I don't object to the 10 guys for $50K approach, that buys 10 lottery tickets who impressed Sal and his scouts, and barely dents our international budget. The numbers approach has a cap now, with the shrinking of MiLB. Where my real gripe is is the poor judgment on the big $ signings, which are a significant portion of our international budget. As with first round draft picks, if you consistently get those wrong, you can't succeed, even if you are above average in the later rounds. Signing a wrong-age guy, the outright $1 million Encarnacion bust -- and $1 million was significant $ that year, the looking like a $4 million misspend on Ortiz. Those are the signings that kill. Without them, the numbers approach could have been 16 guys at $250K the year we popped Ortiz. Aa with Moniak, Randolph, LGJ -- when there are serious problems with the guy everyone in the organization has a total crush on and you spend $multi-millions on has big holes or is a complete no talent, that is sign of MAJOR organizational problems. I have been a lot happier with our recent #1 draft picks, but those major miscues are why I'm ok with picking the best H.S. pitcher in round #1, but shudder when the Phillies consider a H.S. position player in that spot. I'm just not sure the Phillies organization has fixed the development/scouting/GM office problems which have led to so many failures with H.S. position player picks. Either we can't judge H.S. talent (as with Hewitt, didn't correct enough for age, NE H.S.) or we don't know how to teach them to hit. It's been and organizational issue. Also no evidence we can intelligently identify and develop Latin American position talent --- not a surprise, they are even younger. We do better judging college kids and better with pitchers. The Phillies have compensated for, rather than shown they have fixed, the problem with H.S. position players, by avoiding them. We continue to spend the bulk of our international $ on position players and that hasn't worked for us. Not a glimmer of a sign yet that our talent evaluation and development deficiencies in this regard have been fixed.