Originally Posted by mth123
I'm kind of on that page too. The best prospect missed most of the year with a wrist injury and was set back, number two hasn't thrown a pitch in a game for the organization yet and number 3 is 17 years old. The best pitching prospect was traded away and 3 other potential impact pitchers (Thompson, Lotzkar and Buck) all are now huge question marks with injuries. The rest, even guys like Frazier, Francisco and Wood, are likely role players at best in the majors. I think the organization took a big hit in 2009.
So an organization that finally graduated a potential TOR arm in Homer Bailey, two seemingly legit starting centerfield prospects in Stubbs and Dickerson, a catcher, and two bullpen arms in Herrera and Fisher, took a major hit? That alone is over 20% of your major league roster graduated to the big leagues in one year. Two arms were leveraged for a starting position player.
If that isn't the definition of success of your farm system I don't know what is.
Look at what the Reds have added the last two years from within.
40 % of the 25 man roster developed from within, I include Herrera, because he was in the organization for over a year before he "graduated". Rosales and Tatum don't count because they aren't there yet.