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.
Totally different thing. Those guys you mentioned are investments in the MLB level, this kid is an investment in the farm. He immediately becomes the Sox number 2 or 3 prospect.
This kid has a chance to do something none of those guys ever did, be a star. I loved Tadahito, and the others have been ok, but this kid could be special.