I think we all want Romero to ultimately be a starter. What I don't want is him to spend anymore time in Rochester. When he wasn't brought up in September, that made me certain he was probably short a pitch. He could be the key to our 2020 rotation. Did I mention he's another TR guy?
I don’t think anyone has ever questioned Terry Ryan’s ability to evaluate amateur talent. And the people saying that the Twins drafted poorly in the last 10 years or so of the Ryan era are also in the minority.
However, something clearly was amiss between the time that amateur talent signed and the time they made it to the MLB level. A large majority of them were overmatched and/or ill prepared despite no real evidence that players were “rushed”. Failed high level prospect after failed high level prospect. That suggests that the issue was player development. Terry Ryan’s loyalty to “his people” blinded him to the poor results. He was also blind to the changes taking place with regards to analytics - which is an integral tool in evaluation AND development. I’ll lay part of that blame on the doorstep of his most immediate boss, team president Dave St. Peter. He failed to recognize (or failed to care about) the lack of results coming from the system. He failed to hold Ryan and his staff accountable for far too long.