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Why can't we find young talent?

     In  a post yesterday I joked that the last position player from our minor league system to play for the cubs for five years was Mark Grace.  If that seems ridiculous to you, it should.  This problem is its virtually true.  The only players to come out of our farm system since 1980, and played five seasons for the cubs is Grace, and Dunston.  I looked at the other teams in our division to see how many they have had and the numbers dwarf the cubs. 

1.) Astros- biggio, Berkman, Caminiti, Glen Davis, Bill Doran, Ensberg, Luis Gonzalez, Terry Puhl, Richard Hidalgo, Hunter Pence.

2.) Brewers-Surhoff, John Jaha, Prince Fielder, Jim Ganter, Ricky Weeks, J.J. Hardy, Jeff Cirillo, Goeff Jenkins, Robin Yount, Paul Molitar.  They will soon add Hart, and Braun to that list.

3.)Pirates- Kendall, Tony Pena,Kevin Young, Bonilla, Bonds, Carlos Carcia, Jose Lind, Omar Moreno, Dave Parker

4.)Cardinals-Y. Molina, Pujols, Keith Hernandez, Tommy Herr, Todd Zeile, Terry Pendleton, Vince Coleman, Ray Lankford.

5.)Reds- Jason Larue, Aaron Boone, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, Eric Davis, Reggie Sanders, Dave Conception, Chris Sabo, Dan Driessin, Ron Oester.

 

     Why can't our management seem to find one diamond in the ruff(is that right).  Are we unlucky,  do we need better management, more scouts, new scouts, do we favor veterans,  do we bring young players up to soon?  I don't have the answers but it seems something has to change in the minor league system for the cubs.  Its a young mans game, and the cubs are getting older.  It seems by choice!

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