Last week I wrote an article that I write after the conclusion of every minor league season where I simply go over the record of the farm system, the record of each team, and when the last time that team had a winning season. The Cincinnati Reds finished with a losing record on the farm in 2023, going 324-331 overall. It was the 14th time in the last 16 seasons that the farm system was under the .500 mark. Pointing that out seemed to really upset a few people in the comments section for some reason.
One comment, though, sparked an idea for an article. Chris In Venice was curious about how the Reds farm system’s winning percentage stacked up to the rest of baseball. I went through and gathered the record for each organization, as well as if they had a winning or losing season with their various teams.
The Reds have six farm teams. Four of them had winning seasons. One of them finished at .500. And one of them had a losing season. The four teams that finished over .500 all were only a few games over, though, and the one losing team was well below .500 and it dragged down the record.
Still, four teams out of six finishing with a winning record sounds good. But is it? How does that compare to other organizations?
Not every team has six farm clubs. Two organizations – the Giants and the Diamondbacks have eight. 18 other organizations have seven teams. 10 have six – including the Reds. One organization had all of their farm teams put up a winning record. The Seattle Mariners have six teams and they were all winners. The San Francisco Giants have eight teams and seven of them were winners. Both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Philadelphia Phillies have seven teams and had six teams with winning records. Cincinnati’s four of six teams with winning records would put them in the 10th spot if we calculated things by teams/teams with winning records. The Reds and Mariners were the only clubs with six teams on the farm and at least four of those six teams having winning records.
When it comes to the overall winning percentage for each organization, the Reds are right in the middle of the pack. Their .495 winning percentage put them 15th in baseball. The Dodgers led baseball with a .582 winning percentage. They saw their farm system go 414-297.
One interesting wrinkle that stood out to me was that the Reds had a winning record at the three highest levels of the minor leagues. Only two other teams can make that same claim – the Seattle Mariners, of course, and the Tampa Bay Rays. They both had winning records for all four of their full-season clubs. 17 other clubs had two of three teams between High-A, Double-A, and Triple-A put together winning records.
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