all falling, one wonders if that’s an indicator of cracks in the Heartland’s domination of the Frick League. Twin Cities in particular may be suffering from a window closure due to all those Pitching injuries, as the farm system continues to drain.

Johnson: Frontier – The Boise Spuds are still the big rutabaga on campus, to mix you veggies, but the Aztecs are looking for the lead. They jump from #20 to #10. Vegas, Phoenix, and Calgary all took negative actions, but sit in the middle of the pack. Edmonton remains toward the bottom of the pack, but admittedly has a scattering of youngsters who could make a difference. Perhaps they aren’t in too bad of shape.

Perhaps the most interesting team on the Frontier chart is Wichita, a team which Nigel Laverick has been trying to whip into shape, and has been ever-so slowly ramping up. They too a small step forward this year. So, um, slow and steady wins the race? San Antonio rebounded from last year’s drop—which perhaps is a little foreshadowing to Frontier competition that the club might be in the process of building a JUGGERNAUT. (hehehehehehe)

Frick: Pacific – We’ve already mentioned Shoeless’s work in Sacramento, but there is good news up and down the Pacific ranks, as no team other than Long Beach took any serious backward steps. The Surfers farm system is, well, barren. Empty. Bad. Dunno, but there’s probably a reason Stephen hit the FA market like a banshee this last winter.

And on the positive side, Vancouver joins Sacramento as a big mover, jumping from #21 to #10. Another tough year means probably another solid pick net year, that could push them further up. Certainly possible the Mounties could bounce back from their woes semi-soon.The Stars also took a step up, but I think that almost had to happen. Greg Smothers has his work cut out for him. This is kind of the problem with my statement above. The Pacific didn’t really regress far, but the fact is they were already at the bottom of the pile—so they really didn’t have a lot to fall off from. At the end of the say, Pacific teams fill the numbers 25, 27. 28, 29, 30, and 32 slots in the league ranks.


Stay Tuned!

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Re: 2044 FARM SYSTEM RANKINGS

Post by Ted » Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:08 pm

Go California!1!! .... I mean Sacramento!
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Post by jleddy » Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:37 pm

Somewhat related note, it is scary to think Yellow Springs (25.1) and Louisville (25.6) have the the youngest and third-youngest big league rosters, respectively. Plus Hawaii (25.7), my favorite team to watch, is fourth-youngest. So while the farm system rankings may be trending down (although Louisville is still strong...yikes!), their studs are playing and should be for quite a few more seasons.

Great work as always, Ron.
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Post by jleddy » Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:40 pm

Also, wouldn’t mind seeing an update after the signing deadline...
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Re: 2044 FARM SYSTEM RANKINGS

Post by StormZ_23 » Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:47 pm

10th? Interesting, I didn't think I was that high...although that number could get higher soon ;)
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Re: 2044 FARM SYSTEM RANKINGS

Post by shoeless.db » Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:10 pm

Can I trade in my prospects for 35 extra wins at the end of the season?
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Re: 2044 FARM SYSTEM RANKINGS

Post by Dington » Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:24 pm

Great work, Ron.
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Re: 2044 FARM SYSTEM RANKINGS

Post by sjshaw » Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:04 pm

Thanks, Ron!

Yep, like the SNL First Citywide Change Bank, our strategy is...

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Re: 2044 FARM SYSTEM RANKINGS

Post by crobillard » Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:16 pm

We have a terrible farm system. I'm glad to have the few guys that I do. Couple trades didn't work out as well as I had hoped. We're definitely in for a challenging rebuild at some point in the next 3-5 years, but I'll close my eyes, put my fingers in my ears and act like my farm system doesn't exist until then.
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Post by CTBrewCrew » Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:30 pm

Madison jumps up to 20! The “Sac” has 2/5 of the 80pot players - didn't know that
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Post by bcslouck » Tue Sep 29, 2020 6:05 am

Really like what we have going on. Change in some strategy seems to be working well.
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Re: 2044 FARM SYSTEM RANKINGS

Post by aaronweiner » Tue Sep 29, 2020 6:20 am

I have been moving guys a lot. Not surprising.

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