Keith Law has released his annual organizational rankings, and while it is no surprise the Rangers are on top, as they were for the second straight year in Baseball America’s rankings, it is a surprise that the Rays fell to third…
The Rays have graduated a fair amount of talent in recent years but continue to come up with arms, while using their stumble last year to flip Scott Kazmir and add three solid prospects to their system. They could easily graduate three more above-average or better prospects this year if openings arise at the big league level.
One thing Klaw fails to mention is that despite the wealth of talent the Rays have, there is a bit of a void in the middle, with top prospects in triple-A and the low minors, but few blue-chippers in between.
So which team jumped ahead of the Rays into second place? The Boston Red Sox. That’s right, a $125 million payroll and the second best farm system in baseball.
This is the part where we start running around in circles yelling “Amok! Amok Amok!”