This is becoming a fun little exercise. Last time we had Jess Todd beat out David Freese in a photo finish. Now we just had Jon Jay win a close race, just beating out Clayton Mortensen, Pete Kozma and Mitch Boggs. I wonder if this has to do with the metrics that came out yesterday and revealed that our man Jay has some range. I guess this also speaks to the depth of the system. It’s just a hard system to rank, because after the top few guys, there are so many B, C+ type of guys who are pretty close to the big leagues. While I think there are some guys with higher overall future potential (Reifer, Vasquez), they are pretty far away. While B and C+ guys have relatively high rates of attrition, we have so many that quite a few should stick. That should make things a lot easier in the future to pay that big name free agent, because so many cheap, homegrown players be filling spots.
What the ignorant, loud-mouthed, message board posting side of the fan-base doesn’t realize is that the Cardinals are indeed committed to winning. It’s just not in the “old ignore the farm system and trade every good prospect we can” mode that Jocketty was, as we found out, the market caught up with Jocketty and he was no longer able to spin his magic. If anything, he become the one getting spun. Building from within should allow more leeway in the future, allowing for the best of both worlds.
For this next poll, it’s just the three highest vote getters from the last poll. Vote away.