Minor Wins Bring Major Development Premium Story

Mike Sarbaugh, top, and developing Juan Valdes.
Mike Sarbaugh, top, and developing Juan Valdes.
By Frank Derry
Founder, Indians Ink
Date: Apr 21, 2005

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.

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