[quote name='mike wants wins']From Law's insider column today....
"Other than its ties to "Moneyball," the 2002 draft is probably best remembered for the massive gaffe the Pirates committed with the first pick, choosing (apparently at owner Kevin McClatchy's behest) a safe college arm, Bryan Bullington
, over the high-upside high school player atop most draft boards, B.J. Upton
I see he forgot to mention that most scouts thought Zack Grienke was the actually the top pitcher in the draft that year but the Pirates weren't going to pay his asking price. He also conveniently forgot that two years later the Padres took lower risk position player Matt Bush #1 passing up Justin Verlander. Now that there is a draft allowance, teams don't have to worry about signablity.
[quote name='twinsfanstreif']I don't understand this, you don't wanna go "safe and buster posey?" He is one of the best young players in the league regardless of the position.
I want a verlander type too but don't kid yourself, there's not one in this draft,we'd be lucky if one of these college guys turns out to be a Jared Weaver[/QUOTE]
Yes that is what I'm saying. Any team would love to have Posey, but he will never have the impact of Albert Pujols, Matt Kemp or Justin Verlander. Like I said in the previous post, the gap between Buster Posey and Brad Ausmus is much less than the gap between Justin Verlander and Jason Marquis. I'm certainly not making the comparison myself, but funny enough, here is an article that actually makes a Zunino/Ausmus comparison.http://houston.sbnat...college-catcher
Besides, his higher strikeout rate indicates to me he could easily turn into a John Buck. Regardless, the Twins need Jared Weaver much more than they need Buster Posey.
Anyone following the draft who claims there are no aces coming out this year might as well tell the rest of us with, 100% certainty, who the 100 best players will be ten years from now. If people knew who was going to be an ace and who wasn't, Roy Halladay wouldn't have gone 14th overall. The velocity of the top pitchers in the draft this year and last is so impressive compared to previous years that we aren't going to know how it is going to translate until they get with professionals who know how to develop secondary pitches and improve location.
Edited by nicksaviking, 24 April 2012 - 08:10 PM.