He developed and graduated several top prospects during his tenure... And traded away the "cream of the crop" before they declined to nothing.
Moncada is a good to great player. Kopech has a chance to be good 1-2 years down the line.
Anderson Espinoza on Fangraphs was a 70 FV player (can't miss!) and was out of baseball 2 years after.
You know this very well, Bird. Rankings are just that, rankings. I'll take a #30 farm system for a WS title over a top 5 farm system with decent results like our Twins.
I get why you'd make that trade. Maybe because I lived a few blocks from the stadium and soaked in every minute of the 1987 WS in that dump I feel differently.
Your link to the FG spreadsheet? Do you realize that perhaps not a single player in the Twins current lineup would have been represented in that analysis? Okay, maybe Buxton.
That means, according to this author, the Twins could not have executed on a strategy of acquiring current MLB talent similar to what they have today. Their assets weren't valuable enough. No one was gonna give you jack for guys who couldn'rt even make a Topp 100 prospect list. You know, guys like Kepler, Polanco, Rosario, Garver, Arraez, Sano, Gibson...
Moncada at one point I believe was right behind Lindor on the prospect lists, a slot or two ahead of Kopech.
We could have parted with Lewis, Kirilloff, Graterol, and Larnach in 2019, the four prospects we have that WOULD have made it to that 2016 analysis, and picked up who? Bumgarner? Robbie Ray? For what? To lose to Houston 3 games to 2 in the postseason?