Since 1996, the A's highest picks have been 10, 11, 2, 9, 60, 25, 16, 25, 24, 21, and 66.
Over the same period, the Reds have picked 25, 14, 7, 14, 23, 20, 3, 14, 7, 12, and 8.
Not much difference there in draft positions. The results of those drafts, on the other hand, have been very dissimilar.
Sure, absolutely the As have drafted better than the Reds. They didn't blow their top 5 pick (Mulder), while the Reds did (Gruler). They exploited the comp pick market to have many more picks
in the top two rounds than the Reds did, too. Unfortunately, it isn't difficult to find an organization that drafted better than the Reds in the 1996-2006 time frame. But the results of 04-06 have been outstanding, in my opinion, and for the first time in a long time the Reds will be getting a handful of comp picks in 07. For my money, the Reds approach, whatever you want to call it, is trending in the right direction.