Not That it Matters, But Rockies Farm System 18th In Winning Percentage

The Rockies farm teams combined to go 340-366, a .482 winning percentage, which was 18th out of the 30 MLB organizations. Tampa Bay was No. 1 (444-307, .591) followed by the Astros (394-290, .576) and the Dodgers (379-308, .552).

What matters is what the farm system produces that enchances the big-league team, either by actually providing players to the big-league roster or providing talent that can be traded to fill big-league needs.

The season that always sticks out when people moan about a lack of success for a minor-league team is the 1987 Gastonia Rangers affiliate in the Low-A South Atlantic League. The team finished 58-82, the second worst record among the 12 SAL affiliates that year.

It, however, also produced 10 big-league players, including Sammy Sosa, Juan Gonzalez and Dean Palmer.

Name Age B T Ht Wt
Wilson Alvarez 17 L L 6-1 175
Juan Gonzalez 17 R R 6-3 175
Bill Haselman 21 R 6-3 205
Bob Malloy 22 R R 6-5 200
Terry Mathews 22 R R 6-2 200
Dean Palmer 18 R R 6-1 175
Roger Pavlik 19 R R 6-3 220
Wayne Rosenthal 22 R R 6-5 220
Rey Sanchez 19 R R 5-10 180
Sammy Sosa 18 R R 6-0 165

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