can't hold onto players too long anymore. After six years they can walk...to another team if they choose. Many, if on the cusp, choose to stay...but by that time, they either have had a cup of coffee or are doomed to fighting for jobs to possibly make it. Injuries and such slow down the development of a pitcher (look at Burdi and Thorpe as examples).
We forget that the Twins drafted A LOT of relief pitchers in a short period of time. Sadly, these high picks didn't translate into major league success. So something has to be said about spending money in high rounds on relief arms.
In baseball, so few get careers of any length. Pitchers battle for that one glorious moment. Look at the number of names that came thru Minnesota alone in the past few seasons, most never to get more than a cup of coffee, if even that, with another team. You can come up, be brilliant in an appearance or two, suffer some bad pitches, and then someone else passes you by in the minor league pecking order. Yes, you hope you have enough when the time comes, but you can also find relief pitchers (without drafttng) to fill needs.
Even when you get a big gun on the roster (see Joe Nathan) you forget that he was a starter (and a position player) turned relief, and we got him because he didn't have a job in the Giants system, but the Twins had the chance to give him an opportunity to shine...which he did...rather than become Boof Bonser.
Oliveros, Darnell, Tonkin, Light, Albers, Achter, Thielbar, O'Rourke, Achter, Waldrop, Manship, Enns, Heston, Melville, Turley, Graham, Wimmers, Wheeler, Tepsch, Rosario, Busenitz, Boshers, Slegers...the lit goes on and on.
Still remember when everyone was in an uproar when we traded Eddie Morlan to Tampa Bay (instead of the declining Rincon). But what happened there?
Yes, the verdict on Chargois is still out. Do we wish we had him right now? Are we satisfied that we do have Curtiss and Moya still in the wings> Are there other one-year winners that will come forth (Jake Reed).
The evils of drafting high is that you MIGHT suddenly have too many guys advance to certain levels at the same time, coupled with the fact that you do pick up players from other organizations, and there is precious roster space out there and you evaluate every player on what they can contribute today and what they might contribute tomorrow. Melotakis was low on the lefty pecking order, they needed a roster spot, and voila! Plus the fact that he would need to come back to the roster at some point, and if then dropped, they would lose him anyways.
It must be fascinating to actually work in the front office of a baseball team, rather than sit in my armchair recliner and speculate on what should've been done compared to what needs to be done.