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Thursday, July 27, 2017

BAR: Hoarding prospects a proven strategy

The Dodgers are the model big-market team right now. They need to win the World Series to be fully appreciated, however.

The top farm system in 2015? The Cubs, the 2016 World Series champs. Not counting the Cubs since it’s been too recent — of all the teams with the top farm system, all but three have been in the playoffs at least three times within five years of being named the top farm system. Those three were the 2006 Diamondbacks, National League West winners in 2007 and 2011, the 2014 Pirates and the Kansas City Royals.

The top system in 2016, the Dodgers, made the playoffs last year and look to do so again this year. Baseball America’s top system this year was the Braves, and they probably won’t make the playoffs this year, but they’ve been surprisingly competitive. If history holds, they will be in the playoffs at least twice in the next five years, and they’ll do that because they have good, young talent.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2017 at 10:20 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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