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Why the Rangers' Heralded Farm System Is Just as Amazing as Advertised
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Headed into the 2012 season, Baseball America ranked the Texas Rangers’ farm system as the best in baseball. And with nine prospects on their active big-league roster, you can now understand why.

Since taking over as the Rangers’ General Manager in October 2005, Jon Daniels has reshaped the entire player development program, both the personnel and players.

Baseball America also named the Rangers' system as the best in baseball headed into the 2009 season and second-best before 2010—the Rangers average system rank since 2008 is No. 4.4. Only the Tampa Bay Rays have had a higher average ranking over the last five seasons (No. 3.2).

Before Daniels righted the ship, the Rangers’ average system rank was No. 15 spanning the 2001 to 2005 seasons.

The organization continues to do an excellent job developing prospects and, at the same time, using them as leverage to land established, big-league talent when needed. It seems that no matter whom they deal, there are always two or three other prospects poised to breakout.

But what makes the Rangers’ farm system so successful? Well, excellent scouting, primarily. However, there’s more to it than just that.

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