But when every kid in America played baseball and organizations had more farm teams and they didn't have much money invested in prospects, they could afford to practice Darwinism. Now they can't.
They killed the golden goose themselves too, when they instituted the bonus baby rules it forced young pitchers into the limelight and attached the "Asset" label to them at an early age. The late 50's & 60's & 70's ate up young pitchers at the pro ranks at pretty high rate.
That's your transitional period, Sutter was a part of that culture, no surprise he feels that way.
The 1st round pick stigma pretty much does that too, but now they have spent more on the pick and that means better care is needed.