Re: Big Rays Royals trade
posted at 12/13/2012 12:33 AM EST
In response to traven's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
I agree there. Unfortunately it took many years of last place finishes to achieve what they have achieved with their minor league system.
I strongly disagree here. While the top overall picks from long ago have helped and continue to influence this team now and into the future, since some of those players have been dealt for prospects that are still with the rays or have been traded for more prospects...., many of the Rays players were drafted in later rounds, the rays were never able to draft players that wanted big money, so they passed on many players to take lesser talents, and their farm now is stocked mostly with players they got in recent drafts loaded with comp picks from nontop draftees.
The famous 2011 draft with 12 of the top 89 picks (but none above 24) is a prime example of the adjustments they made to the changing system.
#24 from BOS for CC
31 from NYY for Soriano (obtained by trade)
38) sandwich for Soriano
41) sand for CC
42) sand Balfour
52) sand for Hawpe (a brillianty midseason trade just to get this pick)
56) san for Benoit
59) sand for Choate
60) sand for Qualls
75) from Oak for Balfour
Other than the CC picks, the rest were picks gained from Soriano and some scrap heap pitchers that could mostly be replaced from within their system or with replacement value players.
In 2010, they got extra picks for LeVon Washington, Greg Zaun and K Diekroger
I also think that their manager has the ability to get the absolute most from any young player.
Totally agree, plus he instills loyalty.
They tend to hold their medium to good players for the arbitration time and sign the great players to the first long term contract that takes them to about age 30 and then cut them loose.
and they have a knack for getting career best years from journeymen type players- see Rodney, Keppinger, Farnsworth, Kotchman, Soriano, ....
I yield to your insight on the Rays picks of recent history. It is just amazing how a team with a payroll of 1/3 to 1/2 of the largest payrolls manages to contend year after year. My hat's off to them but do feel sorry that the real weakness of that team is a failure of the fans to support them in that dimly lit stadium they play in. That is about all that keeps them from being solid frontrunners year after year.
I imagine they could get a good tv deal soon. They cant put people in that cave they call a ball field, but they get good ratings on TV. More folks watch the games on TV down there.