And when an organization starts drafting based on needs they are completely screwed. You take the best guy on your board. If its a catcher, then so be it.
I agree. But, if it so happens that if this kid really is top-notch defensively and offensively, and he does have prospect pedigree (which I tend to buy into) -- a recent ranking has him rising into the top twenty -- then I think you can validate the selection based on system-wide need. I get skeptical when folks start saying that because the Reds have a hole at one position (regardless of what's in the minors) that the 1st draft choice should be at that position. But when the whole system is bereft, then I think you can weigh that factor when choosing among similarly talented players.
I'm still unsure of what the Reds have in Tatum, Anthony Esquer and Eddy Rodriguez. Most likely, not a lot. I don't think Perez will ever hit. This is supposed to be a good year for catchers -- with both Grandal and a few college guys -- so I'm hoping the Reds snag more than 1 in the top 10 rounds, and preferably 1 in the top 2 rounds. Usually, I don't feel that way. But these are desperate times behind the plate.