At SI.com, Baseball America’s John Manuel posted his personal rankings of the best and worst farm systems in the game. The Rangers and Rays top the list, while the Astros and Cardinals bring up the rear. The Yankees come in somewhere in the 6-15 range, which is better than last year’s ranking of #15 (assuming they’re not #15 again). The Yanks did graduate some talent this year (David Robertson, Al Aceves, Phil Coke), but they had a few players really break out (Jesus Montero, Ivan Nova) while adding some nice pieces via the draft (Slade Heathcott, Graham Stoneburner), so it’s no surprise they’ve inched up a bit.
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