Ask BA: Bad From Top To Bottom

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Q:What’s the worst combination of major league win percentage and minor league affiliates you can remember? Top to bottom, the Giants are hovering just above .400.

Roger Munter

BA: Yes Roger, it's been a very bad year for the Giants both at the big league level and around the minors.

The AZL Giants are the only team in the organization with a winning record, and all four full-season minor league clubs and the major league club are winning fewer than 45 percent of their games.

But it could be worse. As bad as the Giants' season is, the White Sox actually have a worse overall winning percentage.

The Giants are considered relatively thin in prospects at the minor league level. The White Sox, after some recent trades, are now considered to have the second-best farm system in the game. But even with that only Kannapolis among the White Sox's eight teams has a winning record.

Minor League Baseball's overall organization standings only go back to 2005, so that's where we'll cut this list off for now. Over those 13 seasons, the 2011 Astros are the only organization since 2005 to fail to win 40 percent of its games among all levels. Not one Astros team at any level had a winning record that year and Triple-A Oklahoma City was the only team in the organization to win more than 45 percent of its games. Their lack of success at all levels is a record that is hard to beat.

Year Rk Team W L PCT
2015 10 MIL 400 518 .436
2016 9 CHW 400 523 .433
2006 8 WSN 427 559 .433
2009 7 HOU 426 562 .431
2006 6 TEX 395 527 .428
2017 5 SFG 281 376 .428
2017 4 CHW 274 375 .422
2015 3 MIA 392 538 .422
2008 2 HOU 421 579 .421
2011 1 HOU 393 594 .398

On the other side of the equation, the 2009 Giants had the best overall organization winning percentage since 2005. They then went out and won three World Series in the next five seasons. This year's New York Yankees are pushing to top them. It’s worth noting that the teams that rank first and third on this list won a World Series the next season and were consistent playoff teams. The consistent minor league success of the Yankees is equally notable.

Year Rk Team W L PCT
2009 1 SFG 551 379 .592
2017 2 NYY 422 298 .586
2007 3 NYY 578 419 .580
2017 4 LAD 409 297 .579
2016 5 SEA 537 390 .579
2008 6 NYY 574 421 .577
2006 7 NYY 565 423 .572
2017 8 MIN 375 282 .571
2011 9 TEX 527 398 .570
2009 10 NYY 562 428 .568

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