Found January 13, 2013 on World Series Dreaming:
Here’s the deal.  We know that prospects are important in baseball.  We know that one of the primary methods of acquiring these prospects is through the amateur draft, and that the guys who are picked early are usually the most likely to succeed in the major leagues, which intuitively makes sense. We know that a team is more likely to succeed in the regular season and make the postseason if they draft well because a large portion of their roster is composed of guys they drafted or guys they acquired in trade using other guys they drafted.  And we also know that many of the prospects, no matter how athletically gifted they seem on the surface, will fail, because baseball is a very difficult sport to master. I don’t think any of that is truly up for debate. What is not so apparent is how some teams are able to take full advantage of their scouting and analysis to cultivate their prospects into solid and sometimes elite baseball players at the major league level while other teams fail....
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