Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
HS catchers are the epitome of a poor draft choice. Right up there with college 2B and HS flamethrowers with questionable mechanics and poor control. Sure, you could name a Johnny Bench, Chase Utley, or Nolan Ryan. But that's the extreme exception.
Stassi has bust written all over him. Questionable bat, HS catcher, but good intangibles? No thank you at any price. I'd rather have Barnhart and the cash for other choices.
This idea that Cincinnati somehow went Lindner-style cheap is laughable.
No, don't you understand they did? You have to make assumptions that the players left on the board were only passed up because the FO did not want to spend any extra money. You must not assume that the players they actually took were ones that they scouted and liked better. That would be crazy talk.