Originally Posted by voodoochile
Two thoughts... First, they've pretty much brought their entire system up in the last 5 years and second, it's amazing how hard it is to draft good talent when you are winning the division 4 times in 6 years and just missing a 5th time and thus drafting bottom 7 slots on a consistent basis.
The Sox draft position is very overblown as an excuse as to why they haven't developed players. The only 2 players on the 2005 world championship team the White Sox didn't have the opportunity to draft because they were off the board before they selected, were Konerko who went to LA with the 13th pick in 1994. The Sox picked 26th that year and picked Mark Johnson, and Jon Garland who was picked 10th in 1997. The Sox had the 15th pick that year and chose Jason Dellaro, one spot in front of Houston selecting Lance Berkman. There has always been good players available when their turn to select has come up, and for years they made bad decisions.