Author Topic: KLaw: Nats farm system ranked 19th (Baseball America: 14th)  (Read 2661 times)

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Offline GMUNat

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19. Washington Nationals
This represents a ton of progress since Mike Rizzo took over as GM. He inherited a farm system that couldn't begin to fill the major league team's needs. Ownership opened its wallets beyond the first pick in August, adding three more players in the team's Top 10.

http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/insider/news/story?page=2011MLBOrgRanks

I'm hoping the trend of ownership actually spending on the draft continues. Still disappointing to me that the ownership has talked about a plan to develop the farm system for 5 years and they failed to spend the necessary amount until last year's draft. The farm should be ranked higher if the ownership/front office actually put the necessary resources. Look at KC. Dayton Moore came on board around the same time as the Lerners. He has taken a farm system widely considered as one of the worst (just like the Nats) and turned it into arguably the best in baseball history. The crazy thing about that is the Royals had some of the fewest picks in the draft in that time span.
 
Team    Picks in top 3 rounds since '07
Blue Jays    25
Padres    21
Rangers    20
Angels    20
Red Sox    17
Cardinals    17
Royals    12*
* Only Orioles and Indians had fewer
Team    First-round
picks since '07
Blue Jays    12
Rangers    12
Angels    11
D-backs    11
Padres    11
Giants    9
Red Sox    8
Royals    5#
# Only Orioles, Marlins and Indians had fewer

Though it's not all negative. Here is an interesting excerpt from an ESPN.com article on the Royals farm system:

The Royals' talent surge is particularly impressive because of how quickly things have coalesced. That's a product of two astute drafts by former scouting director Deric Ladnier, who now works for the Washington Nationals