I think the overarching goal of the minor league system is to develop players rather than a sole focus on winning games.
Even with that in mind, I don't see anything wrong with batting Stowers leadoff. Sure he gets more AB's and that's important. But it's not unusual to see a power guy hitting leadoff these days.
I think that's reasonable. And I think having a 90 win team depends on some acquisitions that are not yet visible along with further player development from guys already in the system. Probably need quite a bit of both but at least we're on the right path.
The key to me is that the margin between championship team and playoff team is usually pretty thin. While I’d love a team that wins 105 games and is the best team wire to wire, I’m perfectly happy with a team that wins 90 on the road to the WS. The 89-73 Royals lost to the 88-74 Giants in 2014.