It may have been a recent article in the Athletic talking about shortstops.
The upshot of that article is that SS is insanely deep already in the majors and even more so in the minors. Tampa has a glut of legit SS prospects, IIRC, but they exist throughout the sport.
I'm not sure if that's a relic of how everyone is calling all of their youngest guys SS's, likely meaning they're just not moving off of the position as fast. Either way, it shows that franchises are going with athleticism, IMO. The O's have a similar approach.
That's the dangerous part of some saying the flip switching is coming. It seems as though the potential competitive date is getting pushed further, and meanwhile the team is seemingly unwilling to start supplementing the roster with capable ML pieces that can be here and in place. Not every player needs to be the same age and contract situation to have a period of contention. There will always be some shuffling of the roster and hopefully a core.
I know this is not news to you.
I would have to say that the Dodgers system in the late 70s and early 80s is probably the best I've seen. They had four consecutive ROY winners and several more that were in the discussion. Of course we are in the midst of the Rays prospects so we may look back and say that they were better. I think the Rays and their prospects get tremendous hype (earned) and they get every benefit from it. That being said... I'll wait to look back in 10 years and see if the hype was correct.
I've been very impressed with Elias. He started with bringing in good people (Sig) and changing the culture (no "Warehouse Game of Thrones" articles lately, he seems to be in control).
It's too early to say but it appears he has drafted well. At least, none of the big picks have bombed out. Overall the program rankings have improved from bottom of the barrel to above average.
Also improved the talent through small trades without much to work with. I would perhaps have liked to get a little more back for Bundy but I can see we don't have much leverage so we kind of have to take what we can get.
He's also played the Rule 5 and waiver pools to get what he can there. Overall, I am impressed and hope he stays a long time so he can see the rewards from what we build up.
I think the jury is still out on him. Not having a minor league season last year prevented us from seeing the full scope of the PD departmental changes that he and Sig have implemented. I have been very encouraged with what they have done so far but, this will be a critical year for me. I think that has been the big difference for me. I now have some belief that if we acquire good talent the PD department will be able to develop it. I thought that DD did a decent job in acquiring talent given the restrictions in the International market but the PD stunk!!!
I've read that Tampa has the strongest system people have ever seen. I do forget who wrote that, but he's been in baseball for decades.
Not sure if that would hold under scrutiny, but even if it doesn't, if you're even mentioned as the best system ever you must be stacked.