According to Outside Pitch MLB, the top five farm systems in baseball are:
1. Houston Astros
2. Chicago Cubs
3. Minnesota Twins
4. Boston Red Sox
5. San Diego Padres
In 2013, Houston had the worst record in baseball at 51-111. The Cubs and Twins weren’t much better at 66-96, and the Padres had another lackluster season at 76-86. Each of these teams will benefit from a strong farm system because they can develop talent instead of spending large sums for established players in the league.
The Word Champion Boston Red Sox are set for several years. They have an excellent big league club, and a great farm system. Manager John Farrell and General Manager Ben Cherington are doing one heck of a job.
Living in San Diego, I am especially interested to see where the Padres are headed. They have a decent big league club, and a few young arms coming back from Tommy John surgery. Joe Wieland, Casey Kelly, and Cory Luebke should all be ready to pitch at some point in 2014.
Second baseman Jedd Gyorko led the team with 23 home runs in his rookie season. Outfielder Will Venable had a breakout 2013 with a .268/.312/.484 slash and 22 home runs. The starting pitching should be very solid with prospective ace Andrew Cashner, newly acquired Josh Johnson, and Ian Kennedy leading the way.
If the Padres stay healthy, they have a good chance of competing for a playoff spot.