Keith Law Surprises You, Ranks Phils' Farm System 5th


Is there any way to talk about this without bringing up that the mass assumption was our farm system was disemboweled?  No?  Everyone’s going to mention it, even me?  Great.  Here we go.For a while, everybody saw the farm system as a gutted calf, lying on the floor next to its own guts.  Are you picturing that?  Picture it.  It’s critical to the rest of this blog post that you’re picturing it.

Then, everybody started knowing that the low level prospects were pretty all right; it was the Triple and Double-A guys who had been shown the door.  Anyways, now it’s (I just paused way too long while trying to remember what month it is; god I hate winter) January, and we’re fifth on Keith Law’s list of great farm systems.  So it seems we’ve recovered nicely, despite the moneys that are so clearly gone.

THIS IS THE MAN JUDGING OUR PROSPECTS.  LET US TURN THE POINTED INDEX FINGER OF JUDGEMENT BACK AT HIM.

But if we’re going to be evaluated by Keith, maybe we should know who this joker is.  He’s just another one of these clowns with a Harvard degree in sociology and economics.  Uh, hello?  Neither of those things are baseball.  Writing for Baseball Prospectus, though.  That’s got “baseball” right in the title.  Okay.  Fine.

Then there’s the lying.  When Keith said that Vernon Wells had no interest in going back to the Blue Jays in 2006, he almost made J.P. Ricciardi “…throw up.”  But of course, if he is in fact a liar, then the good things he said about us are damaged.

He also runs this fairly nondescript blog and guest voiced on Home Movies.  Which I think is awesome.

So, yeah, in the end, I’m actually okay with Keith Law being the lord god of prospect ranking.  A lot of that has to do with the favorable spot we got–thanks to the South Atlantic League Champ Lakewood BlueClaws (Two years running!! FEEL THE ‘CLAW)–but, yeah.  He’s okay by me.

I know, was expecting “anger” from me too.  But we got “pleasant.”  I don’t know what to tell you.

The important thing is, the Mets are 26th.

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