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    Exactly when does JD finally figure out how to draft or sign IFA starting pitching and develop it? His need to trade for SP is getting old. How many prospects has it cost us so far? Why can't he research how great SP is found and developed? He researched how winning teams are built, but seems to have fallen back to the comfort that at the end of the build-up you trade to fill the holes.

    Well, every year that hole is a front-line SP. uggghhhhh.

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    Originally posted by Blade View Post
    Exactly when does JD finally figure out how to draft or sign IFA starting pitching and develop it? His need to trade for SP is getting old. How many prospects has it cost us so far? Why can't he research how great SP is found and developed? He researched how winning teams are built, but seems to have fallen back to the comfort that at the end of the build-up you trade to fill the holes.

    Well, every year that hole is a front-line SP. uggghhhhh.
    I've wondered about that, and can't come up with a causation that's provable. There are any number of possibilities as to the "why" of it.
    (1) The scouts are more skilled at assessing position player potential than pitching.
    (2) The high value pitchers figure out what team they would like to join at about their junior year in high school.
    (3) The IFA free agents and youth stars are under the guidance of an in-country mentor who tells them which agents (teams) to sign with.
    (4) We have been unlucky in the blowout factor - kids who are the best they will ever be at age 15.
    (5) We have signed/drafted premier pitching only to have injuries crop up.

    Short of a curse, it looks to me like well laid plans that don't all work out.

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    • #3
      Yeah, all I can say is that JD's track record here is very poor. Once again we are going to be a buyer for SP.

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      • #4
        I think we've rushed these kids to the majors or been too quick with the trigger in trading them away. JD seems to have revamped his approach to drafting and developing pitching. We're supposedly stacked at the lower levels. The GM just needs to trust the process and he'll be rewarded.

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        • #5
          Rangers, Diamondbacks Lead Way In Producing Big Leaguers

          When it comes to scouting the international ranks, the Rangers have landed the most future big leaguers with 14 international signees. And because the Rangers also tied for the fourth-most original draftees, Texas leads the way in homegrown talent with 38 players whose initial pro team was Rangersí red.

          Padres general manager A.J. Preller was the Rangersí director of international scouting in 2008-2009 when the club landed Hanser Alberto, Luis Sardinas and Odubel Herrera. Preller had been promoted and Mike Daly was director of international scouting in 2011 when Texas landed Nomar Mazara, Rougned Odor, Jose Leclerc and Leonys Martin.


          MOST DRAFTED
          We looked at which team originally drafted and signed every U.S., Canadian and Puerto Rican player on an Opening Day roster.
          Team Players
          Diamondbacks 26
          Blue Jays 25
          Nationals 25
          Cardinals 24
          Rangers 24
          Braves 23
          White Sox 23

          INTERNATIONAL SIGNEES
          We looked at which team originally signed every player who came to pro baseball through the international market
          Intíl MLB Players
          Rangers 14
          Yankees 13
          Mariners 12
          Red Sox 12
          Braves 11

          OVERALL ACQUISITIONS
          Hereís the rundown of how many MLB Opening Day players began their pro careers in each organization
          Overall MLB Players
          Rangers 38
          Yankees 35
          Braves 34
          Red Sox 34
          Diamondbacks 33

          http://www.baseballamerica.com/majors/rangers-diamondbacks-produce-big-leaguers/#jLFbpTuB0eme0Os6.97

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