Just quoting the facts-this system has been a bit weak on feeding position players to the majors since Ells came up for good in fall of '07, for whatever reasons (Cuzitt outlined some possibly valid ones). If our farm system is so good, eventually potential has to be replaced with production-it can't coast on reputation indefinitely. Reddick is high on their list of course, but showed only occasional flashes in his short stints with the big club.
No, but if this farm system was as talented as everybody says it is, sooner or later it should start to produce some star players to replace the older ones lost to FA and age. I'm patient, don't get me wrong, I'm not down on Reddick or Wagner or anyone in particular, but more often than not when promote a guy it seems he regresses or something, rather than kicking it up another notch, which makes me think they aren't as good as the BA list, or Sox Prospects list, says they are. [Thumbs up to Exposito, which I've been on record here before as being high on, but let's see how he does over a longer stretch first]
So your argument is that because they haven't promoted a star since Ellsbury (the same year Pedroia came up and won the Rookie of the Year award, then went on to win an MVP the following year) that the farm system is a weakness? 2008 was really the year Ellsbury started to come through and he didn't become a real impact player until this season. But aside from him, Lester didn't become a real fixture here until 2008 and continued to be dominant in 2009. Buchholz came up in 2007, spent part of 2008 up and didn't really start to come around until he was called up this season. Daniel Bard was a pretty big deal in the bullpen this year and will continue to develop in the coming seasons.
Point is, the team has had a steady stream of talent coming from the farm system and making an impact at the major league level. But it doesn't happen over night. None of the star players on the roster who were developed here just showed up and started dominating right away. Well, aside from Papelbon, who is the exception to the rule. It takes time for players to acclimate and become stars. The fact that we can point to Ellsbury, Pedroia, Youkilis, Papelbon and Lester from the last five or so years means this farm system is at least as good as we think it is. If we go two or three years without another impact player showing up, you can start complaining about the farm system. But as it stands it looks like Buchholz and maybe even Bard will be keeping that stream of players flowing for now.
Edited by Snodgrass'Muff, 12 October 2009 - 02:43 PM.