Littlefield's certainly bothced his share of personnel moves and he deserves all the criticism he gets for them. But I have a hard time knocking him for developing some of these pitchers.
The media loves to point out that Bonifay was responsible for drafting some of the pitchers who factor into the organization's long term depth chart, most notably Burnett in the 1st round and Snell in the 26th round in 2000, and then Duke in the 20th round of 2001. It may be true that Bonifay drafted them, but those players developed under Littlefield's watch.
His choice of Bullington over Upton in 2002 was very questionable, but that 2002 draft did produce Matt Capps, who looks to have a future as a reliever here. In 2003, Littlefield drafted Maholm in the first round and Gorzelanny in the second round. Maholm is one of the three best pitchers on the staff right now (impressive considering he lost a half-season of development when he was hit in the eye with a line drive in the minors). And Gorzelanny is the best prospect in Indy and almost certain to be called up to the rotation here during the second half of the season. 2003 also produced Josh Sharpless in the 24th round, who has evolved into one of the organization's best up-and-coming relievers.
I can jam Littlefield for a lot of things, but I think he's done a pretty fair job developing some of the names on this organizational pitching staff. Some of these guys - especially Duke, Snell, Maholm, Gorzelanny, Sharpless and Burnett - look like they can factor into the longterm future of this franchise.