I didn't hear or read any transcripts from the interview. But from bits and pieces I have read elsewhere he was highly critical of our drafts over the past ten years, pointing out that Wieters was the "only hit" for the organization. I thought that was a little misleading when you consider the likes of Markakis, Britton, Machado and Schoop to name just four. I'm sure I missed a few others like Jim Johnson. But anyways I do get his drift. Things need to improve dramatically and that only comes with more spending, better scouting and a tighter organizational philosophy from top to bottom
I listened to the interview and he was referring to first round picks. I immediately thought of Markakis too, but he has a point. Look at the record.
1999 Mike Paradis - no longer in baseball
1999 Rich Stahl - no longer in baseball
1999 Larry Bigbie - after a very short ML career he's no longer in baseball
1999 Keith Reed - no longer in baseball
1999 Josh Cenate - no longer in baseball
1999 Scott Rice - no longer in baseball
2000 Beau Hale - no longer in baseball
2000 Tripper Johnson - no longer in baseball
2001 Chris Smith - no longer in baseball
2001 Mike Fontenot - has never risen above a reserve
2001 Bryan Bass - no longer in baseball
2002 Adam Loewen - lost his pitching arm to an injury
2004 Wade Townsend - did not sign
2005 Brandon Snyder - his ceiling is probably as a reserve
2006 Billy Rowell - @$%^@*(&^#@!!!!
2008 Brian Matusz
- the talent is there but he needs to develop a whole more of "want to"
2009 Matthew Hobgood - he still might become a ML regular but Leake or Minor would be pitching on our staff NOW
The trouble started with the 1999 draft when we had seven picks between selections 13 and 50 which resulted in just ONE MLB regular, Brian Roberts. Of course, the reason we had all of those choices was the exodus of a flood of talent in free agency. A loss that you could argue this team has NEVER recovered from.
Our 2000 draft did not produce a MLB regular and our return from the 2001 draft was Jim Johnson. The 2002 draft produced a trio of Orioles' legends: Adam Loewen, Hayden Penn, and Brandon Fahey. Things improved a bit in 2003 with Nick Markakis
and Chris Ray but 2004's only contribution was Brad Bergesen. 2005 resulted in Nolan Reimold
and David Hernandez (traded for Mark Reynolds) along with a group of players still in the farm system but no longer considered top level prospects. 2006 produced Zach Britton, Jason Berken, Ryan Adams, and Blake Davis
but Andy MacPhail lost Pedro Beato in the Rule 5 draft.
Finally, in 2007 we started seeing impact players like Matt Weiters and Jake Arrieta
being drafted as well as legitimate prospect Joe Mahoney and the quality and quantity of talent has improved since then.
For as high as we have drafted since 1999 you need to see most of those players contributing at the ML level and about half of them becoming regulars. Look at the good teams. You will see their rosters filled with players drafted between 2001 and 2008. Combine our draft failures with a VERY limited presence in the international market and Mr. Duquette doesn't have a lot to work with.