Re: John Sickels' Rankings
Originally Posted by Steve4192
It depends how define worst.
If you define it as the amount of talent currently residing in their minor league system, perhaps.
If you define it as their ability to draft/sign and develop major league talent from the ground up, the answer is absolutely not.
The ultimate goal of a minor league is to produce major leaguers, not to get high rankings from prospect hounds. The Reds have done a fantastic job over the last couple of years in utilizing their farm system to increase the talent of their major league ballclub (both through trades and promotions). When you graduate/trade a bunch of guys as the Reds have done recently, you are going to have a drop off in the system rankings. It is inevitable. Every good team goes through peaks and valleys with their minor leagues, because they are consistently raiding the minor league cupboard to improve their major league team. Nobody wants to have a minor league system that is always full of prospects, because that means none of them are making it to the majors.
I agree that there are different ways to measure the effectiveness of the farm system. I was just looking at Sickel's ratings as a snapshot. I could have worded things a little better.
Zero chance the Reds miss the playoffs!