RA blew a window of opportunity, both by waiting too long, but also by what he took in trade, two of the Rangers prospects which analytics would have said were overrated due to lack of plate discipline (Williams, Alfaro). He went for prospects close to the majors (Pivetta, Lively, Eflin, etc), which ironically inflated the ranking of the system but also meant he was going for moves to save his job, not add upside.
Klentak wasn't given full authority when he took over, and I wonder how much pull he has and who is the final decision maker other than Middleton, and how much Middleton meddles.
2016 draft wasn't an unmitigated disaster, Stobbe is the only clear miss, Moniak, Gowdy, Romero, Irvin, Stephen, Hall, Young,
2017 could be a HR: Haseley, Howard, Seabold, Lindlow, Maton, Brodgon, Parkinson, Warren, Dohy, D Jones, B Brown, DJ Stewart, could end up with a starting OF, 2 SPs, and a couple RPs.
2018 draft, Bohm, no 2nd or 3rd rd picks, misses on 4th and 5th, but then Simmons, Cotto, Pipkin, O'Hoppe, Ramey, the juniors have been a disappointment
2019 draft, Stott the safe pick, Baylor the upside pick, then 4 Jrs with big arms. Too early to judge the rest of this draft.
While they haven't signed the top LA guys the last three years (but there's only a handful each year), Klentak has gathered a nice crew, Marchan, Gutierrez, Muzziotti, Morales, Aparicio, Garcia, Rojas, De La Cruz, Santos, Silva, Torres, Vargas, Betancourt, Castillo, Nava and elsewhere, Glogoski, Lin, Gessner.
How these players develop will determine how this system ranks the next couple years.
Outside of a few high college picks and college RPs, the bulk of talent is in the low minors where development is the key.
[Mod's note: Edited out inappropriate language. - J]