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@ Dan--dammit boy!I worry about you being up at 2 am typing such a tawdry novella.I really wish that it wasn't so damn factual !! You make a lot of valid points.
Thanks for adding to my depression.Try to get a good nap today !
Teri C:-dammit girl-you only have to post once.
Chuck, appreciate the optimism, but everyone has prospects in the lower-levels of their system. It's whether you have prospects in the upper-levels too. That's a sign of how well you develop them. We barely have any. You expect some attrition to occur as prospects move up levels, but seems like an excess of our most hyped prospects are flaming out or are at least stalled once they hit AA-level. Buckel has been a disaster, Font has walked 23 in only 29 innings, it has taken 3 stints at AA for Ramirez to start showing something and he still has control issues, Pimentel has been awful 4 out of his last 5 starts, Brigham walked 7 guys in 13 IP (and yet they promoted him to RR for some reason and not surprisingly he's doing horrible), etc. Your AA-team is usually loaded with prospects who are doing well, but Frisco is pretty empty. I know it's common practice to promote prospects who are doing well at AA-level straight to the bigs, but RR should still have at least 2 or 3 decent prospects and it has maybe 1.
The big team is really paying for that lack of depth in the upper-levels. I mean, Chris McGuinness, a guy who we thought of so highly that we left him available in the Rule V draft, is our best near-ready prospect at 1B? We've called up Ortiz again when he absolutely blew during his last stint? How do we not have better near-ready prospects than these guys? Come on.
Dan, chill out. Not every team has a shitload of prospects pumping through their system all the time. A big reason the Rangers are bare at the upper levels is because they've graduated some many players over the last handful of years -- whether it be Andrus, Holland, Feliz, Ross, Profar, Gentry, Martin, Scheppers ... and I could keep going. Do you get the picture?
Farm systems work that way. The next 1-2 seasons will be spent filling up Frisco and Round Rock again, then those players will be on the Rangers and they'll have to do the same thing all over again.
Eric, as to your first point, funny but it seems like the better ones do, e.g. STL, and we go on and on about how we allegedly have one of the better ones. And STL has brought up a ton of prospects over the same timeframe you mentioned, e.g. Craig, Lynn, Garcia, Motte, Boggs, Adams, Freese, Jay, Salas, etc., and yet they can still somehow whip out a bunch more this season, e.g. Miller, Martinez, Wacha, Rosenthal, etc. with way better stuff and way higher ceilings than anyone we've trotted out.
And it's not just guys graduating to the bigs, it's also the endless stream of 1st-round/top draft pick busts that's contributed to the current lack of depth. Maybe TEX's system isn't horrible, but it's annoying that people like to make it out as being some shining example for every other franchise. Maybe a couple of years ago it was.
Dan, I think you make a lot of good points that I can't disagree with, but I'm under the impression you are forgetting what the #1 role of a farm system is -- to produce a winning product in the Major Leagues.
Yes, Nick Tepesch and Justin Grimm and Josh Lindblom and Ross Wolf are not as good as Shelby Miller. I get that. Miller is one of the best pitching prospects in baseball.
But if we start nitpicking players when they are in Single-A, or complain about not having AA and AAA teams flush with prospects, we start losing sight of the fact that the Rangers have fielded one of the most successful big league clubs in baseball over the last 5 years. The prospects haven't all panned out, but Daniels is consistently churning out a winning product in Arlington.
Also, can't forget that the only time we really ever talk about the Minor Leagues is when the big league club sucks, and right now the Rangers are playing terribly. My guess is, once the team gets healthy we'll focus a lot less on how many walks Jake Brigham has allowed in 2013.
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