Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Keith Law ranks Reds farm system among middle of the pack


Keith Law of ESPN Insider recently compiled farm system rankings for all 30 teams in Major League Baseball and those rankings were revealed on Tuesday.

Unless you have an ESPN Insider subscription, you won't be able to access the article, but because I'm a nice guy, I'll let you know how the Reds fared on the list.

Simply put, the Redlegs ranked among the middle of the pack, at No. 16.

Plenty of outfielders and power arms here, light up the middle and possibly light on starting pitching candidates after Robert Stephenson. At worst, they'll put a pretty good bullpen together on the cheap from all of those A-ball starters, a group that includes 2012 first-round pick Nick Travieso.

On Monday, Baseball Prospectus released its batch of top 101 prospect rankings. Three Reds prospects made the grade in the likes of Stephenson, Billy Hamilton, and Phillip Ervin. Last week, both Hamilton and Stephenson were included among MLB.com's top 100 prospect rankings.

As a side note, the division rival Brewers ranked dead last in Law's tabulations. This comes on the heels of not having a single player in the Baseball Prospectus rankings from Monday. Ouch.

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