Jim Souhan had an interesting and well-researched story in today's Star-Tribune. His initial point seemed to be that Vance Worley stinks, which I'm not ready to agree with yet. But his larger point is that the Twins have had tremendous success finding starting pitching from the minors and have mostly failed miserable to find starting pitching from the free agent market.
What’s remarkable about the Twins’ failings in the free-agent pitching market, dating to 1993, is that the organization has proved so adept in acquiring talent by almost any other method. The Twins have acquired about as many quality pitchers via the Rule V draft, a mechanism for picking up minor league players other organizations have given up on, than in free agency and via trades for big-leaguers.
This is maybe my biggest concern about the Twins organization under Ryan - that he might be incapable of using the free agent market as a tool to fill gaps, and it's a handy tool for a lot of teams. On the other hand, Souhan details all the pitching they have acquired and just how darn good they have been at getting minor league pitchers that eventually had a great deal of success.
I don't know that I have a discussion question here, but it's worth the read. I guess the question is - how do the Twins become adept at getting the pitching using both methods?
Souhan: Look within for starting pitchers, or do without | StarTribune.com