No one on the corner got swagga like us.- Pres. George Washington, IIRC
Baseball America released their list of Top 100 prospects today. Of interest to us:
6) Jeremy Hellickson
15) Matt Moore
22) Desmond Jennings
27) Chris Archer
71) Jake McGee
88) Josh Sale
92) Hak-Ju Lee
Overall, the Rays have 7 players in BA's Top 100. That's 7% of the top prospects belonging to a team representing 3% of the league. That's not bad -- nay, it's great.
Elsewhere, Keith Law has ranked the Rays farm as 2nd best in the majors by a close margin; Frankie Piliere has the Rays 3rd best, immediately behind the Braves and Royals; and John Sickels has the Rays system comfortably in 2nd place.
When it comes the my recently invented Swagger (SWGR) equation, the Rays are the best in the league:
SWGR = (FarmAwesomeness) + (MajorsCompetiveness)
Some thoughts after the jump.
- Tim Beckham has nearly faded completely from all prospect lists. This is disheartening, but frankly, he's just one good year away from being every scout's sweatheart again.
- Which brings me to a point SternFan1 and I were discussing: Prospect lists tend to succumb to the SNT Syndrom -- the Shiny New Toy Syndrome. A quick perusal of BA's top 20 makes one think: "Alcohol kills prospectiness," because most top prospects are under the legal drinking age.
- The Yankees and Blue Jays have a pretty decent farm system, but the Red Sox do not. The first makes me upset and the second makes me happy.
- Jason Collette has been recently looking at the Rays prospects. Today, he produced this nifty chart:
- Of note: 30% of the Rays top prospects were non-drafted free agents (NFDA). This means two things: (1) there's talent outside of the draft, and (2) there's even more talent outside of the American baseball realm (meaning most of North and Latin America).
- Jeremy Hellickson did not receive the same love as other top prospectors, getting only a #6 slot from BA. A lot of others rank him anywhere from #1 to #4 in the MLB. (Although some rank him even lower than Jennings or in the 20s -- gasp!)
- Baseball Prospectus has a nice compilation of prospect rankings. I imagine update #10 is forthcoming (in order to reflect BA's recent publication).