Player Development: No limit.

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    Player Development: No limit.

    http://www.tulsaworld.com/article.aspx/Colorado_Rockies_new_player_development_plan_is_unique/20130412_203_B1_TeClrd896320

    I was surprised to read that it was not standard practice to have in house player development specialists at every level of the farm system.

    I know that coaches and managers are bound to be called on to do this now, but I'm guessing that they're pretty busy with other regular duties.

    Since player salaries are subject to the luxury tax cap, and since the signing bonus system has become ever tighter, I am all in favor of opening up the pocketbook on player development.

    I feel certain that a world class player development effort would make the difference between some prospects washing out early vs playing at lower levels for a longer period of time. Likewise better prospects might develop further or faster and perform at AA or AAA, and that an additional number still would make a big league contribution where they would not otherwise do so.

    Compared to signing free agents, taking $50 million and investing it into the farm system would make more of an impact in terms of prospects worth trading and others wor playing versus releasing. Spreading this investment (or something like it) across hundreds of players would be worth it. I just have faith!

     
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    http://www.bleedcubbieblue.com/2012/12/2/3717446/theo-epstein-red-sox-cubs-plan-player-development

    I know player development has been part of recent success, but I'm really asking the question of whether there's more that might be done.

     
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    Re: Player Development: No limit.

    Since player salaries are subject to the luxury tax cap, and since the signing bonus system has become ever tighter, I am all in favor of opening up the pocketbook on player development.

     

    i cant agree more. I definitely want to see owners funneling their money back into the team. Teams who used to get ahead on spearheading the top talent will be looking for a way to make up their loss. Player development seems to be the way. Not only are you helping your needs by increasing the chances you produce a MLB calibur player but you are also doing these kids a service by giving them all the tools they need to realize their full potential.

    MASTER OF PUPPETS I'M PULLING YOUR STRINGS!!
    TWISTING YOUR MIND AND SMASHING YOUR DREAMS!!
    BLINDED BY ME YOU CAN'T SEE A THING!!
    JUST CALL MY NAME 'CUZ I'LL HEAR YOU SCREAM!!
    MASTER!! MASTER!!

     
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    Re: Player Development: No limit.

    This has always struck me as kind of odd, particularly for the softer skills, like fielding, bunting, and baserunning.  There has to be a ton of former major league bench jockeys that are looking to break into the majors in some role.  I'd have one OF, one UIF, one corner, one pitcher, and one catcher, just rotating throughout the minors.

    Not sure if it an appropriate comparison, but 30 years ago, I thought MLB were better fundamentally prepared than B-ball players.  I see a lot of baseball players lacking fundmentals now, while most B-ball players look like geniuses.

     

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