Originally Posted by Kingspoint
Just a conjecture, but if I was a G.M., I'd be more carefull with an 11th-Round pick in 2005 (Fisher) than a non-drafted free-agent from 2004 (Cueto). My scouts would have given me a higher opinion of the 11th round pick than the non-drafted Free-Agent, so I could take more risks with the latter, such as bringing him up two levels in one year to see what he could do, and if he doesn't do well, what have I lost? I'll just send him back down. Fisher, however is on a track to the bigs in some capacity, and I'd like to make it as smooth as possible.
Fisher and Cueto are two completely differnt things. Firstly, Fisher was born in the country and therefor had to be eligible to the draft. Secondly, when he was drafted it was jsut his second year pitching EVER.
Cueto on the other hand was a free agent signing because he was born outside of this country. Like all Latin America players, they are able to sign with whoever they want once they turn 16 years old.
Completely different things, and niether has to do with talent or scouts opinions at the time of the signing.