Welcome back to your own home, Doc!
From a 20,000 ft. high view, the thing I don't get is how netting the #31 prospect in MLB as our highest return, and how netting a bevy of youngsters ranked behind him brings the makings of a premier team a few years down the road. Last I checked there were 30 teams in MLB. Odds alone would suggest that we are looking ever so slightly outside in at an average "best prospect."
Granted prospect grades can change drastically during their climb to and arrival in MLB. But that cuts both ways. Perhaps Jerry is some genius who has figured out which 31-100 prospects are going to achieve better than their rating. I'm (still) waiting for any evidence that this is the case. While our 31-100 guys are busting their butts towards greatness, they will have to do so against other teams with players, sometimes multiple players rated in the top 20 or so.
Granted it's possible that a larger volume of 31-100 guys might trump a smaller volume of 1-30's, this fact doesn't convince me that adding these guys to a gutted roster is going to help us compete with teams who already have a stacked roster and can make similar or better additions from the farm.
It will indeed be fun to see if a new generation of M's talent can break The Curse. I can't figure out if the rumbling in my gut is excitement and hope or the beginnings of another bellyache.