My thoughts . . .
Is it talent evaluation, or talent development that has slowed down the Cardinals?
Perhaps some of both?
I agree that these are questions the organization needs to answer, ASAP.
The Cardinals' model is one of development. Fill from within. Give young talent a chance before seeking help outside.
That has worked for a long time, so much so that other teams have modeled themselves after the Cardinals.
But when you have a flurry of young players who pop at the major league level, then fall back, it's fair to ask why. It's smart to ask why
Randal Grichuk, Aledmys Diaz, Tyler O'Neill, Harrison Bader are examples of some young players who looked ready, then regressed.
Growth at the MLB level is not linear. And it's hard as heck. But the Cardinals should be concerned -- they are -- about how players go from reaching the majors to staying in the majors.
Paul DeJong has done it. It can be done.
Another thing: When comparing how the Cardinals' prospects pan out against other teams', you also have to look at where the Cardinals drafted compared to those other teams.
That's not an excuse.
It's a legitimate difference.
Teams that tanked, like the Astros, have been rewarded with prime draft picks.
Teams that attempt to compete annually, like the Cardinals, are punished by the current draft system