It’s hard to argue against the fact that the Boston Red Sox farming system has improved over the past few years and their current situation in this specific area is significantly better than it was three or four seasons ago. Admittedly, the goal of an organization is not to build the best minor league system but rather the major league team that wins the most games possible, but this second part becomes easier with the first on its side. .
On that note, after releasing its Top 100 Prospects list last month, Baseball America on Wednesday released its annual organizational ranking of the best farming systems in all of baseball. For this year’s list, the Red Sox come in at number eleven, right between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Cleveland Guardians. In division terms, Boston finds itself right in the middle of the AL East clubs, behind the Tampa Bay Rays (2) and Baltimore Orioles (4), but ahead of the New York Yankees (13) and Blues. Toronto Jays (19). ).
As we said above, the system is undoubtedly improving and it certainly stands out when you compare to where the team sat before last season, coming in at number 20 on that same ranking. That said, they are actually down slightly from last summer’s midseason rankings when BA ranked Boston as the ninth-best system. It seems at a glance that the big difference seems to be with Jarren Duran, who was a top 25 prospect in the game midway through last year but has dropped to 91 at this point.
Even so, with the emergence of Nick Yorke, who started mid-season last year but really went hyper drive in the second half of the season, I find it hard to be anything but positive about the top tier of the Boston system. The concerns around Duran are valid if a little exaggerated at times, but Triston Casas continues to crash, Marcelo Mayer did everything he could in his short first foray into pro ball, and the push from The aforementioned Yorke gives Boston at least three top prospects. And that’s without even mentioning the top 100 non-BA names like Brayan Bello and Blaze Jordan who could be on nearly every top 100 list by mid-season.
As we said above, the goal should not be to have the best agricultural system. They don’t give rings for that. But in today’s game with talent younger than 15 years ago, having that kind of talent pipeline is essential, and it’s yet another sign the Red Sox are headed in the right direction.