ESPN's farm system rankings: Rangers 7th

February, 8, 2012
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ESPN.com's Keith Law ranks the minor league organizations and has the Texas Rangers coming in seventh overall. A look at what he says about Texas:
The Rangers have ranked highly the past few years -- including No. 1 once -- because of depth and ceiling, but they're now more about the latter than the former. (Note that I don't consider Yu Darvish or any player with Nippon Professional Baseball experience a "prospect" for the purpose of this ranking or the top 100.)

The teams Law ranks ahead of Texas:

1. San Diego Padres
2. Tampa Bay Rays
3. Toronto Blue Jays
4. St. Louis Cardinals
5. Kansas City Royals
6. Arizona Diamondbacks

How the other AL West teams fared:

9. Oakland A's
11. Seattle Mariners
15. Los Angeles Angels

I thought it was interesting that the Angels came in last among AL West teams despite having Mike Trout. But Law's write-up says Trout is the "only one real sure thing" in their system, but says other guys are one major adjustment away from becoming better prospects.

Law's top-100 prospects come out this week as well and it will be interesting to see how many Rangers make that list.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 17 68 68
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 17
RBIA. Beltre 68
RA. Beltre 68
OPSA. Beltre .877
WY. Darvish 10
ERAY. Darvish 3.06
SOY. Darvish 182