Originally Posted by MikeS21
It's cool to see Reds' farmhands ranked so high in a list like this.
But I have a couple questions: How significant is the fact that as a whole, the farm system didn't fare so well this season? Louisville did OK, as well as the Arizona rookie league team and Billings. But both A level teams and the AA team didn't do so hot. Is that due to a lack of talent, or just bad luck?
How important is head to head competition in the minor leagues? I guess I always thought that if the Reds farm teams did better than other farm systems, then that must mean the talent is better. How important is a winning record in the minors?
There are different answers depending on who you ask, but I really don't put much on winning in the minor leagues. In particular, players move up and down throughout the season. I have talked with guys who are around the teams more who fully believe that winning matters at that level because it comes into play in terms of how guys play as individuals. At the end of the day though, a guy is going to succeed/fail because of him, not because of how good/bad his teammates in the minor leagues were. The point of the farm is to get players to the Reds that can help them, not to win minor league games. If that happens, awesome. But as long as goal #1 keeps working, then it doesn't matter much.
Plus, think about how often guys had to be sent from Louisville up to Cincinnati. Every time that happened, it caused someone to move up in the chain, sometimes guys who weren't ready and were replacing key figures on that team. I don't pay much attention to the records of the minor league teams and I cover them every day. I watch the players, because they are what is important when it comes to the Reds.