The Yankees returned to the top of the organization standings for the first time since 2008. This time their eight domestic affiliates combined to win 60.2 percent of their games. That’s the highest organization winning percentage in at least the past 10 years, and it translates to 98 wins when ported to a 162-game schedule.
Seven of the Yankees’ eight domestic affiliates qualified for the playoffs, every one from Triple-A down to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and excluding only one of the organization’s two GCL affiliates. Four Yankees affiliates advanced to the league finals, but only the GCL Yankees East brought home the trophy.
Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida and the Southeast in early September, scuttling the championship series in the Carolina, Florida State and Southern leagues. In all three instances, co-champions were declared.
|ORGANIZATION STANDINGS • DOMESTIC CLUBS ONLY|
|1||Yankees++||491||325||.602||7||GCL Yankees East||Scranton/WB (IL)
|3||Dodgers||378||314||.546||4||Ogden (PIO)||Tulsa (TL)|
Palm Beach (FSL)*
Hudson Valley (NYP)
|7||Astros+||391||360||.521||2||Quad Cities (MWL)|
|9||Blue Jays+||383||375||.505||3||Dunedin (FSL)*
|Padres+||378||371||.505||3||El Paso (PCL)
Fort Wayne (MWL)
|Cubs||347||341||.504||3||AZL Cubs||Eugene (NWL)|
|15||Red Sox||344||348||.497||1||Greenville (SAL)|
|17||Athletics||339||347||.494||3||Midland (TL)||Vermont (NYP)|
|24||Rangers||321||367||.467||3||Down East (CAR)*|
|30||White Sox||302||387||.438||2||Kannapolis (SAL)
Great Falls (PIO)
|* Co-champions declared because of Hurricane Irma
+ Organization with seven affiliates instead of six
++ Yankees have eight domestic affiliates, plus another in Dominican Summer League
• The Athletics’ Double-A Midland affiliate won the Texas League title for the fourth year in a row. They did so in dramatic fashion by losing the first two games of the finals at home and then winning three straight at Tulsa.
• The Braves finished 24th in the standings yet failed to produce a single playoff team in the domestic minor leagues.
• The past 10 organization standings leaders, counting domestic affiliates only:
Notice on the chart above that, coincidentally or not, four organizations produced World Series participants the year after ranking atop the minor league organization standings. Those World Series teams are the 2009 Yankees, 2010 Giants, 2011 Cardinals and 2015 Mets.
The 2011 Rangers ranked atop the org standings and appeared in the World Series in the same season.