I've said this a few times and there is always someone defending our drafts and international approach over the last few years but we are not doing so well. The amount of above replacement talent is very thin in the Braves system.
Since Tony DeMacio became scouting director in 2009 there hasn't been much to come through the system. He's been around a long time, Tom Glavine and Chipper Jones are said to be a part of his history, but nowadays we need someone who can find the way to acquire talent again.
In 2009 we got Mike Minor, who seemed like a little bit of a reach but has turned out to be pretty good. We'll hear from David Hale at some point as well. In 2010 Andrelton Simmons turned out to be a good draft pick (though I hear they wanted him as a pitcher) and Joey Terdoslavich may be alright. Evan Gattis was a late flyer and he turned out to be a white bear, so that is good for the Braves. In 2011 we reached on Sean Gilmartin (this is a pattern, reaching for college ready arms), while JR Graham and Tommy La Stella may turn out to be ok. In 2012 we have our only BA Top 100 prospect in Lucas Sims and Alex Wood called up for our rotation. In 2013 we draft another college prep arm that may be a bit of a reach, maybe not, in Jason Hursh who apparently has a great fastball, an injury history and is working on his secondary pitches. I hope it works out for the best, as well as Victor Caratini and whoever else turns out to be a good pick in the draft.
I was able to mention 1-3 people per draft, which is good, but since the 2011 draft only Alex Wood has proven, in a very small sample size, to be able to contribute to the team. Since the 2009 draft we have Mike Minor, Evan Gattis and Andrelton Simmons, which is great but for a team like the Braves who cannot afford to keep everyone we have to have top talent continually churning out.
Am I wrong in saying that the current reach for a college arm in the first round isn't doing us a ton of good at the moment? Also our international scouting has looked pretty week.
It may be time for the Braves to take another approach because if we don't have a good draft this year we are going to be in real trouble for the next 5 years or so. It's hard for us to imagine rebuilding like the Astros or other teams but if your farm system stays weak and you can't sign your players to extensions and the GM can't sign quality Free Agents we are in big trouble in a few years. Thoughts?