Re: 2006 Official MLB Draft Thread
If you look at the Reds system, there aren't many great athletes. Dickerson is one, Syzmanski is one, but they don't have very many. Athletic players are important -- we've all seen the difference a guy like Phillips makes in the Reds infield. Nobody wants a beer league type team.
I assume the Reds see Stubbs as being in the mold of a Mantle type player (not nearly the prospect MM was, but that type). Obviously, the guy may not be a pure hitter, which reduces his value, but pure centerfielders with power are pretty rare commodities.
I trust these guys to make a reasonable decision and would be ok with Stubbs. Unfortunate that Reds, with all their losing seasons, don't have a top 3 pick. They did one year, but we all know what happened then. . . .