Originally Posted by Betterread
Interesting data Doug, it gives one pause. I do wish to note that the 2001 draft (which was not in your survey) yielded current star C Joe Mauer, and projected regular C starters, Jeff Mathis and Kelly Stoppach in the first two rounds.
I stopped at 2000 so that HS kids had reasonable time to get to the majors. 2001 draftees out of HS are just now turning 24/25ish.
Mauer, is undoubtedly a star.
Mathis however has a nice .561 OPS this spring, and didn't exactly tear it up in AAA last year (.289/.333/.430). He is still quite young and can improve. He won't turn 24 until the last day of March.
Shoppach will be 27 at the end of April and has 125 games in the majors with an OPS of .605. Until he shows something worth while at the plate in the majors, he is just an old guy feasting on young guns in the minors. And lets be realistic....would you want to waste a first or second round draft pick if you knew 5 years later you would have Kelly Shoppach?