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Tampa Bay Rays' Minor League Dominance In 2021 Continues To Stand Out



With just a couple of weeks left in the minor league regular season for all but Triple-A, it seems quite likely that the Tampa Bay Rays will finish with the best overall record for their four full-season MiLB affiliates.

The Rays are winning at better than a 64% clip across their four full-season affiliates. There are two teams that have reached 70 wins around the minors, both are Rays affiliates. Low-A Charleston (74-31, .705 winning percentage) is the winningest team in the minors. High-A Bowling Green (72-33, .686) ranks second. Triple-A Durham (67-37, .644) is the third-best team in the Rays farm system; there are only three non-Rays teams around the full-season minors with a better record.

To look at it a different way, there are only three non-Rays minor league teams who better the .644 winning percentage the Rays have done as an organization.

As they have been for much of the season, the Yankees are right behind the Rays. The Yankees also have a quartet of very successful full-season teams this year. All four of the Yankees’ affiliates rank among the 20 winningest teams in the minors, led by Tampa (67-35, .657).

Here's a look at the top 25 MiLB teams in 2021 ranked by winning percentage.

TeamOrgWLPCTRSRADIFF
CharlestonRays7431.705662436226
Bowling GreenRays7233.686634477157
Quad CitiesRoyals6835.660616468148
TampaYankees6735.657704477227
FresnoRockies6837.648582453129
DurhamRays6737.644607398209
GreensboroPirates6738.638630523107
BradentonPirates6438.62759549996
AkronIndians6539.625563419144
San JoseGiants6540.619598456142
Hudson ValleyYankees6341.60653446371
MississippiBraves5939.60243636571
SalemRed Sox6242.59659649799
BuffaloBlue Jays6041.594496381115
RenoD-Backs6041.59470367033
CarolinaBrewers6243.590684565119
SomersetYankees6143.587521390131
Scranton/WBYankees5942.584544420124
Sugar LandAstros6043.583588477111
TacomaMariners6043.58360055149
BowieOrioles6043.58355849662
ToledoTigers6144.58156747592
WichitaMarlins6144.58157551065
Down EastRangers6144.58154949653
FriscoRangers5845.56347642947

At the other end of the spectrum there is a new team at the bottom. The Nationals ranked 30th when we last checked in at the start of August, but those four Nats minor league teams won 46% of their games in August (bolstered by talent acquired at the trade deadline). Washington’s farm teams now rank 28th overall. The White Sox slid from 28th to 29th, having won 38% of their games over the same timeframe. The Cardinals’ farm teams had an awful month. St. Louis’ 33% winning percentage over the past month drops it to 30th overall.

RkTeamOrgWLPCT
1Palm BeachCardinals3171.304
2KannapolisWhite Sox3273.305
3VisaliaD-Backs3273.305
4HartfordRockies3568.340
5FredericksburgNationals3767.356
6BiloxiBrewers3764.366
7SpringfieldCardinals3966.371
8PeoriaCardinals3966.371
9HarrisburgNationals3965.375
10Winston-SalemWhite Sox3965.375
11SyracuseMets3962.386
12CharlotteWhite Sox4164.390
13BrooklynMets4062.392
14StocktonAthletics4062.392
15NorfolkOrioles4163.394
16Tri-CityAngels4263.400
17IowaCubs4362.410
18ReadingPhillies4362.410
19AugustaBraves4362.410
20El PasoPadres4260.412

Here's how all 30 organizations line up when looking at the four full-season affiliates.

RkTeamWLPCTRSRADiff.
1Rays269149.64424181783635
2Yankees250161.60823031750553
3Pirates233180.56421702059111
4Mariners234184.56024472152295
5Red Sox232183.55921692004165
6Royals229188.54923162011305
7Giants221191.53622772053224
8Marlins223195.5332047200344
9Indians221195.5312087201869
10Dodgers219197.52624692176293
11Twins213196.5211897187027
12Rangers213199.51721172005112
13Orioles213202.5132121204972
14Braves209203.50718601869-9
15Tigers212206.50720441935109
16Blue Jays207204.5042135205679
17Rockies207208.49921092205-96
18Brewers204211.4922173212350
19Reds201210.48918861892-6
20Astros200214.483222622215
21Athletics196219.47221812360-179
22Angels187221.45820322275-243
23D-Backs188226.45422162499-283
24Padres188228.45220952265-170
25Cubs184226.44918782076-198
26Phillies183225.44917632059-296
27Mets179225.44319122077-165
28Nationals164248.39817622180-418
29White Sox166252.39718992356-457
30Cardinals159258.38118412469-628
Jackson Chourio (Photo Courtesy Wisconsin Timber Rattlers)

2022 MLB Top Prospects For Every Team

Now that the signing deadline for the draft and the trade deadline are behind us, we have updated our rankings of the Top 30 prospects for every club.

The rankings don't change dramatically when you include all Rookie-levels (Arizona, Florida and Dominican Summer Complex Leagues).

RkTeamWLPCTRSRADiff.
1Rays329198.62429942230764
2Yankees315207.60330512337714
3Mariners290210.58029002472428
4Red Sox300228.56827582502256
5Pirates307250.55128142712102
6Indians285243.5402715262491
7Rockies288246.53927832627156
8Dodgers282248.53230962696400
9Rangers282248.53227522598154
10Giants300265.53130342757277
11Royals296273.52029732701272
12Marlins256237.5192423238142
13Blue Jays250238.51226202432188
14Braves231226.50520472088-41
15Reds244247.4972382233448
16Twins243247.49622472312-65
17Brewers277291.4882876282551
18Phillies245263.48222432459-216
19Astros236254.48225602600-40
20Tigers254281.47525612662-101
21Padres235261.47425242654-130
22Angels231257.47324512640-189
23Orioles262297.46927152910-195
24Mets234283.45323592587-228
25Cubs237289.45124752746-271
26Athletics218275.44224832828-345
27D-Backs235299.44026933134-441
28Nationals203289.41321002496-396
29White Sox199302.39722492807-558
30Cardinals208320.39423373064-727

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