Reaping What You Sow: The Best Farm Systems

One of the things I’d like to change the next time I do these is to include the young talent already on the major-league roster. Promoting such talent to the major leagues is the purpose of a farm system, and while these are “farm system rankings”, it seems a shame to just completely ignore the […]

Reaping What You Sow: The Lower Half of Farm Systems

Ranking the farm systems is a bit easier than trying to rank than individual players. My method for doing it was pretty simple. I started by going back over the Top 10s and adjusting them for off-season trades, and I used a point system to get a general feel for each system. Teams got 4 […]

Reaping What You Sow: The Elite of the Top 100

Here it is. The one you’ve all been waiting for – the very top of the Top 100. For the first two installments, you can head here and here, and if you want more detailed scouting reports, you can head here and find the player’s team (I’ll be doing a little clean-up, moving some players […]

Reaping What You Sow: The Outstanding of the Top 100

Here are the next 46 prospects in the Top 100. Adding those 46 to the 39 from the other day … carry the 1 … we’re up to 85 prospects, leaving 15 “Elite” prospects for Friday’s post. These prospects fit in the 16-61 range, and several of them could be elite prospects next year, which […]

Reaping What You Sow: The Good of the Top 100

I have no idea how Keith Law, Kevin Goldstein, Baseball America, and the many other prospect gurus do it. How do you possibly put all these players in order? How do you compare hitters with pitchers? How do you compare first baseman to outfielders across the minor-league spectrum? It’s a monumental task that requires a […]

Reaping What You Sow: 2012 Risers?

So we’ve finished the Top 10s. At this point, it’s time to try put all these players into perspective and ask who is the best, which means a Top 100. The Top 100, however, will come a little later (Wednesday and Friday) this week. Today, we’ll look at some players who were outside of the […]

Reaping What You Sow: Learning from the First Crop

When I started this series a couple months ago, my goal was to provide a cursory look at the best prospects each team had to offer and to provide you, the audience, with an informative and critical look at each player and each organization. I hope that I have done just that, and I hope […]

Reaping What You Sow: Miami Marlins Top 10 Prospects

While the Marlins have become big-spenders this off-season, they’ve always built their teams from within. That, of course, has only brought them periodic success, and it only gave them a fifth place finish as Hanley Ramirez had his worst professional season and Josh Johnson was lost early on to shoulder surgery. Michael Dunn made the […]

Reaping What You Sow: Boston Red Sox Top 10 Prospects

The Boston Red Sox splurged in the 2010-2011 off-season in hopes of dominating the AL East and winning a World Series. They sent top prospects Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo, and Reymond Fuentes to San Diego for Adrian Gonzalez, gave Gonzalez an extension, and then signed Carl Crawford to a big contract. That didn’t work out, […]

Reaping What You Sow: Kansas City Royals Top 10 Prospects

Trading away Zack Greinke was a pretty good indication that the Royals were just throwing in the towel on the season, and 71 wins and 91 losses later, we knew they had basically thrown in the towel. That did not mean, however, that they did not utilize the season. Eric Hosmer hit well as a […]

Reaping What You Sow: Milwaukee Brewers Top 10 Prospects

Clearing out the farm system isn’t usually advised, but the Brewers were in a unique position. Having Prince Fielder for one more season and needing at least two starters, the Brewers cleaned out their top prospect cupboard and added Alcides Escobar. Jake Odirizzi, Brett Lawrie, Jeremy Jeffress, Lorenzo Cain, and Escobar got the Brewers Zack […]

Reaping What You Sow: Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects

One of these years, the Cubs will win a World Series, and with Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, and Co. in the Windy City, that scenario just became a lot more likely. That will at least give Cubs fans hope because little at the major league or minor league levels was going to do it. No […]

Reaping What You Sow: San Francisco Giants Top 10 Prospects

Once Buster Posey went down for the season, the wind kind of went out of the sails of the San Francisco Giants. They played admirably and stayed within striking distance for most of the season, but the utter lack of offense killed their chances. Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford were the most significant prospects to […]

Reaping What You Sow: New York Yankees Top 10 Prospects

Winning 97 games and the toughest division in baseball is usually enough to call a season a success, but when it comes to the New York Yankees, only a World Series will do. What makes the Yankees’ season a bit more interesting from a prospect point of view is just how many prospects they brought […]

Reaping What You Sow: Cleveland Indians Top 10 Prospects

The Cleveland Indians tried to hold on and win the winnable AL Central, but even after making a mid-season trade for Ubaldo Jimenez, Justin Verlander and the Tigers rolled their division foes on their way to an ALCS exit. One of the more important things the Indians may have done, however, was introduce two top […]