Originally Posted by Rdy2PlayBall
You don't think the Rays have had a benefit from having MUCH higher draft picks than the Sox, ever since the Rays have existed?
Look, the Rays still had to develop the players they drafted. Just picking someone in the top five does not automatically make him a superstar. There is still a need to scout and develop. When you're a team like how the Rays were, you need to make sure you can take full advantage of the opportunity handed to you with high picks by picking the right players.
Look at Washington for contrast. They have been a drafting disaster with the top picks. One top pick refused to sign, the next one is undergoing Tommy John today after being rushed to The Show to sell more tickets........