Three Farm-System Championships For The D-backs, What Does It Mean?

By J. Levi Burnfin

As fellow Venom Strikes writer Thomas Lynch wrote here, three of the Diamondbacks’ farm teams won a league championship this season. The triple-A Reno Aces, the double-A Mobile BayBears and the short-season rookie league Missoula Osprey all accomplished the feat.

It’s quite an accomplishment and the individual teams HAVE to be happy with the Dbacks for their help in their success. The relationships between minor league franchises and their major league team can be tenuous at times. But winning championships, and making a ton of money in the process, will definitely help that relationship.

So, congratulations to all three teams!

But what does it mean for the Diamondbacks, in the big picture?

I would love to say it shows that the D-backs’ farm system just have that much more talent than other teams. However, that’s just not the case. Most roster spots on minor league teams are taken by guys that will never reach the bigs. Many aren’t even considered prospects – they are known as “org players.”

So, these “org players,” back-end starters, relief pitchers, starting position players have a HUGE part in how these teams perform. So, it actually doesn’t prove anything about the D-backs’ talent in their farms – though, the talent certainly is there.

And over the next couple of weeks, I will take a look at the 2012 seasons of many of those high-end prospects who actually did have a pretty big hand in the championships. So, keep a look out for those and would love your feedback and/or questions regarding certain prospects. The first prospect I will be taking a look at is Archie Bradley.

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