Now that the Cubs gave the White Sox some prospects let’s take a look at their current AAA team, Charlotte Knights, and their AA team, Birmingham Barons. We’ll use the dataset used for the last state of the Iowa Cubs and Tennessee Smokies. I don’t want to recompile a new set since nothing much changes in a few days of baseball.
Let’s start with the Birmingham Barons, the White Sox’ AA team. Here is their status line.
BAT awful, PITCH awful but less awful, Unearned Runs above average awful. This team is a mess …and their top players.
Yikes! This is bad. Their top guy a pitcher ranked #75 and only two players in top 200. Those are all the players playing above AA average for their entire team and they’re all pitchers.
Maybe the AAA team isn’t that bad. Let’s look at their AAA team, Charlotte Knights.
This is like their AA team above. Terrible. That UR=-12.3 means they are making a lot of errors that lead to runs. This is how baseball teams lose. Fielding is important and counting unearned runs is the only true measure of fielding at a team level.
Again, just like their AA team. Only two players in top 200 out of all 30 MLB AAA affiliates.
The guys the White Sox acquired from the Cubs will be A or A+ and we haven’t done those leagues yet, maybe later in the season. Hopefully they got good prospects with the Sale and Eaton trades. If the White Sox have good teams in A and A+ then those players will filter up through their AA and AAA systems and then hopefully onto their MLB team. A baseball team consists of 25 players who all must contribute in order to win a World Series. The Cubs had winning minor league teams when Baez, Hendricks, and Bryant were coming up.