December 12, 2018

Identifying the Largest Gaps Between Teams and Their Farm Systems

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In the process of conducting research for the “Minors vs. Majors” chapter for my upcoming book “Hardball Retroactive,” I tabulated the overall won-loss records among the minor league affiliates for every Major League franchise since 1963. Further investigation allowed me to ascertain the largest gaps between MLB teams and their farm systems, divided into two distinct charts:

  • teams with the best overall minor league winning percentage as compared to their Major League record during the same season
  • teams with the top Major League winning percentage as compared to their overall minor league record during the same season
  • the second chart in each section depicts the Major League winning percentage for the selected teams over a ten-year period

Terminology


OW – Overall Wins (All Minor League Affiliates, Season)

OL – Overall Losses (All Minor League Affiliates, Season)

OWPCT – Overall Win Percentage (All Minor League Affiliates, Season)

ORANK – Overall Rank (All Minor League Affiliates, Season)

Y0 – Y9 – Major League Win Percentage over Ten Year Period

Y0-RANK – Major League Win Percentage Rank in “Year Zero (0)”

RankDiff – absolute value of the difference between ORANK and Y0-RANK

Example: The 1997 Oakland Athletics concluded the season with a record of 65-97. This equates to a .401 WPCT in Year 0. The A’s affiliates combined for an overall record of 372-324 (.534 OWPCT). Oakland’s record in the subsequent season (1998), denoted as Year 1, improved to 74-88 (.457 WPCT-Y1). The team eclipsed the .500 mark for the remaining eight seasons (1999-2006), represented as Y2-Y9.

Assessment

 

Best Overall WPCT (Minors) – Worst WPCT (Majors)

FranchID_Year OW OL OWPCT ORANK Y0-RANK RankDiff WPCT-Y0
ARI_2014 473 365 0.564 2 30 28 0.395
HOU_2013 476 360 0.569 2 30 28 0.315
COL_2012 428 357 0.545 1 28 27 0.395
TEX_2014 470 362 0.565 1 28 27 0.414
PHI_2000 394 301 0.567 2 29 27 0.401
SEA_2010 448 384 0.538 2 29 27 0.377
HOU_2012 439 394 0.527 4 30 26 0.340
MIN_2016 408 351 0.538 4 30 26 0.364
PHI_2015 417 351 0.543 4 30 26 0.389
NYM_1983 396 294 0.574 1 25 24 0.420
OAK_1997 372 324 0.534 4 28 24 0.401
TEX_1973 271 193 0.584 1 24 23 0.352
CHW_1989 404 290 0.582 1 23 22 0.429
OAK_1982 446 256 0.635 1 22 21 0.420
PHI_1972 308 250 0.552 2 23 21 0.378
NYM_1967 344 276 0.555 1 20 19 0.377

 

FranchYr Y0 Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 Y7 Y8 Y9
ARI_2014 0.395 0.488 0.426 0.574
HOU_2013 0.315 0.432 0.531 0.519 0.623
COL_2012 0.395 0.457 0.407 0.420 0.463 0.537
TEX_2014 0.414 0.543 0.586 0.481
PHI_2000 0.401 0.531 0.497 0.531 0.531 0.543 0.525 0.549 0.568 0.574
SEA_2010 0.377 0.414 0.463 0.438 0.537 0.469 0.531 0.481
HOU_2012 0.340 0.315 0.432 0.531 0.519 0.623
MIN_2016 0.364 0.525
PHI_2015 0.389 0.438 0.407
NYM_1983 0.420 0.556 0.605 0.667 0.568 0.625 0.537 0.562 0.478 0.444
OAK_1997 0.401 0.457 0.537 0.565 0.630 0.636 0.593 0.562 0.543 0.574
TEX_1973 0.352 0.525 0.488 0.469 0.580 0.537 0.512 0.472 0.543 0.395
CHW_1989 0.429 0.580 0.537 0.531 0.580 0.593 0.472 0.525 0.497 0.494
OAK_1982 0.420 0.457 0.475 0.475 0.469 0.500 0.642 0.611 0.636 0.519
PHI_1972 0.378 0.438 0.494 0.531 0.623 0.623 0.556 0.519 0.562 0.551
NYM_1967 0.377 0.451 0.617 0.512 0.512 0.532 0.509 0.438 0.506 0.531


The 1967 Mets and the 1973 Rangers are the only teams in the last 55 seasons to achieve the highest overall winning percentage among their minor league affiliates in a given year while ranking last in the Majors in the same category. The Metropolitans finished last in the National League with a record of 61-101 (.377), residing in the cellar for the fifth time in six seasons. Yet there was a glimmer of hope as Tom Seaver (16-13, 2.76) captured Rookie of the Year honors. Primarily under the direction of Joe McDonald and Nelson Burbink, the Mets’ farm system thrived from 1966 through 1971 and sustained the big league squad into the mid-1970’s. The “Miracle Mets” shocked the world in ’69 and the Mets played above .500 baseball for five straight seasons (1969-73). The talent stockpile included Nolan Ryan, Jerry Koosman, Ed Figueroa, Jon Matlack, Tug McGraw, Amos Otis and Ken Singleton. Ryan missed most of ’67 due to military service after obliterating the opposition in the Western Carolinas League, striking out 272 batters in 183 innings as the Greenville Mets’ ace in ’66. The “Ryan Express” whiffed a MLB-record 5714 hitters and spun 7 no-hitters over the course of his remarkable 27-year career. Koosman eclipsed the 20-win mark in ’76 and ’79 and racked up 222 victories with 51 WAR through 19 MLB seasons. “Kooz” placed runner-up in the 1968 NL Rookie of the Year and 1976 NL Cy Young balloting. Figueroa enjoyed a four-year run from 1975 to 1978 with 18 victories per year and an ERA of 3.12. Matlack (15-10, 2.32) merited 1972 NL Rookie of the Year honors and supplied a 3.18 ERA over thirteen big-league campaigns. McGraw saved 180 contests with a 3.14 ERA in nearly two decades of Major League competition. Generating 40.7 WAR in 17 campaigns (14 as the Royals’ center fielder), Otis twice led the American League in doubles and swiped 29 bags yearly during the Seventies. The runner-up for 1979 AL MVP with a .295 BA, 35 round-trippers and 111 ribbies, Singleton coaxed 90+ bases on balls eight times and paced the NL with a .425 OBP in 1973.

1967 New York Mets Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Bernie Smith LF .309 4 52 Richard Noe 13-7 1.37
Don Bosch CF .263 5 31 Jim McAndrew 10-8 1.47
Ken Singleton RF .277 4 41 Danny Frisella 11-5 1.88
Mike Jorgensen 1B .295 5 41 Tug McGraw 10-9 1.99
Bob Heise 2B .298 1 37 Jerry Koosman 11-10 2.43
Tony Canzano SS .248 3 34
Arsenio Diaz 3B .258 17 58 BULLPEN WLS ERA
Steve Chilcott C .290 6 45 Jay Carden 13-7 1.69
Malcolm Warren 12-6 2.25
BENCH POS BA HR RBI Ed Bauta 4-4 2.22
Tom Robson 1B .319 12 44 Ed Figueroa 12-5 2.05
Denny Lundgren 1B .225 18 54 Jim Bethke 10-8 2.58
James Plant 3B .226 15 55
Michael Gerich OF .271 6 30
Johnny Lewis OF .218 11 41
Jerry Morales OF .248 8 48
Greg Goossen C .234 11 37


Rebranded as the Rangers after abandoning Washington D.C. prior to the start of the 1972 season, Texas toiled through consecutive 100-loss campaigns. Farm director Hal Keller supervised a talented crew which topped all organizations with a .584 OWPCT in ’73 and runner-up with a .566 mark in the following year. Under the fiery leadership of Billy Martin, the Rangers placed second in the American League West with 84 victories in 1974. Texas notched 94 wins in ’77 and seized the runner-up slot in consecutive seasons (1977-78). Known as the “Human Rain Delay” for the inordinate amount of time he required to finish an at-bat, Mike Hargrove secured the 1974 AL Rookie of the Year with a .323 BA. The first-sacker eclipsed the century mark in bases on balls four times and paced the Junior Circuit with a .424 OBP in ’81. Four-time National League batting champion Bill Madlock retired after 15 seasons with a .305 lifetime BA. Jim Sundberg accumulated six consecutive Gold Glove awards (1976-1981) as the Rangers’ backstop. Lenny Randle eclipsed the .300 mark twice in a four-year span (’74 and ’77). Len Barker led the American League in strikeouts in back-to-back seasons (1980-81), recorded 19 wins for the Tribe in ’80 and pitched a perfect game against Toronto on May 15, 1981.

1973 Texas Rangers Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Don Castle LF .325 9 88 Jeff Scott 14-9 2.83
Vernon Wilkins CF .310 3 47 Jackie Brown 10-1 2.34
Doug Ault RF .276 19 88 Rick Henninger 12-5 3.81
Tom Robson DH .316 38 126 Wade Frye 8-6 2.49
Mike Hargrove 1B .351 12 82 Len Barker 7-1 1.37
Mike Cubbage 2B .312 13 65
Pete Mackanin SS .302 7 55 BULLPEN WLS ERA
Bill Madlock 3B .338 22 90 Stan Thomas 15 2.75
Jim Sundberg C .298 5 40 Wayne Popiolek 4-3 2.47
        Michael Miller 4-5 2.41
BENCH POS BA HR RBI James Raynor 4-5 2.82
Steve Greenberg 1B .281 8 71 Dave Moharter 8-5 3.23
Roy Howell 3B .242 15 47
Bob Jones OF .277 9 71
Ron Pruitt OF .277 8 55
Dave Moates OF .302 4 63
Dave Criscione C .276 4 47


The Astros earned high OWPCT marks in successive seasons (2012-13) while ranking last in the Majors over three straight years (2011-13). We will focus on 2013 as the organization placed runner-up with a .569 OWPCT. While the jury is still out on the long-term results of the franchise’s rebuilding plans, Houston’s near-term triumphs include a playoff berth in 2015 and a victory in the 2017 World Series. George Springer claimed the 2017 World Series MVP award with a .379 BA and 5 long balls after averaging 29 doubles, 32 circuit clouts and 114 runs scored over the past two seasons. Carlos Correa, the #1 selection in the 2012 Draft, secured 2015 AL Rookie of the Year honors and produced 28 two-baggers, 22 jacks and a .288 BA for the Astros in three seasons. Jonathan Villar pilfered 32 bags annually over six minor league seasons with the Phillies and Astros. “Villi” ripped 38 two-base knocks and 19 four-baggers while pacing the NL with 62 stolen bases in 2016 for the Brew Crew. Domingo Santana (.278/30/85) capitalized on a full-time role as Milwaukee’s right fielder in 2017. Chris Devenski (12-9, 2.38) thrived as a reliever for the Astros since his promotion in 2016 after a severe flogging as a member of the Lancaster JetHawks (A+) three years earlier (4-2, 7.88). Lance McCullers, Jr. furnished a 3.18 ERA and struck out 10.1 batters per nine innings with the Quad Cities River Bandits (A) in 2013. He maintained a 19-16 record with a 3.60 ERA and 10.2 K/9 through 58 starts with Houston (2015-17).

2013 Houston Astros Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Andrew Aplin LF .278 9 107 David Martinez 14-4 2.57
George Springer CF .303 37 108 Jake Buchanan 12-7 2.96
Preston Tucker RF .297 25 103 A. Wojciechowski 11-8 3.32
Chris Epps DH .275 16 75 Bobby Doran 11-2 3.51
M.P. Cokinos 1B .313 13 94 Vince Velasquez 9-6 3.54
Delino D DeShields 2B .317 5 54
Carlos Correa SS .320 9 86 BULLPEN WLS ERA
Matt E. Duffy 3B .309 24 94 Gonzalo Sanudo 19 1.16
Tyler Heineman C .286 13 71 Jorge De Leon 0-3 3.46
Jordan Jankowski 3-1 3.05
BENCH POS BA HR RBI Michael Dimock 9-1 3.88
Erik Castro 1B .280 18 65 Mitchell Lambson 8-3 3.03
Brett Wallace 1B .326 11 37
Joe Sclafani SS .294 7 62
Brandon Meredith OF .279 16 68
Domingo Santana OF .252 25 64
Max Stassi C .277 17 60


The 2014 Diamondbacks matched the largest rank differential, finishing in the basement with a record of 64-98 (.395) while securing second place in overall minor league win percentage. Arizona returned to respectability in Year 3, capturing a playoff berth in 2017 with a 93-69 mark in the regular season. David Peralta aka “Freight Train” paced the NL in triples (10) while establishing career-highs with a .312 BA, 17 jacks and 78 ribbies for the D-backs in his sophomore year (2015). The pitcher-turned-outfielder spent three seasons in Independent Ball before Arizona signed him as a free agent in 2013, where he quickly worked his way through the minors to merit a promotion to the big leagues in June 2014. Twice involved in three-team trades early in his career, Didi Gregorius slumped to a .226 BA in his second season with Arizona, earning a demotion to the Reno Aces (AAA). The slick-fielding shortstop added power to his game, boasting a .281 BA with 30 two-base hits and 22 round-trippers over the last two years for the Yankees. Jake Lamb mustered 30 doubles and 30 circuit clouts while driving in 98 runs per year over the last two seasons. “Lambo” reached the Majors in 2014 following a stellar campaign chiefly with the Mobile BayBears (AA) where he batted .327 with 39 two-baggers.

2014 Arizona Diamondbacks Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Alex Glenn LF .285 24 89 Brandon Sinnery 14-7 4.02
David Peralta CF .297 6 46 Aaron Blair 9-5 3.56
Danny Dorn RF .310 12 50 Braden Shipley 7-8 3.86
Rudy Flores 1B .301 28 100 Ryan Doran 8-3 2.71
Garrett Weber 2B .318 9 48 A.J. Schugel 6-4 3.47
Didi Gregorius SS .310 3 25
Jake Lamb 3B .327 15 84 BULLPEN WLS ERA
Michael Perez C .238 9 35 Silvino Bracho 26 2.08
Enrique Burgos 29 2.47
BENCH POS BA HR RBI Will Locante 3-0 1.53
Mike Jacobs 1B .299 19 97 Jose Jose 1-1 2.58
Trevor Mitsui 1B .331 12 53 Cody Wheeler 5-4 1.63
Brandon Drury 3B .299 23 95
Andy Marte 3B .329 19 80
Alfredo Marte OF .319 11 45
Justin Williams OF .351 4 46
Ronnie Freeman C .278 3 41


The Mets topped all farm systems in 1983 with a .574 OWPCT while barely escaping the cellar as the Mariners suffered through the third 100-loss season in their seven-year existence. Reaping the benefits of a budding minor league operation helmed by Joe McIlvane and Steve Schryver, New York reeled off seven consecutive seasons above .500 (1984-1990) culminating in a World Series victory in ’86. Dwight “Doc” Gooden whiffed 300 batsmen in 191 innings as an 18-year old at Lynchburg (A) while teammate Lenny “Nails” Dykstra ignited the lineup with a .358 BA, 105 stolen bases and 132 runs scored.  Gooden logged a 157-85 mark with a 3.10 ERA, 1.175 WHIP and 45.3 WAR through 11 seasons with the Metropolitans. Dykstra (.305/19/77) placed runner-up in the 1993 NL MVP race as the center fielder for the Phillies as he topped the circuit in hits (194), bases on balls (129) and runs scored (143). Kevin “World” Mitchell seized the 1989 NL MVP award, posting a league-high 47 moon-shots, 125 ribbies and a .635 SLG.

1983 New York Mets Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
John Christensen LF .322 14 87 Dwight Gooden 19-4 2.50
Lenny Dykstra CF .358 8 81 Kevin A. Brown 15-7 2.74
Paul Hollins RF .301 21 97 Jay Tibbs 14-8 2.92
Gary Rajsich 1B .270 28 83 Bill Latham 12-8 3.15
Steve Springer 2B .338 12 88 Floyd Youmans 12-3 3.42
Wilmer Caraballo SS .299 13 66
Clint Hurdle 3B .285 22 105 BULLPEN WLS ERA
John Gibbons C .298 18 67 Scott Murray 21 1.73
Wes Gardner 15 1.87
BENCH POS BA HR RBI Ed Pruitt 8 3.95
Mike Bishop 1B .260 14 54 Jeff Innis 8-0 1.37
Dave Cochrane 3B .263 25 102 John Boyles 12-1 2.42
Ken Harris 3B .301 7 57
Kevin Mitchell 3B .299 15 85
Stan Jefferson OF .320 9 36
Herm Winningham OF .329 5 52
Mike Fitzgerald C .284 14 65


Texas nose-dived to the third-worst record in baseball during the 2014 campaign after back-to-back World Series appearances in 2010-11. On a positive note, the Rangers’ .565 OWPCT ensured a swift recovery. Nomar Mazara swatted 20 big-flies in his first two big league seasons and eclipsed the 100-RBI plateau in 2017. Joey Gallo dialed long distance 41 times in 2017 despite a .209 BA and 196 strikeouts. Part of the ransom sent to the Phillies in return for Cole Hamels, right fielder Nick Williams debuted in 2017 with a .288 BA, 14 doubles and 12 homers in 83 games.

2014 Texas Rangers Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Ryan Cordell LF .318 13 59 Andrew Faulkner 12-5 2.73
Jared Hoying CF .271 26 78 Chi Chi Gonzalez 12-6 2.66
Nomar Mazara RF .271 22 89 Sam Wolff 9-5 3.37
Ryan Rua DH .306 18 74 Alec Asher 11-11 3.80
Preston Beck 1B .255 11 77 Jerad Eickhoff 10-9 4.08
Seth Spivey 2B .332 3 27
Hanser Alberto SS .273 7 58 BULLPEN WLS ERA
Joey Gallo 3B .271 42 106 Phil Klein 10 0.52
J.P. Arencibia C .279 14 41 Abel De Los Santos 8 1.92
        Cody Kendall 8-3 1.11
BENCH POS BA HR RBI Josh McElwee 4-0 2.57
Lewis Brinson OF .288 13 50 Alex Claudio 6-3 1.66
Jake Smolinski OF .267 10 41
Brad Snyder OF .284 18 51
Luke Tendler OF .316 11 57
Nick Williams OF .283 13 74
Marcus Greene C .289 3 25


Colorado led all MLB franchises with a .545 OWPCT in 2012 while placing 28th out of 30 teams at the big league level. The Rockies struggled for five seasons to return to relevance, emerging with a Wild Card berth in 2017. Charlie Blackmon (.331/37/104) collected the 2017 NL batting crown and placed fifth in the NL MVP race while leading the circuit with 213 base hits, 14 triples, 137 runs and 387 total bases. Corey Dickerson drilled 30+ doubles in back-to-back seasons (2016-17). Trevor Story (.272/27/72) placed fourth in the 2016 NL Rookie of the Year balloting. David Dahl (.315/7/24) missed the entire 2017 campaign due to injury after a promising debut through the final two months of the previous year. Will Harris owns a 2.99 ERA with a 1.105 WHIP and 9.5 K/9 in 290 relief outings through six big-league seasons.

2012 Colorado Rockies Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Andrew Brown LF .308 24 98 Christian Bergman 16-5 3.65
David Dahl CF .379 9 57 Ben Alsup 14-5 3.63
Kyle Parker RF .308 23 73 Tyler Anderson 12-3 2.47
Harold Riggins 1B .302 19 76 Edwar Cabrera 11-5 3.05
Taylor Featherston 2B .299 12 53 Brandon Hynick 9-7 3.32
Trevor Story SS .277 18 63
Brendan Harris 3B .317 9 63 BULLPEN WLS ERA
Will Swanner C .302 16 61 Adam Jorgenson 16 1.86
Kenny Roberts 4-1 1.85
BENCH POS BA HR RBI Will Harris 4-1 2.08
Jordan Ribera 1B .285 10 54 Russell Brewer 1-3 2.09
Josh Rutledge SS .306 13 35 Mike Ekstrom 3-1 2.53
Charlie Blackmon OF .289 6 37
Corey Dickerson OF .304 22 81
Matt McBride OF .344 10 87
Julian Yan OF .282 16 57
Tom Murphy C .288 6 38


Philadelphia leads all franchises with three entries in the Best OWPCT – Worst WPCT chart. Steve “Lefty” Carlton (27-10, 1.97) recorded nearly half of the victories for the hapless 1972 crew. The Fightin’ Phillies resurfaced in 1975, kicking off a decade of winning baseball in the City of Brotherly Love. Mike Schmidt made his MLB debut in September 1972 following an exceptional year with the Eugene Emeralds (AAA). “Schmitty” launched 36 moon-shots and plated 104 baserunners per year from 1974 to 1987 counting 8 seasons atop the charts. The 3-time NL MVP and 10-time Gold Glove winner retired in 1989 with 548 home runs and 116 WAR. Bob Boone similarly earned a promotion to the Phillies subsequent to an outstanding campaign in Eugene, hitting at a .308 clip with 32 doubles and 17 jacks. The seven-time Gold Glove backstop caught 2,225 games over a 19-year career.

Bobby Abreu (.316/25/79) and Scott Rolen (.298/26/89) highlighted an otherwise mundane roster that managed only 65 wins. Excepting 2002, the Phils played at or above .500 ball from 2001 to 2012. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons (AAA) featured shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who made his big-league debut in September 2000 following a productive year comprising 28 doubles, 11 triples, 12 homers and 24 steals. “J-Roll” captured the 2007 NL MVP award, leading the league with 20 three-base hits and 139 tallies to complement career-highs in batting average (.296), base hits (212), homers (30), RBI (94) and total bases (380). Marlon Byrd eclipsed the century mark for runs scored in three successive seasons in the Phillies’ farm system (2000-02) while batting .307 with 29 doubles and 20 taters in the same stretch. Playing for 10 teams in a career that spanned 15 years, Byrd squashed at least 20 big-flies four times and set a career-high with 43 two-baggers and 89 RBI for the Rangers in 2009. Ryan Madson fashioned a record of 59-35 with an ERA of 3.58 during his minor league career including a 14-5 mark with a 2.59 ERA with the Piedmont Boll Weevils (A) in 2000. Converted to relief work upon promotion to the Majors in September 2003, “Mad Dog” twice saved at least 30 contests in a season and holds an ERA of 3.35 entering the 2018 campaign.

The 2015 squad held the fourth-best OWPCT while struggling to a 63-99 mark. It remains to be seen if the current group of prospects can restore the Phillies to playoff contention. Rhys Hoskins established a Major League record when he homered 18 times in his first 34 games (2017). “Hosk” clobbered 34 blasts and knocked in 104 baserunners per year during his ascent to the big leagues (2016-17).  One year subsequent to his selection as the Phillies #1 pick in the June 2014 Draft, Aaron Nola debuted with a 6-2 mark and a 3.59 ERA in 13 starts. Nola struck out 184 batsmen in 168 innings in 2017 and fashioned ratios comparable to his minor league output (2.57 ERA, 1.057 WHIP).

1972 Philadelphia Phillies Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Joe Lis LF .338 26 58 Dave Downs 15-7 2.41
Mike Anderson CF .298 17 56 Donald Kreke 15-7 3.14
Jerry Martin RF .316 12 112 Chuck Kniffin 13-1 2.11
Bob Spence 1B .294 18 61 Roy J. Thomas 11-7 3.43
Thomas Silicato 2B .329 6 56 Mike Martin 11-8 3.54
Fred Andrews SS .271 3 53
Mike Schmidt 3B .291 26 91 BULLPEN WLS ERA
Bob Boone C .308 17 67 Murray Gage-Cole 17 2.25
Ed Sukla 9 2.25
BENCH POS BA HR RBI Mac Scarce 4-0 0.88
Bob Beall 1B .283 5 53 Terry Periman 11-3 1.99
Kevin Bryant 3B .330 11 43 David Fanning 9-3 1.71
Russell Klobas OF .319 6 48
Bill Robinson OF .304 20 66
Mike Rogodzinski OF .266 18 44
James Ziegler OF .316 6 47
Bill Nahorodny C .263 6 33


2000 Philadelphia Phillies Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Marlon Byrd LF .309 17 93 Ryan Madson 14-5 2.59
Jay Sitzman CF .316 6 55 Frank Brooks 14-8 3.44
Jorge Padilla RF .305 11 67 B. Duckworth 13-7 3.16
Nate Espy 1B .312 21 87 Jason Kershner 10-2 3.32
Marlon Anderson 2B .305 8 53 Cliff Politte 8-4 3.12
Jimmy Rollins SS .274 12 69
Rusty McNamara 3B .294 14 76 BULLPEN WLS ERA
Gary Bennett C .306 12 52 Doug Nickle 16 2.44
Mark Outlaw 11 0.94
BENCH POS BA HR RBI Jeremy Wedel 9 2.13
Gary Burnham 1B .268 13 61 Joe Cotton 4-2 2.35
Reggie Griggs 1B .340 6 42 Matt Bailie 7-0 1.39
Gene Schall 1B .286 21 80
Tomas Perez SS .294 10 56
Jason Michaels OF .295 10 74
Eric Valent OF .258 22 90
Russ Jacobson C .247 19 71


2015 Philadelphia Phillies Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Herlis Rodriguez LF .294 10 61 Ricardo Pinto 15-4 2.97
Brian Bogusevic CF .296 12 57 Aaron Nola 10-4 2.39
Aaron Altherr RF .293 14 67 Ranfi Casimiro 9-7 3.35
Rhys Hoskins 1B .319 17 90 Brandon Leibrandt 7-3 2.91
Josh Tobias 2B .321 4 37 Tyler Viza 5-10 3.38
J.P. Crawford SS .288 6 42
Damek Tomscha 3B .282 8 59 BULLPEN WLS ERA
Andrew Knapp C .308 13 84 Matt Hockenberry 19 2.24
Robert Tasin 17 1.84
BENCH POS BA HR RBI Joey DeNato 10 1.67
Russ Canzler 1B .274 10 47 Alexis Rivero 10 2.64
Kyle Martin 1B .279 5 37 Edubray Ramos 8 2.07
Brock Stassi 1B .300 15 90
Angelo Mora 2B .312 3 39
Dylan Cozens OF .286 8 59
Roman Quinn OF .306 4 15
Lenin Rodriguez C .258 4 30


The 2010 Mariners slogged through a wretched season, posting the worst record in the American League at 61-101. Only the lowly Pirates tallied more losses in the Major Leagues with a 57-105 mark. Seattle’s farm system, on the other hand, finished second with an overall winning percentage of .538. Kyle Seager blistered the opposition with a .340 BA and 37 two-base knocks at three minor league affiliates (2010-2011). “Corey’s Brother” merited All-Star status along with a Gold Glove at the hot corner in 2014. Seager produced 33 doubles, 25 circuit clouts and 85 ribbies annually in six full seasons since 2012. Despite injury and inconsistency during his five big-league seasons, Michael Pineda carries a 1.190 WHIP and 9.1 K/9 into the 2018 season. An All-Star selection in his rookie year (2009), Pineda fashioned a 31-14 mark with a 2.50 ERA and a WHIP of 1.186 during his stint in the M’s farm system.

2010 Seattle Mariners Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Jake Shaffer LF .336 9 78 Anthony Vasquez 11-9 2.46
Greg Halman CF .243 33 80 Michael Pineda 11-4 3.36
Johermyn Chavez RF .315 32 96 Luke French 11-3 2.94
Mike Wilson DH .278 25 78 Erasmo Ramirez 10-4 2.97
Rich Poythress 1B .315 31 130 James Gillheeney 10-11 3.55
Kyle Seager 2B .345 14 74
Nick Franklin SS .283 23 65 BULLPEN WLS ERA
Nate Tenbrink 3B .318 14 70 Forrest Snow 9 0.60
Guillermo Quiroz C .286 7 46 Anthony Varvaro 9 4.02
        Brian Moran 6-1 1.73
BENCH POS BA HR RBI Stephen Penney 5-3 3.53
Dennis Raben 1B .291 20 66 Robert Rohrbaugh 4-2 3.70
Kevin Mailloux 3B .296 15 52
Ramon Morla 3B .323 17 49
Matthew Cerione OF .287 12 42
Kevin Rivers OF .332 11 48
Blake Ochoa C .285 9 32


The 1982 Athletics compiled the second-best OWPCT (.635) in the last 55 seasons, trailing only the 1979 Yankees (.639). Oakland secured four playoff berths and played above .500 ball in six successive campaigns (1987-1992). Tony Phillips scored 104 runs, coaxed 107 bases on balls and laced 27 two-base hits per year over an eight-year span (1990-97). The Expos first-round selection in the 1978 Amateur Draft equaled his minor league OBP of .374 (in the Athletics’ system) over an 18-year career. Mike Davis leveraged a .299 BA with 38 steals for the Tacoma Tigers (AAA) in 1981-82 to attain a full-time role as Oakland’s right fielder from 1983-87. Registering 27 doubles, 16 dingers and 23 steals annually during that timeframe, Davis established personal-bests in ’85 with a .287 BA, 34 two-baggers, 24 homers, 82 ribbies and 92 runs scored.

1982 Oakland Athletics Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Jim Bennett LF .278 29 115 Mark Ferguson 17-6 1.77
Mike Davis CF .316 12 68 Chris Codiroli 16-4 2.03
Tom Romano RF .340 26 98 Tim Conroy 15-4 2.25
Dave Hudgens DH .301 24 82 Mike Warren 15-4 2.92
Phillip Strom 1B .294 15 73 Eric Barry 13-2 2.40
Keith Drumright 2B .329 0 29
Tony Phillips SS .297 4 47 BULLPEN WLS ERA
Bob Bathe 3B .288 9 41 Jeff Kobernus 13 1.72
Bill Bathe C .281 17 57 Paul Josephson 13 1.92
        Ed Myers 12 1.63
BENCH POS BA HR RBI Todd Fischer 8 1.12
Jim Eppard 1B .376 1 41 Allen Edwards 12-4 3.21
Greg Robles 1B .371 7 52
Danny Goodwin OF .301 11 58
Anthony Laurenzi OF .362 8 38
Mitchell Page OF .305 14 59
Charlie O’Brien C .295 6 46


Pale Hose prospects Frank E. Thomas, Robin Ventura and Jack McDowell contributed to a solid seven-year run in the Windy City as the team yielded winning records in six seasons (1990-96) including consecutive first-place finishes within the division in ’93 and ’94. The organization yielded a .582 OWPCT in 1989 in stark contrast to the Southsiders’ last-place finish in the AL West (69-92, .429). In addition to the three superstars listed above, Chicago also drafted Ray Durham and Alex Fernandez during Larry Himes’ stint as the club’s General Manager. Thomas amassed 70.6 WAR over a 19-year career encompassing back-to-back AL MVP awards (1993-94), 521 home runs and a slash line of .301/.419/.555. Ventura collected 6 Gold Gloves at the hot corner while accruing 49.4 WAR in sixteen seasons. Lance “One Dog” Johnson delivered a .304 BA with 39 steals per season as a farmhand for the Redbirds and the Pale Hose, virtually identical to the .299 BA and 34 stolen bases that he averaged in full-time play with the White Sox and Mets over an eight-year span (1990-97).

1989 Chicago White Sox Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Derek Lee LF .286 11 48 Sam Chavez 18-6 2.23
Lance Johnson CF .304 0 28 Carlos De La Cruz 15-7 2.55
Todd Trafton RF .259 12 56 Riley Stephens 14-7 2.12
Frank E. Thomas DH .296 5 41 Fred Dabney 11-7 2.09
Billy Jo Robidoux 1B .317 11 42 Jeff Bittiger 10-6 2.00
Cesar Bernhardt 2B .300 6 81
Craig Grebeck SS .287 5 80 BULLPEN WLS ERA
Robin Ventura 3B .278 3 67 Scott Radinsky 31 1.75
Jerry Willard C .276 7 39 John Hudek 26 2.40
        Jose Segura 17 2.30
BENCH POS BA HR RBI Brent Knackert 12 2.94
Rich Amaral 2B .285 4 48 Jose Ventura 7-3 1.57
Gregory Roth 3B .274 10 55
Rodney McCray OF .265 1 34
Kinnis Pledger OF .266 3 39
Aubrey Waggoner OF .228 4 35
Jay Hornacek C .254 7 40


Oakland suffered through six straight seasons of sub-.500 ball after dominating the American League with four playoff berths in five campaigns (1988-1992). The Athletics’ farm system featured a future Rookie of the Year (Ben Grieve, 1998) and MVP (Miguel Tejada, 2002) in 1997. Two years later, the Green and Gold led all franchises with a .573 OWPCT, capping a triumphant 12-year run for their minor league operation. Grieve (.350/31/136) annihilated the opposition with Huntsville (AA) and Edmonton (AAA) then slashed 32 two-base hits and launched 21 moon-shots per year through a half-decade with the A’s and Devil Rays (1998-2002). Tejada tallied 51 WAR in 16 seasons and produced a .291 BA with 35 doubles, 24 bombs, 100 ribbies and 94 runs scored annually as a starting shortstop from 1999 to 2010. Excepting 2007, “Miggy” played in at least 156 contests every year during that timeframe. Ramon J. Hernandez compiled a .301 BA with 24 two-baggers, 17 jacks and 104 RBI over two seasons for the Visalia Oaks (A) and Huntsville Stars (AA) in 1997-98. Hernandez set personal-bests with 29 doubles, 23 dingers and 91 ribbies as a member of the Orioles in 2006.

1997 Oakland Athletics Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Brian Lesher LF .323 21 78 Chris A. Nelson 12-6 4.60
Ryan Christenson CF .310 17 77 Scott Rivette 12-10 4.31
Ben Grieve RF .350 31 136 Brett Laxton 11-5 2.99
Mike Coolbaugh DH .308 30 132 Bill King 9-7 4.19
D.T. Cromer 1B .323 15 121 Jake O’Dell 8-5 4.54
Scott Sheldon 2B .315 19 77
Miguel Tejada SS .275 22 97 BULLPEN WLS ERA
Jason Wood 3B .321 19 87 Todd Weinberg 23 3.46
Ramon J Hernandez C .306 19 109 Kevin Gunther 17 3.38
        Todd Bussa 15 2.53
BENCH POS BA HR RBI Gary Haught 11 3.96
T.R. Marcinczyk 1B .276 23 91 Juan Perez 8 2.78
Mark Bellhorn 2B .328 11 46
Justin Bowles OF .327 7 51
Mario Encarnacion OF .297 18 78
Mike Neill OF .333 14 87
A.J. Hinch C .328 24 97


Coming off the club’s worst record (59-103) since moving to Minnesota in 1961, the Twins bounced back with an 85-win season and a Wild Card berth in 2017. The talent pool from the 2016 minor league roster bodes well for their near-term success, including Gold Glove center fielder Byron Buxton, shortstop Jorge Polanco and starting pitcher Jose Berrios. Buxton (.334/12/77) split a splendid 2013 season between the Cedar Rapids Kernels (A) and the Fort Myers Miracle (A+), legging out 18 three-base hits, nabbing 55 bags and scoring 109 runs. The Gold Glove center fielder tagged 16 taters and swiped 29 bases for the Twinkies in 2017. A teammate of Buxton with the Kernels in ’13, Polanco contributed 32 doubles and 10 triples along with a .308 BA. “Chulo” assumed the starting shortstop job in the Twin Cities in 2017, lacing 30 two-baggers and driving in 74 runs. Berrios fared much better in his sophomore year, posting a 14-8 mark with a 3.89 ERA and a WHIP of 1.229. “La Maquina” aced his minor league assignments, fashioning a record of 49-25 with a 2.77 ERA, 1.075 WHIP and 9.6 K/9.

2016 Minnesota Twins Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Adam Walker LF .243 27 75 Stephen Gonsalves 13-5 2.06
Edgar Corcino CF .273 8 59 Felix Jorge 12-8 2.69
Daniel Palka RF .254 34 90 Jose Berrios 10-5 2.51
LaMonte Wade DH .293 8 51 Cody Stashak 10-5 2.80
Zander Wiel 1B .259 19 86 Fernando Romero 9-3 1.89
Luis Arraez 2B .347 3 66
Jorge Polanco SS .276 9 39 BULLPEN WLS ERA
Nelson Molina 3B .300 2 43 T. Hildenberger 19 0.75
Mitch Garver C .270 12 74 J.T. Chargois 16 1.35
        Nick Anderson 13 2.65
BENCH POS BA HR RBI Anthony McIver 10 2.58
Kennys Vargas 1B .233 15 58 Marcus Walden 6 2.40
Travis Blankenhorn 2B .293 10 41
Byron Buxton OF .305 11 24
Jaylin Davis OF .255 16 41
Niko Goodrum OF .275 7 33
A.J. Murray C .238 10 49

 

Best WPCT (Majors) – Worst Overall WPCT (Minors)

FranchID_Year OW OL OWPCT ORANK Y0-RANK RankDiff WPCT-Y0
SFG_2000 306 384 0.443 29 1 28 0.599
ATL_1998 337 431 0.439 29 2 27 0.654
MIN_2010 327 430 0.432 30 4 26 0.580
STL_2001 298 407 0.423 30 4 26 0.574
MIL_2011 355 406 0.466 29 3 26 0.593
DET_1984 221 294 0.429 26 1 25 0.642
ATL_1995 346 417 0.453 26 2 24 0.625
ATL_1996 354 407 0.465 26 2 24 0.593
BAL_1979 219 271 0.447 25 1 24 0.642
CHC_1984 312 398 0.439 25 2 23 0.596
OAK_1988 320 384 0.455 24 1 23 0.642
PIT_1992 324 382 0.459 24 2 22 0.593
DET_1987 287 333 0.463 23 1 22 0.605
OAK_1973 214 266 0.446 24 4 20 0.580
OAK_1974 213 269 0.442 24 4 20 0.556
OAK_1972 209 276 0.431 23 3 20 0.600
CIN_1970 219 252 0.465 22 2 20 0.630
LAD_1965 343 424 0.447 19 2 17 0.599

 

FranchYr Y0 Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 Y7 Y8 Y9
SFG_2000 0.599 0.556 0.590 0.621 0.562 0.463 0.472 0.438 0.444 0.543
ATL_1998 0.654 0.636 0.586 0.543 0.631 0.623 0.593 0.556 0.488 0.519
MIN_2010 0.580 0.389 0.407 0.407 0.432 0.512 0.364 0.525
STL_2001 0.574 0.599 0.525 0.648 0.617 0.516 0.481 0.531 0.562 0.531
MIL_2011 0.593 0.512 0.457 0.506 0.420 0.451 0.531
DET_1984 0.642 0.522 0.537 0.605 0.543 0.364 0.488 0.519 0.463 0.525
ATL_1995 0.625 0.593 0.623 0.654 0.636 0.586 0.543 0.631 0.623 0.593
ATL_1996 0.593 0.623 0.654 0.636 0.586 0.543 0.631 0.623 0.593 0.556
BAL_1979 0.642 0.617 0.562 0.580 0.605 0.525 0.516 0.451 0.414 0.335
CHC_1984 0.596 0.478 0.438 0.472 0.475 0.574 0.475 0.481 0.481 0.519
OAK_1988 0.642 0.611 0.636 0.519 0.593 0.420 0.447 0.465 0.481 0.401
PIT_1992 0.593 0.463 0.465 0.403 0.451 0.488 0.426 0.484 0.426 0.383
DET_1987 0.605 0.543 0.364 0.488 0.519 0.463 0.525 0.461 0.417 0.327
OAK_1973 0.580 0.556 0.605 0.540 0.391 0.426 0.333 0.512 0.587 0.420
OAK_1974 0.556 0.605 0.540 0.391 0.426 0.333 0.512 0.587 0.420 0.457
OAK_1972 0.600 0.580 0.556 0.605 0.540 0.391 0.426 0.333 0.512 0.587
CIN_1970 0.630 0.488 0.617 0.611 0.605 0.667 0.630 0.543 0.571 0.559
LAD_1965 0.599 0.586 0.451 0.469 0.525 0.540 0.549 0.548 0.590 0.630


Observing the opposite end of the spectrum, the above list comprises teams at or near the top of the MLB standings in a given season while their minor league operation grades poorly in OWPCT.

The only team in our survey to finish first in the Majors in winning percentage while the minor league operation ranked last is the 1984 Detroit Tigers. Victorious in 35 of their first 40 contests, the ’84 crew handily seized the World Series after dominating the Junior Circuit. Nearly replicating the feat three years later, the Kitties sustained their winning ways through 1988 before commencing a prolonged period of inferior play as the club finished below .500 fifteen times in seventeen seasons (1989-2005). Mike Henneman recorded 20 saves with a 3.63 ERA in 117 outings for the Tigers’ minor league affiliates. In ten big-league seasons he eclipsed the 20-save mark seven times and furnished a 3.21 career ERA. Chris Hoiles (.310/29/82) established personal-bests in virtually every offensive category in ’93. One of three Detroit farmhands included as “players to be named later” in an August 1988 transaction to acquire Fred Lynn from Baltimore, Hoiles averaged .282 with 15 wallops during his three-year stint in the Tigers’ system.

1984 Detroit Tigers Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Mark S. Smith LF .283 11 98 Don Heinkel 11-13 3.99
Raul Tovar CF .304 0 42 Randy O’Neal 9-10 3.57
Nelson Simmons RF .307 22 83 Rich Monteleone 12-11 4.60
Scott Earl DH .251 11 51 Jeff M. Robinson 8-9 4.23
Mike Laga 1B .265 30 94 Roger Erickson 7-4 3.24
Chris Pittaro 2B .284 11 61
Doug Baker SS .259 8 30 BULLPEN WLS ERA
George Foussianes 3B .256 10 58 Carl Willis 16 3.73
Scotti Madison C .273 15 83 Ramon Pena 13 3.00
        Don Gordon 8 3.36
BENCH POS BA HR RBI James Scudero 8 3.86
Cary Colbert 1B .279 9 50 Scott Tabor 10-4 3.03
John Harris 1B .303 8 50
Jerry Mack 2B .221 10 36
Bruce Fields OF .300 4 38
Robert Mills OF .299 3 31
Mike Williams C .254 8 55


1987 Detroit Tigers Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Bruce Fields LF .305 3 51 Paul Gibson 14-7 3.47
Bernie Anderson CF .318 3 69 Darrin Hursey 11-8 3.11
Scott Lusader RF .269 17 80 Rich Lacko 9-7 2.41
Tim Tolman DH .314 15 63 Charles Phillips 8-6 3.25
Paul Foster 1B .271 18 93 Ken L. Williams 8-6 3.20
Pat Austin 2B .297 3 41
Pedro Chavez SS .317 12 53 BULLPEN WLS ERA
Doug Strange 3B .296 14 75 Dave Cooper 18 3.64
Phil Clark C .295 8 79 Paul Wenson 12 2.81
        Dan O’Neill 10 2.57
BENCH POS BA HR RBI Charlie Mitchell 7 2.50
Wes Clements DH .277 13 52 Bill Laskey 12-6 3.86
Mike Stenhouse 1B .280 11 42
Manny Mantrana 2B .316 4 30
Torey Lovullo 3B .259 9 48
Jeff Hermann OF .300 9 55
Chris Hoiles C .276 13 53


The 2000 Giants hold the distinction of the largest rank differential in the past 55 years as San Francisco claimed the division title with a 97-win season while the minor league operation finished next-to-last in OWPCT. Merely a handful of prospects panned out including Pedro Feliz, the third baseman who drilled 29 doubles and 18 long balls per year from 2004 to 2009. Sustained by four straight MVP seasons from Barry Bonds, the Giants remained a playoff contender until 2005, when Bonds suffered a knee injury and missed nearly the entire campaign. San Francisco endured sub-.500 ball through 2008 then returned to prominence with 3 World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Ryan Vogelsong debuted with San Francisco in September 2000 after compiling a 3.89 ERA through three minor league seasons. Laboring to a 5.86 ERA through the ’06 campaign before revitalizing his career during a three-year stint in the Japan, Vogelsong thrived in 2011-12 as he averaged 14 wins to complement an ERA of 3.05.

2000 San Francisco Giants Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Carlos Valderrama LF .315 13 81 Jon Valenti 13-5 3.86
Brett Casper CF .243 15 70 Kurt Ainsworth 10-9 3.30
Jake Messner RF .320 19 68 Chad Zerbe 9-4 3.68
Damon Minor 1B .290 30 106 Jim Lynch 7-4 3.18
Ryan Luther 2B .300 7 48 Jerome Williams 7-6 2.94
Juan Melo SS .295 12 50
Pedro Feliz 3B .298 33 105 BULLPEN WLS ERA
G. Chiaramonte C .255 24 79 Todd Ozias 21 3.67
Luke Anderson 12 1.45
BENCH POS BA HR RBI Manny Bermudez 7 2.84
Jeremy Luster 1B .282 14 99 Ben Weber 7 2.42
Sean McGowan 1B .330 12 118 Robbie Crabtree 8 3.81
Lance Niekro 3B .362 5 44
Tony Torcato 3B .327 7 90
Jalal Leach OF .379 12 45
Dan Trumble OF .321 8 39
Yorvit Torrealba C .286 4 32


The Braves maintained a playoff streak from 1991-2005 despite an eight-year stretch with a substandard OWPCT (1994-2001). The nadir occurred in 1998 when the Atlanta farm system posted the second-worst OWPCT among all franchises. Rafael Furcal scored at least 100 runs in four consecutive campaigns (2003-06) and pilfered 31 bags yearly over an eight-year stint (2000-07). The 2000 NL Rookie of the Year stockpiled 96 steals and tallied 96 runs between Macon (A) and Myrtle Beach (A+) in ’99 after nabbing nearly one base per contest in the previous year (60 SB in 66 games). Macon (A) profited from Marcus Giles’ breakout season in ’98 as the second-sacker clubbed 38 two-baggers and 37 round-trippers while hitting .329 with 111 runs scored and 108 RBI. The 2003 All-Star established career-highs in his first season in a starting capacity with 49 doubles, 21 clouts and a .316 BA. Mark DeRosa experienced a four-year stint as a starting super-sub from 2006 to 2009, rapping 30 doubles and 17 long balls per season with a .281 BA after clubbing 21 doubles annually over four campaigns in the upper minors (1998-2001). Bruce Chen (15-8, 3.09) shined as a member of the Greenville (AA) rotation and capped his effort with 4 September starts in ’98. Chen pitched for 11 MLB organizations and composed a winning record over 17 seasons despite a 4.62 ERA. Odalis Perez compiled a 2.95 ERA and struck out 9.8 batters per nine innings as a member of the Atlanta farm system. The southpaw attained All-Star status in 2002 with the Dodgers as he established personal-bests in victories (15), ERA (3.00) and WHIP (0.990).

1998 Atlanta Braves Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Gene Schall LF .300 22 73 Bruce Chen 15-8 3.09
George Lombard CF .308 22 65 Ruben Quevedo 11-5 3.24
Jeff Spencer RF .261 28 79 Micah Bowie 11-6 3.48
Ryan Lehr 1B .285 13 69 Kevin McGlinchy 10-9 3.34
Marcus Giles 2B .329 37 108 Rob Bell 7-9 3.28
Mark DeRosa SS .267 8 49
Wes Helms 3B .275 13 75 BULLPEN WLS ERA
Steve Torrealba C .273 10 37 Joe Winkelsas 22 2.33
Will Fleck 14 2.65
BENCH POS BA HR RBI Adam Butler 14 3.60
Rafael Furcal 2B .328 0 23 Greg Mix 3-5 3.51
Steve Goodell SS .296 8 26 Odalis Perez 7-7 3.86
Howard Battle 3B .330 10 50
Travis Wilson 3B .330 10 52
Jerry Salzano OF .302 7 49
Jerry Simmons OF .275 11 40
Dax Norris C .261 9 47


Minnesota eclipsed the .500 mark in 8 of 9 seasons since Ron Gardenhire assumed the managerial reins in 2002. When the minor league system plummeted from the fourth-best OWPCT in 2009 to the worst out of 30 teams one year later, the big league crew followed suit as the Twins posted 90+ losses in four straight seasons (2011-14). Ben Revere, the Twins first-round selection in the 2007 Amateur Draft, scorched the opposition with a .328 BA and 37 steals yearly prior to his promotion to the big leagues in September 2010. “Revy” paced the National League with 184 safeties in 2014, surpassed the .300 plateau in batting average for three successive seasons (2013-15) and averaged 35 steals over a five-year period (2011-15). Trevor Plouffe slammed a career-high 24 wallops in 2012 and ripped 40 doubles two years later. “Special T” socked 28 two-base knocks per year as a Minnesota minor leaguer over a half-decade (2006-2010).

2010 Minnesota Twins Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Ben Revere LF .305 1 23 Kyle Gibson 11-6 2.96
Aaron Hicks CF .279 8 49 Dan Osterbrock 9-9 2.65
Angel Morales RF .280 5 55 Liam Hendriks 8-4 1.74
Joe Benson DH .259 27 62 Bobby Lanigan 5-4 3.48
Brock Peterson 1B .245 19 57 Tom Stuifbergen 6-4 2.98
Steve Singleton 2B .267 7 50
Trevor Plouffe SS .244 15 49 BULLPEN WLS ERA
Anderson Hidalgo 3B .316 3 28 Anthony Slama 17 2.20
Danny Rams C .238 16 69 Kane Holbrooks 9 2.10
        Dakota Watts 8 3.10
BENCH POS BA HR RBI Kyle Waldrop 5-3 2.57
Chris Parmelee 1B .285 8 61 Andrei Lobanov 3-2 2.64
Oswaldo Arcia OF .375 14 51
Danny Ortiz OF .259 11 43
Lance Ray OF .289 3 33
Brandon Roberts OF .327 3 38
Jose Morales C .264 3 25


St. Louis endured a seven-year stretch in which the minor league operation placed 25th or lower five times. While the Redbirds reached the playoffs six times in seven tries (2000-2006), the farm system finished dead last in OWPCT in 2001. Coco Crisp paced the AL with 49 steals in 2011, swiped at least 20 bags eight times and established career-highs in home runs (22) and runs scored (93) in 2013. Crisp furnished a .306 BA in back-to-back campaigns (2001-02) and made his MLB debut with the Tribe in August 2002 after his inclusion as the “player to be named later” in a deal for Chuck Finley. Bud Smith sizzled throughout a dominant stretch in the upper minors (2000-01), posting a 25-7 record with a 2.46 ERA and a WHIP of 1.170. Smith hurled a no-hitter against the Padres and placed fourth in the 2001 NL Rookie of the Year vote, but his star faded quickly and he was demoted after yielding a 6.94 ERA through 10 starts in his sophomore year. Three-time All-Star Dan Haren manufactured 13 wins per year with a 3.70 ERA and a 1.169 WHIP while starting at least 30 games in 11 straight seasons (2005-2015) after fashioning a 3.16 ERA and a WHIP of 1.130 as a Redbirds farmhand.

2001 St. Louis Cardinals Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Coco Crisp LF .306 11 47 Jimmy Journell 15-6 2.39
Chris Morris CF .294 2 39 Kevin Sprague 10-8 3.38
Dee Haynes RF .290 13 72 Chris Narveson 7-6 2.31
Chris Duncan 1B .260 16 75 Rick Ankiel 5-5 2.25
Stubby Clapp 2B .304 5 33 Blake Williams 4-10 2.43
Jutt Hileman SS .255 9 35
John Gall 3B .311 8 77 BULLPEN WLS ERA
Keith McDonald C .261 11 42 Scotty Layfield 31 1.84
Jeremy Lambert 17 3.09
BENCH POS BA HR RBI Mike Crudale 9 3.25
Jesse Roman 1B .271 3 39 Doug Kohl 3-5 2.08
Bo Hart 2B .305 5 34 D. Ponce Deleon 2-5 3.45
T.J. Maier 2B .279 4 36
Ryan Balfe OF .319 8 37
Darrell Whitmore OF .277 11 52
Justin Woodrow OF .313 2 21
Ryan Hamill C .264 10 45


The Brew Crew’s beleaguered farm system ranked in the bottom third in eight of the last ten seasons, placing 28th or 29th among the thirty teams five times since 2011. Milwaukee paced the NL Central with 96 victories, securing the club’s second playoff berth since “Harvey’s Wallbangers” appeared in the 1982 World Series. Khris Davis clobbered 40+ clouts and surpassed the century mark in RBI during back-to-back seasons following a trade to Oakland in February 2016. “Khrush” drilled 26 doubles and 22 dingers for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A) in 2010, then hit .350 with 21 two-base knocks in only 82 games two years later. Scooter Gennett stunned the baseball community when he rocked 4 home runs against the Cardinals on June 6, 2017. He obliterated his previous career-bests with 27 wallops and 97 ribbies for the Reds in 2017 after producing 30 doubles per year and a .298 BA as a Brewers prospect. Tyler Thornburg emerged as a late-inning weapon in 2016, striking out 90 batters in only 67 frames and saving 13 contests while furnishing an ERA of 2.15 with a 0.990 WHIP. “Thorny” delivered a 2.85 ERA with a 20-10 record spanning two seasons and four affiliates for the Brew Crew (2011-12).

2011 Milwaukee Brewers Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Khris Davis LF .280 17 84 Mike Fiers 13-3 1.86
Caleb Gindl CF .307 15 60 Tyler Thornburg 10-6 2.57
Brock Kjeldgaard RF .270 24 76 Wily Peralta 11-7 3.17
Mat Gamel 1B .310 28 96 Nick Bucci 8-11 3.84
Scooter Gennett 2B .300 9 51 Cody Scarpetta 8-5 3.85
Edwin Maysonet SS .290 3 39
Taylor Green 3B .336 22 91 BULLPEN WLS ERA
Martin Maldonado C .287 11 59 Santo Manzanillo 17 1.75
Rob Wooten 8 3.09
BENCH POS BA HR RBI Dan Meadows 6-4 2.68
Erick Almonte 1B .303 6 42 Eric Marzec 4-2 1.69
T.J. Mittelstaedt 2B .293 12 46 Robert Hinton 2-3 2.47
Mike Walker 3B .274 15 72
Zelous Wheeler 3B .272 9 38
Brett Carroll OF .281 15 51
Logan Schafer OF .315 5 43
Shawn Zarraga C .272 4 35


While the Orioles were busy winning 102 games during the regular season before succumbing to the “We Are Family” Pirates in the 1979 World Series, Baltimore’s minor league operation assessed a dismal campaign that culminated with the lowest OWPCT (.447) in franchise history through 2000. Despite a five-year slump on the farm, the O’s maintained their triumphant ways in the AL East through 1985. Cal Ripken Jr. rapped 29 two-base hits and 19 four-baggers per year over a three-year stint in the Baltimore system (1979-1981). The “Iron Man” attained comparable production across two decades in the big leagues, averaging 30 doubles and 22 blasts. Mike Boddicker crafted a 55-38 record with a 3.26 ERA and a 1.183 WHIP in the minors. He finished third in the balloting for 1983 AL Rookie of the Year with a 2.77 ERA to complement a 16-8 record, then earned All-Star status in ’84 while leading the American League with 20 wins and a 2.79 ERA.

1979 Baltimore Orioles Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Vern Thomas LF .273 14 69 Brooks Carey 14-9 2.81
John Denman CF .280 7 44 Mike Boddicker 13-9 4.24
Drungo Hazewood RF .231 21 64 Don Welchel 10-10 3.38
Tom Chism DH .312 11 60 Nate Snell 9-9 4.09
Dan Logan 1B .282 21 79 Dave Ford 6-5 3.55
Tom Eaton 2B .273 0 33
Bobby Bonner SS .291 7 67 BULLPEN WLS ERA
Cal Ripken Jr. 3B .286 8 62 Billy Presley 18 1.45
Willie Royster C .307 4 26 Joe Kerrigan 11 3.51
        William Purdy 7 2.82
BENCH POS BA HR RBI John Flinn 6-6 2.70
John Stefero 3B .275 8 42 Jeff Schneider 3-7 3.43
Ron Diggle OF .255 13 38
Stan Hendrickson OF .279 4 25
Mark Jurena OF .276 5 26
Dallas Williams OF .277 12 52
Dave Huppert C .223 5 37


The Chicago Cubs captured the division title in the National League East with 96 victories in 1984, ranking second in the Major Leagues behind the Tigers in winning percentage. Yet the Northsiders’ farm system languished in the midst of a three-year slump (1983-85), bottoming out with a .439 OWPCT in ’84. Over the ensuing decade Chicago only eclipsed the .500 mark twice (1989 and 1993). Future Hall of Fame right-hander Greg Maddux fashioned a 6-2 record with a 2.63 ERA in 14 games (12 starts) for the Pikeville Cubs (Rookie). Jamie Moyer prepared for a quarter-century in the Majors with 30 victories, a 2.43 ERA and a 1.070 WHIP over three seasons in the Chicago farm system. Subsequent to a fine ’82 season with Midland (AA), Joe Carter (.308/36/150) hammered opposing offerings and pilfered 51 bases over the next year and a half as an outfielder on the Iowa Cubs. Billy Hatcher registered a .295 BA with 107 runs, 12 triples and 65 steals over three seasons (1982-84) to merit a cup of coffee with the Cubs in ’84.

1984 Chicago Cubs Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Dan Norman LF .284 21 76 Steve Engel 11-7 2.68
Billy Hatcher CF .276 9 59 Johnny Abrego 10-10 2.54
Joe Carter RF .310 14 67 Jon Perlman 11-6 3.79
Joe Hicks 1B .266 37 90 Jamie Moyer 9-3 1.89
Gary Jones 2B .291 6 44 Tim Grachen 6-12 3.39
Dan Rohn SS .268 8 46
Tom Lombarski 3B .269 15 47 BULLPEN WLS ERA
Don Werner C .283 25 77 Brad Blevins 19 3.59
Porfi Altamirano 17 3.03
BENCH POS BA HR RBI Ron Meridith 8 3.17
Jeff Jones 1B .304 20 82 Greg Bell 8-1 1.80
Trey Brooks 2B .261 14 43 Jim Phillips 7-7 3.25
Bryan House 2B .270 6 37
Rick Hopkins SS .272 6 33
Bruce Crabbe 3B .307 4 26
Jim Dickerson OF .277 14 64
Joe Henderson C .260 9 38


Oakland appeared in three consecutive World Series from 1988 to 1990, yielding winning percentages above .600 in each season. The Athletics organizational record dipped below .500 in ’88 before rebounding with a vengeance, compiling twelve straight campaigns with a winning record (1989-2000). Felix Jose garnered a promotion in September 1988 after hitting at a .317 clip with 29 doubles for Tacoma (AAA). The right fielder achieved All-Star status in ’91 when he set personal-bests with a .305 BA and 40 two-base hits. Scott Brosius smacked 39 two-baggers and 23 long balls with Huntsville (AA) in ’90. Brosius (.300/19/98) capped an All-Star season with the 1998 World Series MVP award. Ron Coomer provided a glimpse of his Major League potential as the third-sacker for Modesto (A) in ’88, thumping 23 doubles and 17 big-flies while plating 85 baserunners. Over a five-year stretch with Minnesota (1996-2000), Coomer supplied a .279 BA with 24 two-base hits and 14 jacks.

1988 Oakland Athletics Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Ozzie Canseco LF .262 15 80 Joe Law 14-6 3.06
Steve Howard CF .247 17 78 Pat Wernig 11-6 3.02
Felix Jose RF .317 12 83 Will Schock 10-11 2.87
Ed Jurak DH .295 7 67 Kevin MacLeod 9-1 2.89
Dann Howitt 1B .248 18 86 Tony Ariola 8-3 2.63
Lance Blankenship 2B .265 9 52
Scott Brosius SS .304 9 58 BULLPEN WLS ERA
Ron Coomer 3B .279 17 85 Tony Floyd 17 0.94
Russ McGinnis C .255 4 37 Jim Corsi 16 2.75
        Kirk Killingsworth 10 2.74
BENCH POS BA HR RBI Bob Stocker 10 3.86
Tony Arias 1B .231 16 50 Steve Maye 7 1.68
Angel Martinez 2B .301 4 32
Larry Arndt 3B .287 4 45
Stan Royer 3B .318 6 48
Luis Polonia OF .335 2 27
Jorge Brito C .217 5 27


Pittsburgh endured twenty consecutive losing seasons (1993-2012) following three straight NL East division titles from 1990 to 1992. The Bucs farm system experienced a nearly parallel collapse, ranking among the bottom half of the OWPCT charts in fourteen successive campaigns (1988-2001). Granted free agency in ’91 after toiling over six years in the Atlanta system, Al L. Martin finally spent an entire season on a Major League roster as Pittsburgh’s primary left fielder in ’93. A versatile threat on the farm with 26 steals and 21 two-baggers per season (1986-1992), Martin contributed his supreme output in ’96 when he established career-highs in batting average (.300), runs scored (101), hits (189), doubles (40), RBI (72) and stolen bases (38). Carlos Garcia stroked 21 two-base knocks and nabbed 22 bags annually as a Bucs farmhand (1987-1992). Garcia compiled a .280 BA with 20 doubles and 15 stolen bases per season during his stint as the Pirates’ starting second baseman (1993-96). A .307 minor league batting average vaulted Kevin Young to the big leagues in ’92, yet he struggled to secure a full-time job until five years later when he returned to Pittsburgh following a singular campaign in Kansas City. “Little Hurt” topped 40 doubles, 25 homers and 100 ribbies in back-to-back seasons (1998-99) and averaged 31 two-baggers and 20 taters as the starting first baseman for the Bucs covering a six-year stretch (1997-2002). Corner infielder Tim Wakefield converted to mound work after scuffling to a .189 BA at Watertown (A-) in 1988. A record of 25-12 with a 3.09 ERA convinced the Pirates’ brass to recall the knuckleballer in July 1992. Wakefield placed third in the 1992 NL Rookie of the Year and the 1995 AL Cy Young balloting while winning 200 games over a career that spanned 19 big-league seasons.

1992 Pittsburgh Pirates Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Al Martin LF .305 20 59 John Hope 11-8 3.47
Keith Thomas CF .280 20 66 Tim Wakefield 10-3 3.06
Eddie Zambrano RF .284 16 79 Rich Robertson 9-7 3.12
Rich Aude 1B .283 11 63 Dave Doorneweerd 9-13 3.04
Jim Krevokuch 2B .292 7 59 Rick White 8-16 3.94
Carlos Garcia SS .303 13 70
Kevin Young 3B .314 8 65 BULLPEN WLS ERA
Brian Dorsett C .289 21 102 Blas Minor 18 2.43
Joe Ausanio 15 2.90
BENCH POS BA HR RBI M. De Los Santos 12 2.25
Jose Tolentino 1B .301 8 34 David Tellers 12 3.62
Dave Clark OF .304 11 55 Mike Dalton 10 3.66
Midre Cummings OF .305 14 75
Tony Mitchell OF .297 13 47
Marty Neff OF .275 23 74
Greg Tubbs OF .293 7 42
Tom Prince C .262 9 35


The Swingin’ A’s captured three consecutive World Series titles from 1972 to 1974 as the minor league operation declined. Oakland’s farm system failed to produce a winning mark in the final decade of Charlie Finley’s ownership (1971-1980). The Big Green Machine ranked worst among all MLB teams in OWPCT during the ’73 and ’74 campaigns after finishing next-to-last in ’72. “Disco” Dan Ford achieved personal-bests in batting average (.290), home runs (21), RBI (101) and runs scored (100) as the Angels won their first division title in 1979. Ford manufactured a .354 BA and a .667 SLG during his second season with the Burlington Bees (A) in ’72. Manny Trillo composed a .306 BA with 26 two-base hits per year in successive seasons with Oakland’s triple-A ball club (1972-73). The four-time All-Star second baseman collected a trio of Gold Glove awards in four campaigns with the Phillies (1979-1982). Phil Garner laced 29 doubles to complement a .330 BA with the Tucson Toros (AAA) in ’74. “Scrap Iron” amassed 26 two-base knocks and 22 stolen bases per year while alternating starting assignments between second and third base over a nine-year stretch (1975-1983). Claudell Washington registered 30+ thefts four times and averaged .279 with 20 steals as a starting outfielder through fifteen seasons (1975-1989). The two-time All-Star batted .330 as an Oakland prospect. Chet Lemon’s .877 fielding percentage in 318 games at the hot corner compelled a position change to center field in ’76 following a trade to the White Sox in June 1975 for Stan Bahnsen. “The Jet” set career-highs with a .318 BA, 86 ribbies and a League-leading 44 doubles in ’79. Mike Norris (22-9, 2.53) fashioned a WHIP of 1.048 and placed runner-up in the 1980 AL Cy Young race. The smooth-fielding hurler delivered an 8-4 record and a 2.21 ERA for the Burlington Bees (A) in 1972 and later collected back-to-back Gold Glove awards (1980-81) as a key member of the Oakland rotation. Mound mate Steve McCatty tallied 14 victories in consecutive campaigns (1980-81) and claimed the ERA title with a 2.33 mark while finishing second in the 1981 AL Cy Young vote. McCatty flourished as a reliever with the Vancouver Canadians (AAA) in ’78, notching 7 wins and 11 saves with a 3.11 ERA in 39 outings but pitched almost exclusively as a starter throughout his 9-year career with the A’s.

1972 Oakland Athletics Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Douglas King LF .266 14 61 Buddy Copeland 11-6 2.40
Kirk Allison CF .281 2 38 Bill Kelso 11-7 3.22
Dan Ford RF .354 18 61 Glenn Abbott 9-16 2.96
Champ Summers DH .308 10 54 Bill VanBommel 9-9 3.51
Reggie J. Sanders 1B .331 11 50 Alan Griffin 7-4 2.59
Vic Harris 2B .293 6 37
Manny Trillo SS .301 9 53 BULLPEN WLS ERA
Phil Garner 3B .262 21 62 Mudcat Grant 16 2.38
Gene Dusan C .311 1 39 Nicholas Parrilla 10 3.39
        Robert Wolf 7-9 3.17
BENCH POS BA HR RBI Leon Hooten 6-8 3.10
Keith Lieppman 1B .264 9 62 Gil Marcano 5-10 3.31
Padgett Cope 2B .281 1 20
James Seida 2B .266 0 21
James Capehart OF .298 6 39
Adrian Garrett OF .277 12 32
Bernard Boehmer C .278 7 63


1973 Oakland Athletics Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Champ Summers LF .333 8 45 Glenn Abbott 18-8 3.50
C. Washington CF .322 13 81 Alan Griffin 9-10 3.67
Dan Ford RF .292 14 70 Mike Norris 8-4 2.21
Chet Lemon DH .309 19 88 Dave Hamilton 8-5 3.77
William Hobbs 1B .293 6 37 Dennis Stegman 8-6 3.57
Manny Trillo 2B .312 8 78
Tommy Sandt SS .291 6 59 BULLPEN WLS ERA
Phil Garner 3B .289 14 73 Gary Waslewski 13 2.20
Tim Hosley C .300 12 47 Bruce Baranick 12 3.06
        Dennis Root 10 3.34
BENCH POS BA HR RBI Steven Smith 5-4 2.78
Jose Morales DH .355 4 50 Gil Marcano 7-4 2.71
Ronald Wilson 2B .300 11 58
Gaylen Pitts SS .287 5 22
Derek Bryant OF .313 0 36
Jay Johnstone OF .347 9 44
Larry Haney C .287 2 44


1974 Oakland Athletics Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Gary Woods LF .284 11 59 Craig Mitchell 10-6 3.43
C. Washington CF .361 11 55 Steve Staniland 9-4 3.25
Dan Ford RF .273 12 65 Clarence Harrell 9-13 3.54
Chet Lemon DH .290 10 61 Gary Williams 8-7 3.14
Keith Lieppman 1B .321 6 44 Steve McCatty 8-3 3.28
Rich McKinney 2B .285 7 65
Robert Argenti SS .289 1 25 BULLPEN WLS ERA
Phil Garner 3B .330 11 51 John Tronerud 10 2.96
Tim Hosley C .285 17 50 Mike Barlow 9 2.63
        Chris Wibberley 8 2.61
BENCH POS BA HR RBI Randall Taylor 8 3.82
Wayne Gross 1B .244 14 54 Dennis Myers 6-4 3.93
Ramon Webster 1B .301 8 51
Ike Blessitt OF .294 5 39
James Capehart OF .263 13 49
Champ Summers OF .263 10 59
David Nitschke C .277 2 31


The Big Red Machine accomplished six playoff appearances in the Seventies, emerging as World Series champions in successive seasons (1975-76). On the farm, the operation faltered momentarily as the Reds’ affiliates combined for the third-worst OWPCT in 1970 before rebounding to the third-best mark in the ensuing year. Milt Wilcox generated 12.4 career WAR, primarily as a member of the Tigers’ rotation from 1977-1984. Ross Grimsley Jr. won 18 games with the Orioles in ’74 and achieved All-Star status as an Expo four years later when he notched 20 victories with personal-bests in ERA (3.05) and WHIP (1.156).

1970 Cincinnati Reds Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Stan Swanson LF .283 9 51 Milt Wilcox 12-10 2.84
Danny Godby CF .273 6 41 Ross Grimsley Jr. 11-8 2.73
Elvio Jimenez RF .275 11 51 Charles Higgins 11-7 3.20
Donald Anderson 1B .285 7 44 Timothy Grant 11-7 3.45
Mike Lisetski 2B .264 6 40 Clarence Cooper 8-11 2.62
Frank Duffy SS .263 7 33
Kurt Bevacqua 3B .261 15 67 BULLPEN WLS ERA
William Ferguson C .280 7 51 Dooley Womack 14 2.19
Larry Gable 14 2.19
BENCH POS BA HR RBI Pat House 10 3.04
Frank Kimball 1B .246 7 31 Steve Blateric 8 2.72
Ron Theobald SS .309 0 28 David Hill 7-2 2.57
George Runk 3B .290 4 49
Gregg Slape OF .244 10 33
Tom Spencer OF ,285 3 50
Jay Ward OF .243 12 45
Bill Plummer C .260 7 42


The Dodgers ranked among the top minor league systems in the Sixties apart from the ’65 season. While Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale led the Blue Crew to a World Series title, the farm system went into a collective tailspin, placing 19th among 20 teams with a .447 OWPCT. Don Sutton mastered the art of pitching during his lone year in the minors, striking out 239 batsmen in 249 innings and fashioning a WHIP of 1.024 between Santa Barbara (A) and Albuquerque (AA). “Black and Decker” supplied 14 victories annually over a 23-year career with a 3.26 ERA, 1.142 WHIP and 65.5 WAR. Jack Billingham accrued 12.1 WAR over 13 seasons, averaging 14 wins with a 3.77 ERA in the Seventies. Bill Singer (14-15, 4.52) yielded mediocre results for Spokane (AAA). “The Singer Throwing Machine” earned a spot in the Dodgers’ rotation in 1967, won 20 games in ’69 and ’73 and retired after 14 seasons with an ERA of 3.39. Los Angeles posted losing records in ’67 and ’68 coinciding with Koufax’ retirement then rallied with ten straight winning records from 1969 to 1978.

1965 Los Angeles Dodgers Affiliates

LINEUP POS BA HR RBI ROTATION W-L ERA
Jim Fairey LF .323 20 79 Don Sutton 23-7 2.35
Ken Washington CF .284 21 83 Joseph Ramirez 10-7 2.57
Raynor Youngdahl RF .273 22 88 Floyd Murry 9-8 3.18
Tom Hutton 1B .294 20 63 Michael Pitko 7-11 3.00
Nate Oliver 2B .284 11 44 Charles Spell 4-10 3.61
Tommy Dean SS .268 6 55
Johnny Werhas 3B .281 20 75 BULLPEN WLS ERA
Buddy Hollowell C .262 11 63 Ken Page 10-4 1.69
William Corrigan 10-9 1.93
BENCH POS BA HR RBI Jack Billingham 7-3 3.03
Mel Corbo 1B .278 14 68 Michael Mathwig 7-4 2.96
Clarence Jones 1B .281 18 79 Robert Proctor 3-7 3.25
Luis Alcaraz 2B .268 13 40
Don LeJohn 3B .395 4 38
Al Ferrara OF .307 14 33
Dick McLaughlin OF .307 2 57
Barry Erdos C .280 10 58

 

References and Resources

Baseball-Reference

Retrosheet – Transactions Database

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Seamheads – Baseball Gauge

Sean Lahman Baseball Archive

About the Author

I am a New Jersey native with a passion for baseball, statistics, computers and video games who enjoys spending quality time with his family.

“Hardball Retrospective” is available in digital format on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, GooglePlay, iTunes and KoboBooks. The paperback edition is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and CreateSpace. Supplemental Statistics, Charts and Graphs along with a discussion forum are offered at TuataraSoftware.com.

Don Daglow (Intellivision World Series Major League Baseball, Earl Weaver Baseball, Tony LaRussa Baseball) contributed the foreword for Hardball Retrospective. The foreword and preview of my book are accessible here.

“Hardball Retrospective – Addendum 2014 to 2016” supplements my research for Hardball Retrospective, providing retroactive standings based on Wins Above Replacement (WAR) and Win Shares (WS) for each “original” team over the past three seasons (2014-2016). Team totals from 2010 – 2013 are included for reference purposes. “Addendum” is available in paperback and digital formats through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and CreateSpace.

Hardball Retroactive” is tentatively scheduled for release in the spring of 2018.

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