With the 1995 minor league seasons complete, I've evaluated the strength
of each organization's farm system by compiling a weighted average of its
teams' winning percentage. Since my goal is to estimate the amount of
talent available to the major league club over the next season or two,
I've given the AAA winning percentage a weighting of 3; the AA percentage
a weighting of 2; and the combined winning percentage of all Class A and
Rookie League teams a weighting of 1.
Here's what your favorites have to look forward to. Braves, Blue Jays and
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LOADED: Cincinnati (.591).
GOOD TIMES AHEAD: NYMets (.549), California (.547), Houston (.541),
Cleveland and Colorado (.535), Kansas City (.530).
ABOVE AVERAGE: San Francisco (.515), ChiCubs (.514), Minnesota (.514),
Tigers (.512), Philadelphia (.510), NYYankees and St. Louis (.506), Los
AVERAGE: Boston (.500)
BELOW AVERAGE: ChiWSox (.497), Baltimore (.494), Florida and Pittsburgh
(.493), Milwaukee (.489), Oakland (.486), Atlanta (.478), Montreal (.474),
Seattle (.462), San Diego (.448).
EVEN DANTE BICHETTE MIGHT HELP: Toronto (.413), Texas (.394).
(Note: because of independent and co-op teams in the low minors, the
percentages don't round to an even .500.)