Within Major League Baseball there are a select handful of consistently dominant teams such as the Yankees, Dodgers, Indians, and Red Sox. Each of these teams seem to always be given the highest praise and recognition, but within MLB one major aspect of success is the ability to develop a strong and long-lasting farm system. Besides the Dodgers, the three other powerhouse teams mentioned have average to sub-par farm systems that will not be resulting in the highest long-term success for each team. A strong farm system does not always equal 100 win seasons, but it does result in advanced player depth throughout the 26 and 40 man roster. In my mind there are 3 current teams that are extremely overlooked and can prove to be long-term contenders for years to come; thanks to a strong farm system filled with young talent.
1.) The Detroit Tigers
They probably would not have made my list if you asked me one month ago! Over the past 3 seasons the Tigers have accumulated an elite array of young talent ranging across the field, with big names such as: Casey Mize, Matt Manning, Riley Greene, Alex Faedo, and Tarik Skubal. Although, in terms of depth, the Tiger’s farm system has room for improvement, this year’s MLB Draft proved to be a leading aid. The Tigers finished the 2019 season with an abysmal record of 47-114 landing the 1st overall pick in the draft. With that pick they selected the power bat the team so desperately needed, Spencer Torkelson.
Spencer was drafted as a 3rd basemen but has played 1st base his whole collegiate career. On top of the 1stoverall pick, the Tigers picked an array of strong position players such as Dillon Dingler, Daniel Cabrera, Trei Cruz, and Gage Workman. Along with the Tiger’s solid farm system, they have several young players such as Daz Cameron, Jake Rogers, and Christin Stewart who could be impact players through more playing time and development. With the constant additions to their farm system, in a few years players like Torkelson, Mize, and Greene will be leading the Tigers to a winning record and potential postseason play!
I am a college student at Grand Canyon University majoring in business administration and dual minoring in sports management and business analytics. Baseball is my passion and professional goal, so I really enjoy doing all things baseball. I currently work for the baseball analytics department for the GCU Baseball team!