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Old 05-29-2013, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Lip Man 1 View Post
Doctor:

Will all respect I don't think Axelrod is anything speacial and unfortunately we've seen what's happened to Jones from last year to this one.

I think Kittle's general point is valid. The Sox especially compared to other other teams seems to have very, very few guys who can come up out of the system and have a good solid major league career.

Also it's worth nothing that the players you mention are all pitchers, the Sox seem to do a nice job developing them...position players? hitters??

That's another story isn't it?

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I always have faith the Sox will be able to put together a decent pitching staff on an annual basis. This organization has done a pretty good job of getting production out of pitchers other teams gave up on (Quintana), and they've also gotten decent major-league innings out of guys who were considered marginal prospects (Santiago) or not prospects at all (Axelrod).

The Sox currently rank third in the American League in pitching. Usually, teams that are near the top of the league in pitching at least have a puncher's chance of getting into the postseason. Most people don't feel this team has much hope because, well, the position players are so awful.

I don't believe the organization is headed into a five-year abyss of misery for the simple fact that they have pitching in place, and there do appear to be a few useful arms on the way in the minors.

Unfortunately, the current group of position players is subpar to say the least, and there doesn't seem to be any help coming from within the organization. Maybe Phegley. Maybe Sanchez. Maybe Thompson. Those are big maybes, too, and after that, it's bleak.
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