Re: No Red Sox on Top 50 under 25 list
posted at 12/3/2011 1:53 PM EST
In Response to Re: No Red Sox on Top 50 under 25 list
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: No Red Sox on Top 50 under 25 list : That said, whenever I see lists of the top 50 players, whether it's this one or the BBA's top 100. The reality is that when comparing teams farm systems and the age and production of the players on their 40 man rosters, one has to factor in where that team has drafted in the last 5 years and in the case of your Seattle Mariners...after now 3 or 4 years of drafting near or at the top of the first year player draft. I would hope that they, like the Royals and Rays made the most of that advantage...
Posted by Beantowne[/QUOTE]
I acknowledge that the parameters of Keith Law's list results in some inequities.
Beantowne, as usual, makes some good points.
One needs to factor in the quantity of high draft picks as well. Over the past five years the Red Sox have had 17 picks in the first two rounds while the Mariners have had 13. Here is where each team drafted:2007
-- Seattle: 11, 52, 75; Boston: 55, 62, 842008
-- Seattle: 20, 60; Boston: 30, 45, 772009
-- Seattle: 2, 27, 33, 51; Boston: 28, 772010
-- Seattle: 43, 67; Boston: 20, 36, 39, 572011
-- Seattle: 2, 62; Boston: 19, 26, 36, 40, 81
Of the five Mariner players mentioned in my earlier post -- Michael Pineda, Dustin Ackley, Justin Smoak, Nick Franklin and Taijuan Walker -- the only player who was taken with a draft pick that was high because of the M's poor performance was Ackley, the No. 2 pick in 2009. Pineda was an international signee, Smoak was acquired via trade*, the Franklin pick was compensation for the Phillies signing of Raul Ibanez and the sandwich pick of Walker (perhaps the gem of the bunch) was compensation for the Red Sox signing of Adrian Beltre.
* in all fairness, Justin Smoak was acquired in the trade of Cliff Lee, whom the Mariners had acquired for a three-player package that included Phillippe Aumont, the No. 11 pick in the 2007 draft