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  1. Looks like a lot of the Rangers system was way over-rated. What will their system be ranked now ?

    Comment by Phil B. — September 18, 2009 @ 2:17 pm

  2. Who else do you suggest was overrated? I think the better explanation is that 2008 was a year when everything went right for most prospects, 2009 was almost the opposite. Beltre will drop precipitously in the rankings despite all the graduations.

    Comment by t ball — September 18, 2009 @ 2:37 pm

  3. Hmm. Holland, Main, Teagarden, Max Ramirez, Hurley, Madrigal, Vallejo are a few off the top of my head who were in the Rangers top 20 I think. I can check the list later.

    Comment by Phil B. — September 18, 2009 @ 2:43 pm

  4. Lets see..

    Main, freak illness. No one every could figure what it was, but supposedly he is finally cured.

    Blake Beavan, can’t stike anyone out in A+ or AA and still holds his own

    Ramirez, 2 wrist injuries and got screwed in the WBC

    Hurley, Shoulder surgery before the season ever started

    Vallejo, was considered a future UT guy now and Astro

    Madrigal, bullpen arm that was very hit and miss. Needs to learn consistency. 2.57 ERA in AAA and a 9.00 at the MLB level.

    Beltre, injured off an on all season, all potential that may or may not materialize.

    Teagarden, injured off and on, no consistent at bats

    Holland, Probably rushed to the majors, had some great and not so great outings. I have hard time considering him overrated. Had as much or more success at points in this season as David Price.

    Justin Smoak, Oblique injury that hurt his second half power numbers

    Martin Perez….. Not much to say about him unless you are worried he was moved fast.

    I am starting to see a common theme here. Maybe Texas may need to spend more on injury prevention and people need to understand that a lot of these guys are very young….

    I think people are getting to tied up in the numbers and are forgetting that the Texas minor league teams are dramatically younger at each level than most. You should expect a lot of the teams in their minor league system to struggle.

    I think Tball said it best referring to the fact that last year everything did turn out perfect. This year, not so much. Texas still has an EXTREMELY deep stable of arms and a few very nice bats in the pipeline.

    Besides it will be very hard dismiss Texas minor league system that leads off with Felliz, Smoak, Perez, Scheppers, and Borbon

    Comment by Ben George — September 18, 2009 @ 6:06 pm

  5. I don’t like this series with its use of ‘dud’ and 18-22 yo’s in the title. It undermines a supposed understanding that it takes years for young ballplayers to hone their skill.

    Comment by Dirty Water — September 19, 2009 @ 8:24 am

  6. This article was written way too premature. This article was written when beltre was 19. Last time i checked 20 year olds that are tearing up AA in one of the best farm systems in baseball are STUDS. Wait until they are atleast 22 before he even considering that they will be a bust

    Comment by Green Tea — July 31, 2010 @ 9:37 pm

  7. oh and another note about the proclaimed overrated rangers farm system-

    Elvis Andrus- 20 year old mlb all star short stop
    Neftali Feliz- 20 year old mlb closer
    Tommy Hunter- Starting Pitcher with a (8-1) record
    Julio Borbon- Starting centerfielder (23 yo)
    Alexi Ogando- sub-1.00 ERA
    Justin Smoak- Starter before being traded

    Comment by Green Tea — July 31, 2010 @ 9:43 pm

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