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08:09 AM ET 01.30 | Still relatively new on the job, Jerry Dipoto has his work cut out for him. In 2005, Baseball America awarded the Halos' Minor League talent with the No. 1 ranking in all of baseball. Now, thanks partly to that, the club's Major League roster is once again a championship contender -- but the organization's farm system is expected to finish dead last when the publication releases its 2013 list this March. Second-year general manager [Dipoto], who mostly inherited the downtrodden farm system he now strives to turn around, quickly points to the subjectivity of those rankings. But he admits the Angels' organization has "a lot of room to improve," even though he doesn't really have to.

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January 30, 2013  08:19 AM ET

Objection your honor! I submit to the court the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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January 30, 2013  10:04 AM ET

And The Yankees Top Prospect is?

January 30, 2013  10:58 AM ET
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Objection your honor! I submit to the court the Pittsburgh Pirates.

There's plenty of guys in the Majors who came up w/ the Pirates.

January 30, 2013  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

And The Yankees Top Prospect is?

Joba, lol.

January 30, 2013  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

There's plenty of guys in the Majors who came up w/ the Pirates.

Unforntunately most of 'em are no longer with the Pirates!


<sigh>


Maybe this year they'll finally have a winning record!!!

January 30, 2013  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

And The Yankees Top Prospect is?

Probably Austin Romine.

January 30, 2013  11:35 AM ET

wiseup: While the Angels are signing all these free agents. Or letting Talent Leave (tori Hunter) is great for your lineup and pitching staff. The down side you do not restock farm system that way.

January 30, 2013  11:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Objection your honor! I submit to the court the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He said minor league..

January 30, 2013  11:51 AM ET
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I'm pretty sure the Angels' farm system had the worst overall winning percentage, FWIW.

the worse farm system in angels for the last 5 years or so,,, plus in all this years halos had not made any splash drafting at all,,

January 30, 2013  11:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

And The Yankees Top Prospect is?

yankees still have some top prospects in their farm system,,,,,

January 30, 2013  11:54 AM ET

angels still could add some top prospects from the rays minor league system,,,, halos most trade trumbo and conger to get more talent with this traded players,,,

January 30, 2013  12:25 PM ET

Honestly, who cares? In 2005, when they were ranked #1 one of their top prospects was Brandon Wood. That didn't work out.

If the minors are thin it's because all the good prospects made the majors ahead of schedule (Trout, Trumbo, Aybar, ect.) or were traded (Kotchman, Segura, Rodriguez, Chatwood.)

The end result is what matters, they have put together a major league team with a solid core of homegrown players and free agents for the next 5-10 years.

January 30, 2013  12:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

There's plenty of guys in the Majors who came up w/ the Pirates.

Hey, the Pirates managed to trade Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte to the Yankees for Andrew McCutchen, Ross Ohlendorf et al.

January 30, 2013  01:46 PM ET
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Hey, the Pirates managed to trade Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte to the Yankees for Andrew McCutchen, Ross Ohlendorf et al.

not true at all. pirates drafted mccutchen.

January 30, 2013  01:55 PM ET
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Hey, the Pirates managed to trade Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte to the Yankees for Andrew McCutchen, Ross Ohlendorf et al.

You are thinking of Daniel McCutchen, who was in that trade. Pirates drafted Andrew McCutchen.

January 30, 2013  01:58 PM ET
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the worse farm system in angels for the last 5 years or so,,, plus in all this years halos had not made any splash drafting at all,,

No splash drafting in 5 years? Hello? Mike Trout?

January 30, 2013  04:45 PM ET

The Angels Triple A team finish 2 games over, stats can be misleading because the Cards Triple A team finish well below 500, but their farm system rank first overall in MLB.

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