Re: What makes a good minor league system?
Since im new to this forum, and this thread is allready wrecked, lets start over...
Keys to a good minor league system......
1. Excellent Player evaluation
2. Strong Latin American/Pacific Rim influence
3. Knowledgable player management
4. Finicial flexability and the freedom to use it
5. Developing specific postions of strength in the minors
6. GM that brings in high upside players at low A instead of lowe ceiling more advanced guys
7. Willingness to trade from a postion of strength to further stock weak minor postions
A good minor league system doesnt have to have all of these traits, but having 5 out of 8 is a necessity. Ill use Texas is an example just because i have contacts in their minor leagues and i know a good portion of their system.
1. Player evalution was lacking until the new regime took over and is questionable so far with a small track reocrd
2. Texas placed 3rd in all Latin American signings and just added 3 more from the Pacific Rim
3. Questionable before the regime change but hints that Texas refused to start the arb clock on their closest SP prospect(Hurley) is a good sign
4. In the top 3 in signing over slot last draft
6. Both major Texas trades at the deadline involved high upside guys
8. Texas minor league motto, if it wasnt for bad luck.....
That shows at the worst 4 most likely 6 and Texas has turned there minor leagues around signifigantly.
Again, sorry to use Texas to illustrate my point by im not 100% covered on the Reds, yet. I ended up here after a freind on mine convinced me to follow a NL team aswell, and Cinci reminds me alot of Texas and more than anything i grew up on stories by my grandfather of the big red machine