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Royals and Rays lead Baseball America farm system rankings

Mar 23, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

Eric Hosmer

Kansas City had a record nine players in Baseball America‘s annual ranking of the top 100 prospects, including three guys in the top 10, so it’s no surprise that BA‘s farm system rankings released today have the Royals in the top spot.

It’s also no surprise that the Rays rank second, as Tampa Bay claimed BA‘s top spot in three of the past four seasons.

Bringing up the rear are the Brewers and Marlins, who both ranked among the top 15 farm systems in 2010. Milwaukee gutted their prospect crop to acquire Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum, while Florida called up most of its top prospects to the majors last year.

As usual with BA there’s a ton of worthwhile content beyond just the rankings, as Jim Callis provides a rundown of each farm system’s strengths and weaknesses.

  1. bigtrav425 - Mar 23, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    So i have to have a membership to BA in order to see the link..F that…altho it is interesting to see if my Tribe made that list..have a feeling if they did it was at 10 and no more.Mostly in part because of the raping we took and Shapiro gave us when he made those horrible trades

    • uyf1950 - Mar 23, 2011 at 11:17 AM

      If you’re interested the below link has a listing. The sites may not be identical but I’d bet they are pretty close.
      Here it is:

    • dnc6 - Mar 23, 2011 at 1:03 PM

      7th. Just like Baseball Prospectus’ ranking. But isn’t it more fun to complain instead of stop and think for two seconds?

    • djpostl - Mar 24, 2011 at 11:02 PM

      Here ya go man..this is what you would find =)

      “We present our annual organization talent rankings, evaluating each farm system based on its prospect-eligible players heading into the 2011 season. Our ratings consider both impact talent and overall depth and were developed by the Baseball America staff.

      1. Kansas City Royals
      2. Tampa Bay Rays
      3. Atlanta Braves
      4. Toronto Blue Jays
      5. New York Yankees
      6. Cincinnati Reds
      7. Cleveland Indians
      8. San Diego Padres
      9. Colorado Rockies
      10. Philadelphia Phillies
      11. Los Angeles Dodgers
      12. Minnesota Twins
      13. Washington Nationals
      14. Texas Rangers
      15. Los Angeles Angels
      16. Chicago Cubs
      17. Boston Red Sox
      18. Seattle Mariners
      19. Pittsburgh Pirates
      20. New York Mets
      21. Baltimore Orioles
      22. Arizona Diamondbacks
      23. San Francisco Giants
      24. St. Louis Cardinals
      25. Detroit Tigers
      26. Houston Astros
      27. Chicago White Sox
      28. Oakland Athletics
      29. Florida Marlins
      30. Milwaukee Brewers”

  2. Ari Collins - Mar 23, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    That’s the BA rankings, free version. The pay link has rundowns and explanations for each team, I believe.

    You oughtter put this in the column up there, Aaron.

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