Use of Time wrote:
I'm not talking about the typical player, the whole conversation has been about top draft picks that can turn around a bad team. These top draft picks do not toil around in the minors for years on end as was suggested in this thread.
The problem is that those top draft picks who can turn around a bad team are very, very rare
, and as a result this is a meaningless discussion. For every Mike Trout (who still can't turn the Angels around on his own, despite his only real statistical comparison in his first two seasons being Mickey fucking Mantle), there are a hundred Mark Priors, Matt Andersons and Matt Bushes. Any team that drafts hoping to luck into a generational talent is foolish
-- and it certainly isn't the way Tampa Bay, for example, righted the ship (same with Oakland).