Originally Posted by dougdirt
Topcat, the problem is with the baseball draft, it is such a crapshoot that at least in my opinion, you have to take the best guy available.
In this era I think you have to do that, but to a point. If there are 2 players on the board who are worthy of the pick and player A is a college starter and player B is a bat, I would lean towards the pitcher. Sure injuries are a concern, but I think it has been proven that college arms are safer than HS arms.
I think hitting is easier to find than pitching in the FA market, and cheaper. So I'd rather be rich in pitching than hitting.
Think Meche vs Aurilia.
Or look at it this way...right now, the A's might get one of the top hitting prospects in baseball for Joe Blanton, he of the 2006 4.82 ERA. So if you bring up some young pitching prospects and they don't do that well, you can always trade them for a top minor league OF.