ESPN's Keith Law: Padres have the best farm system in baseball

ANAHEIM CA - JULY 11: World Futures All-Star Yonder Alonso #20 of the Cincinnati Reds at bat during the 2010 XM All-Star Futures Game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 11 2010 in Anaheim California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

This would be, by my recollection, the first time the Padres have ever shown up this high in farm system rankings. Keith Law credits the Padres with incredible depth and high-floor guys. Basically, our youngsters will be big league players. Keep in mind, I loved me some KT, but we can all agree that the big leaguers that he drafted were psychos. Like literally crazy.

He drafted toolsy, skillsy, psychotic dudes.

I, for one, am willing to trade Crazy for Professional.

I'm reading all of this commentary about how this is a one and done deal... This was "all" Jed Hoyer's doing, but let's be honest. After Josh Byrnes' first full year as Diamondbacks' GM, here's where he had the Diamondbacks minor league system. The year after, there was a dip, but that's what happens when you graduate a Stephen Drew and a Carlos Quentin (and incidentally still have a Juston Upton and Chris Young in the mix).

So no. I don't believe that this farm system was all Jed Hoyer's doing. Is is "mostly" his doing? Maybe, but it's also hard to imagine that Josh Byrnes could possibly screw this up. Consider this, BeyondTheBoxScore says our window is 2014 for our three B+ prospects to all be up at the same time, but on top of that, we have 6 picks of the first 70 in this years draft from all of the churning of one year contracts over the last couple years. As long as they draft strong and avoid the psychos, this should continue.

How quickly will we see the results? Well, Yonder Alonso is slated to start this season, so we'll see some of the results right away. Depending on how Hundley works out, we have Grandal and Hedges over the next couple years. We should be able to see big league results right away, but everybody's best guess is for things to really start clicking 2013-2014.

Who will be unhappy with this? Anybody who wants a payroll starting with 6 or 7. We will be running a very modest payroll from the looks of things. If you get off on big payroll, you have absolutely no business rooting for the Padres for the next 5 seasons. The Padres 2012-2017 is all about young talent. Let the Dodgers and Giants slug it out with their hundred million dollar payrolls, because by the looks of things, the experts don't think we need it.

It's a pretty good time to be a Padres fan.

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