Thank God Joe Jordan is history. His abysmal records speaks for itself
On what basis do you say that?
Let's look at a year by year basis.
Brandon Snyder was a disappointment but that was almost a foregone conclusion when he hurt his shoulder and had to move from catcher. I see him as a partial development failure. Garrett Olson was a disappointment that might be blamed on development but he has over three years of ML service time. Reimold has been a quality player when he's been healthy. Brandon Erbe
and Chorye Spoone may be some of the most talented pitchers we have ever drafted that may never pitch in the bigs. Injuries destroyed them. There's no question in my mind that they are development problems. David Hernandez is considered an impact reliever. Tanner Scheppers was drafted in the 29th round but didn't sign. He was later a 1st round pick.
There's no question that Rowell was a scouting failure but he was also a development failure. His attitude manifested itself quickly yet he was passed up the system becuase the development people didn't want to report more failures to Angelos. Pedro Beato now has one year of ML service time. Ryan Adams
may win the 2B job this spring. Zach Britton
is a future star. Blake Davis
may never be a regular but he played in the majors. Jason Berken has over two years service time and could be considered a development issue.
Matt Wieters. I repeat, Matt Wieters. Jake Arrieta
could be seen as a development failure despite the fact that he has shown he can be a successful ML starter. Joe Mahoney is still a prospect that has had injury problems or he might have made the majors by now. Matt Angle may be on the 25 man roster this year. Dan Klein
was drafted in the 26th round and we drafted him again in 2010 in the 3rd.
is a ML caliber pitcher that was a development failure and he suffered for it last year. Xavier Avery, L J Hoes, and Robert Bundy would make the top 15 prospect list of almost any team in baseball; and there are at least four more players in that class that have a chance of playing in the majors.
was a BUDGET pick that was poorly developed. There are ten more picks in that draft that are considered legitimate prospects.
I won't address the last two drafts because the players have not yet had the chance to develop.
I see two trends in Jordan's drafts. He could have done SO much more with a more reasonable budget, and he turned real talent over to a development staff that failed miserably. Part of the reason we malign the farm system so much is that we had so many holes on the ML roster that we would have needed TWO farm systems to fill them. It was inexcusable that Jordan was not given 50% more money to spend each draft to add the additional talent to a system that couldn't supply the big team fast enough.
Add to that the fact that our development system would have had to improve dramatically to reach the level of HORRIBLE and you can see why I don't blame Jordan for this mess.