Re: Have teams gotten better at drafting?
Originally Posted by dougdirt
I think a few things have happened, first, teams have gotten better at identifying talent... but they have also gotten better at developing it, particularly pitchers. High school arms used to fail so often because teams would treat them the same way that they treated college arms and they simply weren't ready for that in a lot of cases and it led to injuries. Now, if those injuries happen, guys are more capable of coming back from them too.
Which explains why Stephenson is in extended ST rather than full season low-A ball. Looks like the Reds are doing the right thing by him.
Sabermetrics can be boiled down to this simple truism: A batter's goal is to extend the inning. Extend enough innings and you're going to score runs. Extend more innings than your opponent and you're going to score more runs than him.