Do Good Minor League Systems Lead to Major League Success?

From Scott McKinney at Beyond the Box Score on April 28:

A minor league system is the perpetual source of hope for all Major League Baseball fans.  No matter how badly your favorite team is performing, a good farm system means that there’s a chance that a cellar dweller can become a perennial contender.  But of course even top prospects usually fail.  Sometimes even great minor league systems can fizzle and provide little help to the parent club.  And then of course the major league team’s front office and manager has to develop these prospects, promote the right ones and likely add outside talent as well. 

A lot can go wrong, and the organization has to do a lot of things right.  In this study, I attempt to determine if good minor league systems really give rise to more winning at the major league level and if they do, to what degree.

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Originally published: April 29, 2011. Last Updated: April 29, 2011.