Final standings of minor league affiliates
With the regular season having ended for the parent Nationals, here's a quick rundown of how the minor league affiliates fared during the 2007 season:
AAA Columbus Clippers 64-80, .444 18.5 GB in the 4 team International League West Division.
AA Harrisburg Senators 55-86, .390 26.5 GB in the Eastern League Southern Division.
A Potomac Nationals 40-29 (2nd Half), .580 5 GB in the Carolina League Northern Division.
A Hagerstown Suns 55-81, .404 27 GB in the Sally League Northern Division.
A (Short Season) Vermont Lake Monsters 38-37, 5.5 GB in the New York-Penn League Stedler Division.
Rookie Gulf Coast League Nationals 23-31, .426 16.5 GB in the Gulf Coast League Eastern Division.
Overall, Nationals affiliates didn't fare too well either. Is this attributable to the farm system having been decimated during the stint when MLB "owned" the Expos/Nationals franchise or is there another explanation?
To be fair, I didn't check up on how minor league affiliates of other teams did. Does a winning minor league system necessarily translate into winning at the major league level? (Particularly in these days of free agency?)
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