Thursday, March 31, 2005

BA: Angels Farm System Ranked No. 1

Baseball America slots the Angels' farm system as the best in baseball according to their annual rankings released this week. The systems were ranked on the quality and quantity of prospects in each organization, including those still eligible for rookie status (i.e. Dallas McPherson, Casey Kotchman, et al).

Since the rankings were introduced back in 2000 the Halos have gradually risen to the top of the list. The 2000 list had the Angels ranked as the second-worst farm system in all of baseball. The Angels climbed to 25th in 2001, 17th the next year, 5th in 2003 and 3rd overall last season.

This is a team built for long-term success. Kind of makes me giddy for the care-free days of Buzzy Bavasi when prospects flowed like fine wine to other organizations willing to part with over-the-hill ballplayers looking for a warm climate to end their careers in.

The rest of the top ten....

2. LA Dodgers - Lots of talented youngsters controlled in the west now.
3. Milwaukee Brewers - They'll find a way to get rid of 'em.
4. Minnesota Twins - Constantly reloading Twinks have now out "Moneyballed" the Athletics. They are the masters now.
5. Atlanta Braves - How long can they keep this going in the ATL? Tremendous system for 14 years now (if you throw out '94 and Lord knows we should).
6. Colorado Rockies - Better start promoting those guys pronto.
7. Cleveland Indians - I think most of these guys will be with the big club this year.
8. Oakland Athletics - Ditto the A's.
9. Tampa Bay Devil Rays - Can't wait for '08!
10. Chicago Cubs - Another reason they are the toughest ticket in the Cactus League.

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