BRASSBALL LEAGUE
THE BEE'S WAX
Bloomington Bees 1997 Brassball Champions

Bee's Wax

Vol 7.  Issue 8
August 2001

We make it your “bee’s wax” to know what’s happening in Bees Baseball.

BRASSball’s 2001 Minor League Organization of the Year

The Metropolis Avengers are your 2001 BRASSball Minor League Organization of the Year!  Congratulations to Andy Wiesner on amassing a stunning assortment of promising young talent and also for becoming the first repeat winner of the award! 

Let's have a look at how I determined it this year.   

I started by compiling the raw number of Total Prospects Points for all of the prospects each BRASSball team had in it's organization.  That chart is listed below, as well as a column of interest that depicts the team's total as a percentage of the total number of prospect points available on all rosters.  In other words, this shows that portion of the entire BRASSball League worth of promising minor league talent that was in this team's organization.   

This column is the meat and potatoes of my final rankings.   I use it because I think it is a better measure than just overall BRASSball rank in this category.  As an example, look at the difference between the Minnesota and Wauwatosa franchises at #8 and #9.  It's extremely small at a .02% margin. But the difference between the Metropolis and Fleetwood franchises at #1 and #2 is much more pronounced and therefore much more significant when making comparisons.  The margin here is 4.76%.  Anyway, here are the rankings in this category, which probably best depicts the overall "quality" of the organization's minor league prospects.  Metropolis was on top of the heap with over 7,000 prospect points, or nearly 14 percent of the total all by themselves.  They eclipsed the rest of the field by a very wide margin. 

Chart 1: Ranked By Total Prospect Points 

 

 

TotalProspect
Points

Percentage Of
Total

1

Metropolis

7163

13.72%

2

Bloomington

4676.99

8.96%

3

Fleetwood

3638.01

6.97%

4

Santa Barbara

3401.33

6.52%

5

Plaza

2633.32

5.04%

6

Ocala

2327.99

4.46%

7

Toledo

2323.67

4.45%

8

Minnesota

2235.34

4.28%

9

Wauwatosa

2222.66

4.26%

10

Cook County

2135.67

4.09%

11

North Georgia

2063.66

3.95%

12

St. Croix

2059

3.94%

13

Box City

2001.66

3.83%

14

Iowa

1949.66

3.73%

15

Brooklyn

1576.67

3.02%

16

Glen Allen

1442.67

2.76%

17

Columbus

1389.67

2.66%

18

Racine

1327.33

2.54%

19

Morris

1206.67

2.31%

20

Gem City

1127.34

2.16%

21

Georgia

1097.66

2.10%

22

Hessville

947.33

1.81%

23

Long Island

793

1.52%

24

Stanley

466.67

0.89%

I also compiled rankings for the overall "quanity" of prospects that made the Top 185 list, regardless of position on the lists.  That Chart is listed below, as well as the Pct. of the Total prospects on the lists for each franchise as well.  Metropolis topped this list as well, again by a wide margin with an incredible 18 prospects.

Chart 2: Ranked By Total Number of Prospects

 

 

 

Pct. Of

 

 

Prospects

Total

1

Metropolis

18

9.73%

2

Santa Barbara

12

6.49%

3

Toledo

10

5.41%

4

Bloomington

9

4.86%

 

Cook County

9

4.86%

 

Georgia

9

4.86%

7

Brooklyn

8

4.32%

 

Fleetwood

8

4.32%

 

Long Island

8

4.32%

 

Plaza

8

4.32%

 

St. Croix

8

4.32%

 

Wauwatosa

8

4.32%

13

Box City

7

3.78%

 

Columbus

7

3.78%

 

Iowa

7

3.78%

 

Ocala

7

3.78%

 

Racine

7

3.78%

18

North Georgia

6

3.24%

19

Gem City

5

2.70%

 

Glen Allen

5

2.70%

 

Hessville

5

2.70%

 

Minnesota

5

2.70%

 

Morris

5

2.70%

24

Stanley

4

2.16%

Next, I melded these two measures together to assess the "average quality" of each prospect that made the Top 185 list, irrespective of how many players a franchise had on the list.  I did this as a way of acknowledging the success of those teams who don't have a high number of prospects, but have high quality prospects.  Bloomington paced the group in this category, on the strength of the very high overall quality of the 9 prospects they own.

Chart 3: Ranked By Average Prospect Points

 

 

Avg.

 

 

 

Prospect

Pct. Of

 

 

Points

Total

1

Bloomington

519.67

7.94%

2

Fleetwood

454.75

6.95%

3

Minnesota

447.07

6.83%

4

Metropolis

397.94

6.08%

5

North Georgia

343.94

5.25%

6

Ocala

332.57

5.08%

7

Plaza

329.17

5.03%

8

Glen Allen

288.53

4.41%

9

Box City

285.95

4.37%

10

Santa Barbara

283.44

4.33%

11

Iowa

278.52

4.26%

12

Wauwatosa

277.83

4.24%

13

St. Croix

257.38

3.93%

14

Morris

241.33

3.69%

15

Cook County

237.30

3.63%

16

Toledo

232.37

3.55%

17

Gem City

225.47

3.44%

18

Columbus

198.52

3.03%

19

Brooklyn

197.08

3.01%

20

Racine

189.62

2.90%

21

Hessville

189.47

2.89%

22

Georgia

121.96

1.86%

23

Stanley

116.67

1.78%

24

Long Island

99.13

1.51%

And finally, we have the Overall Ranking Chart that adds up the combined total of all the Pct. of the Total numbers from each of three evaluative charts for all of the BRASSball franchises.  We see the shining star of all the BRASSball Minor League organizations at the top of the heap, with a bunch of other fine organizations appearing up there towards the top, but none in the rarified Metropolos air.  Congratulations to the Avengers and heaven help the rest of us when these youngsters mature!

Chart 4:  Final Organizational Rankings

 

 

Pct.

Pct.

Pct.

Overall

 

 

Chart 1

Chart 2

Chart 3

Ranking

1

Metropolis

13.72%

9.73%

6.08%

29.53%

2

Bloomington

8.96%

4.86%

7.94%

21.76%

3

Fleetwood

6.97%

4.32%

6.95%

18.24%

4

Santa Barbara

6.52%

6.49%

4.33%

17.33%

5

Plaza

5.04%

4.32%

5.03%

14.40%

6

Minnesota

4.28%

2.70%

6.83%

13.81%

7

Toledo

4.45%

5.41%

3.55%

13.41%

8

Ocala

4.46%

3.78%

5.08%

13.32%

9

Wauwatosa

4.26%

4.32%

4.24%

12.83%

10

Cook County

4.09%

4.86%

3.63%

12.58%

11

North Georgia

3.95%

3.24%

5.25%

12.45%

12

St. Croix

3.94%

4.32%

3.93%

12.20%

13

Box City

3.83%

3.78%

4.37%

11.99%

14

Iowa

3.73%

3.78%

4.26%

11.77%

15

Brooklyn

3.02%

4.32%

3.01%

10.36%

16

Glen Allen

2.76%

2.70%

4.41%

9.87%

17

Columbus

2.66%

3.78%

3.03%

9.48%

18

Racine

2.54%

3.78%

2.90%

9.22%

19

Georgia

2.10%

4.86%

1.86%

8.83%

20

Morris

2.31%

2.70%

3.69%

8.70%

21

Gem City

2.16%

2.70%

3.44%

8.31%

22

Hessville

1.81%

2.70%

2.89%

7.41%

23

Long Island

1.52%

4.32%

1.51%

7.36%

24

Stanley

0.89%

2.16%

1.78%

4.84%