I mean, I think we - and definitely you! - like it that way. We're not a city of frontrunners.
But as was noted yesterday the Phillies have been pretty dang successful since the '70s. And also, nearly every city thinks their team is the most cursed and ill-fated. My Astros fan friends always felt that way which was ludicrous given how young the franchise was and that the Cubs and Red Sox still existed w/o a championship at the time. But to them, it was true.
Nola was close to a finished product but you still get as much credit for drafting as developing, and fast development is still development. This team still has Suarez, Hoskins and Seranthony for diamonds in the rough. (But wow, I just realized that as of today Scott Kingery's Phillies career is officially over).
For sure the minor league system still shows all kinds of cracks from the Gillick, Amaro and Klentak eras. At least they have Realmuto and Marsh to show for it in trades (as well as Alvarado and, go figure, Sanchez). But the Barber era does seem much better. And meanwhile the Rangers are in the World Series two years into Josh Bonifay's tenure, not that you can say he developed much of the roster, but it's not nothing.