Over at ESPN, Wallace Matthews and Andrew Marchand take a look at the Yankees’ weakness for drafting and developing talent.
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How much of this is a result of poor draft choices, and how much a result of poor draft slot (because of on-field success) in the last 20 years. I believe that after the top 10 or so picks, the rest are pretty much a toss-up in terms of predictability (although I assume other faithful readers to BB will have a better statistical breakdown).
I believe (again, without looking it up), that the Yankee's farm system in the 50's was not more superior (it provided more starters, but that was pre-expansion and the spreading of the talent gene pool). I definitely recall that the joke was that the Kansas City A's would develop players and trade them to the Yanks, and we called KC the Yankee farm team.
 From the article:
The way Cashman sees it, the Yankees' failure to improve themselves significantly through the draft over the past decade is a combination of many factors: bad luck, happenstance, and the inexactitude of a science that requires one to look at a high school or a college kid and see the major league ballplayer within.
Wow. Done in by bad luck *and* happenstance!
I think happenstance here refers to how Curtis Granderson happened to be injured twice in the same region while standing in the batter's box.
But it could also be another term for the Yanks' penchant for pinch-stand theres, busted hit-and-run plays and not-always pastadiving when balls get through the infield.
 Yes, the killer one-two punch. That's what comes of our seemingly innate desire to list things in three rather than two or four.
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