Originally Posted by texasdave
Maybe I am missing something but if a pitcher and a position player are rated equally, and the position player is more likely to reach the majors, then the smart pick would seem to be to take the position player. This is along the same lines as picking a college pitcher over a high school pitcher if they are rated the same.
Well, I was referring just to the first-round pick, and the odds are very good that if I'm looking at a first-round pitcher it's a college pitcher. That evens up the odds quite a bit. I'm also of the mind that it's easier to trade a minor-league pitcher for something I need down the road than an equivalently good position player, so that factors into it as well.