Posted 26 February 2014 - 12:42 PM
The system right now is electrifyingly exciting. I agree on that 100%. That's not anything anyone disagrees with, as far as I can tell. Superb, even.....
I think our issue is two fold, but I could be wrong:
1. Since they, in the past and so far the present, are all about building form within and trading the present for the future, they NEED to be better than other teams for their strategy to be successful, or they need to change their strategy. since we have seen the payroll drop (as a percent of revenue, with the new $25MM this year), it isn't clear that strategy has changed it.
2. Rankings, once players graduate, don't interest me. What interests me is what did happen, not what was predicted to happen (if it is the past). What happened, imo, is that other than Span and Revere and maybe Dozier, nothing has come up from the minors worth anything lately. Every single starting pitcher this year will have been NOT drafted by the Twins. There is only one above A ball that looks like he'll be in the rotation in the next 2 years they drafted.
We clearly, 100%, disagree on this part. That's ok. It doesn't bother me one bit that we disagree, actually. Nor am I trying to convince you, because neither of us appears likely to change our opinions. But I believe the best way to judge the farm system in the past is by who comes up and does well, not on the rankings in the past. And, given that the team is sorely lacking good, young, players (even counting the 2 they traded away), we disagree on whether or not the team and its scouts and gm and farm director should be more accountable for that failure. Again, it's all about their strategy. If it is to "build the right way" by drafting......then the strategy was badly executed, imo.
One of the best opening day rosters in years. Now go get 'em.