Re: Baseball America's Draft Report Card - Reds Edition
Callis bugs me, sorry. It is abundantly clear that the Reds draft this year had some nice depth, yet Callis proclaims that the success of the draft will be determined by how well Stubbs hits? That's inane. The fact is, Stubbs can get by with the bat and still end up helping the Reds as an above-average defender in CF. Meanwhile, it appears guys like Valaika, Watson, Turner, Loo, just to name 4, have a chance to develop, thus providing plenty of bounty from the 06 class.
Just my pet peeve here, but look at his evaluation of his beloved Cubs. They didn't have a 2nd or 3rd round pick, yet he classifies the draft as a typical effort from the Cubs scouting director, lauded as having the best track record in the game. Now, if the success of ANY draft would hinge solely on the performance of the first round pick, you'd have to think it would be a draft like the Cubs' -- where other high-round picks have been punted. But no -- not with Callis spinning the conclusions.
Great format -- I'd just love to see other writers handle it.
Hereth end rant.
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