Originally Posted by Red Heeler
IF, and only IF, Drabek is a greater talent than all of the college pitchers available would I consider drafting him as a pitcher. Frankly, I really can't get a good idea based on the various scouting reports. All of them seem to say, "Well, he's really good, but he's got these boogemen in the closet that we can't tell you about." They don't really give a good comparison to him versus the rest of the field.
If he is considered a true stud SS prospect, I might consider taking him with the intent of leaving him at SS. I'm a big fan of very high quality SS play. I suppose it has something to do with #11 being around when I really started to learn the game.
I would not, under any circumstances, draft Drabek with the idea that if he fails as a pitcher, you can always convert him. Rick Ankiel was supposed to be a great OF prospect, just a better pitching prospect. We've seen how the move back out on the field worked for him.
His "boogeyman in the closet" was he was emotional on the mound, had a bad car wreck that no one has said involved or did not involve alcohol and he USED to have a big party problem, but apparently that hasnt been a problem since his junior year.
As for Ankiel, his talent was never in question it was just all in his head. The Reds wont take Drabek, but I know I would like them to.