Re: Reds approach to this years draft
A free agent catcher last year who hit .284 with 19 HR and 57 RBI signed a 3 year, $16 million dollar contract for 2007.
A free agent pitcher last year who went 11-8 with a 4.48 ERA signed a 5 year, $55 million dollar contract.
The catcher was Bengie Molina, the pitcher was Gil Meche.
Pitching is way more overpriced than any other position and the Reds will never be heavily stocked in that department unless they draft a lot of it.
I think the Reds have to take the best player on the board with a heavy weighting on starting pitching. If the best player isn't a pitcher, they have to be a stud. A catcher and SS are 2 great positions to focus on as well, but if they could get a college pitcher who is ready in 2-3 years, look out. They will have a HUGE front 4. Cincy has enough higher picks this year to really make a statement. But if they can snag 2 good college pitching prospects with those selections and then fill in with some solid position picks, the future will look pretty good.
What am I getting at above? Molina cost half what Meche cost and, for their positions, they are probably about the same in effectiveness. Both a little above average. If I had a hole on my team, I'd rather have a hole at catcher and fill it with Molina than have a hole in my rotation and fill it with Meche. Especially with that economic pitcher illustrated above.