Originally Posted by amsteel
Skepticism != bashing.
A 16 year old international is much more of a gamble than a known HS or college quantity. Both have a high a rate of burnout, it's just that the cost is much higher with the international prospects. I'd rather see the Sox take a more conservative approach.
At least the last few Sox int'l signings (Alexei, Dayan, Iguchi, others?) played in their country's domestic leagues and/or for their nat'l teams. That's a much more calculated investment.
You are aware that pretty much every other team operates their international development this way, correct? The fact that the Zapata signing is such a huge deal here shows more how poorly the Sox's Latin American operations have been lately. If this were any other team, we'd be shrugging our shoulders at the news that the Sox signed a highly touted kid for a lot of money. It happens all the time elsewhere.