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08:21 AM ET 02.11 | With the swinging of a few offseason deals, the Brewers dropped from the top 10 to last in a ranking of baseball's top farm systems, but who's No. 1? There is no contest. Not only do the Royals have easily the most talented farm system in baseball, but they have one of the best crops of talent of any organization in recent memory. With front-of-the-rotation lefties like Mike Montgomery, John Lamb and Danny Duffy, and middle-of-the-order bats like Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Wil Myers headlining their system, they truly have no equal.

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February 11, 2011  08:54 AM ET

I have been screaming at Red Sox fans the last few days that the Yankees farm system is that good and that is why teams want to trade with them.
Hopefully this ends some of the stupid things said on here at times. Probably not.

February 11, 2011  08:58 AM ET
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It's nice to have top prospects, but unless those guys make an impact in the majors, it means nothing. Let's revisit this discussion in two years.I do remember how a couple of years ago everyone was talking about the Rangers prospects. We know how that turned out.

Agreed. I'll believe it when I see these guys produce at the Big Show.

February 11, 2011  09:13 AM ET
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I have been screaming at Red Sox fans the last few days that the Yankees farm system is that good and that is why teams want to trade with them. Hopefully this ends some of the stupid things said on here at times. Probably not.

Either you're being sarcastic or you don't follow baseball all that well. I'm a die-hard Yankees fan and I've found that the Yankees have a difficult time trading; teams usually ask for established players where other deals (including those involving Boston) usually have one team giving up a couple minor league scrubs for a Veteran All Star.

February 11, 2011  09:23 AM ET
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Either you're being sarcastic or you don't follow baseball all that well. I'm a die-hard Yankees fan and I've found that the Yankees have a difficult time trading; teams usually ask for established players where other deals (including those involving Boston) usually have one team giving up a couple minor league scrubs for a Veteran All Star.

All I have been saying is that to those who do not think the Yankees have a talented farm system, they are wrong! They have no clue.
If you do not think any number of teams have been trying to pry some of the catchers in their system from them in a trade, then you have not been paying attention. MLB is short on catchers. Very short, and the Yankees are loaded there.
Sanchez is their prize at that position. Montero will end up a dH or OF. That is all. And a look back will show that the Yankees have traded minor league talent over and over. Some trades involved MLB roster players who had just moved up. They were not established MLB players.

February 11, 2011  09:29 AM ET
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It's nice to have top prospects, but unless those guys make an impact in the majors, it means nothing. Let's revisit this discussion in two years.I do remember how a couple of years ago everyone was talking about the Rangers prospects. We know how that turned out.

yep ... turned out horrible for those Rangers ... didn't it ...

we won't mention the WS trip they made last year ...

February 11, 2011  09:37 AM ET
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yep ... turned out horrible for those Rangers ... didn't it ... we won't mention the WS trip they made last year ...

Was waiting for someone to respond to that statement.

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February 11, 2011  10:14 AM ET

Who cares?

All of these prospects will be wearing different jerseys as the small -market farm system Royals will supply the bigger fishes later.. the modern day Montreal Expos. That is baseball in a nutshell.

February 11, 2011  10:22 AM ET
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Teams also like trading with ny,cause ny isnt afraid to eat salaryA proper farm team doesn't have to be loaded if you are a good team, it just needs to be able to produce really one major league ready player a year as there aren't many open positions anyway generally

True. I think you nailed it. Money matters in contracts. ya keep them all.

February 11, 2011  10:28 AM ET
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Who cares?All of these prospects will be wearing different jerseys as the small -market farm system Royals will supply the bigger fishes later.. the modern day Montreal Expos. That is baseball in a nutshell.

But what about the Rockies, Tampa Bay, Texas, Detroit, San Fran, Houston. All in the WS the last six years.
The level playing field in the NFL keeps sending the same teams to the big game.
There will always be some teams that just are poorly run.

February 11, 2011  10:42 AM ET
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But what about the Rockies, Tampa Bay, Texas, Detroit, San Fran, Houston. All in the WS the last six years. The level playing field in the NFL keeps sending the same teams to the big game. There will always be some teams that just are poorly run.

no one repeats in the NFL

February 11, 2011  10:43 AM ET
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Who cares?All of these prospects will be wearing different jerseys as the small -market farm system Royals will supply the bigger fishes later.. the modern day Montreal Expos. That is baseball in a nutshell.

I don't think that's the case. The Royals appear to be wringing their hands with glee over their prospects, and not because of their trade value. They are going to have a window of four or five years where they can bring this talent up and make a run for it before they become too expensive.

February 11, 2011  10:51 AM ET
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no one repeats in the NFL

No one has repeated in baseball in ten years. They have in the NFL.

February 11, 2011  11:04 AM ET
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It's nice to have top prospects, but unless those guys make an impact in the majors, it means nothing. Let's revisit this discussion in two years.I do remember how a couple of years ago everyone was talking about the Rangers prospects. We know how that turned out.

Wtf? They made it to the world series last year.

February 11, 2011  11:06 AM ET

I would be Nice to See KC return to glory.Top flight Prospects mean little in the postseason though. Teams that are there every year have battle tested vets leading their teams. In the past 10 years The Indians, Expos,and Diamond Backs had some of the best young talent around. Arizona won with aging vets. but haven't done much since. Indians have done nothing. And the Expos aren't around anymore.

February 11, 2011  11:12 AM ET

I would love to see the Royals relevant again. I'd also love to see Sofia Veraga in the bed next to me each morning.

February 11, 2011  11:34 AM ET
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But what about the Rockies, Tampa Bay, Texas, Detroit, San Fran, Houston. All in the WS the last six years. The level playing field in the NFL keeps sending the same teams to the big game. There will always be some teams that just are poorly run.

Well said. The NBA has a salary cap too. How many teams outside of LA, SA, and Bos have won the championships in the last decade?

 
February 11, 2011  11:53 AM ET

With great players like outfielder TIM SMITH moving up through the ranks, I don't see how the Royals can't be a viable championship contender in the next three to five years. I just don't know about Chucky in KC!

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