Fangraphs On Indians, Dodgers, Darvish

The gang over at Fangraphs continued their rankings of each team's organizational structure, and also provided an update on arguably the most intriguing prospect in Japan…

  • The Indians are 13th in Fangraphs' rankings.  Dave Cameron says "despite the backlash against the Indians front office for the lack of results, this is still one of the best run organizations in the game."  Cameron's prediction of big things in the future for the Tribe is backed up by Bryan Smith's rundown of Cleveland's minor league system, focusing on GM Mark Shapiro's recent shrewd deals for prospects.
  • While the Dodgers are just a rung below in the #14 spot, Cameron is not impressed with the franchise thanks to the ongoing divorce and ownership dispute between Frank and Jamie McCourt.  Cameron describes the McCourts "as people you don’t want owning your team."  Marc Hulet's look at L.A.'s future prospects is similarly downbeat, though Hulet notes that many of the Dodgers' most recent blue-chip prospects are currently delivering at the major league level.
  • Patrick Newman breaks down the incredible numbers of Yu Darvish and calls him the "real deal,"  noting that Darvish has had three seasons better than Daisuke Matsuzaka's best efforts in NPB.  While Darvish may be capable of pitching in the majors, however, Newman says that "Darvish has been outspoken about not wanting to make the leap to MLB."  Newman mentions rumors that the half-Iranian Darvish may not want to play in the United States due to a possible backlash over his ethnicity, though Newman has never seen Darvish ever specifically comment on this issue.  

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