Headed into the 2012 season, nobody expected the Baltimore Orioles and Oakland Athletics, two teams comprised of mostly displaced players and rookies, and devoid of a true superstar, to be competitive let alone reach the postseason.
The same cannot be said for the Detroit Tigers or San Francisco Giants, who currently hold a 2-0 lead in the Fall Classic. Glancing over each team’s respective lineup and starting rotation, the amount of superstar, big league talent is apparent immediately. This year’s World Series features some of baseball’s biggest names in Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Buster Posey and Matt Cain.
However, while the quality of on-field talent is astounding, both team’s farm systems rank among the worst in the game. (Sorry for the spoiler.) So, what other teams possess a farm system in the bottom five? Well, here are my thoughts.