When Yankees GM Brian Cashman was asked “How would you evaluate your organization’s drafting and player development lately? Do you expect any organizational changes in those departments?” this was his answer (via Andy McCullough):
“In terms of changes, I mean, we’re always looking at that type of stuff. So if we have changes to make, we’ll make them and then deal with them. We have struggled out of the draft here in the last number of years. Some of it’s signability, whether it’s Gerrit Cole. Some of it’s injuries, like last year’s No. 1 pick Ty Hensley having double hip surgery. So he hasn’t been available to us.
“Some of its picks that haven’t panned out. I think this past year we did really well. But in fairness, we feel that when you make those selections. So we’re evaluating that as well. I think we’re obviously starting a top-to-bottom, we typically do it every three years, and this past year we started, maybe two months ago, going through the process of evaluating the decision-making process. And the expected value from where you pick in the draft, and comparisons to other organizations.
“You try to determine what is accurate and true, and what is actually not as accurate, and more perception. First and foremost, we’re going through that process. But, yeah, we haven’t had as fruitful results from the draft recently as we’d hoped and anticipated.
“In terms of development, we’d have guys that I think three years ago we were ranked in the top seven farm systems in the game. In the last three years, our players have either gotten injured, that have taken them out. Manny Banuelos, for example, who we missed all this year because of Tommy John.
“Or we’ve had guys go backwards, like a Dellin Betances, for instance. Was considered a potential high-end starter, and has now been converted to the bullpen. Because of a failure there finishing it off at Triple A. So he’ll be competing for a bullpen spot next year, because he’s out of options. So those are examples of injuries, performance going backwards or unexpected return.”