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2012 Organizational Talent Rankings

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Baseball America's annual organization talent rankings evaluate the overall value of each system's prospect-eligible players (no more than 130 at-bats, 50 innings or 30 relief appearances in the major leagues, without regard to service time). Baseball America's editors determined the rankings, and Jim Callis wrote the capsules for each team.

Minors | #2012#Organization Talent Rankings#Rankings

What Have They Done Lately

Jim Callis -Premium Content

To accompany our annual organization talent rankings, we're also rating each farm system based on the talent that has passed through it since the end of the 2007 season. That includes both prospects graduated to the big leagues or used in trades, as well as those lost via waivers or the Rule 5 draft. A team gets credit only for players who spent time in its system, so some trade acquisitions (Austin Jackson), foreign imports (Alexei Ramirez), Rule 5 picks (Darren O'Day) and trade acquisitions who went straight to the majors aren't included. Players dealt by one organization who reached the majors with another, such as Brett Anderson, are counted with both.

Minors | #2011#Organization Talent Rankings#Rankings

Arizona’s Recent Production Stands Alone

Jim Callis -Premium Content

As an accompaniment to our annual organization talent rankings—which rate teams based on the current minor league talent on hand—we've rated each system based on the talent that has passed through it in the last three years, considering both prospects who graduated to the big leagues and those used in trades. A team gets credit only for players who spent time in its system, so some foreign imports (Daisuke Matsuzaka), Rule 5 picks (Joakim Soria) and trade acquisitions who went straight to the majors (Jair Jurrjens) weren't considered. Players such as Chris Tillman, who were dealt by one organization and reached the big leagues with another, were credited to both.

Minors | #2010#Organization Talent Rankings#Rankings

2010 Organization Talent Rankings

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Baseball America's minor league talent rankings line up organizations based on their current prospect-eligible players heading into the 2010 season. The rankings take into account both high-ceiling prospects as well as overall depth of talent, with the best organizations having both. Rankings are by the Baseball America staff, while the text was written by Jim Callis.

Minors | #2010#Organization Talent Rankings#Rankings

Where Are They Now

Jonah Keri -Premium Content

Scientists often laud the merits of longitudinal studies. The ability to follow a subject for years, collect data and report on findings is vital for the advancement of scientific knowledge. With that in mind, Baseball America decided to report its own results. We looked back at our 2003 organizational rankings, then flashed forward five years to see how all 30 teams fared on the field, and how they look for the future. Teams are listed in the order of their 2003 minor league talent rankings, with five of the best prospects from the 2003 Top 10 Prospects lists (in the order they appeared) and 2008 records.

Minors | #2009#Organization Talent Rankings#Rankings