Baseball Reference makes awesome improvements in Minor League stats

Baseball Reference is always making improvements but I’m pretty impressed with their latest developments.  Those of you who monitor players in the minors, you’re really going to like this.

First, they have made the leap to displaying up-to-date stats for all minor league teams affiliated with a major league team.   They are displayed in the familiar format that anyone who is used to using B-R.  That is, viewing a player’s page with his career stats and/or viewing a team’s page with its roster.  Historical minor stats for players and teams are kept going back to the year 1992.  B-R also features minor league leaderboards, award winners and draft listings.

Some examples:

2008 Iowa Cubs team page

Carmen Pignatiello’s player page

Pacific Coast League 2008 standings page (with links to sortable batting and pitching leaders)

Second, and I think this is pretty neat, Baseball Reference has set up for each major league team a dynamic listing of minor leaguers in their system sorted by position.  What is essentially a franchise depth chart.  Here is the Chicago Cubs depth chart, for example.

What a handy way to get a quick snapshot of an organization’s minor league development!

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