The Chicago Cubs farm system (compared to the Cardinals)

Here’s a nice article on the Cubs farm system, and how the St. Louis Cardinals have been successful despite not having a top-10 pick in 16 years. “Anybody can pick out a No. 1 selection and think that’s a great deal,” ex-Cubs general manager Dallas Green said during a recent conversation. “But you make 30 or 40 selections [in a draft], and three or four of those guys have gotta play. They’ve gotta be good players along the way. That’s what scouting is all about. You can’t take 40 or 50 kids [each draft] and not have the 30th selection be a good player somewhere along the line.”