Monday, February 04, 2013

Dodgers' Farm System Ranked 18th in MLB

Keith Law over at gives our farm system a mediocre 18th place ranking among MLB teams; the Cardinals are #1 (link insider only):

To kick off my look at the best prospects in the minor leagues this week, I've ranked all 30 MLB farm systems from top to bottom, considering only the players who are currently in their systems and who have not yet exhausted their rookie of the year eligibility. (I use the same criterion for the individual player rankings that will be posted over the next three days.)

I've done these rankings for the past few years, and I was surprised at how few farm systems there were this year that had both impact and depth, fewer than in any of the previous years in which I've gone through this exercise. Some of that reflects all of the major promotions that took place in 2012, but we've also hit a slightly down period in the cycle of farm system quality. [...]

18. Los Angeles Dodgers. They are a little underrepresented in the top 100, but with a lot of guys who'd either be in the next 50 or who could jump into the top 50 next year. That group is led by Yasiel Puig, who barely played in 2013 before surgery to address a staph infection kept him out of the Arizona Fall League.

The Giants rank 26th. Leading the NL West is the Padres, at #6. And the Anaheim Angels are dead last.