Originally Posted by doublem23
You're right, silly me, I was unaware that the Nats only fielded a 2-man roster. See, here I went and thought they had a 25-man team like the other 29 MLB franchises, but that's my mistake. I'll amend my posts in the future.
Sabremetrics are for more than just scouting. Does anyone think if Bryce Harper where in the White Sox farm system, he'd be an up and coming superstar? Or, more likely, he'd be on the fast track to burning out of baseball by the time he's 30? He'd probably still be in Birmingham, hitting .220 while striking out 45% of his PA's.
This is ridiculous. Harper was perhaps the most highly touted prospect in generations, and Strasburg is second. The Sox have never had a prospect comparable to either of them; that's not a fault of scouting or coaching, it's because they are once-in-a-generation talents. (OK, Mike Trout fans can argue, but the Sox weren't the only team to pass on him.)
Point is: Criticize the Sox scouting and coaching if you want, but you undermine your argument considerably when you bring Harper into it.