Re: Reds have 3 ranked in Top 100
I agree with the sentiment that Jocketty didn't draft well post 2000. It was in fact the reason why he was let go or left. The organization hired Mozeliak in part to oversee the draft because Dewitt wanted a stronger drafting system. Mozeliak, along with Jeff Lunow, really took over the draft and Jocketty felt this undermined his power (which honestly it did).
One thing I will give Jocketty credit for is recognizing that the Cardinals could spend money and that he was a good "salesman", so to speak. Jocketty was able to make impact trades because he knew the Cardinals could cover the costs of getting those players. He was also very good at selling players to other teams to get trades done. Looking at what he's accomplished in Cincy, it looks like he's adapted his tactics to the type of financial situation he sees in Cincy. In this respect, it what makes him a good GM. Being successful using two different philosophies.
That said, as a Cardinals fan I love what Mozeliak has done with this organization. He's a hybrid type GM using modern saber statistics in his evaluation but still has an "old school approach". I certainly can't argue against what he's done in the draft. Baseball America recently came out with their top 100 prospects and the Cards had 6 players in the top 100, 2 of which are in the top 25, and Taveras was ranked #3 in baseball I believe. In 2011, the Cardinals used 12 or so different rookies and won the WS. I liked Jocketty here and he was very successful. However Mozeliak has made a mark in his own right in my opinion.
EDIT: What should also be noted is that Mozeliak has completely rebuilt the Cardinals farm system into one of the best, if not the best system in baseball, while not drafting very high.
EDIT#2: One other thought I had on this is that both Jocketty and Mozeliak had to also deal with arguably the most powerful manager in baseball the majority of their time in St. Louis. Tony LaRussa had a ton of power, more than most, in determining what type of players he wanted for the team. He wasn't the kind of manager who would put up with a player just handed to him by the General manager. The GM's had to walk a fine line between manager input and their view of how the ball club should be run. In many ways, Jocketty and Mozeliak should be commended and given praise for the internal pressure brought on by TLR all those years.
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Last edited by MikeThierry; 01-30-2013 at 09:30 AM.