Mike Sarbaugh, top, and developing Juan Valdes.
There’s an age-old question that invariably comes up when you discuss minor league baseball:
How important is winning at any level below the majors?
Most farm directors insist that winning is a distant second to player development. They tell you that if a blue-chip prospect continues to get better on an individual basis, that far outweighs whether the team is successful in the won-loss column.
And, for the most part, that is true.