Friday, November 1, 2013

Astros have baseball's best farm system

Baseball America's's Jim Callis listed the Astros' organization as the best farm system in baseball on today.

It wasn't always like this. Entering both the 2009 and 2010 seasons, Baseball America rated Houston's system as the worst in the game, which proved to be a harbinger of doom at the Major League level. But since then, the Astros have drafted much better and engineered several trades, pumping some much-needed young talent into the organization.

Now, Jonathan Mayo says Nay, it's the Pirates who have the best farm system in baseball.
Houston is a worthy choice, but I've gone in another direction. When trying to decide which organization has the best farm system, I try to look for a combination of impact talent -- elite prospects who could become highly productive big leaguers -- as well as depth. Taking those variables into account, I have to go with the Pittsburgh Pirates.