It's difficult for a baseball team to compete at a high level while maintaining a well-stocked farm system. It's simply the cost of playing poker.
Therefore, it wasn't terribly shocking to see ESPN's Keith Law rate the Detroit Tigers' minor league system the worst in baseball on Wednesday. The prospect rankings, whether Law's or anyone else's, have long reflected the tough state of Detroit's bare-bones minor league system.
The Tigers haven't developed much big-name talent because they've been too busy trading it away for impact players.
But, that's the price to pay for maintaining a contending baseball team with star power. Certainly, fans would rather have a relevant squad during the regular season capable of winning than hear endless rants about how great scores and scores of minor leaguers will be.
Go back in time to 1996-2004. That eight year run was full of can't-miss Tigers' prospects that would have topped any scouting list. Had Law been in the ranking business then, he probably would have been lauding players like Kenny Baugh, Kyle Sleeth, Matt Anderson, Eric Munson and Scott Moore. Now, that list is a who's who of baseball's biggest busts.Read more... Join the Conversation...