Originally Posted by IslandRed
The other thing to remember -- going back to the approach to the 2007 draft specifically -- is that we're picking #15. The no-brainers will be off the board, so we'll be able to poke holes in the selection of whoever it is, if we're so inclined.
Otherwise, I agree with jmcclain -- this isn't the NFL, baseball teams shouldn't draft based on current-day needs. As for the other question, I would take a pitcher over a position player if I had them rated equally but would not pass up a position player if he was clearly tops on my board.
No brainers could still be there, due to contract demands.
Look at 2004: Jered Weaver went 12, Stephen Drew went 15. Btw, Bill Bray went 13 in that draft.
2005: Craig Hansen went 26, Luke Hochevar went 40.
You never know who could fall...especially if you have deep pockets.