Originally posted by pdizo916:
Even though they haven't won a world series YET, I really like how Tampa Bay runs their organization-very strong farm system, very very strong scouting, and being fiscal responsible.
I do think it's interesting though that the Rays have had only 1 player from their last 5 drafts make it to the majors (SS Derek Dietrich, their 2010 2nd round supplemental pick who is now with the Marlins). During that same time (2008-2013), we've had 11 players make it to the majors, including 3 starters on our WS team last year (all-everything Posey, Crawford, Belt)...not to mention Zach Wheeler.
One could also argue that their overall haul from 2007 and 2006 was better than ours, with the drafting of David Price, Evan Longoria, Desmond Jennings, Hellickson, etc., but we also got Timmy and MadBum during those years, which isn't too shabby.
I also believe we have 1 more player in BA's mid-season top 50 prospects (Kyle Crick) than the Rays do (they have none) with the promotion of Meyers and the Tommy John surgery of Guerrieri.
Unfortunately, most of our really good talent is at or below high-A (ton of great arms, a legit catcher prospect in Susac and some interesting young bats in Williamson, Arroyo, Jones, Villalona, Cabrera) so it's hard to get a really good gauge on the overall quality, considering they're so far away from making an impact. However, if things continue the way they're going this year, we could have a top 10 pick next year, 1-2 first round sandwich picks (QOs for either or both Timmy and Hunter) and a high 2nd round pick in what's considered a very strong 2014 draft.
So by 2015, it's not a stretch to see our farm system being considered top-10.
[ Edited by GhostofFredDean74 on Jul 27, 2013 at 5:25 PM ]