Originally Posted by guillen4life13
Um... IIRC (and I may be wrong) but I seem to remember the White Sox farm system being ranked #1 or #2 prior to the start of the '01 campaign (KW's first season as GM) by many outlets. At least that's what I remember reading in the Tribune back then, with Jon Rauch, Jon Garland, Julio Ramirez, Joe Borchard, Lorenzo Barcelo, Joe Crede, Matt Guerrier, Miguel Olivo, etc. I think that the Sox were 2nd and the Cubs were ranked 1st as far as farm systems were concerned.
I know hardly anyone that was in the farm at that time went on to do something meaningful, and those that did were not expected to (Buehrle, Rowand, with Crede as the exception). Goes to show that just because you have a highly ranked farm is no guarantee of anything.
Which is all well and good....if you weren't allowed to trade.
You are...thus percieved value is important (as is knowing when to cash it in)
KW is so-so in this respect (though much better than a guy like Jim Hendry who is downright terrible in that respect - Felix Pie could have been the centerpiece of a deal to get a good player...instead he an afterthought)