2006 Organization Talent Rankings




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Rankings by the Baseball America staff. First ranking is for 2006, with rankings also listed at right for the previous five seasons.

TALENT RANKINGS
Rk.Team20052004200320022001
1.Arizona Diamondbacks1313212329
Signing Justin Upton is the icing on the cake for minor's most loaded system.
2.Los Angeles Dodgers22
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2528
Even without top 2005 draft pick Luke Hochevar, the Dodgers have depth and star power.
3.Florida Marlins14148109
Postseason fire sale brought depth, top-tier talent to a system that already had some of both.
4.Los Angeles Angels1351725
Elite infielders head impressive group of hitters; pitching hinges on ‘04 picks Weaver, Adenhart.
5.Milwaukee Brewers31162630
Despite graduating young talent to Milwaukee, Brewers still have plenty left on the farm.
6.Minnesota Twins454615
Healthy return by Jason Kubel would provide boost to organization loaded with young pitching.
7.Atlanta Braves54275
Lowest ranking in years for Braves only comes after graduating 19 rookies to big league club.
8.Boston Red Sox2123272824
Improved pitching depth leads to quantum leap forward.
9.Cleveland Indians7612026
Depth is the Tribe’s biggest strength, and Marte acquisition boosted team into top 10.
10.Tampa Bay Devil Rays9910156
Former scouting director Tim Wilken left behind much-improved pitching depth.
11.Colorado Rockies615252416
Fruits of three consecutive productive drafts starting to percolate up through the system.
12.Baltimore Orioles2519302927
A farm system on the way up could improve even more if Adam Loewen fulfills his potential.
13.Detroit Tigers2922121818
Biggest mover on the list thanks to pair of elite power arms, Justin Verlander and Joel Zumaya.
14.Chicago White Sox12201591
Championship closer Bobby Jenks heads list with outfield depth to spare.
15.Chicago Cubs107312
Felix Pie takes up mantle as top prospect in a rapidly thinning organization.
16.Texas Rangers161619813
Trio of Double-A pitchers, improved depth give new GM Jon Daniels pieces to deal.
17.New York Yankees24271757
Premium talent on hand, but Yankees’ top prospects have yet to venture beyond A-ball.
18.San Francisco Giants1724111222
Bulk of top hitters reach make-or-break Double-A in ’06; Matt Cain gives team elite arm.
19.Pittsburgh Pirates1811182219
Last two first-round picks, Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen, provide best hope for impact.
20.Houston Astros222923310
Farmhands helped big league team to first pennant, yet minor league talent still improved.
21.St. Louis Cardinals3028283023
Early returns on their bountiful 2005 draft boost stock of previously moribund system.
22.Philadelphia Phillies202171112
Jim Thome trade nets pair of lefties who can step in if top prospect Cole Hamels gets hurt again.
23.Kansas City Royals2819262114
No. 2 overall pick Alex Gordon, Billy Butler provide 1-2 punch for club in need of hope.
24.Washington Nationals2630291621
Scouting director Dana Brown has done well in tough circumstances to accumulate talent.
25.Toronto Blue Jays15861317
System has some depth, particularly on the mound, but few players project as regulars.
26.Oakland Athletics817221911
Talent inevitably eroded after A’s graduated four impact rookies to big leagues in 2005.
27.Seattle Mariners1112924
Utter lack of pitching prospects has roots in run of poor drafts in late 1990s, early 2000s.
28.New York Mets1910132720
It’s Lastings Milledge, Mike Pelfrey and a lot of players who wouldn’t make other teams’ top 10s.
29.San Diego Padres27252048
At least the best the Padres have to offer are close to helping the big league club . . .
30.Cincinnati Reds232624143
While nearly all the Reds’ best hopes for the future are in A-ball or below.