Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus recently announced his rankings of the MLB farm systems. Anyone who has watched the likes of Joe Borchard, Danny Richar or Jerry Owens knows the 2012 White Sox are ranked last in baseball. This prompted Sox GM Kenny Williams to actually attend a Birmingham Barons game, and admit to the media it shattered his original belief about Minor League baseball.
“I always thought our farm system was a place we were growing and selling crops,” he said. “It turns out it’s like some kind of … practice league for baseball players? Bizarre. What the hell does that have to do with farming?”
When told the term was meant to imply franchises could use the lower level teams to “grow talent,” Williams nodded.
“Ah, that makes sense,” said the Sox GM. “Unfortunately, we haven’t been doing that at all!”