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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Both Dodgers And Angels In The Bottom Half Of THT's Farm System Rankings

The Hardball Times has a new farm system ranking out, and neither the Angels nor Dodgers are in the top half (covered later in another article). Among the bottom half teams:
22. Los Angeles Dodgers, NPV: $48.95 million
Top 100 Prospects: James McDonald (53), Andrew Lambo (74), Ethan Martin (89)
The Dodgers have done a great job of drafting and developing players over the last few years. The one thing the farm system has struggled to produce is a big time impact hitter, though Matt Kemp or James Loney could change that. Like Arizona, the Dodgers are in a bit of a transition period, since a lot of talent has graduated.

24. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, NPV: $32.7 million
Top 100 Prospects: Jordan Walden (55), Nick Adenhart (61)
The Angels' farm system has been hurt by the loss of draft picks over the last few years. However, they have a number of picks this year, so this draft will be very important for their future. The A's and Rangers' deep farm systems will make this a very tough division, and there aren't any guarantees about this year either.

Thanks to Phil Johnston for kicking me to link to this piece.

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