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tthousand66 wrote:I think you are WAY overstating the quality of the Tigers Minor League System of the late 90's. It was never ranked or rated #1 by any reputable service (Baseball America, Sports Weekly, Sporting News, etc)...perhaps in the top 10, but I'd even question that.
I agree that the Tigers system at the time was looked at as having solid depth as opposed to star power, as opposed to the current system which Zumaya and Verlander are viewed as considerably better prospects than anyone the Tigers have had in quite a while. Of course what happened to the Tigers prospects back then has no relation to today's prospects. Different GM, different minor league coaches, different scouts, etc. Be skeptical of the Tigers' minor leaguers all you want, but without the system getting back to a state of producing talent on a relatively consistent basis from within(like it seemed to do 10+ years ago), the team doesn't have a whole lot of hope for long term success. Randy Smith's regime proved it could not produce in that way, and major injuries to pitchers were about as frequent as wins. Domborowski's regime still has yet to prove either way after starting basically from scratch. Building a minor league system from nothing can't be easy, but we're close to seeing what has come of these past 3+ years (or so). Right now, I'm not so much concerned about the farm system as I am about the durability of some of the team's key players at the MLB level.tthousand66 wrote:sorry, I just don't believe that. I do recall a time the Tigers minor league system was looking to be moving up,but not a top overall ranking from a baseball rag. All that aside, Detroit has NEVER had a "can't miss" prosepect along the lines of Arod, Griffey, Jeter, etc. of days past, or a Felix Hernandez, Brandon Wood type at hitter or pitcher. The days you are probably talking about were when Encarnacion and Kapler---Drumright and Cornejo were their best hopes. Nothing of the can't miss variety. In fact, they ALL missed!
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