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.
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).
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.
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.
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