This speaks to something I've been trying to point out as often as possible. It's not the scouting or the acquisition. It's the development and deployment. Too much focus is on the beginning and end of a prospect's time in minor leagues -- how they were drafted, when, and who was missed and when they debut and how well they perform. The third leg of that three-legged stool is development. A first-round pick taken by the scouts might have all the raw ability implied by the place he was drafted. But if he falters, doesn't development take some of the blame for not harnessing, nurturing, or shaping the raw talent the scout saw. Too often I see the blame going to the scout. The scouts did a lot right to find Arozarena. The Cardinals sided with defense in the majors. That's not the scout's fault. He couldn't get Arozarena more at-bats.
I think it's really important to point out that no team bats 1.000. While there is a lot of focus on the Cardinals -- because that's the team you care about -- there are 29 other teams that go through these same issues. Remember Ryan Ludwick? Remember how he was a six-year free agent, dropped by another team, and then became an All-Star with the Cardinals.
Well, fans celebrated that unearthed gem.
For some fan base, he was an Arozarena, or a Garcia, only he also did it for the entire year. For some fan base, Michael Wacha the NLCS 2013 MVP was their Walker Buehler. For Kansas City, Jose Martinez's performance with the Cardinals was like Voit's with the Yankees, with fewer home runs but still that grimace of we knew he could produce because that's what he did in the minors. The Cardinals have done this so often to other fan bases that a term was coined for it: Cardinals' Devil Magic.
This is the correction. No, wait, is it the karma?
Actually, it's neither of those. The other teams want to win, too.
Well, most do.