Originally Posted by Milw
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.
It is Sox management's fault in the sense that they obviously should have lost more games!