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Rating the Farm System: Part 2

In talking about the farm system it is easy to lose sight of the goal, which is developing the handful of players who will play in the major leagues. So, if Bradenton is brutal as a team, but Cole and Taillon progress nicely, who cares?

Below I've excerpted the NL Central players (sans Houston's) on John Sickels's Top 120 prospects. Blame him if you do not like the list. I've sorted the excerpt by team and ranking. Note two things about this list. First, the Pirates have five players on the list, and three are in the top half (Cole, Taillon, and Bell). That's good.The Brewers and Reds have three, and the Cubs have two. The Cards have seven, with two in the top half. Second, some players are doing great, and some are not. In many cases it is players making those tough jumps to AA or the majors that are struggling a bit.

So, if NH were a genius, how many players would he have in the top half of John's list?

Rank

Player

Pos

Team

100

Wily Peralta

RHP

Brewers

113

Jed Bradley

LHP

Brewers

119

Taylor Jungmann

RHP

Brewers

33

Carlos Martinez

RHP

Cardinals

56

Kolten Wong

2B

Cardinals

62

Oscar Taveras

OF

Cardinals

69

Tyrell Jenkins

RHP

Cardinals

98

Lance Lynn

RHP

Cardinals

110

Matt Adams

1B

Cardinals

115

Zack Cox

3B

Cardinals

37

Anthony Rizzo

1B

Cubs

109

Javier Baez

3B

Cubs

11

Gerrit Cole

RHP

Pirates

ERA = 3.86

16

Jameson Taillon

RHP

Pirates

ERA = 1.47

49

Josh Bell

OF

Pirates

Injured

64

Starling Marte

OF

Pirates

wOBA = .358

118

Robbie Grossman

OF

Pirates

wOBA = .333

12

Devin Mesoraco

C

Reds

wOBA = .259

57

Billy Hamilton

SS

Reds

wOBA = .455

120

Daniel Corcino

RHP

Reds

ERA = 2.68

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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