The Texas Rangers have been selected as having the second-highest rated farm system in baseball, this according to Baseball America’s Prospect Handbook. The organization has also been ranked as having the top farm system in the game by ESPN.com, the second straight year to receive that honor.
Baseball America's 2010 Prospect Handbook was recently released and contains rankings of all 30 farm systems. The Handbook ranks the top 30 prospects in all 30 major league organizations, so the book contains 900 scouting reports. The book is currently available at www.baseballamerica.com. Rankings are coordinated by executive editor Jim Callis, who oversees the book, and written by BA staff and correspondents. National writer Aaron Fitt wrote up the Rangers.
Baseball America has ranked organizational talent since 1984. Prior to 2008, Texas had finished among the top four in those rankings one time: 1990 (1st). The club has now finished in the top four in three consecutive years: 2008 (4th), 2009 (1st), and 2010 (2nd).
Over the last 10 years (2001-10), the Rangers are one of just four organizations to finish among the top 2 spots in BA rankings in consecutive seasons. The others are Chicago-NL (2nd in 2001 and 1st in 2002), Los Angeles Dodgers (2nd in 2004, 2005, and 2006), and Tampa Bay (1st in 2007 and 2008). Each of those three clubs made postseason appearances either during or in close proximity to those rankings.
What Baseball America had to say about the Rangers farm system in the 2010 Prospect Handbook:
“The Rangers graduated a lot of talent to Arlington in 2009, and some of their lower-level pitchers didn’t step forward as hoped. That’s what pitching depth is for, though, and with Neftali Feliz and Martin Perez leading the way, the Rangers have plenty of impact players left on the farm.”
The list of the top 5 organizations in this year’s Talent Rankings by BA:
1 – Tampa Bay
2 – Texas
3 – Cleveland
4 – San Francisco
5 – Philadelphia