I have had a lot of people tell me that the farm system isn’t improving, that it has been static or declining. They complain about the influx of talent into the system and how the scouts just aren’t good enough. But baseball is not a sport that rewards instant gratification in development. For those that are patient the payoff is worth it. So lets start briefly with org rankings and then lets focus purely on the input-output equation.
Here are the Org Rankings coming into the year:
|Minor League Ball||19|
|Sporting News/Perfect Game||25|
There is a direct correlation between how high the system ranked and how high they ranked J.P. Crawford, so a hat tip to Keith Law who has been on Crawford since before the draft, but on to the input-output.
International: Franklyn Kilome, Arquimedes Gamboa, Jonathan Arauz, Daniel Brito, Lenin Rodriguez
I am not suggesting the farm system is going to vault into the top of lists (though it will on BA if they sign Tomas), unless it moves Cole Hamels. But to suggest that the farm system has not improved is really quite a silly assumption. At some point soon we will take a walk through a prospect list and do a stock up stock down, but for now, know that the talent continues to flow in and matriculate up the system