In his great blog MiLB Prospects, Matt Garrioch ranks the Top 2000 Minor League baseball players for 2011. Yankees catcher Jesus Montero heads the list at #1. Outfielder Mike Trout of the Angels is second. Bryce Harper of the Nationals is third, and it goes from there.
At #9 - there's Brett Lawrie; the chip the Brewers cashed in for Shaun Marcum. Any other Brewers in the top 10? Hee, hee, hee - silly me. How about in the top 20? Let's see... nope. In the top 50? Looking, looking... no again. How about the top 75? Ummm... nope. Top 100??? No again. The top ranked Brewers minor league player is Jake Odorizzi who is ranked 124th among all minor league players in professional baseball. Wow. Given that there are 30 teams, you would expect on average that each team would have four or so players in the top 120. The Brewers have none.
The top ten minor leaguers in the Brewers organization, per Garrioch's rakings are:
I created a graduated scale formula to assign a value to each player based only on his ranking. The top player on the list was assigned a value of 50 points. The 4th ranked player is valued at 40 points. The 19th best player is at 30 points. The 116th player gets 20 points, the 907th player gets 10 points, and so on down to the 2,000th player who gets about 6 points. The values are obviously designed to drop off more rapidly at the top of the list than at the bottom - just like they would if you assigned points subjectively.
Using this formula, I calculated the total "value" of all of the minor league players in each organization. The top 5 are:
|New York Yankees||1001|
|Boston Red Sox||963|
|Tampa Bay Rays||878|
I guess there's more to the success of the Yankees and Red Sox than just money.
...and the bottom five:
|Chicago White Sox||528|
How the mighty have fallen. The Brewers minor league system, which but a few years ago was the envy of all of baseball has fallen nearly to the bottom of all Major League teams. Only the Tigers and White Sox have more poorly stocked minor league systems.
And isn't it interesting to see Seattle in the top five? Don't we know their GM somehow?