Rating the Farm System: Part 1

There has been a good deal of discussion about how good or bad the farm system is. Missing from that discussion is much in the way of comparison. Looking at the far from satisfying 2009 draft is a starting point. Below is an overview of the top half of that draft including current playing levels and some illustrative statistics.

My take is that drafting baseball players is really, really hard (unless you're picking first and Strasburg is available). There were players taken after Tony Sanchez that might turn out to be better (e.g., Wheeler and Turner). There were players taken after Sanchez who have a good chance to be worse (e.g., Hobgood and Matzek). I would also note that Aaron Crow, who is doing a nice job for the Royals in high-leverage relief situations, was brutal as a starter in AA and AAA. Also note that Dustin Ackley, whom I would have taken in a heartbeat instead of Sanchez, was an above average hitter and fielder last year. This year he's a below average hitter and fielder (but I won't say anything about SSS).

I plan to do some more comparisons going forward. Here are the numbers:

Taken Team Player POS From Level AVG or ERA OBP or FIP
1 Nationals Stephen Strasburg RHP SDSU MLB 1.64 2.11
2 Mariners Dustin Ackley OF NC MLB 0.238 0.304
3 Padres Donavan Tate OF HS A 0.218 0.295
4 Pirates Tony Sanchez C Boston College AA 0.263 0.359
5 Orioles Matt Hobgood RHP HS Rotator cuff
6 Giants Zack Wheeler RHP HS AA Mets 1.75 2.97
7 Braves Mike Minor LHP Vanderbilt MLB 5.97 3.91
8 Reds Mike Leake RHP Arizona State MLB 5.97 4.90
9 Tigers Jacob Turner RHP HS AAA 1.66 3.34
10 Nationals Drew Storen RHP Stanford MLB Injured
11 Rockies Tyler Matzek LHP HS A+ 3.98 4.24
12 Royals Aaron Crow RHP IND MLB 2.93 3.15
13 Athletics Grant Green SS USC AAA 0.273 0.308
14 Rangers Matt Purke LHP HS Extended ST
15 Indians Alex White RHP NC MLB 1 Game 2.84 2.32
16 Diamondbacks Bobby Borchering 3B HS A+ 0.232 0.290

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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