Originally Posted by IslandRed
It may also be counting only those players who made it to the show with the team that originally drafted them, which wouldn't count players who were traded while prospects and made the majors later.
That's precisely what it was. The data was from last week's Sports Weekly and unfortunately I can't find the printed articles on the web, ever seens USA Today merged that publication's website into their's. We were dead last.
Someone mentioned it might not have been the draft, but the development. That's where I'm hoping we're seeing a change. I think this is part of the "step by step" approach, allowing players to succeed at a lower level, then moving up to the [U]next[U] step. I say that, but I see this week that they've jumped a couple of players up a step or two for some spot work, then back to their current level (I think a guy went from Dayton to Louisville for one start).
Of course, drafting players to get into your system, working the Rule V draft at the minor league level and grabbing plum minor league free agents will all help re-energize the system.
There is no reason we can't reprime the system to start seeing the previous richness of the Reds farm system.