Originally Posted by doublem23
It probably also speaks to how bare our system had gotten. I don't think one of these guys was in the organization before the start of 2008.
Exactly. The Sox farm system is still not very good contrary to what many people seem to think. It's definitely in the lower third of all baseball. There is no depth at all, and there is/was no elite prospect after Beckham. Losing Poreda/Allen/Carter hurt, but they were certainly valuable trade chips and served a greater purpose. If Flowers/Hudson/3 star prospect(s) are packaged for a slugger this offseason, the system will be decimated and in a very sorry state. (Not that I'm against it) Here's hoping for a strong 2010 draft and the emergence of some diamonds in the rough from the 2009 class.
Oh, and I would be stoked if Trayce Thompson turns into the next Mike Stanton.