Baseball America ♥ the Sox’ recent drafts. Big time.
I was trying to find the Yanks version, but instead I found this:
The Yankees will have to get help from outside the organization because their farm system has little to offer in the upper levels. Second baseman Robinson Cano, catcher Dioner Navarro and righthander Chien-Ming Wang could contribute in New York in 2005, though none is a lock to receive much playing time.
Which is to say, yaaaa, inexact science indeed!
They liked the Yanks’s choices as well, and that was before the acquisition of the #2 man in the Tiger system (Sanchez, plus two others):
As a disclaimer, I don’t mean to take the fire out of the Sox – it’s amazing considering Lester and Papelbon isn’t considered anymore. I was actually looking for something I read – where someone ranked the BoSox’s farm system as best, but Yanks were second. Ah well.
As far as I’m concerned, I’m thrilled that both the Sox AND the Yanks have well stocked minor league systems, and that both now seem to be run by smart professionals thinking and planning intelligently about their resources and the future. The future of the greatest rivalry in sports is in good hands. Seeing some of these young players we’ve been reading about finally play in the majors: that’s really going to be rewarding. For the Yanks, that means especially Philip Hughes and Jose Tabata (who keeps getting comped to Manny). Premature? Sure. But it’s fun to have good stuff on the horizon. Similarly, I’m sure Sox fans are looking forward to Elsbury and Bard and their other top guns.
Melky and Robi and Wang reminded us how much fun it is when a kid can come up and prosper. It’s going to be even better when the players doing so are ones we’ve been tracking for a few years.
Hey, the future is bright.
Amen. Though I wouldn’t mind one or two of those guys in pinstripes not panning out in ugly fashion, of course.
I’d like it better if the Sox were run very poorly and the next couple of decades saw the Yankees beat up on them relentlessly…but I’ll buy some more TUMS and grin and bare it for now.
Walein: it’s more fun to see their hopes dashed in september and october rather than july or august. Also, and more to the point, it’s a lot better for the traffic on YFSF!
I’m gonna try to get the Yankee-prospect karma going in the right direction:
BRI-EN TAY-LOR *clap, clap, clap-clap-clap*
From what I understand, Taylor was a master-stroke by George to frighten other teams from ever trying to pay big money to unproven talent.
That’s how we ended up getting Randy Johnson!
It wasn’t the Yankee’s fault that Taylor decided to get in a bar fight and wreck his pitching shoulder.
Ah yes, one of those “bar fights”. Like when Irving Fryar cut his hand “prepping food”. Or when Wade Boggs hurt his back “tying his shoes”.
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