Originally Posted by Hitmen77
Who was the last position player to come through the Sox minor league system that turned into a solid, above average MLB player? I'm really having a hard time thinking of anyone decent since 1998. Chris Young? Beckham? Not that I think either of those guys are above average MLB players, but who else is there? 15 years is a long time to be cranking out a bunch of Josh Fields and Brian Anderson and Brent Morel-type players as some of our more notable prospects.
All comes down to not investing big bucks in the minor league system.
I've mentioned this before as has Lip but in one of Einhorn's first interviews he said the minor leagues are over-rated, he said you build winners by wise trades and wise free agent signings. We haven't done great there either The one thing he forgot is when the injury bug hits and you have nobody down on the farm who can do the job as a replacement. The only position players that came up and made an impression are Josh Fields who by the next year was a flop and Beckham and the jury is still out on him.