The extra picks will be fun. Not sure I consider it an opportunity for "mopping up," though. Below is the list of the 7 picks Oakland had in 2002, all before the 2nd round. Note that they're all college kids, yet it looks like 4 of the 7 will either fail to reach the majors or will be marginal at best. Still, Swisher, Blanton and Teahen are an excellent haul, in my opinion. The way I see it, by having 5 picks in the top 100 instead of two, the Reds give themselves a decent chance of coming away with a couple of solid major leaguers (as opposed to that being the absolute best-case scenario). Be prepared for some of those top 100 picks to never make it. It's the nature of the draft.
1. Nick Swisher, 1b-of, Ohio State U. (Choice from Red Sox--16th--as compensation for Type A free agent Johnny Damon).
1. Joseph Blanton, rhp, U. of Kentucky (Choice from Yankees--24th--as compensation for Type A free agent Jason Giambi).
1. John McCurdy, ss, U. of Maryland.
1. Ben Fritz, rhp, Fresno State U. (Choice from Cardinals--30th--as compensation for Type A free agent Jason Isringhausen).
1. Jeremy Brown, c, U. of Alabama (Supplemental pick--35th--for loss of Giambi).
1. Steve Obenchain, rhp, U. of Evansville (Supplemental pick--37th--for loss of Isringhausen).
1. Mark Teahen, 3b, St. Mary's (Calif.) College (Supplemental pick--39th--for loss of Damon).