Originally Posted by blumj
Name all of the high 1st round picks, that the Rays drafted themselves, who were on their 2008 team.
Delmon Young, the player who fell to Tampa because of their draft position, was converted to Garza.
They had a ton of pieces to work with because of their draft position; only recently did they start to pull off the trades that construct an actual team.
If they sustain it, they've got themselves a model. Otherwise, they've benefitted largely from the current drafting model as much as anything else.