Or..... use #1's with a high upside and trade for MLB players right away, before they can turn into what almost all do.........
I understand your point, but believe it's not a pragmatic and workable strategy.
Not all #1's turn into trash. Teams don't have an opportunity to draft #1's with high upsides in every draft. Examples abound.
We're discussing the Tyler Jay draft, where pundits liked the pick but very much questioned whether Jay, or anyone after him in that draft, projected as a guy with "high upside".
Holding onto first-rounders is smart and it often leads to fine results. Eventually.
The Twin's roster is jammed full of first round picks, even a few of their own, like Gibson, Buxton, and Berrios. We would have gotten squat in return for those players in a trade "right away" in comparison to the production we're getting now.
Trading #1's for MLB players right away? Hmmm. Ask the White Sox if they want the James Shields for Fernando Tatis, Jr. trade back. Ask them if they'd take Sale back and return Moncado to Boston. Or if they want to send Eloy Jiminez and Dylan Cease back to the Cubs for Jose Quintana.
Edited by birdwatcher, 10 June 2019 - 06:38 PM.