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Rays, Yankees, Red Sox, Royals Top MiLB Org Standings



Three months into the 2021 minor league season, a look at how Major League Baseball teams' minor league clubs are faring seems to have a clear American League East slant.

The top team as far as overall full season MiLB winning percentage is the Rays. Right behind them are the Yankees, followed by the Red Sox, who are tied with the Royals for third.

Those three AL East teams have a total of 12 full-season clubs. All 12 of those clubs are above .500 right now.

The Rays actually have the two winningest teams in all of the full-season minor leagues. The Rays High-A Bowling Green affiliate has the best record in the minors (56-23, .709 winning percentage). The Rays Low-A Charleston affiliate has the next best record (54-23, .701 winning percentage).

Here’s a look at the 15 winningest teams in the minors as of Aug. 4.

TeamOrgWLPCTRSRARUN
DIFF
Bowling GreenRays5723.713478345133
CharlestonRays5623.709481328153
TampaYankees5524.696567351216
Quad CitiesRoyals5325.679482351131
FresnoRockies5327.663451343108
DurhamRays5227.658456299157
Hudson ValleyYankees5228.65041333578
San JoseGiants5228.650470338132
EverettMariners5128.646551360191
Scranton/WBYankees4827.640418313105
SomersetYankees5029.633410279131
GreensboroPirates5030.62545035397
RenoD-Backs4830.61555351637
PortlandRed Sox4830.61538535728
AkronIndians4830.61542233389

At the other end of the spectrum, the Visalia Rawhide are not only the worst team in the full-season minors, they are on a historic pace. Visalia is the only team in the full-season minors winning less than 30% of its games.

Here's a look at the 15 least successful teams in the full minors (as of Aug. 4).

TeamOrgWLPCTRSRARUN
DIFF
VisaliaD-Backs2060.250386607-221
HartfordRockies2554.316335478-143
KannapolisWhite Sox2654.325354537-183
Palm BeachCardinals2551.329346473-127
SyracuseMets2751.346379480-101
FredericksburgNationals2852.350340515-175
CharlotteWhite Sox2851.354382471-89
HarrisburgNationals2851.354289354-65
BiloxiBrewers2951.363356420-64
LouisvilleReds3049.380312339-27
BrooklynMets3048.385333377-44
LakelandTigers3048.385332447-115
ReadingPhillies3149.388329434-105
SpringfieldCardinals3149.388387521-134
Winston-SalemWhite Sox3149.388358465-107
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Rays, Yankees, Red Sox Top Final 2021 MiLB Organization Standings

Rays affiliates ran away with the best combined record in the minors in 2021, while the Yankees, Red Sox, Mariners and Pirates also stood out for their success.

Overall, there are six organizations that are winning over 55% of their games across the four full-season minor league levels. There are also six organizations winning less than 45% of their games.

OrgWLPCTAbove
.500
Run Diff
TBR209107.6614506
NYY205108.6554530
BOS178137.5654141
KCR178137.5653278
PIT176137.5623125
SEA178139.5624242
LAD172145.5434268
SFG171147.5382170
MIN168148.532454
CLE167148.53036
MIA165151.5222-23
TEX164152.5192105
BAL161151.516366
MIL160159.502259
ATL159161.4972-17
DET156160.49429
TOR154158.494119
COL152164.4811-107
CIN150165.4762-41
OAK150168.4720-119
HOU147166.4701-38
LAA144170.4590-223
PHI141170.4530-206
SDP142173.4510-111
CHC140172.4490-162
ARI137179.4341-290
NYM131181.4201-156
CHW128190.4031-315
STL126190.3990-418
WAS119195.3790-352

We did want to add one additional piece of context to our look at minor league organization standings. One thing you often hear from farm directors is how their teams are younger than the competition. It’s true that a younger team may struggle against older opponents, even if they have more long-term potential. So we looked at the average age of rosters (as of Aug. 4) across each organization’s four full-season teams. The average age of a full-season minor leaguer is currently 24.4 years of age. So the teams that are winning with younger than average players are in the top left quadrant of this chart. Those that are losing with older than average players are in the bottom right quadrant.

Here's a look at the average age of full-season rosters as of Aug. 4.

RkORGAvg. AgeRkORGAvg. Age
1STL23.5916TB24.43
2CLE23.7417MIL24.44
3PHI23.7718LAD24.45
4TEX23.7819BAL24.53
5HOU23.8920SF24.54
6PIT23.9621BOS24.57
7NYY24.0822COL24.72
8KC24.1123LAA24.75
9ARI24.1824NYM24.96
10CHC24.3325CWS24.96
11TOR24.3526SEA24.97
12MIA24.3527WAS24.98
13DET24.3728ATL24.99
14SD24.4129OAK25.05
15CIN24.4330MIN25.13

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