On Wednesday, Keith Law released his farm system rankings. Who wants to take a guess where the White Sox landed?
OK then. They ranked last. Dead last. Number 30 out of 30. The worst in baseball. I think you catch my drift here.
I’m not an ESPN Insider, but I know someone who is, so I got Law’s paragraph about the Sox. Read it for yourselves:
And they’re not particularly close to number 29 either. When you don’t spend money in the draft, you’re not going to fare well in anyone’s organizational rankings. The new collective bargaining agreement, which clamps down on teams’ ability to acquire on premium talent in the draft through higher bonuses, was the result of a long-standing effort by White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, who wanted to force other teams to play by his rules.
To be quite honest, I’m not surprised. Our farm system is awful. Anything good that we have, we more than likely got in a trade. If we draft players who are actually good, we need them in the big leagues ASAP (e.g. Gordon Beckham and Chris Sale).
I know our minor leaguers are trying their hardest to be good players. I commend them for that. It’s not their fault that our organization isn’t willing to spend on good talent. It’s not their fault that the organization would rather pay however much money for crappy big leaguers than use some of that money on player development.
I look at our minor leaguers, and I have yet to say, “Man, I can’t wait until that kid is on the big league team.” Because there’s not much to look forward to.
I understand that the White Sox want to win NOW. I do too. But I also understand that in order to keep winning, there has to be something good coming up from the minors. When players retire or leave for other reasons, there has to be something good coming up since we’re not always going to get the hottest free agents out there. There has to be a way to balance winning now and prepping for the future.
I don’t think the Sox have figured out how to do that. And until they do, they’re going to keep staying at or near the bottom of Keith Law’s rankings.