I think improvement to the middle of the pack is very possible. All it takes is a couple more top 100 prospects. There is clearly a world where 3 or 4 of the following prospects: Abel, Stott, Morales, Rojas, Martin - become top 100 prospects along with our next number 1 pick and a couple of the really young international prospects that have not played yet like Yhoswar Garcia.
This is not to say it will happen, but we are near the bottom because we missed on a half dozen high picks or signings like Moniak. I was encouraged by the strategy from the most recent draft. International spending has been below average the last couple of years so we will need a little luck, but it is certainly possible.
Now I don't see a top 10 system too easily without a bunch of rebuilding trades, but the team should not really be mired in the middle with no hope if they are drafting near the middle like they have the last few years.