The Astros repeated at the top of the organization standings, boosting their domestic minor league winning percentage from .546 in 2012 to .570 this season. Houston took things a step further this season by placing its top six affiliates in the playoffs, which according to Minor League Baseball had not been accomplished since the Pirates in 2003.
The Astros’ three most junior affiliates to qualify for the postseason wound up advancing to their league finals, with low Class A Quad Cities winning the Midwest League, short-season Tri-City claiming the New York-Penn League championship and Rookie-level Greeneville finishing runner-up in the Appalachian League.
The complete standings table below ranks all 30 organizations by the cumulative winning percentage of their domestic farm clubs. We also have organizational standings for 2012 and the three seasons prior to that.
|ORGANIZATION STANDINGS • DOMESTIC CLUBS ONLY|
|1||Astros+||437||329||.570||Quad Cities (MWL)
|2||Giants||391||302||.564||AZL Giants||San Jose (CAL)|
|3||Nationals||382||313||.550||GCL Nationals||Harrisburg (EL)
|7||Rays+||397||360||.524||Durham (IL)||Charlotte (FSL)|
South Bend (MWL)
|10||Cubs||340||334||.504||Daytona (FSL)||Boise (NWL)|
|Red Sox||350||345||.504||Salem (CAR)||Pawtucket (IL)
GCL Red Sox
|12||Angels||345||343||.501||Inland Empire (CAL)||Salt Lake (PCL)
|16||Padres||343||349||.496||San Antonio (TL)|
|18||Cardinals+||373||382||.494||State College (NYP)|
|19||Blue Jays+||373||384||.493||Vancouver (NWL)|
|20||White Sox||342||359||.488||Birmingham (SL)|
Idaho Falls (PIO)
|+ Organization with seven affiliates instead of six|
• Though the Blue Jays finished in the middle of the pack with a .493 winning percentage, the organization’s short-season Vancouver affiliate won its third consecutive Northwest League title. As usual, the Canadians roster featured many teenage prospects who began the season at Rookie-level Bluefield and received late-season promotions to the NWL. This year’s highlights included rigthhander Chase DeJong (second round, 2012), lefthander Jairo Labourt (Dominican Republic, 2011), shortstop Dawel Lugo (Dominican Republic, 2011) and third baseman Mitch Nay (sandwich round, 2012).
• Had Double-A Mobile been able to pull off a Game Five victory against Birmingham in the Southern League finals, then the Diamondbacks affiliate would have won its third straight league title. The BayBears’ top starters, righthander Archie Bradley and lefty David Holmberg, each gave up eight runs over two starts, though lefty Andrew Chafin (1-0, 1.93 in two starts) and righty Bo Schultz (2-0, 0.66 in two starts) fared much better.
• One year after boasting three minor league champions, the Diamondbacks this year settled for two runners-up in Mobile and low Class A South Bend, which lost the Midwest League final to Quad Cities. On the bright side, the D-backs’ overall winning percentage improved from .499 last year to .510 in 2013.
• Short-season State College’s loss to Tri-City in the deciding game of the New York-Penn League finals broke the Cardinals’ five-year streak of having at least one minor league champion each season.
• Despite a successful run in the National League Central the past two seasons, Reds minor league affiliates have been nowhere near as successful. Cincinnati farm clubs finished with the worst winning percentage for the second straight year, falling from .449 last year to .426 this time. The last organization to fare worse was the 2009 Astros, whose seven affiliates won just 42 percent of games. The Reds’ biggest offenders this year were the Rookie-level Arizona League club (.327), Rookie-level Billings (.378), high Class A Bakersfield (.393) and Double-A Pensacola (.428).
• Despite a poor overall showing, the Royals (No. 27 with a .463 winning percentage) won multiple league titles, including the Triple-A Pacific Coast League crown with an Omaha club that went 70-74. Led by 2013 top pick Hunter Dozier, Rookie-level Idaho Falls claimed the Pioneer League title. The third baseman led all batters during the PL playoffs with nine hits and four doubles while going 9-for-24 (.375) with four runs scored in six games.
• Perhaps no organization made a more impressive climb from 2012 to 2013 than the Angels, who went from No. 29 (.449) last year to No. 12 (.501) this season. Los Angeles’ top three affiliates all reached their league finals, too, with high Class A Inland Empire winning the California League and Triple-A Salt Lake (Pacific Coast) and Double-A Arkansas (Texas) finishing as runners-up.
• The Red Sox finished with an identical system winning percentage (.504) as last year, even placing the same two affiliates—Triple-A Pawtucket (International) and the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League club—in the league finals. While those teams came up just short, high Class A Salem went 76-64 and won the Carolina League title despite losing third baseman Garin Cecchini and lefthander Henry Owens to in-season promotions to Double-A.