Are we better off today than where we were in 2002? The answer is yes. They made the playoffs three years in a row and the farm system by anyone who follows it agrees we are in much better shape. We were 23rd in players on League Top 20 lists in 2002 and had pretty much no pitchers close to helping in 2002 and guys like Josh Thigpen were in our top 10. Jon Lester was #6 and he had 1 appearance in the GCL.
Other than basically blowing their first pick in 2003, they have been doing fine.
When they picked Murphy, the following guys were still on the board:
Conor Jackson, who Theo wanted and was talked out of
Chad Cordero (although noone projected him very high, he has done ten times better than Ryan Wagner who the Sox were hoping to fall)
Bryan Snyder (900 OPS in A ball last year but admittedly injured for most or 2005)
Murphy may be my least favorite player in the Sox system expressly because of this circumstance combined with the fact that he has barely outperformed his college teammate Chris durbin who was draft 9 rounds later. Who the hell scouted Murphy and what has been wrong with him?
All were gone by the time the Sox got their second pick, with which they chose Matt Murton, who will probably have the best career of any guy the Sox picked in that draft. (It's still very early, I know) I wouldn't be surprised if they were expecting Quentin or Snyder to fall to that spot, and they may have drafted them then.
I really hope Murphy turns it on. And I really really hope the Sox figure out how to find some damn talent with their first round draft choices. It's been quite a drought since Nomar:
Andy Yount, Corey Jenkins, Josh Garrett, Chris Reitsma (got us Dante Bichette!!), John Curtice, Mark Fischer, Adam Everett (got us Carl), Rick Asadoorian, Brad Baker (part of getting Embree), Casey Fossum (the class of this list, part of getting us Schilling), Phil Dumatrait (traded for SWilly), David Murphy, Matt Murton, Jacoby Ellsbury, Craig Hansen
I hope that a couple of those last four work out because that is a silly bad collection of players for a team with a substantial number of draft picks and a purportedly big scouting budget. I mean pa-the-tic. We've had the discussion on whether it is the scouting or the development but in the end none the real result is that the Sox have gotten very little out of their picks. Basically Fossum, Reitsma, and now Baker (since being converted to relief) are the only ones to even have a single respectible season above A ball.
Edited by smastroyin, 12 October 2005 - 12:35 PM.