14/49 is the top third, mostly due to a good first season offensively and good defense for years. He's still bad enough to not be a good long-term answer at the position. I look at him as a mostly failed pick.
Originally Posted by Hitmen77
He's just one guy, but maybe Sale is a sign that things are improving for the Sox as far as draft picks are concerned. I agree with Dspivack that Beckham hasn't turned out that great.
Regardless of the Sox track record, i'm finding little solace in us being bad enough to get a top 5 pick. Even among competent teams, it's far from a sure thing to have top picks pan out.
I hope so, but to say that now seems premature. We'll see if any of the toolsy OFs work out, but a lot work in the minors remains to be done if the overall organizational talent is to improve.