Originally Posted by texasdave
How would the people who follow these things more closely rank the farm systems of the teams in the N.L. Central?
Using a very quick and crude ratings' system, the Reds are holding up the division.
6 points for an A, 5 points for an A- and so on yields this result:
TEAM A A- B+ B B- C+ TOT PTS
STL 2 1 2 2 5 12 24 53
CHI 0 1 2 1 8 17 29 49
PIT 1 1 3 1 5 11 22 47
MIL 0 0 0 4 7 11 22 37
CIN 0 1 3 1 2 10 17 34
The TOT column is the number of prospects each team has, per John Sickels, that grade out at C+ or better. The PTS column is the value of all the C+ or better prospects using the allotment system above. The Reds come in last in both categories.
Does that necessarily follow that they have the worst N.L. Central farm system at this point in time? The Reds are a fairly young team at the major league level, so they have time to build the system back up.
I think the Reds have the most undefined system right now with a lot of potential for upward grade movement in the next year if various players deliver. I thought Sickels graded the Cubs pretty generously.
Also, a weighting system that puts a little more value on higher grades would push the Reds ahead of the Brewers. And somebody in Pittsburgh ought to be made to answer for why such a consistently horrible team doesn't have a better system.