At CNNSI.com, John Manuel of Baseball America has released his rankings of all 30 MLB farm systems. Manuel’s explains his hierarchy:
For the personal ranking presented here, the emphasis is on star power.
Manuel drops the Mets into the “Worst of the rest” group, which covers the 16-25 range. His comment is:
Mets: Solid top 10, but the Mets don’t have anyone likely to help in New York in 2010.
Those could be fightin’ words for Fernando Martinez, Jon Niese, Josh Thole, Ike Davis or even Jenrry Mejia. The rest of the Mets tier includes the Angels, A’s, Cubs, Dodgers, Mariners, Padres, Reds and Tigers.
Manuel ranks the top 5: