Originally written January 26, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
One of the things I’d like to change the next time I do these is to include the young talent already on the major-league roster. Promoting such talent to the major leagues is the purpose of a farm system, and while these are “farm system rankings”, it seems a shame to just completely ignore the talent a team has just promoted to the majors. For instance, the Atlanta Braves will begin this ranking at 15th, but that might give you the impression that their future isn’t bright. Considering that they’ve recently promoted Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman, Brandon Beachy, Mike Minor, Jonny Venters, and Craig Kimbrel in the last couple seasons, that simply isn’t true. Should I attempt this again, I’ll try to find a way to include the pre-arbitration (thus recently-promoted) talent to the rankings and analysis. Anyway, on to why you’re here. 15. Atlanta Braves. Having Julio Teheran at the top helps, but with the seeming impending move of Arodys Vizcaino to the bullpen permanently, ...
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