Originally Posted by rdivaldi
1. The Twins thought so highly of Garza, that they traded him.
2. Can we quit anointing Porcello? The Tigers paid a king's ransom for a high school pitcher. Not smart. It may pay off for them, but it is just as likely that he will blow out his arm/shoulder like many high schoolers do.
3. On the cheap?
4. How many people does Borass have in every draft? 2-3-4? Pretty easy to build up a farm system without dealing with that assclown.
5. We will have a top 10 farm system again, it's cyclical.
Even if Garza didn't turn the corner in Tampa, he still may have pitched more productive innings in his Minny Career then Broadway and McCullough will in their Career.
Porcello has to give us a reason not to anoint him. The kids has been amazing since joining the Tigers farm. Yes he may blow out his arm, but he is so smart for his years. The reason his K's were down this year is he was afraid of killing his arm and learned to be a pitcher and getting ground balls. So he isn't just pounding fastballs, but using his pitches really efficiently. I guess it stings for me because he was a guy I was really high on when he hit the draft. It was clear he was a special talent, and for the money we spent on Uribe and Erstad in 2007 we could have had him.
Yes, we draft cheap. We consistently spend in the bottom 1/3 of all teams in the draft. I am not saying we draft every above slot player on the board, but there is no reason we should not be spending in the top 1/2.
Because we can't work with Boras we constantly pass on top talent that falls in the higher rounds. His job is to get the best deals he can for his players, while I do not like him or his ethics, if I was a player I surely would want him to represent me.
And we need to make major strides to get back in the top 10. It is hard to judge a draft for a few years. Some are really high on last years draft, some are really down, I am kind of in the middle on it. We will see.