Originally Posted by M2
"The Reds's affiliates generally struggled on the field, Chattanooga and Billings were the only two to post winning records for the year. The system certainly didn't feature prospect-laden teams. We've seen handful of prospects have a good year before, 2001 leaps to mind. IMO it would far more encouraging and indicative of a turnaround if 2007 builds on 2006. Right now we've got one year that stands in isolation waiting, hopefully, on an exciting future.
This is simply not true. Here are the 2005 minor league records compared to 2006:
2006 v 2005 Reds minor league system comparison
In the past, one of the big hits on the Reds farm system was that their farm teams were losing more than winning, at many different levels. One way to compare overall strength of systems is to look at win-loss records of the various teams.
AAA Louisville 75-68 (+9 wins)
AA Chattanooga 81-59 (+28 wins)
High A Sarasota 66-73 (+1 win)
A Dayton 67-73 (+7 wins)
Rookie Billings 51-25 (+8 wins)
GCL Reds 18-34 (-4 wins)
2006 Overall 358-332 (+49 wins)
(.519 winning %)
AAA Louisville 66-78
AA Chattanooga 53-83
High A Sarasota 65-67
A Dayton 60-79
Rookie Billings 43-33
GCL Reds 22-32
2005 Overall totals 309-372 (.454 winning %)
Overall, winning 49 more games, and having winning records at 3 of 6 levels, including AA and AAA, is a real improvement. Also it is worth noting that 5 of the 6 teams had better records than 2005.
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