It's the core beneath the product that ultimately can define how great a team is.
In college football and basketball, it's recruiting; in the pros, a lot comes down to depth.
Major League Baseball is no exception to the rule, other than it runs much deeper than any other sport.
There are currently six different levels of baseball before the majors, and each franchise has at least that many (some have more than one farm team at the rookie league level).
With that said, here is an all-encompassing ranking of each MLB organization's farm system.
For a full list of 2011's Top 100 Prospects, click here.